✔ 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.
✔ Our one-bus tour will go places and experience sites that larger groups never see. Just look at the itinerary below!
"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, you will never be the same!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2020
We depart for our overnight flight to Cairo, embarking on our life-changing journey!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2020
We arrive in Cairo and transfer to our short flight to Luxor, where we will be assisted through customs, introduced to our guide and driver, and travel to the Sonesta St. George Hotel by the Nile River for a delicious dinner and a well-deserved rest.!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2020
We’ll get an early start at the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of many pharaohs, including those before and after the Exodus. We’ll visit the amazing Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, the daughter of pharaoh who found Moses in the Nile. Then, we’ll visit the amazing Karnak Temple and discover why Egypt always wanted to control the land of Israel. Tonight, we’ll board a short flight back to Cairo, where we’ll overnight at the beautiful Semiramis InterContinental Hotel by the Nile River.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2020
Our morning begins exploring the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing, the Pyramids of Giza. We’ll also visit the Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum, including the Royal Mummies Hall where we’ll look into the faces of mummies who saw Moses! After some time to shop in Cairo’s Bazaar and a short stop at St. Sergius, we’ll return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020
This morning, we fly to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and meet our Israeli guide and driver. We’ll make our way to the port city of Joppa, where we’ll see Egyptian history in Israel, and where Jonah and Peter both embarked on a journey to the Gentiles. Then, we’ll stop at the fortress at Aphek/Antipatris to see more Egyptian influence—as well as to discuss what occurred there in David’s and Paul’s lives. Finally, we travel to the beautiful West Lagoon Resort Hotel in Netanya for a delicious dinner, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
After breakfast, we drive along the coast to the city of Acre, we will visit the underground crypt, Templar’s tunnel, ancient port and colorful market. Then, we proceed to the Lebanese border at Rosh HaNikra, descend by cable car to see the beautiful limestone grottos, and then ascend by cable car to enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the Western Galilee. Then, we’ll stop at Haifa to see the beautiful Baha’i Gardens. Dinner and overnight are at the West Lagoon, Netanya.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020
We depart for our overnight flight to Tel Aviv, embarking on our life-changing journey!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
We will be met at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and assisted through customs, introduced to our guide and driver, and travel to the West Lagoon Resort Hotel in Netanya for a delicious dinner and a well-deserved rest overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2020
This morning, we begin our tour of biblical sites at Caesarea by the Sea, where Peter proclaimed the Good News to the Roman Centurion (Acts 10). We will also explore Megiddo and Mt. Carmel, where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18). Then we drive to Ein Harod, the spring where Gideon chose his 300. Afterwards, we will visit Tel Jezreel, the city of Ahab and Jezebel. The final site for the day is a stunning overlook from Mount Gilboa (Mount Shual), where King Saul died. After dinner we arrive late at the brand-new Sofia Hotel in Tiberias by the Sea of Galilee for overnight.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020
We begin our day at Capernaum, Jesus’ base for His ministry. Then we make our way to Chorazin, one of the cities Jesus cursed for not repenting. At the Mt. of Beatitudes, we’ll revisit the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Next, we’ll visit the Church of the Primacy of Peter, where Jesus called Peter and later restored him. Then, we see the newly discovered site of Magdala, and the synagogue where likely Jesus taught. We’ll experience the Ancient Boat Museum and conclude our day by taking a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2020
This morning, we begin at Bethsaida where Jesus healed a blind man. Then, we drive north through the Huleh Valley and pass the Old Testament site of Hazor. At Tel Dan, we’ll see the altar of Jeroboam and the ancient gates of the city. After arriving at Caesarea Philippi, we’ll stand in the pagan Roman worship center and recall Peter’s profession, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Then, we proceed to Mt. Arbel and see the Sea of Galilee from a one-of-a-kind perspective. We end the day overlooking of the Sea of Galilee at the Switzerland Forest. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020
Today we begin by heading south to Beit Shean, one of the best-preserved cities of the Decapolis and where King Saul and his sons were hung from the city walls after being defeated by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31). We’ll drive to the top of Mount Gerizim and overlook ancient Shechem/Sychar, the site where Abraham, Jacob, Joshua, and Jesus came. Then we visit Old Testament Shiloh, where the Tabernacle stood for centuries and where the Prophet Samuel grew up. Next, we’ll overlook the cliffs of Michmash where Jonathan and his armor bearer faced the Philistines. Finally, we arrive in the Holy City of Jerusalem and proceed to the beautiful Inbal Hotel for dinner and overnight.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2020
After breakfast, we drive to the top of the Mount of Olives and walk down to the Dominus Flevit Church and consider why Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Then we will enjoy a private section of the Garden of Gethsemane and contemplate Jesus pleading in prayer with the Father. Next, we will visit the Israel Museum and its model of 1st-century Jerusalem—as well as key biblical finds in archeology. Afterwards, we visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial and Museum. Finally, we will have a tour of the Western Wall Tunnel. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2020
We begin our journey today atop the Temple Mount, where Jesus taught and cleansed the Temple. From the temple area, we make our way past Lion’s Gate to sing in St. Anne’s Church, beside the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the lame man. We proceed along the traditional Via Dolorosa toward the most sacred of Christian sites, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher—the location where Jesus died and rose again. We’ll walk on the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount—the very steps that Jesus climbed. Afterwards, we proceed to the City of David and venture through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. (Bring a small flashlight or head lamp and water shoes to walk through the tunnel. Or you can stay dry and walk through the Canaanite Tunnel.) Time permitting, we will visit the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus healed the blind man. We end our day with a Communion service at the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020
This morning we visit the hill of Nebi Samuel to see a spectacular overlook of the Central Benjamin Plateau. Then we drive to Beth Shemesh, where the Ark of the Covenant was returned (1 Samuel 6). Next, we travel to the Elah Valley to see where David fought Goliath (1 Samuel 17). Continuing south to the Guvrin Valley, we visit the Maresha Caves with hundreds of bell-shaped caves caused by ancient quarrying. This was the home of the prophet Micah (Micah 1). Then we head to a panoramic view of Bethlehem near Ramat Rachel. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020
After breakfast, we drive down to the Jordan River and see the location where Jesus was baptized. We then travel south along the shore of the Dead Sea toward Masada where we ascend by cable car to King Herod’s amazing fortress. From here, we head to Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul. Next, we stop at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Afterwards, we make a special stop at the Dead Sea (the lowest spot on earth) for a short swim or float. We return to Jerusalem for our Farewell Dinner and overnight.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2020
We begin our day with the roosters at the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, the traditional house of Caiaphas where Peter denied Christ. Next, we stop at modern Mount Zion and the site of the Upper Room where Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples. We’ll walk to the Jewish Quarter and see the ancient Cardo and Hezekiah’s Broad Wall. Afterwards, we’ll visit the foundations of Herod’s Palace at the Tower of David and take a walk on the Old City Walls Ramparts. Then we’ll enjoy some free time to shop and enjoy the Old City until we go to our dinner and last overnight at Jerusalem.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019
With heart-changing memories of our walk in the footsteps of Jesus, we arrive back home.
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Dr. Wayne Stiles has served in fulltime Christian ministry for 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, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, and Italy. They have been married thirty 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