Saint Teresa – Mother Teresa – A pilgrimage in the Albanian memory.
Travel in group for 6 day / 5 nights in the three states of the Southern Balkans (Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia) to the places of her youth and “first call “Mother Teresa” with visits to the three Capitals
This tour retraces the places of childhood and early youth and those dear to you in three countries united by the same ethnicity and the same language: Albanian. From Skopje’s birthplace at Saint.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta – Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa – Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was born August 26th, 1910 in Skopje. At the age of eight her father died and her family ran into severe financial difficulties. From the age of ten she took part in activities of the parish of the Sacred Heart of Skopje. At that time she began to learn about India through the letters of Jesuit missionaries active in the region of Bengal. In 1928, at eighteen, she had the “first call” in the Shrine of the Black Madonna of Letnica in Kosovo, and took vows entering in the Sisters of Loreto, a branch of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary who carried missionary activities in India.
” By blood, I am Albanian, by citizenship, I am Indian, by faith, I am a catholic nun, as to my calling, I belong to the world, as to my heart, I belong entirely to the heart of Jesus”
In January 1929 she reached India, where she was sent in Darjeeling, slopes of the Himalayas, to complete her training. Twenty years after the first call she had a second call (the call within a call), and decided to abandon the black veil of the Sisters of Loreto on the day of the Feast of the Assumption (August 15th, 1948). In 1950, Mother Teresa founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity, with whom she took care of all those persons who had become a burden to society and rejected by it.
“Lord when I am hungry, give me someone needing food. When I am thirsty, send me someone needing a drink. When I am cold, send me someone to warm. When I am grieved, send me someone to console. “
In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Among others, she had shown her commitment to the poor and her respect for the value and dignity of every single person. On March 13th, 1997 she left definitively the head of the Missionaries of Charity, and the same year in March, she met Pope John Paul II for the last time, returned to Calcutta where she died on September 5th, at the age of 87 years. Pope Francis has approved the day of her birthday on the miracle attributed to Mother Teresa of Calcutta and ordered to promulgate the decree of canonization. The extraordinary healing would take place on December 9th, 2008 and concerns a man, now fifty-years old, examined as dying from “multiple brain abscesses with obstructive hydrocephalus” and had “undergone renal transplantation and immunosuppressive therapy.” An inexplicable healing ascertained by Medical Board with seven positive votes out of seven, with the total disappearance of the disease. In the consistory of March 15th, Pope Francis signed the decree of canonization scheduled for September 4th, 2016.
A man said to her one day with a sense of disgust: “I would not touch a leper even for a million dollars.”
Her reply was: “Oh it myself.” But for the love of God I will cure willingly.
In her first visit in Albania in 1989, with President Ramiz Alia who had taken the accession after the death of communist dictator Enver Hoxha, revealed in an interview with the nun to her bound, Mother Teresa was wearing a small chalice that held consecrated hosts. “Wore to drink – says the nun – in a country that had a thirst for Christ.”
“After many years of prayer, the good Lord has allowed me to see my people. I hope, together, to do something beautiful for God and for our nation“, but those were not suitable years although Albania was gradually coming out of the period of communist dictatorship.
In Albania, Mother Teresa would come back twice more, including one in 1993 accompanied by Pope John Paul II.
“I am a pencil in the hands of the Lord. The Lord uses me to write love letters to the world.
Day 1 – Arrival at the “Mother Teresa”, the international airport and transfer to hotel, accommodation in Tirana. Welcome dinner and briefing of the program on the days to follow. Free evening.
Day 2 – Visit the city of Tirana (Albania’s capital Tirana, has almost one million inhabitants, so nearly a third of the Albanian population. Tirana is a business city par excellence, like a western city for quality of life and the lifestyle of Tirana inhabitants. The night activity is in fact like any other European city quite different from all other Albanian cities, here are spoken Italian, and especially English. In via BrahimTukiçi, between tenements sad regime with peeling walls and faded color, there is “TiraneNje” (Tirana One) the first house that Mother Teresa founded in Albania. It was 1991; this structure was added in 1998 with “Tirana Dy” (Tirana Two), the second house on the outskirts of the city, from here at all coaches departed for Southern Albania. Visit to the Catholic Cathedral of St. Paul the Apostle (opened in 2000) with the depiction of the Blessed Mother Teresa and St. John Paul II. Our tour begins with a visit to the center of Tirana, at Scanderbeg Square (Giorgio Castriota Scanderbeg national hero who for 25 years resisted the invasion by defending Albania and Europe and its Christian religious and moral values by the Turko-Ottoman invasion) landmark of the City (Mosque of Ethem Bey, the Clock Tower). Visit of the beautiful National Archaeological Museum site on the west side of the square. Walk in the Taiwan Park and boulevard Deshmoret e Kombit (Pyramid of Enver Hoxha, Government House). Lunch. Visit to the Catholic Cathedral of St. Paul the Apostle (inaugurated in 2000) with the depiction of the Blessed Mother Teresa and St. John Paul II. Visit to the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus built in 1865 and donated by Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria to the Albanian Catholics. Mass at 18 (the function, upon request, can be celebrated by a priest following the group). In the evening return to hotel. Dinner in a restaurant. Free evening around the City.
