On this tour along the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, interact with Muslim scholars and clerics; also meet Uzbeki orthodox Christians. As you retrace the historic migration trail of Mennonites who travelled from Russia to Uzbekistan in the late 1800s, hear about the opposition they faced and the surprising welcome they received from some of their Muslim hosts. Your heart and mind will be expanded as you examine intersections of faith and discover the cultural riches in this part of the world.
Visit magnificent ancient sites that reveal why Egypt was such a significant Middle Eastern power in the Bible. Central themes of this tour include: escape from slavery in Egypt, sojourn in the wilderness, and movement into the Promised Land. Hear stories in the lands where biblical events happened. In Jordan, follow the route of Israelites on their way to Canaan, and see Petra, the ancient Nabatean trading city carved in stone.
Experience the Mennonite story in Ukraine as you visit the historic colonies of Chortitza and Molotschna. Look for your family name in cemeteries, possibly visit the village of your ancestors. Marvel at beautifully constructed, brightly coloured Ukrainian Orthodox cathedrals. Tour a well-manicured park in the centre of Kyiv that is frequented by locals and visitors. University history professor and experienced tour leader Len Friesen will capably guide you. Can be combined with the Moscow & St. Petersburg Tour.
Discover the history and culture of Russia as you explore Moscow and St. Petersburg during four days in each city. Learn about Lenin, Stalin, and the tsars. See many famous sights including the Winter Palace—once home to the Russian tsars, Peterhof Palace and Gardens, the Kremlin, Red Square, wartime cemeteries, and stunning cathedrals. Can be combined with the Mennonite History in Ukraine and Istanbul Tour.
Retrace the footsteps of Hutterite ancestors as you cross the Transylvania region of Romania; home to the small Hutterite community of Alwinz for nearly 150 years. Envision the great escape that thwarted the Jesuit plan as the last 77 Hutterites, one-third of which were children under 12, fled over the Transylvanian Alps and miraculously escaped to safety, in a Muslim-controlled country. Marvel at the historic architectural beauty of medieval castles, churches and villages. Scenic Transylvania is where the Carinthian Lutheran converts with the family names of Hofer, Kleinsasser, Glanzer, Waldner, and Wurtz, joined the Hutterite families of Wipf, Tschetter and Stahl to form the nucleus from which the rejuvenated Hutterites would grow and prosper.
Grow in your appreciation for the faith and faithfulness of Anabaptist forebears as you discover the origins of the Anabaptist movement in Switzerland, southern Germany, and France on the first leg of this epic heritage tour. Reflect at important sites as you hear the stories of Felix Manz, Pilgram Marpeck, Conrad Grebel, and other early Anabaptist leaders. Consider the contrast between Anabaptists who held fast to the principle of biblical nonresistance—even to the point of death—and radicals who turned to violence to protect their beliefs. Also, see European cultural and natural sights including the Rhine River Valley and the Köln cathedral.
Grow in your appreciation for the faith and faithfulness of Anabaptist forebears as you trace the historical movement of the Anabaptists from The Netherlands to northern Germany to Poland on part two of the epic heritage tour. Reflect at important sites as you hear the story of Menno Simons and other Dutch Mennonites as they spread out along the Baltic coast all the way to the Vistula Delta in Poland. Visit former Mennonite villages in Poland, where Mennonites lived for generations. Also enjoy cultural experiences in these countries including a boat ride in Amsterdam, a train ride across northern Germany, and a tour of Marlbork Castle in Poland.
Grow in your appreciation for the faith and faithfulness of Anabaptist forebears as you explore the settlements of Mennonites in Ukraine on the final leg of the epic heritage tour. Reflect at important sites as you hear the stories of initial welcome of Mennonites by Catherine the Great in the mid to late 1700s and the hostility of other political leaders generations later. Visit the former Mennonite villages of Chortitza and Molotschna where some of your ancestors may have lived, as well as historical and cultural sites in Zaporizhia and Kyiv.
Visit significant sites that will bring to life the stories of important Anabaptist leaders. See the historic Dutch village of Zaanse Schans, take a cable car up Stockhorn mountain, reflect in a cave where Anabaptists worshipped in secret, and stay in the homes of generous, hospitable locals in the town of Berlikum. Explore art and culture in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Austria.
Celebrate God’s faithfulness as you visit biblical sites with fellow pilgrims. In Jordan, learn about the Israelites’ trek toward the Promised Land as we visit Mount Nebo, Moses’ Spring, Mount Hor, and the Jordan River. In Israel/Palestine, learn about the life and times of Jesus at the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. Knowledgeable and experienced tour leader Nelson Kraybill will guide this transforming journey with pastoral sensitivity and insight on current justice issues.
