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Dr. Michael Vanlaningham: A Biblical Adventure in Israel

October 10, 2017 - October 21, 2017

with Dr. Michael Vanlaningham
NOTE: Michael Rydelnik is NOT on this trip


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Trip Description

Join Dr. Michael Vanlaningham for an amazing, fun time learning the Scriptures in Israel, the land of the Bible.  Together you will explore your spiritual heritage, deepen your walk with the Lord Jesus, and have a wonderful time!

At every point along the way, from Dan to BeerSheva, Dr. Vanlaningham great love for the Bible and for God’s Holy Land, and their vast experience and knowledge of Israel, will expand your understanding of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Dr. Vanlaningham  will teach the Scriptures, Biblical context, and the archaeology of the places you will visit.

As you experience the beauty and history of Israel, you will learn the Scriptures at places you have known through your own Bible study at home; but will now see with your eyes on location. Following the paths of Abraham and the Prophets, walking where Jesus our Lord walked, overlooking Israel’s ancient borders, sailing on the Sea of Galilee and climbing the rocky wilderness you will have unforgettable times of prayer, worship, laughter and learning.

Seeing Israel with these experienced knowledgeable Bible teachers will definitely be a rewarding spiritual experience. Come and visit amazing Biblical sites from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea. Like Abraham, you will: Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth (Genesis 13:17).

Take an ‘arm-chair-tour’ of what is ahead on your journey to Israel as you look through the Itinerary link.  This is only a brief snapshot of some of the places you will visit. (Please note, this itinerary is subject to change depending on flight arrival times, weather, and circumstances beyond our control or knowledge at time the trip is posted.)

Come with Dr. Michael Vanlaningham  to see for yourself where the key events of the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Book of Acts actually occurred.  Understand the Scriptures as never before from a ground-level perspective as you pray, sing, worship, study, laugh and learn in “His Holy Land” (Psalm 78:54).

This space on this trip is limited so please register early.


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Day 1 - Tuesday - 10/10/2017

Adventure Begins!

Depart from the States to begin your Biblical Adventure in Israel with Dr. Vanlaningham and Pastor Boerman.

Day 2 - Wednesday - 10/11/2017

Shalom Israel!

After arriving at Israel’s ultra modern Ben Gurion International Airport, you’ll plunge into Biblical history by touring the ancient port city of Jaffa, where Jonah tired to flee from the LORD, and Peter had his ministry-changing vision.

Hotel: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

Day 3 - Thursday - 10/12/2017

The Mediterranean Coast

Walk through Herod’s luxurious port of Caesarea, the seat of Roman government where the Apostle Paul stood trial. Sing God’s praises in the  Roman amphitheater. On Mount Carmel, you’ll see where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. Explore Megiddo, the ancient guard city of the Jezreel valley and future site of end time events, Armageddon, the mount of Megiddo.

Hotel: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, Galilee

Day 4 - Friday - 10/13/2017

Galilee North

Splash through the streams of Tel Dan, source of the Jordan River. See the actual ancient Canaanite Gate through which Abraham entered to rescue Lot. At Caesarea Philippi, worship Jesus as Messiah at the location where Peter declared: “You are the Messiah!”

Hotel: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, Galilee

Day 5 - Saturday - 10/14/2017

Sea of Galilee ~Walking with Messiah

Spend the day around the Sea of Galilee in the villages where Jesus the Messiah spent most of His ministry years. “Sail” the Sea of Galilee and worship the Lord on the water on which Jesus walked. Get an overview of the Galilee from Mount Arbel; learn more of Jesus as you study the Scriptures in His home base of Capernaum. The Gospels will spring from the pages of Scriptures to unforgettable memories and spiritual transformation.

Hotel: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, Galilee

Day 6 - Sunday - 10/15/2017

The Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea

Explore the extensive archaeological exactions of Beit Shean, important in the life of King Saul. At  the springs of Ein Harod, see where Gideon selected his 300 warriors. Walk through Qumran, the New Testament era settlement where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. On the drive down the Jordan Valley, stop near Jericho, at the Jordan River where the Jewish people crossed into the Promised Land and later John the Baptist did much of his wilderness ministry. Float in the Dead Sea, and spend the night at the lowest place on earth.

Hotel: Herod's Dead Sea

Day 7 - Monday - 10/16/2017

The Wilderness of Judea

Take the cable car up Masada, Herod’s wilderness fortress, where the Jewish resistance made their fated last stand against Rome. Be part of a camel caravan, then enjoy a delicious Bedouin dinner in their hospitality tent.

Hotel: Herod's Dead Sea

Day 8 - Tuesday - 10/17/2017

The Negev and the Shephelah

Visit Beer Sheva, the Negev city that was home to Abraham. Isaac & Jacob. Stand in the stream bed of the Valley of Elah where David choose his five smooth stones to fight Goliath. Go UP TO JERUSALEM to begin your time in the City of the Great King at the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on view.

