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From Saranda: Gjirokastra Stone City & Blue Eye Day Trip

From Saranda: Gjirokastra Stone City & Blue Eye Day Trip

Explore the city of Gjirokastra on an exciting day trip from Saranda. Begin your journey by arriving at Gjirokastra Castle for a one-hour tour of the historic fortress. Walk through the fascinating Old Bazaar and make your way to the Cold War Tunnel, where you'll have the opportunity to visit the fascinating site for 30 minutes. Then take a leisurely stroll back to the Old Bazaar, where you will have 30–60 minutes free time to explore the local souvenir shops or enjoy a delicious lunch. Visit Skenduli House, a magnificent 300-year-old museum house and learn all about the local culture for another 30 minutes. Finally, head to the stunning Blue Eye Nature Park, where you'll walk a 1.2 km trail to see the exquisite springs. Enjoy an exciting and informative way to explore the treasures of the city of Gjirokastra.

From Tirana & Durres: Private Tour of Gjirokaster & Blue Eye

From Tirana & Durres: Private Tour of Gjirokaster & Blue Eye

Join us in this Day Tour of Gjirokastra and The Blue Eye to explore the secrets behind this Stone City and Castle of Gjirokaster. Part of Albanian UNESCO World Heritage. This Tour brings you nearer to the Unique Architecture, Local life, delicious food, and a stunning water spring. It is a complete guide with the best of what to visit in Gjirokaster, carefully selected by us, along with the last destination being The Blue Eye. Probably it is one of the steepest cities in the world, as Ismail Kadare describes it in his book. Gjirokastra will amaze you with its unique architecture and its dominant castle of Gjirokastra on the top of the hill. It is a city with a rich and glorious history, culture, and delicious local cuisine. Tour of Gjirokaster will start with the Pride of the city, the Castle of Gjirokaster. Walking through the coble stone paths sliding from the castle, you will explore a charming city, strangely attractive, and very Instagramable. While in Gjirokastra, we will explore also most of the Historic city, including some characteristic houses to understand more about how everyday life was organized in the family. Lastly, our final stop will be The Blue Eye water spring, which will leave you speechless and eager to jump in those vibrant blue colors and take a dip. Tour of Gjirokastra The history of the “Stone City” of Gjirokastra dates since the IVth Century AD. Known as Argyrokastro (Silver Castle) it has been an important economic, political and cultural city since the early Byzantine Era. Since 2005 the City is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. In addition, it is known for its highly preserved Ottoman Style Buildings and Architecture. The main components of the unique style are - Stone House Rooftops - Unique “Small Fortes” house style - The old Bazaar Blue Eye The “Blue Eye” is a water spring and a natural phenomenon occurring in a village in Finiq, southern Albania. The clear blue water of the Bistricë River can be seen from a depth of more than 50 meters, which is truly a magical view and makes the Blue Eye one of the most preferred destinations among tourists.

From Tirana/Durres/Golem: Gjirokastra and Blue Eye Day Tour

From Tirana/Durres/Golem: Gjirokastra and Blue Eye Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Gjirokastra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the rugged mountains of southern Albania. Begin your exploration in the atmospheric Old Bazaar, where narrow cobblestone streets wind past traditional stone buildings housing artisan workshops, bustling cafes, and local eateries serving up authentic Albanian cuisine. Next, ascend to the imposing Gjirokastra Castle, perched high above the city on a rocky hilltop. This medieval fortress offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and provides insight into the city's storied past. Explore its ancient walls, towers, and courtyards, and learn about the illustrious history of the castle, which once served as the stronghold of the formidable ruler Ali Pasha Tepelena. As you wander the winding streets of Gjirokastra, take time to admire the unique architecture of the city's iconic stone houses. Built with distinctive slate roofs and featuring intricately carved wooden balconies, these historic homes offer a glimpse into Albania's rich cultural heritage. Don't miss the chance to visit Skenduli House, one of Gjirokastra's most renowned architectural landmarks. This beautifully preserved Ottoman-era mansion showcases the craftsmanship and elegance of traditional Albanian design, with its ornate interiors and charming courtyard garden. Embark on an unforgettable journey to the Blue Eye, a natural wonder nestled in the heart of southern Albania. This mesmerizing spring, also known as Syri i Kalter, boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters that seem to shimmer with an otherworldly brilliance. Located near the village of Muzine, the Blue Eye is formed by an underground river that emerges from a stunning karstic spring, creating a mesmerizing pool of vibrant blue water. The spring is surrounded by lush greenery, including dense forests and verdant hillsides, adding to its picturesque allure. Visitors can marvel at the mesmerizing beauty of the Blue Eye as they stand on the wooden viewing platform overlooking the spring. The water's incredible clarity allows you to see all the way to the bottom, where the depths seem to disappear into an azure abyss. With its fascinating history, stunning architecture, and breathtaking scenery & nature, Gjirokastra invites visitors to step back in time and experience the timeless charm of this enchanting Albanian city.

