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Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

1. Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

Explore Albania's top attractions in the hands of an expert tour director during a 4-day, 3-night sightseeing tour. Sample authentic Albanian food and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Berat, Gjirokastra, and Butrint. Day 1: Durres and Berat Start the tour with a hotel or airport pickup in Tirana and head to Durres for a short guided walking tour and coffee break. Alternatively, you can start with a hotel pickup in Durres. Transfer to Berat, the "city of a thousand windows." Get settled in your picturesque hotel before enjoying lunch in a restaurant with city views. In the afternoon, follow your expert local guide on a guided tour of this fascinating city. Visit Berat Castle/Citadel and explore the upper town with churches, mosques, and 27 watchtowers packed inside its walls. Admire the Ottoman houses, where people still live as they have done for centuries. In the evening, your tour director will guide you to the best restaurants to sample Berat’s typical dishes. Day 2: Gjirokaster After breakfast, admire small villages during your transfer to Gjirokaster. Once you arrive in this “city of a thousand steps,” settle into your hotel before heading for lunch in a small local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Next, visit Skenduli House, the best-preserved Ottoman house in the old city of Gjirokaster. Hear about its past from your local guide and the house’s owner, a descendant of the Skenduli family. Then, soak up the castle's rich history and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above. Explore the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses before visiting the Gjirokaster Obelisk dedicated to the town's first school. Enjoy its 360º views. Spend a relaxing evening in the streets of Gjirokaster. Day 3: “Blue Eye” and Butrint Travel to the “Blue Eye” spring. Admire the shades of blue and surrounding nature before heading to Butrint. There, marvel at 2,500 years of history on a guided tour with a local guide. See the highlights, such as the amphitheater, castle, churches, and Lion Gate. Drive to Ksamil and enjoy lunch by the lake at the Mussel House. Spend your afternoon in Ksamil before heading to Saranda via Lekursi Castle, which overlooks the city. Day 4: Llogara National Park and Vlore Transfer to the city of Vlore via Ali Pasha Castle, which you will explore with your tour director. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pasha of Tepelenë. Head to the Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view of the South Coast beaches before indulging in lunch at Llogara National Park surrounded by pine trees and a fresh mountain breeze. Visit the city of Vlore, the hometown of the Albanian nationalist movement, in the afternoon. See sights such as Flag Square with its Independence Monument right in the center, the Muradie Mosque, and Vlore Lungomare. After you have explored Vlore, you will get transferred back to Tirana.

Full-Day Berat Trip from Tirana

2. Full-Day Berat Trip from Tirana

Depart for Berat at 8:30 am and you will be transferred to this beautiful city for around 2.5 hours. This is one of the oldest cities and the pride of Albanian architecture. The three major neighborhoods of the old city are Mangalemi, Gorica, and Kala where the castle itself is located. You will start our tour with the castle area. Visiting the 'Kala' involves a steep walk up a cobbled path, but those who make it to the top will be rewarded with a fine view of the surrounding area. You will visit the Museum of Iconography 'Onufri' which bears the name of the renowned fresco and icon-painter Onufri, who has left a rich inheritance. This museum is located within the cathedral of St. Mary’s Assumption. You will also visit the Red Mosque, recognized by its lonely minaret and St. Trinity Church. After the fortress you will visit the Mangalemi quarter and the National Ethnographic Museum. This museum is located in one of the most characteristic and interesting houses of the town, a rich assemblage of traditional objects (more than 1000) and is one of the greatest examples of Berat’s long history and culture. Across the Osumi River lies the Gorica neighborhood, whose houses face those of Mangalemi. The arched bridge of Gorica, built in 1780, is a beautiful architectural monument constructed to link Gorica with Mangelemi. Enjoy some free time to stroll on the bridge. After the tour, there will be optional lunch in a restaurant with traditional cuisine (at extra cost) Return to Tirana.

Berat: Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall Tour

3. Berat: Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall Tour

Meet at 9 AM and begin your drive in the direction of the canyon. During the drive, admire the beautiful landscape of Osumi Valley. After 30-minutes, stop in a city called Polican which was famous during the communist era for producing millions of guns. Discover how the guns factories now lie abandoned as a reminder of the past. After a 1.5-hour drive, arrive at the canyon and begin the hike. Admire the beautiful scenery and look out for local wildlife. At the end of the hike, enjoy a swim in the river to freshen up at the end of the walk. Transfer back to Berat at the end of the tour.

