Come see the land of the Bible . . .
This unique tour has a special emphasis on connecting the Bible and its lands to life.
Just imagine walking on the stones of the Temple Mount where Jesus walked. Picture exploring the very places where our Lord lived and ministered—all with Bible in hand.
To get a taste of what you’ll experience, glance through the itinerary below. You will never be the same!
Perfect for someone returning to Israel—or for the first-timer who wants to experience the Holy Land in a unique and fulfilling way.
✔ This exclusive tour promises a personal, curated experience. We’ll explore sites that larger groups just can’t see.
✔ This journey is designed with you in mind, transforming the foreign places of the Bible into familiar friends.
✔ You’ll discover how each site fits the biblical story every time the bus stops—all with your Bible in hand.
I invite you to join me for this life-changing journey through the land of the Bible.
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See the Land with Bible in Hand
On this tour, we will 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.
“Wayne had told us: ‘After a trip to Israel, you'll never read the Bible the same again.’ That has been so true! Being able to visualize the setting now and understand the time and distance relationships as we read the Bible has really made our Bible study much richer. Wayne’s devotions at each biblical site carried us to the heart of God and in turn, our love for God deepened enormously. Truly, this was a trip of a lifetime!”
Greg and Diane Pihl—Aubrey, Texas
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Your 12-Day Itinerary
Glance over the itinerary and see for yourself...
After your journey to biblical Israel, you will never be the same!
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Your Journey Begins!
We depart for our overnight flight to Tel Aviv, embarking on our life-changing journey!
Friday, October 14, 2022
Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean Sea: Feast of Tabernacle
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 Renaissance Hotel. Here we will enjoy our first dinner and spend the night in Tel Aviv.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Beersheba, Negev, Avdat, Machtesh Ramon, Wilderness of Zin, Timna Park, Jordan
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–from Ben Gurion's grave, to the overlook at Ein Avdat, to the massive Machtesh Ramon panorama. We'll stop in the Wilderness of Zin–the wandering place of the children of Israel after the Exodus. Then we head to Timna Park and tour a full scale-replica of the tabernacle constructed during the Israelites' wandering in the wilderness. We will cross the border into Jordan and the port city of Aqaba on the Red Sea for dinner and overnight.
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Red Sea, Wadi Rum, Edom, Petra
Enjoy leisure time at the Red Sea before we depart and drive to the Wadi Rum for an exciting Jeep Safari Tour at this beautiful landscape of ancient Edom. Drive to Petra for dinner and overnight at Petra's Old Village Resort.
Monday, October 17, 2022
Petra, Moab, Machaerus
You have 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, put plan to tip the driver)! In the afternoon, we will travel on the King's Highway through the land of Moab, where Ruth grew up. We'll journey to Machaerus, the site where John the Baptist was imprisoned, and ultimately, beheaded. Finally, we'll arrive at the beautiful Holiday Inn by the Dead Sea, where we will overnight.
Tuesday, October 18, 20212
Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, Madaba, Israel
Start your day floating in the Dead Sea before we 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 Madaba and visit the church that houses a beautiful mosaic map of the Holy Land. Crossing back over into Israel, we will overnight at the lovely Galei Kinnereth hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Around the Sea of Galilee
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 the Switzerland Forest, with one of the most amazing views of the Sea of Galilee. Overnight is again at the Galei Kinnereth hotel.
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Through Biblical Samaria to Jerusalem
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 before dinner and overnight at the beautiful Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem.
Friday, October 21, 2022
Herodium, Citadel, Israel Museum, Garden Tomb
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, October 22, 2022
Mount of Olives, Ein Prat, Judean Wilderness, Jericho
We begin the day atop the Mount of Olives, overlooking Jerusalem's Temple Mount. 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, down 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. This evening we'll have a special dinner at the Bulghourji Restaurant in Jerusalem. Overnight is in Jerusalem.
Sunday, October 23, 2022
Temple Mount, Hebron, Upper Room, Church of Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem Shopping
Early this morning, we'll ascend the Temple Mount, the site of the Jewish Temples and where Jesus taught. 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 visit the Upper Room, where Jesus had the Last Supper with His disciples. 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.
Monday, October 24, 2022
Depart for Home
Today we travel home with memories to last a lifetime!
