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From Tirana: Berat City UNESCO Heritage and Belshi Lake Tour

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.

From Tirana: Berat Full-Day Tour

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.

From Tirana or Durres: Berat, Durres, and Elbasan Tour

From Tirana or Durres: Berat, Durres, and Elbasan Tour

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. We will reach Tirana by 6:00 p.m.

From Tirana: Berat City & Castle Guided Tour

From Tirana: Berat City & Castle Guided Tour

This magnificent 2400-year-old city is the pride of Albanian Architecture and is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Berat has been influenced by both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Its influences from the Eastern & Western empires can be seen through their costumes, traditions and outlooks. Berat is a treasure-trove for Albanian history & culture, and it is a testament of the country’s tradition of religious harmony and tolerance. The city’s life began in the 5th-6th century B.C. as an Illyrian settlement. Later, in the 3rd century B.C., it was turned into a castle city known as Antipatrea. Even today, residents still live inside of the castle walls. The three main neighborhoods of the old city are Mangalemi, Gorica, and Kala, the latter being where the castle itself is located. In Mangalemi, below the castle, you can see the famous view of the facades of the houses, with windows that seem to stand above each other. With its houses built along the steep hill, the view of Mangalemi is the reason that another name for Berat is the City of the Floating Windows. Across the Osum 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 Mangalemi. Its rugged mountain setting is particularly evocative when the clouds swirl around the tops of the minarets or break up to show the icy peak of Mt Tomorri. The old stone houses that have been loyally accompanying each other for centuries,stand up proudly and do not show their age on their snow-white facades. Depart from Tirana for Berat at 9:00 am and you will be transferred to this beautiful city for around 2 hours. First we will start the tour with the castle area,and we will be piercing through old stone houses on a nice walk on the cobbled paths until we reach “Onufri” iconographic museum. The Cathedral of Shën Mëria houses a museum of works by the famous iconographers of the 16th century: Onufri, and his son, Nikolla. There are over 100 icons on display. We will continue walking on the narrow cobbled paths and make a quick stop for a coffee in one of the old houses while interacting with locals. We will continue our walk with beautiful sightseeing of the old churches and mosques that will be accompanying us. We will reach the view point,where you can clearly see the two other neighborhoods from above- Mangalem and Gorica. You will also see the beautiful Osumi river piercing through the city and view the High-Mighty mountains. After touring the fortress, we will continue onto the old Mangalem neighborhood where we will reach the old plaza of the city. We will continue our walk alongside the river towards the Gorica bridge where we will have an amazing view of the Gorica neighborhood. This will be the end of the city tour, and of course there will be an optional lunch in a traditional Albanian restaurant with traditional cuisine.

From Tirana: Guided Berat City & Castle Tour & Wine Tasting

From Tirana: Guided Berat City & Castle Tour & Wine Tasting

Depart for Berat at 9:00 am and you will be transferred to this beautiful city for around 2 hours. First we will start the tour with the castle area, and we will be piercing through old stones houses on a nice walk on a cobbled path, until we reach “Onufri” iconographic museum. The Cathedral of Shën Mëria houses a museum of works by the famous iconographers of the 16th century: Onufri, and his son, Nikolla. There are over 100 icons on display. We will continue walking in the narrow cobbled paths, and do a quick stop for a coffee in one of the old houses and interact with locals. We will continue our walk with beautiful sightseeing of old churches and mosques accompanying us. We will reach the view-point, where you can see clearly the two other neighborhoods: Mangalem and Gorica from the top view, the beautiful Osumi river piercing through and the high mighty mountains. After the fortress we will go on the old Mangalem neighborhood, until we reach the old plaza of the city. We will continue our walk by the river towards the Gorica bridge, and have an amazing view of Gorica neighborhood. This will be the end of the city tour, and there will be an optional lunch in a restaurant with traditional cuisine. Afterwards we will drive to “Cobo” winery, one of the best wineries in Albania where you will have a wine tasting of their finest wines with appetizers. After the wine tour, we will start heading back to Tirana.

From Tirana: Berat Full Day Tour UNESCO Heritage.

From Tirana: Berat Full Day Tour UNESCO Heritage.

Berat is your ticket to antiquity and ottoman empire at the same time. Berat is a well preserved Ottoman architecture city, one of those places that make you eager to travel. Its homes and windows are well known for the amazing views that make the city a must visit during your stay in Albania. The narrow cobblestone streets follow up the whole city up to the castle, one of the last inhabited castles in Europe. Our carefully curated itinerary takes you on a journey through the UNESCO-listed historic center, where you'll explore ancient architecture, vibrant markets, and picturesque landscapes. Immerse yourself in the local culture, savor delicious cuisine, and create lasting memories with Berat Day Tour – your gateway to the heart of Albania."