From Tirana/Durrës: Gjirokastra and Blue Eye Day Tour

From Tirana/Durrës: Gjirokastra and Blue Eye Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Gjirokastra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the rugged mountains of southern Albania. Begin your exploration in the atmospheric Old Bazaar, where narrow cobblestone streets wind past traditional stone buildings housing artisan workshops, bustling cafes, and local eateries serving up authentic Albanian cuisine. Next, ascend to the imposing Gjirokastra Castle, perched high above the city on a rocky hilltop. This medieval fortress offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and provides insight into the city's storied past. Explore its ancient walls, towers, and courtyards, and learn about the illustrious history of the castle, which once served as the stronghold of the formidable ruler Ali Pasha Tepelena. As you wander the winding streets of Gjirokastra, take time to admire the unique architecture of the city's iconic stone houses. Built with distinctive slate roofs and featuring intricately carved wooden balconies, these historic homes offer a glimpse into Albania's rich cultural heritage. Next is time to visit Skenduli House, one of Gjirokastra's most renowned architectural landmarks. This beautifully preserved Ottoman-era mansion showcases the craftsmanship and elegance of traditional Albanian design, with its ornate interiors and charming courtyard garden. Embark on an unforgettable journey to the Blue Eye, a natural wonder nestled in the heart of southern Albania. This mesmerizing spring, also known as Syri i Kalter, boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters that seem to shimmer with an otherworldly brilliance. Located near the village of Muzine, the Blue Eye is formed by an underground river that emerges from a stunning karstic spring, creating a mesmerizing pool of vibrant blue water. The spring is surrounded by lush greenery, including dense forests and verdant hillsides, adding to its picturesque allure. Visitors can marvel at the mesmerizing beauty of the Blue Eye as they stand on the wooden viewing platform overlooking the spring. The water's incredible clarity allows you to see all the way to the bottom, where the depths seem to disappear into an azure abyss.

Day Tour of Gjirokastra and Blue Eye from Tirana

Day Tour of Gjirokastra and Blue Eye from Tirana

Departing Tirana at the dawn of 8 o'clock, we shall journey towards Gjirokastra, a place 230 kilometers away, renowned for its remarkable preservation of the Ottoman architecture and its prominent agricultural land. We will traverse through the depths of Southern Albania, admiring the green fields that the countryside has to offer. Along our path, we shall be accompanied by the Vjosa River, one of the few untamed rivers of Albania and the surrounding Balkan region. 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. Dating back to the 17th Century, the Ottoman era saw the flourishing of a bustling epicenter that sent its vitality reverberating throughout the city. A hub of economic activity, this was the place where news, gossip and rumors were propagated with remarkable swiftness. All manner of transactions were conducted here, as well as leisurely gatherings over coffee. 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. Last visit : the "Blue Eye" spring - an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon and popular tourist attraction. The river's crystalline depths can be viewed from more than fifty metres below, and the refreshingly clear blue waters are a sight to behold. The journey to the springs is well worth the fifteen-minute walk through nature's finest.

From Durres: Gjirokastra Day Trip with Castle entrance

From Durres: Gjirokastra Day Trip with Castle entrance

Join us in exploring a very unique city and one of the favorite tourists' spot in Albania! Gjirokastra is a UNESCO site and its famous for its characteristic building style. It is also home to one of the most beautiful castles in the country, situated on the top hill overlooking the city. And of course, as in every other part of Albania, you will taste the delicious typical food of the area. We start from the city of Durres and after we arrive in Gjirokaster start to explore the city. The tour continues towards the Castle of this city where you will learn more about history, enjoy architecture and nature. Afterwards, you will visit one of the best preserved house in the old town, more than 300 years old, to witness how traditional families used to live and the habits they shared in a community living. At the end of the tour, you will have some free time to explore, to walk through the old bazaar and interact with locals and buy souvenirs and have lunch. Head back to Durres in the late afternoon, taking time to enjoy the scenic drive and the beautiful countryside along the way.

Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

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: Sightseeing tour of Berat via Durres Travel to Berat, stopping in Durres for a short walking tour of the City Walls, Byzantine Forum, Roman Thermal Baths, the Venetian Tower, and the Amphitheater. Transfer to Berat passing through suggestive hills full of olive trees. Then, get settled in the hotel and head out for a guided tour admiring the citadel/castle of Berat with the Red Mosque, recognized by its solitary minaret, and the many Byzantine Churches like the Holy Trinity Church and the St. George Church. Finally, step inside a local home inside the castle of Berat for a coffee, raki, and dessert break. Enjoy the rest of the day wandering in the two main districts of Mangalam and Gorica. Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Gjirokastra 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 soaking up the rich history of the castle and enjoying the view of the “city of stone” from above. Next, see the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses. Visit the Gjirokastra Obelisk dedicated to the first school of Gjirokastra and enjoy the 360º view from there. Next, stop for lunch in a small local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house, and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of the Skenduli family. Spend a relaxing evening in the streets of Gjirokaster. Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Butrint & the Blue Eye spring 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: Tirana via Vlore and Riviera Road En route to the city of Vlore via the scenic Riviera road, and explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director. First, head to the Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view of the South Coast beaches before indulging in lunch at Llogara National. Next, visit a park surrounded by pine trees and a fresh mountain breeze. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pashe Tepelena. Then, stop for lunch at a rustic local restaurant along Shushica river. After lunch, visit the city of Vlore, the hometown of the National Independence movement. visit Flag Square with its Independence Monument in the center, the Muradie Mosque, and Vlore Lungomare. Transfer to Tirana. (Hotel accommodation in Tirana is not included on the tour).

Private Day Tour of Saranda Gjirokaster,Butrint from Tirana

Private Day Tour of Saranda Gjirokaster,Butrint from Tirana

Departing Tirana at the dawn of 8 o'clock, we shall journey towards Gjirokastra, a place 230 kilometers away, renowned for its remarkable preservation of the Ottoman architecture and its prominent agricultural land. We will traverse through the depths of Southern Albania, admiring the green fields that the countryside has to offer. Along our path, we shall be accompanied by the Vjosa River, one of the few untamed rivers of Albania and the surrounding Balkan region. 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. Dating back to the 17th Century, the Ottoman era saw the flourishing of a bustling epicenter that sent its vitality reverberating throughout the city. A hub of economic activity, this was the place where news, gossip and rumors were propagated with remarkable swiftness. All manner of transactions were conducted here, as well as leisurely gatherings over coffee. 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. Time includes transportation. After visiting the heritage city of Gjirokastra we will drive for about an hour to arrive the biggest and most beautiful city of Albanian Riviera , Saranda. We have a short stop in by the sea and walk on the main promenade that offers wonderful view of the sea and the neighboring country of Greece, the island of Corfu. As we make our way through the charming streets of Ksamil, we will soon arrive at the renowned Butrint Archaeological Park, a true gem of Albanian archeology. From Butrint we return back to Tirana

From Tirana & Durres: Berat, Gjirokastra & Riviera in 2 Days

From Tirana & Durres: Berat, Gjirokastra & Riviera in 2 Days

An epic journey starting from the ancient city of Apollonia, and its glory as one of Julius Cezar’s stops on his way to Rome. Going through Berat and Gjirokaster, two of the most important gems of typical architecture in Albania, where even the stones have lots to tell. Furthermore, the magnificence of antiquity will be nicely blended with the scenic Albanian Riviera and the charming little villages along the coast or also the “Blue Eye” natural water fountain. A mosaic of colors, flavors, and sceneries when the typical architecture will be mixed with history, culture, delicious food, and very welcoming locals. This two-day tour of South Albania is a combination of History and Nature. We will be visiting three major destinations and numerous sites in between them. We will be spending our first day exploring the Albanian Riviera and the UNESCO World Heritage city of Gjirokaster and its most iconic places, like the Castle, Old Bazaar, Skenduli House, etc. During our first day, we will also be taking a short trip to visit the amazing Blue Eye water spring where you can take a swim or capture bomb Instagram photos to liven up your Feed. After spending some time at The Blue Eye we will head back to Gjirokaster where we will spend our night in a nice hotel. After having breakfast at the hotel, we hit the road again with Berat being our next destination. This ancient city has a very rich history and we will learn all about it while visiting the Castle of Berat or just walking through the city and taking a good look at the architecture and culture that mirrors the historical past of this UNESCO World Heritage site. After spending some free time and strolling through Berat we will head back to Tirana on a nice comfortable drive.

