Experience the land and lessons of the Bible!

Israel Study Tour - Troy Thomas & Marshall Holtvluwer

To learn more and register over the phone call 800-829-8234 or 616-396-1234 or email your travel coordinator Signe Koning


11 days including travel
Apr. 23 - May. 3, 2018
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Led By

Oakbrook Church, Faith Reformed Church and Troy Thomas, Marshall Holtvluwer

You’re invited you to join us on a 11 day, all-inclusive Israel Study Tour.

You will be immersed in the land and lessons of the Bible as you’re led on a journey through Scripture while your local guide and driver will bring the past and present culture of Israel alive to all your senses.

Unlike other Holy Land tours, this tour is solely focused on bringing Scripture to life through first-hand experiences in the places the stories actually happened. An all-inclusive trip you’ll be free to focus on each moment without worrying about lodging, tips, transportation, entrance fees, food or water.

What is a GTI Study Tour?

We’ve built into our study tours everything you need for an enjoyable and educational trip. We want you to be fully focused on the lessons and experiences you’ll encounter, and not be distracted by local tipping practices, transportation arrangements, or meal planning.

We believe that as a Study Tour participant you’re not a mere tourist—you’re an investment! This is evident from the moment you book your trip, through to the time you return home to share what you’ve learned with your friends and family.

Our seasoned guides and ministry partners do so much more than handle the details and keep things on schedule. Our local guides have personal experience and intimate knowledge of the places and events you’ll examine, and our ministry partner’s teachers have a shepherd’s heart and a passion for God’s word.

The guides have been so personable and so knowledgeable and so friendly. There’s just never a bad day for these guys. They make you very comfortable throughout the trip.


We got to walk the land and it made our bibles come alive, and my son being 17, he needed it to come alive. It solidified his foundation in his faith.

— Joey

GTI has done such a great job of taking care of everything… allowing us to feel at home and really focus on the things we needed to from the very beginning.

— Jordan

Your Study Tour Leaders

Troy Thomas

Troy Thomas

Lead Pastor, Oakbrook Church

Troy Thomas serves as lead pastor at Oakbrook Church where he is responsible for preaching, teaching, leader development, and vision casting. He is passionately committed to making disciples who make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Troy has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Iowa, an MBA from George Washington University, a Masters in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is currently doing further graduate studies at Rockbridge Seminary.

In addition to his family, his ministry, and his local community, Troy enjoys exposing people to the land where Jesus walked with Biblical study and exposition in the original setting. He believes that good theology is rooted in geography and that understanding the context will help people make life-changing applications from the teaching of Jesus Christ. Troy and his wife live in the amazing community of Sussex, Wisconsin - just outside Milwaukee. They are blessed with one son at home, a daughter at a college close to home, and a son and daughter-in-law living nearby.

Marshall Holtvluwer

Marshall Holtvluwer

Lead Pastor, Faith Reformed Church

Marshall Holtvluwer serves as lead pastor of Faith Reformed Church in Traverse City, MI. He received his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and his Masters of Divinity also in Grand Rapids, MI from Calvin Seminary. Marshall has been blessed to travel to the Holy Land and Turkey with the Rev. Ray Vander Laan. He has also been privileged to study at the Jerusalem University Center where he learned more about the geography of the land that Jesus walked upon.

Marshall has a new found passion in helping God’s people to see how the land plays a role in understanding the biblical message. A phrase Marshall can often be heard saying is that we need to learn how to ‘Read the Land and Live the Book.’ Marshall, his wife and two daughters continue to enjoy the amazing beauty that Traverse City, MI has to offer.

Study Tour Details

This is an all-inclusive trip which includes:

  • Roundtrip economy air to/from Chicago
  • Hotel accommodations as indicated
  • Daily breakfast and dinner buffet
  • Lunches served on site
  • Deluxe motor coach touring
  • All entrance fees
  • Guide/Driver Tips
  • Hip Pack/2 water bottles
  • Study Guides
  • Porterage fees and taxes
  • GTI blog
  • Pre trip curriculum

Tour Pricing:

  • $3850.00 per person (double occupancy)
  • $780.00 single supplement
  • $100.00 early booking discount for registrations prior to September 8, 2017

Payment schedule:

  • $500.00 per person deposit on confirmation
  • $1675.00 due September 23, 2017
  • Total balance due March 14, 2018
Refund Cancellation Policy:
  • Full refund less $200 for cancellations after deposit.
  • Full refund less $800 for cancellations after September 23, 2017
  • Full refund less $2000 for cancellations after January 23, 2018
  • No refunds for cancellations after March 14, 2018

GTI recommends “Travel Guard” trip insurance. Please contact them for
rates and information at www.TravelGuard.com or by calling them toll free at 1-800-826-1300. Please note our agency identification number 23666252 which will link any policy to our agency.

Your Study Tour Itinerary

Itinerary subject to change.


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Monday April 23, 2018

ORD to IST on TK6
Depart O'Hare on Turkish flight 6 at 9:40pm


Tuesday April 24, 2018

Arrive Istanbul at 4:15pm (Duration 10 hours 35 minutes)
IST to TLV on TK788
Depart Istanbul on Turkish flight 788 at 6:05pm
Arrive Tel Aviv at 8:05pm (Duration 2 hours 0 minutes)
Lodging: Neve Ilan, Jerusalem
Neve Ilan

Neve Ilan

Wednesday April 25, 2018

Sites: Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Azekah, Caves of Adullam, Shepherds Cave, Lachish
Lodging: Isrotel Ganim Hotel, Dead Sea
Yad Hashmonah

Yad Hashmonah

Thursday April 26, 2018

Sites: Masada, Camel Ride, Tel Arad, Ber'erSheva
Lodging: Isrotel Ganim Hotel, Dead Sea


Friday April 27, 2018

Sites: Ein Gedi, Qumran, Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Susita
Lodging: Ein Gev Kibbutz, Galilee
Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi

Saturday April 28, 2018

Sites: Galilee Boat Ride, Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Chorazin, Mount Arbel, Church in Cana
Lodging: Ein Gev Kibbutz, Galilee
Galilee Boat Ride

Galilee Boat Ride

Sunday April 29, 2018

Sites: Katzrin, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan, Bethsaida
Lodging: Ein Gev Kibbutz, Galilee


Monday April 30, 2018

Sites: Beth Shean, Mt. Precipice, Megiddo, Caesarea Maritima
Lodging: Dan Hotel, Jerusalem
Beth Shean

Beth Shean

Tuesday May 1, 2018

Sites: Hezekiah's Tunnel, Western Wall, Davidson Center, Southern Steps, Yad Vashem
Lodging: Dan Hotel, Jerusalem

Hezekiah's Tunnel

Wednesday May 2, 2018

Sites: Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Model of Jerusalem, Farewell Dinner - Bulghourji Restaurant
Lodging: Dan Hotel, Jerusalem
Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives

Thursday May 3, 2018

TLV to IST on TK785
Depart Tel Aviv on Turkish flight 785 at 9:55am
Arrive Istanbul at 12:15pm (Duration 2 hours 20 minutes)
IST to ORD on TK5
Depart Istanbul on Turkish flight 5 at 2:00pm
Arrive O'Hare at 5:35pm (Duration 11 hours 35 minutes)