Holy Land Pilgrimage with Carmelite Institute

The Carmelites and Mount Carmel

The Carmelites are a group of religious of the Catholic Church. Their name derives from Mount Carmel, where their Order took its origin. Toward the end of the 12th century, many Crusaders settled on the western slopes of Mount Carmel, desirous of imitating Elijah the Prophet by living a hermit-like life in the caves of the mountain.

The Bible describes how, after the sacrifice. Elijah's servant saw a cloud from the top of the mountain, which brought rain and broke the prolonged drought. The Carmelites see in the cloud a symbol of the Blessed. Virgin Mary, whence arises their simultaneous devotion to Elijah and the Virgin.

The chance to take a pilgrimage to Holy land with the Carmelites is like watching them going back home! The history of Christians in Holyland and Carmelites is so closely interlaced that one can hardly say that there can be one without another!  Our journey following the footsteps of Jesus and the history of Carmelites will be a great chance to learn so much and to strengthen our faith during this spiritually rewarding pilgrimage!  




                                                                                                                         Carmelite Inspired Holy Land Pilgrimage

                                                                                                                                          October 16-26, 2020

                                                                                                                                     Father Steven Payne, O.C.D.
                                                                                                                          Edith Matlock, T.O. Carm. - Executive director



Day 1. Departure from the US – overnight flight to Israel, Oct. 16, 2020
Departure from New York, meals served on board of your plane.

Day 2. The Holy Land, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Oct. 17, 2020
Arrival at Ben Gurion airport where we meet our guide. Board our private bus, and then drive up to Haifa, visit this town. On to Mt. Carmel, home of the Carmelites, famous for the Prophet Elijah and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Have dinner, and celebrate our opening Eucharist in the Holy Land. Hotel Carmel Pilgrims Center.

Day 3. Mt. Carmel & Nazareth, Oct. 18, 2020
We start our day with the visit to Wadi es-Siah and the sanctuary of El-Muhraka, the church built on the site of the victory of Elijah over the Baal prophets, our group Holy mass will be celebrated here. Next is Nazareth. Visit the Church of the Annunciation built over the house of Mary. The
Church of St. Joseph (the traditional site of the Holy Family; house), followed by a stroll through the old town to the ancient spring where Mary would draw water. Hotel Carmel Pilgrim Center.

Day 4. Capernaum, Mt. Beatitude, Sea of Galilee, Oct. 19, 2020
After breakfast, we drive to Capernaum, Jesus headquarters during his public ministry. Visit the ruins of the home where Jesus taught, celebrate a healing service, and visit the ruins of the home where he cured Pater’s mother- in- law. Drive up to Mt. Beatitudes where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Then to the Church of loaves and fished, commemorating the famous multiplication miracles. We celebrate Mass by the Sea of Galilee at the Church of Primacy where Jesus appeared after the Resurrection. Enjoy a St. Peter’s Fish lunch, followed by a boat ride on
the Sea of Galilee. Back to Mt. Carmel for visit to the Monastery and nuns. Dinner and overnight.
Hotel Carmel Pilgrim Center.

Day 5. Mt. Tabor, Jordan River, Oct. 20, 2020
After breakfast, we will visit Grotto of Elijah and then drive to Mt. Tabor Transfiguration, to celebrate Mass, then to the Jordan River where we will have the opportunity to renew our baptismal vows. Dinner at our hotel in Tiberias.

Day 6. Jerusalem, Mt. of Olives, Bethlehem, Oct. 21, 2020
Today, we leave Galilee and drive down the Pilgrim Road of Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. We begin at the Mt. of Olives to view the Holy City as Jesus often did. Walk down the Palm Sunday Road, stopping to visit the Pater Noster and celebrate Mass at Dominus Flevit where the Lord wept over Jerusalem. Then to Mt. Zion to visit the Last Supper Room, King David’s Tomb, and Dormition Abbey (Assumption of Mar). Dinner at our hotel in Bethlehem

Day 7. Ein Karem, Bethlehem, Oct. 22, 2020…
After breakfast, we drive to Ein Karem to visit the birthplace of John the Baptist and Church of the visitation. Then return to Bethlehem where we celebrate Mass in the Church of the Nativity, and then visit the Grotto of the birth of Jesus. Dinner at our hotel

Day 8. Gethsemane, Old City of Jerusalem, Oct. 23, 2020
We check out from our hotel in Bethlehem and drive to Jerusalem to begin our day in the Garden of Gethsemane where we celebrate Eucharist, then some quiet reflection time and visit the All Nation’s Church. Enter the Old City through St. Stephen’s Gate to St. Anne’s Church and the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the lame man. We then begin the Way of the Cross: Stand on the Lythostratus where Jesus stood before Pilate, then pray the Via Dolorosa with Jesus to Calvary, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulture, place of Mt. Calvary and cemetery of the Resurrection. We visit St. Peter in Gallicantu, the traditional site of Caiaphas’ house and imprisonment of Jesus. If time permits, we will visit the Israeli Museum (Dead Sea Scrolls). Dinner at our hotel

Day 9. Jericho, Qumran, Masada, Oct. 24, 2020
We descend through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on Earth. To Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, then drive up to a mountain top in the Judean wilderness to celebrate Eucharist in the stark desert environment. Continue to Masada where we ascend by cable car to explore the impressive palace-fortress complex built by Herod the Great atop a high desert. Float in the Dead Sea, and then Continue to the oasis town of Jericho where we visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view the Mt. of Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. Dinner at our hotel.

Day 10. Optional day of Leisure, Oct. 25, 2020
We begin our day with Mass. Optional walking tour of Jerusalem's Old City through various quarters followed by free time. You will be given a list of suggested sites to visit. Return to the hotel on your own. Dinner at our hotel

Day 11. Departure, Oct. 26, 2020
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for our flight departure


• Meet and assist upon arrival and departure at the airport
• All transfers and sightseeing in a deluxe bus with Wi-Fi
• Entrance fees as per itinerary
• Hotel accommodations on HB basis in 4* hotel + Stella Maris hotel
• Breakfast, and dinner daily
• Professional licensed English Catholic tour guide
• Porterage at hotel
• 1 Lunch – Day 4 (St. Peter Fish as the main course by the Sea of Galilee)
• Whisper system
• Farewell dinner
• Daily Mass


Not Included:
• Lunches
• Drinks with meals
• Tips for staff
• All types of insurance
• Expenses of a personal nature
• Any expenses and services not expressly mentioned in the quotation

For more information on price and availability, please contact:

Bove Travel
+1 718 680 5600 / +1 718 680 3333
Email: bovetravel@aol.com

Edith Matlock, pilgrimage coordinator
+1 631 317 0065



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Holy Land Pilgrimage with Carmelite Institute