Apollonia of Illyria &Divjake-Karavasta Lagoon/Park

During this day trip we will visit the ruins of the ancient city of Apollonia which is located on the right bank of Vjosa river. An Illyrian settlement which later got more new inhabitants from Greek islands and the mainland. Apollonia flourished in the Roman period. It was home to a renowned school of philosophy, acquiring fame as a cultural center…. The city began to decline in the 3rd century AD when its harbor started silting up as a result of an earthquake. More to explore on the site…
Another interesting place that we will visit today is the National Park & Lagoon Divjake-Karavasta. The park spans in a huge territory and contains remarkable features such as wetlands, salt marshes, coastal meadows, floodplains, woodlands, reed beds, forests and estuaries. Because of the park’s important and great availability of birds and plant species, it has been identified as an important Bird and Plant Area of international importance.

Day trip
Starting from Tirana, Durres Pier, Elbasan or anywhere else in Central Albania.
Ending at the same point where we started.
Duration:8 hours

Itinerary of the Trip:

Meet with Dorian. Depart from the pier/ hotel or your specified meeting place to reach the archeological park of Apollonia. We will start from the heart of the old town, where we will visit the Monument of Agonothetes, the Oden, the Roman Forum once a Agora, Ruins of a Temple, Nymphaeum etc. Later we will visit the little museum of the site situated inside the Monastery of Saint Mary. Continue driving towards the Divjake-Karavasta park where we may have a nice boat trip inside the channels of the lagoon where we may see plenty of wild birds and other species. Meeting Jonny, the Albanian Curley Pelican is a mission we have to accomplish.
A special place with delicious sea food and fresh fish cooked by great people, is the “cherry on top” of the day. Late afternoon, we’ll head back to the pier or your specified place.


Transport with a very comfortable car,minivan or van A/C etc.
Professional, Licensed-Certified Tourist Guide/Driver.
Hotel or Pier pick-up and drop off.

Entrance fees wherever needed
Meals and drinks
Personal expenses
Tips and gratuities

Photo from the boat

Important information:
Museums are closed on Mondays, except of any specific agreement in advance for visits of big groups, cruise ship visitors etc.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair due to hilly terrain.

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