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From Tirana: Kruja Castle, Old Bazaar & Sari Salltik Tour

1. From Tirana: Kruja Castle, Old Bazaar & Sari Salltik Tour

Join a guided tour of Kruja city to explore all its iconic attractions. Visit Kruja Castle, Skanderbeg’s Museum, the Old Bazaar, and Sari Salltik mountain. We will pick you up from the hotel and start the tour to Kruja city. After around one hour driving you are in Kruja and we continue the first visit to the Castle of Kruja, which houses Skanderbeg’s Museum. It was the epicenter of the legendary Albanian resistance to the Ottomans, led by national hero Skanderbeg in the 15th century. See a copy of the helmet and the sword of Scanderbeg in the main hall, the flags and stems of prominent families of that time who supported the national hero and a lot of the history telling by the guide. After soaking in the culture and history, discover the current arts and crafts in the Old Bazaar. Look for souvenirs, including intricate local handicrafts. Finally, driving by car on a panoramic mountain road to visit the holy site of Sari Salltik. Head to this cave located on the edge of a mountain 1176 meters high and also enjoy the amazing view from the top of the mountain. Afterward, head back to Tirana.

From Tirana: Berat City UNESCO Heritage and Belshi Lake Tour

2. From Tirana: Berat City UNESCO Heritage and Belshi Lake Tour

Embark on a cultural and artistic pilgrimage. See master painter Onufri's work in the churches of Berat. Visit Berat Castle, Onufri Museum, Mangalemi & 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. 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. On the way back you will visit Belshi, a very small town, with a small lake in front of the buildings.

Berat: Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall Tour

3. Berat: Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall Tour

Experience the natural beauty of Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall with our guided tour. Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to this hidden gem of Albania. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to stop at several viewpoints to take pictures of the breathtaking canyon. You will also walk on top of the canyons to enjoy the magnificent views. Our tour includes a hike through Bogove National Park, where you will have the chance to swim in the cold crystal waters of the stunning Bogove waterfall. You will also make a stop in Polican, a small town founded during the communist time to produce weapons and learn about its history. The tour is customizable to your interests and preferences. You can also enjoy a picnic lunch Please note that during the dry season from July to September, we can make a short exploration of the canyon. However, in the other months, it is not possible to explore the canyon, and the tour will focus on sightseeing. Get ready to discover the natural beauty of Albania and create unforgettable memories with our Osum Canyon and Bogove waterfall tour! Meet with the tour guide in Berat and transfer to Osum Canyon On the way to the canyon stop in Polican a town founded during the communist time to produce weapons Proceed the journey to the canyons – Stop in the viewpoints and learn more about some popular legends Take your time to swim On the way back to Berat visit Bogove waterfall Fresh up with the cold waters of the waterfall Return to Berat in the late afternoon

From Tirana: Berat Full-Day Tour

4. From Tirana: Berat Full-Day Tour

Depart for Berat at 9:00 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 Cooking Class

5. Berat Cooking Class

Immerse yourself in a unique culinary experience by joining our cooking class hosted by an Albanian family living inside the historic Berat Castle. Step into the enchanting world of Albanian cuisine as you embark on a gastronomic journey like no other. Our exclusive cooking class offers a rare opportunity to learn traditional recipes handed down through generations while enjoying the warm hospitality of a local family. We will meet at our office which is located close to the old town then proceed on our journey to Berat castle. Under the guidance of your hosts, who are passionate about preserving their culinary heritage, you'll get hands-on experience preparing authentic Albanian dishes. The dishes you’ll prepare might include local specialties such as Stuffed Eggplants and Fërgesë (a traditional Albanian dish made with peppers, tomatoes, and cheese). The dishes are subject to availability we will inform you before about the dishes.At the end of the class, you’ll have the chance to sit down and enjoy the meal you’ve prepared, along with a glass of local wine or raki Beyond the cooking itself, this experience goes beyond the kitchen. Engage in delightful conversations with your hosts, who will eagerly share stories about their family, culture, and the history of Berat Castle. You'll gain insight into the local way of life, customs, and traditions, creating memories that extend beyond the taste buds. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Berat Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this cooking class offers a truly immersive and authentic Albanian experience. Join us for a day of culinary exploration, cultural exchange, and warm hospitality that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the rich traditions of Albania.

From Tirana or Durres: Berat, Durres, Elbasan in a Day Trip

6. From Tirana or Durres: Berat, Durres, Elbasan in a Day Trip

We will depart from Tirana or Durres at 8:00 am. First, we will visit Durres Castle and the Amphitheater of Durres. Durrës Castle walls are the fortified part of the old city of Durrës. The city walls were built in the late 5th century, and repaired and reinforced in the Middle Ages. The Amphitheater of Durres, is surely one of the greatest pieces of ancient architecture in Albania, if not the Balkans. It was built in 100AD by Hadrian and was only rediscovered in the 1960s. It was used for about 300 years and back then it could have as many as 18,000 spectators. Next, we will visit Berat City, Gorica Bridge, and Mangalem Quarter, from where you will pass by the Gate of Pasha, The King Mosque, The Helvetia Tekke, and the Inn. For those who feel fit well to walk on the cobbled narrow streets of the town, the Castle of Berat, apart from being one of the biggest inhabited in Albania, represents a unique combination of different styles and epochs, such as Roman, Byzantine, Albanian, and Ottoman. At the end, we will go and visit Elbasan's historical sights, its ancient Castle and Basilica. Elbasan city community took part in the spread of Christianity along the Via Egnatia, which used to connect Rome with Constantinople, had a bishop, cathedral, and basilicas as early as the fifth century. You will learn more during the sightseeing... We will reach Tirana by 6:00 p.m.

