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Duration

1 Day

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

Languages

English, Espanol

About this tour

Taking a day trip from Tirana to Kruja and Durres is a great way to explore two historically and culturally significant cities in Albania.

A day trip from Tirana to Kruja

Kruje is a town in central Albania, located approximately 20 kilometers northwest of the capital city, Tirana. It is situated on the slopes of Mount Kruje and is known for its castle, bazaar, and as the hometown of Gjergj Kastrioti, also known as Skanderbeg, the national hero of Albania. Skanderbeg led a rebellion against the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century, successfully resisting Ottoman forces for several decades. The town is surrounded by picturesque landscapes, with Mount Kruje providing opportunities for hiking and enjoying nature.

A day trip from Tirana to Durres

Durres is a city located on the western coast of Albania, along the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the country’s oldest and most important cities, with a rich history that dates back to ancient Illyrian and Greek civilizations. The city was known as Epidamnus in ancient times and later became a Roman colony called Dyrrachium. Its strategic location made it an important port and trading center in the region. The city attracts tourists interested in exploring its historical heritage, enjoying the beaches along the Adriatic coast, and experiencing the local cuisine.

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Highlights

  • Kruja Castel
  • Skanderbeg Museum
  • Old Bazzar of Kruja
  • Traditional Lunch in Preze Castle
  • Durres Amphitheatre
  • Waterfront Promenade

Included/Excluded

  • English Speaking guide
  • Transport with very comfortable vehicle
  • Pickup and drop off at your hotel/apartment in Tirana
  • All expenses for guide and car; fuel, parking, pay tolls
  • All the taxes
  • Entry fees in mentioned Optional sites
  • Tips/gratitude for the guide

Itinerary

Kruja Castel

 

After breakfast we drive to Kruja, center of Albanian resistance against the Ottomans. Head straight to Kruja Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the town. The castle dates back to the 4th century B.C. and has undergone various modifications over the centuries. It gained significant historical importance as the center of the resistance against the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century, led by the national hero Gjergj Kastrioti, known as Skanderbeg. The castle offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including the town of Kruja and the nearby mountains. We will explore the castle grounds, which include towers, walls, and courtyards, providing a glimpse into the medieval architecture of the time.

 

Skanderbeg Museum

 

We will visit the Skanderbeg Museum one of the best in the country where we get to know more about the history of Albania and our hero Scanderbeg. The museum exhibits artifacts, weapons, and paintings related to Skanderbeg's life and the historical events of that period. It offers a detailed portrayal of Skanderbeg's life, from his early years to his military leadership and the challenges he faced while defending Albania against the Ottoman Turks. The building itself is often designed with architectural elements that reflect the historical and cultural context of the time in which Skanderbeg lived.

 

Old Bazzar of Kruja

 

Finally, we make our way through Kruja’s famous Bazaar full of traditional artic rafts. The Kruja Bazaar is not only a place to shop but also an immersive cultural experience, allowing visitors to connect with the traditions and crafts of Albania. It's a vibrant and historically significant part of Kruja that attracts both locals and tourists. The Old Bazaar is located in the heart of Kruja, beneath the walls of Kruja Castle. It is known for its variety of shops and stalls selling a range of goods, including traditional Albanian crafts, souvenirs, handmade items, textiles, and local products.

 

Traditional Lunch in Preze Castle

 

Preza castle is one of Skanderbeg’s medieval strongholds. nowadays is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in central Albania. We can enjoy an Optional traditional lunch where we will try some delicious byrek, village salads, Imam bajalldi, lamb and other regions recipes.

 

Durres Amphitheatre:

 

The Durres Amphitheatre is one of the largest Roman amphitheaters in the Balkans and dates back to the 2nd century AD. It was built during the reign of Roman Emperor Trajan and could accommodate up to 15,000 spectators. The Amphitheatre has well-preserved architectural elements, including the arena, seating areas, and underground passages. The Amphitheatre was used for gladiator contests, animal fights, and various public performances typical of Roman entertainment. It is strategically positioned to offer panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and the modern city of Durres.

 

Archaeological Museum:

 

The museum is typically located in the heart of Durres, making it accessible to visitors exploring the city. The museum's collection covers a wide range of historical periods, including artifacts from ancient Illyrian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and medieval Albanian civilizations. The architecture of the museum building may incorporate elements reflecting the historical and cultural context of the region.

 

Waterfront Promenade:

 

Durres, being a coastal city in Albania, offers a beautiful seaside promenade where you can enjoy leisurely walks, stunning views of the Adriatic Sea, and a vibrant atmosphere. The promenade is situated along the waterfront, running parallel to the Adriatic Sea. It stretches for a significant length, offering ample space for strolls. The main highlight of the promenade is the panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy the calming sound of the waves and take in the fresh sea air.

Durations

1 Day

Language

English
Espanol

Frequently asked questions

The difficulty level of the activities of this tour is Moderate: Can be done by all people of all ages able to walk about 1 – 3 kilometers per day!

This tour can be Cancelled 

- up to 30 days before departure – FREE of Charge

- up to 10 days before departure – 50% Charge

- up to 3 days before departure – 100% Charge

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This tour is 2 (two) full days, NOT including airport transfers!

If you wish to organize also the airport transfers with us, please feel free to contact!

Our groups usually are 5 – 8 people. 

Maximum group size is 16 people per tour!

Pick-ups and Drop offs of our tours are at your accommodation!

Albania, North Macedonia and Kosovo have a Mediterranean climate with hot summers, cool springs and autumns and mild winters! 

Rainy seasons are usually expected to be autumns and winters. 

Snow is expected locally in the mountainous areas during December – January!

Tour's Location

Kruje, Albania

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 1 pax: Not Bookable 1 1 %
2 2 pax: 75 per person 2 2 -36%
3 3-5 pax: 60 per person 3 5 -10%
5 6-8 pax: 55 per person 6 8 0%
From: €55.00

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