Day tour of Shkoder and Kruje
Shkoder is the largest city in the north of Albania. It is surrounded by Lake Skadar and the Albanian Alps. The city is famous for Rozafa castle, the old promenade, and the harmony between different religions. On this trip to the north, we will also visit the historical town of Kruje.
- Visit Skadar old town
- Explore Rozafa castle and the legend behind it
- Visit Kruje castle and Old bazaar
- Visit the religious temple of Sari Salltik
- Professional tour guide and driver
- Transportation with comfortable car
- Entrance fee to Skanderbeg historic museum OR the Ethnographic museum
- Entrance fee to Rozafa castle
- Fuel and taxes
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Personal expenses
Meet with your guide at your hotel lobby in Tirana or Durres. Driving north takes around 2 hours and you will enjoy the beautiful views of the Albanian countryside. On the arrival, we visit first the symbol of the city, Rozafa castle. It is built by the Illyrian tribe of Labeat in the 4th century B.C. and it offers great panoramic views of the Lake Skadar, Buna and Drin river, and the glorious Albanian Alps. After visiting and learning about its unique legend, we head down to the city. The next stop is Mesi Bridge built during Ottoman areas, to connect the city with the rural mountain areas.
Later we head to the center city to visit St. Stephen's cathedral, walk along the promenade and visit the Great Mosque. Shkoder is famous for its cuisine and a traditional lunch of local crap fish should not be missed.
On the way back we stop at the town of Kruje. During medieval times, this city was the most important one in Albania. The history and resistance of national hero Skanderbeg are preserved inside the old castle walls. After visiting the town, we drive up to the top of the mountain to visit the Bektashi temple of Sari Salltik. Here you will get to know about this local religious sect and admire the panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea.
In the afternoon we drive back to your hotel.