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Private Tour of Berat and Durres from Tirana

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Private Tour of Berat is based to offer the best experience in visiting one of the most representative cities of Albania. Famous for its remarkable architectonic values and unique ottoman style of dwellings it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Albania. On this trip, you will be able to visit the Historical Highlights of the city all combined with a city tour of Durres.

Tour Details

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. It is a city with amazing culinary and wine. Well known also for its amazing history during WW2. It was the city where a lot of Jews families were hidden from the Nazis.  None of them was found or persecuted. On the other hand, the coastal city of Durres is one of the most important Historical, Economical and logistical cities of Albania. As a very important stop of “Via Egnatia“, we will also find one of the largest Roman Amphitheaters in the Balkans. 

Join us in this Private Tour of Berat and Durres to discover more of this remarkable city. 

 

Departure & Return Location

Hotel Pick Up 

Departure Time

09:00 am

Price Includes

  • Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off in Tirana
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Entry Tickets
  • Comfortable AC vehicle
  • Fuel Expenses

Price Excludes

  • Lunch in Berat
  • Personal Expenses

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
What to Expect
  • Walking Tour in the Castle of Berat (Ticket Included)
  • Onufri Art Museum (Ticket Included)
  • Visit at the Mangalem
  • Gorica Neighborhood
  • Visit in Durres
  • Short, Historical, Walking Tour of Durres
Itinerary

Heading from Tirana to Berat

Leaving Tirana we will head toward the South of the Country in visiting one of the most Unique and Charming cities of Albanian. In around 2 hours drive we will be driving through some soft, low terrain in one of the most productive agriculture areas of Albania. 

Exploring the Castle of Berat

The Castle of Berat and the Castle of Elbasan are the only 2 historical sites where life has been continuously evolving at least in the last 2 centuries. The heavy stones in the foundation of the walls date from Antiquity times where the city bloomed under Antipatrea name. 

The Castle is the oldest neighborhood in the Historical part with a major Orthodox Population and many charming Byzantine Churches. Situated at the top of a hill this castle dominates the city today and naturally protected from 3 sides from very steep terrain. The population inside have been living inside this castle for centuries, creating in this way a very strong comunity, almost like a big family. 

The secrets of “Onufri” Museum

Located inside the Greek Orthodox monastery, “The Dormitory of St Mary” this is one of the most interesting museums, related to religious heritage. The Church itself, a typical Byzantine, dual cross shape church with 2 dooms represents one of the best-preserved churches in Albania. Apart from its glamorous Iconostas and Spectacular Paintings in the nave, it is believed that is was also decorated with a decorative Rosete, just above the main doom. 

The Icon museum contains mainly paintings from Onufri and his legacy but also an anonymous painter of the period. These are all testimonials for a high intellectual level of the city. 

Exploring Mangalem - One above the other windows quarter

Based on the Archeological excavations and Documents, Berat rebloomed on the 13th-century, especially inside the castle. The city evolves, bringing an increase of the population and in this way an expansion of the dwellings outside the Castle. 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. 

Visit in the Gorica Neighborhood

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.  

Walking Tour of DurresVisit in Durres

From the Antiquity, Durres has been probably the most important Albanian city, at least till 1920 when Tirana was proclaimed as the Capital of Albania. It dates from antiquity, as one of the main ports in the Mediterranean. Also, for the Romans, it was one of the most important stations of “Via Egnatia” a merchant Roman Road. 

A magnificent Amphitheater, of around 20000 seats was buid 

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Brian

Solo Traveller

Nice day trip to Berat. Stop along the way for coffee. Good views from the castle. Great lunch with Lily and some homemade food. Go as Local really helped to be flexible with my changing tour ideas and plans due to Covid and border issues. Had 2 tours on this past trip and am looking forward to including more in the near future. Many thanks.

May 13, 2021

Patrick G

Solo Traveller

Andi and Skerdi were both incredibly professional, knowledgable, and friendly during the tour of Berat and Durres. They provided a great tour of the historical / significant sites in both the cities. They were also incredibly engaging and always offering facts and stories as we walked/drove. One of the highlights of my Balkans trip.

April 4, 2021

Patrick G

Solo Traveller

Andi and Skerdi were both incredibly professional, knowledgable, and friendly during the tour of Berat and Durres. They provided a great tour of the historical / significant sites in both the cities. They were also incredibly engaging and always offering facts and stories as we walked/drove. One of the highlights of my Balkans trip.

April 4, 2021

Vjram_tra

Couple Traveller

Berat and Tirana walking tour
Special thanks to Andi.It was a great walking tour of Tirana. Andi was very much knowledgeable and we got to know a lot of interesting facts about Albania. Berat was out of the world experience. Such a beautiful place unique in its own style, we loved walking in the cobbled streets and had a great view of city from top. Stone buildings were ancient and picturesque

December 16, 2020

Frensi

Solo Traveller

Great experince of Berat
We went in a day trip experince from Tirana and everything went smoothly.
Berat was amazing and defiently worthy to visit. Andi was frundly and very informative. Worthy experience

October 20, 2019
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