Classic wine tasting tour of Berat

4. Classic wine tasting tour of Berat

Classic wine tasting tour of Berat. Berat is a famous region for wines and the best wineries of Albania are located in Berat On this tour, you have the opportunity to choose 1 of the wineries - Nurellari ,Cobo ,Luani ,Pupa Your request might be subject of availability Our driver will meet you in Berat and take you to the winery. In the winery, you will take a guided tour to learn more about wine production in Albania Taste 3 types of wine and 1 type of Raki accompanied with local snacks like olives ,cheese,fruits

From Tirana: Berat city unesco heritage

5. From Tirana: Berat city unesco heritage

Embark on a cultural and artistic pilgrimage. See master painter Onufri's work in the churches of Berat. Visit Berat Castle, Onufri Museum, Mangalemi and Gorica neighborhoods, and Gorica bridge. Meet your guide at your hotel and start the tour of Berat city. Berat is one of the most visited and characteristic towns in Albania. It is under the protection of UNESCO and considered a World Heritage site due to its unique architecture. Visit Berat Castle and the Onufri Museum. The Berat castle is of particular interest because people still live within its walls in their traditional houses, just like their ancestors did for centuries. Explore this fortress overlooking the town of Berat and its many Byzantine churches. The castle used to have over 40 churches of which 7 still remain today, including the Church of the Dormition of St Mary. The latter was converted into Onufri Museum, honoring the 16th-century Albanian master painter who painted many orthodox churches in Albania and Greece. Witness some of the most beautiful shades of red and gold you have ever laid eyes on in the museum. Then, continue to your next stop in the old quarters of Mangalemi and Gorica that connect with each other by the Gorica Bridge over the Osumi River.

From Durrës or Tirana: Berat History and Local Food Tour

6. From Durrës or Tirana: Berat History and Local Food Tour

Transfer from your hotel to Berat, passing through rolling hills full of olive trees. It's in this part of the country that you can see one of the oldest and most distinct types of Albanian architecture. With your guide, travel to the famous citadel and castle of Berat, as well as the Red Mosque, distinguishable by its solitary minaret. After that, explore the White Mosque, the Church of the Holy Trinity, and the arched bridge of Gorica, built in 1780. Go to a scenic, family-owned winery located among the rolling hills that surround the city. Tour the facilities and learn about winemaking. Visit the cellar and vineyard. Enjoy a lunch of home-grown organic delights and fine wine. Return to Tirana and enjoy an easy drop-off at your hotel or any other location in the city.

From Berat: Bogovë Waterfalls and Osum Canyons Day Trip

7. From Berat: Bogovë Waterfalls and Osum Canyons Day Trip

Your professional guide will lead you to a wonderful destination in Berat. Be prepared to immerse yourself into the beauty of nature. In about 1 ¼ hour you will reach Bogova,a picturesque village famous for its waters and waterfalls. Along the way to Bogova you will make a pit stop to Polican, a small town being known for weapon production in communism years. After enjoying the Bogova Waterfalls your trip will continue to Canyons on the Osum River.The same river that crosses the entire city of Berat, has created this wonderful canyon, where the adventure lovers are becoming more attracted over the years. Nature here offers a beautiful landscape that you can enjoy in this full-day tour.

From Berat: Day Trip to Tomorr National Park

8. From Berat: Day Trip to Tomorr National Park

Starting at 9 in the morning from Berat, you will get on board a 4x4 vehicle to go through Tomorr Natural Park. After driving for one hour and 45 minutes you will reach a small mountain village, Dardhe.It is located 400 meters above sea level and it is rich in traditions and history. Since 2012 this small village has been visited by so many tourists who is adventure lover, for its ski slopes. You will leave your 4x4 here and be ready to go for a hike a path that takes about 2 hours and leads you through woods and valleys, in the middle of nature until you reach Sotira Waterfall. You will be amazed by the beauty of nature here. There are mixed greenery, fresh gurgling water so you can admire and relax in the surrounding landscape. After relaxing, you will go back to Dardh for a nice swim before returning to Berat.

Berat: Onufri Museum and Berat Castle Tour with Lunch

9. Berat: Onufri Museum and Berat Castle Tour with Lunch

You will meet your guide at the hotel and you will start your tour firstly to Berat Castle. Going up to the Castle you will admire the spectacular view of the city. The entrance to the castle is so impressive,a large gate built on giant rocks, it's the first thing you will see. This characteristic Albanian area has one more striking thing, unlike any other ancient castle, and you will see that it is still inhabited by residents. Inside the Castle walls, you will immerse yourself with the Onufri Museum, which is dedicated to one of the most important painters in the history of Albanian art. This museum of Medieval Art was built at the end of the 18th century. After admiring this art you will be able to enjoy some typical Albanian food in a local family who lives right inside the walls of the Castle. Right after the delicious food is prepared for a walk to the center of Berat, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Albania: UNESCO Heritage & Local Food Tour with Nature

