No other place on earth can compare. The Holy Land is where God's biblical story took place. You have to experience it yourself to understand how life-transforming it truly is.
This special tour of the land of the Bible is designed to take you beyond the places most tours to Israel see. We'll even experience the biblical sites of Jordan!
Perfect for someone returning to Israel to see brand new places—or for the first-timer who wants to experience the Holy Land in a unique and fulfilling way.
This will be an exclusive, one-bus tour devoted to a magnificent overview of sites from both the Old and New Testament. On this tour, I will help you understand the life of our Lord as we connect the Bible and its lands to your life every time we stop—and all along the way.
The sun set over the Sea of Galilee—just as Jesus saw it.
The Word of God taught in the very places where it occurred.
The fellowship of other Christians as you travel the lands of the Bible together.
"Wayne’s devotions at each biblical site carried us to the heart of God and in turn, our love for God deepened enormously. Cathy did a great job answering many questions, giving us tips about touring, and making sure everyone on the bus was doing well. Truly, this was a trip of a lifetime!" Diane and Greg Pihl Aubrey, Texas
See the places you will go . . .
Glance over the itinerary and see for yourself...
After your journey to biblical Israel and Jordan, you will never be the same!
OCTOBER 18-19, 2018
Pack your bags, and bring your sense of wonder. Your journey to the Holy Land begins as you board your flight for the Holy Land!
You'll land in Tel Aviv on Friday. Savor the moment, as you enjoy your first dinner in the Holy Land. We’ll spend the night in the lovely Renaissance Hotel in Tel Aviv beside the Mediterranean Sea.
October 20, 2018
Today, we head south and you’ll experience Tel Beersheba, the site where the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob dwelled. We’ll travel through the canyons and highlands of the Negev—from Ben Gurion’s Sede Boker through the breathtaking site of Avdat to the massive Makhtesh Ramon overlook and the wilderness of Zin—the wandering place of the children of Israel post-Exodus. We will overnight in Eilat at the U Suites by the Red Sea.
October 21, 2018
Will it be land or water today? Choose your own adventure: you can go snorkeling in the Red Sea or experience the underwater aquarium in Eilat. Then we head to Timna Park, which houses a stunning replica of the tabernacle constructed during the Israelites’ wandering in the wilderness. We’ll follow the path of the Israelites as we cross into modern Jordan and spend the night at Petra’s Guest House.
October 22, 2018
You’ve never seen a place like Petra! Located in ancient Edom, this spectacular desert dwelling boasts rose-hewn sandstone, rugged hills, and monumental facades—all accessible through a twisting narrow gorge. This afternoon, we will travel on the King’s Highway and stop at Machaerus, the site where John the Baptist was imprisoned, and ultimately beheaded. We’ll travel through the land of Moab, the area where Ruth grew up. Overnight at the beautiful Holiday Inn by the Dead Sea.
OCTOBER 23, 2018
Today we start atop Mount Nebo, the vantage point where Moses got his first and only look at the Promised Land. Then we’ll continue to Amman, the capital city of the biblical Ammonites (2 Chron. 20:1-2). We will continue north to Jerash, an amazing Roman city and one of the cities of the Decapolis. Crossing back over into Israel, we will overnight at the lovely Europa Tiberias beside the Sea of Galilee.
OCTOBER 24, 2018
We begin the day atop Mount Arbel with a spectacular overlook of the Sea of Galilee and the ministry of Jesus. Next we visit Chorazin, one of the cities that rejected Jesus’ miracles. We’ll visit the amazing ruins in Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene. Next we take a Sea of Galilee boat ride on the water where Jesus walked. We’ll see the amazing sites of Hippos and Gamla, often called “Masada of the North.” We’ll enjoy the sunset at Kfar Haruv on the Golan Heights, with one of the most amazing views of the Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Tiberias.
