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Skanderbeg Square (Sheshi Skënderbej) Tours

Skanderbeg Square (Sheshi Skënderbej)
Named after a national hero of Albania, Skanderbeg Square (Sheshi Skënderbej) is the main plaza in the capital city of Tirana. All roads in Tirana seem to lead into the square, which has been the subject of various reconstruction plans since 2010. Many of the original buildings on the square were destroyed during communist times, but a few older structures do remain, like the early 19th century Eth’em Bey Mosque and Clock Tower. In 1968, a statue of Joseph Stalin was replaced by the Skanderberg Monument, honoring a nobleman who once resisted the Ottoman invasion. The equestrian monument stands 11 meters tall and depicts Skanderberg on horseback in full armor, with an Albanian flag flying alongside.

Around the square today, you will find the National History Museum, the Tirana International Hotel, the National Library of Albania, City Hall and the Palace of Culture, which is home to the National Theater of Opera and Ballet. Don’t miss a climb up the Clock Tower, which offers superb views around Tirana.

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Skanderberg Square serves as a meeting point for many walking tours of Tirana. If your hotel is not within walking distance, get there by taking a bus along Rruga e Kavajes or Rruga e Dibris.
Address: Skanderberg Square, Tirana, Albania
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64 Tours and Activities to Experience Skanderbeg Square (Sheshi Skënderbej)

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Communist History Tour Tirana & Street Food

Communist History Tour Tirana & Street Food

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Explore Tirana’s Communist history and culinary landscape on this full-day tour. In the company of a guide, travel in an air-conditioned minivan to Bunk’Art, a museum that was formerly a massive bunker. Visit the National Gallery of Arts, the pyramid of Tirana, Skanderbeg Square, Mother Teresa Square, and the Blloku neighborhood. As you stroll, sample traditional meatballs, pastries, and drinks.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.38
Price varies by group size
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$108.38
Price varies by group size

City & Food Tour of Tirana in One Day

City & Food Tour of Tirana in One Day

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Explore Tirana, the capital of Albania, through a culinary lens. Visit architectural and cultural landmarks such as Skanderbeg Square, the New Bazaar, and Blloku, a bustling, now-trendy neighborhood that was once restricted to communist party members. Along the way, enjoy breakfast, lunch, coffee, and raki, a strong, Grappa-like beverage made with star anise and local fruits.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.48
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$69.48
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UNESCO heritage in Albania - 4 days

UNESCO heritage in Albania - 4 days

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This comprehensive four-day tour takes you to some of the most important cultural locations in Albania. After a tour of the capital city of Tirana, set off to discover the lore and history of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Berat, Gjirokastra, Saranda, and Butrint, visiting landmarks such as museums, castles, and national parks along the way.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,375.54
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$1,375.54
Price varies by group size
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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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$325.13
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$325.13

Tirana Full Day Trip from Durres

Tirana Full Day Trip from Durres

This full day guided tour takes you to the highlights of Albania’s capital city. With your local host, visit historic landmarks and locations such as Skanderbeg Square, Et'hem Bey Mosque, and the Clock Tower of Tirana. Tour the National Archaeological Museum, take a walk in Rinia Park, and more. This comprehensive tour is an excellent choice for first time visitors.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$325.13
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$325.13

Best of Tirana city tour

Best of Tirana city tour

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Founded in 17-nth century, Tirana became capital of Albania only on 1920. Its history stretches from ottoman period to communism area with an influence of modern architecture. During our walking tour in the main boulevard we will visit beautiful sights such as: Clock Tower, Et’hem Bey Mosque, Different Ministries buildings, City Hall, Pyramid of Tirana, President office, University of Tirana, Orthodox cathedral, Catholic cathedral, etc. Next we will enter to the ex-communist BLLOK area which nowadays is transferred into an area full of modern bars and restaurants. A delicious albanian coffee is included on a cozy coffee shop. After this walking we will transfer by car to the highlight of this tour, Bunkart 1. It is a cold war massive underground bunker located in the outskirts of Tirana. With 3000 sq meters underground space, it is an incredible museum showing the history of communism area in Albania. Inside we will spend around 1 hour.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.29
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$59.29
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Tirana Group Day Tour from Durrës

Tirana Group Day Tour from Durrës

Start this day tour from Durres to the capital of Albania Tirana. Tirana is the new big thing in Balkans, also, one of the most fast developing cities of Europe. Tirana has won the prize of the European Youth Capital 2022. Tirana was declared as the capital of Albania in 1920, before that it was a small city with no whatsoever importance. Just in the heart of it is located the Scanderbeg Square, a place of outstanding beauty, in 2018 the square won the prize for the best Urban Public Area and later on in 2019 it won the second award for the best Modern Architecture by EU.In the square is situated the monument of the National Hero Gjergj Kastrioti Scanderbeg. From there, you can see the important mosque that was built during the Ottoman Period, Et’hem Bey mosque and on the other side you can see the National History Museum. Tirana is more than the square, it’s the beautiful colorful buildings, the cutest coffee shops, the best restaurants:
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$128.45
Price varies by group size
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$128.45
Price varies by group size
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Tirana Sightseeing Walking Tour

