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Krujë Castle (Kalaja e Krujës) Tours

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Krujë Castle (Kalaja e Krujës)
Albania’s Krujë Castle (Kalaja e Krujës) was the center of its struggle against the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century, led by national hero George Skanderberg. Today, the castle is home to the National Skanderberg Museum, remains of the Fatih Sultan Mehmed Mosque, an ethnographic museum, a Turkish bath and a reconstructed bazaar. It also offers scenic views of the surrounding area.

The Skanderberg Museum contains artifacts dating back to the 15th century, with exhibits arranged to honor Skanderberg and his military feats. Items on display include paintings, armor, maps and stone and wood engravings. The highlight of the collection is a replica of Skanderberg’s famous helmet topped with a goat head. The ethnographic museum is considered one of the best organized museums in Albania. Set in a traditional Ottoman era house, it contains objects up to 500 years old. Visitors can walk through a handful of the 15 rooms, including the living room, children’s room and kitchen. Exhibits include olive oil processing tools, pottery and both Catholic and Muslim clothing.

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The town of Kruja is just north of Albania’s capital, Tirana. Buses run frequently between the two cities, with the trip taking about one hour. The bus leaves Tirana from a market behind the train station and can be a bit difficult to find. Kruja itself is quite small and easy to navigate on foot. For a more in-depth look at Kruja, consider joining a full or half day tour from Tirana.
Address: Rruga Kala, Kruja, Albania
Hours: May to September, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. October to April, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
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73 Tours and Activities to Experience Krujë Castle (Kalaja e Krujës)

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Kruja,Preza castle & Durres Tour from Tirana

Kruja,Preza castle & Durres Tour from Tirana

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 Our Tour is unique, because you will be acquainted and you will see the highlights of Kruja and Preza castle ,which were the center of the struggle against the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century, led by national hero Skanderberg. Today, the Kruja castle is home to the National Skanderberg Museum, remains of the Fatih Sultan Mehmed Mosque, an ethnographic museum, a Turkish bath and a reconstructed bazaar. It also offers scenic views of the surrounding area .After you will continue your tour to Durres.There we will enjoy, the beautiful beaches of Adriatik Sea , so you will create a complete idea of Albanian relief by strolling from the hills of Kruja to the coast of Durres.There we will walk along the beach boulevard, soaking up the fresh air of the Sea .After we will have a seafood lunch, in one of the best restaurants by the sea
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$65.24
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$65.24
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Krujas Castle Half Day Tour from Tirana

Krujas Castle Half Day Tour from Tirana

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Kruja is an important center for Albanian history, and you can visit it easily on this half-day tour from Tirana. Depart from your Tirana hotel in an air-conditioned coach and travel with your guide to Kruja. Visit the castle and the old bazaar and learn about the history of Kruja from your guide.
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  • 5 hours
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$46.26
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$46.26

Kruja Half Day Tour with Guide

Kruja Half Day Tour with Guide

On this small group guided tour you will learn about Albania’s national hero, Skanderbeg, who made Kruje a bastion of uncompromising resistance against the Ottoman in the fifteenth Century. The Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg Museum is situated inside the castle walls, which dates back to the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. The museum itself was inaugurated in 1981. Within the walls of the castle are also the Ethnographic Museum and the Dollma Tekke. Near the castle’s entrance is a traditional market, which dates back to the period of Skanderbeg. Here, you can find Albanian craft products such as embroidered items, carpeting, silver objects, copper, alabaster, filigree, traditional clothing, antiques at the traditional Old Baazar of Kruja. All entrances fees included and hotel drop off
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  • 5 hours
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$77.11
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$77.11
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Trip in Kruja

Trip in Kruja

We have a vast experience in providing tour services to Albanian and anfd foreign tourits.The Albanian nature and hospitality is unique and we try to bring to you the most traditional and authentic experience .Our well-knowledgeable guide and team will make sure you leave Albania will the best memories
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  • 8 hours
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$66.93
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$66.93

Kruja & Mount Sarisalltik including traditional lunch

Kruja & Mount Sarisalltik including traditional lunch

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Historic Kruje & Mt Sarisalltik Full day with Lunch Included Experience Kruje with an expert local guide, all inclusive day tour with no hidden cost. Amazing views, castles, museums, markets and more all in one unique and unforgettable tour. Affordable and easy. Join Inspire ME World for your visit to this ancient city
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  • 9 hours
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$106.76
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Kruja tour from Tirana

