Anabaptist Story in Europe Tour

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    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.

    2020 European Anabaptist Heritage Tour

    SOLD OUT. We have added a second version of this tour due to interest! The Anabaptist Story in Europe tour, July 28 to August 10, 2020.

    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.

    Self-Drive Tour: Vancouver Island

    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.

    Mekong River Discovery Cruise

    Immerse yourself in the cultures and ancient traditions of Cambodia and Vietnam as you sightsee and engage with locals, during an exclusive cruise along the mighty Mekong River. Spend time with artisans crafting traditional items. Explore bustling marketplaces and historic houses of worship. Enjoy enchanting views of the countryside in these Southeast Asian countries.

    Peace Building Tour to Cuba

    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.

    Tanzania Safari and Culture 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!

    Bread for the Journey: Egypt & Jordan

    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.

    Anabaptist Story Tour

    Enjoy a five-day exploration of Anabaptist and Mennonite heritage in Belgium and the Netherlands. Experienced heritage tour leader and Dutch Mennonite, Ayold Fanoy, will bring the stories of Anabaptist leaders and martyrs to life. Hear about, and see sites important to the life of Dirk Willems, who courageously saved his persecutor’s life, though it meant his own death.

    Mennonite History in Ukraine and Istanbul Tour

    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.

    Moscow & St. Petersburg

    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.

    Romania Hutterite and Cultural 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.

    Epic European Anabaptist Heritage Tour – High Countries

    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.

    Epic European Anabaptist Heritage Tour – Low Countries

    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.

    Epic European Anabaptist Heritage Tour – Far Country

    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.

    Jungles & Wildlife of Malaysia

    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. 

    Indonesian Islands: Bali & Java Culture Tour

    Discover the varied cultures of the Indonesian islands of Bali and Java. On a guided day tour in the Balinese city of Ubud see traditional produce, crafts, and textiles at a local market. Walk jungle-covered pathways through the Sacred Monkey Forest, with its three ancient Hindu temples and plenty of mischievous macaque monkeys. Outside Ubud, see verdant rice terraces and learn about traditional farming practices. At peaceful Lake Bratan, snap photos of Ulun Danu—a 17th-century temple located on the lake’s edge. Fly to the city of Yogyakarta on the island of Java. Learn about Java’s remarkable history on a visit to the Sultan’s Palace with its historic artifacts and unique architecture.  Arise before dawn to watch the sun’s first rays illuminate a massive Buddhist Temple, Borobudur. Later, explore the building and its intricate carvings. Transfer to Semarang to attend the Mennonite World Conference Assembly Gathered. 

    Splendors of Thailand

    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.

    2021 European Anabaptist Heritage Tour

    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.

    2021 Journey of Hope: Jordan, Israel, Palestine Biblical Tour

    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.

    Jamaica Tour

    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.

    Thy Kingdom Come: Jordan, Palestine, Israel

    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.

    Discover Prague & the Mennonite Sojourn in Poland

    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.

    2022 European Anabaptist Heritage Tour

    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.