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10 Hours
Tirana
Apollonia & Berat

Private Day Tour of Apollonia and Berat will introduce you to a vivid history of two important cities starting from the VI Century BC. Starting from the Archeologic park of Apollonia, an important Mediterranean education center, highly mentioned as the studying place of one of the most glories Emperors of Roman History, Octavian.  Even though only 20 % is discovered, it is highly important and interesting in the overall Classic History of Illyrian History and Archeology.

In addition, Berat with more than 20 centuries of history, Berat is a mosaic city of different cultures and influences. It is a city of multi-cultures. Local ancient civilizations of 6th Century BC are fused with Roman culture, the medieval period, Eastern Ottoman influence, and communist changes. Berat is also characterized by a wealthy traditional culture, heritage, and religious harmony.

 

Tour Details

We will take you back in time and start exploring Albanian History starting from around the  VIth Century BC with one of the most splendid cities named after the Good of Light, APOLLON. 

In addition, the tour will be organized in chronological order, with the visit in Apollonia first and followed up with The Castle of Berat, Mangalem and Gorica.  With a total length of around 400 km, this tour is perfect for a detailed introduction to historical times in Albania. Starting with the Classic Greek History, Imperial Rome, Byzantine, and later the Ottoman Period the mix of Apollonia and Berat will be perfect for an introduction in the depth of Albanian History. 

Departure & Return Location

Hotel Pick Up in Tirana

Departure Time

08:00

Price Includes

  • Hotel Pick Up / Drop off
  • Comfortable, AC Car
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees

Price Excludes

  • Lunch
  • Any Private Expenses

Complementaries

  • Comfortable Shoes and Clothes
What to Expect

This combined tour will send you back to the history starting from the VI century BC where Apollonia was one of the most splendid Port Cities near the Adriatic. Easy walking to explore the most important sites of Apollonia surrounded by a peaceful green space. The ancient ruins of the old city and later on the Christian Orthodox period offers a colourful tabloid of history, civilisation and heritage. 

  • Visit at the Archaeological Park of Apollonia
  • Visit at the Castle of Berat
  • City tour of Berat
  • Ethnographic Museum of Berat
  • Mangalem - The Neighborhood of many windows
  • Gorica Quarter
Itinerary
Tour of Apollonia and Berat

Tirana to Apollonia

We will leave Tirana at 8:00 am and head toward the south of Albania where the Ancient Archeologic Park of Apollonia is surrounded by soft, picturesque hills and Olive Trees. In around 2 hours drive we will reach the site, and begin its exploration. 

Now only an archeological site, it has been one of the most famous Hellenic cities in the whole Adriatic. This State – City has been one of the most well-developed Classic Cities. The city was also a very important education Center, where the glorious Roman Emperor will follow its tuitition. 

 

Apollonia to Berat Castle

We will leave the Site of Apollonia and head toward Central South Albania to the City of Many Windows, Berat. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 2008, Berat is an important city even today with more than 20 centuries of History. Surprisingly life has never been stoped throughout History and today, the Castle or “Kalaja” is the oldest neighborhood of the City.  Inhabited by a mainly Christian Orthodox population, this part of the city has also the largest collection of churches dating from as early as the 14th century. 

The Ethnographic Museum of Berat

During the visit to the Ethnographic Museum of Berat  you will understand how a local family uses to leave their everyday life. This unique house, turn into a museum in 1979, is one of the most classic examples of the Ottoman style of Architecture, fused with local specifics and the charm that all the city of Berat glows. 

Mangalem Neighborhood

Mangalem is probably the most scenic part of Berat. Lied steply in the Hill, just under the castle, it is characterized by a typical Architecture, White walls and many windows seeing the its other copy, Gorica. Mangalem was structured mainly in the Ottoman period and was definitely shaped as today after an earthquake where some parts of the city were destroyed. The style changed from a heavy towers style with small windows and stone to a lighter structure, with more windows and way lighter. 

Gorica Nighberhood

During the 17th and 18th Century Berat was one of the most important cities in Albania and it also attracted citizens from all over the country to create settlements around the city. In this way, Gorica was created mainly as a merchant quarter especially with citizens from Voskopoja of South East of Albania. The white color of the city and the style were preserved creating in this way a city with two similar faces on 2 sides of Osumi river, connected through the Stone Bridge of Gorica.  

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