✔ You will learn the Word of God right where it happened—with Bible in hand. After seeing where Paul, Peter, and John ministered, you will never read your Bible the same way again!
✔ I have invited our local 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
Glance over the itinerary and see for yourself...
After your journey to these biblical sites, you will never be the same!
Embark upon your journey with an overnight flight to Athens. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience and get some rest on the flight.
We arrive in Athens and transfer to our hotel for check-in, dinner, and a well-deserved rest.
We’ll admire the architectural wonders of ancient Athens as we explore the world-renowned Acropolis and see the Propylea, the Erechtheum, and the Parthenon. We will also visit the newly renovated Acropolis Museum. We visit Mars Hill, where Paul delivered his message on the “Unknown God.” We’ll see the Agora, the ancient center of the economic and public life of the city. As our bus tour continues, we also see Constitution Square with the House of Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Zeus, the Old Olympic Stadium and the Neoclassical Buildings of Athens. Dinner and overnight are in Athens.
This morning we drive to ancient Corinth with a stop at the amazing Corinthian Canal. Corinth is where Paul met Aquilla and Priscilla and spent a year and a half on his second missionary journey. We see the Archaeological Museum, the Forum, the Temple, the famous Bema (where Paul stood before Gallio), and the breathtaking Acropolis. Then we drive by Cenchreae, the little harbor from which Paul sailed back to Asia, thus ending his second missionary journey. Dinner and overnight are in Athens.
Let’s cruise! We sail this morning from Athens to the quaint isle of Mykonos, called the island of windmills. This afternoon, we’ll enjoy some time together as a group in Bible study. After disembarking on Mykonos, we'll have some free time to experience the waterfront lined with shops and cafes. We stroll the charming walkways through a maze of white-washed buildings before returning to the ship for dinner and overnight.
In the morning we arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey. A short drive takes us to the amazing ruins of ancient Ephesus, where Paul spent three years during his ministry. The impressive remains of Ephesus include the Agora, the Theater, the Stadium, the Library of Celsus, the ruins of the Temple of Artemis (one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”) and much more. This afternoon, we sail for the island of Patmos, where we visit the Monastery of St. John, on one of the island’s highest points. We’ll also see the Grotto of the Apocalypse, where tradition says John wrote the book of Revelation. Overnight aboard the ship.
In the morning, we arrive at Heraklion on the island of Crete. We’ll take a short ride to a scenic overlook and read of Paul who wrote to Titus in Crete and gave him instructions on appointing leaders “in every city.” In the afternoon, we cruise to the picturesque island of Santorini, where we explore and shop at our leisure on one of the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. Overnight aboard the ship.
We disembark the cruise this morning in Piraeus. After disembarkation, we journey through the beautiful countryside and scenic mountain villages to ancient Delphi. We’ll visit its archeological museum, which includes the Gallio Inscription (Acts 18:12). The ancient Greeks considered Delphi the center of the earth, for here resided the most important oracle in the Greek culture. Delphi also hosted one of the precursors to the modern Olympics, the Pythian Games, in which athletes from all over the Greek world competed. Dinner and overnight are in Delphi.
This morning we drive north past Mount Olympus and biblical Berea (Acts 17:11) to ancient Thessaloniki. Here we’ll enter and explore the modest ruins of the ancient city where the church received two of Paul’s epistles on his second missionary journey. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.
In the morning we follow the route of the Via Egnatia to Kavala (Neapolis), Paul’s first stop in bringing the Gospel to present day Europe. Next we travel onto Philippi where we visit the Baptistery of Lydia near the river where Paul baptized her. Lydia was the first convert of Paul on European soil, followed by the jailer (Acts 16). We also visit the ruins of the Forum of Philippi, the “Prison of Paul,” and the Theater. We return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.
Those not doing the Rome extension will transfer to the Thessaloniki Airport for our return flights back to the U.S.A., arriving home the same day.
(Note: Italy may require the COVID vaccination. But you may attend the main tour in Greece and Turkey regardless.)
We transfer in the morning to the Thessaloniki Airport for our flight to Rome, where we are met by our agent and begin our sightseeing tour. Then we have a special visit to the Catacombs, where we explore tunnels and see the carvings on the walls from early Christians. Next, we’ll walk a short distance along the Appian Way, the very road Paul walked as a prisoner entering Rome. We’ll pass the Circus Maximus, where the great fire of AD 64 began, sparking the persecution of Christians for centuries.
After breakfast, our first visit today is to the ornate Vatican Museum and the famous Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's magnificent ceiling. Our next stop is the Basilica of St. Peter, the largest church in the world, which overlooks the enormous St. Peter’s Square, the site where Peter was crucified upside-down. We visit the Roman Forum and see the Arch of Titus, which boasts of Rome’s victory over Jerusalem. We’ll see the Basilica Julias, where Paul was likely condemned, and the Colosseum, where gladiators fought. Dinner and overnight are in Rome.
Train ride to and from Pompeii, where we visit the Roman ruins. Dinner and overnight are in Rome.
We start our day at the Mamertine Prison, where Paul was imprisoned and wrote 2 Timothy. We’ll also visit the Church of St. Peter in Chains, which houses Michelangelo’s statue of Moses, as well as the chains that may have bound Peter. Next we will visit Tres Fontane Abbey, the traditional location where the Apostle Paul was martyred. Here we will have a special communion service. Afterwards we make a visit to St. Paul’s Church where Paul is buried. Dinner and overnight are in Rome.
We transfer to the Rome Airport for our flights back home.
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
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