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Skanderbeg Square (Sheshi Skënderbej)
Skanderbeg Square (Sheshi Skënderbej)

Skanderbeg Square (Sheshi Skënderbej) Tours and Activities

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Named after a national hero of Albania, Skanderbeg Square (Sheshi Skënderbej) is the main plaza in the capital city of Tirana. All roads in Tirana seem to lead into the square, which has been the subject of various reconstruction plans since 2010. Many of the original buildings on the square were destroyed during communist times, but a few older structures do remain, like the early 19th century Eth’em Bey Mosque and Clock Tower. In 1968, a statue of Joseph Stalin was replaced by the Skanderberg Monument, honoring a nobleman who once resisted the Ottoman invasion. The equestrian monument stands 11 meters tall and depicts Skanderberg on horseback in full armor, with an Albanian flag flying alongside.

Around the square today, you will find the National History Museum, the Tirana International Hotel, the National Library of Albania, City Hall and the Palace of Culture, which is home to the National Theater of Opera and Ballet. Don’t miss a climb up the Clock Tower, which offers superb views around Tirana.

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Private Day Tour of Pristina & Prizren from Tirana including UNESCO Sites

Private Day Tour of Pristina & Prizren from Tirana including UNESCO Sites

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Learn more about Kosovan culture and history on this full-day tour to Prizren and Pristina from Tirana. Benefit from your private guide’s undivided attention and explore at your own pace, stopping off at attractions such as the Gračanica Monastery, Sinan Pasha Mosque, and Albanian League of Prizren Museum. Avoid hidden costs with round-trip transfer and admission fees included as per itinerary.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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$184.39
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$184.39
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The truest face of Communism

The truest face of Communism

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A mix of history, culture and in-depth exploration of Albania’s communist past, this tour provides a comprehensive overview of Tirana, particularly for first-time visitors. Visit the National Theater of Opera and Ballet, National History Museum, House of Leaves, the Enver Hoxha Pyramid, the Clock Tower of Tirana, and several other notable landmarks. Lunch and a sampling of rakia—a strong Albanian alcoholic beverage—are included.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$92.41
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City & Food Tour of Tirana in One Day

City & Food Tour of Tirana in One Day

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Explore Tirana, the capital of Albania, through a culinary lens. Visit architectural and cultural landmarks such as Skanderbeg Square, the New Bazaar, and Blloku, a bustling, now-trendy neighborhood that was once restricted to communist party members. Along the way, enjoy breakfast, lunch, coffee, and raki, a strong, Grappa-like beverage made with star anise and local fruits.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$66.65
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Tirana Communist Tour

Tirana Communist Tour

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Walking tour of communist Tirana led by a local guide Learn about the life of dictator Enver Hoxha Visit Communist-era landmarks to see the regime's distinctive architectural style Hear stories about daily life under Communist rule How Albania became the world’s first atheist country Learn about communist ideology and why it rose and fell in Albania
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  • 2 hours
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$17.33
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$17.33

Communist History Tour Tirana & Street Food

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Communist History Tour Tirana & Street Food

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Explore Tirana’s Communist history and culinary landscape on this full-day tour. In the company of a guide, travel in an air-conditioned minivan to Bunk’Art, a museum that was formerly a massive bunker. Visit the National Gallery of Arts, the pyramid of Tirana, Skanderbeg Square, Mother Teresa Square, and the Blloku neighborhood. As you stroll, sample traditional meatballs, pastries, and drinks.
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  • 8 hours
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Durres & Lalzi Bay Wine Tasting Tour

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Durres & Lalzi Bay Wine Tasting Tour

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On this tour you explore a local hotspot for many Albanians: The city of Durres, the most ancient city of Albania, enjoy different types of local wine and food in a picturesque setting in Lazli Bay and hike towards a fairytale castle in the Cape of Rodon. HIGHLIGHTS: • Durres’ street – art • Amphitheater and Archeological Museum visit • Local wine and food in Duka Winery & Vineyard • Skanderbeg Castle in the Cape of Rodon 
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  • 7 hours
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Live Virtual Walking Tour of Tirana,

Live Virtual Walking Tour of Tirana,

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From the comfort of your own home you will explore and learn about our city on this virtual tour of Tirana. Our tour will cover all the main attractions of the city and our guides will focus mainly on the history of communism in Albania. • Live Virtual tour of Tirana led by a local guides. • Live Questions and Answers session during and after your tour • Learn about communist ideology and why it rose and fell in Albania • Explore Tirana via Zoom application. You will need to have this application downloaded on your laptop, tablet or cellphone
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  • 1 hour
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$23.10
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UNESCO heritage in Albania - 4 days

UNESCO heritage in Albania - 4 days

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This comprehensive four-day tour takes you to some of the most important cultural locations in Albania. After a tour of the capital city of Tirana, set off to discover the lore and history of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Berat, Gjirokastra, Saranda, and Butrint, visiting landmarks such as museums, castles, and national parks along the way.
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  • 4 days
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$1,319.57
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$1,319.57
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The Balkan Explorer - Experience Tirana like a Local

