Day Tour of Gjirokastra UNESCO City and Blue Eye from Tirana

11 hours
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 7
Mobile ticket


Gjirokastër beckons! Journey to this enchanting valley nestled between the Gjerë mountains and the Drino River for an unforgettable day of exploration. Part of the World Heritage Sites, this Stone City and Castle of Gjirokastër offer a captivating glimpse into its unique architecture, local life, and delectable cuisine. Let us guide you on a journey that reveals the most awe-inspiring sights and experiences of Gjirokastër.
"Gjirokastra is a veritable marvel of unique architecture and historical grandeur, crowned by the majestic Castle of Gjirokastra sitting atop the hill. It is a city of rich heritage, culture, and sumptuous local cuisine. Your journey in Gjirokaster begins at the Pride of the city, the Castle of Gjirokaster. Winding through the cobbled lanes, you will discover an enchanting city, captivatingly beautiful and photogenic in every way.


  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Gjirokaster Castle
  • Entry/Admission - The Blue Eye

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster County

Departing Tirana at the dawn of 8 o'clock, we shall journey towards Gjirokastra, a place 230 kilometers away, renowned for its remarkable preservation of the Ottoman architecture and its prominent agricultural land. We will traverse through the depths of Southern Albania, admiring the green fields that the countryside has to offer. Along our path, we shall be accompanied by the Vjosa River, one of the few untamed rivers of Albania and the surrounding Balkan region.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Gjirokastra Bazaar, Old town, Gjirokaster Albania

Once we arrive in the city, you will soon recognize that this metropolis is unlike any other. At the heart of the city lies the main square, proudly named after the renowned Albanian Patriot of the 19th century, Cerciz Topulli. Here, the cobblestone streets culminate in a splendid spectacle, their journey from the castle's lofty heights finally at an end.
Dating back to the 17th Century, the Ottoman era saw the flourishing of a bustling epicenter that sent its vitality reverberating throughout the city. A hub of economic activity, this was the place where news, gossip and rumors were propagated with remarkable swiftness. All manner of transactions were conducted here, as well as leisurely gatherings over coffee. Countless unions were arranged here, providing the perfect milieu for families to come together prior to the wedding rites.
This day, the city proudly displays its history to all who visit, with a splendid array of souvenirs and stories shared by the affable inhabitants.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Gjirokaster Castle, Gjirokaster Albania

Majestically, we tread through the bustling Bazaar to reach the grand Gjirokastra Fortress. Upon the hilltop's natural defenses, it was the first settlement of the city, deeply rooted in the captivating legend of Argjiro, the young princess who sacrificed herself. Thusly, it is commonly referred to as the Crown of the City. Renovated significantly in the 19th Century, it has been used as a fortress and prison by countless regimes and political parties of the past. Undeniably, the Fortress holds great historical significance, yet its stony visage still provides a stunning view of the city, placidly spread along the hills.

On Mondays the castle is closed so instead we visit the Skenduli House , a heritage house of the 1800s to see how people lived at the time and to learn more about the life and traditions of the time.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Blue Eye, Gjirokaster 9701 Albania

.One must traverse the verdant parkland to behold the grandeur of the "Blue Eye" spring - an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon and popular tourist attraction. The river's crystalline depths can be viewed from more than fifty metres below, and the refreshingly clear blue waters are a sight to behold. The journey to the springs is well worth the fifteen-minute walk through nature's finest.

Duration: 40 minutes

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Travel Time is included in the total duration of the tour
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

Ticket delivery

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
April 2023

I had an unforgettable experience on my private tour of Gjirokaster and Blue Eye in Albania! My guide was incredibly knowledgeable and showed me the hidden gems of the region. The natural beauty and historic architecture left me in awe. I highly recommend this tour for anyone looking to explore t...

February 2023

I had the pleasure of visiting the charming city of Gjirokastra on a recent trip to Albania. The pickup from Tirana was prompt, and we soon found ourselves touring the Bazaar, admiring the stunning architecture of both the old and new city. From there, we took a tour of the incredible Gjirokastra...

February 2023

Myself and my friends had an amazing time .The tour was great and very well organized. The locals were very welcoming. Skerdi made sure we all had an incredible time. Will definitely recommend this tour.

Vangjel S
February 2023

Skerdi gave us an amazing tour guide! Super knowledgeable and friendly! Gave us best tips for our stay and was passionate telling the story of any historical building. I’d recommend doing this tour because you will try the best food and see amazing places. Skerdi thanks mate 👍🏽

March 2023

Great experience.Albania is amazing. This guy Skerdi did a very good job,explaining all the culture and history. It was very well organized. I really liked the castle. I will come again here!!👍

March 2023

Risponde in modo efficiente a tutti i nostri bisogni e necessità. Personale disponibile e molto cordiale, tour consigliatissimo!

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