Day 1: TIRANA – SHKODER
Upon arrival at “Mother Theresa” international airport, you will be picked up by the guides of TravellingAlbania. Our Many Adventures Tour starts from there. We head towards the city of Shkodra, the most important one in northern Albania, with a history of ancient civilization and culture. It was found by the tribe of Labeat at the beginning of the last millennium BC.
At first, we stop at a traditional restaurant to taste traditional Albanian food.
We will visit the castle of Shkodra “Rozafa Castle” which is established on a rocky hill at the entrance of Shkodra city. This castle was used as an Illyrian fortified center. It was first mentioned during the reign of King Gent, who ruled from 181 BC until 168 BC.
Later we will proceed with a visit to the Cathedral of Shkodra called the Great Church, because at the time the building was one of the largest churches in the Balkans.
The New Mosque – Ebu Bekr – which is later to be visited, is the largest in Albania and among the largest in the Balkans. It is worth noting that one of the greatest values of Albanian people is coexistence and religious tolerance.
The Clock Tower of Shkodra is another landmark worth visiting. It was built in the nineteenth century and is otherwise known in history as the English Clock Tower regarding the period of medieval aristocracy. The Clock Tower, along with the house next door, was built with the funds of the English Lord Paget.
We will be accommodated and have dinner at a hotel in the center of the city.