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Apollonia & Durres | History & Local Food

Apollonia & Durres | History & Local Food

Transfer to Apollonia this morning and set off on a guided tour, where an on-site archeologist explains the history behind the temple of Artemis, the Odeon, the Triumphal Arch and more. Then, you head for lunch in a local restaurant in the countryside around Apollonia. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Durrës, for a guided tour of the city’s famed ruins. You will wander around its City Walls, Venetian Tower, Byzantine Forum, roman Thermal Baths, the Amphitheater, and more. Take a coffee break with a great view of the city before travelling back to Tirana.

Day tour of Apollonia, Vlore, and Narta from Tirana&Durres

Day tour of Apollonia, Vlore, and Narta from Tirana&Durres

This day tour starts from Tirana or Durres. Drive south of the Adriatic Sea for a journey blending history, culture, and natural beauties. Your first destination will be the Apollonia Archeological Park, where Julius Caesar and the Roman emperor Augustus set foot. You will take a walk around the ancient city dominated by Greco–Roman temples, olive groves, and panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea. At the heart of the site, you will visit the Byzantine church of St. Mary and the impressive museum of Apollonia. The trip continues to the Narta Lagoon, a protected area lived by flamingos and pelicans. The tour will drive you all around the lagoon and salt marshes for birdwatching. Later, we will transfer to the coastal city of Vlore, where the Independence of Albania took place in 1912. You will have plenty of time to visit the Old Town, the Independence Square, and the different religious sites - the Muradie Mosque, and “Kuzum Baba” Bektashi Temple - to learn more about religious co-existence in Albania. You will be driven back to your hotel in the afternoon.

From Tirana & Durres: Group Tour of Apollonia Berat & Durres

From Tirana & Durres: Group Tour of Apollonia Berat & Durres

Explore the ancient Greek, Roman, and medieval ruins at the Apollonia Archaeological Park on this day trip from Tirana. Take a tour of the Mangalem and Gorica neighborhoods in the UNESCO world Heritage town of Berat.  Be picked up from your accommodation in Tirana and sit back and relax on the drive to the ruins at Apollonia. Explore this 6th century BC Greek trade colony which is surrounded by soft, picturesque hills and rolling olive groves. Uncover the Greek, Roman, and medieval heritage of this ancient city. View monuments from the classical period such as Doric columns, an obelisk, and the Gate of Temenos. Admire a well-preserved 13th century monastery complex.  Continue to the ruins of the Castle of Berat which was built in the 13th century and has Byzantine and Ottoman influences. Learn about what daily life was once like in Berat at the Ethnographic Museum of Berat. See how local styles fused with Ottoman styles at the museum.  Head to the Mangalem neighborhood of Berat. Snap pictures of the layered houses with large windows that overlook the river. Uncover how this place earned the name 'town of a thousand windows' as you explore the neighborhood of Gorica. Return to your accommodation in the city of Tirana.

Full Day Trip to Durres, Apollonia and Ardenica Monastery

Full Day Trip to Durres, Apollonia and Ardenica Monastery

This full day tour will encompass over 2500 years of Albanian history and regional development, as we travel from Durres to the Apollonia Archaeological Park, and to the Ardenica Monastery. We begin our tour by driving towards Albania's second largest town, the port city of Durres. Founded around the 7th century BC, Durres also known as Dyrrachium, became an integral part of the Roman Empire, so much so that the Via Egnatia initiated in this city. Following the Albanian Declaration of Independence in 1912, Durres even served as the capital of the Principality of Albania for a short period of time. We will explore its most priced attraction, the Amphitheatre of Durrës, that once had a capacity for 20,000 people, and is considered the largest amphitheatre in the Balkan Peninsula. Then we will have a quick coffee break by Durres' Marina, or the city's contemporary modern center. We will continue our journey to the village of Pojan, where majestically stands the UNESCO patrimony of Apollonia’s archaeological park. Founded around 600 BC, Apollonia was home to a renowned school of philosophy and acquired fame as an important cultural center that attracted brilliant students including the first Roman emperor, Augustus. Sadly, the city was abandoned in the 4th century AD, yet to this day it offers amazing landscapes that have changed little since its heyday as one of the biggest ancient settlements in the Adriatic sea region, now presenting the perfect grounds to reflect on the fleeting nature of human existence and development, amidst its ruins, as we will visit the Church of Saint Mary, the Archaeological Museum, the Odeon, the library, and its most photographed monument: the Bouleuterion. Our journey will continue to the Ardenica Monastery - the last monastery where monks still live today. Built in 1282 as an Eastern Orthodox monastery, it is known as the place where in 1451 was celebrated the marriage of Albania's national hero Skanderbeg with Andronika Arianiti. In 1780 the Ardenica Monastery started a theological school to prepare clerics in Greek Orthodoxy, and it had an important library with 32,000 volumes that sadly were completely burned by a fire in 1932. Free time (lunch optional). Return to Tirana and drop off in the same place as the pick-up.

