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 is fused with Roman culture, 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 a 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. Join us in this Private Tour of Berat to discover more of this remarkable city.
Hotel Pick Up
On the way to Berat we will pass on a soft , hilly terrain cultivated with olives compared usually as “The small Tuscany of Albania”.
This Private Tour of Berat starts at 09:00 am with your hotel pick up. It is a 2.5 hours drive until we reach Berat. The tour starts in the lower part of the city.
The narrow stone paths go uphill in-between characteristic houses. It is where local ladies are selling traditionally handcrafted linen dating from their grandmother’s times. Some of the ladies will introduce us to some of the techniques of how they had handcrafts all the linens.
What makes the city and especially the castle more interesting is the fact that people are still living there, as centuries before. Isn’t’ it interesting?
The locals are friendly and sometimes they invite you over for a coffee and some chat. They have lately modified their houses in places where to stay in Berat.
Tour inside the Castle. Free time for souvenirs.
The next destination will be the visit at the “Onufri” Museum. He is the most famous church painter. Unique in his style for the mix of red, orange and gold color, a technique that it is still undiscovered. Visit in some of the most well known Onufri’s works.
Free time for lunch (not included in the price)
“Gorica”, in the other side of Osumi River is the third neighborhood of Berat. Famous for its unique style of houses makes it a worthy attraction to be visit. Short tour of Gorica.
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
This was our second day with Andi. He and our driver, Mario picked us up as planned at our hotel. We stopped first at Bunk’Art to view one of the many nuclear bunkers that were in place during the Cold War. It was extremely interesting and we learned quite a bit.
From there, on the Berat and the Castle of Berat. Again, Andi amazed us with his knowledge of the history surrounding his country and his ability to educate us on what life and Religion was like in early times. We were able to view the inside of a typical home with actual artifacts and furniture from those times.
Again, another very worthwhile tour!