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Deeper Look ~ Messianic Journey through Israel

October 24, 2019 - November 4, 2019

with Dr. Michael Rydelnik


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Trip Description

Come Back to Israel.
This is a ONE BUS tour with Dr. Michael Rydelnik!!

If you’ve been to Israel before, and always wanted to go back for a deeper look, join us October 24-Nov 4, 2019 for a Deeper Look ~ Messianic Journey Through Israel. This Deeper Look Tour is perfect for everyone who has been to Israel before. This unique tour  will explore the Land on a more extensive, and seldom taken, path from the Northern Galilee to the Negev. There will be an emphasis on discovering your Biblical heritage by taking a deeper look at sites that are beyond the time limit of classic Israel tours. Scripture from Genesis and the Prophets, to the Gospels, Acts and Revelation will come alive and enrich your walk with the Lord.

There is so much more to learn, see and experience in Israel than time allows on a classic Israel tour.  Therefore, the Deeper Look Tour is designed for folks who have been to Israel before, on any Israel tour (not just Messianic Journeys), either recently or years ago. On this Deeper Look Tour you will not re-visit all the sites you’ve seen before, but will go to other important and unexpected places.

For example, we’ll explore Hatzor, one of the largest fortified cities in ancient Canaan, and the evidence of Joshua’s conquest is stunning. We’ll also investigate Gamla, the “Masada of the Galilee,” where Jewish resistance fighters made a last stand against Rome in the North. Then visit, Safed, the “city on a hill” spoken of by Messiah Jesus. All of this and so much more, from Migdal, city of Mary Magdalene with its synagogue certainly visited by Messiah Jesus, to Arad, key Negev city in the days of King David.

This is an exciting  “boots on the ground” experience that will include a hike on Mt. Gilboa, where King Saul died; a camel ride in wilderness of Judea;  a jeep trek on Israel’s Burma Road; lunch in Nazareth Village; and a rare trip to Shiloh where the Tabernacle stood for almost 400 years.

Return to Israel with Dr. Michael Rydelnik to study the Scriptures on location, and gain a deeper understanding of  the LORD’s work in His Land today and the challenges faced by Israel among her neighbors. Explore, as never before, your spiritual heritage and deepen your walk with the Lord as you pray, sing, worship, study, laugh, and learn in “His Holy Land” (Psalm 78:54).

If you’ve always wanted to go back to Israel to see more Biblical sites and reap even more on-location insights into Scripture, we hope you can join us in the Fall of 2019 for our Deeper Look Tour. This trip is full. Click on Trip Details to join the Waitlist.


Day 1 - Thursday - 10/24/2019

Depart for a Deeper Look at Israel

Your Deeper Look Messianic Journey begins with your flight to Tel Aviv. Read, chat, study, or sleep and enjoy the travel.

Day 2 - Friday - 10/25/2019

Shalom Israel: Joppa through the Ages

Begin your Deeper Look at Israel by walking the streets of Joppa, a city rich with history from Jonah in the Old Testament to Peter in the New Testament. The significance of this ancient port continued to the Crusader Era, then up to Modern times when the small community of Jews returning to the Land in the 1880s expanded outward and founded the now ultra-modern city of Tel Aviv.

Hotel: West Lagoon Resort Hotel, Netanya

Day 3 - Saturday - 10/26/2019

Mediterranean Coast to Nazareth: Jesus ~ Crusaders ~ British Mandate

Enjoy the views of the Mediterranean Sea on the way North to explore the levels of history in Akko (NT Ptolemais), an important port from the days of Joshua to the Crusades and modern times. On our way to our Galilee hotel, we’ll have lunch and spend the afternoon in Nazareth Village to experience daily life in the time of the Lord Jesus.

Hotel: Rimonim Galei Kinereth, Tiberias

Day 4 - Sunday - 10/27/2019

Galilee North: Joshua ~ Messiah ~ Romans

At the precipice of Gamla, the Masada of Galilee, you’ll experience where Jewish resistance fighters made their last stand against Rome, before the Destruction of the Temple (AD 70.) We’ll visit nearby Katzrin, the “capital of the Golan,” a center of rabbinic thought after the Second Jewish Revolt (AD 135.) You’ve seen Megiddo, now see it’s twin city, Hatzor, with evidence of its destruction by Joshua and gates built by King Solomon for his guard city in Galilee. On the shores of the Sea of Galilee, we’ll see Bethsaida frequently mentioned in the ministry of Messiah Jesus.

Hotel: Rimonim Galei Kinereth, Tiberias

Day 5 - Monday - 10/28/2019

Sea of Galilee: In the Footsteps of Messiah

Get a panoramic view of the Galilee ministry of Messiah Yeshua from Mount Arbel, then visit areas key to the Galilean ministry of the Messiah Jesus. Study the Scriptures where Jesus lived and taught in Capernaum. Visit Migdal the hometown of Miriam (Mary Magdalene), to see the recently discovered first century synagogue where doubtless the Lord Jesus taught. Sail the Sea of Galilee and then enjoy a delicious St. Peter’s Fish lunch overlooking the water. Enjoy ancient, modern and mystical Safed (Tzfat) the highest city in Galilee. It is one of Judaism’s four sacred cities: Jerusalem, Tiberius, Herbron and Safed.

