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The truest face of Communism

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    Stop At: Skanderbeg Square, At the center of Tirana, Tirana Albania

    The first thing we will explore is the main square of Tirana which is composed of the Et'hem Bey Mosque, the Clock Tower of Tirana, the National Theater of Opera and Ballet (in which the first brick was put by the ex. President of Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev), the National Bank of Albania, one of the oldest hotels, iconic in Tirana, the Tirana International Hotel and more.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Muzeu Historik Kombetar, Skenderbej Square, Boulevard Zogu I, Tirana 1001 Albania

    Did you know that Albania was the only atheist country in the world before it was cool? And that a family of four could 'easily' live with 2 kg. of meat and 3 kg. of bread in a month?

    That looks kinda weird, but living in a communist country it was hard to have more than others. And living (literally) in the most isolated country in the world was something extremely hard. No connections to the outside world (like, at all) meant no import-export process and no import-export meant not enough food for everyone but enough metals for all of the country's railway and more in stock. And that's only the beginning...

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Enver Hoxha Pyramid, Boulevard Deshmoret e Kombit, Tirana Albania

    One of the most famous buildings in Tirana, the Pyramid stands at the main boulevard as a sign of the communist non-sensical regime. It was first built as a museum dedicated to Hoxha, the leader of the Communist Party, First Secretary of the Party of Labor from ’44-’85 to his day of death and the head-architect of the communism crimes. The Enver Hoxha mausoleum was opened three years later, in ’88 and it was co-designed by Hoxha’s daughter. After the fall of Communism in Albania it has served as a cultural center, as a National Television office and has survived a project to be destroyed but still stands as a symbol of a notorious communism and mostly as an touristic attraction.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Postbllok - Checkpoint Monument, Bulevardi Deshmoret e Kombit, Tirana Albania

    The ‘Postbllok’ is a Memorial to the Communist Isolation and deed and was built by the former regime dissident Fatos Lubonja and the artist Ardian Isufi. It consists of three main elements: a concrete defensive bunker (the dictatorship built thousands of them, one for each family, in case of a nuclear or world war), several concrete supports from the mine at the notorious Spaç labor camp where thousands of political prisoners suffered between 1968 and 1990 and a brightly painted section of the Berlin Wall from Postdamer Platz that once split Germany in two.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: House of Leaves, Rruga Ibrahim Rugova Face A La Cathedrale Orthodoxe, Tirana 1000 Albania

    All the rooms of important people, foreign affair workers and ambassadors, (a few) tourists and everyone who was as close as to be called 'a threat' to communism and the society. Everyone could be a spy back then and you could go to prison for saying 'i'm hungry'. Why would you be hungry? The Party is feeding you well. Are you saying that the Party isn't doing it's job? What could you be? Maybe a foreign secret agent wanting to seize our beloved country...BAM you would be sent to prison for most of your lifespam.

    The former Intelligence Agency is the best showing place of the terrors of the communist regime secret agency. It is the newest museum in Tirana called the Museum of Secret Surveillance and has taken the name “House of Leaves” because of the plants covering it’s facade. It narrates best the terrors that cover a harsh dictatorship and is filled with mystery and legends about the secret activities that used to occur there. One of the most mysterious attractions in this ‘Communism Tour’ we will observe it closely and be shown the terrors and the creepy lifestyle of the era.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Blloku, Tirana Albania

    During our trip we will pass at the notorious Block area, an area that used to serve as a living and leisure neighborhood only to the political communist bureau and that even maps used to miss. Nowadays it’s the heart of Tirana, full of fancy boutiques, colorful coffee shops, cocktails bars and pubs and creative street-art. Here also lies the former villa of Hoxha, left untouched and unused (just like the pyramid), but still as a sign of the luxurious life lived by the dictator. We can only see it from the outside since it’s not allowed to enter. We offer traditional food and rakija in a restaurant near the area and here we will make a short stop.

    Duration: 50 minutes

    Stop At: Liqeni Artificial i Tiranes, Tirana Albania

    The Grand Park of Tirana is the biggest green space in the city. It's perfect for chilling out, having a coffee and taking a short walk.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: BunkArt 1, Rruga Fadil Deliu, Tirana 1001 Albania

    The museum is a new addition to the city of Tirana and it's filled with different rooms that would serve as shelters and rooms for the elite in case of an attack from the outer world...something that never happened. Nowadays the rooms are turned into museum rooms that contain fragments of the communist history of our country. It is almost 3000 m. square of underground rooms, corridors and container rooms, spread over several floors The bunker was built in the '70 and remained a secret for much of its existence. It was designed to survive nuclear attacks, with walls made of double concrete and enough space to host more than 100 people. The labyrinthic style of the underground resort is exiting and the history will leave you speechless.

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick travelers at their chosen place of staying/hotel/hostel/a departure point in Tirana agreed before the trip.
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    5h
    Inclusions
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Alcoholic Beverages - Have you heard of 'Rakia'?It's one of the most alchoolic beverages in the world and an old traditional drink here in our country. Be careful though, don't drink too much, it's stronger than you think.
    • Entry/Admission - Muzeu Historik Kombetar
    • Entry/Admission - House of Leaves
    • Entry/Admission - Blloku
    • Entry/Admission - BunkArt 1
    Exclusions
    • Lunch
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    If you’re interested in history and in particular political history then this is a great tour to do. My tour guide Mimi was a mine of information about Albanian Communist history. We started our tour at the National history museum and in particular he explained...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Fiona M
    Reviewed August 10, 2019 via mobile

    Mimi, our guide, met us promptly at our hotel. He was very knowledgeable and well informed. Most of the tour was on foot. Very interesting to see the toppled Stalin statues behind a museum . The bugging systems in the House of Leaves were sad....More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank j0hnmuir
    Reviewed April 15, 2019

    I had a day to spend in Tirana so reached out to Why Albania for the Truest Face of Communism tour. They were willing to take me on this tour, even though I was a solo traveler. Many of the things that we were supposed...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Blestnest
    getlostinalbania, Manager at Get Lost In Albania, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2019

    I'm glad you enjoyed this trip though some of them were closed and we hope to meet you again.

    Reviewed March 22, 2019

    The tour was very cool, Albanian history in interesting. My tour guide Enea was really cool, fun guy, with who we spended very funny hours together. Even is everything don't go according to plan, he did changed it, and we had so much fun during...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Kri89i
    getlostinalbania, Manager at Get Lost In Albania, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2019

    I hope you come back to Albania and make another interesting tour of Albania's history.

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