UNESCO Heritage Sites in Albania on 3 day tour

UNESCO Heritage Sites in Albania on 3 day tour

Tirane-Sarande- Gjirokaster After passing by some of the most beautiful beaches in Albania , Sarande and Ksamil, we head to Butrint National Park where we wil go back in antiquity by visiting Butrint Archelogical Park. On our way back we stop at the port city of Sarande , to enjoy the lovely promenade by the sea and a delicious lunch. After lunch in Sarande we will head to Gjirokastra another unesco World Heriage site of Albania , located on the side of mountain Gjere on-top of a hill overlooking the valley. Gjirokastra is considered a museum city and is fascinating well preserved Old town since the Ottoman times in middle ages. Once we arrive in the city, you will soon recognize that this metropolis is unlike any other. At the heart of the city lies the main square, proudly named after the renowned Albanian Patriot of the 19th century, Cerciz Topulli. Here, the cobblestone streets culminate in a splendid spectacle, their journey from the castle's lofty heights finally at an end. . Countless unions were arranged here, providing the perfect milieu for families to come together prior to the wedding rites. This day, the city proudly displays its history to all who visit, with a splendid array of souvenirs and stories shared by the affable inhabitants. Majestically, we tread through the bustling Bazaar to reach the grand Gjirokastra Fortress. Upon the hilltop's natural defenses, it was the first settlement of the city, deeply rooted in the captivating legend of Argjiro, the young princess who sacrificed herself. Thusly, it is commonly referred to as the Crown of the City. Renovated significantly in the 19th Century, it has been used as a fortress and prison by countless regimes and political parties of the past. Undeniably, the Fortress holds great historical significance, yet its stony visage still provides a stunning view of the city, placidly spread along the hills. Gjirokaster-Apolloni Ancient City- Berat The ancient city of Apollonia is situated in southwestern Albania, about 13 miles from the city of Fier. The fascinating landscape of the archaeological park, which has been preserved in an exceptionally intact condition, comprises a successful combination between the beauty of monuments and nature, attractive through its long history, in an atmosphere of relaxation and meditation make our way to Central South Albania, to the City of Many Windows, Berat. Since 2008, it has been inscribed in the unesco World Heritage list, and continues to be a significant city even today, boasting a remarkable history of over two millennia. Berat-Durres-TIrane We will be travelling to the coastal city of Durres, a unique blend of culture and nature. Here, we will be able to take a leisurely stroll on the main promenade and witness the serene beauty of the sea, as well as visit the historic amphitheatre which has long been home to the battles of Gladiators. After our visit in Durres we shall head towards Tirana where our tour ends

Fier: Apollonia Archaeological Park Tour with Entry Ticket

Fier: Apollonia Archaeological Park Tour with Entry Ticket

Departing from Fier at 09:00 am, we'll reach the Apollonia archeological site in 20 minutes. The guide will welcome you to the site and then you'll walk through nature, among the ruins of thousand-old buildings, you will enter a unique atmosphere. There are a few archeological sites in the Mediterranean area that offer a similar landscape with beautiful ancient architecture and nature. And the Romans knew it! In fact, Cicero passed in this city and wrote some pages confirming that 60,000 people lived there. With the help of our guides, you will be able to identify the ruins of the antique city with the straight streets.