Day 3 – Departure from Tirana with a stop at the Sanctuary of Saint Antonio in Laç (who can bring themselves to walk the whole length of the stairs up to the top). This sanctuary is a true example of the Albanian Catholic faith but not only because it is so much frequented by people of other religions. This Sanctuary (visited by people all over the world) is unexpected for most people, and for the extension, but especially for the devotion that the Albanian people have in Saint Antonio in this country, that has lived for 50 years under a harsh communist dictatorship where profess of any faith was to be deported in the fields of “work” if not worse. The lunch will be served at a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon, we start the departure to the capital of Kosovo “Pristine” and after check-in following the accommodation in hotels at Pristine. Visit to the Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Blessed “Mother Teresa” with the possibility of participating in the Mass (the function, upon request, can be celebrated by a priest following the group). Free dinner and evening around the City free (at night, if you are not tired of the day) at your leisure. In the evening you can spend for example in a little bit trendy bar the “Dit’e Nat” frequented especially from intellectuals where you can listen to the good jazz from excellent local musicians, but the pubs and cafes with music and are easily identifiable and accessible.
Day 4 – Visit to Pristine city. Pristine, Kosovo’s capital is the seat of government and has about 450,000 inhabitants with the hinterland. Located in Northern Kosovo it has a nice modern center where it is still visible in some architectural structures, characteristic of the Tito period. Here is easy to find soldiers of several nations in uniform with vehicles of KFOR-NATO, of which many Italians.
Visit the National Archaeological Museum where is preserved the famous statuette symbol of Pristine. For those who may be disturbed by views (there are some very strong pictures of a massacre of entire families) on the top floor you can see the Museum of Adem Jashari, known at home as the “Legendary Commander”, KLA hero, perished during a fight with special Yugoslav police forces together with all the family (about 64 people of which one third women and children). Walk along Boulevard Mother Teresa, in practice the living room of the rich city filled with bars, cafés and restaurants. Continuing, we reach the modern National Library in the university area within a green and quiet park. Lunch in a restaurant and transfer to the capital of Macedonia Skopje after a short stop at the Shrine of Our Black Lady of Letnica where the St.Teresa of Calcutta had her first call (the second was twenty years later when she abandon the black veil of the Loreto Sisters). Upon arrival at hotel we continue with accommodation and free evening in the quiet city of Skopje.
Day 5 – Visit to the city of Skopje, birthplace of Blessed Mother Teresa. The capital is the most populated city in Macedonia; it has about 700,000 inhabitants and almost all-ethnic Macedonian culture around 70%. In Roman times it was called by the name of Scupi. The growth of the postwar period was interrupted in 1963 by the earthquake that it was the cause of destruction and economic slowdown. Skopje is crossed by the Vardar River and is located on one of the most important roads that link Central Europe to Greece. It is an important center for trade for the metalworking industry, chemical and textile.
Sightseeing in the features such as Macedonia Gate parts, the Old Railway Station (now city museum) where it is clearly visible what produced the terrible earthquake of 1963 to the city (the clock is stopped on the hour of the earthquake, 17.15), walk along the Course Macedonia with a visit to the memorial and the museum erected in memory of Blessed Mother Teresa (interesting religiously wise containing Mother Teresa manuscripts including the Rules of the Congregation, perhaps the first hand-written by the founder, and many photos and furniture of the period) and then Macedonia Square with the huge fountain following above the statue of Alexander the Great. In the evening transfer to the hotel. Visit the Stone Bridge construction of the fifteenth century during Sultan Mehmet II the Conqueror time (symbol of the city, survived the earthquake of 1963 and continuous bombardment of World War II). Strolling on the other side you will arrive at the Old Bazaar, a short walk from a huge statue of the victorious warrior there is the superb Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios Megalo martyr who deserves a visit following after a visit to the National Archaeological Museum. Evening Mass in the Sacred Heart Cathedral of Jesus with the possibility of participating in the Mass (the function, upon request, can be officiated by a priest following the group). Dinner and free evening.
