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Visit Shkodra & Kruja from Tirana

Meet your guide in the hotel and drive to Shkodra, the Illyrian capital, in the 3rd century BC. Visit Rozafa Castle with wonderful around. Continue to town for a visit at the Marubi Photographic Museum with a selection of prints of negatives, illustrating the life of the population of the area in second half of the 19th century. Take a walk in the pedestrian area of Italian and Austrian architecture.
Proceed to Kruja – the centre of Albanian resistance against the Turks under our national hero Scanderbeg who earned the title “Champion of Christ” given by the Pope. Lunch in Kruja Castle. Afterwards we visit the Skanderbeg Museum, a very rich Ethnographic Museum and the Old Bazaar where handmade souvenirs can be purchased. Return in Tirana.

per adult from

$209

AUD

Duration

8 to 9 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Transfers from and to your hotel
    • Air conditioned modern vehicle for your tour
    • Bottle of water per person
    • Experienced tour guide/driver
    • Entrance fees
    • Entry/Admission - Rozafa Castle
    • Entry/Admission - National Museum George Kastrioti Skanderbeg
    • Entry/Admission - Ethnographic Museum of Kruja
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities/Tip to Driver, Guide
    • All not mentioned above
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Rozafa Castle, Rozafa, Shkoder Albania

    Built during Antiquity, enduring the Roman and Ottoman empires, and remaining intact up to the present day, Rozafa Castle has witnessed the dramatic changes of tide over the course Albania’s fascinating history. Needless to say then that this archaeological area is incredibly rich in historical tales.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Shkoder, Shkoder, Shkoder County

    This multifaceted city has had a traditionally rich artistic life and an enormous contribution to Albanian culture. Shkodra is the cradle of the most important Albanian poets, like Migjeni, painters like Kol Idromeno and Edi Hila, and photographers, the Marubi Family. Shkodra houses the haunting Marubi National Photography Museum, which displays the first photo taken in Albania, and the Venice Art Mask Factory, where a local master produces the same intricate masks used in the Venice carnivals and Las Vegas shows. A city of myths and legends, the foundations of the famous Castle of Shkodra are said to be held by the body of Rozafa, the beautiful young mother who sacrificed herself for it. You will find that this naturally beautiful city has an abundance of mirrors in the Adriatic Sea, the Lake of Shkodra and the Buna River. Otherwise called the “city of bicycles,” the city’s views are best admired while pedaling in the open air!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Kruja Castle, Near Tirana, Kruje 1501 Albania

    Krujë Castle has proudly stood on top of a rocky cliff, high above its city, for the last fifteen centuries. It has witnessed the long turbulent history of this place, which was once the centre of Arbëria (Albania’s ancient name). At a time when the Ottoman Empire ruled over a large swathe of Europe, including Constantinople and the Balkans, this castle remained undefeated for thirty-five years, thanks to Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg, the legendary Albanian hero who defended its walls until his death.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: National Museum George Kastrioti Skanderbeg, Kruja Castle, Rruga Kala, Krujë 1501, Albania

    Built in the early 1980s, crowning the castle walls, this recognisable museum structure has become an icon of this city’s skyline. Inside, the exhibits reveal insights into Skanderbeg’s life, his historical victories and achievements, as well as copies of Skanderbeg’s weapons: his recognisable helmet crowned with a goat’s head, and his sword.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, Fortress of Kruja, Kruje 1501 Albania

    Built during the mid-18th century, in 1764, by Ismail Pashë Toptani, this Ottoman house is considered one of the most unique museums in Albania. It includes a total of 15 rooms which tell of work and family life in the town of Kruja. A white, three-story construction with a tower placed in the middle, this house is surrounded by wood-carved windows of all sizes, letting the breeze flow freely in an out, and creating a pleasant sense of open space. Outside, you’ll notice traces of former springs surrounding the castle, from which the name of the city derives (the word for “springs” in Albanian is kroje), which also reflect the city’s former position as an agricultural centre prior to the rise of commerce and artisanal activities.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please inform us about your pickup location and our tour representative will be there 10-15 minutes before the departure.
    Return Detail :
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Tradition and Adventure

Activity ID: V-247334P4

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