Enrich your understanding of Paraguay and Colombia as you tour important cities and see the countryside. Visit Paraguayan Mennonite colonies, worship in local churches, and hear about the everyday lives of Mennonites. As you engage with staff from Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite World Conference, and other nonprofits, learn how Mennonites are working toward peace in Colombia.
Experienced heritage tour leader and Dutch Mennonite, Ayold Fanoy, will bring the stories of Anabaptist leaders and martyrs to life. No springtime tour of the Netherlands would be complete without strolling through Keukenhof Gardens. Pair this tour with the Northern Holland Tulip Time Cruise.
Combine sight-seeing in Eastern Europe with investigating the lesser-known story of Mennonites in Poland. In Prague, marvel at colourful baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and the city’s famous Old Town Square. Visit important sites in Krakow and Warsaw in Poland. In Poland’s Vistula Delta, 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.
On this tour of Ukraine, 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. During visits to the colonies, explore villages related to your family roots. 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. For an enhanced travel experience, consider combining this tour with the Treasures of Russia: Moscow & St. Petersburg Tour, June 10-17, 2019.
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, and Switzerland.
Explore the cultural and architectural riches of Russia in St. Petersburg and Moscow and explore its Soviet past. You’ll see many famous sights including the Winter Palace, Peterhof Palace and Gardens, the Kremlin, Red Square, wartime cemeteries, and stunning cathedrals. For an enhanced travel experience, consider combining this tour with the Mennonite Story & Highlights of Ukraine Tour, June 1-10, 2019.
Enjoy the raw beauty of volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, lava fields, glaciers and fjords. Let your troubles drift away as you soak in natural and manmade hot springs. Tour a geothermal plant and find out about this renewable energy source that powers 70% of the country. See the famous Blue Lagoon. Attend a service at the Hallgrimskirkja Church.
Join former MEDA staff member Marlin Hershey and his wife Barb for a child and youth-friendly tour to Tanzania. Introduce your children or grandchildren to some of the peoples, landscapes, and wildlife of Tanzania. Interact with Tanzanians at a local church and during visits to some NGOs. See incredible African animals on game drives.
On this tour of Newfoundland off Canada’s East Coast, expect stunning scenery and many wildlife viewing opportunities. This large island in the North Atlantic ocean boasts gorgeous coastal cliffs, large colonies of puffins and other seabirds, harbour seals, whales, moose and caribou. As you visit historic sites, learn about some of North America’s oldest European settlements, including North America’s only known Viking settlement. Enjoy the famous hospitality, music, and seafood of Newfoundlanders in Corner Brook, Cow Head, St. Anthony, Gander, and St. John’s.
Enrich your faith and biblical understanding as you visit key Old and New Testament sites. 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 your experience with rich insight emphasizing themes of peacemaking and healing.
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.
Get a different view of the Holy Land as you hear the stories and visit significant sites connected to women in the Bible. Reflect on the life of Jesus in places where he lived and taught. Visit with staff from NGOs working for peace including Women’s Coalition for Peace, the Nazareth Women’s Centre, Sabeel, Palestinian Conflict Transformation Centre and Christian Peacemaker Teams. Also enjoy the natural beauty of the land at the Banias Nature Reserve and the oasis of En Gedi. Optional extension in Ramallah, West Bank.
Retrace the footsteps of Hutterite ancestors in the Transylvania region of Romania, home to the small Hutterite community of Alwinz for nearly 150 years. Explore the rich heritage of the Saxon Germans and Romanians with whom the Hutterites interacted. Enjoy the spectacular fall colours as you visit medieval castles, churches and villages.
Learn about Japan on walking tours, browse unique shops, sample traditional Japanese food, and bathe in the famous hot springs (onsen). See Mt. Fuji, hike in a dense bamboo grove, see one of Japan’s best-known temples—the Golden Pavilion, and take a cooking class and eat what you create. Ride a speedy bullet train to enjoy the foodie scene in Osaka—nicknamed Japan’s kitchen. Try singing karaoke in the land where it was invented. This tour includes plenty of time to explore on your own or with tour leader Laura Heller.
Spend five days at an ecolodge in the heart of the rainforest. See colourful birds and other wildlife. Worship at a local church, take a guided nature walk in St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, visit Mayan ruins and a conservative Mennonite colony, and purchase local crafts at the Maya Centre. Also, enjoy a home stay at Armenia Village, which was founded by Central American refugees, and visit Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. End with three days and nights on Caye Caulker Island off Belize. Snorkel in the warm waters of the world’s second-largest barrier reef for great views of beautiful fish and amazing coral.
See intriguing animals. Enjoy dinner in the Outback and see more stars than you thought possible. Observe an incredible array of sea life as you tour the Great Barrier Reef. Learn about the Australian Aboriginals and visit one of their most sacred and beautiful natural sights—the giant Uluru rock formation. Visit world famous sites in the cities of Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney. You won’t be disappointed by this action-packed trip of a lifetime! Optional extension to New Zealand available.
Spend two days on escorted game drives where we hope to see Africa’s Big 5 and learn about animal conservation. Drive along South Africa’s scenic Garden Route, a coastal corridor along the southern coast lined with incredible views. Then spend seven days travelling in and around Cape Town. Tour Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. See one of Africa’s only two remaining colonies of penguins. Enjoy a cable car trip up Table Mountain and a visit to Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, and more.
The Apostle Paul lived twenty centuries ago, yet his words still reverberate in the lives of millions. Guided by New Testament scholar Tom Yoder Neufeld, learn about the cultural contexts that shaped Paul, his message, and the life of his congregations in Greece and Turkey. Optional extension to Italy available.
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.
Expect stunning northern scenery, rare wildlife encounters, and a chance to learn about historic adventurers as well as the indigenous peoples who have lived in harmony with this harsh but beautiful Arctic environment for thousands of years and still call it home.
This European heritage tour traces the Anabaptist/Mennonite story through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 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.
Experience opening weekend of Oktoberfest in the city of Munich where it all began. Visit other sights in this world-class city. See stunning castles like Neuschwanstein, which overlooks a village from a forested hilltop in southwest Bavaria. Potentially visit a famous violin-making centre in Mittenwald. Enjoy incredible scenery in the Alps and Voralpen. Join an optional hike. This moderately paced tour may also include time in Vienna and Salzburg.