Hotel: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 9 - Wednesday - 10/18/2017

Jewish Quarter, Mount Zion & Yad Vashem

Pray at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount  and walk below ground level along the Wall to bedrock of this ancient structure chosen by the LORD for His people to worship. Explore the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Worship, as Jesus did, on the Southern Steps of the Temple. At Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, mourn the death of The Six Million, and stand amazed at the mercy of God in protecting the Jewish people from annihilation.

Hotel: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 10 - Thursday - 10/19/2017

Modern Jerusalem and the City of David

Walk into David’s original city of Jerusalem, then splash through Hezekiah’s tunnel to the Pool of Siloam, where the blind man was healed. Visit the traditional sites of the Upper Room.

Hotel: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 11 - Friday - 10/20/2017

Mount of Olives and the Christian Quarter

Enjoy an early morning walk down the Mount of Olives to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. Stroll the Christian Quarter of the Jerusalem’s Old City to the Pools of Bethesda and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus at the Garden Tomb.

Hotel: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 12 - Saturday - 10/21/2017

Shalom! to Israel and Shalom! USA

Say shalom (farewell) to Israel and hello to the USA. Look forward to time to process and be transformed by all you’ve seen and learned during this Biblical Adventure.

Hosted by

Dr. Michael Vanlaningham

Professor of Bible Moody Bible Institute

Dr. Michael Vanlaningham, Professor of Bible at the Moody Bible Institute, is an outstanding Bible teacher in any setting, from classroom, to conference, to pulpit, to archaeological site. He is author of Christ the Savior of Israel and  the co-editor of The Moody Bible Commentary.  Vanlaningham is one of The Two Michaels on Chris Fabry Live  answering your Bible Questions. He and his wonderful wife Sue are Nebraska natives who are all around fun to be with. They enjoy hanging out with Moody students, showing Israel to new friends, and the great outdoors, especially on a mountain bike.

At a Glance

Dr. Vanlaningham: A Biblical Adventure in  Israel.

Dates:  October 10 – October 21, 2017
Trip Cost:  $4695.00
1st payment/ deposit due with registration =$695.00
2nd payment/Spring: April 1, 2017  = $2000.00
3rd payment/Summer – Final : July 1, 2017 = $2000.00

Cost is all inclusive: round-trip flight from Chicago to Tel Aviv. Lodging in 4 Star Israeli Hotels (per-person, double occupancy/price is $4695.00 per person with 2 people per room). Meals included are breakfast and dinner (lunches not included). Touring with a licensed Israeli Tour Guide and Israeli Bus Driver in an air conditioned motor coach. The posted daily itinerary is an overview of planned events and sites, and is subject to adjustment as necessary at the time of the tour.  All taxes, fees and tips are included in the cost of the tour.

Single Room:  Single Room Supplement $1050.00 (if you do not want a roommate, chose a single room; the single room supplement is due with the Final payment; single rooms are limited).

Flights: Flights are round trip from Chicago, O’Hare.

Own (self-arranged) Flights: If you want to make your own flights, there is a $1000 deduction (flight credit) from the cost of the trip.  This flight credit will be applied to your Final payment.

Registration & Payment is easy: You can register on line and pay with a credit card at this secure web site. 

If you want to pay by check, please call the Messianic Journeys office 773-761-1956. (Check payments are welcome, but do not send check payment without talking to our office.)

Physical Requirements: Read and consider carefully the Physical Requirements and Responsibilities under Terms and Conditions concerning seeing Israel with Messianic Journeys. This is not a looking-out-the-bus-window-experience; it is a feet-on-the-ground adventure that requires travelers to be in generally good health and have independent mobility and strength.  If you require a cane, crutches, wheelchair or personal assistance to walk, so sorry but this is not the trip for you. You must be physically able to independently walk and travel with the tour group. If you have questions about this, please contact us.

Travel/Trip Insurance: After registering for the trip, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you buy Trip/Travel Insurance. Messianic Journeys does not provide Travel Insurance; however if you want to speak with a person to secure insurance, we work with My Travel Agent (630-961-3606).  For more information about why we recommend Travel/Trip Insurance see the FAQ about Trip Insurance

Questions: See the FAQs tab at the top of the page for answers to many general questions you may have about coming to Israel with Messianic Journeys.

If you have specific questions contact our office. I look forward to hearing from you —

Eva 773-761-1956

Terms & Conditions

Dr. Vanlaningham: A Biblical Tour of Israel

$4,695.00 (October 10 – October 21, 2017)

Price Includes:
FLIGHT-Round-trip from Chicago to Tel Aviv

LODGING – 4-Star  Israeli hotels (double occupancy = 2 people per room, each person pays $4695.00

SINGLE ROOM –  If do not want a roommate, the additional cost of a single room is $1050.00.  If you want a roommate, but do not have a roommate, we will try to place you with another single traveler of the same gender.  However, if no one is available to room with you, you will be charged for a single room. If you are traveling with (or have been assigned) a roommate who cancels, you will be responsible for a single room if no one else is available to be your roommate.

