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Ancients and Ottomans - Apollonia and Berat
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Ancients and Ottomans - Apollonia and Berat

By Albanian Trip
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$123.10
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Ages 3-85, max of 24 per group
Duration: 10h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
German, English, Italian, French


  • Fuel surcharge
  • Environmental Management Charge (Reef Tax)
  • Local taxes
  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel/port drop-off
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Apollonia Archaeological Park
  • Entry/Admission - National Iconographic Museum Onufri
What's not included
  • Airport/Departure Tax
  • Drinks
  • Food and drinks
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Food and drinks, other than the "value added offers" specified in your guidebook
  • Gratuities
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Also start at the entrance of the Toptani Castle - Kalaja e Tiranes
  • Tirana Castle, 8RGC+HVC, Shëtitorja Murat Toptani, Tiranë, Albania Enter in the castle. Right in front of the entrance you can spot the Albanian Trip sign on the third kiosk to your left. It's the starting point.
  • Airports:
  • Rinas Airport, Tirana Albania
  • Ports:
  • Durrës Port, Rruga Pavaresia 66, Durrës, Albania
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 20445P2

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Which attractions will I visit with Ancients and Ottomans - Apollonia and Berat?
How much is Ancients and Ottomans - Apollonia and Berat?
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What is the Ancients and Ottomans - Apollonia and Berat cancellation policy?
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 20445P2

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Tirana Castle
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • 1
    Berat
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Apollonia Archaeological Park
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    National Iconographic Museum Onufri
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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William T
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Go to Albania with Albanian Trip for a brilliant experience!
I contacted Albanian Trip after seeing a very good review in the FT of a foodie visit they had organised, my wife a
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Fortresses in Berat and Kotor and lots of coffee.
Thanks to Alda at Albania Trip’s swift organisation and guide Ervin Budo and numerous coffees along the way, I had
721dylanc
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A superb Albanian experience
I asked the agency to curate a trip through Albania to cover a mix of food, cultural and historical experiences. It
Anne D
Anne D
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All round perfect- thanks!
Albanian Trip were really excellent, from start to finish. Vilma was super helpful and really helped us plan our t
MarcelF53
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Albanian Trip really shows the true Albania!
Great experience with this company. In a very busy period, they were able to organize at very short notice a wonder
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Best trip ever!!!
What an amazing trip to Albanian mountains! Elton was an excellent guide, the trip was perfectly planned, the peopl
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Best way to explore Albania 🇦🇱
In August 2021, Elton organized a scuba diving trip in Albania, focused in shipwrecks. He also showed me villages a
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Great 23 day trip
In 2019, with the help of Elton and Alda, we made plans for a 2020 custom tour through Albania with lots of bird wa
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Excellent communication and service
We rented a car with a driver (Denis) and did a 4-day tour around Balkan countries. The communication with the agen
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Wonderful tour. Excellent Guide. Highly recommend!
Elton at Albanian Trip put together an AMAZING custom tour for me. We visited Cape Rodoni's beaches and bunkers, th
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Amazing Albanian trip
An amazing trip visiting many places that are hidden in Tirana and not well known. Access to special hidden gems. R
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The best Albanian experience
I have been participating in several trips round Albania with Albanian trip, met several guides and interpreters an
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The True Balkans
Albanian trip put together and amazing two week trip around the Balkans. We traveled through Albania, Montenegro,
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Albanian Trip
An epicurean experience of an unforgettable journey supported by Albanian Trip, thanks to a dedicated team with pas
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A great experience from start to finish!
We traveled with Albanian Trip for several days on a customized adventure and can highly recommend going with Elton
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peterlatham2018
3 contributions
Nov 2022
We have just completed a seven-day guided tour of Albania organised by Albanian Trip. This included visits to Ohrid in North Macedonia, the old towns of Berat and Gjirokastër returning to Tirana along the Ionian and Adriatic coasts, staying in Sarandë and Vlorë. The scenery was stunning, with steep, jagged hills, and old towns built into the hill sides and the return along the coast was through attractive villages and over high passes had fantastic views.

Our guide, Ervin Budo, not only spoke excellent English and had an extensive knowledge of the many fascinating historic sites we visited but was also a careful driver which was particularly reassuring given the steep and narrow roads on some of the routes through the mountains. In the towns and sites we visited we saw the influence of Greek, Roman and Ottoman building, as well as the legacy of Ali Pasha. Ervin also showed us around Tirana, with visits to Bunk Art 2 and the Block which helped explain the transition from the previous communist era.

The hotels were clean and comfortable, and in several cases family run, all in great locations and most equating to a UK 3 star standard. The Mangalemi hotel in Berat deserves special mention as it was particularly well renovated, had welcoming staff and excellent food. The cost of eating out is much lower than in the UK, although top quality food comes at a slightly higher price - we had a very good traditional Albanian meal at Mullixhiu in Tirana and excellent seafood in Sarandë and Vlorë.

Albanian Trip were easy to deal with from our first contact and were quick to answer any questions. Our tour was largely pre-planned, but also very flexible; Ervin was patient and very accommodating – always happy to tailor the itinerary to match our interests, including an unplanned visit to a winery. Ervin’s knowledge and local contacts certainly made our visit run very smoothly and gave us a deeper understanding of the country. We would certainly recommend a visit to Albania using Albanian Trip.
Per Latham
Alison Porter
Written November 8, 2022
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Marjorie F
1 contribution
Mar 2021
Our experience with Albanian Trip was outstanding from first contact with Mr. Elton Caushi by email to arriving at our destination. Mr. Caushi responded promptly and throughly to our initial inquiries. He provided us with all of the information necessary to make a confident booking decision. Our driver, Mr. Ervin Budo, was excellent. He arrived on time, was friendly, helpful and courteous. He is a very safe driver and has a kind disposition. His English is excellent and we were very comfortable to be in his care.