From Durrës: Berat Guided Day Trip with Berat Castle Visit

From Durrës: Berat Guided Day Trip with Berat Castle Visit

Berat is today one of the main cultural centers in Albania, protected by UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 This tour takes you to the most important spots in the city. You will start your tour by visiting the city center. Then you will move forward to the top of the hill at “Kalaja e Beratit” or the castle of Berat. This castle has been the fortress that overlooked the city for more than 2000 years. Your guide will tell you all about the ancient city of Berat. The tour will continue with a visit to Onufri Museum where you will find old icons, paintings, and documents that date way back in time. After the museum, you will visit the Ottoman Bridge that is built over the Osum river and connects two parts of the city. Before returning to Tirana you will visit some neighbors of Gorrica and Mangalem.

From Durres: Berat day trip with castle visit and city tour

From Durres: Berat day trip with castle visit and city tour

Explore with us the city of “one above the other windows", also home to a UNESCO heritage site. Driver will pick you up from Durres and you will meet a local guide in Berat, who will do a walking tour and show you the best areas of the city. Learn about the history, while enjoying the picturesque city and its unique architecture. The Castle of Berat is the highlight of our tour, a massive fortress that dates back to the 4th century BC, which offers stunning views and home to several churches, museums, and galleries. The day cannot be complete without some free time (self-gudied) to go around the neighbourhoods, have a traditional lunch to recommended restaurants and buy some local souvenirs. - Visit Berat Castle and the Museum of Iconography Onufri - Visit the quarters of Gorica and Mangalem - Free time for lunch, souvenirs etc. (approx. 2h) The trip lasts a total of 8 hours, including 3 hours transfer, 3 hours guided walking tour and 2 hours of free time.

"Discover Berat: Explore By Walking"

"Discover Berat: Explore By Walking"

What to Expect: Expert Guide: Your tour will be led by an expert guide passionate about history and storytelling. They'll bring the past to life, sharing fascinating insights and stories along the way. Historical Landmarks: Explore the hidden gems and iconic landmarks of Berat. Visit ancient ruins, medieval castles, and historic neighborhoods, each with its own unique story to tell. Interactive Experience: This is not your average tour. Prepare to engage all your senses as you touch, taste, and smell history. From hands-on experiences to interactive storytelling, this tour is as immersive as it gets. Customized Itinerary: We understand that every traveler is unique. That's why we offer personalized itineraries tailored to your interests and preferences. Whether you're a history buff, or an art lover, we'll create the perfect experience for you. Unforgettable Memories: Leave Berat with more than just souvenirs. Leave with unforgettable memories and a deeper understanding of the rich history and culture that makes this destination truly special.

Tour of Albania North to South – Nature & Culture 4 Day Trip

Tour of Albania North to South – Nature & Culture 4 Day Trip

You will discover the history of the country dating from the early Antique Period to the Modern Days, and enjoy the beautiful diverse nature of tall mountains and amazing beaches. In addition, the highlights of the country such as Shkodra, Berat, Gjirokastra, Durres, and Saranda will be explored in detail to offer you the real taste of “Albania“. The Best of Albania four-day tour gives you the opportunity to incorporate all of Albania’s main tourist highlights including UNESCO sites and a National Nature Park. Visiting everyday different cities with a local professional guide will give you an unforgettable experience of traveling in Albania and will enable you to understand the country’s culture and to enjoy its nature.

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What people are saying about Muzeu Kombëtar Ikonografik Onufri

Overall rating

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(2 reviews)

This trip was very well done and very well put together. The times that we had for activities were enough for the length of the trip. The tour guide did a great job driving us safely, and he knows a lot about the history of the area, which is informative. The weather was nice. It was hot and sunny. Overall, I learned a lot from this trip, and I highly recommend you give it a try.

Kladji was our driver/guide, and was very friendly, funny, and knowledgeable. He added a personal touch to the experience giving us a flavour of the history of Albania and its modern culture. As a result I got into Albanian rap and hip hop! A good day trip in general to get a flavour of some of Albania’s history and culture, made excellent by the brilliant Kladji.

10 and praise to the guide, Antonio, a person with strong human qualities: kindness, humility, delicacy and excellent preparation. His words and his stories gave soul to the enchanting Berat and to all of Albania. This day will remain one of the postcards of my life, which does not need to be printed because it is already indelible in my heart. Highly recommended!

With a warm, funny and knowledgeable guide like Klajdi it was an absolute pleasure to visit Belshi and Berat! In my opinion, the tour offered a perfect mix of time together with the group as well as time to explore on your own. I will definitely recommend this tour!

Had a wonderful time during the tour! Our guide Klajdi was very attentive and helpful, explained all the things in detail. Berat is a pleasant historic place to go and enjoy, I recommend going to this tour!