Durres is one of the oldest towns founded in 6th century B.C. while Kruja has great medieval ottoman monuments
Duration: One day
Location: Kruja, Durres, Tirana
|Departing to Kruja
After breakfast drive to Kruja, 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. We will visit the Skanderbeg Museum one of the best in the country and a rich Ethnographic Museum with almost all items being original from the end of the 19th century. Finally we make our way through Kruja’s famous Bazaar full of traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.
|Getting to Durres
After the visits continue to Durres one of the oldest towns in Albania and the first and perhaps the most important of the Greek colonies in the country. It was founded at Epidamnus in 627 B.C. by Greeks from Corcyra (present-day Corfu) and Corinth. Greek and Roman authors called it "the Admirable City" for its temple, statues, and other monuments. However, only a few remains remind us of this city’s glory days, mainly due to earthquakes and, also the fact that Durres has been continuously inhabited through time. Therefore it has been transformed accordingly. We will visit some of the remains such as the amphitheatre, the forum, archeological museum, the Venetian tower the outer walls. We have refreshment at a panoramic bar before we return to Tirana. End of our service