Tirana, Full Day Walking Tour

Italian Group, Balkan Tour
Day Tour 1 day Availability: 2020-01-01
Tirana, Albania Albania Tour Guide: English Language

Tirana is the capital and largest city and population of Albania. It is located in the center of Albania enclosed by mountains and hills with Mount Dajti elevating on the east and a slight valley on the northwest overlooking the Adriatic Sea in the distance. Due to its location at the plain of Tirana and the close proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, the city is particularly influenced by a Mediterranean seasonal climate. It is among the wettest and sunniest cities in Europe, with 2,544 hours of sun per year. Tirana flourished as a city in 1614 but the region that today corresponds to the city’s territory has been continuously inhabited since the Iron Age. The area was inhabited by Iliryans, and was most likely the core of the Illyrian Kindom of the Taulantii, which in classical antiquity was centered in the hinterland of Epidamnus.

Following the Illyrian Wars it was annexed by Rome and became an integral part of the Roman Empire. The heritage of that period is still evident and represented by the Mosaics of Tirana. After the Roman Empire split into East and West in the 4th century, its successor the Byzantine Empire took control over most of Albania, and built the Petrele Castle in the reign of Justinian I. The city was fairly unimportant until the 20th century, when the Congress of Lushnje proclaimed it as Albania’s capital, after the Albanian Declaration of Independence in 1912. Tirana is the most important economic, financial, political and trade center in Albania due to its significant location in the center of the country and its modern air, maritime, rail and road trasportation. It is the seat of power of the Government of Albania, with the official residences of the President and Prime Minister of Albania, and the Parliament of Albania. The city was awarded the title of the European Youth Capital of 2022.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
Tirana (Google Map)

PACKAGE INFORMATION
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Ages: 1 – 90
  • Type: Walking Tour
  • Departures: From January to December
  • Cities Visited: Tirana
  • Price: 50 euro

INCLUDED
  • All taxes
  • Professional guide

NOT INCLUDED
  • Lunch
  • Entrance Fee

Discovery Highlights

  • Cable car service which travels for about 300 m to the top of Dajti Mountain and gives you a spectacular view of the beautiful capital city of Tirane.
  • Monument to Skanderbeg in the square, which occupies the spot where a communist-era statue of Josef Stalin once stood.
  •  Et’hem Bey Mosque was completed in the early-19th century and is one of the city’s top landmarks.
  • Bunk’Art is an underground bunker that was constructed for Tirana’s communist-era politicians and military top brass in case of nuclear war.

Tirana, Full Day Walking Tour

We will meet up at 9 am by the Clock Tower, in the heart of Tirana. From there we will start the amazing free tour that will take us to some of the most important landmarks in the Albanian capital.

We will walk to Skanderbeg Square to admire the impressive mosaic on the façade of the National Museum. Afterward, we will admire the iconic buildings of the area such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, Bunk’Art 2, and the Dajti Hotel.

Our tour then continues by strolling through the picturesque streets of the city center and crossing the river Lana until we reach the magnificent Pyramid of Tirana. You will learn all about the history of this fascinating construction and why it exists in Albania.

We then head to the former Communist Party headquarters, which is now the elegant Presidential Palace. We will learn the history of those who lived behind these walls before heading to the Polytechnic University of Tirana.

TOUR ITINERARY: TIRANA WALKING TOUR

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