Journey Through the Holy Land . . .

March 16–27, 2018

and you will NEVER be the same!

Sunrise over Jerusalem

Sunrise over Jerusalem. (Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

You’ve heard the names before: the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and the Mount of Olives. But these places were just words on the pages of Jesus’ life. I had this frustration too. For years of my Christian life, the places and stories of Jesus’ life seemed like a patchwork quilt. I had no idea how they all fit together.

Then I went to Israel . . . and it all changed. I want to help make that same connection for you. I invite you to join Cathy and me for a life-changing journey to Israel!

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Jerusalem as seen from Mount Scopus

Jerusalem as seen from Mount Scopus.

This will be an exclusive, one-bus tour devoted entirely to a magnificent journey through significant, and seldom-seen sites of the Old and New Testaments.

Learn the Word of God right where it happened.

On this tour, I will help you connect the Bible and its lands to your life every time we stop—and all along the way.

  • You will learn the Word of God right where it happened—with Bible in hand. After seeing where Jesus ministered, you will never read your Bible the same way again!
  • I have invited our Israeli guide to offer cultural and historical connections as he travels with us.
  • We’ll travel the land in a climate-controlled deluxe motor coach. It even has FREE Wi-Fi so you can stay in touch and send photos back home!
  • Our one-bus tour will go places and experience sites that larger groups never see.

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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

Experience the Bible with All Your Senses

You will experience the Bible like you’ve never have before. Just as you would see a puzzle all put together, so you will grasp the individual sites in light of the whole land.

  • Watch the sun set over the Sea of Galilee—just as Jesus saw it.
  • Get the feel of the land as you experience the Holy City of Jerusalem with your feet.
  • Hear the Word of God in the Capernaum Synagogue—the very place where Jesus preached.
  • Enjoy the fragrances in every place—from the aromatic Jerusalem markets to the salty seaside port of Caesarea.
  • Experience the fellowship of other Christians as you travel the lands of the Bible together.
  • Taste the delicious meals of Israeli culture (as well as a few familiar indulgences).

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You'll walk where Jesus walked at the Southern Excavations at the Temple Mount.

You’ll walk where Jesus walked at the Southern Excavations at the Temple Mount.

You Will Walk Where Jesus Walked

In addition to seeing the places Jesus walked and ministered, you will gain a deeper understanding of Jesus’ purpose and life. His ministry wasn’t just a bunch of good deeds, teachings, and miracles on His way to die for our sins in Jerusalem.

  • As you walk in the footsteps of Jesus, you will understand His purpose from the beginning.
  • You will discover how He developed the lives of His disciples.
  • More importantly, you’ll learn how He is working in your life in the same way.
Mount of Beatitudes and Sea of Galilee

The Mount of Beatitudes and Sea of Galilee. (Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Been to Israel Before? Not Like This.

This tour isn’t just for first-timers. In addition to the major sites in the itinerary, you’ll find places you’ve never been before. Just look at the itinerary below!

A Journey that Can Change Your Life

I have personally designed our itinerary with you in mind. My goal is ensure than you experience the Holy Land in such a way that you understand how the land connects to the Bible—and how these connect to your life.

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’ of the Holy Land. You won’t simply learn ABOUT the land—you will EXPERIENCE it. If you long for what will challenge you to follow in the footsteps of our Lord, then let Dr. Stiles guide you on a tour of a lifetime.Dr. Reg Grant
Garland, Texas
Glance over the itinerary and see. After your trip to Israel, you will never be the same.

DAY 1 – FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018: DEPART FOR ISRAEL

We depart for our overnight flight to Tel Aviv, embarking on our life-changing journey!

DAY 2 – SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018: ARRIVE IN ISRAEL

We will be met at Ben Gurion International Airport and assisted through customs, introduced to our guide and driver, and travel to our hotel in Netanya for a well-deserved rest beside the Mediterranean Sea.

The Herodium—A Monument to God’s Sovereignty

The Herodium near Bethlehem. (Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

DAY 3 – SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018: CAESAREA, MT. CARMEL, MEGIDDO, EIN HAROD, TEL JEZREEL

This morning, we depart for the Galilee to visit Biblical sites at Caesarea, where Peter proclaimed the Good News to the Roman Centurion (Acts 10). We also see Megiddo and Mt. Carmel, where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18). Then we continue to Ein Harod, the site where Gideon chose his brave 300. Afterwards, we will visit Tel Jezreel. We then arrive in Tiberias for dinner and overnight at our hotel at the Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias.

