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.

    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.

    Explore Europe Custom Tour

    This custom heritage tour was developed for Huber family and friends to better understand their Anabaptist roots and to get a taste of Europe in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, and Switzerland.

    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.

    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.

    Upcoming Tours In Development

    A sneak peek at future tours for next year

TourMagination was founded to help Mennonites and other Anabaptists (Amish, Hutterites, Brethren in Christ, and German Baptist Brethren) to rediscover their heritage.

Our tours to Western Europe visit important historical Anabaptist sites such as Tauferhole in Switzerland—a cave where persecuted believers worshipped in secret.

We also explore the migrations of the Anabaptist and Mennonite diaspora in Russia/Ukraine, Poland, Central Asia, South America, and Mexico.
As tour members share reflections on past martyrdoms and migrations, and meet Mennonites in other parts of the world, their own faith grows.

With top-notch storytellers including Len Friesen, John Sharp, and Ayold Fanoy, TourMagination offers outstanding Anabaptist and Mennonite Heritage Tours for North Americans.

WE CAN ALSO PLAN CUSTOM FAMILY OR GROUP TOURS. Use this handy tour planner to tell us the focus of your tour, the heritage sites you want to visit, and your other needs.