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Free tour of historic and modern Berat

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: Spanish
Guru: Marius
Quality Verified Registered on March 23, 2023

Hi, I am Marius! I live in the city of Berat, Albania. I have been living mostly in the city and I am always searching for new information about the city and its people in the past and today. I have come to interpret many interesting facts about the city and how those compare with other cities in the region. I would love to share with you these insights, how historical conditions affected human lives and the city itself, all the while witnessing the historical beautiful monuments existing today woven in a unique landascape.

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

Tour description

Dear Visitors! I would be very glad to guide you to the beautiful city of Berat. During the tour, we will visit many monuments of culture, especially historic houses, religious buildings, and fortifications all embedded in a stunning landscape.
 
I would offer an interpretation of historical circumstances that created the past realities which have materialized on the buildings that we will visit.
 
The tour is both exciting and enlightening offering many explanations of historic phenomena that we see reflected in many cities in the Balkans.
 
We will start our visit in the center of the city, in front of the Saint Demetrius Orthodox Cathedral. We will walk through the modern part of Berat towards the historic center, facing Mangalem Quarter. We will then visit the Medieval Center and walk up towards the castle of Berat. In the castle we will visit many of the historic landmarks all while enjoying the scenery.

Following is a list of places that we will visit:

  • Mangalem and Gorica Quarters
  • The Medieval Center (The King Mosque, The Halveti Tekke)
  • The Castle
  • The Churches of Saint Mary Blacherna, Saint Theodore, Holy Trinity
  • The Red Mosque, The White Mosque
  • The Onufri Museum (optional)
  • The tabya Tower



The tour lasts approximately 3.15 hours. I invite to book the tour. I am sure that this experience will be great and we will get to learn a lot from one another

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Highlights

What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    PX34+HC9, Berat, Albania
    PX34+HC9, Berat, Albania
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    At the front door of the Orthodox Cathedral in the center of the city with my white cap

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Berat Castle

    In the castle of Berat, we will visit the fortifications while explaining the history. We will go past the religious monuments and explain their high number and historical development. Then we will walk in the middle of the castle, explaining how people have been living to this day and their social and economic conditions. On the background we would see the hinterland of the city of Berat and explain some of the natural landmarks.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Medieval Center of Berat

    The Medieval Center of Berat was the old center of Berat. It has islamic monuments set in a medieval environment.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Mangalem

    Mangalem Quarter is otherwise known as 1000 windows. It is the emblematic quarter of the city. In Mangalem historic houses with numerous windows line the slope of the hill.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Bulevardi Republika

    The Republica Bulevard is the main promenade of the city of Berat. It goes past the modern bars and cafes near the center of the city. The Bulevard leads towards the historic center.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Teqeja e Helvetive

    The Helveti Tekke is an historic religious monument used by the Helveti order of the Sufi sect. It has an outstanding architecture and many works of art painted inside.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Panoramic Viewpoint

    The panoramic point in the castle of Berat offers the best view of the city of Berat. It dominates the city on three sides and it is the place of many historical events.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Kisha e Shën Mari Vllahernës

    The church of Saint Mary Blacherna is the oldest byzantine church in the city of Berat with many histories. It is a testimony to ancient christianity in Berat.

  • 8
    Entrance not included
    Muzeu Kombëtar Ikonografik Onufri

    The Onufri Museum hosts a great collection of old paintings by some of the best painters of Berat over the centuries.

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).

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Sofia 27 May 2024
Baranbio

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Ha sido puntual y ha tenido el detalle de traernos paraguas. Hemos aprendido mucho de la cultura de Albania. Muy recomendable
Roberto 26 May 2024
Barcelona

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Lo hemos pasado súper bien, Marius es un crack local que conoce hasta el último rincón y nos llevó a una auténtica casa antigua de un amigo suyo... Una pasada, gracias por todo!?!
Lucila 26 May 2024
Barcelona

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Redi was a fantastic tour guide, I was very lucky because I was the only person doing the tour at 11:00am so basically it was a private tour. Loved it!
Micaela 26 May 2024
Barcelona

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Gran conocimiento de la ciudad y de Albania y muy majo contestando todas las preguntas.
Florencia 25 May 2024
Buenos Aires

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Jurgen fue muy amoroso y dedicado en las explicaciones. Nos gustó mucho el tour con él, información de calidad. Gracias Jurgen!!
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Accepts reservations up to 100 people.
Pets
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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