Thursday, May 19 Haarlem/ Amsterdam
Arrive at the Amsterdam airport, and transfer to the hotel to meet your fellow travellers over dinner.
Friday, May 20 Haarlem/ Amsterdam
In the morning, you can choose to catch some extra sleep or take an optional excursion to tour the impressive Aalsmeer flower auction where 20 million flowers from around the world are traded daily. The main tour begins with a guided city tour of Amsterdam. Visit the Singel Mennonite Church. Browse the Rijksmuseum, known for its collection of Dutch Golden Age works, to see pieces by world-renowned artists including Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Jan Steen. Be sure to see the museum’s collection of Mennonite works too! Then climb aboard a river boat for a leisurely tour of Amsterdam’s canals.
Saturday, May 21 Berlikum
Take a guided walking tour of Haarlem, a charming medieval city just outside Amsterdam. Visit the Mennonite church in Haarlem, then tour the Corrie ten Boom Museum to learn about one woman’s courageous efforts to help Jewish people escape the Holocaust. Learn about the Menno Simons story with stops at the hidden church at Pingjum, and the Menno Simons monument at Witmarsum—the village where he was born. Then transfer to Berlikum where you may have the opportunity to stay in the home of a local family.
Sunday, May 22 Asperen/ Mönchengladbach
Worship with the congregation in Berlikum. Visit Zaanse Schans, a historic Dutch village with traditional houses, working windmills, and artisans crafting things like wooden shoes and cheese. Finish the day’s explorations with a visit to Asperen to hear the story of Dirk Willems.
Monday, May 23 Mainz
In Köln (Cologne), Germany, visit the twin-towered Gothic cathedral. Then explore the heart of the city on your own during free time. Drive to the historic town of Boppard. Relax and enjoy the scenery on a Rhine River cruise as you travel from Boppard to Oberwesel.
Tuesday, May 24 Mont Sainte Odile
In the fertile Palatinate region, visit the semi-communal Mennonite village of Weierhof. Then take a tour of the village, followed by a visit to the Weierhof’s Mennonitische Forschungsstelle, Germany’s only major Mennonite archives. Say farewell and make your way to the Struthof Concentration Camp. The memorials and displays will remind you of the atrocities committed during the Second World War.
Wednesday, May 25 Mont Sainte Odile
Drive through the Alsace region of France, where Jakob Amman lived, to hear the Amish origin story. Stop in Strasbourg for a city walk featuring the Mennonite history in this area, including learning about Pilgram Marpeck. Have lunch in the quaint town of Riquewihr, known for its narrow streets and half-timbered houses. Transfer to Colmar and have a ride on their tourist train. You also have the option to visit the Unterlinden Museum to learn about medieval and early Renaissance art.
Thursday, May 26 Emmental
In the 17th and 18th century, the Swiss Jura was a place of refuge for persecuted Swiss Anabaptists from the Emmental and elsewhere. Stop at a cheese factory in Bellelay, and enjoy some of their fine cheeses over lunch. See Bellelay Abbey, a medieval monastery where some residents converted during the Protestant Reformation. At the Swiss Mennonite archives in Jeanguisboden, you’ll see the old Frochauer Bible, copies of the Martyrs Mirror, old song books, and family trees with well-known Anabaptist family names. Then visit another secret Anabaptist meeting place—the Anabaptist Bridge.
Friday, May 27 Emmental
Begin the day with a walking tour of Bern, where in 1711 a group of Anabaptists were expelled on three boats on the Rhine. Then enjoy some free time in Bern to explore on your own. At a cemetery and Reformed church in Steffisburg, learn about connections with the Amish. Then a visit to the Yoder house.
Saturday, May 28 Emmental
Spend today appreciating the unparalleled beauty of the Swiss Alps. Take a cog rail train or a cable car to the top of a mountain where you’ll see amazing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Sunday, May 29 Emmental
Worship at the Langnau Mennonite Church, the oldest in the world, and look for familiar names in its cemetery. Stop at the Kambly Cookie factory in Trubsachen. In Hinterhutten, visit the Täuferversteck (Anabaptist hiding place), a typical Swiss homestead with a hidden room to hide Anabaptists from their persecutors. Then reflect at another secret Anabaptist cave, the Yoder Cave.
Monday, May 30 Near Schleitheim
In the Emmental region, visit key sites including Trachselwald Castle, a fortress once used to imprison Anabaptists. Hear the story of the Anabaptist Hans Haslibacher and visit the farm where some of his descendants still live today. Stop at the Affoltern cheese factory. Take a brief hike up the Anabaptist climb (Täuferstieg) near Schleitheim where the first Anabaptist confession was written in 1527. Reflect at a unique monument placed in 2004 by Reformed Church leaders as an act of repentance and reconciliation between Anabaptists and their former persecutors. Learn more at the Schleitheim Museum.
Tuesday, May 31 Bregenz
See the Zürich Grossmünster, an important site in the history of the Reformation and walk through Zürich’s city centre on an Anabaptist walking tour of sites related to the birth of Anabaptism in 1525. End the day with a visit to Schaffhausen and the picturesque Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe. Over dinner tonight, reflect as a group on all you have seen and learned.
Wednesday, June 1
Visit the magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle this morning, then transfer to Oberammergau. Stay in Oberammergau for the magnificent Passion Play that only happens once every ten years, or transfer to Munich for your flight home. Flights departing for North America should depart late afternoon or the following day.
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