Italy: Bella Terra

    See some of the wonders of our world, including the Colosseum in Rome and St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Wander the canals of Venice. Learn about Julius Caesar, St. Peter, St. Francis of Assisi, the Poor Sisters of Clare, Michelangelo, Mussolini, and pirates of the Mediterranean—among others. On this tour, you’ll gain a better understanding of the forces that have shaped so much of human activity over the centuries, from Roman civilization, to the Catholic faith, to the Renaissance.

    Heritage Highlights in the Netherlands & Belgium

    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.

    Northern Holland Tulip Time Cruise

    Acquaint yourself with the Dutch and Belgian cultures as you visit art galleries, museums, and cities on a river cruise. Pair this cruise with the Heritage Highlights in the Netherlands & Belgium.

    Discover Prague & the Mennonite Sojourn in Poland

    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.

    The Mennonite Story & Highlights of Ukraine

    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.

    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, and Switzerland.

    Treasures of Russia: Moscow & St. Petersburg

    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.

    Iceland: Fun in the Midnight Sun Tour

    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.

    Embodying Truth: Church & Theatre in London Tour

    Both theatre artists and ministers in the church seek to enact truth through words, body language, and actions. London is a prime location to see, hear, and touch the sometimes rosy, sometimes rocky relationship between the church and the theatre over the centuries from Shakespeare’s time to modern day. Observe and discuss glimpses of the sacred and profane as you attend church services, plays, and musical performances, as well as tour museums, art galleries, and other culturally significant sites.

    Bike and Boat Tour from Berlin/Spandau to Malchin

    Experience Germany from the seat of a bicycle. Get an up-close view of the beautiful countryside and cityscapes from Berlin to Malchin by land and sea, including a day and night in Poland. Prepare to be awed and inspired by the history and culture of this European gem in ways you’ve never seen before.

    France River Cruise: Colours of Provence

    Enjoy delicious food, excellent wine, amazing scenery, inspiring art and good company as you sail through France along the Rhône River on this 8-day cruise with an optional pre-tour in Paris and post-tour in Barcelona. Marvel at the layers of European history as you see Roman ruins, medieval walls and villages, as well as historic cathedrals. With choices of active or relaxed excursions each day, there is something for everyone.

    Schürch Family Custom Tour

    This custom tour was developed to help descendants of Schürch ancestors to learn about their unique family story and the larger Anabaptist story of which they are a part.

    Romania Hutterite & Cultural Tour

    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.

    Danube River Cruise: Balkan Discovery from Budapest to Bucharest

    Enjoy a 10-day cruise in the lovely Balkan countries of Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania with a community of TourMagination travellers and tour leaders Marlin and Barb Hershey. See the incredible natural beauty along the Danube plus a sampling of art, architecture, history, and prehistory of these varied cultures. Optional 3-night extension in Romania.

    Iconic Christmas Markets Cruise

    Embrace the beauty of the Christmas season! Marvel at cities dressed in holiday splendour along the stunning Danube River. Together with like-minded tour members, reflect on Christ’s birth as you visit historic cathedrals, sing carols, and see nativity scenes. Shop for unique gifts and sample signature holiday treats at Christmas markets in Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremburg (Germany).

    The World of Paul in Turkey and Greece

    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.

    Sights, Sounds & Sacred Spaces of Ireland

    Experience a land rich in Celtic Christian spirituality, beauty, legend, music, and history. Visit sites of historic and spiritual significance. Marvel at the natural beauty of the country. Your interior journey will be paralleled by the rugged landscape. As we walk pilgrim routes, and enjoy traditional music, storytelling and good humour, we will encounter the heart and spirit of a people.

    Oberammergau Passion Play (June tickets)

    Almost 400 years ago, the villagers of Oberammergau, Bavaria promised God that if he would spare them from the bubonic plague that was ravaging their region, they would depict the life and death of Jesus in the form of a play. God kept his side of the promise and the villagers performed their first re-enactment of the Passion of Christ in 1634 to fulfill their vow. 2020 will mark the 42nd time the villagers have performed the play over the past 384 years.

    European Anabaptist Heritage Tour

    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.

    Danube River Cruise in Austria, Germany & Hungary

    Proposed dates (subject to change)

    Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Travel to legendary destinations on a 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest. Explore a 2,000 year-old city, savor Wachau Valley wines, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest.

    Germany & Switzerland: An Alpine Adventure

    Fill your lungs with fresh mountain air and your eyes with incredible views as you ascend peaks by cable car, hike mountain-top paths and wander valley trails. Also take a walking tour in Zurich and have a free day of shopping and sightseeing in the historic town of Lindau, Germany which is located on a small island connected with the mainland by bridge.

    Oberammergau Passion Play (September tickets)

    Almost 400 years ago, the villagers of Oberammergau, Bavaria promised God that if he would spare them from the bubonic plague that was ravaging their region, they would depict the life and death of Jesus in the form of a play. God kept his side of the promise and the villagers performed their first re-enactment of the Passion of Christ in 1634 to fulfill their vow. 2020 will mark the 42nd time the villagers have performed the play over the past 384 years.

    Cultural & Natural Landscape of Germany

    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.

Europe, the birthplace of the Anabaptist story, is the second-smallest continent by physical size but is the third largest by population. Comprised of four regions (northern, western, southern and eastern Europe), the majority of TourMagination’s tours to the region focus on western Europe where the beginning of Anabaptist movement is explored in greater depth.


Much of Mennonite culture is shaped by European influence, whether it shows in traditional foods enjoyed on special occasions, or in dialects still spoken today. While traveling through the various regions of Europe, TourMagination ensures you have an opportunity to sample local delicacies and explore the culture of the local region.