On this escorted group tour, go beyond the all-inclusive resorts and the famous white sand beaches to experience the real Jamaica. Travel to the interior of the island, through the Blue Mountains, to see rivers and waterfalls, lush vegetation, and remote beach locations. Discover the history and culture of this fascinating island with West African and British influences. Learn about famous Jamaicans including Bob Marley and Usain Bolt. Eat authentic Jamaican food and interact with locals.
On this one-of-a kind tour of Cuba, see beyond the all-inclusive resorts to the heart of this island nation. Guided by the Sudermans, you will build connections across cultures and delight in the natural beauty of Cuba. Also worship with local churches and enjoy rare opportunities to engage with Cuban citizens. Reflect on the role of churches and NGO’s in this society as we visit some non-profit organizations. TourMagination has the details arranged for Americans to travel safely and legally on this tour.
This fabulous tour combines interacting with locals and enjoying incredible natural sights in Tanzania. Visit with Christians who are helping Tanzanian children at the Che Che Community Library and St. Catharines Monastery. Learn about the Maasai way of life in a traditional village. Buy unique crafts at a local market and a social enterprise for people with disabilities. Also, see big game and other wildlife plus a large assortment of colourful birds on not one, but three game drives!
Join TourMagination President Audrey Voth Petkau on a special tour to one of her favourite destinations! Morocco is home to spectacular landscapes, a vibrant cultural history, and welcoming people. On this unforgettable tour, you’ll experience firsthand why Morocco is so irresistible.
This tour traces the Anabaptist and Amish story through the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, and Switzerland. Visits to significant sites will bring to life the stories of Jakob Amman and other important Anabaptist leaders. This special tour also includes seeing the Oberammergau Passion Play, which is only performed every 10 years.
On this tour of Ukraine, which includes a special visit to Istanbul, engage with the Russian Mennonite story past and present. Visit the Stalinist city of Zaporizhye and the former colonies Chortitza and Molotschna, which were settled by Mennonites in the late 1700’s. Expert guide Len Friesen will shed light on the Mennonite story within the rich context of Tsarist and Soviet history, as well as present-day realities and challenges. During visits to the colonies, explore villages related to your family roots. This tour includes several optional excursions balanced with times of rest and reflection that will appeal to people of a variety of energy levels. Tour storyteller Len Friesen is a Professor of History at Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of Waterloo North Mennonite Church.
Discover the history and culture of Russia as you explore Moscow and St. Petersburg during four days in each city. St. Petersburg was the imperial capital for two centuries and is still considered the premier cultural centre of Russia. Moscow became the political capital in 1918 at the dawn of the Soviet era. Learn about Lenin, Stalin, and the tsars. See many famous sights including the Winter Palace—once home to the Russian tsars, Peterhof Palace and Gardens, the Kremlin, Red Square, wartime cemeteries, and stunning cathedrals. Tour storyteller Len Friesen is a Professor of History at Wilfrid Laurier University. He teaches Russian history and speaks Russian fluently. Mary and Len lived in Russia during Gorbachev’s time and have many stories to share.
This European heritage tour traces the Anabaptist/Mennonite story through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands. Visits to significant sites will bring to life the stories of Menno Simons, Jakob Amman, Martin Luther, and many other Reformation and Anabaptist leaders. Historian and experienced tour leader Ayold Fanoy will share insights as you travel in these beautiful countries that were so important to our Anabaptist ancestors.
Celebrate God’s faithfulness as you visit biblical sites with a worshiping band of pilgrims who seek the peacemaking way of Jesus. Visit many important sites from the life of Jesus and other key biblical figures, including Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and the Jordan River. Nelson Kraybill will guide this journey with pastoral sensitivity and reflection on current justice issues.
This European heritage tour traces the Anabaptist/Mennonite story through the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Visits to significant sites will bring to life the stories of Reformation and Anabaptist leaders. Other tour highlights include: a cruise on the Rhine River, climbing into the foothills of the Swiss Alps to the Cave of the Anabaptists, visiting Trachselwald Castle, riding a cog-rail train up a mountain, visiting a semi-communal Mennonite village, and attending the once-in-ten-years Oberammergau Passion Play. Historian and experienced tour leader John Sharp will share insights as you travel in these beautiful countries that were so important to our Anabaptist ancestors. Pastor Larry Shantz will handle logistics and community.
On this 9-day tour, explore the natural wonders of Malaysia – see unusual wildlife like orangutans, sun bears, crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, and pygmy elephants. Enjoy relaxing on multiple river safaris on the Kinabatangan River. In Sepilok, enjoy visiting rehabilitated orangutans and seeing the worlds smallest bears. Spend one night on Libaran Island to learn more about sea turtle conservation program. Then fly to Kuala Lumpur – take a tour of the city to see some of the historical landmarks. This tour is for the nature lover who also wants a taste of culture, and would rather spend time at a jungle resort than a luxury hotel.
