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Discover the ancient Durres - Free walking tour

Duration: 2h
Languages: English, Italian
Guru: Joana
Registered on July 20, 2023

Hi, I'm Joana, I was born in Durrës. I'm a licensed tour guide. I love my job immensely because I believe I have the right characteristics for storytelling and interpreting my cultural heritage engagingly, to connect visitors with the place, and interaction with the group helps to build meanings and make sense of what is seen and observed. Fond of history, tradition, languages, and traveling. I am a cheerful, nice, down-to-earth, versatile, and sociable person who likes to share the history, culture, and traditions of her city.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description


Dear
all! This tour is focused on history, art & cultural heritage of Durres and also modern life nowdays. I will show you top places to visit in my city.
This tour will last approximately  2hours.

For further information feel free to contact me in Whatsup /Viber:
+355 698701267


Discovering the Ancient Durres: 


The  tour will be divided into six main moments:

1) It  starts at the Venetian Tower , one of the most interesting historical defensive structures of Durrës  as well as  a  starting point for local and international tourists visiting the city and from there will be procee8ded toward the other successive stops.

2) On the way to the Amphitheater, the visitor cannot miss the Fortification  Walls, built in blocks that have managed to survive until this very day. Those who have governed the city throughout the ages have left their mark on the way the surrounding walls were used as, ultimately, they were a security system that protected the city from various conquests throughout history. 


3) Ilustration from the outside and entrance to the Amphitheater:
Putting visitors in the picture about the  history that led to the construction of the Roman amphitheater built during the period of the Roman emperor Hadrian/ Trajan .

4)  A short jump to the small and ancient chapel inside the amphitheater built around the VI-X  century for the religious ceremonies of the Christians of Durres which coincided with the beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire.
 

5) A visit to the Macellum Forum (Byzantine Forum):
we will visit the archaeological site of the Byzantine Forum for a walk in the heart of ancient Durres, a bridge between East and West, the city founded by the Greeks at the end of the 7th century BC, which was a thriving Hellenistic and Roman city, Byzantine capital, and still a Venetian, Ottoman city and communist one
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6)For a journey through time, to discover the history of the Roman Baths of Durres, another  important cultural asset of Durrës, listed as a cultural monument,it is worth a visit and admire one of the masterpieces of ancient engineering places dedicated to body hygiene and mental refreshment from Roman antiquity ...... to today! 


 

Discovering Durrës through the eyes of Joana local guide,  where you will meet the fusion of different cultures, different religions and traditions that make this city a unique tourist destination.

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Highlights

What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    8C5W+VQ8, Durrës, Albania
    8C5W+VQ8, Durrës, Albania
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    I will be at the Venetian tower at the exact time , as well being equipped with the tourist guide badge.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Venetian Tower of Durrës

    Our tour starts at the Venetian tower,one of the most interesting historical defensive structures of Durrës. A part of the Byzantine fortress of Durrës (declared a monument of culture of the first category), which was considered one of the most powerful fortresses of the west coast of the Adriatic sea at 9:00 AM / 17:00 PM. A guided walking tour that combines a fusion of histories, architectures and cultures

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Muret e Kalase

    Next on our way to the Amphitheater, the visitor cannot miss the City Walls, built in blocks that have managed to survive until this very day. Those who have governed the city throughout the ages have left their mark on the way the surrounding walls were used as, ultimately, they were a security system that protected the city from various conquests throughout history. The massive walls seen today were built by Anastasius I, the Byzantine emperor of the 4th century A.D, who defended the city from invaders.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Durrës Amphitheatre

    Next stop on the list should be the Durrës Amphitheater, located near the city center. Constructed during the 2nd century A.D. under Roman Emperor Trajan’s rule. The Amphitheater ruins were discovered during the last century. Fortunately, excavations in the area continue to uncover significant traces for the history of the civilized world.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Sheshi Liria

    Then continuing our promenade towards Liria square observing the most important landmarks of this square like the Municipallity, the Great Mosque, "Aleksander Moisiu "theatre.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Byzantine Market

    Our route continues with another destination, the byzantine forum or market square, located near the Amphitheater, reflects the typical function of an open, circular marketplace.

  • 6
    Free admission
    Roman Baths , Durres

    Roman baths 50 meters from the Byzantine Market, are positioned in the center of Durres under the "Aleksander Moisiu" theatre.

  • 7
    Free admission
    Fatih Mosque

    The Fatih Mosque, also known as the Small Mosque or Old Mosque, was built between 1502 and 1503 and was named after the conqueror of Constantinople, Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, close to the amphitheater deserves a visit.

  • 8
    Outside visit
    Torre Veneziana di Durazzo
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Xhamia Durrës
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Pallate the Kulturës
  • 11
    Outside visit
    Byzantine wall of Durres
  • 12
    Outside visit
    Bashkia Durrës (Durrës City Hall)
  • 13
    Outside visit
    Kisha and Shën Luçisë
  • 14
    Outside visit
    Hamami i Durrësit
  • 15
    Outside visit
    Sailboat Square

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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Alberto 23 Jun 2024
Barcelona

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
A pesar de ser un tour en inglés, Joana mostró sobrados conocimientos. Amor por su trabajo, empatía con el grupo y una excelente profesionalidad. Muy aconsejable ir con ella
Christine 23 Jun 2024
Nairobi

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
I was the only person on the tour and Joana took the time to show me around Durres and she shared a lot of very interesting information, supported by pictures. I did not expect to see and learn so much! She was excellent and very professional, and I highly recommend her tour.
Heather 15 Jun 2024
Seattle

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Joana is very knowledgeable and friendly! I highly recommend this tour so visitors can appreciate durres on a deeper level.
STEFANIA 09 Jun 2024
Rome

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Un ringraziamento speciale a Joana per averci illustrato la storia dell'Albania e in particolare di Durazzo che abbiamo girato con lei per 2 ore. Abbiamo apprezzato la sua professionalità e gentilezza. Consiglio di fare il tour guidato con lei, parla benissimo italiano.
Sergio 08 Jun 2024
Madrid

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Joana nos hizo un tour de lo más completo. Contando tanto datos históricos como datos actuales que nos permite entender como ha evolucionado la cuidad durante toda su existencia. Nos ha llevado a lugares increíbles de la cuidad a los que pocos tienen acceso y su nivel de explicación ha sido perfecto. Muy recomendable
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Not suitable for pets.

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Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
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