OCTOBER 25, 2018
As we journey up to Jerusalem today, we’ll travel through biblical Samaria to Mt. Gerizim, which overlooks the ancient site of Shechem where so much Old Testament significant history took place. Next, we’ll experience biblical Shiloh where the Tabernacle rested for three centuries when the Hebrews entered the land. We’ll see the cliffs of Michmash, where Jonathan and his armor-bearer routed the Philistine army. Finally, we overlook the Holy City of Jerusalem from Mount Scopus before dinner and overnight at the Mt. Zion Jerusalem Hotel.
OCTOBER 26, 2018
Today we’ll observe archaeological wonders from the finds in the Israel Museum, and we’ll journey to the final resting places of the patriarchs in the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron. We’ll also visit Herod the Great’s amazing Herodium, which overlooks Bethlehem, the city where the true King of Israel was born. We’ll enjoy some free time in Jerusalem to savor the tastes, sounds, sights, and shopping in the holy city.
OCTOBER 27, 2018
We head east today into the Judean Wilderness to the Ein Prat Nature Reserve, the probable location where Jeremiah hid his cloth to teach Judah a lesson. We’ll walk to St. George’s Monastery in the Wadi Qelt and see a wonderful example of the monastic life of the Judean Wilderness. From there we’ll walk the very road Jesus walked, down the Ascent of Adummim to the Herodian Palaces of Herod the Great. We’ll explore Tel Jericho where the walls came tumbling down in the time of Joshua. Back in Jerusalem at the Garden Tomb we’ll have a wonderful communion service before experiencing the new, spectacular light show at the City of David. Overnight in Jerusalem.
OCTOBER 28-29, 2018
We’ll ascend the Temple Mount the morning, the site of both Jewish Temples and where Jesus taught. We’ll walk outside the Temple wall to the Golden Gate and consider the Second Coming of Christ. In the Old City, we’ll Jerusalem’s history at the David Citadel Museum as well as the Herodian Mansion in the Jewish Quarter, one of the houses destroyed in A.D. 70. Then we’ll visit the Pool of Siloam and we’ll walk up the subterranean original Pilgrim Street. This evening we enjoy our farewell dinner in Jerusalem.
The next morning, we head home with memories to last a lifetime!
The all-inclusive cost of $4995 includes round-trip airfare, deluxe motor coaches, first class hotels, guided sightseeing, entrance fees to sites visited, breakfast & dinner daily, all tips and taxes. Early-bird pricing is available! You'll only need to cover lunch each day. Space is limited so save your spot now...
Dr. Wayne Stiles has served in fulltime Christian ministry for almost 30 years, effectively using writing, teaching, music, video, and leadership as the means of creatively communicating the life-changing truths of God’s Word.
A veteran traveler to Israel, he has taught and written extensively on the devotional benefits of the Holy Land on his popular blog, in his books, as well as in dozens of articles for the Jerusalem Post. Wayne earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary, where he teaches as an adjunct professor. He also served in the pastorate for 14 years in the church he helped to plant, and he served as an Executive Vice President at Insight for Living Ministries for 12 years.
Wayne and Cathy have helped lead many tours to numerous biblical sites in Israel, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, and Italy. They have been married twenty-eight years and have two grown daughters.
Wayne’s passion is to help connect the Bible and its lands to life, showing the practical application of God’s Word in lives that display God’s grace.
