During this day trip we will visit a city, with ruins dating from the Roman era and some Royal Graves of Illyrian Kings.
The city of Elbasan is one of the largest in Albania. In fact, though it has an early Ottoman name, it was definitely an Illyrian settlement since the 4th century BC. Settled on the valley of Shkumbini river, it developed and expanded as a station along the famous Via Egnatia Roman road. The Romans called it ‘Ad-Quintummansio’.
Often it is mentioned as “The Cradle of Education” in Albania due to the first teacher training college, or “Town of Music” related to the home of the greatest composer and musician of central Albania, Master Isuf Myzyri . The city is well-known for its special traditional desert (Ballakume), and also for its delicious soft drink “Boza”.
Not far from the city, situated on the slope of the hill opposite the village of Selca we will visit the Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme. More on the site.
Starting from Tirana, Durres Pier or anywhere else in Central Albania.
Ending at the same point where we started.
Duration: 8-9 hours
Itinerary of the Trip:
Meet with Dorian. Depart from the pier, from your hotel or your specified meeting place to reach the city of Elbasan. Our first visit will be at the ruins of the Ad-Quintum, once a caravan station (mansion) along the famous Via Egnatia. We continue our tour with a walking tour inside the Old Town where we may visit the King’s Mosque and St. Mary’s church. Continue further to the village of Selca e Poshtme to walk around some rock cut tombs situated on the slope of the hill near by the village. Meeting the locals in the village, is another part of our exploring 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
Tips and gratuities
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.