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Durrës (Durres), Albania


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Durrës (also known under Italian name Durazzo), historically known as Epidamnos and Dyrrachium, is the second most populous city of the Republic of Albania. Located on the Adriatic Sea, it is the country's most ancient and economic and historic center.

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Other places we know in Albania

Apollonia - Known for ancient theatre, archaeological site, museum, orthodox monastery. UNESCO tentative list.

Berat - Known for architecture, bridge, byzantine empire, castle, historical center, medieval old town, museum, river, venetian empire. UNESCO World Heritage.

Krujë (Kruje) - Known for castle, historical center, museum.

Tepelenë (Tepelene) - Known for castle.





Last updated on: 14 March 2020

Durrës (Durres) description

Founded in the ancient region of Illyria in 627 BC by Greek colonists from Corinth and Corfu under the name of Epidamnos around the 7th century BC, the city essentially developed to become significant as it became an integral part of the Roman Empire and its successor the Byzantine Empire.

Durrës is served by the Port of Durrës, one of the largest on the Adriatic Sea, which connects the city to Italy and other neighboring countries. Its most considerable attraction is the Amphitheater of Durrës that is included on the tentative list of Albania for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once having a capacity for 20,000 people, it is the largest amphitheater in the Balkan Peninsula.

After the Illyrian Wars with the Roman Republic in 229 BC ended in a decisive defeat for the Illyrians, the city passed to Roman rule, under which it was developed as a major military and naval base.

The Romans renamed it Dyrrachium. They considered the name Epidamnos to be inauspicious because of its wholly coincidental similarities with the Latin word damnum, meaning "loss" or "harm". The meaning of Dyrrachium ("bad spine" or "difficult ridge" in Greek) is unclear, but it has been suggested that it refers to the imposing cliffs near the city.

One of the city's main sights is the Byzantine city wall, also called Durrës Castle, while the largest amphitheater in the Balkans is found close to the city's harbor.

Durrës is home to the largest archaeological museum in the country, the Durrës Archaeological Museum, located near the beach. North of the museum are the sixth-century Byzantine walls constructed after the Visigoth invasion of 481. The bulk of the museum consists of artifacts found in the nearby ancient site of Dyrrhachium and includes an extensive collection from the Illyrian, Ancient Greek, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Items of major note include Roman funeral steles and stone sarcophagi, an elliptical colorful mosaic measuring 17 by 10 feet, referred to as The Beauty of Durrës, and a collection of miniature busts of Venus, testament to the time when Durrës was a centre of worship of the goddess.

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Travel 15 days Adriatic coast of Montenegro and Albania + discover Greece mainland. All seasons tour from Tivat to Athens.

tour start in: Tivat, Montenegro

tour finish in: Athens, Greece

tour duration: 15 days (14 nights)

tour countries: Albania, Greece, Montenegro

tour destinations: Arta, Budva, Corinth, Dajbabe, Durrës, Epidaurus, Ioannina, Kalamata, Kotor, Mesolongi, Mycenae, Mystras, Nafpaktos, Nafplio, Nikšić, Olympia, Ostrog, Parga, Patras, Rio, Sparta

In this tour we will travel 15 days by Adriatic coast of Montenegro and Albania, and discover Greece mainland and Peloponnese. Meet during the tour ancient monasteries and castles, enjoy amazing beaches, touch stones of old places in 3 countries.

all seasons tour

15 days

Price from € 2,544

 



Amazing south Balkans 18 days tour from Dubrovnik to Athens. Visit Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece mainland.

tour start in: Dubrovnik, Croatia

tour finish in: Athens, Greece

tour duration: 18 days (17 nights)

tour countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Montenegro

tour destinations: Apollonia, Arta, Corinth, Dajbabe, Dodoni, Durrës, Epidaurus, Gjirokastër, Ioannina, Kalamata, Krujë, Lezhë, Mesolongi, Messene, Mycenae, Mystras, Nafpaktos, Nafplio, Oeniadae, Olympia, Ostrog, Parga, Patras, Podgorica, Preza, Rio, Sparta, Tiryns, Trebinje, Tvrdoš

