When: Apr 15—Apr 19
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Heritage Highlights in the Netherlands & Belgium

Ayold Fanoy, an experienced heritage tour leader and Dutch Mennonite, 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. Discover the stories of faithful and passionate Anabaptists who lived and died in Antwerp, Ghent (Belgium), and Delft. No springtime tour of the Netherlands would be complete without strolling through Keukenhof—the epicentre of the country’s famous tulip festival.


Enjoy this heritage tour on its own or pair with the Northern Holland Tulip Time Cruise, April 19-26, 2019.

At A Glance

  • April 15-19, 2019
  • 5 Days



Monday, April 15     Amsterdam (The Netherlands) / Antwerp (Belgium)

Fly into Amsterdam, arriving by noon. Meet your tour leader and group and drive to Asperen to begin the Anabaptist heritage portion of the tour. Dirk Willems was a Dutch Anabaptist famous for escaping prison and rescuing his pursuer only to later die a martyr. Visit the cell in the church tower of Asperen where Dirk was locked up after his second arrest. Transfer to a hotel in Antwerp—your home for the next 3 nights.

Tuesday, April 16     Antwerp

On a guided tour of the city centre of Antwerp, you may visit Rubens House museum, Grote Markt, and the Cathedral of Our Lady. Also, hear Anabaptist stories from the famous book Martyrs Mirror—which was first published in 1660. During free time this afternoon, visit some fine art museums, the Plantin-Moretus Museum, or other sights that interest you.

Wednesday, April 17     Antwerp

This morning, Ayold will lead a walking tour of Bruges—a charming UNESCO World Heritage city. In the afternoon, relax or shop on your own for lace, table runners, and tablecloths—or irresistible Belgian chocolate. Later, travel to the town of Ghent to reflect at Gravensteen Castle—the site of several Mennonite martyrdoms. Return to your hotel in Antwerp for the night.

Thursday, April 18     Haarlem (The Netherlands)

Journey to the quaint village of Delft to see the Royal Delft pottery factory. During free time in downtown Delft, you may want to browse a lovely weekly market. Today, Ayold will tell you Anabaptist stories related to Delft. On a tour of Keukenhof—the world’s largest flower gardens—inhale the intoxicating scent as you revel in the celebration of colour of more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths as well as other lovely blooms.

Friday, April 19     Amsterdam

In the morning, see the preserved 18th/19th century Dutch village of Zaanse Schans with “villagers” dressed in traditional clothing and interactive artisanal exhibits on chocolate making, wooden clog carving, barrel making and pewter casting. This afternoon, visit the home of Corrie ten Boom, a Christian who helped many Jews escape the Holocaust during World War II.  Say farewell to your fellow travellers as you depart for home with a heart full of amazing memories and experiences, or continue the adventure on a river cruise and embark the cruise ship by 5 pm.


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