2023 Natural Wonders of Iceland

    A Nordic nation located in the North Atlantic, Iceland is a sparsely populated country famed for its abundance of epic landscapes. Known as the Land of Ice and Fire, thanks to its geothermal activity, the country’s isolated location has not affected its cultural wealth and in fact, has fostered a vibrant and unique cultural scene and a prosperous nation. Marvel at the amazing variety of landscapes on this rugged island haven: from volcanoes to glaciers to fjords to thundering waterfalls. Explore Iceland’s unique culture and geology, and the famous Ring Road of natural wonders including the Golden Circle, the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Myvatn and Dettifoss. Have a chance to see the magical natural light show of the aurora borealis. Iceland is one of the best places in the world to view the northern lights, and we will be visiting during peak season. 

    2023 Iconic Christmas Markets Cruise

    Embrace the beauty of the Christmas season! Marvel at cities dressed in holiday splendour along the stunning Danube River. Nuremberg’s festive Christkindlesmarkt, the largest and oldest Christmas market in Germany; Regensburg’s Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic; Vienna with its impressive Christmas markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner; and Budapest’s Vörösmarty Square, where products sold in the market are traditionally handmade are yours to explore. Together with like-minded tour members, reflect on Christ’s birth as you visit historic cathedrals, sing carols, and admire nativity scenes, and pick out unique gifts and sample signature holiday treats along the way.

    2024 Classic Anabaptist European Tour

    On this classic Anabaptist heritage tour in Europe, visit significant sites that will bring to life the stories of Menno Simons, Jacob Hutter, Pilgram Marpeck, Dirk Willems, Jakob Amman, and other 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. Also explore art and culture in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Austria. Experienced tour leader and former Hesston College Professor John Sharp will guide you on this journey of discovery and fellowship.

    2024 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.

    2024 Switzerland: An Alpine Adventure

    Fill your lungs with fresh mountain air and see incredible views as you ascend peaks by cable car, hike mountain-top paths and wander valley trails. Explore the Swiss mountain village of Mürren and surrounding area for three days. See the nearby Lauterbrunnen Valley, with its subterranean, glacial Trümmelbach Falls. Then set up a basecamp in Grindelwald village in Switzerland’s Bernese Alps, from which you can enjoy Eiger Mountain and a glacial gorge featuring trails with interpretive signs, waterfalls and striated limestone walls. Also take a walking tour in Zurich, a city closely tied to Roman and Anabaptist history. We will spend our final night in Lucerne, considered by many to be the most beautiful medieval city in Switzerland with a fjord-like lake and surrounding mountains. 

    2024 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 Jakob Amman, Martin Luther, Michael Sattler, Pilgram Marpeck, and many other Reformation and Anabaptist leaders. Other tour highlights include: an afternoon cruise on the Rhine River, a visit to the Rijksmuseum, standing in caves where Anabaptists worshipped in secret, visiting Trachselwald Castle, riding a cable-car up a mountain, and visiting the Weierhof, a semi-communal Mennonite village. Experienced tour storyteller Ayold Fanoy will share insights as you travel in these beautiful countries that were so important to our Anabaptist ancestors.

    2024 A Pilgrimage of Faith and Art in Florence, Italy

    Explore the blossoming of Christian art from Medieval times to the Renaissance era as you visit churches and museums in Florence. Revel in treasures of art and architecture at significant sites, including the Baptistery, Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore, Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Santa Trinità, Galleria dell’ Accademia, Museo di San Marco, and many more sites. Take a day trip from your home base in Florence to Siena and San Gimignano. Each day, reflect on Christian iconography during optional morning slide-illustrated devotion times.  Several optional late afternoon lectures reflecting on the intersection between Christian art and church leadership from a family systems perspective will also be offered.  Tour leader Richard Blackburn is an Art Historian specializing in Italian Renaissance art. He taught week-long classes in Florence for Southern Methodist University from 2006-2013. He is also an ordained Mennonite pastor and the former Lombard Mennonite Peace Center Executive Director. Enjoy all of this with a group of like-minded travellers and art enthusiasts!

    2024 Gems of Southeast Europe River Cruise

    Join TourMagination cruise specialist Cheryl Gilmore for an unforgettable cruise along the Danube River, stopping in key cities of Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, and Bulgaria. Embark the ship in Giurgiu, Romania. Take city tours of Belgrade, Pécs, Vukovar, Novi Sad and the ancient capital of Bulgaria—Veliko Tarnovo. Mid-tour, enjoy a full day of cruising through one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Iron Gates. Here the Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between Serbia and Romania. In Vidin, visit a beautifully restored castle from the Middle Ages and enjoy a historical re-enactment at a massive medieval castle. See historical sites, shop at street markets, and go on wine-tasting tours during daily excursions. You may also choose to extend your trip with 4 nights in Bucharest & Brasov or 3 nights in Istanbul pre-cruise, and 2 nights post-cruise in Vienna.

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.