This 18 days tour will allow you to meet amazing south Balkans countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, and of course beautiful Greece. We will pass through medieval fortified towns, old venetian coastal towns, old castles and fortresses, Orthodox monasteries, archaeological sites, and amazing Balkans coastal line. Each country we going to visit will show must-see attraction; many sites we going to will visit are UNESCO Heritage sites. At season time we will stop on beaches to take a rest, to refresh and enjoy the crystal clear water.

off-season only tour

18 days

Price from € 3,009

 



In-depth cultural panoramic 24 days tour from Dubrovnik to Athens. Explore Bosnia and Greece, discover Montenegro, meet Albania.

tour start in: Dubrovnik, Croatia

tour finish in: Athens, Greece

tour duration: 24 days (23 nights)

tour countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Montenegro

tour destinations: Apollonia, Argos, Arta, Bar, Blagaj, Budva, Corinth, Dajbabe, Dodoni, Durrës, Epidaurus, Gjirokastër, Ioannina, Kalamata, Koroni, Kotor, Kravica, Krujë, Lezhë, Loutraki, Mesolongi, Messene, Methoni, Međugorje, Mostar, Mycenae, Mystras, Nafpaktos, Nafplio, Oeniadae, Olympia, Ostrog, Parga, Patras, Podgorica, Počitelj, Preza, Radimlja, Rio, Sparta, Tiryns, Trebinje, Tvrdoš, Vjetrenica, Zavala

This extended 24 days cultural and panoramic tour from Dubrovnik to Athens will allow you to explore amazing South Balkans countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, and of course beautiful Greece. We will pass through medieval fortified towns in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Greece, old venetian coastal towns in Montenegro, Albania and Greece, old castles and fortresses om each country, Orthodox monasteries in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Greece, famous archaeological sites in Greece, and amazing Balkans coastal line with beaches and crystal clear sea. Each country we going to visit will show must-see attraction; many sites we going to will visit are UNESCO Heritage sites. At season time we will stop on beaches to take a rest, to refresh and enjoy the unbelievable clear water.

off-season only tour

24 days

Price from € 4,117

 



Explore Croatia Bosnia Montenegro Albania Macedonia Greece by cultural tour 26 days. Balkans roadtrip from Zagreb to Athens via UNESCO sites, medieval towns, fortresses, monasteries.

tour start in: Zagreb, Croatia

tour finish in: Athens, Greece

tour duration: 26 days (25 nights)

tour countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro

tour destinations: Aigai, Bar, Blagaj, Budva, Dajbabe, Delphi, Dion, Dubovac, Durrës, Elbasan, Hosios Loukas, Kotor, Kravica, Krujë, Lezhë, Litochoro, Livadeia, Meteora, Mostar, Nehaj, Ohrid, Omiš, Ostrog, Podgorica, Počitelj, Preza, Radimlja, Skopje, Split, Stobi, Thermopylae, Thessaloniki, Trebinje, Trogir, Tvrdoš, Zadar, Zavala, Šibenik

With this extended 26 days Balkans cultural tour you will explore 6 countries: Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Greece. We will pass by Adriatic coast and Dalmatian Riviera of Croatia, wonderful hilly nature of Bosnia-Herzegovina, coastal medieval towns of Montenegro, unexpected panoramas and castles of Albania, meet truly roman sites of Macedonia and rich historic places of Greece. We will visit medieval and venetian towns in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro; will see famous Orthodox monasteries in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Greece; ancient roman theaters in Macedonia and Greece; fortified towns in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro; archaeological places in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Greece; medieval fortresses of Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania and Montenegro; UNESCO sites in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and Greece.

off-season only tour

26 days

Price from € 4,728

 



Adriatic Grand tour 29 days from Budapest to Athens. Visit the most interesting places in Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Greece.

tour start in: Budapest, Hungary

tour finish in: Athens, Greece

tour duration: 29 days (28 nights)

tour countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro

tour destinations: Arta, Bory, Dajbabe, Durrës, Epidaurus, Ioannina, Kravica, Medvedgrad, Messene, Međugorje, Mostar, Mycenae, Mystras, Nafpaktos, Nafplio, Olympia, Omiš, Ostrog, Parga, Patras, Počitelj, Sarajevo, Sparta, Split, Szigliget, Sümeg, Trogir, Varaždin, Zagreb, Šibenik

Adriatic Grand tour 29 days from Budapest to Athens. Visit the most interesting places in Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Greece.

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29 days

Price from € 5,241

 



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