Tirana and Durres tour from Ohrid

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Cross the border from Macedonia for a chance to explore Albania on this private tour. Depart from Ohrid and head towards Tirana, Albania’s capital, to visit the National Archeological Museum, the Communist Enver Hoxha Museum, and the Et’hem Bej Mosque. Then, head to the Albanian coast to explore the amphitheater and archeological museum of Durres before heading back to Macedonia.

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Operated by: Experience Balkan

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Stop At: National Archaeological Museum

The Museum houses exhibit from Prehistoric and Classical times up to the Middle Ages and Modern period. More than 2000 items are displayed and these items range from ancient jewelry to Roman statues, to vast clay pots covered in shellfish that have been found during the many archaeological field trips the museum is involved in. It is also responsible for conducting many archaeological expeditions in the country and is the parent institution of several other museums in the country including the Durrës Archaeological Museum.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Enver Hoxha Pyramid

The structure opened as the Enver Hoxha Museum, originally serving as a museum about the legacy of Enver Hoxha, the long-time leader of Communist Albania, who had died three years earlier. After 1991, following the collapse of Communism, the Pyramid ceased its function as a museum and for several years was repurposed as a conference center and exhibition venue, as well as being rebranded with its current name. There are many rumors for the pyramid to be repurposed or maybe even torn down, to replace it with a national assembly.

Stop At: Et`hem Bey Mosque

A unique mosque situated in the very heart of Tirana. Et’hem Bey Mosque was founded at the end of the 18th century by Mulla Bey. The mosque was one of the few to be spared the destruction during which churches, mosques, tekkes, monasteries, and other religious institutions were either closed or pulled down, or converted into warehouses, gymnasiums or workshops by the end of 1967.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Durres Amphitheatre

Its construction began under the emperor Trajan in the 2nd century AD and it was destroyed twice by earthquakes in the 6th and 10th centuries. It is the largest amphitheater ever built in the Balkan Peninsula with once having a capacity of 20,000 people.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Durres Archaeological Museum

It is the largest archaeological museum in the country. The museum is located near the beach and north of the museum are the 6th-century Byzantine walls, constructed after the Visigoth invasion of 481.

Duration: 20 minutes
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