A glimpse of summer 2019…

We are very excited to announce that we can now give you a peek into the 2019 Oak Hall summer programme! We are working hard to finalise next year’s summer programme, which will be revealed in full at the end of November or start of December, but would like to introduce to you this preview of what’s to come and to give you a chance to book already now!

 

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Malta, 25 May – 1st Jun                         NEW!

Just below Sicily, in the middle of the Mediterranean, lie the three small islands that make up the Republic of Malta. Because of its location, Malta is the perfect blend of sun, sea, history and culture. Malta is one of the sunniest places in Europe, with over 3000 hours of sunshine per year. Over the years, Malta has been a strategic base for many empires, the last one before its independence being the British. Each has left a unique impact on the Maltese culture. Our excursion package takes you to see the best parts of Malta, including the capital Valletta, the northern island Gozo, and Mdina, a fortified city, whose history goes back to the ancient Phoenicians. Our hotel is located in Qawra, a seaside town on the peninsula of St Paul’s Bay, named after the island’s most famous visitor.

Find out more and book here.

 

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Israel and Palestine, multiple dates in April/June and more to be added!

If you still haven’t been with us to Israel and Palestine, 2019 is as good a year as any! Frequently our guests say that they will never read the Bible the same way again after seeing the places with their own eyes. Experience a land like no other: the heat of the desert, the cooling oases, modest Bethlehem, fragrant Galilee, the green Jordan Valley. As we ascend to Jerusalem through the Judean hill country we grasp something of the pilgrimages of the ancient Israelites. As we see the altars at Dan we understand something of the dividing of the kingdom after Solomon. As we see the synagogues and cities of Galilee we see something of the life and ministry of Jesus. As geography and archaeology helps us see the reality of Scripture, our prayer is that this trip will help you hear afresh God’s call on your life.

Find out more and book here. You can read some reflections on the tour from one of our speakers here.

 

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Jordan, 25 May – 1st Jun

We recently wrote about our autumn half term trip to Jordan here on the blog. We can already offer the opportunity to book for May half term to visit this unforgettable place. Modern Jordan is the area that was once inhabited by the Israelite tribes of Reuben and Gad, as well as Israel’s enemies Moab, Edom and Ammon. Jordan is full of both Biblical history and natural wonders. See the land Ruth which came from, the view of the promised land from Mount Nebo that Moses saw, or the place where John the Baptist was imprisoned by Herod and a dance sealed his fate. For some, the highlight of the tour will be the legendary city of Petra, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, while for others it might be a 4×4 drive through the desert with local Bedouins.

Find out more and book here.

 

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Keukenhof, 30 Apr – 4th May

Meet spring the Oak Hall way in “the Garden of Europe” as we kick off the summer programme with our annual expedition to Keukenhof in the Netherlands. Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden and the perfect place to revel in the wonder of spring, as more than 7 million bulbs come in bloom. Staying in a 4-star hotel, just 6 miles from Keukenhof, we are in the perfect location to enjoy not only the 79 acres of the Keukenhof grounds, but also the historical cities of Amsterdam and Ghent. In both cities you can take in the sights in the spring sunshine as you cruise in one of the many canal boats. A highlight for many is the visit to the Zuiderzee Museum, an open air museum that allows you to step back in time to traditional Dutch village life of years past.

Find out more and book here.

 

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Kyrgyzstan, 22 Jun – 2nd Jul                         SECOND YEAR

One of the highlights of the summer programme this year was the introduction of our Kyrgyzstan tour (which sold out in 2018). Sometimes called the Switzerland of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan is a country of extraordinary natural beauty. A nomadic lifestyle has left nature untouched for hundreds of years in this Silk Road country. Travelling to Kyrgyzstan is a cultural experience you will remember for a long time as we explore the bazaars of Bishkek, eat with a Uighur family in Karakol and experience village life in the Chon Kemin Valley. The wild horses of the Jyrgalan Valley, the clear blue water of lake Issyk Kul and peaks of the Tien Shan mountains will stay with you long after you return home. Most memorable, however, will be time spent meeting local people throughout the country. This year the expedition is one day longer with more time in Bishkek and the guest favourite Chon Kemin valley.

You can read more about Kyrgyzstan here and book here.

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