Kruja tour from Tirana

Traveling to Kruja is a very interesting trip because you will find out why Albanians are so proud of Skanderbeg. At the same time, from the peak of Sari Salltik is the opportunity to see almost half of the seacoast of Albania.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$118.70
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$118.70
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Daytrip to Shkodër & Krujë, from Tirana

Daytrip to Shkodër & Krujë, from Tirana

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This tour gives you the best introduction to the Albanian natural beauty, culinary delights, Ancient history, recent everyday life etc.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$221.74
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$221.74
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Kruja, Preza Castle & Durres

Kruja, Preza Castle & Durres

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Travel to the city of Kruja, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of Tirana. Visit the Skanderbeg Museum and the Old Bazaar. Enjoy a fresh fish lunch on the Lagoon of Patok, then it’s on to Durrës, known for its colossal Roman amphitheater. Explore the grounds and check out the city’s street art. A highlight is having coffee atop the Venetian Tower of Durres.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$136.42
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$136.42
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History and Artisan Tour in Kruja City Castle

History and Artisan Tour in Kruja City Castle

This is the perfect day-tour to learn about a mix of the Albanian history, culture and traditions.Kruja is home to the museum of our national hero Skanderbeg, placed within his castle and it is the perfect place in Albania to learn about our national hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg and Albanian history. The tour will proceed with the visit on the Ethnografic Museum, an old persian stily house, home of the Kapllan Pashe Toptani, where you will learn about the customs, traditions and lifestyle of Albanian people on those time. The thread of these traditions, especially implemented on their artisanal productions, will be shown during the visit in the Old Bazaar, showing you the most traditional techiniques still alive and implemented by the artisans; distinguish the masterpieces in the various workshops and merge with the daily life on an artisan.The handicraft production class during this visit will allow you to merge into the local life and get a real experience of our arts and crafts
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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$107.07
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$107.07
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Visit Shkodra & Kruja from Tirana

Visit Shkodra & Kruja from Tirana

Meet your guide in the hotel and drive to Shkodra, the Illyrian capital, in the 3rd century BC. Visit Rozafa Castle with wonderful around. Continue to town for a visit at the Marubi Photographic Museum with a selection of prints of negatives, illustrating the life of the population of the area in second half of the 19th century. Take a walk in the pedestrian area of Italian and Austrian architecture. Proceed to Kruja – the centre of Albanian resistance against the Turks under our national hero Scanderbeg who earned the title “Champion of Christ” given by the Pope. Lunch in Kruja Castle. Afterwards we visit the Skanderbeg Museum, a very rich Ethnographic Museum and the Old Bazaar where handmade souvenirs can be purchased. Return in Tirana.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$166.07
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$166.07
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Albania Hidden Gems 8 Days Tour

Albania Hidden Gems 8 Days Tour

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Discover the breathtaking natural beauty of Albania on this 8-day tour from Tirana. Follow a guide on a walking tour of Tirana and discover top attractions including the Et’hem Bey Mosque and the National Historical Museum. Explore the historic towns of Krujë, Prizren and Rubik, then delve into the Valbonë Valley—home to peaceful villages where life ticks by at a relaxing pace. Enjoy a cruise on Koman Lake and visit the 4th-century Rozafa Castle. Explore UNESCO–listed Berat with a guide and discover Roman heritage in Durrës.
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  • 8 days
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$1,817.39
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$1,817.39
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Tirana & Ancient Kruja Day Tour including lunch

Tirana & Ancient Kruja Day Tour including lunch

On this small group walking tour our expert local guide will show you how to make your way around the city, what to do and see and all the hot spots, the best cafes and restaurants on long the way, where to shop and anything else you might need to know. Morning spent in the Bazaar, taste of local treats and coffee, and a visit to 3 of the most interesting museums featuring national history & Culture with entry fees all included. Then enjoy lunch with your guide all expenses paid. Lunch also includes a beverage of your choice. Next is Kruja the home of Albania’s national hero, Skanderbeg, made Kruja a bastion of uncompromising resistance against the Ottoman in the fifteenth Century. The Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg Museum is situated inside the castle walls, which dates back to the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. You will see Ethnological Museum and the old Bazaar. Here, you can find Albanian craft All entrances fees included and hotel drop off
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  • 10 hours
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$112.69
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$112.69
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Day Trip to Kruje & Durres / By Tirana Day Trips

