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Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia)

MEDITERRANEAN JEWEL | 10 Nights | Departs Sep 23, 2014


Durres (Tirana), Albania

Durres (Tirana), Albania-port

Discover ancient Durres with its modern new resort coastline. Visit the Archaeological Museum on the waterfront for an impressive historical overview. Then explore the remains of the public baths, the aqueduct and the largest Roman amphitheater in the Balkans dating back to the 7th Century. Ahmet Zogu’s Villa, perched atop the Durres hill, offers splendid views of the Adriatic. Stroll along the waterfront and enjoy a snack of fresh figs and olives, or a coffee at one of the seaside cafés. Browse the palm tree lined shopping district for handcrafted wooden boxes, fanciful woolen socks and the fine local Skenderbeu Brandy in this emerging Albanian port.


Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Historicl Durres
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Berat: City of a Thousand Windows
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Tirana & the National Historical Museum
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Albanias Archaeological Treasures
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Tiranas Landmarks & Historic Kinostudio
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Kruja - a Traditional Albanian Town
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Best of Kruja & Tirana
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Historical Durres

    Light Activity /Walking
    Duration: 3 3/4 hours
    Tour Code: drr-001


    The history of Durres comes alive on this exploration of its ancient landmarks, including a Roman amphitheater where gladiators fought, a forum, and the city’s Byzantine walls.

    Depart from the pier and as you drive through the ancient city of Durres, you will notice several archaeological remnants that hint at its storied past. Founded by the Greeks in the 7th century B.C. and later occupied by the Romans, Durres developed as a major trading area.

    Before long, you will arrive at the Roman amphitheater, which was erected during the reign of Hadrian in the 2nd century A.D. One of the largest amphitheaters in the Balkans, the 20,000-seat structure wasn’t excavated until the 1960s, when several chapels adorned with Christian mosaics were also unearthed. Wandering the site offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, as do the nearby Byzantine defensive walls, which date to the 5th century. They were once bordered by a moat, limiting access to the inner city by drawbridge only.

    You will also see the remains of a circular forum constructed around the same time. Some of its carved columns still stand, offering further insight into this period. A different and more contemporary side of Durres awaits you in the Ethnographic Museum, where Albanian folk costumes and crafts are on display.

    Finally, before returning to the pier, you will enjoy a panoramic view of Durres from atop the Sky building, where you might toast the setting with a traditional Konjak Skenderbeu brandy.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of easy to moderate walking and includes some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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