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Walking Tour - Historic City, Durrës

Duration: 2h
Languages: English, Italian
Guru: Artan
Registered on June 03, 2024

Hi, I am Artan Kacani. With 10 years of experience, I am specialized in Urban Planning, Architecture and Environmental Studies. Let's explore Durres together! Our values: we suggest and promote cultural diversity/walking/local production and low impact on the environment and traffic.

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

Tour description

HISTORIC CITY TOUR - Durrës On this tour, we’ll explore the history of Durres, starting with the newest fort, the Ottoman fortress from 1501. We’ll begin at Torra Veneziane to learn about the city’s seafront history. Then, we’ll see the ancient walls of Emperor Anastas in the Kala neighborhood. Along Epidamn Boulevard, we’ll see how the city developed, leading to the construction of the Port and City Square in the 1930s. We’ll also visit religious buildings in the castle area, discussing their past and present roles in the community. Finally, we’ll explore the Amphitheater of Durres, its surrounding houses, and the history of excavations there, from the earliest discoveries to current plans for research and preservation. The places we’ll visit during the tour include: Venetian Tower , Durrës Fortifications, The Church of Apostle Paul and Saint Asti, Orthodox Church, Durrës Hamam, Bulevardi Epidamn, Traditional architecture, Fatih Mosque, Durrës Amphitheatre, Santa Lucia Catholic Church, Sheshi Liria - Town Square, Durrës City Hall, Great Mosque of Durrës. Through this tour, you’ll delve into the city’s history spanning from the 20th century back to antiquity. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    8C5W+VQ8, Durrës, Albania
    8C5W+VQ8, Durrës, Albania
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    Sarò nella parte occidentale della Torre Veneziana, accanto a un memoriale di un soldato, con la maglietta Urban Discoveries - Tours

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Hamami i Durrësit
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Xhamia Durazzo
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Anfiteatro di Durazzo
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Sheshi Liria
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Kisha e Shën Luçisë
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Mercato bizantino
  • 7
    Outside visit
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Bashkia Durrës (Durrës City Hall)

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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Terry 10 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
This was like a private tour as the two of us were the only participants. Artan is a professor of architecture and urban planning and gives an in-depth tour on the history of the architecture and planning of Durrës from its birth to the present but not in a dry or academic way. He truly loves his city and wants the best for its future planning. The route is not particularly long but the tour needs every minute of the two hours allotted. Our “private” tour lasted two and a half hours. Highly recommended.
Carlos 08 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
A lot of people cancelled, we were only 2 for the tour which usually causes to be cancelled as well...But Artan is a passionate guy that loves his land and its history, so we did the whole thing together and learnt a lot about Durres and Albania, you are the best man! great persona with great education
Tobias 07 Jul 2024

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Travelled alone - Jul 2024
In case you are interested in the history of Durres and keen to learn about all the traces it has left in the city, I highly recommend walking with Artan, who is a local himself by the way. Not only will you be provided with all the information you can think of, but also meet a great personality.
Maria 06 Jul 2024

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Travelled alone - Jul 2024
very interesting! lots of details from various periods and cultures. enriches the way we look at the city
Pierino 03 Jul 2024

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Travelled in group - Jul 2024
Molto preparato, professionale e puntuale,ci ha dato degli ottimi consigli.
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Who is this tour for?

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 2 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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