The Balkan Explorer - Experience Tirana like a Local

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You will have the chance to admire the modern architecture of Scanderbeg Square, Ministrial Buildings constructed during 1930s, visit the most recent and conterporan turist destinations - the New Bazzar, Kalaja e Tiranës Complex, Toptani Pedestrian street, the former communist dictator's, Enver Hoxha's Lider Museum - the Piramid. Later you will walk through the fanciest quarter in Tirana, which it was banned to common people till late of 1980s. In the heart of this quarter, you will pass by and see the former Residence of Enver Hoxha.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$22.53
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$22.53
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Tirana by locals

Tirana by locals

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Providing an excellent overview of Tirana, this is a good tour for first-time visitors. Visit the highlights of the city including Skanderbeg Square, the National History Museum, the Fortress of Justinian, Enver Hoxha Pyramid, the House of Leaves, Polytechnic University of Tirana, and more. Learn about Albania’s Communist past and how Tirana is a juxtaposition of old and new cultures.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$34.66
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Tirana Half Day Walking Tour

Tirana Half Day Walking Tour

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This half-day walking tour of Tirana is a great choice for first-time visitors. Highlights include Skanderbeg Square, the Great Mosque of Tirana, the Clock Tower of Tirana, Enver Hoxha’s villa, and the remains of the Castle of Tirana. After the tour, enjoy lunch (not included) in one of the many restaurants near the tour’s end point.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$36.52
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Tirana and Kruja in a Day Trip

Tirana and Kruja in a Day Trip

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The medieval town of Kruja lies just one hour north of the Albanian capital, Tirana, and this full-day tour visits both. Spend the morning in Kruja, visit Kruja castle and the Scanderbeg Museum, and browse the stalls at the Old Bazaar. In the afternoon, return to Tirana, where highlights include Skanderbeg Square, the Clock Tower, Et’hem Bey Mosque, and the Blloku district.
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  • 8 hours
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$103.97
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5 Days Private Hiking Summer Tour from Tirana to the North of Albania

5 Days Private Hiking Summer Tour from Tirana to the North of Albania

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This tour will start from the Capital of Albania and will be concentrated mostly on walking and hiking in the mountains of the northern Albanian Alps. You will have the chance of discovering stunning northern Albanian history and legends, History of Kruja, the magical Thethi village, and Shkodra, which used to be the old Capital of the Ancient Illyrian Empire. You will have a stunning Panoramic view during your hike, tasting of traditional Albanian food, and a lot of fresh air, also having an experience of ferry ride back to Shkodra. Have a traditional lunch in a famous restaurant near Shkodra and then go back to Tirana. In the second part of the tour, you will visit the most Attractive Historical city’s in the south of Albania, Including National Parks, Castles, Archaeological sites, and one of a kind beaches of Albania. If you love hiking activity, beaches and discovering new cultures, this is the tour for you!
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$427.41
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Private Tour of Tirana, Bunkart and Dajti Cable Car (Driving & Walking)

Private Tour of Tirana, Bunkart and Dajti Cable Car (Driving & Walking)

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This tour will introduce you to the local Tirana and its cultural, historical and culinary heritage. As an urban metropolis, it is full of contrasts in which can easily be noticed the scars from the past and the present. Above all, it is the crossway of different periods of Albanian Modern History. This Private tour of Tirana is a combination of City Walking Tour and Driving Tour. During the walking part, we will be able to explore most of the City Centre of Tirana, Main Boulevard, New Bazaar Area and “Bllok”. Out of the city we drive toward the Bunkart, a former Nuclear Bunkers of the ’70. The most lively souvenir of the Albanian Communist Period. The next station will be driving to Dajti Mountain when we get the cable car to enjoy the great view of Tirana.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$100.71
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Tirana and Kruja Full-Day Private Guided Tour with Pickup

Tirana and Kruja Full-Day Private Guided Tour with Pickup

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Explore two destinations in one day: Tirana and Kruja. In the morning, the guide will show you Tirana's city center during a walking tour. You will see highlights like, Skanderbeg square, the Clock Tower, the Pyramid of Tirana and the Presidential Office. In the afternoon, you will explore the medieval town of Kruje. Kruje is one of the most famous cities in Albania, because it was the home of the National Hero Skanderbeg. You will visit the Castle of Kruje, which has an amazing panoramic view. And you will enter the Skanderbeg Museum and learn how the National hero was able to fight against the Ottoman Empire. Furthermore, you will see the Ethnographic Museum, which shows a traditional Albanian house. Then, you have the chance to shop for some souvenirs and handicrafts at the Old Bazaar Market. -Hotel pickup and drop off in Tirana included -Entrance fees in Kruje included. Due to the limited time, we will not enter the museums in Tirana.
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  • 8 hours
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$86.64
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Check IN Tirana

Check IN Tirana

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This is the most detailed tour of the amazing Albania's capital. The guests will be able to experience the history, the culture, the gastronomy and everyday-life of this wonderful city.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$100.71
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Highlights of Albania in 8 days ( Classical Albania)