Tirana Sightseeing Walking Tour

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With limited time, this 2-hour walking tour will help you get your bearings in Tirana, taking in all the highlights of the Albanian capital. Learn the significance of historic landmarks such as the Skanderbeg’s Monument, the Pyramid, and the National Museum mosaics; learn about Tirana’s communist past as you stroll around the Blloku; and see sights including the Archaeological Museum, the Clock Tower, Ethem Bey Mosque, and the Presidential palace.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.19
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$54.19
Price varies by group size

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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$108.38
Price varies by group size
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$108.38
Price varies by group size

Green Tirana Walking Tour

Green Tirana Walking Tour

Beautiful city, heard of Albania- Tirana invites you for great green journey! Historical monuments, museums, luxury zones are great and interesting, but Tirana parks and squares are good fun for everyone who are outside lover! Do you know that the cable-car is the longest in the Balkans, and rises more than 800 metres up the mountainside? What a breathtaking view of the city! Skanderbeg Square in front of the mosque is one of the most visited places in Tirana! Do you know that capital of Albania once was pars of huge Ottoman Empire? What is the story behind Clock Tower? Whats about Blloku area with Enver Hoxha’s villa? With local charismatic guide, you will visit Clock Tower, Et'hem Rruga Murat Toptani, Piramida, Tanners’ Bridge, Bush Street, Mother Teresa Square, and Grand Park. You will enjoy incredible views in Dajti Mountain National Park.
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  • 4 hours
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$369.29
per group
From
$369.29
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Tirana tour - 3 days

Tirana tour - 3 days

Tirana, the capital of Albania, is one of the most attractive place.The city is always a mix of the old and the new that are in harmony with each other.They are Communist flats painted with modern pictures, , the clock tower and the new Scanderbeg Square that are close to each other but with a completely different story, the noisy city with its quiet surroundings. It’s less than an hour to be in the mountains and the enchanting greenery of Tirana where we will make our tour.To be fulled with the energy of the wild nature and to spend it in the city of Tirana that never sleeps.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$456.97
Price varies by group size
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$456.97
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Tirana by locals

Tirana by locals

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Providing an excellent overview of Tirana, this is a good tour for first-time visitors. Visit the highlights of the city including Skanderbeg Square, the National History Museum, the Fortress of Justinian, Enver Hoxha Pyramid, the House of Leaves, Polytechnic University of Tirana, and more. Learn about Albania’s Communist past and how Tirana is a juxtaposition of old and new cultures.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.10
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$30.10

Tirana Half Day Walking Tour

Tirana Half Day Walking Tour

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This half-day walking tour of Tirana is a great choice for first-time visitors. Highlights include Skanderbeg Square, the Great Mosque of Tirana, the Clock Tower of Tirana, Enver Hoxha’s villa, and the remains of the Castle of Tirana. After the tour, enjoy lunch (not included) in one of the many restaurants near the tour’s end point.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.06
Price varies by group size
From
$38.06
Price varies by group size

The truest face of Communism

The truest face of Communism

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A mix of history, culture and in-depth exploration of Albania’s communist past, this tour provides a comprehensive overview of Tirana, particularly for first-time visitors. Visit the National Theater of Opera and Ballet, National History Museum, House of Leaves, the Enver Hoxha Pyramid, the Clock Tower of Tirana, and several other notable landmarks. Lunch and a sampling of rakia—a strong Albanian alcoholic beverage—are included.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.33
Price varies by group size
From
$96.33
Price varies by group size

Private Full-Day Tour in Tirana, History, Arts and Traditional Lunch

Private Full-Day Tour in Tirana, History, Arts and Traditional Lunch

ou will have the chance to admire the modern architecture of Scanderbeg Square, Ministrial Buildings constructed during 1930s, visit the most recent and conterporan turist destinations - the New Bazzar, Kalaja e Tiranës Complex, Toptani Pedestrian street, the former communist dictator's, Enver Hoxha's Lider Museum - the Piramid. Later you will walk through the fanciest quarter in Tirana, which it was banned to common people till late of 1980s. In the heart of this quarter, you will pass by and see the former Residence of Enver Hoxha. And last but not least, you will visit the Ismail Kadare house Museum. Ismail Kadare is an Albanian novelist, poet, essayist and playwright. He has been a leading literary figure in Albania since the 1960s. He has been focused on poetry until the publication of one of his novels, "The General of the Dead Army", which made him famous outside of Albania. In 1996, he became a lifetime member of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques of France.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.20
Price varies by group size
From
$77.20
Price varies by group size