Day Trip to Kruje & Durres / By Tirana Day Trips

Visit Kruja , rich in history and traditions home of the patriots and the epicenter of Albania’s independence from the Ottoman Empire. Visit The National Museum dedicated to the hero is housed in the famous Kruja Castle and shows both the legendary hero’s history and the traditional way of life of the city’s population. The city’s famous bazaar serves as a bridge between this glorious past and the present, offering a rich array of traditional products made from local artisans. Visit Durrës famous for its beach town and its historical center, home to the largest amphitheater in the Balkan Peninsula! Fittingly, the city of Durrës also houses the country’s largest Archaeological Museum which shows traces of the ancient cultures that have passed through Albania, mainly Greek and Roman. Located on the Adriatic coast and only a 30-minute drive away from the capital of Tirana, the beach of Durrës is the longest and most populated one in Albania.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.76
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$106.76
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 Kruja Day Tour From Durrës

Kruja Day Tour From Durrës

Start your journey from the city that lies on the shore of the Adriatic Sea, Durres. From sea to History, this tour of Kruja will leave you breathless. Visit the town of the Albanian History and learn untold stories. Meanwhile, find yourself in the cobble stone streets that are as old as the town itself. From the Ottoman-style bazaar,where you can find everything that is handmade to the modern part of the town. Learn how the Ottoman Empire conquered Kruja, and how they lost when Scanderbeg became the head of the Albanian Army. Observe the museum of Scanderbeg and the Ethnographic Museum of Albania. Albania is a country that still respects its traditions, in the Ethnographic Museum you will see how different, yet the same the country has remained.Every room of the museum has a different aspect of the social life. Immerse yourself in the history of the beautiful town of Kruja. Moreover, Kruja is located among mountain peaks and the grassy valley reaching down to the Adriatic coast.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.54
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$126.54
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Tirana and Kruja Full Day Trip from Durres

Tirana and Kruja Full Day Trip from Durres

Visit two contrasting cities, Tirana and Kruja, on a full day trip from Durres. First, explore the bustling capital city of Tirana, including Skanderbeg Square, Et'hem Bey Mosque, the Clock Tower, and the National Archaeological Museum. Then it’s on to Kruja, a small town with a totally different vibe. Here, you can explore the remains of a former Illyrian settlement, go shopping in the old bazaar, and more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$320.28
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$320.28

Cape of Rodon From Tirana Bike Tour

Cape of Rodon From Tirana Bike Tour

In this bike tour towards the Cape of Rodon: We leave Tirana by car and drive towards Maminas which is 22 km away from Tirana. Maminas is a small village in Durres County with a lot of green vegetation and small farms. From there starts our journey by bike. We bike from Maminas to Cape of Rodon. Cape of Rodon is a rocky beautiful cape in Durres, Albania. On top of the cape is the Rodon Castle built by national Albaniana Hero Scanderbeg which you can see in this bike tour. Biking along the cape you can set yourself on the map and imagine where you are exactly. One of the most beautiful and stunning capes in Albania. Thereupon, we take a rest to soak up the beautiful view of the Adriatic Sea. Afterwards we start to cycle in the direction of Kruja where the Castle of National Hero Scanderbeg nestles. Take in the beauty and history of Kruja from your point of view. And the last stop is Bubq a small village where our journey ends and we drive back to Tirana by car.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$152.09
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$152.09
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Day tour of Kruja from Tirana

Day tour of Kruja from Tirana

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Explore the historical city of Kruja with ease on this full-day tour. Accompanied by a guide, set out from your hotel to Kruja’s medieval Old Bazaar and learn about its history. Follow your guide through hidden paths to the castle perched above Kruja. As you stroll through the city, stop by the Ethnographic Museum and the Sari Saltik Holly Cave.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$114.07
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$114.07
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Day trip of Kruja and National Park of Qafeshtama

Day trip of Kruja and National Park of Qafeshtama

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To visit the city of Kruja is a "MUST" for everyone who is going to vist Albania. Kruja is one of the most important cities of Albania, mostly known to be the hometown of George Kastriota Skanderbeg, the greatest Albanian hero of all the times. Yes, Albania's national hero house, and although it was over 500 years ago, there's still a great deal of pride in the fact that he and his forces defended Kruja from the Ottomans until his death. Characteristic path with shops and made out of wood and stone. After that we are going to Qafshtama National Park. The park is named after the Qafe-Shtamë passage, and has an area of 2000 hectares, with a beautiful mountain scenery consisting mainly of pine forests, some small lakes and major water sources. The national park was established in 1996 by the Albanian government. It is becoming lately a popular attraction for hiking
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.76
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$106.76
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Kruja and Qafeshtama Day Tour