Highlights of Albania in 8 days ( Classical Albania)

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This tour is the one that offers the possibility to explore the main highlights of Albania in a Week.  The country has been called in the past few Years as the last Secret of Europe, and is becoming a top destination of the Balkan region and Europe .  Albania is a Mediterranean country situated in the Southeastern Europe and noted for its position on the Adriatic and Ionian Sea.  It offers a combination of Mountainous areas and very nice beaches.  In the same time the tourists can get a taste of the healthy and tasty Albanian cuisine while on this tour.  Last but very important is the interaction with local people that are very kind and friendly .
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$1,140.51
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$1,140.51

Panoramic City Tour Tirana

Panoramic City Tour Tirana

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Panoramic tour of Tirana offers the fastest way to learn about Albania entirely. ideal for people that are in Albania for short stay and want to learn more about Albanian's history and culture.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$51.98
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$51.98
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9-Day South of Albania Private all seasons Tour with Traditional Meals included

9-Day South of Albania Private all seasons Tour with Traditional Meals included

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On this tour you can discover one of the most natural and not urbanized parts of Albania. You will experience its history, archaeological site, castles, you will walk and hike in the nature, taste traditional food, and enjoy both the fresh air and the amazing panoramic views, Also you will pass by the famous Albanian Riviera and discover the famous Albanian beaches. You will experience all of this with the company of a professional driver and guide during the entire trip, who will explain everything to you. The meals and accommodation are also included, so that everything is taken care of.
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  • 9 days
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$1,062.76
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$1,062.76

Tirana food & communism sites - 1 day

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Tirana food & communism sites - 1 day

Under communism, Tirana was the center of communist party activity. That is why most of the greatest works of that time are widely located in Tirana. Now they are open to the public to visit. In this tour you will feel the Albanian Era og post World War II.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.98
$88.87
$36.89 savings
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$51.98
$88.87
$36.89 savings
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Three Days Tour in Albanian Cities(all included)

Three Days Tour in Albanian Cities(all included)

*Three Days Tour of Albanian Cities is unique because you will get acquainted with the history of the best Cities in Albania *In this tour you will know all the places you will need during your stay in Tirana, and other Cities ,such as Cultural and economic life museums,churches ,mosque ,markets, restaurants, bars, souvenir shops. *These Cities are special city because it combines different cultures and History that are distinguished in the architecture of the city from the Ottoman, Italian, communist to modern buildings of the time *Tirana,Kruja ,Durres ,Berat ,Belsh , Elbasan Tour are unique Cities, not only for their historical and cultural values ​​but also these Cities are very old and you will find unique assets there .*The agriculture and food you will find in these places is wonderful *The hospitality of the people of these areas is fantastic .You will enjoy within the tour the beauties of mountains, hills, fields lake and sea of Albania.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,386.21
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$1,386.21
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5-Day Tour of Beach and Adventure from Tirana

5-Day Tour of Beach and Adventure from Tirana

This family-friendy tour will start from the Capital of Albania, and its focus will be on Summer experiences and adventures. The main experience its kayaking experience which is easy and you don't need to have the training to do that. this experience will take place in one of the most beautiful coastlines of Albanian Riviera, in Drymadhes and Gjipe beach. During the tour, you will enjoy stunning beaches, panoramic views, traditional nice fresh seafood, and also a little bit of historical sightseeing. South of Albania, it's one of the most attractive regions in the Balkan Peninsula. You will have plenty of time to enjoy swimming and Kayaking in the Ionian sea and also Hiking to the National Park if you want to. The tour can be shorter or longer based on your requirements, also we can add more historical sights on this program if you are interested.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$843.28
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$843.28

Private 6-Day Castles summer and Winter Tour of Albania

Private 6-Day Castles summer and Winter Tour of Albania

This tour is perfect for those who are interested in discovering the most famous castles national parks, archeological sites, and a lot of free time in the amazing beaches of Albanian Riviera in 6 days/5 overnights. You will visit 5 ancient Castles (2 of them protected by UNESCO), 2 archeological sites one national park and a lot of exotic beaches, the Adriatic and Ionian seaside, taste traditional meals and sightseeing in old towns.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$947.24
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$947.24

Tirana Free Walking Tour (Tips basis)

Tirana Free Walking Tour (Tips basis)

It is a great pleasure to visit Tirana during all seasons. The city attracts visitors from all over the world. The tourists reach here to have a look over the ancient historical architectures and monuments that remain intact in the heart of the city. Tirana is the capital of Albania and enjoys a beautiful setting between the ranges of Dajti Mountain from one side and the coastal plains on the other one. Tirana is 110 m above sea level. Tirana is on the same parallel as Naples, Madrid and Istanbul and on the same meridian as Budapest and Krakow. The city of Tirana, is located on a plain on the site of a Byzantine fortress and has been the capital since 1920. Tirana is a city in the grip of change, a city moving forwards despite a harsh past and an economically rocky present.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.55
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$11.55

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