The Balkan Explorer - Experience Tirana like a Local

The Balkan Explorer - Experience Tirana like a Local

You will have the chance to admire the modern architecture of Scanderbeg Square, Ministrial Buildings constructed during 1930s, visit the most recent and conterporan turist destinations - the New Bazzar, Kalaja e Tiranës Complex, Toptani Pedestrian street, the former communist dictator's, Enver Hoxha's Lider Museum - the Piramid. Later you will walk through the fanciest quarter in Tirana, which it was banned to common people till late of 1980s. In the heart of this quarter, you will pass by and see the former Residence of Enver Hoxha.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.29
Price varies by group size
From
$17.29
Price varies by group size

Magic Christmas Tour in Tirana

Magic Christmas Tour in Tirana

The exclusive tour only in the Christmas period! This special times brings magic in The Tirana city. Together with the professional local guide, you will visit the most beautifully decorated places in Tirana – Scanderbeg Square, Myslim Shiri, Pyramid. You will feel spellbound with the charming atmosphere in the Boulevard, which you can feel only this time of the year! What is the story of the Christmas tree? Who was the first to decorate it in the world? What magical things can happen during the Christmas period? Have you heard about Christmas spells? You will hear miraculous Christmas legends about Tirana. You will visit the old-fashioned Christmas Market at Saint Teresa Square. What makes it so popular? What local products is must taste at Christmas? Fill your heart with the joy and experience magic of Tirana.
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  • 2 hours
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$739.80
per group
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$739.80
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Highlights of Tirana 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Highlights of Tirana 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Delve deep into the history and highlights of Tirana on this walking tour with a guide. Spot architecture from the Ottoman and Communist eras and stop into the National History Museum to learn about Albania’s past. Visit the oldest mosque in Tirana. As you stroll, learn about Albania’s recent transition out of communism from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.38
per group
From
$108.38
per group

Private Tour of Tirana, Bunkart and Dajti Cable Car (Driving & Walking)

Private Tour of Tirana, Bunkart and Dajti Cable Car (Driving & Walking)

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This tour will introduce you to the local Tirana and its cultural, historical and culinary heritage. As an urban metropolis, it is full of contrasts in which can easily be noticed the scars from the past and the present. Above all, it is the crossway of different periods of Albanian Modern History. This Private tour of Tirana is a combination of City Walking Tour and Driving Tour. During the walking part, we will be able to explore most of the City Centre of Tirana, Main Boulevard, New Bazaar Area and “Bllok”. Out of the city we drive toward the Bunkart, a former Nuclear Bunkers of the ’70. The most lively souvenir of the Albanian Communist Period. The next station will be driving to Dajti Mountain when we get the cable car to enjoy the great view of Tirana.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.98
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From
$104.98
Price varies by group size

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$114.40
Price varies by group size
From
$114.40
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Discover Tirana

Discover Tirana

Meet our guide and go to the city center of the Albanian capital. Capital of Albania, Tirana is a city in constant evolution. Formerly dull and gray, the city has experienced an international boom post-communism, becoming a lively metropolis, colorful and very lively thanks to its unique atmosphere. Fascinating, Tirana represents both the past and the future of Albania.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$32.04
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From
$32.04
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Tour of Pogradec and around Ohrid Lake

Tour of Pogradec and around Ohrid Lake

Join us in this Day Tour of Pogradec & Ohrid Lake to enjoy and relaxed one of the oldest and deepest lakes in Europe. Known also as the “Favorite Holidays Place” of many kings and politicians, Pogradec has been the favorite holiday place of Enver Hoxha, the former Albanian Communist Leader. It is also where Constantine's parents (Emperor of Byzant) spending most of the holidays. During this Day Tour of Pogradec from Tirana, we will visit also the astonishing Lin Peninsular, Tushemisht, and Drilon. This tour will bring nearer to you gorgeous nature, delicious food and warm, local welcome.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$202.10
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From
$202.10
Price varies by group size

Buggy Group Tour at Gjirokastra from Tirana in two days

Buggy Group Tour at Gjirokastra from Tirana in two days

This Buggy Group Tour is the perfect product for every group of traveler who wants to experience some extra adrenaline and to explore more in the roots of the local life of Albanian South and Gjirokastra. This tour is available while you are in Tirana or anywhere else in Albania. In addition, the combination of the Rural, Adrenaline, and Culture will introduce you to the full face of Albanian South. The Buggy Group Tour is also subject of modification required by the clients.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$284.07
per group
From
$284.07
per group

Private Photo-shooting Tour in Tirana

Private Photo-shooting Tour in Tirana

During this photo tour of Tirana you will have the chance to learn more about the city and take some great moments back home. In addition, you will be welcomed and walked by a talented new photographer and together you will pursue the perfect shoot in Tirana. Most Importantly it is the Perfect tour for getting memories and also for honeymooners. Similarly, it will be unforgettable if you are planning a marriage proposal In addition, you may have also photos while dining or in different specific places like Art Galleries, Concerts where tickets will be on extra charge.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.51
Price varies by group size
From
$123.51
Price varies by group size

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