Gjirokaster Gems : Explore,Taste and Embrace the Stony Magic

Gjirokaster Gems : Explore,Taste and Embrace the Stony Magic

As we set out on our adventure through Gjirokaster, get ready for an experience that will ignite your senses and stir your soul. Our first stop is the magnificent Gjirokaster Castle, standing proud atop a hill with sweeping views of the city below. As we wander through its ancient halls and climb its weathered steps, imagine the stories that echo within its walls – tales of knights, kings, and the resilience of the people who called this place home. Next, we'll stroll through the charming streets of the old town until we reach the Skenduli house, a hidden gem bursting with history and charm. Step inside and feel the weight of centuries as we admire the intricate woodwork and colorful frescoes that adorn its walls. But hold onto your hats because our journey takes an unexpected turn as we venture underground into the Cold War Tunnel. Feel the chill in the air as we navigate its narrow passageways and secret chambers, uncovering the secrets of Albania's past with each step. After all that exploring, it's time to treat ourselves to a taste of tradition with a sampling of local desserts. From the sweet indulgence of baklava to the delicate flavors of oshaf each bite is a reminder of the rich culinary heritage that makes Gjirokaster so special. So come along and join us on this journey of discovery and delight, where every moment is an opportunity to connect with the past and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Skenduli House: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Saranda: Gjirokastra Stone City & Blue Eye Day Trip

From Saranda: Gjirokastra Stone City & Blue Eye Day Trip

Explore the city of Gjirokastra on an exciting day trip from Saranda. Begin your journey by arriving at Gjirokastra Castle for a one-hour tour of the historic fortress. Walk through the fascinating Old Bazaar and make your way to the Cold War Tunnel, where you'll have the opportunity to visit the fascinating site for 30 minutes. Then take a leisurely stroll back to the Old Bazaar, where you will have 30–60 minutes free time to explore the local souvenir shops or enjoy a delicious lunch. Visit Skenduli House, a magnificent 300-year-old museum house and learn all about the local culture for another 30 minutes. Finally, head to the stunning Blue Eye Nature Park, where you'll walk a 1.2 km trail to see the exquisite springs. Enjoy an exciting and informative way to explore the treasures of the city of Gjirokastra.

From Tirana & Durres: Private Tour of Gjirokaster & Blue Eye

From Tirana & Durres: Private Tour of Gjirokaster & Blue Eye

Join us in this Day Tour of Gjirokastra and The Blue Eye to explore the secrets behind this Stone City and Castle of Gjirokaster. Part of Albanian UNESCO World Heritage. This Tour brings you nearer to the Unique Architecture, Local life, delicious food, and a stunning water spring. It is a complete guide with the best of what to visit in Gjirokaster, carefully selected by us, along with the last destination being The Blue Eye. Probably it is one of the steepest cities in the world, as Ismail Kadare describes it in his book. Gjirokastra will amaze you with its unique architecture and its dominant castle of Gjirokastra on the top of the hill. It is a city with a rich and glorious history, culture, and delicious local cuisine. Tour of Gjirokaster will start with the Pride of the city, the Castle of Gjirokaster. Walking through the coble stone paths sliding from the castle, you will explore a charming city, strangely attractive, and very Instagramable. While in Gjirokastra, we will explore also most of the Historic city, including some characteristic houses to understand more about how everyday life was organized in the family. Lastly, our final stop will be The Blue Eye water spring, which will leave you speechless and eager to jump in those vibrant blue colors and take a dip. Tour of Gjirokastra The history of the “Stone City” of Gjirokastra dates since the IVth Century AD. Known as Argyrokastro (Silver Castle) it has been an important economic, political and cultural city since the early Byzantine Era. Since 2005 the City is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. In addition, it is known for its highly preserved Ottoman Style Buildings and Architecture. The main components of the unique style are - Stone House Rooftops - Unique “Small Fortes” house style - The old Bazaar Blue Eye The “Blue Eye” is a water spring and a natural phenomenon occurring in a village in Finiq, southern Albania. The clear blue water of the Bistricë River can be seen from a depth of more than 50 meters, which is truly a magical view and makes the Blue Eye one of the most preferred destinations among tourists.

From Tirana/Durres/Golem: Gjirokastra and Blue Eye Day Tour

From Tirana/Durres/Golem: Gjirokastra and Blue Eye Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Gjirokastra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the rugged mountains of southern Albania. Begin your exploration in the atmospheric Old Bazaar, where narrow cobblestone streets wind past traditional stone buildings housing artisan workshops, bustling cafes, and local eateries serving up authentic Albanian cuisine. Next, ascend to the imposing Gjirokastra Castle, perched high above the city on a rocky hilltop. This medieval fortress offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and provides insight into the city's storied past. Explore its ancient walls, towers, and courtyards, and learn about the illustrious history of the castle, which once served as the stronghold of the formidable ruler Ali Pasha Tepelena. As you wander the winding streets of Gjirokastra, take time to admire the unique architecture of the city's iconic stone houses. Built with distinctive slate roofs and featuring intricately carved wooden balconies, these historic homes offer a glimpse into Albania's rich cultural heritage. Don't miss the chance to visit Skenduli House, one of Gjirokastra's most renowned architectural landmarks. This beautifully preserved Ottoman-era mansion showcases the craftsmanship and elegance of traditional Albanian design, with its ornate interiors and charming courtyard garden. Embark on an unforgettable journey to the Blue Eye, a natural wonder nestled in the heart of southern Albania. This mesmerizing spring, also known as Syri i Kalter, boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters that seem to shimmer with an otherworldly brilliance. Located near the village of Muzine, the Blue Eye is formed by an underground river that emerges from a stunning karstic spring, creating a mesmerizing pool of vibrant blue water. The spring is surrounded by lush greenery, including dense forests and verdant hillsides, adding to its picturesque allure. Visitors can marvel at the mesmerizing beauty of the Blue Eye as they stand on the wooden viewing platform overlooking the spring. The water's incredible clarity allows you to see all the way to the bottom, where the depths seem to disappear into an azure abyss. With its fascinating history, stunning architecture, and breathtaking scenery & nature, Gjirokastra invites visitors to step back in time and experience the timeless charm of this enchanting Albanian city.

From Tirana/Durrës: Gjirokastra and Blue Eye Day Tour

From Tirana/Durrës: Gjirokastra and Blue Eye Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Gjirokastra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the rugged mountains of southern Albania. Begin your exploration in the atmospheric Old Bazaar, where narrow cobblestone streets wind past traditional stone buildings housing artisan workshops, bustling cafes, and local eateries serving up authentic Albanian cuisine. Next, ascend to the imposing Gjirokastra Castle, perched high above the city on a rocky hilltop. This medieval fortress offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and provides insight into the city's storied past. Explore its ancient walls, towers, and courtyards, and learn about the illustrious history of the castle, which once served as the stronghold of the formidable ruler Ali Pasha Tepelena. As you wander the winding streets of Gjirokastra, take time to admire the unique architecture of the city's iconic stone houses. Built with distinctive slate roofs and featuring intricately carved wooden balconies, these historic homes offer a glimpse into Albania's rich cultural heritage. Next is time to visit Skenduli House, one of Gjirokastra's most renowned architectural landmarks. This beautifully preserved Ottoman-era mansion showcases the craftsmanship and elegance of traditional Albanian design, with its ornate interiors and charming courtyard garden. Embark on an unforgettable journey to the Blue Eye, a natural wonder nestled in the heart of southern Albania. This mesmerizing spring, also known as Syri i Kalter, boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters that seem to shimmer with an otherworldly brilliance. Located near the village of Muzine, the Blue Eye is formed by an underground river that emerges from a stunning karstic spring, creating a mesmerizing pool of vibrant blue water. The spring is surrounded by lush greenery, including dense forests and verdant hillsides, adding to its picturesque allure. Visitors can marvel at the mesmerizing beauty of the Blue Eye as they stand on the wooden viewing platform overlooking the spring. The water's incredible clarity allows you to see all the way to the bottom, where the depths seem to disappear into an azure abyss.

