History, Cultural Heritage, Albanian Tradition, Wonders of Nature and than again History in a Private Tour
The city in the south of Albania was elected UNESCO world cultural heritage.
The castle which is believed is the largest in the Balkans is one of Albania's most magnificent monuments. Archaeologists believe that the site of the castle has been inhabited since the Iron Age with the first fortifications, block-built stone walls - probably being erected from the 5th century. Dominated by the sheer flanks of its vast castle, Gjirokastra (Gjirokastër) is a magical city with a tumultuous past. From feudal stronghold, to Ottoman invasion, to Italian colony, the city has known many rulers and has inspired poets, authors and artists alike.
Also known by many as the "City of Stone, " Gjirokastra (Gjirokastra) is a developing center for cultural heritage tourism. A walk through its network of cobbled streets that climb steeply out of the bazaar will transport you back in time.
After a convenient pick up from your hotel or Saranda port where your cruise ship has docked we start our tour.
First stop will be at the Blue Eye, please be aware to save some memory on your cameras cause this beautiful blue eyed spring is not the only one wonder of nature you shall see today.
The trip goes on straight to Gjirokaster and the Castle of the town which is one of the largest in Balkans, the Ethnographic museum, the Obelisk and the Old Part of UNESCO protected city of Gjirokaster. Coming around the narrow stone streets we shall also visit one of the old traditional houses more than 200 hundred years old. A lot of traditional old Albanian Traditional Clothes are being sold from locals on shops located in both sides of the ancient stone roads of the old town so you shall get the chance to provide yourself with some very special souvenirs.
Coming back to Saranda our final stop will be at the sixteenth century castle of Lekuresi and the magical view of the town and the horizon that it offers.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I shall pick you up at any location within the town of Saranda, port, hotel, city center or agreed upon location.
End location: Wherever it is more convenient to customers.
Duration: 6 hours 30 min.
Several vehicles are at my disposal, Benz-Mercedes sedan cars all air conditioned.
*I am able to provide tours for larger groups, please write me for a quote.Bigger vehicles can be arranged upon request at an additional cost. The vehicles are in a very good condition in order to guarantee a very nice and comfort trip around.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2000 ALL - Mostly if you will want to buy any souvenirs.
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Extremely kind, enlightened us about his culture with a lot of heart. Even a year later, we remember our time in Albania, although very short, with a lot of happiness.