Welcome to Mennonite Heritage Tours!
Mennonite Heritage Tours is a Dutch Mennonite travel organization, focusing on the Anabaptist and Mennonite heritage in Europe. Mennonite Heritage Tours is specialized in small group traveling (2-16 participants) for Mennonites and anybody interested in the Mennonite and Anabaptist History. The tour groups are small, so there is plenty opportunity to customize the tour itinerary and visit places of special interest to you, e.g. places related to your forbears.
Mennonite Heritage Tours is supported by various people from the Mennonite World. At the References page you find the contact details of persons willing to give you a credential, to help you in choosing for MHT.
Tours for Summer 2014:
- Keukenhof Tour, Dutch Flowerbulbs -Tulips, Daffodils and many more - Holland and Germany, April 24 - May 6 2014. Price 2095 euro. English spoken tour. Springtime is the season when the Dutch bulb flowers are at its best. All colors of the rainbow can be seen at the Keukenhof, the Dutch bulb flower exhibition center. We visit the blossoming Dutch bulb fields, combined with many sites of Mennonite interest. Included are Menno Simons' place of birth in Pingjum, his monument in Witmarsum, Friesland and the Mennokate, the place where Menno printed his books. Our itinerary leads to cities like Amsterdam (Anne Frank house, Rijksmuseum), Haarlem (Corrie ten Boom museum), Harlingen, Groningen, Emden, Hamburg Altona, Detmold and Münster. read more...
- Ukraine, May 25 - June 7 2014, 2014. Price 2350 euro. English spoken tour. This tour shows us the more recent Mennonite History from around 1780 till 1945 as we extensively tour the former colonies of the Chortitza and Molotschna. We start with two days sightseeing in Kiev before going east to Dnjepropretovsk and Zaporozhye. The tour ends in the Crimea, the Ukrainian Riviera, where we will spend three days. Visits to social Mennonite Aid Projects by MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) and Meda (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) are included in the tour. read more...
- Holland, Germany and Switzerland - The Grand Tour of Mennonitism and Anabaptism, June 24 - July 9, 2014. Price 2345 euro. English spoken tour with a focus on the highlights of the Mennonite and Anabaptist heritage in Germany, Switzerland and Holland. The cities of Worms, Strasbourg, Bern, Zurich, Münster and Amsterdam will be visited. A homestay in Detmold with Mennonites from the former Soviet Union will bring you new friendships. The day in the Swiss Alps will be a highlight of your tour. read more...
- Holland and Belgium, July 21 - August 1, 2014. English spoken tour in cooperation with Paul Toews, retired Professor of Mennonite History at the Fresno Pacific University, California. This Tour gives you an overall knowledge of the Mennonite beginnings in Holland and Belgium with visits of Menno Simons' place of birth in Pingjum and his monument in Witmarsum, Friesland. Other features of this tour are the pond of Dirk Willems and the great cities of Amsterdam, Haarlem, Bruges and Ghent. read more...
- Berlin and Poland, August 9 - 21, 2014. Price 1795 euro. English spoken tour with a focus on the highlights of the Mennonite heritage in former Prussia, especially in the Gdansk area, as we follow the Vistula river from Krakau to the Vistula Delta near Gdansk. Tour features are Auschwitz Concentration Camp, the beautiful cities of Berlin, Krakow, Torun and Gdansk. The Reformation story will be told in Wittenberg, the hometown of Martin Luther. read more...
- Ukraine Tour (Dutch spoken), August 31 - September 13, 2014. Same itinerary as tour 2. read more...
Departure Point and Flights
Starting point of all Tours is Europe, for example Amsterdam, Franfurt, Berlin, depending on the tour. This means that you have to book your own flight from the United States or Canada to Europe and back. And since you book your own flight you are free to extend your stay in Europe to visit long-time-no-see-relatives or cities you always wanted to explore!
The price of a return ticket from America or Canada to Europe costs about $750-1500, depending on how far in advance you make your booking.
There are many websites to help you booking your flight through the internet (see below). But always check your Travel Agent as well. Sometimes they can offer you a flight at the same price or lower as the booking sites do.
- www.kayak.com. This booking site compares hundreds of travel sites.
Some tours have a different departure and finishing point, so you possibly need two different flights instead of one round trip. Booking websites offer this service by choosing 'multiple destinations' or 'multy city' instead of 'round trip'. If you need assistance booking your flight, please contact Ayold Fanoy at info [op] mennoniteheritagetours [punt] eu. He would be happy to assist you.
Visas and Passports
US and Canadian citizens do not need visas to visit The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland or Ukraine, if you stay not longer then 90 days. Passports should be valid for at least another four months from the planned date of departure of these countries.
Lodging in middle class tourist hotels, always comfortable bedrooms with own bathroom. The hotels are as much as possible located in the city center. This gives you the opportunity to spend your evenings in some of the most beautiful cities of Europe.
For our Tour transportation we use an airconditioned 9-person Van.