Hotel: Rimonim Galei Kinereth, Tiberias

Day 6 - Tuesday - 10/29/2019

Mt. Gilboa & along the Jordan: Saul ~ Tabernacle ~ Yeshua

We’ll begin by seeing the beautiful mosaics of ancient Beit Alpha synagogue, on the foothills of Mount Gilboa. Then up Mount Gilboa where King Saul, and his sons, died in battle against the Philistines. We will visit Shiloh, where the Ark of the Covenant was kept from the last days of Joshua to the time of Samuel, 369 years, before the Temple was built in Jerusalem. Continuing toward the Dead Sea, you’ll stand on the banks of the Jordan across from Jericho where the Lord Jesus was baptized, and other important biblical events also took place.

Hotel: Isrotel Hotel, Dead Sea

Day 7 - Wednesday - 10/30/2019

Dead Sea: Oasis and Fortress

Hike the Ein Gedi Oasis at the Field School and see the area where David hid from Saul and spared the king’s life. Atop Masada, Herod’s Dead Sea fortress, where the Jewish resistance made their fated last stand against Rome in AD 73, you’ll study the Scriptures in their ancient synagogue and understand their faith in the future restoration of Israel.  Enjoy a free afternoon at our luxurious Dead Sea hotel.

Hotel: Isrotel Hotel, Dead Sea

Day 8 - Thursday - 10/31/2019

Negev & Up to Jerusalem: Reviewing God's Faithfulness

At Arad, you’ll see archaeological evidence from the days of Kings David and Solomon, with unexpected ruins of a Negev temple. In the Judean hills, you’ll discover the first century Jewish city and synagogue of Susya, where Jewish people fled following the Roman destruction of Jerusalem. On our way up to Jerusalem, you’ll become an archaeologist at Beit Guvrin’s Dig for a Day, as you go below ground level to unearth and explore the ancestral area of Herod the Great. When we arrive in Jerusalem, we’ll take time to mourn, remembering those who suffered and perished in the Holocaust by visiting Yad Vashem, and will be reminded of God’s faithfulness in preserving His people from annihilation.

Hotel: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 9 - Friday - 11/01/2019

Jerusalem: Ancient History and Modern Survival

At the Archaeological Wing of the Israel Museum, you’ll view some of Israel’s most remarkable ancient treasures. Then walk outside to the giant scale model of New Testament Jerusalem to get your bearings before we spend time in the Old City. Since Old Testament times, hilltop Latrun has overlooked the road between the Mediterranean and Jerusalem. This fortress had a key role in the battles of Joshua, as well as 1948 War of Independence and the Six Day War. We’ll take a jeep tour of the Burma Road to experience its significance first hand.

Hotel: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 10 - Saturday - 11/02/2019

Jerusalem: Celebrating Messiah Jesus

We’ll investigate Herodium, King Herod’s man-made hill-top fortress near Bethlehem. Like the more famous Masada, this was an elaborate fortification for the paranoid king. Herod chose to be buried here, and his tomb was recently discovered. While in the area, we’ll see Shepherds’ Fields where the angels proclaimed the Good News of Messiah’s birth. We’ll enjoy lunch, learning, and a camel ride at Abraham’s Tent. Just outside Jerusalem’s walls, we’ll a celebrate the Resurrection of the Messiah Jesus at the Garden Tomb. On this amazing day, you will be experiencing the earthly life of Messiah Jesus from His birth in Bethlehem to His resurrection in Jerusalem.

Hotel: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 11 - Sunday - 11/03/2019

Jerusalem: City of the Great King

We’ll go in-depth into the heart of the City of the Great King, the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, as we spend time in the area of the Western Wall and visit the runs of the Herodian Quarter where the High Priest likely lived during the time of Jesus. After exploring the streets and shops of the beautiful Jewish Quarter, we’ll also look at the Treasures of the Temple Mount at the Temple Mount Institute. Our farewell dinner at the hotel will be a time of review and rejoicing before packing for our upcoming flight home.

Hotel: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 12 - Monday - 11/04/2019

Shalom Israel ~ lehitraot (Good-bye for now)

Saying good-bye to Israel always seems to come too soon, but what you’ve learned on this Deeper Look at the Scriptures in God’s Holy Land will always be in your hearts. As you board your flight, you will say Shalom-lehitraot to Israel and Hello to home. It’s time to begin processing your Israel experience and be further transformed by all you’ve seen and learned of the Lord during your Deeper Look at the sites and Scripture in Israel.

