A free tour of Berat with Lorenc

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Lorenc
Registered on February 22, 2022

Hi, I'm Lorenc. I am a guru of Berat and I'm a fun person. I am the kind of person that loves meeting & talking with people from all over the world to share their history, philosophy, & culture, from my perspective. I managed a restaurant in Italy and worked for many years in the Greek islands. I enjoy playing music and singing in my free time. I own and work in a house that is more than 400 years old. I was born and raised here, and I currently reside here.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

First, we will visit Gorica. I was born and raised in this historical area and I will explain the history, culture and traditions.

Next, we will explore Mangalem (a quarter of the thousand windows).
We will also explore mosques and churches, and we will also discuss the architectural features of the city.
Finally, we will see the castle of Berat. I will explain the history through the centuries since its construction, including the mythology and the way of life.
We will see the Acropolis, the church of Santa Triadha, the Red Mosque, the water tank, etc.
We will talk about the famous Purple Codex of Berat that was found in the iconographic museum of Onufri. If you are interested, we can tour the museum (they charge a small fee for admission).

After the tour everyone is invited to join me at the restaurant and bar in Gorica for entertainment, food and homemade wine.

- Gorica (Berat old area)
- Mangalem (1000+ windows area)
- Local mosques and churches
- Berat Castle (the largest in Albania)

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  • Meeting point:
    Ura e Goricës, Berat, Albania
    Ura e Goricës, Berat, Albania
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    I'll be waiting for you next to the old Gorica bridge,,,right

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Victoria 28 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Lorenc fue muy bien guía!! Fue un tour muy interesante, se ve que él sabe mucho de la historia del lugar! Nos mostró también su casa de 400 años, muy bonita! Aprendimos mucho con él y nos llevó a lugares a los que nunca habríamos llegado por nuestra cuenta ya que conoce a todo el mundo! Muy recomendado!!
Dalius 22 Aug 2023

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Travelled in group - Aug 2023
The guide send me a cancellation note at the time the tour had to start and I was already at the meeting point.
Salma 22 Aug 2023

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Travelled in group - Aug 2023
WARNING to everyone! This is was unfortunately a painful experience in the beautiful city of Berat. I joined the tour with my friend, both of us from Egypt, only to experience a slew of aggressive/racist comments. Lorenzo really feels the need to share his ideologies, and every single position he has be it political, religious, or "philosophical", which was tiring and completely unnecessary. Literally in the middle of the tour he felt the need to comment on African migrants that should go back to their home countries and make a place for themselves there, right in front of us. He also kept needlessly being touchy with my friend, for some reason he thought that was okay, but with the italian ladies that were on the tour he did not come near them. I feel very upset this happened to us, to the people at Guruwalk, I want to say this tour is spreading hate, aggression, and pain rather than compassion, knowledge, and the wonder it is supposed to spread.
Valentina 20 Aug 2023

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Travelled in group - Aug 2023
Tour prenotato da settimane. Il giorno previsto ci presentiamo con il corretto anticipo al luogo di incontro, aspettiamo ed aspettiamo, contattiamo inutilmente il guru ma alla fine non si presenta e non ci risponde. Pessima esperienza.
Eliza 15 Aug 2023

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
More of an unstructured stream of consciousness than a guided walking tour. Lorenc has lived in Berat his whole life and seems knowledgeable but is unable to transfer this in an intelligible or interactive way. He knows everyone in town, telling long animated, ultimately inconsequential back stories interwoven with some history so by the end you are not sure if he is talking about a neighbour or King Zog. Unfortunately, alongside talk of one nation Albania there is also a smiling ridicule of Muslims, immigration, country people. The only walking tour I have done when the group of strangers needed a debrief as soon as the guide had left. Quite an experience but not one I would want to repeat or recommend.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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