Day 6 – Return to the airport in Tirana, weather permitting, short stop at Kruja (Krujë) charming town (only 13,500 inhabitants) on the side of a mountain is the most important city of the Albanian resistance under the leadership of “George Kastriot” Scanderbeg in 15th century, who successfully fought the Ottomans for more than 25 years. Shopping in the beautiful old bazaar. Climb up to the tower where you can admire a splendid panorama of Kruja and the surrounding area. The Kruja castle was built in the fourth century A.D. on the remains of a former Illyrian settlement of the III century B.C. Thanks to subsequent expansions reached the complete form in the twelfth century as an important center of Byzantine garrisons. Due to the long impregnability the fortress, it became the cornerstone of Scanderbeg resistance against the Ottomans, becoming one of the most famous cities in medieval Europe. The Turks entered the castle only through negotiations on October 15th, 1478, once inside, breaking the pact, they slayed all people found within the castle by trickery.
– Price for 9 persons Euro 877 per person
– Price for 20 people Euro 635 per person
– Price for 30 persons Euro 557 per person
– Price for 40 and over Euro 520 per person
*The prices for groups mentioned above refer to the groups with full limited number, if the group is higher or lower than the price will go up or down and it will be listed on the basis of the actual number of participants.
- Price per person with accommodation in double rooms (twin or double), single rooms accommodation not provided.
- Any request for any single room supplement € 30 per night.
- Accommodation in excellent hotels (category 3 stars or cat. 3 stars sup. or 4 stars) in all locations with breakfast and dinner in the hotel or in outdoor restaurants, (menu consisting of first, second, fruit or dessert and coffee + drink) in restaurants and food quality and cleanliness; GT bus driver with referenced, three guides (an Albanian who will accompany the group throughout the tour) for a Kosovar days in Kosovo and Macedonia for days in Skopje, all speaking Italian and English language.
- The price includes museums entrance fees (as scheduled) City tax and medical insurance.
* In churches it is customary to offer for the Masses celebrated by the parish priest in tow.
** Possibility of one more day (7 days) for the visit of Shkoder and the house where Mother Teresa’s family lived until 1930 with overnight in Kruja (to be agreed).
*** Possible dinner (light or first + second + fruit + drink and coffee) extra if previously agreed will cost € 15 per person.
Any program changes have to be agreed upon.
(From July 1 through the end of August there will be an INCREASE which will be announced at the time of booking.
In this period it is imperative to proceed with the booking of the tour in advance especially if the relevant number as in the hotels are full)
- To cross three (Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia) borders serves only valid identity card or
- passport in order (info www.viaggiaresicuri.it).
For organized groups exists the possibility to vary the customizing itinerary according to specific requests.
Prices do not include:
- The price of the trip to and from Tirana
- Not including medical insurance.
- Lunch is free choice, if lunch requested supplement for it is 90 €/ pax for 5 lunches at the same time of booking.
- Donations to the churches, gratuities …
- The share subscription possible, the personal extras and anything not mentioned under “Prices include”.
HOTEL are classified as 3*/4*
In Tirana we have 3* hotels
In Skopje and Pristine we have 4* hotels.
The tour is scheduled to arrive in Tirana airport in the evening and departure airport for Italy in the evening of Day 6. In other case you will have to re-program the first and last days.
Dates: from March 15 to June 20 and from September 1 until the end of November.
For obvious reasons, programming and booking hotel serves booking well in advance.
Hotel unless changes and availability (if not always User for similar hotel itself)
HOW TO BOOK YOUR STAY?
Click on the screen or on the link in the “ Saint Teresa – Mother Teresa – A pilgrimage in the Albanian memory” to purchase it. Filling the form and by entering your personal details (a person as a contact person for all, then we will require the names and data for all participants in the tour), make bank transfer using the data and send by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org the scanned copy of the bank transfer
Followed by bank transfer data:
Bank Name: Credins Bank
Name of Account: Puravida Albania sh.p.k
Account number: 00000799411
Cancellation & Refund Policy
If you need to cancel your booking, you should notify us immediately. Cancelling a book with LivingAlbania can result in cancellation fees applied by us. Please, check the following terms:
- More than 45 days before the scheduled departure: there is no cancellation fee except bank charges incurred for reimbursement;
- From 45 to 15 days before the scheduled departure: 50% deposit refund;
- Less than 15 days: 100% cancellation fee.
* Unless a different agreement between us under the guidelines of the necessary structures to the completion of the tour.