Tirana, the Republic of Albania’s largest city, is blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate, a plethora of beautiful churches and lush parks. Founded in 1614, some striking Mussolini-era architecture dots the city center. Walk between sights such as Skanderbeg Square’s 1789 Et’hem Bey Mosque, the 1830 Sahat-Kulla (Clock Tower) and the Puppet Theater, once home to King Zog’s puppet parliament. Visit the Peace Bell, built with old cartridge shells, a reminder of Tirana’s stormy past. Tirana is a city of contrast, therefore a great travel destination.
Highlights of the tour
- “Zog the 1st” Boulevard.
- Scanderbeg Square.
- The Pyramid.
- Mother Teresa Square.
- The Artificial Lake.
- The Bllok Area.
- Dajti Mountain.
Meeting with the group at hotel lobby. Depending on hotel’s location, we drive or walk toward city center. We start with an intro about Tirana’s history through the centuries and start walking toward the main attractions, starting from Mother Teresa square at Tirana’s Polytechnic University. Walking the main boulevard, we will take a look at the most important institutions as the Presidential Palace, the Congresses Palace, the Prime Minister’s office and the Parliament offices. Then we continue with the Pyramid (Enver Hoxha’s ex-museum), Dajti Hotel, the Arts Gallery, Rinia Park, Independence Monument and then we reach the main square of Tirana, Scanderbeg Square. We will continue with the City Hall, Et’Hem Bey’s Mosque, the Clock Tower, the Opera Palace, the National Library and the National Museum.
If weather conditions permit, we will walk and have a coffee in the Bllok area, next to Enver Hoxha’s Villa. Then we head toward Mother Teresa square to take the couch toward Dajti Mountain where we will take the cable car for a lunch with a view.
Entrance fees, where applicable, are not included. Food, drinks and tips not included. Cable car ticket not included.