✔ 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!
MARCH 1-2, 2019
Pack your bags, and bring your sense of wonder. Your journey to the Holy Land begins as you board your flight for the Holy Land!
We will be met at Ben Gurion International Airport and assisted through customs, introduced to our guide and driver, and travel to the beautiful new West Lagoon Resort Hotel in Netanya for dinner and a well-deserved rest.
March 3, 2019
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 Tel Megiddo as well as 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 see Tel Jezreel. We then arrive in Tiberias for dinner and overnight at the Europa Hotel 1917, Tiberias.
March 4, 2019
This morning we drive to Mt. Precipice overlooking the Jezreel Valley. Then we proceed into Nazareth to visit Nazareth Village and see a glimpse of what it looked like during time of Jesus. Afterwards, we visit Mt. Arbel and its stunning overlook of 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 where He gave His Sermon on the Mount. Then we visit Nof Ginosar and the Ancient Boat Museum. Afterwards, we board a replica wooden boat to set sail on the Sea of Galilee. We return to the Europa Hotel 1917 for our dinner and overnight.
March 5, 2019
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. We’ll visit Bethsaida where Jesus healed a blind man and drive through the Huleh Valley, passing the Old Testament site of Hazor. We will then explore Tel Dan and see the idolatrous altar of Jeroboam. 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 the Golan Heights for a stunning overlook of the Sea of Galilee at Kfar Haruv. We return to our Europa Hotel 1917 for dinner and overnight.
March 6, 2019
Today we begin with a visit to Beit Shean, one of the best-preserved Decapolis Roman cities. Here at the tell, King Saul and his sons’ bodies were hung from the city walls after being defeated by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31). We will then visit Mount Gerizim, rich with biblical history. Then we visit the excavations of Shiloh—where the Tabernacle stood for 300 years—and see impressive ruins dating to the days of Samuel. We will pass by Michmash on our way to overlook the majestic city of Jerusalem. Then we proceed to our comfortable hotel Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem, for dinner and overnight.
March 7, 2019
After breakfast, we drive to 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. Next we’ll 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 original Dead Sea Scrolls. Afterwards, we visit Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial and Museum. After dark, we will have a Western Wall Tunnel Tour. Dinner and overnight at our Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem.
March 8, 2019
After breakfast, we drive to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. From there, 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. Finally, we make a special stop for a quick float in the Dead Sea (the lowest spot on earth). Dinner and overnight are again at the Inbal Hotel.
March 9, 2019
This morning we visit Nebi Samwil to see a stunning 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 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 are at the Inbal Hotel.
March 11-12, 2019
Today begins on the Western Hill at 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 we have some 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.
With heart‐changing memories of our walk in the footsteps of Jesus, we arrive back home.
March 10, 2019
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. Anne's Church, and the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the lame man. Then we have a short walk to the original steps Jesus climbed as He entered the Temple. Afterwards, we proceed to the City of David—the original site of Jerusalem that David conquered. We’ll wade through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, and anyone wanting to stay dry can walk through the Canaanite Tunnel. If time permits, we will visit the newly excavated Pool of Siloam and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu on Jerusalem’s Western Hill. We end our day with a communion service at the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight at the Inbal Hotel.
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