From: 55 EUR
Tour ID TR01
– Departure time: 09:00
– Guided visit of Tirana and its main attractions
The region of Tirana has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic Age. The oldest finds date back to the 4th century BC.
Tirana was proclaimed capital of Albania in 1920. Under the reign of King Zog, modern structures emerged for the first time, among others, the central Skanderbeg Square.
During the communist era, the city developed rapidly: Socialist buildings and factories, many educational institutions and cultural centres were built.
Tirana has changed incredibly in the last twenty years, from the dull, grey city it once was. It is a city where fun is guaranteed: lively, loud, crazy, colourful, simply fascinating.
The best way to experience Tirana is walking along the streets, feeling the spirit of the city, following the life flow, watching the children play, the eldest enjoying the sun on the parks, young people chatting loud and many others running with everyday life. Tirana is old and new, still and buzzling, slow and on the run.
The guide will pick you up at your accommodation.
The guided tour of the city starts from the Skanderbeg Square, the main square of Tirana. It is surrounded by important buildings such as National Historical Museum, Et`hem Bey Mosque and the Clock Tower. The square was reconstructed lately and is paved with colourful stones brought from different regions of Albania and other Albanian speaking countries.
The first visit is that of the National Historical Museum.
Then we will visit the Et`hem Bey Mosque. It was built in the 18th century and as such, is an object with oriental architecture.
Then we will take the spiralling staircase to ascend on the top of the Tirana’s symbol: The clock Tower built in 1822. It is not just a clock, but a symbol of the historic course of the city. It was built with two styles: the basement is built in the Ottoman style, while the upper part has western European architecture and is an indication of the westward orientation of the country during the reign of King Zog.
After taking in the view from the top of Clock tower we will continue on foot to the Taner’s Bridge. It has an Ottoman architecture and was an important axis which linked Tirana with the eastern highlands of the city and the eastern part of Albania up to today’s Northern Macedonia.
From there we will follow the pedestrian street and walk along the ruins of the Caste of Tirana. It was originally a fortress built by Justinian I during the Byzantine era. It was the place where the main east-west and north-south roads crossed. An Ottoman era castle was built on the ruins of the fortress, and these walls are to be seen today.
A complex of bars, restaurants and shops has been developed inside the castle walls, turning it into an important meeting place, especially for young people.
The price includes:
Accompaniment by an English-speaking guide
Guided visit of Tirana
Admission tickets to the Clock tower and National Historical Museum
The price does not include:
Any type of insurance
Other expenses not mentioned in the program
This is a private tour. It starts and ends in Tirana. We will pick you up from your hotel or another location in Tirana on request. Return to original departure point.
As this is a private tour, we can start it earlier or later on request. Please contact us prior to booking if you would like to change the start time.
If you are accommodated outside of Tirana or in another city, we can pick you up against additional charge, enabling your participation in the travel (distance permitting).
Not wheelchair or stroller accessible
What you need to bring:
Comfortable shoes for traveling and sightseeing
Any prescription medication you might need
Passport or ID
Free cancelation: 48 hours before the experience’s start time