Classic wine tasting tour of Berat

7. Classic wine tasting tour of Berat

Embark on a classic wine-tasting tour of Berat, and indulge in the region’s finest wines. Our friendly driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to one of the top wineries in the region. Upon arrival, you will meet one of the family representatives, who will take you on a guided tour of the winery and explain the winemaking process. You will have the opportunity to taste four different types of wine, carefully selected by the winery. To enhance your wine-tasting experience, you will also sample one type of raki, a traditional Albanian brandy, and local snacks that perfectly complement the wine. The total length of the experience is approximately 2.5 – 3 hours, giving you ample time to fully appreciate and savor the wines. Once the tasting is complete, our driver will return you to your hotel in Berat. Please note that the price is for one winery and we can choose from several options including Luani, Cobo, Alpeta, Pupa, and Nurellari, depending on your preferences. However, please keep in mind that the wineries are subject to availability.

Berat: Historic City Walking-Tour

8. Berat: Historic City Walking-Tour

Walk through the historic city of Berat and discover its rich culture and architecture on this illuminating 2-3 hour tour. After a short introduction from your guide, you will proceed to Berat's new bridge from there you will enjoy the views of the ancient quarters of Mangalam and Gorica. Travel back in time as you stroll through the meandering streets, home to the Ottomans in the 15th century, and learn more about the architecture of this "town of a thousand windows". Visit the iconic Medieval. Discover more about the relationship between Albania's religious groups. Climb up to the magnificent Castle of Berat. Marvel at the fort and witness the monuments and treasures inside.

From Tirana: Daily Tour to Berat | UNESCO & Belsh (Winery)

9. From Tirana: Daily Tour to Berat | UNESCO & Belsh (Winery)

Welcome to Berat Adventure - Your Ultimate Berat Exploration Hub! Our dedicated team of expert guides ensures a safe and enjoyable experience, catering to both seasoned travelers and first-time adventurers. Join us today for an unforgettable journey filled with excitement and discovery in the historic city of Berat. Unveil the rich cultural heritage of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you explore its ancient castles, picturesque Ottoman-era architecture, and charming cobbled streets. Don't miss the chance to visit the iconic Berat Castle and the Onufri Museum, which houses a remarkable collection of religious art. Let Berat Adventure be your gateway to a captivating exploration of Berat's hidden treasures, creating memories that will stay with you forever.

From Tirana: Berat UNESCO City and Belshi Lake Day Trip

10. From Tirana: Berat UNESCO City and Belshi Lake Day Trip

Discover the best of Albania on a private or shared day trip to Berat from Tirana. Visit the picturesque Lake Belshi on the way, then explore Berat’s highlights, including Gorica Bridge, Berat Castle, and the Onufri Iconographic Museum. Begin your tour at the meeting point with the shared tour option, or enjoy a hotel pickup if you opt for the private tour. Then, travel to Berat in an air-conditioned vehicle, admiring the views of the countryside, with a stop at Belshi Lake along the way. Upon arrival, head to the city’s Mangalam Quarter and see its landmarks, such as the Bachelors Mosque. Continue to the historic Gorica Bridge, an Ottoman stone bridge that crosses the Osum River and connects the two parts of the city. Next, cross the bridge and make your way to Berat Castle. Explore the 13th-century landmark, learn about its history from your guide, and admire spectacular views of the city. Visit the Onufri Iconographic Museum (ticket not included) to discover more about Albanian culture. After marveling at the collection of icons and religious art, return to Tirana.

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(96 reviews)

wonderful experience, beautiful place, welcoming people. The castle is worth visiting with a guide to understand the history of Albania and its heroes. Klajdi, our guide, made sure we didn't miss anything, from hotel pick-up to guided tours. Good, prepared and friendly. Thank you

The guide was absolutely fantastic! Best guide ever. He was friendly, knowledge, had great English, and very open to any question. I highly recommend him and this trip. They even dropped me off at the airport, saving time and money.

A relaxed and interesting day trip. The less hectic pace was welcome and everyone had a nice time seeing the sights - and free time to enjoy - and meeting others in the small group from all around the globe.

The guide (Armier) was really excellent. Kind, learned, and eager to help with anything that we might need. The tour is recommendable.

Everything was great!!! The guide was great! The tour is simply worth seeing and exciting