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Apollonia was an Ancient Greek trade colony which developed into an independent polis, and later a Roman city in southern Illyria in classical antiquity. It was located on the right bank of the Aoös/Vjosë river, approximately 10 km from the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. Its ruins are situated in the county of Fier, close to the village of Pojan, in Albania. Apollonia was founded around 600 BC by Ancient Greek colonists from Corinth and possibly Corcyra as a trading settlement after an invitation by local Illyrians on a largely abandoned coastal site. Wikipedia


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Ancients and Ottomans - Apollonia and Berat

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Apollonia, Tirana

It will be a tour of approximately 10 hours including the driving times. We'll first get to Apollonia to visit the ruins and the beautiful Monastery with the elegant archaeological museum next to it. Then we'll head to Berat. First a lunch break in the fortress and then visits of the Fortress and some of the main attractions in it.  We'll head down to the lower part of  the town in the end of the day to get a nice feeling of the two historical and traditional neighbourhoods around the shores of the river.  Drive back to Tirana through a unusual and non touristy interesting way with many hills, plenty of agriculture activities and a lot of beautiful scenery. 

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Apollonia, Tirana

The Archaeological Park of Apollonia, a Greek colony with a strong Illyrian component, is a magical place. Its special atmosphere is created by a combination of the unique monuments, archaeology and landscape, difficult to find anywhere in Mediterranean. The ancient city of Apollonia is one of the best known and important classical cities in the country. The site is an important destination for cultural tourism, a gastronomic and landscape attaction, and should be considered a potential resource to enhance the local economy. This is a full day trip in this archaeological park and to monastery of Ardenica in the afternoon. The Monastery of Ardenica is located close to Kolonja. It is a Byzantine structure occupying a surface area of about 2,500 m². This monument consists of the Saint Mary Church, the Saint Triad chapel, the konake, the oil mill, the oven and the stall. In the center is situated the Church of St. Mary, partly built with pumice stones brought from Apollonia.

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Apollonia and Berat UNESCO tour from Tirana

Apollonia, Tirana

Apollonia and Berat are the historical highlights of Albania. Apollonia is an impressive archaeological park with ruins from the Greek & Roman times. During the Roman empire, Apollonia was a great and important city. And it was famous for its school of philosophy. Berat is a historical city in Albania, which is on the UNESCO world heritage list. In Berat, you will explore the historical neighborhoods of Mangalem, Gorica & Kala. You will visit Berat Castle and the Museum of Iconography. In the late afternoon, you will have some free time to shop for souvenirs, take pictures & stroll through the cobblestone streets. Hotel pick-up in Tirana, transportation and all entrance fees are included.

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Archaeological Park and Ruins of Ardenica, Apollonia and Vlora.

Apollonia, Tirana

Early morning departure to Ardenica, where you can visit The Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos and the Church of St.Mary. The church is fully decorated with frescoes by two brothers, Constantine and Athanasius Zografi from Korca and a local painter, Constantine. After the visit, continue to visit the Ancient City of Apollonia. Apollonia was founded in 588 BCE by Greek colonists from Corfu and Corinth, on a site initially occupied by Illyrian tribes. Here you can visit Archeological Site of Apollonia, Byzantine Church of St.Mary and the Monastery. Inside the Monastery you can visit Small Archaeological Museum. Free time for lunch before proceeding our trip to Vlora, city of Independence. Visit the Monument of Independence in the Flag Square and its Museum, the Mosque of Muradie, built 1452 and panoramic tour through the city. *Minimum Pax - 15

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One Day Trip to Berat , Apollonia and Monastery of Ardenica

Apollonia, Tirana

Day tour to discover the history of Albania. From the ancient origins, one of the first civilizations in Apollonia. Until the Ottoman conquest, visible in Berat with its typical houses of the Ottoman architecture.

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