The walking tour in Durres will include the Venetian Town 15th century, featuring the close cultural and architectural ties the city had with Venice during the ottoman rule. We proceed along the Byzantine walls from the 4th and 5th century.
Transfer to Skenderbeg Canteen, the most famous brand of which is Cognac Skenderbeg. The visit in the Canteen will include the historic of the canteen, visit of the distillery, the tasting and finally the bying of the products, who wants to do so. The products that will be tasted are: WINES (Merlot, Riesling, shesh i Bardhe, Shesh i Zi, Primitivo, Melodi ect), BRANDY (Skenderbeu, Bato); RAKI Moskat, Fernet, Orange Ponc and light snacks. The walking tour in Durres will include the Venetian Tower of 15th century, featuring the close cultural and architectural ties the city had with Venice during the ottoman rule. We proceed along the Byzantine walls from the 4th and 5th century.
The second stop will be the Roman ruins of a 2nd century amphitheater. This site associated with the names of Roman Emperors Trajan and Hadrian, it has been one of the most important entertaining attractions. The tour through the galleries will take us to the byzantine church, with its mural mosaics, dating from 14th century.
Good to know:
- Location: Durres
- Duration: 5 hours
- Schedule Times: the tour will start at 13:00pm and finish at 17:45
- Available days/Dates: Friday - morning
- Pick up: Durres Hotel
- Drop off: Durres Hotel
- Service type: Escorted bus tour with professional guide
- Difficulty: Easy to moderate
- Transportation AC vehicle, including all taxes, parking and road tolls
- Professional Local Guide English speaking – according to the program
- Tasting in the Canteen
- Extras out of program
- Entrance fees as detailed in the program
- Mother Teresa (Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu) is generally celebrated as the only Albanian to win a Nobel Prize, though born in Skopje in 1910 (now in Macedonia but then in the Ottoman Empire).
- Between 1950 to 1985 around 600,000 bunkers were built in Albania, they are nearly impossible to destroy so many are still in existence.
- Noding your head in Albania is a disagreement while shaking the head means “yes”, so it can get pretty confusing for tourists.
- At its closest point Albania is only 10km away from Corfu across the Ionian Sea.
- Hoxha’s official title was ‘Comrade-Chairman-Prime Minister-Foreign Minister-Minister of War-Commander in Chief of the People’s Army’ – quite a mouthful!
- Under the leadership of Enver Hoxha, Albania was declared the world’s first atheist state in 1967.
- Xhiro is the name for an evening walk in Albania. Some of the towns close roads to cars at certain times of the evening so locals can talk their daily stroll.
- Norman Wisdom was a cult figure in Albania where he was one of the few Western actors whose films were allowed in the country under Hoxha’s dictatorship
- Officially 70% of Albanians are Muslim but the number who actively practice is much lower.
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