MEALS – breakfast and dinner daily with coffee, tea.

TOURING –  per itinerary, (subject to adjustment) with licensed Israeli Tour Guide in private air-conditioned tour bus with Israeli driver

ALL TIPS  and FEES (for tour guide, driver, porters, dining & hotel staff),  taxes, entrance fees, transportation costs.

The price of this trip is ALL inclusive. It includes everything (except lunches)

Price Does Not include
Lunches, beverages (other than coffee and tea), personal expenses (snacks, phone, laundry, internet),  travel/trip insurance.

All cancellation notices must be received in writing (e-mail) to the Messianic Journeys office. Refunds for cancellation are based on the time of the cancellation.

March 31 Trip Registration Deposit is refundable less $195.00 cancellation fee.
April 1- May 1 Cancellation: refund less $1000.00 cancellation fee.
May 2 – August 1 Cancellation: refund less $2000.00 cancellation fee.
After August 1 Cancellation: sorry no refund.

Prices are based on existing U.S. dollar exchange rate, Current costs, fuel charges, and tariff rates are subject to change (beyond our control)  based on the dollar and international market.  Should prices change, you will be notified immediately, and you will be responsible to pay any additional costs.

Deviations and Changes
Requests for deviation from the itinerary are subject to a $500 deviation fee, plus any applicable airfare or ground transportation surcharges. Itinerary changes cannot be accepted after July 1, 2017.

You are responsible for the accuracy of your Passport information.
Be sure to enter your Passport name EXACTLY (first, last and middle) as it appears on your Passport.
Your tickets will be purchased using the Passport Name you supply. If your name is not exactly the same on your ticket and your Passport, your ticket for this tour will be invalid and may have a substantial cost to re-ticket in the correct name.

You must have a valid passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months prior to RETURNING to the U.S. If you need a new passport, it takes several weeks to secure one, so don’t delay applying/updating. Non-U.S. Passport holders, please contact Messianic Journeys.

Inoculations & Visas
No inoculations or visas (for U.S. Citizens) are required for Israel.

One piece of checked luggage, maximum 50 pounds.  Plus, one small personal bag (small enough to comfortably fit on your lap on the tour bus). Luggage is limited due to the tour bus luggage bay capacity.

Trip/Travel Insurance:
Messianic Journeys STRONGLY recommends Trip Insurance.

Messianic Journeys urges you to procure Travel/Trip Insurance immediately after registering for a tour. This type of insurance will cover the cost of your trip should you need to cancel because of an emergency prior to departure, or return mid-trip to the States because of an emergency, illness or injury.

If you would like to speak with a Travel Agent about this type of Insurance, you could contact Chaim Limor or any of his staff at 630-961-3606 at “My Travel Agent” and tell him you are traveling with Messianic Journeys. He and his staff will be glad to help you with Travel Insurance. Please secure the insurance plan of your choice immediately upon registering with a trip and carry the information with you as you travel. 

Messianic Journeys acts only as agent for the various companies whose accommodations and conveyances are utilized for the tour.  It assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with the services of any train, carriage, automobile, airplane, camel or other conveyance which will be used either wholly or in part.  Neither will Messianic Journeys be responsible for any error, omission, act or any injury, loss, accident or any delay which may be occasioned by reason of defect in any vehicle  through neglect or default of any company or person engaged in the conveying of passengers or their luggage.  The tour directors accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delays or changes in motor coach, train, airplane services, or that of any other conveyance, sickness, accident, weather, strikes, war, violence, quarantine, or other causes, and all such losses or expenses must be borne by the individual.

Physical Requirements  & Responsibility
Seeing Israel with  Messianic Journeys is not a looking-out-the-bus-window-experience. Our tours are a feet-on-the-ground adventure that requires travelers to be in generally good health, and are responsible to have independent mobility and strength.

There is a significant amount of walking over uneven archaeological terrain as well as up hills and stairs. To participate in this tour successfully, you should be able to climb two flights of stairs without assistance and walk at a modest pace for a mile, as well as be able to stand in possibly hot weather.

Individuals registering for this journey accept the responsibility for being in good health and able to walk without assistance. If you require a cane, crutches, wheelchair  or personal assistance to walk, sorry but this is not the trip for you. You must be physically able to independently walk and travel with the tour group. If you have questions about this, please contact us.

Messianic Journeys & the Tour Host reserves the right to limit participation in this tour at their discretion.

Your payment for this tour signifies full understanding and acceptance of all the above mentioned conditions and terms.

Questions?  Contact:
PO Box 59122
Chicago, IL  60659