Beautiful beaches, stunning temples, mouth-watering food, spectacular dance, exquisite art – you can experience it all on this tour of Indonesia. On this tour you get immersed in the culture of Bali – visit with locals, take in art galleries and temples, visit an eco-park that supports endangered elephants, and watch two amazing dance shows. Then fly to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, to learn about Indonesia’s independence and explore this busy city. This tour is compatible with MWC Assembly Gathered.
The Kingdom of Thailand is filled with Buddhist temples, gorgeous beaches, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. On this 8-day tour, get to know Thailand’s history, culture, and friendly people. During a city tour of Bangkok, see its three most important Buddhist temples, the Grand Palace, and a precious gem factory. Outside the city, visit a railway market and a floating market. Fly to Chiang Rai to explore scenery and sights near the “Golden Triangle” at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers, where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. On an excursion outside Chiang Mai, meet some indigenous White Hmong people in their village. Cap off this travel experience at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary to see these beautiful creatures surrounded by pristine scenery. Tour leaders Fred & Shirley Redekop lived and worked in Thailand with Mennonite Central Committee.
This delightful tour combines sight-seeing in Eastern Europe with investigating the history of Mennonites in Poland. During a few days in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, marvel at colourful baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and the city’s famous Old Town Square. Also visit important sites in Krakow and Warsaw in Poland. Guided by Mennonite historian, John Sharp, learn more about the country that sheltered Dutch and German Mennonites beginning as early as the 1530’s right up to the Second World War. Some families stayed in the Vistula Delta of Poland for generations, later migrating to South Russia, Ukraine, and the American Midwest.
This European heritage tour traces the Anabaptist/Mennonite story through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands. Visits to significant sites will bring to life the stories of Menno Simons, Jakob Amman, Martin Luther, and many other Reformation and Anabaptist leaders. Historian and experienced tour leader John Sharp will share insights as you travel in these beautiful countries that were so important to our Anabaptist ancestors.
This custom heritage tour was developed for a group of family and friends to better understand their Anabaptist roots and to get a taste of Europe in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, and Switzerland. There is also a very special opportunity to attend the once-in-ten years Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany.
This custom tour has been developed for a group of friends from Arthur, IL. The tour traces the Anabaptist and Amish story through the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, and Switzerland. Visits to significant sites will bring to life the stories of Jakob Amman, Dirk Willems, Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz and other important Anabaptist leaders. Reflect in the Yoder cave where Anabaptists worshipped in secret. This special tour also includes seeing the Oberammergau Passion Play, which is only performed every 10 years. Esteemed and experienced tour leaders John Sharp will guide the group on this unique journey of discovery and fellowship. Travel from North America to Europe will be by ship. All transportation in Europe is by bus, boat or train.
Known as a land brimming with energy, seacoast traditions and old-world charm-your amazing journey of Atlantic Canada includes Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, as well as Cape Breton and the magnificent Cabot Trail. This independent itinerary allows you to explore areas that cannot always be accessed by scheduled tour services. Your road trip will have you walking on the ocean floor, the option of kayaking the world’s highest tides and sampling some of the hottest seafood spots on the Atlantic. Explore historic sites, a stunning coastline and lands brimming with energy and lively music!
Any time, any day, any season, the Okanangan Valley offer a world of things to do. Your options are endless and there is something for everyone. You will find a wide variety of activities to choose from, including wine and beer festivals, culinary competitions, sporting events, live music and performing arts, seasonal craft fairs and so much more. Visit organic farms, explore the many Okanangan Vineyards, relax on the beach or hike at one of the beautiful parks. Start your tour in Kelowna, an energetic city surrounded by wilderness, mountains, vineyards and orchards, set on sparkling Okanagan Lake. Then continue on at your own pace to see the surrounding area.
Hit the road at your own pace to discover the beauty of British Colombia. You can choose to start your tour in Vancouver or Victoria. British Colombia is a land of spectacular beauty that encapsulates the sheer peaks of the Rockies that line the entire eastern border, the lakes of the interior the stunning city of Vancouver with the back drop of the coastal mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. On Vancouver Island you will find abundant wildlife and the fascinating historic city of Victoria. In addition to the astounding beauty of the province, visitors can immerse themselves in first nations culture, engage in adventurous activities and more.
Québecers have a culture that’s unique; it is deeply rooted in North America and yet fiercely proud of its French heritage, Québec is a blend of the Old and New Worlds, famous for its unique lifestyle and joie de vivre! On this 5 day self-drive tour in Montreal and Québec City, explore at your own pace, immersing yourself in the culture and fabulous cuisine.