Albanian Trip provides an excellent service at a fair price and we will call on them again when we come to Tirana. We highly recommend Albanian Trip to others who are looking for a car and driver or guide for a trip in Albania.

We are happy with the service provided and for their all around professionalism.
Written March 18, 2021
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Toni C
Dear Marjorie! We loved being in touch with you. The little amount of communication we had was of a real high quality. Ervin had the best impressions from the few hours he spent with you. Many thanks for having chosen us. Enjoy Albania and have a lot of beautiful experiences in the times to come.. Albanian Trip Team
Written March 19, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

crmsnprd
Doha, Qatar100 contributions
Sep 2019
I selected Albanian Trip because they offer really interesting and unique tours in Albania and also offered the possibility of a group tour, which, as a solo traveler on a budget, was appealing to me. The more people that sign up, the cheaper the tour will be per person. No one else signed up for the tour, so I enjoyed a private tour of Ancients and Ottomans with Elton, one of the owners of the company. He was a very informative and personable guide and I learned a lot about Albanian culture and history. I am hopeful Albanian Trip can tap into the growing hostel network in Tirana to be able to offer group tours to the increasing number of backpackers making their way to Albania. I'd love to see their tours more accessible to more travelers!
Written January 23, 2020
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Toni C
Thanks a lot for your opinions crmsnprd! We will try to build up the logistic so that our tours can be more present for more travelers. Doing our best! Not an easy task! We will make it! I wish you a lot of other interesting travel experiences around the World! Hope to have you with us again in the future!
Written January 27, 2020
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David L
Tirana, Albania35 contributions
This was an exceptional trip up into the hills of Apollonia to seek out Greek ruins, Byzantine churches, museums and excavations, each of which were incredibly impressive, followed by a wonderful tour of Berat and some excellent local cuisine.

The amount of history, insight, food and culture that the host was able to pack into a single day far exceeded my expectations.

I've since booked further trips with them, each of which has been fulfilling beyond measure. Highly recommend this tour company, and this tour in particular.
Written May 7, 2021
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Niel H
Llanberis, UK25 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
A group of us were in Albania for the Wales game but wanted to see more than just the football so booked a tour on our 'spare day'. The booking process was very easy and Ervin met us at our Hotel to start our day. From the beginning Ervin & our driver were great to get on with and we were all soon chatting like old friends as we learned about the recent history of Albania on the drive to Apollonia. The tour was so much more than we expected, unrushed with lots of information and enthusiasm. When we stopped for lunch in Berat it was in a family run cafe and though the owners had only got married the day before they were great hosts, filling our table with all manner of delicious local dishes, not just what we ordered from the menu.

The highlight for me was stopping in the middle of nowhere to see a cold war bunker which was maintained by the ancient Jamal on the corner of his land. Such a lovely guy, he introduced us to his donkey and joined us for a group photo (attached to this review) before waving us on our way like we were family. It was so endearing to see such enthusiasm after what he must have endured in the recent past of his country.

When I go away I always try to book guided tours & this tour was by far the best I have experienced, if/when I return to Albania I will surely plan my holiday around some tours with Albania Trip. Thanks guys.
Written November 22, 2018
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Djatravel
Minneapolis, MN1 contribution
Oct 2019
Our stay in Tirana was awesome, thanks to Albaniantrip.com. Elton and Vilma responded promptly to all my inquiries via email and FB messenger so convenient!! Ancients and Ottomans full day tour with Irvin as our guide was the BEST choice. We were picked up from the Lobby at our Hotel, the vehicle was very roomy and comfortable.
Irvin was local and had tons of information about Albania as well as connections with the local people everywhere we stopped. It was very interesting to learn about his experiences in Albania as well about the sites that we visited. He took care of entrances, local guide at the museum all details and more were covered. We had a very special visit with a local resident in OLD Berrat, sweetest little lady who graciously cooked a meal from her local supplies, we purchased some of her hand knitted wool slippers :) He even made a stop in Durres for a night view of the Roman amphitheater, which wasn’t part of our tour and a true delight. We left behind our thermos, the next day it had been delivered to the front desk at the hotel, they go above and beyond! I highly recommend Albaniantrip.com services and tours Irvin was an awesome guide!!
Written November 10, 2019
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Toni C
Thanks a lot for such a wonderful impression of your trip with us Djatravel. Lovely to see you had a great time in Albania. And happy we found your thermos.. Irvin also enjoyed his time with you. He had the best words to say about you as well.. Hope to see you again with us at some stage.. We will do a good job again for sure.. Until than enjoy another million good travel experiences. You certainly deserve that..
Written November 11, 2019
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avettestingray
Seattle, WA36 contributions
Aug 2018 • Business
It was a fantastic tour, informational, polite and fun! If I am ever in Albania again, I will seek out the same company and guide!
Written August 8, 2018
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Belinda A
London, UK4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
The experience was incredible its a must for anyone wishing to understand the history of the country
Written August 29, 2022
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Toni C
So many thanks for having chosen us Bella.. It was a pleasure to work with you and organize a special experience to satisfy your thirst for curiosity and authenticity. Please let the others know and come back, ok!?
Written September 6, 2022
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Pontinha2015
408 contributions
Vilma and Elton were excellent about communication for my tour to Apollonia and Berat. My guide was local and had tons of information about Albania. It was very interesting to learn about his experience growing up during the communist Albania as well about the sites that we visit. He even made a stop in Durres which wasn’t part of my tour but it was a very nice city port.
Berat was the highlight of my tour.
Thanks for a great time in Albania!
Written September 4, 2019
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