Being at the actual sites and hearing Wayne’s teaching helped put the Scriptures in a clearer geographical and historical context. Wayne and Cathy were personable, gracious, and fun to be with. We traveled with style!Gene and Belva Barrick
Glendale, Arizona

DAY 4 – MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 – Jesus and the Sea of Galilee

Early this morning we drive to Mt. Precipice overlooking the Jezreel Valley to view the sunrise. Then we proceed into Nazareth to visit Nazareth Village to see a glimpse of what it looked like during the time of Jesus. Afterwards, we visit Mt. Arbel to look out over the Sea of Galilee. We then head to Capernaum, Jesus’ base for His early ministry and also make our way to the Mt. of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7) with time for reflection and worship. Then we visit the Nof Ginosar to visit the Ancient Boat Museum. Afterwards, we board a replica wooden “Jesus Boat” to set sail on the Sea of Galilee. We return to the Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias, for our dinner and overnight.

Hearing the Word of God in the Capernaum synagogue

Hearing the Word of God in the Capernaum synagogue, where Jesus taught.

DAY 5 – TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018 – Northern Galilee

We start the day doing something very few tours ever get to do- hear the amazing acoustics at the Sower’s Cove, the likely location where Jesus began to preach in parables. In another unique experience, we’ll sit on the Plain of Bethsaida where Jesus multiplied the fish and the loaves, reflecting on its powerful life applications. Then we drive through the Huleh Valley passing by the Biblical site of Hazor. We will have a short hike/walk to Tel Dan where we will see the Banias waterfall and the altar of Jeroboam. At Caesarea Philippi, we’ll stand in the pagan Roman worship center near where Peter made his famous profession, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Then we proceed to the Golan Heights for an overlook at Kfar Haruv. We return to Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias, for dinner and overnight.

I remember how the Holy Spirit touched me through what Wayne taught in the synagogue at Capernaum and at Tabgha, by the Sea of Galilee. I felt the Spirit of God so strongly that I didn’t want to leave. Wayne is able to accurately convey scriptural meanings to each place in terms easy to understand.Walter Stephens
San Antonio, Texas

DAY 6 – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2018 – The Jordan River Valley

Today we begin with a visit to Beit Shean, one of the best-preserved Decapolis Roman cities. This is where King Saul and his sons’ bodies were hung from the city walls after being defeated by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10-12). We pass by Tel Samaria and visit Elon Moreh. Then we visit the rather new excavations of Shiloh. This is where the Tabernacle once stood. Here we will see impressive archaeological ruins dating to the days of Samuel. We will drive by Michmash on our way to Mt. Scopus to look out over the majestic city of Jerusalem. “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’ Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:1-2 NASB). Then we proceed to our hotel Dan Panorama, Jerusalem, in time for dinner and overnight.

You will sail on the Sea of GalileeYou will sail on the Sea of Galilee.

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DAY 7 – THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 – Palm Sunday and Weeping

After breakfast, we drive to the Dominus Flevit Church on the Mount of Olives, where we will consider why Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Then we will enjoy a private section of the Garden of Gethsemane and spend time contemplating Jesus’ passion and pleading in prayer with the Father. After some time among the ancient olive trees where Jesus was betrayed and arrested, we will visit the Israel Museum, where we will see a model of Jerusalem as it appeared in Jesus’ time. Then we visit the Shrine of the Book Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. Afterwards, we visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial and Museum. After dark, we will have a Western Wall Tunnel Tour. Our dinner and overnight will be at the Dan Panorama, Jerusalem.

Having Wayne and Cathy for our leaders on our first bus tour of Israel was an exceptional experience. Wayne was able to correlate the site with the Scriptures and then turn it back to us to examine how we live our lives. His humor added special touches! Cathy anticipated the needs of our group and met them with a smile. MaryLou and Grant Gehman

DAY 8 – FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018: TEMPLE MOUNT and Old City

We begin our journey today atop the Temple Mount, where Jesus taught and cleansed the Temple. From the temple area, we make our way to St. Stephen’s Gate to walk the Via Dolorosa – including St. Anne’s Crusader Church, Pools of Bethesda, Ecce Homo Arch, and the ancient Cardo. Then we have a short walk to the original steps that Jesus climbed as he entered the Temple area. Afterwards, we proeed to the Davidson Center and the City of David. Then we venture through Hezekiah’s Tunnel (conditions permitting). Be sure to bring a flashlight and water shoes to walk through the tunnel. Anyone wanting to stay dry can walk through Hezekiah’s shaft. If time permits, we will visit the newly excavated Pool of Siloam and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. We end our day in worship at the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight are at the Dan Panorama, Jerusalem.

