Explore the main sites of Tirana and visit the magnificent Petrela Castle on a 6-hour private tour, and learn about life in the once secretive capital of Albania. See well-preserved architecture, such as the Clock Tower, Tabak Bridge, and more.
What to Expect
Discover the heart and capital of Albania on a 6-hour private tour of the 17th-century city of Tirana, and learn how it has developed into a center of Albanian culture, with contemporary architecture and lots of history.
Start at the central Skanderbeg Square to see the statue of the 15th-century Albanian national hero George Kastrioti Skanderbeg who defended the country against the Ottoman Empire for more than 2 decades.
In the same square, you will see the 115-foot (35-meter) tall Clock Tower of Tirana, with 90 spiral stairs to the top for panoramic city views. Next, go to the Et’hem Beu Mosque, an 18th century mosque that was closed down during communist rule but reopend as a house of worship in 1991. Its frescoes of trees, waterfalls, and bridges are rare for Islamic art.
Nearby, lies the National Historical Museum, which you will enter to see artifacts from antiquity, Medieval Albania, the Rilindja (Albanian National Awakening), and more. Learn about the Albanian Resistance of World War II and the communist genocide. Those interested in the arts can visit the National Arts Gallery spanning 7 centuries of Albanian culture.
Then, drive to Petrela Castle on the slopes of a rock southeast of Tirana. Built in the 5th century, the castle was the former residence of Scanderbeg’s sister, Mamica. Today, it’s a lovely restaurant where you can enjoy a traditional Albanian lunch, with gorgeous views over the village of the same name.
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks
- Entrance fees
Know Before You Go
• Please note that the National Historical Museum is often closed on Mondays