Hosted by

Dr. Michael Rydelnik

Professor of Jewish Studies and Bible & Syndicated Radio Bible Teacher

Dr. Michael Rydelnik is a Professor of Jewish Studies and Bible and Host/Bible Teacher on a nationally syndicated Bible Q&A program, answering listener Bible question every Saturday morning. He is the author of Understanding the Arab Israeli Conflict and The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Really Messianic, as well as the co-editor of The Moody Bible Commentary, with his friend Dr. Michael Vanlaningham. His favorite activities are teaching/studying the Bible in Israel, hiking in the Adirondack Mountains of NY with Eva and their Sheltie, Frodo and Boxer, Jake. Eva and Michael also enjoy reading classic literature and watching Golden Age of Hollywood’s black & white films. They have two outstanding adult sons.

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At a Glance

Deeper Look ~Messianic Journey through Israel

Trip Cost:  $5095.00
Dates:  October 24 – November 4, 2019
1st payment / Deposit: with registration = $1095.00
2nd payment: April 1, 2019 = $2000.00
3rd / Final payment : July 1, 2019 = $2000.00

Cost is all inclusive: round-trip flight from Chicago to Tel Aviv. Lodging in 5-Star Israeli Hotels (per-person, double occupancy/price is $5095.00 per person with 2 people per room.) Meals included are breakfast and dinner (some lunches not included). Touring with a licensed Israeli Tour Guide and Israeli Bus Driver in an air conditioned motor coach. The 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 $1450.00 (if you do not want a roommate, chose a single room).  The single room charge is due with the Final payment; single rooms are limited.

Flights: Flights are round trip from Chicago, O’Hare. If you do not live near Chicago, you are responsible for your own transportation to O’Hare to travel with the group.

Own (self-arranged) Flights: If you want to make your own flight arrangements, there is a $900.00 deduction (flight credit) from the cost of the trip.  This flight credit will be applied (deducted) from your Final payment.

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

Physical Requirements: Read and consider carefully the Physical Requirements and Responsibilities under Terms and Conditions concerning seeing Israel with Messianic Journeys.

Travel/Trip Insurance: After registering for the trip, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you buy Trip Insurance. Messianic Journeys does not provide Travel Insurance; however we partner with Arch RoamRight to provide an excellent option for Trip Insurance. You can find more information, get a free quote, and purchase Trip Insurance here: Trip Insurance with Messianic Journeys.

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 —


Terms & Conditions

Deeper Look Israel Tour

Cost: $5,095.00 (October 24 – November 4, 2019)

Price Includes:
FLIGHT-Round-trip from Chicago (ORD) to Tel Aviv Israel

LODGING – 5-Star Israeli hotels (double occupancy = 2 people per room, each person pays $5095.00)

SINGLE ROOM –  If do not want a roommate, the additional cost of a single room is $1450.00.  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 and tea, plus four lunches

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 five lunches)

Price Does Not Include
All 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. Failure to submit payments within the required payment schedule (and grace period) may result in trip cancellation by Messianic Journeys.

Until April 1: Trip Deposit is refundable less $500.00 cancellation fee.
April 2 – June 1 Cancellation: refund less $1000.00 cancellation fee.
June 2 – July 1 Cancellation: refund less $2500.00 cancellation fee.
After July 1 Cancellation: Sorry no refund.

Prices are based on existing U.S. dollar exchange rate, current costs, fuel charges, and tariff rates, and 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.

Payments should be made on the payment schedule for this tour. Failure to make payments on the payment schedule, may result in your loss of place on the tour with cancellation fees.

If you want to pay by check, please call the Messianic Journeys office 773-338-9100 for instructions. (Check payments are welcome, but do not send check payment without talking to our office for instructions regarding this process.)

Deviations and Changes
Requests for deviation from the itinerary are subject to a $500.00 deviation fee, plus any applicable airfare or ground transportation surcharges. Itinerary changes cannot be accepted after May 15, 2019.

You are responsible for the accuracy of your Passport information.
Be sure to enter your Passport name EXACTLY (first, middle, last) 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 or renewed 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, e.g. a back-pack). 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 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.

Messianic Journeys does not provide Trip Insurance; however we partner with Arch RoamRight to provide an excellent option for Trip Insurance. You can find more information, get a free quote, and purchase Trip Insurance here: Trip Insurance with Messianic Journeys

Please secure the insurance plan of your choice immediately upon registering for 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.

Flight times are subject to change by the airline without advance notice.  Messianic Journeys is not responsible for airline flight cancellations, schedule changes and delays, and cannot reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from such delays or cancellations, concerning group flights arranged by Messianic Journeys or connecting flights made by individuals.  Messianic Journeys strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance to cover any losses that may be incurred.  In the highly unlikely event the airline(s) changes flight schedules, Messianic Journeys reserves the right to lengthen or shorten the itinerary as necessary. A corresponding cost increase may occur if additional nights/meals are necessary.

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 and nature pathways as well as up hills and ancient 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 Biblical and Educational Ministries & our Israeli Tour Host, Sar-El Tours and Conferences, 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