The sunlit dome over where Christ rose from the dead in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The sunlit dome in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, over the site where Christ rose from the dead.

DAY 9 – SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018 – Judah’s Foothills

This morning we visit Nebi Samwil in the territory of Benjamin. Then we drive to Beth Shemesh, where the Ark of the Covenant was returned (I Sam. 6). Next, we travel to the Elah Valley to see where David fought Goliath (1 Samuel 17). Continuing south, we visit the Maresha Caves (in the Beit Guvrin Valley) with hundreds of bell shaped caves caused by ancient Roman quarrying. This was the home of the prophet Micah (Micah 1). Then head to Bethlehem. Dinner and overnight are at the Dan Panorama, Jerusalem.

Explaining the Scriptures on the Mount of Olives

Explaining the Scriptures on the Mount of Olives.

Wayne is not only knowledgeable about the Holy Land, but he’s a Bible teacher whose site devotions are interwoven from Dan to Beersheba. His heart for God is very apparent. Cathy was unfailingly helpful, not only with Biblical perspective, but also in addressing any travel concerns that came up. They have our highest recommendation. Elizabeth and Sam Herbert

DAY 10 – SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018 –  Dead Sea Area

After breakfast, we drive to Qumran, the settlement of the Essenes. They were the first century sect who authored the Dead Sea Scrolls. From here, we head to Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul. We then travel south along the western shore of the Dead Sea toward Masada where we ascend by cable car up to King Herod’s astonishing fortress. Afterwards, we make a special stop at the Dead Sea (the lowest spot on earth) for a short swim or float. Dinner and overnight are again at the Dan Panorama, Jerusalem.

Sunset over the Mediterranean Sea

Sunset over the Mediterranean Sea and Joppa.

DAY 11 – MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018 – The Old City of Jerusalem

Today begins on modern Mount Zion, where we will visit the site of the Upper Room where Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples. Then we journey to the most sacred Christian site, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the location where Jesus died and rose again. Afterwards, we visit the Jaffa Gate and walk on the ramparts of the Old City walls. Then we walk to the Dung Gate. Then there will be free time to enjoy the Old City until we go to our Farewell Dinner together. Afterwards, we will transfer to the Ben Gurion Airport for our flight back to the U.S.A.

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You Will Never Be the Same! My first trip to Israel so impacted my life, I wondered, Is this normal? Have others also had similar experiences in the Holy Land? For the next few years, I did my doctoral research on how a tour to Israel affects the spiritual life of a Christian. After surveying hundreds of Christians who have traveled to the Holy Land, I discovered:

  1. 99% agree that experiencing the land of Israel has strengthened their spiritual life.
  2. 96% have increased in their love for God and the Bible through the study of Bible lands.
  3. 98% noted that knowing the land of the Bible helps their memory of biblical events.
Touring with Wayne and Cathy Stiles was an awakening of our biblical understanding of the land of Israel. Wayne’s in-depth knowledge of Israel and the Scriptures along with Cathy and her nurturing, loving personality made our trip life-changing and opened our knowledge of Christ’s life while here on earth. Traveling with them make our tour unforgettable as well as life-changing. John and Kathy Buchholz
California

Safety in the Holy Land

Traveling to Israel is safe. I know, I know, I watch the news as well. This trip marks my 14th trip to Israel in the last 19 years, and I have never felt unsafe. Not once.

  • If all we knew of America came from what we learned on the news, we would have a very distorted perspective.
  • Think of a large city near you. For me, it’s Dallas. There are parts of Dallas I don’t go to. And yet, I travel to Dallas often, just as I have thousands of times. I’ve even lived there! Going is no problem if you know where to go—and where not to go.
  • I have known and worked with our tour operator for more than 19 years. They have as their top priority your comfort and safety throughout your journey. Believe me, it is in the best interest of the travel company that you are safe! And you will be.
  • In fact, the number of tourists to Israel continues to rise. In 2016, Israel had 2.9 million visitors—the highest number ever.

