Illyrian, Roman & Ottoman traces mixed in one place

Tour Number

Activity Level



City, Day Trip / Out of Town, First Time Visitor, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 5



English (fluent), Greek (fluent), Italian (basic), Serbian (basic)

Elbasan & Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme - a Private Tour out of Tirana

Elbasan, one of the largest cities in Albania. In fact it has an early Ottoman name, but definitely an Illyrian settlement since the 4th century BC. Settled on the valley of Shkumbini river, developed and expanded as a station along the famous Via Egnatia road. The Romans called it Ad-Quantum mansion.
Often is mentioned as "The Cradle of the Education" due to the first training teachers college, or the "The town of roses" due to many gardens with roses inside the old town. Many others called it "Town of music" related to the home place of the greatest Composer and musician of the central Albania, Master Isuf Myzyri . The city is well-known due to its special traditional desert (Ballakume), but also for its delicious soft drink "Boza".
Not far from the city, situated on the slope of the hill opposite Selca village we'll visit the Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme. More on the site. . . . .


Meeting with Dorian. Depart from the pier, from your hotel or your specified meeting place to reach the city of Elbasan. Our first visit will be at the ruins of the Ad-Quantum, once a caravan station (mansion) along the the famous Via Egnatia. Continue our visits with a walking tour inside the Old Town where we may visit the King Mosque and St. Mary church. Continue further to the village of Selca e Poshtme to walk around some stone graves situated on the slope of the hill near by the village.
Late afternoon, we'll head back to the pier or your specified place.

Important note: Museums are closed on Mondays, except of any specific agreement in advance for visits of big groups, cruise ship visitors etc.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Meeting place:
At your hotel lobby,
At the pier or cruise terminal,
Wherever is more convenient for you.

End location: End of the tour and the drop off place:
At your hotel lobby
At the pier or cruise terminal.
Wherever is more convenient for you.

Duration: 9 hours


A very comfortable minivan 6+1 seats, model Volkswagen Sharan, A/C, Year 2006 on your full disposal.

What’s Included

- Guide/driver services during the whole tour.
- Transportation from the pier or your hotel and back.
- All road taxes, parking fees etc.
- Entrance fees for the sites and museums.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

2500 lek - - Local drinks
- Souvenirs
- Light lunch

What’s Extra

- Drinks & refreshments
- Meals
- Souvenirs, etc.


As a licensed guide, I have no restrictions.

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