Monday, October 24, 2022
Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Izmir
After our flights, we arrive at the Izmir Airport and meet our guide to begin our afternoon tour. We visit the city of Izmir (ancient Smyrna), the third-largest city in Turkey. We will explore the ruins of Smyrna’s Roman Agora, as well as see the amazing underground arches with water that still flows from ancient sources. We’ll journey to the summit of Mt. Pagos and its “Velvet Castle,” where we’ll see a beautiful overlook of the city and the harbor that leads to the Aegean Sea. Dinner and overnight are at the beautiful Movenpick Hotel in Izmir, beside the harbor.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Pergamum, Thyatira, Izmir
After breakfast, we drive to the amazing acropolis of ancient Pergamum and see the Altar of Zeus, what Christ refers to as the “Throne of Satan” in the Book of Revelation. We’ll also explore the massive, precipitous theatre, the library, and the gymnasium. The Temple of Trajan was a 2nd-century temple dedicated to the emperor, built by his successor, Hadrian. We descend to the lower city and explore its fascinating medical center, the Asklepion, where the ancients came in hopes of healing after walking through a long, underground tunnel. The promises that Jesus made to the church in Pergamum were needed—and we’ll also find encouragement from His words. Next, we’ll drive to Thyatira and read the Scriptures in the ruins of a city that directly challenged the faith of the local Christians there. At the end of a full day, we will head to dinner and overnight at the Movenpick Hotel.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Philadelphia, Sardis, Laodicea
Today we make our way to ancient Philadelphia, the original city of brotherly love, founded during the reign of Attalus II. In the simple ruins of the basilica, we’ll ponder Jesus’ promise to give Christians “a new name.” In the afternoon we continue on to Sardis and its amazing ruins. We will visit the Temple of Artemis and the church built beside it. We’ll also see the massive, beautiful synagogue, and the large gymnasium. We save the best for last today as we visit Laodicea and its vast Roman ruins—including its two theaters and the beautifully restored church. Here we’ll better understand Jesus’ challenge to leave the “lukewarm” life— and His invitation to open the door of our hearts He knocks on. Dinner and overnight are at the Doga Thermal Hotel.
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Colossae, Kusadasi
A short drive this morning takes us to Pamukkale with its fantastic, white formations and pools of natural warm water. We will visit the city of Hierapolis, referred to by the Apostle Paul in the book of Colossians. The Necropolis is the largest ancient cemetery in Asia Minor. We’ll walk to the place where the Apostle Philip was martyred and buried, and we’ll ponder his impact on the Greek world. We continue to ancient Colossae, the location to which Paul wrote the books Colossians and Philemon—which we’ll read from. In the late afternoon, we will drive to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight at the Ramada Hotel & Suites.
Friday, October 28, 2022
Ephesus, St. John Basilica, Artemis Temple, Izmir
This morning we will visit the archaeological jewel of Turkey, the astounding ruins of Ephesus. Here the Apostle Paul lived and ministered for three years on his 3rd Missionary Journey. In addition to writing the book of Ephesians to the church in Ephesus, Paul also wrote 1-2 Timothy to its pastor. Later, the Apostle John wrote to the church in the Book of Revelation. We’ll walk the marble streets and stand in front of the restored Celsus Library, one of the best-preserved structures of its kind. We’ll enter the ancient Agora and ponder Paul’s words to the Ephesians to “redeem the time.” We’ll also sit in the Great Theatre, where in Acts 19 a riot occurred in response to Paul’s ministry. We will continue to the Basilica of St. John, the likely final resting place of the apostle who spent his last days in Ephesus. We will also see the remains of the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Dinner and overnight are at the Ramada Hotel & Suites.
Saturday, October 29, 2022
This morning we transfer to the Izmir Airport for our flights to Istanbul and then back home.
The all-inclusive cost of $5897 includes round-trip airfare, deluxe motor coaches, first-class hotels, guided sightseeing, entrance fees to all sites, breakfast & dinner daily, all tips and taxes. Early-bird pricing is available! You'll only need to cover lunch each day. The TURKEY extension costs $1895.00.
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For more information, contact Wayne Stiles or call Imagine Tours at (863) 709-9208.
What Others are Saying...
Watch testimonials from those who have taken the tour.
"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
About Your Tour Guide
Dr. Wayne Stiles has served in fulltime Christian ministry for more than 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 masters and doctoral degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. 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 has helped lead many tours to numerous biblical sites in Israel, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and Italy. Wayne and his wife Cathy have been married thirty-one years and have two adult 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.