The Stone city of Gjirokaster

During this day trip we will visit Tepelene fortress built by Ali Pasha Tepelena. It is visited by many notable people of the time among them the British Poet Lord Byron. The town is located on the left shore of the Vjosa River on a plateau above the river.
Gjirokaster is the next place to be visited. It is located in a valley between the Wide mountains and the Drino river valley. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, described as “a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town, built by farmers of large estate”.
The “pass of the bazaar” as the locals call it, is the heart of the old town with a lot of art crafts and handmade souvenirs shops, nice little taverns and restaurants.
The Castle dominates the town and overlooks the strategically important route along the river valley, which has existed in various forms since before the 12th century. Today it possesses five towers and houses, the new Gjirokastër Museum, a clock tower, two teke, a cistern, the stage of the National Folk Festival.

Day trip
Starting from Tirana, Durres Pier, Elbasan or anywhere else in Central Albania.
Ending at the same point where we started.
Duration:10 hours

Itinerary of the Trip:

Meet with Dorian. Depart from the pier/ hotel or your specified meeting place to reach the town of Tepelene. We will a coffee break along the way, just before we reach the town of Tepelene where we will visit the fortress of Ali Pasha Tepelena.
Continue further towards Gjirokaster where we will start visiting the Old Town, The Pass of the Bazaar, Skenduli House and the most dominated and strategic point, the Castle of Princess Argyro. A local tavern will make us happier having tried local food and drinks.
Late afternoon, we’ll head back to the pier or your specified place.

On top as always

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

The Airplane at Gjirokaster

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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