Full Day Tour of Kruja

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Kruja (alb. Krujë) is a medieval town located 32 km northwest of Tirana and 20 minutes by car from the international Airport of Rinas. It is built 560 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Sari-Salltiku mountain. The name of Kruja derives from the Albanian word krua, meaning ‘water spring’. The citadel have become the main Illyrian fortress in the area in the 4th century AD. In the year 879, Kruja was mentioned for the first time as a Christian religious center. The first Albanian feudal state was created here circa 1190.The ottomans occupied Kruja two times, in 1396 and 1415. Town reached its zenith on the 28th of November 1443 when the Kruja castle was taken by Gjergj Kastrioti (Skanderbeg), who then organized the long anti-Ottoman resistance. From this time on, under the leadership of Skanderbeg, Kruja repelled three Ottoman sieges in 1450, 1457 and 1466. Only ten years after the death of Skanderbeg, in 1478, were the Ottomans able to capture the castle and destroy the town.

Highlights of the tour

  • Kruja Castle.
  • Scanderbeg Museum.
  • Ethnographic Museum.
  • Old Town Bazaar.
  • The Old Hamam.
  • The Sari-Saltik Holy Site.

Meeting and greeting with the group at the hotel lobby and then drive to Kruje, approx. 30 km from Tirana. The program starts with a visit at the Scanderbeg Museum and the remaining parts of the old castle. We continue with the Ethnographic Museum and after that, free time to explore the old bazaar to buy souvenirs. Then we drive to the top of the mountain, to Sari Saltik holy place to enjoy the scenery. Lunch on the way back down the mountain. End of the tour.
Entrance fees, where applicable, are not included. Food, drinks and tips not included.

Full Day Tour of Tirana

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Tirana, the Republic of Albania’s largest city, is blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate, a plethora of beautiful churches and lush parks. Founded in 1614, some striking Mussolini-era architecture dots the city center. Walk between sights such as Skanderbeg Square’s 1789 Et’hem Bey Mosque, the 1830 Sahat-Kulla (Clock Tower) and the Puppet Theater, once home to King Zog’s puppet parliament. Visit the Peace Bell, built with old cartridge shells, a reminder of Tirana’s stormy past. Tirana is a city of contrast, therefore a great travel destination.

Highlights of the tour

  • “Zog the 1st” Boulevard.
  • Scanderbeg Square.
  • The Pyramid.
  • Mother Teresa Square.
  • The Artificial Lake.
  • The Bllok Area.
  • Dajti Mountain.

Itinerary

Meeting with the group at hotel lobby. Depending on hotel’s location, we drive or walk toward city center. We start with an intro about Tirana’s history through the centuries and start walking toward the main attractions, starting from Mother Teresa square at Tirana’s Polytechnic University. Walking the main boulevard, we will take a look at the most important institutions as the Presidential Palace, the Congresses Palace, the Prime Minister’s office and the Parliament offices. Then we continue with the Pyramid (Enver Hoxha’s ex-museum), Dajti Hotel, the Arts Gallery, Rinia Park, Independence Monument and then we reach the main square of Tirana, Scanderbeg Square. We will continue with the City Hall, Et’Hem Bey’s Mosque, the Clock Tower, the Opera Palace, the National Library and the National Museum.

If weather conditions permit, we will walk and have a coffee in the Bllok area, next to Enver Hoxha’s Villa. Then we head toward Mother Teresa square to take the couch toward Dajti Mountain where we will take the cable car for a lunch with a view.

Entrance fees, where applicable, are not included. Food, drinks and tips not included. Cable car ticket not included.