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 exclusive, one-bus tour promises a more personal, curated experience. We’ll explore sites that large groups just can’t see.
✔ This tour is designed with you in mind. My goal is to transform the foreign places into familiar friends.
✔ You’ll discover how each site fits the biblical story every time the bus stops—all with your Bible in hand.
✔ 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 . . .
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Pack your bags and bring your sense of wonder. Your journey to the Holy Land begins!
Friday, February 21, 2020
Savor the moment, as you enjoy your first dinner in the Holy Land. We'll spend the night at the Renaissance Hotel in Tel Aviv.
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Today we head south, and we'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—Ben Gurion's Sede Boker through the breathtaking site of Avdat to the massive Machtest Ramon overlook. We'll stop in the Wilderness of Zin—wandering place of the children of Israel after the Exodus. We will overnight in Eilat at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel by the Red Sea.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
After overlooking the Red Sea at Eliat, where Solomon had his fleet, we head to Timna Park and tour a full scale-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.
Monday, February 24, 2020
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. We'll even have a horse ride (included, but plan to tip the driver)! This afternoon, we will travel on the King's Highway through the land of Moab, where Ruth grew up. Spend the late afternoon floating in the Dead Sea at the beautiful Holiday Inn by the Dead Sea, where we will overnight.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Today, we journey to Machaerus, the site where John the Baptist was imprisoned, and ultimately, beheaded. We'll journey to the top of Mount Nebo, the vantage point where Moses got his first and only look at the Promised Land. Then, we'll continue to the Citadel at Amman, the capital of the biblical Ammonites. Crossing back over into Israel, we will overnight at the lovely Scots hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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 visit the shore at the Primacy of Peter, where the Lord restored Peter. If time allows, 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 is again at the Scots Hotel.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
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 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 (time permitting) before dinner and overnight at the beautiful Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem.
Friday, February 28, 2020
Today, we'll explore Jerusalem's history at the David Citadel Museum. Then, we travel to visit Herod the Great's amazing Herodium, which overlooks Bethlehem, the city where the true King of Israel was born. We'll observe archaeological wonders from the finds in the Israel Museum. Finally, at the Garden Tomb, we'll have a wonderful communion service.
Saturday, February 29, 2020
We begin the day atop the Mount of Olives, overlooking Jerusalem's Temple Mount and history. Then, we head east into the Judean Wilderness to the Ein Prat Nature Reserve, the location where Jeremiah hid his cloth as an illustration to Judah. We'll overlook 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, done the Ascent of Adummim, to the Herodian Palaces of Herod the Great. We'll also explore Tel Jericho where the walls came tumbling down in the time of Joshua. Overnight is in Jerusalem.
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Early this morning, we'll ascend the Temple Mount, the site of the Jewish Temples and where Jesus taught. We'll walk outside the Temple wall the Golden Gate and consider the Second Coming of Christ, overlooking the Mount of Olives. Then, we'll journey to the final resting places of the patriarchs in the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron (pending security situation). In the Old City, we'll explore the Herodian Mansion in the Jewish Quarter, one of the houses destroyed in A.D. 780. We'll walk to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the probable site where Jesus died and rose again as well as enjoy some free time in Jerusalem to savor the tastes, sounds, sights, and shopping in the Old City. This evening, we'll have our farewell dinner in Jerusalem.
Monday, March 2, 2020
Today, we travel home with memories to last a lifetime!
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