Ancients & Ottomans (Berat and Apollonia Day Trip)
This tour is designed for those who want to learn about Albania’s Ottoman past and see the largest ancient ruins here – all in one day! Don’t forget your camera!
Very few places in the Balkans have retained such a clear representation of the Byzantine and Ottoman era as Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been given the title Town of Thousand and One Windows (although nobody seems to have actually counted!) There’s quite a beautiful Byzantine heritage left, too -throughout the town and the castle.
Not very far from the shore of the Adriatic lies the impressive ancient town of Apollonia. It’s the largest archaeological site in Albania and seems to have been one of the most important towns in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. It’s a romantic, pleasant and interesting place to visit and offers a very elegant collection of objects, all presented inside a beautiful Orthodox monastery built before the 12th century AD.
Depart Tirana around 9:00 for Berat (approx. 2 hour drive.)
Get keys to explore the exquisite little chapels of the fortress (with its ancient legends and stunning views of mountains!); Visit the Onufri Museum to see the beautiful paintings here.
Delicious local cuisine for lunch in the fortress.
Walk to the lower part of the town and visit the two traditional neighborhoods on both sides of the river -Mangalemi and Gorica (which have winding cobblestone paths and lots of places to explore!)
Drive to Apollonia (approx. 1.5 hour drive.)
Our guides will give you a lot of information and bring you to the most secret places of this fabulous archaeological site!
Transfer back to Tirana (approx 2 hour drive.)
Price and Information:
This tour is offered as both a private tour and a group tour!
Please use this contact form to sign up – it will provide us with all the information we need from you including your pick-up address, number of people, date and any special requirements.
Private tours are slightly more expensive and can be done any day of the year according to your needs. For private tours we can offer pick-ups in Tirana or from another spot like Durres (the price will change if the pick-up is outside of Tirana.)
The private prices for this tour are:
1 person: 175 Euros
2 people: 135 Euros per person
3 people: 124 Euros per person
4 people: 114 Euros per person
For more than 5 people we will discuss with you personally what the tour will cost!
Group tours leave on specific days between April 15th – October 15th of the calendar year. The Berat and Apollonia group departure days are offered on Mondays and Thursdays. *Please note that on Mondays the Onufri Museum may not be open (it is often closed Mondays in the shoulder season.)*
These tours only depart from Tirana. Group sizes are most often small but this is a good choice if you’d like to meet a few other people and reduce the cost.