Day Trip Tirana – Kruja – Durres
Tour Basis: A/C private vehicle with driver in disposal
Departs: EVERY DAY
Duration: Full Day
Highlights: Colorful Tirana, The coastal city of Durres, The Historical Kruja
Tirana, the heart capital of Albania has a never-ending movement and energy. This metropolis city is worth to discover by day and night. Founded in the 1614, Tirana is now a developed city which combines culture, history, contemporary architecture and lots of hospitality shown towards tourists. As you take a walk in Tirana you will enjoy the look of the colorful buildings, fancy coffees and green parks.
Visits in Tirana:
- • Skanderbeg Square
- • Clock Tower
- • Et’hem Beu Mosque
- • National Historical Museum
- • National Gallery of Arts
- • Tabak Bridge
Start with a visit in the city center, Skanderbeg Square where you will see the statue of Skanderbeg, our National Hero. In front of it you can see the Clock Tower. 35 meters (115 ft) tall it has 90 stairs that go in a spiral fashion. Next you will see the Et’hem Beu Mosque. It’s frescos with trees, waterfalls and bridges, rare for the Islamic art. The National Library is located in front of the Mosque, and near the National Historic Museum. Continue the tour by entering the Museum. The pavilions: Antiquity, Medieval, Rilindja Kombetare, Iconography, Culture of Albania, Albanian Resistance of World War II and Communist genocide, will give a good introduction to Albanian history. For those interested in arts, a visit in the National Art Gallery will complete the image of Tirana.
After the visits drive towards Kruja, the historical city which lays on a panoramic view on the top of a hill, 600 km above sea level.With a combination of nature, history, archeology, traditional food and lifestyle, Kruja is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in Albania.
Visits in Kruja:
- • Museum of the national Hero, Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg
- • Ethnographic Museum
- • Teqja e Domllas
- • The bazaar of Kruja
You will reach the small town after driving for nearly 40 minutes. Kruja is notable from its stony streets and traditional buildings. The tour begins with the visit in the Castle, the citadel of the National hero, Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg. It is build 548 m above sea level and gives a spectacular view of the surroundings. Inside the fortes is build the National Museum “Gjergj Kastriot Skenderbeu”, which counts such pavilions as antiquity and early middle age pavilion, Albanian Princedom pavilion, pavilion of Ottoman Invasion and Resistance to this invasion, Medieval Fortress pavilion, Albanian resistance, Scanderbeg\'s office equipment and library. Placed in a characteristic urban building of 1764 you can also visit the Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. After the visits it’s time to get closer to Albanian traditions and lifestyle, by visiting the bazaar. It is a one street of shops, with wooden buildings and a mixture of cafés and small souvenir and antique shops.
Afterwards you will enjoy the afternoon in Durres. It is the biggest seaport of the country, located in just 34 km from Tirana. Durres is the most ancient city in Albania, with almost 3000 years of history. The city is home to many ancient archeological sites and the Amphitheater of the Roman Emperor Adrian is the most known, also the second biggest amphitheatre in the Balkans.
Visits in Durres:
- • The Amphitheatre
- • The bathhouses of the 2nd century A.D.
- • The Byzantine Forum of the 5th – 6th century
- • The Archeological Museum
Return to Tirana where our service ends.