Kruja and Qafeshtama Day Tour

A day tour of Kruja and Qafeshtama you will get to see one of the most important towns in Albania and one of the most important National Parks of Albania.In a day tour of Kruja it's easy to find parts of the Albanian history scattered across the city.Begin with the old bazaar to see the handcrafts and then head towards the castle of Scanderbeg, the Albanian national hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeu was an Albanian military commander and noble man. But that is not all Kruja has to offer.After the tour continues towards the national park of Qafeshtama.Hiking one of the most beautiful parks of Albania, located in Kruja and just 45 km away from the capital of Albania is an experience to never forget.The national park of Qafeshtama has a beautiful landscape.It consists pine forests, small lakes and springs with crispy fresh water and fresh air.This day tour of Kruja and Qafeshtama will be remarkable for you
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.21
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$175.21
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Tirana and Kruja in a Day Trip

Tirana and Kruja in a Day Trip

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The medieval town of Kruja lies just one hour north of the Albanian capital, Tirana, and this full-day tour visits both. Spend the morning in Kruja, visit Kruja castle and the Scanderbeg Museum, and browse the stalls at the Old Bazaar. In the afternoon, return to Tirana, where highlights include Skanderbeg Square, the Clock Tower, Et’hem Bey Mosque, and the Blloku district.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.76
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$106.76
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Day Tour of Kruja and Sari Salltik holly cave from Tirana

Day Tour of Kruja and Sari Salltik holly cave from Tirana

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Famous for its unique Medieval History, traditions and religions tolerance, Kruja is one of the cities with the brightest past in Albania. Starting from the XI century it has always been a stronghold in countless wars. This day tour bring the best values of Kruja unique Old Bazaar, famous castle and one of the most holy places in the country, the “Sari Salltik” cave, a center of Suni’s from the 13th centuries.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.88
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$113.88
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Kruja - Preza - Durres - Three Castles in a Day-Tour

Kruja - Preza - Durres - Three Castles in a Day-Tour

This is a full-day tour that aims to show you the history of our country, the cultural heritage, the customs and tradition through the visit of three important castles, Kruja - Preza - Durres. Stories that begin from the 5 century AD to the modern times; the history of our national hero Skanderbeg; learn about the strategic position and influences in our country; enjoy the Albanian hospitality and the flavored traditional food.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.84
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$133.84
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Hiking day tour of the mystic cave of Sarisalltik in Kruja

Hiking day tour of the mystic cave of Sarisalltik in Kruja

Kruja is situated in central Albania on a rocky mountainous terrain about 560 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Sarisalltiku Mountain. Walking through Kruja’s Medieval Old Bazaar (one of the biggest and oldest in Balkans) gives you a sense of a passage through the history. We will also visit the castle and Teqeja e Dollmes. Now the fun will really begin: we will take the ancient path to the Sarisalltik cave. Legends say that this specific hidden path was used by Scanderbeg and his generals to supply the castle with food and armors during the Ottoman attacks. This hike will take about 1.5 hours. When we have reached the top, you will get a chance to visit the mystic cave with its spiritual connections of the Bektashi religion (an Albanian very liberal Muslim belief). This point (Sarisalltik) is considered to be the balcony of Kruja. If the weather is in our favour, we can even see the Adriatic Sea from here.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$114.07
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$114.07
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8-Day Adventure Tour in North Albania from Tirana

8-Day Adventure Tour in North Albania from Tirana

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Experience the fresh air of North Albania as you drive the Alps from Theth to Valbone along the boat tour to Koman Lake.This 4×4 tour in North Albania and its amazing circuit will reward you with mesmerizing views of Albanian Alps, steep valleys and of course the National Park of Bjeshket e Nemuna. Travel across high passes and through Alpine meadows, recharging at night with delicious mountain cuisine with bio foods. Challenge yourself to visit one of the best national parks of Albania, uncovering the alpine heart of Balkan on this incredible off-road adventure.
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  • 8 days
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$669.17
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$669.17

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Krujë Castle (Kalaja e Krujës) hours of operation: May to September, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. October to April, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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