Private tour

From Tirana: Private Day Tour of Gjirokastër

Activity provider: Go as Local
Private tour

From Tirana: Private Day Tour of Gjirokastër

Activity provider: Go as Local

From US$ 394.13 per group up to 1

Embark on a guided private day tour to the town of Gjirokastër. Explore the main sights of this "Stone City" including the Castle of Gjirokastër, the Palorto District, and the bazaar.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup available from your hotel in Tirana.
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  • Be amazed by the architecture of Gjirokastër on a private guided tour
  • Stroll through the historic bazaar and cobblestone streets with your guide
  • Explore Gjirokastër Castle and gaze in awe at the scenic views of the town
  • Visit a typical fortress-style house in the town
  • Learn about the famous residents of the Palorto district
Full description

Discover Gjirokastër and its imposing castle on a guided day tour from Tirana. Explore the charming streets of the town, the local bazaar, a typical house in the town, as well as the fortress itself.

Begin the day with pickup from your hotel in Tirana and travel by car south towards Gjirokastër. Admire the vast rolling fields in one of the most fertile agricultural regions of Albania, passing along a section of the Vjosa River. Upon arrival in the town, be enchanted by its beautiful stone architecture all around you. Start your tour from Cerciz Topulli Square and stroll along the cobblestone streets which flow from the castle at the elevated heart of the town.

Make your way to the buzzing Gjirokastër Bazaar, the traditional hub of all activity in town. Watch locals buy and sell at the many shops and stalls. Spot many local cafés where locals of all ages meet and discuss the latest gossip and news while sipping some coffee. Next, continue towards Gjirokastër Castle, with its fantastic views of the town. Enter the castle and explore the grounds as you hear the legend of Princess Argjiro, the supposed founder of the city. Learn more about the many uses of the castle throughout the years under various regimes and rulers. Afterward, head back down into town to the Palorto District. Explore the most exclusive neighborhoods of the city, which was once home to famous Albanian figures such as Communist Leader, Enver Hoxha, and his neighbor, writer Ismail Kadare.

Head along the locally-named "Path of Mad People” and visit a typical house of the neighborhood, Skenduli House, notable for its fortress-style design. Finally, hop back into your transportation for the journey back to Tirana, with drop-off at your hotel.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation
  • Professional tour guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses

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