Explore Kruja & Durres Daytrip
This is a tour that combines the history and cultural heritage of two cities that have been very important for Albania. Durres has been the antiquity most important city and Kruja was medieval capital city. In this way you get to see them both and learn about the history of Albania from Antiquity to medieval period of time. Our representative will show you everything interesting as well as a lot of curiosities about Albanian country.
What's included :
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Guide/Driver for the whole day according to the language that you have requested
- Entrance fees as specified in the attractions to be visited
- Entry/Admission - Ethnographic Museum of Kruja
- Entry/Admission - Muzeu Kombëtar Gjergj Kastrioti
- Entry/Admission - Durres Amphitheatre
What's excluded :
- Tips/gratuities to guide/driver
- Everything that is not mentioned in the section "Included"
- Entry/Admission - Durres Archaeological Museum
Stop At: Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, Fortress of Kruja, Kruje 1501 Albania
Ethnographic Museum with almost all items being original from the end of the 19th century. Built during the mid-18th century, in 1764, by Ismail Pashë Toptani, this Ottoman house is considered one of the most unique museums in Albania. It includes a total of 15 rooms which tell of work and family life in the town of Kruja. A white, three-story construction with a tower placed in the middle, this house is surrounded by wood-carved windows of all sizes, letting the breeze flow freely in an out, and creating a pleasant sense of open space. Outside, you’ll notice traces of former springs surrounding the castle, from which the name of the city derives (the word for “springs” in Albanian is kroje), which also reflect the city’s former position as an agricultural centre prior to the rise of commerce and artisanal activities.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Muzeu Kombëtar Gjergj Kastrioti, Kruja Castle, Rruga Kala, Krujë 1501, Albania
The ruins of the Kruja Castle can be seen at the base of Kruja’s mountain. The castle holds within it the National Museum of “Gjergj Kastriot Skënderbeu,” known simply as the Skanderbeg Museum – dedicated to the most celebrated of all Albanian heroes. Skanderbeg’s ability to reunite Albanian families that had been divided for six centuries, made him the important national figure that he is today. It was Skanderbeg’s return to Kruja, following his childhood in Turkey, which eternally bonded the great man’s name to the city, and the city’s to his. He was the leader of the country during one of its most prosperous periods, and created an army that successfully fended off the Ottomans’ advances for 25 years, until his death in 1468.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter), Rruga Albanopolis, Kruje 1501 Albania
We make our way through Kruja’s famous Bazaar full of traditional handicrafts and souvenirs. Kruja is a centre of Albanian resistance against the Ottomans under our National Hero Scanderbeg. He kept the Ottoman armies from crossing into Western Europe for 25 years, thus earning the title “Athleta Christi” awarded by the pope of the time.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Durres Amphitheatre, Rruga Kalase, Durres Albania
The Amphitheater of Durrës remains one of the most majestic of the ancient world and one of ten most beautiful Roman amphitheaters. Widely recognized among enthusiasts of Antiquity, it is a pearl of the Balkans that is slowly making its way out of the shell. Discovered relatively recently, in 1966, its unearthing occurred in a slightly comical way by Vangjel Toçi. Legend has it that Vangjel, an archaeologist and resident of Durrës, happened upon a fig tree which had fallen a few meters below ground level. Curious and inquisitive, he insisted that the area undergo excavations. Rightly so, for underneath was lying the long sought-after Amphitheater.
Duration: 40 minutes
Stop At: Durres Archaeological Museum, Rruga Taulantia, Durres Albania
It is an Optional Visit that our tour representative will recommend you. This ultra-modern, well lit and labelled museum just back from the seafront has a breathtaking collection of historical artefacts. Highlights include the fine-boned sculptures and statues, delicate gold jewellery, amphoras recovered from the seafloor and still covered in barnacles and beautiful painted vases and pots that are so perfectly preserved they look as if they were painted just yesterday.
Duration: 30 minutes
Departure Point :1: Sheshi Skënderbej 1, Tirana, Albania
2: RESTAURANT ELITA, Durrës, Albania
Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Time :9:00 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Infant seats available
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate