Israel and Palestine

Explore the ancient past in Jerusalem
Float in the Dead Sea under desert sunshine
Visit a re-creation of life at the time of Jesus

 
 
 

Study of a lifetime!

Oak Hall have been travelling to Israel for many years experience that we have used to hone these tours so that they are packed with interest.

Israel and Palestine provide an ideal opportunity for us to explore the Scriptures in the locations where the events took place. Enjoy being with a friendly Oak Hall group for the study tour of a lifetime. Our programme is based in three main areas: Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Galilee.

 

The country of orange blossom

Following the flight from London to Tel Aviv we emerge from the aircraft into the distinctive atmosphere of this exciting country. Often the air is heavy with the scent of orange blossom. We transfer by coach from the coastal plain and climb into the hill country to arrive at Jerusalem.
"We were absolutely thrilled with the way everything was organised "
Phil

Ancient city of Jerusalem

A walk around the city walls helps us to find our bearings as we discover the city gates with their descriptive names Damascus Gate, New Gate, Jaffa Gate, Dung Gate. The bazaars within the city walls are crammed with merchants selling every conceivable type of merchandise. Jerusalem is built on a hill with plenty of sloping alleyways and many steps.

Old and New Testament archaeology

Our excursions will also take us to the Mount of Olives, the Pool of Bethsaida, the Pool of Siloam, the site of the City of David, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Broad Wall and the Western Wailing Wall. There have been very interesting, recent discoveries dating from the time of King David to the Babylonian destruction of the city.

For the adventurous in the group, wading through the water tunnel built by King Hezekiah is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. The Israel Museum contains much of archaeological interest for the Bible student. In the Shrine of the Book we can examine the Dead Sea scrolls, which give further proof of the reliability of the Scripture texts.

The peaceful Garden Tomb

The Garden Tomb is in a peaceful location, which is in startling contrast to the Old City of Jerusalem. In this beautiful garden there is an empty tomb and a cliff face bearing the features of a skull. It is an inspiring place, where you sense the presence of the risen Lord Jesus. As we read the Scriptures, it is easy to imagine the amazing events of the first Easter.

The fields at Bethlehem

At Bethlehem, we look out from the hills across the fields where the shepherds received the joyful news on the first Christmas. In the town we visit Manger Square and the busy, narrow streets that were equally crowded on that important night.

 
 
 

The surprises of the Judean Desert

We will drive through the Judean Desert seeing part of the old track from Jerusalem to Jericho where the story of the Good Samaritan is set. At the Wadi Kelt we look out over the wild countryside where the Lord Jesus Christ faced the temptations. It also gives us an insight into the lifestyle of John the Baptist who lived in this wilderness.

The desert is full of surprises for those who enjoy the great outdoors with desert flowers and the sudden springs gushing from the sides of ravines giving life to the soil. At night the silent desert is cool and majestic; in the day it is hot and dry, with a shimmering grandeur.

The Dead Sea Scrolls

At Qumran we see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Here a sect lived away from civilization awaiting the coming Messiah and the remains of their buildings can still be seen. They waited even as Jesus Christ was revealed but sadly, as far as we know, they did not believe in Him.

The beautiful En Gedi Oasis

At the oasis of En Gedi we will be right by the Dead Sea. This beautiful area, mentioned in the Song of Solomon, has lush vegetation and fascinating wildlife. We cool our feet in the clear, fresh waters of King David's Spring and understand the significance of streams in the desert.

 

Sunshine at the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea with its rich content of mineral salts is 1,200 feet below sea level. We have the opportunity to swim in the special waters and afterwards to bask in the desert sunshine. At Masada we visit the ancient Judean fortress. The cable car takes us up to the heights where the defenders fought against the Romans after the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.

The battle of Jericho

We climb the ancient mound where the city of Jericho stood. It is a moving experience to read the account of the taking of Jericho as Joshua obeyed the Lord's instructions. We consider the significance of faith for all those involved in the story. Jericho is still a place of springs and we have a chance to enjoy the huge, locally grown fresh oranges.

Capernaum by Lake Galilee

The area around Lake Galilee is green and beautiful, with the Golan heights in the distance. Capernaum is the location of the little fishing town where Jesus stayed with Peter. A later synagogue gives us a suitable place to read the record of the declaration by Jesus that He is the Bread of Life. We sit by the shore at Tabgha and consider the feeding of the five thousand and also the reinstatement of Peter following the resurrection.

We also visit the site of Korazim which, together with Capernaum, had its opportunity to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Across Galilee by boat

A relaxing boat ride takes us across the beautiful Sea of Galilee with all the stories of fishing, storms and the Lord's care.

Springs and the River Jordan

At Dan we see the gushing springs in the foothills of Mount Hermon. Further south, these become the rushing waters of the River Jordan. Banyas has the caves where Baal was worshipped and later the god Pan was revered. Here too, political power was recognized with the building of Herod's palace. We read of how Jesus brought His disciples to this spot to ask them who they considered Him to be. Peter made the declaration upon which the Church was founded.
The busy streets of Nazareth

We visit a fascinating reconstruction of a village as it would have been in the time of Jesus and meet a shepherd, weaver, household owner and carpenter. The donkey turns the olive press as we sit by the village well. Later we listen in at the synagogue. The Bible accounts come alive.

Megiddo – fortress site above Armageddon

At Megiddo we explore the fortress site which guarded the plains below. So many Old Testament battles were fought here. A Canaanite High Place testifies to the corrupt religious practices overthrown by the Israelite invasion. The drinking troughs remind us of the huge number of horses stabled here by King Ahab. The shouts of the charioteers can be imagined as they battled on the plain below. Also called Armageddon, it illuminates some of John's vision in Revelation.

Extended tours

Our tours in August (IS21) and early October (IS30) are two days longer. This provides a free day in Galilee and also in Jerusalem, allowing some rest and further enjoyment of this beautiful land.

God continues to work out His sovereign purposes and our study tour is a vivid reminder to pray for Israel and Palestine.

Dates/Prices

The total includes direct flights from London to Tel Aviv, airport taxes and charges, airport transfers, tourist class hotel accommodation with air-conditioned, en-suite rooms for two, breakfast and evening meals while at our hotels, all coach transport and entrance fees, Galilee boat ride and tips of 25.
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