Day Tour of Gjirokastra and Blue Eye from Tirana

Day Tour of Gjirokastra and Blue Eye from Tirana

Departing Tirana at the dawn of 8 o'clock, we shall journey towards Gjirokastra, a place 230 kilometers away, renowned for its remarkable preservation of the Ottoman architecture and its prominent agricultural land. We will traverse through the depths of Southern Albania, admiring the green fields that the countryside has to offer. Along our path, we shall be accompanied by the Vjosa River, one of the few untamed rivers of Albania and the surrounding Balkan region. 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. Dating back to the 17th Century, the Ottoman era saw the flourishing of a bustling epicenter that sent its vitality reverberating throughout the city. A hub of economic activity, this was the place where news, gossip and rumors were propagated with remarkable swiftness. All manner of transactions were conducted here, as well as leisurely gatherings over coffee. 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. Last visit : the "Blue Eye" spring - an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon and popular tourist attraction. The river's crystalline depths can be viewed from more than fifty metres below, and the refreshingly clear blue waters are a sight to behold. The journey to the springs is well worth the fifteen-minute walk through nature's finest.

From Durres: Gjirokastra Day Trip with Castle entrance

From Durres: Gjirokastra Day Trip with Castle entrance

Join us in exploring a very unique city and one of the favorite tourists' spot in Albania! Gjirokastra is a UNESCO site and its famous for its characteristic building style. It is also home to one of the most beautiful castles in the country, situated on the top hill overlooking the city. And of course, as in every other part of Albania, you will taste the delicious typical food of the area. We start from the city of Durres and after we arrive in Gjirokaster start to explore the city. The tour continues towards the Castle of this city where you will learn more about history, enjoy architecture and nature. Afterwards, you will visit one of the best preserved house in the old town, more than 300 years old, to witness how traditional families used to live and the habits they shared in a community living. At the end of the tour, you will have some free time to explore, to walk through the old bazaar and interact with locals and buy souvenirs and have lunch. Head back to Durres in the late afternoon, taking time to enjoy the scenic drive and the beautiful countryside along the way.

Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

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: Sightseeing tour of Berat via Durres Travel to Berat, stopping in Durres for a short walking tour of the City Walls, Byzantine Forum, Roman Thermal Baths, the Venetian Tower, and the Amphitheater. Transfer to Berat passing through suggestive hills full of olive trees. Then, get settled in the hotel and head out for a guided tour admiring the citadel/castle of Berat with the Red Mosque, recognized by its solitary minaret, and the many Byzantine Churches like the Holy Trinity Church and the St. George Church. Finally, step inside a local home inside the castle of Berat for a coffee, raki, and dessert break. Enjoy the rest of the day wandering in the two main districts of Mangalam and Gorica. Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Gjirokastra 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 soaking up the rich history of the castle and enjoying the view of the “city of stone” from above. Next, see the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses. Visit the Gjirokastra Obelisk dedicated to the first school of Gjirokastra and enjoy the 360º view from there. Next, stop for lunch in a small local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house, and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of the Skenduli family. Spend a relaxing evening in the streets of Gjirokaster. Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Butrint & the Blue Eye spring 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: Tirana via Vlore and Riviera Road En route to the city of Vlore via the scenic Riviera road, and explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director. First, head to the Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view of the South Coast beaches before indulging in lunch at Llogara National. Next, visit a park surrounded by pine trees and a fresh mountain breeze. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pashe Tepelena. Then, stop for lunch at a rustic local restaurant along Shushica river. After lunch, visit the city of Vlore, the hometown of the National Independence movement. visit Flag Square with its Independence Monument in the center, the Muradie Mosque, and Vlore Lungomare. Transfer to Tirana. (Hotel accommodation in Tirana is not included on the tour).

