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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


:: We pray for peace and a turning away from violence in this region - we hope to be able to return to these Bible Lands in the autumn ::

Study tour of a lifetime!

Oak Hall have been travelling to Israel for over forty 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. Each tour stays at either two or three hotels to make the most of our time in the country. We explore three main locations and their surrounding 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 in Jerusalem.

Our leaders know each area well from previous visits. They will read the relevant Bible passages in the locations where the events occurred. We will also have an hour together each evening to sing God's praises and benefit from a Bible message.
"...all of us have returned with stories to tell, photos to share and a new enthusiasm to follow Jesus."

Ancient city of Jerusalem

A walk around the city walls of Jerusalem helps us to find our bearings. The bazaars within the walls are crammed with merchants selling every conceivable type of merchandise.

Our excursions will also take us to explore all the key sites, such as the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Western Wall. There have been very interesting, recent discoveries dating from the time of King David to the Babylonian destruction of the city.


Old and New Testament archaeology

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. 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 can reflect on the triumph of the risen Lord Jesus. As we read the Scriptures, it is easy to imagine the amazing events of the first Easter.
"It has inspired me more and more to read Godís Word. I would love very much to visit Israel again. Thank you for everything."

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 and 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 a coming Messiah, and the remains of their buildings can still be seen.


The beautiful En Gedi Oasis

At the oasis of En Gedi we will be right by the Dead Sea. This beautiful area, where David hid from Saul, has lush vegetation and fascinating wildlife. We cool our feet in the clear, fresh waters of King Davidís 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 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 battles of Jericho and Hazor

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 Lordís 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 locally grown fresh fruit.

"This holiday was a once in a lifetime trip. Fantastic & highly to be recommended."

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 the town of Capernaum, heard Jesus preach yet still rejected Him.


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 (Caesarea Philippi) has the caves where Baal was worshipped and later the god Pan was revered. Here too, political power was recognized with the building of Herodís palace. We read of how Jesus brought His disciples to this area to ask them who they considered Him to be. Peter made the declaration upon which the Church was founded.

"A wonderful experience, quite amazing! Life changing in fact. "

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 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.


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. We can imagine the shouts of the charioteers as they battled on the plain below. Also called Armageddon, it illuminates some of John's vision in Revelation.


Getting up close to the places where Jesus walked.

We have been leading these tours since 1980 and we love exploring landscapes, cities and archaeological sites that illuminate the Bible. We have found that the best way to do so is by coach and then by foot. This gets us up close to the sites and opens our eyes to their relevance. In Old Jerusalem there are many steps and there is rough terrain in other places. It is a brilliant experience, but you do need to be ready for each day to be an active time. If that sounds off-putting, please do contact us to discuss further. We want to ensure that this is the ideal tour for you.

Our study tour

Our leaders read the relevant Bible passages in the very locations where the events occurred. We will also have an hour together each evening to sing Godís praises and benefit from a Bible message.

Our 11 day tours visit all the same locations as the 10 day tours but they have a free day in Jerusalem. The 'Dates/Prices' section below shows the length of each tour. 

God continues to work out His sovereign purposes and our study tour is a vivid reminder to pray for Israel and Palestine.
"Thank you for a fantastic trip! It brought the Bible alive."


Day #1
Arrive Tel Aviv airport and transfer to hotel. Below is the provisional 11 day itinerary. For the 10 day tour, we see all of the same things but we don't have the free day in Jerusalem. The order of the locations will vary on each tour.
Day #2
Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Kidron Valley, Damascus Gate, Western Wall, excavations and Hulda gates, Hezekiah’s Broad Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, The Garden Tomb
Day #3
Travel through the Judean Desert, Wadi Qelt ravine, Qumran, Cable Car at Masada, En Gedi oasis – walk to David’s waterfall, Dead Sea swim
Day #4
David’s City, Jebusite Shaft, walk along Hezekiah’s tunnel, The Pavement, Via Dolorosa, Pool of Bethesda, St. Stephen’s Gate
Day #5
Israel Museum, Jerusalem Model, Shrine of the book – Dead Sea Scrolls, the Herodian and Shepherds’ Fields, Emmanuel Christian Bookshop, Bethlehem Manger Square and Church
Day #6
Free day in Jerusalem
Day #7
Judean Desert – Jericho, Jordan Valley, swim in warm waters at Sachne, Lake Galilee
Day #8
Boat across Lake Galilee to Capernaum, Korazin, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Galilee shore, River Jordan, site of healing of demon possessed man
Day #9
Nazareth village as in the time of the Lord Jesus. Fortress of Megiddo and Plain of Armageddon
Day #10
Hazor, Kiriat Shemona, Caesarea Philippi (Banyas), Source of River Jordan (Dan), walk to the waterfall, Mount Hermon, Golan Heights
Day #11
Transfer to Tel Aviv airport


Including flights
The cost includes direct return flights to Tel Aviv from London Heathrow, 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.

British citizens do not need a visa to visit Israel. For passports of another nationality or status, please check with your embassy.

The deposit is £150 if booking more than two months in advance (plus single room supplement, if applicable).

We usually run Israel tours from March - November and release the dates 9 or 10 months in advance (due to the airline schedules).

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