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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    2022 Mennonite History in Istanbul & Ukraine

    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.

    Anabaptist Story in Europe 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 Ayold Fanoy will share insights as you travel in these beautiful countries that were so important to our Anabaptist ancestors.

    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

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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 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.