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National History Museum, Tirana

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Tirana: Communism History Tour

1. Tirana: Communism History Tour

Meet your guide at Scanderbeg Squere and set off on your tour of the city where you will learn about the rule of the Communist Party of Labour of Albania, which ruled from 1945 to 1991. First, stop at Scanderbeg Square . Get an overview of Albanian national history prior to the communist era and learn more about Albania's national hero, Scanderbeg. Hear of the story of the military commander who led a rebellion against the Ottoman Empire. Then, visit the Etemhem Bey Mosque and the Clock Tower. A few meters away from Scanderbeg Square is the underground bunker, Bunkart 2. Explore this modern-day museum which provides plenty of fascinating stories from communist times. Discover traces of communist architecture and artifacts when entering the nearby block area. See a section of a war bunker, materials from the Spac mine, and parts of the Berlin Wall which were gifts from the German government. Inside the block area, see the exterior of the house of the former dictator, Enver Hoxha. Continue the tour with a visit to the museum, the Hause of Leaves, a building that housed the state intelligence agency, the Sigurimi. Enjoy some of the best grilled food in Tirana for lunch.

Historic Corners of Tirana - Guided Walking Tour

2. Historic Corners of Tirana - Guided Walking Tour

Bond with a vibrant atmosphere as you hear intriguing stories about the rich heritage, long history and captivating culture of Albania's largest city. Start the journey from historic Skanderbeg Square and learn how monumental the Skanderbeg Statue is for the citizens of Albania. Become familiar with the national hero of Albania and the turbulent medieval times of the country. Discover the religious heritage of Tirana as you witness a unique mosque situated in the city’s central area. Find out what implications and events during the communist era relate to this monument and learn how citizens of Tirana used to live in the past. Witness a monument to one of Tirana’s rulers and learn how the Ottomans influenced the city in the past. Stroll the vibrant, urban area of the city and witness one of the most captivating monuments, an Old Villa which belongs to the Albanian famous painter, Sali Shijaku.

Albania: Local Food & Unesco Heritage - 6 Days

3. Albania: Local Food & Unesco Heritage - 6 Days

Day 1: Travel day We start our journey in Tirana with guided walking tour of the city center, including Skanderbeg Square, Ethem Bey Mosque, National Historical Museum, the Pyramid, Blloku area. Day 2: The Old Capital of Kruja & Mrizi i Zanave Agrotourism We start our journey from Tirana, directly to the city of Kruja. Set off on a guided tour of Dollma Bektashi Teqe , the surroundings and the Castle itself, the Skanderbeg and Ethnographic Museum. Transfer in the village of Fishte and its Albanian Slow Food excellence, you will spend a couple of hours visiting the surrounding and tasting the best Albanian food there is. Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Gjirokaster Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover the city of “a thousand steps”, driving through small villages. Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family Soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above Pass by the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses Day 4: The Blue Eye Spring, Butrint National Park & Mussel Tour Boat Ride Continue to Butrint for a guided tour of the Unesco Archaeological site where a local guided explains 2500 years of history embedded in the Amphitheater, the Castle, the Churches and the Lion’s Gate. But before we stop at Blue Eye and marvel at the spring’s shades of blue and nature around it. Set off for a beach day at Ksamil Islands and on the way back to Saranda visit the Lekursi Castle overseeing the city. Day 5: Berat via Porto Palermo Bay & Albanian Riviera Road En route to the city of Berat via the scenic Riviera road, explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who build it, Ali Pashe Tepelena. Stop for lunch at a rustic local restaurant along Shushica river. Reach Berat, get settled in the hotel and enjoy an evening in the lights and promenade of this pretty Unesco town. Day 6: Walking Tour & Local Food in Berat (Unesco) This morning set out for a walking guide of “City of Thousand Windows”, where you will admire the Red Mosque, the White Mosque, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the arched bridge of Gorica. In the afternoon Alpeta Winery will welcome you for a cellar and vineyard visit. enjoy lunch with their seasonal home-grown and locally sourced organic delights and their fine wine. Day 7: Departure Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Cultural Walking tour in Tirana

4. Cultural Walking tour in Tirana

Albania’s capital Tirana is a great place to visit. It is a city with prehistoric heritage, the history of the Ottoman Empire, and disintegrating soviet-era buildings by the side with brand new projects. What secrets are hidden in the Ex-Dictator Villa with its Albanian Luxury zone? What details can reveal Communism time remains, such as bunkers and spying zones? How is it the related castle of Tirana and of the long Ottoman period in Albania? With the local charismatic guide. Start your cultural tour at the Place of culture, one of the most famous landmarks in the city. Visit the impressive Clock Tower and see the beautiful Et'hem Bey Mosque. Continue to the Unknown Soldier Statue and immerse yourself in the past at the House of Leaves Museum.

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very varied and interesting, especially Bunkart 1 is very impressive.