You can rest at ease. All the details of travel have been arranged so that you can focus on why you’re there—to connect the Bible and its lands to your life.

I was a little worried if it was going to be safe if I came to Israel. But I found that what I read in the American newspapers is actually nothing like it is in the Holy Land. I’ve felt perfectly safe the entire time, and I wouldn’t hesitate coming over at all.Thom and Priscilla Hill
Garland, Texas

A Worthy Investment in Your Spiritual Life

A journey to the Holy Land is far more than an overseas vacation. It’s an investment in your walk with God that will change your life by forever changing the way you read the Word of God.

  • You will have hundreds of personal photographs to remember and use in your Bible study.
  • Every time you open your Bible, you will picture the landscape you walked.
  • A tour to Israel is an investment that allows you to enjoy its benefits for the rest of your life.
overlooking Jerusalem

You will never read your Bible the same way again!

It’s all about having the Word of God change my life—and anything that makes the Word of God more clear is a worthy investment. I could buy 50 books, but they’re not going the make the same contribution that a trip to Israel is going to make. Dr. Steven Sanchez
Dubuque, Iowa

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Secure your place on your life-changing journey to the Holy Land.

  • A journey to the Holy Land will make a tremendous difference in your relationship with God.
  • Our one-bus tour will go places and experience sites that larger groups never see.
  • After seeing where biblical events occurred, you will never read your Bible the same way again!
  • You are investing in your spiritual lifefor the rest of your life.

The total cost for your Holy Land tour: $4485 per person. Included in the cost of your tour:

  • Air Transportation—round-trip transatlantic flight from Dallas (DFW)
  • First-class hotels, double occupancy
  • Deluxe motor coach with Wi-Fi
  • Entrance fees to all sites
  • Meals—breakfast and dinner daily
  • All group transfers between airports and hotels
  • All tips to guides, drivers, and hotel staff

Reserve your place today for only $500. SPACE IS LIMITED!

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The Dome of the Rock on the ancient Temple Mount

The Dome of the Rock on the ancient Temple Mount. (Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

A payment plan is available for your convenience:

  • Reserve your place for only $500
  • Grab the early-bird discount and save an additional $100.

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P.S. Space is Limited!

Because our one-bus tour will go places and experience sites that larger groups never see, that means SPACE IS LIMITED. Reserve your place for your tour today!

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Questions?

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  • Sheldon Plelps

    Hello,

    I am sorry to trouble you with these thoughts and questions. I am pretty sure I can save or borrow the money to go. Above, I have read about the trip. It sounds wonderful. I really want to go as a group from my church is going.

    I will be 79 years old in July 2017. I cannot walk distances longer than about 200 to 300 yards without being unable to walk the next day because of a type of nephropathy in my feet. I do not have the blood sugar issue. Therefore, I am not sure that it is worthwhile going with this nephropathy problem, or at my age.

    I am pretty healthy otherwise. No other issue that would keep me from going otherwise.

    How many and what places would I miss through the trip because because of the walking issue?
    How far is required to walk on the average day?

    How far on the longest days? Standing is almost as bad.

    Are there places to sit along the way where lectures are given?
    Is it reasonable to believe that I would benefit from the trip at my age? This is a question to myself since I do not teach a bible class anymore.

    I am a single. Does that increase the cost?

    I hope you will have time to answer.
    Thank you

    Sheldon Phelps

    • I’m happy to help, Sheldon. If you’re asking about my upcoming tours (you mentioned you want to go with your church—so you might ask them about that tour), then we walk anywhere from 2-3 miles each day. Yes, there are many places to sit while I’m teaching. But with a limitation of only being able to walk 300 yards, you may need to go with a willingness to wait with the bus at times. Even then, it certainly is better than nothing. Going as a single requires an additional cost (which you can see the details on the brochure—download here).

      Although I’m uncertain whether you could go and enjoy the tour to the fullest, I’m confident you could enjoy my virtual tours through video right now. I created my new Web site, Walking the Bible Lands for those who can’t go to Israel for whatever reason. Public registration is closed but I can offer you a private registration.

      Feel free to respond again if you have questions. God bless.

  • Sue Burnett

    Would you please send me a brochure for the 2018 tour
    Sue Burnett 1316 Pegasus Dr. Arlington,Tex 76013