Private Day Tour of Saranda Gjirokaster,Butrint from Tirana

Private Day Tour of Saranda Gjirokaster,Butrint from Tirana

Departing Tirana at the dawn of 8 o'clock, we shall journey towards Gjirokastra, a place 230 kilometers away, renowned for its remarkable preservation of the Ottoman architecture and its prominent agricultural land. We will traverse through the depths of Southern Albania, admiring the green fields that the countryside has to offer. Along our path, we shall be accompanied by the Vjosa River, one of the few untamed rivers of Albania and the surrounding Balkan region. 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. Dating back to the 17th Century, the Ottoman era saw the flourishing of a bustling epicenter that sent its vitality reverberating throughout the city. A hub of economic activity, this was the place where news, gossip and rumors were propagated with remarkable swiftness. All manner of transactions were conducted here, as well as leisurely gatherings over coffee. 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. Time includes transportation. After visiting the heritage city of Gjirokastra we will drive for about an hour to arrive the biggest and most beautiful city of Albanian Riviera , Saranda. We have a short stop in by the sea and walk on the main promenade that offers wonderful view of the sea and the neighboring country of Greece, the island of Corfu. As we make our way through the charming streets of Ksamil, we will soon arrive at the renowned Butrint Archaeological Park, a true gem of Albanian archeology. From Butrint we return back to Tirana

From Tirana & Durres: Berat, Gjirokastra & Riviera in 2 Days

From Tirana & Durres: Berat, Gjirokastra & Riviera in 2 Days

An epic journey starting from the ancient city of Apollonia, and its glory as one of Julius Cezar’s stops on his way to Rome. Going through Berat and Gjirokaster, two of the most important gems of typical architecture in Albania, where even the stones have lots to tell. Furthermore, the magnificence of antiquity will be nicely blended with the scenic Albanian Riviera and the charming little villages along the coast or also the “Blue Eye” natural water fountain. A mosaic of colors, flavors, and sceneries when the typical architecture will be mixed with history, culture, delicious food, and very welcoming locals. This two-day tour of South Albania is a combination of History and Nature. We will be visiting three major destinations and numerous sites in between them. We will be spending our first day exploring the Albanian Riviera and the UNESCO World Heritage city of Gjirokaster and its most iconic places, like the Castle, Old Bazaar, Skenduli House, etc. During our first day, we will also be taking a short trip to visit the amazing Blue Eye water spring where you can take a swim or capture bomb Instagram photos to liven up your Feed. After spending some time at The Blue Eye we will head back to Gjirokaster where we will spend our night in a nice hotel. After having breakfast at the hotel, we hit the road again with Berat being our next destination. This ancient city has a very rich history and we will learn all about it while visiting the Castle of Berat or just walking through the city and taking a good look at the architecture and culture that mirrors the historical past of this UNESCO World Heritage site. After spending some free time and strolling through Berat we will head back to Tirana on a nice comfortable drive.

Gjirokaster Gems : Explore,Taste and Embrace the Stony Magic

Gjirokaster Gems : Explore,Taste and Embrace the Stony Magic

As we set out on our adventure through Gjirokaster, get ready for an experience that will ignite your senses and stir your soul. Our first stop is the magnificent Gjirokaster Castle, standing proud atop a hill with sweeping views of the city below. As we wander through its ancient halls and climb its weathered steps, imagine the stories that echo within its walls – tales of knights, kings, and the resilience of the people who called this place home. Next, we'll stroll through the charming streets of the old town until we reach the Skenduli house, a hidden gem bursting with history and charm. Step inside and feel the weight of centuries as we admire the intricate woodwork and colorful frescoes that adorn its walls. But hold onto your hats because our journey takes an unexpected turn as we venture underground into the Cold War Tunnel. Feel the chill in the air as we navigate its narrow passageways and secret chambers, uncovering the secrets of Albania's past with each step. After all that exploring, it's time to treat ourselves to a taste of tradition with a sampling of local desserts. From the sweet indulgence of baklava to the delicate flavors of oshaf each bite is a reminder of the rich culinary heritage that makes Gjirokaster so special. So come along and join us on this journey of discovery and delight, where every moment is an opportunity to connect with the past and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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We had awesome trip with small group and wonderful guide Gazmir. As a bonus, we made also a stop in Ksamil. Be aware that it may reveal to be quite exhausting during the hot weather. It is recommended to buy a train ticket to Blue Eye spot in order not to go on foot

The tour is excellent and also we had great guide Marcia, she is very professional and knows a lot about the sites. The places we visited are outstanding Thanks for the driver and the Rei tours

very good day with a detour to the coast and an excellent lunch in a restaurant in Ksamil. Erjon is very friendly, excellent guide and driver. Thanks to him for these wonderful visits.

lovley Trip, very informative, well spoken Guide! all in all perfect!

Great tour - everything was excellent and very informative!