"As first-time visitors to the Holy Land, we truly appreciated Wayne’s teaching style that connected the historical and biblical references at each of the significant locations. His insights into Scripture gave us ‘food for thought’ and brought the Bible to life. It was an unforgettable journey! We are grateful to have shared it with Wayne and Cathy." —Bill and Bev Hanna, Oxford, Connecticut
"Our favorite moments included looking across the Jezreel Valley to Nazareth and Nain and Mt Tabor. I marvel at Wayne’s insight and knowledge. Talk about a man who can lift details off the pages of Scripture while standing on the sites! And Cathy was such a shepherd, caring for us with such love and grace. What a dynamic duo! We had often heard that a trip to Israel was life-changing. On our tour to the Holy Land, and through Wayne's solid, practical devotionals, the Scriptures became alive and real—right before my eyes. Life-changing indeed!"—Jim and Lillian Moneyhun, Greenwood, South Carolina
"My trip to Israel has endless memories, thanks to Wayne and Cathy. Wayne read from the Bible about each site and then added his own words about the events that took place there. Cathy was so good about answering endless questions and making sure everyone was doing okay." —Gail Livermore
"Our trip to Israel was a life-changing experience! Wayne’s teaching was clear, concise, and applicable. He helped us build the bridge between the Scriptures and the location we were visiting." —Don and Margaret Lacefield, Plano, Texas
"Wayne's teachings on our tour of the Holy Land were a highlight. Each devotional was rooted in the biblical history of the site we were visiting and as Wayne shared from a Scripture passage related to the site, history came alive. Even though the biblical stories were usually very familiar to me, Wayne almost always brought out fresh perspectives that blessed and challenged me spiritually."—Linda Jones
"We had the great pleasure of going to Israel with a group from across the US and several countries. One of the most informative and enjoyable parts of the trip was the Bible teaching offered by Wayne Stiles at our tour stops. Wayne's impressive knowledge of the geography of Israel, in addition to his obvious love and understanding of the Old and New Testament stories associated with our stops, really brought the Bible to life. His warm and gentle spirit enhanced our journey."—Jerry and Vera Greene, Columbus, Ohio
"On my fourth tour of Israel, it was a blessing to be on the bus with Wayne and Cathy Stiles. Each day was exciting! Walking (or climbing) to the places Jesus walked, and hearing Wayne's teaching and reading relative scriptures was emotionally exhilarating. Wayne knows the land! It was not a vacation, but a trip that renewed me like nothing else . . . and left me with a hunger for more. I plan to go back again, and hope that Wayne and Cathy will be my bus leaders. Thanks, Wayne and Cathy!"—Peggy Allen, Weems, Virginia
"Wayne and Cathy are a delightful, caring couple who made my trip to Israel both enjoyable and memorable. His communication style is relaxed, and it's easy to grasp the power of the biblical moments at each site."—Nan McCullough
"Wayne made the trip to Israel so much more meaningful and brought the bible alive with the devotionals he gave. I certainly recommend him as a Bible teacher for a trip to Israel."—Marvel Haynes
"Wayne added a dimension and depth of knowledge and Cathy exuded warm compassion, for which I am grateful! Wayne and Cathy were a valuable enhancement to my Holy Land experience"—June Gong Chin
"What privilege to travel with Cathy and Wayne Stiles through Israel! At every site Wayne used scripture to bring history to life in a clear, yet profound way. I hope one day to return with them." —Bonnie Campbell
"We were privileged to have had Dr. Wayne Stiles as our teacher during our Israel tour. Wayne’s insight and teaching about many of the sites was invaluable. He shared the scripture that was relevant for each site and “tied” it all together. Our local guide provided a lot of history and current events but Wayne made the Scripture come alive as we sat and walked where Jesus walked and preached. It all seamed so real and relevant. We would urge everyone to go to Israel and we could not recommend anyone any more highly than Wayne Stiles to lead you through the Promised Land."—David & Cheryl Ratcliff, Bulverde, Texas
"Experiencing the land of the Bible was a great blessing. But traveling with Wayne and Cathy Stiles was the icing on the cake. Wayne provided outstanding devotionals and connected the places, events, and history with the Scriptures, showing their relevance for our lives."—Wayne and Debbie Moore, La Porte, Indiana
"Wayne Stiles combines a passion for the land of Israel with a depth of biblical knowledge that inspires and informs. I have had the privilege of traveling to Israel on several occasions with Wayne, and I can tell you firsthand—what you will experience is much more than a casual "fly-over" view of the holy land. You won't simply learn ABOUT the land—you will EXPERIENCE the land, its history, and its people. If you long for more than head knowledge—if you want heart knowledge that will challenge you to follow in the footsteps of our Lord, then let Dr. Stiles guide you on this tour of a lifetime."—Dr. Reg Grant
© 2018 Wayne Stiles
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