10. Albania: UNESCO Heritage & Local Food Tour with Nature

Day 1: Travel day You'll be picked up from the airport. Welcome to Albania! Get settled in the hotel and for those of you not too tired, there is a guided walking tour of the city center before dinner in a traditional restaurant in the evening. Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Berat Transfer to Berat, passing through hills full of olive trees. Get settled in the hotel and head for lunch in a local restaurant facing the city. Set out for a walking guide through the UNESCO listed old town with your local guide, admiring the White Mosque, the Holy Trinity Church and Gorica Bridge. Enter into the Berat Castle for a guided tour. Enjoy a free evening in "the city of a thousand and one windows.” Day 3: Rural Berat, Bogova Waterfall & Wine Tasting Transfer to Bogove and take a 30min walk towards the impressive waterfall. Head back to Bogove village and have a homemade lunch on the river shore, with homemade wine and raki (fruit brandy). In the afternoon, visit the town of Polican, famous for its weapon factories during Communist times. The abandoned factories and people in this remote town are a strong reminder of the country's’ past. After a short drive, you'll arrive at Nurellari Winery.  Enjoy a wine tasting tour in this family-run winery, walk around the vineyard and savor 4 varieties of wine. Head back to the city and enjoy free time in the evening exploring the ancient neighborhoods of Mangalem and Gorica.   Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Gjirokaster Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover "the city of a thousand steps.” Get settled in your hotel and head out for lunch in a small, local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Step into Skenduli house (an Ottoman tower house) and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family and your local guide. Soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the views! Pass by the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses and visit Gjirokastra’s Obelisk. Day 5: Typical food from Rural Gjirokastra Drive to Saraqinisht and experience a day in an Albanian countryside cottage. You'll learn about the food, life, and traditions of an Albanian family. Start cooking with three generations of Albanian ladies or drink Raki with cheese and olives with “Grandpa” and listen to his Commie stories. In the afternoon, you can take a 40-minute hike to visit 400-years old St. Mary's Church, built on the face of a cliff and with its monastery beneath. In the evening, transfer back to the city, visiting a Communist bunker on the way back.  Day 6: Sightseeing tour of the Blue Eye Spring and Butrint Travel to the Blue Eye Spring and marvel at this beautiful natural area. Then, set off on a guided tour of Butrint National Park where a local guide explains the 2500 years of history of the Amphitheater, the castle, the churches, and the Lion Gate. Drive to Ksamil and enjoy seafood next to turquoise waters. On the way to Himare, stop for a coffee break at Borsh waterfalls. What a sight! Transfer to Himare and enjoy free time in this typical seaside city. Finish the day with your tour leader and group and enjoy an evening of raki drinking.  Day 7: Apollonia via Llogara National Park En route to Apollonia, explore the Ali Pasha Castle. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pasha Tepelena. Stop at Llogara balcony for a stunning view of the South Coast beaches and then head for lunch to Llogara National Park freshened by the mountain breeze and pine trees. Set off a guided tour in Apollonia in the afternoon, where an on-site archeologist explains the history behind the temple of Artemis, the Odeon and the Triumphal Arch. On the way to Tirana, stop for the delicious byrek (pastries) in the city of Lushnje. Day 8: Departure Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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What people are saying about Berat

The tour is definitely to be recommended! Interesting destinations including characteristic villages that can hardly be reached and visited optimally with your own or local means. Note on the organization of the trip: they moved and reorganized the stages of the tour in advance to meet our need to end the trip in a different destination from the one planned (we basically left as a group of 7 friends). Mimi, our guide (from 110 and praise!), Told us many curiosities about the history of Albania and tried to satisfy us as much as possible by giving us a truly unique experience. Happy tour future travelers !!

Had a wonderful day with this tour. Berat looks even more beautiful than in the pictures. Our tour guide Ilir was amazing. He shared with us a lot of interesting history about Albania in general and Berat. My teen daughters were very interested in his stories that they didn’t use their headphones to listen to music all through the tour (which is a rare occurrence). Wonderful tour made even better with an amazing guide. Strongly recommended!

I took part in a day trip to Berat. A beautiful and interesting city. Also thanks to the guide who accompanied me, the tour was interesting and stimulating. The guide, Ilir, was kind and helpful, he gave me very precious historical and archaeological information, and also from a personal point of view it was a positive relationship. I certainly recommend the trip to Berat. Thank you

For anyone coming to Albania, Berat is a must visit. The place is amazing. From the castle, where you take a trip back in time, to the ethnographic museum where you can kill the urge to enter one of those houses that make up the thousand windows. I was lucky to have Blendi, the best guide ever.

My guide was Bledi and he was amazing! So Knowledgeable, helpful and lovely. I had a wonderful time with him to Berat and he told me some great Albania legends that I will never forget. Faleminderit Bledi