From Tirana & Durres :Private Day Trip to Apollonia, Berat

From Tirana & Durres :Private Day Trip to Apollonia, Berat

Explore the ancient Greek, Roman, and medieval ruins at the Apollonia Archaeological Park on this day trip from Tirana. Take a tour of the Mangalem and Gorica neighborhoods in the UNESCO world Heritage town of Berat.  Be picked up from your accommodation in Tirana and sit back and relax on the drive to the ruins at Apollonia. Explore this 6th century BC Greek trade colony which is surrounded by soft, picturesque hills and rolling olive groves. Uncover the Greek, Roman, and medieval heritage of this ancient city. View monuments from the classical period such as Doric columns, an obelisk, and the Gate of Temenos. Admire a well-preserved 13th century monastery complex.  Continue to the ruins of the Castle of Berat which was built in the 13th century and has Byzantine and Ottoman influences. Learn about what daily life was once like in Berat at the Ethnographic Museum of Berat. See how local styles fused with Ottoman styles at the museum.  Head to the Mangalem neighborhood of Berat. Snap pictures of the layered houses with large windows that overlook the river. Uncover how this place earned the name 'town of a thousand windows' as you explore the neighborhood of Gorica. Return to your accommodation in the city of Tirana.

From Durrës: Day Tour to Apollonia & Ardenica Monastery

From Durrës: Day Tour to Apollonia & Ardenica Monastery

Discover the ancient city of Apollonia on this full-day guided tour. Enjoy its special atmosphere, archaeology, and landscape. Then, visit the Ardenica convent, one of the most famous historical and religious monuments in Albania. Be transported in comfort from Durrës, enjoying the natural landscape on the way. Start your guided tour at 9 AM. The Archaeological Park of Apollonia holds about 2 million years of history. With the many monuments and ruins scattered on the hills of the Archaeological Park, you will come in close contact with the splendor of the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Identify the ruins of the 8 angular antique cities with straight streets with the help of your guide. Hear the legends of the Illyrian tribe from your expert guide. Visit Greek theaters and Roman temples. Find the Monastery and the Church of St. Mary within the walls of the Park. Explore the remnants of the Hellenistic ancient theatre, the triumphal arch, the agora with its colonnade, the gym, the monument of Agonothetes, the Odeon, the library, and the mosaic villas. After soaking in the legends, history, and evolution of this site, stop for a lunch break. Continue to the Ardenica Monastery. Visit the Church of Saint Mary and the Chapel of St. Trinity Church. Learn how the monastery gained relevance among local inhabitants. In addition to the rich history and culture of this site, the Monastery also offers breathtaking views of the hills of Ardenica.

From Vlora: Guided Tour to Apollonia Archaeological Park

From Vlora: Guided Tour to Apollonia Archaeological Park

Discover the ancient city of Apollonia on this half-day guided tour. Enjoy its special atmosphere, archaeology, and landscape. Be transported in comfort from Vlora to Apollonia, enjoying the natural beauty of the Narta Lagoon on the way. Enjoy your journey to Pojan to reach the Apollonia Archaeological Park. This archaeological site is the largest in the Balkan region. The center of Apollonia's life was the agora, which contained several buildings. Visit important buildings such as the Greek theater and a monument dedicated to the nymphs. Delve deep into this ancient commercial and cultural center. Your guide will take you through the legends, history, and evolution of this site. Unravel layers of history and understand the importance of Apollonia through the years. Learn how it became one of the most important ports of the region.

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4.9
(16 reviews)

Illir was a wonderful guide. Clearly very knowledgeable about the sites we visited, but was also very willing to discuss any other aspects of Albania, its history, and its country. He was a marvelous driver and got us to our destinations in adequate time and was flexible with my schedule and requests as well. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who is seriously interested in history, because this tour hits many important sites.

Really great day. Our guide Christian was really accommodating and put in a brief detour for lunch so I could taste good Albania wine. You see a lot in a full day though u am not sure what could be improved as you get to see all the highlights. The guide was informative and it was a real eye opener into Albania I would recommend it.

I enjoyed this tour very much, our tour guide was friendly, flexible and knowledgeable. This is a great way to see a few lovely spots in Albania :)

Amazing trip. Beautiful places. And best of all, no crowds. My guide Xhulio did an amazing job. Highly recommended.

Very good guide with a lot of knowledge and very good English speaking.