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Highlights of Morocco Tour

*TWO SPACES REMAINING*

Join TourMagination President Audrey Voth Petkau on a special tour to one of her favourite destinations! Morocco is home to spectacular landscapes, a vibrant cultural history, and welcoming people. On this unforgettable tour, you’ll experience firsthand why Morocco is so irresistible.

Amish Heritage Tour with Oberammergau Passion Play

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This tour traces the Anabaptist and Amish story through the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, and Switzerland. Visits to significant sites will bring to life the stories of Jakob Amman and other important Anabaptist leaders. This special tour also includes seeing the Oberammergau Passion Play, which is only performed every 10 years.

2022 Mennonite History in Istanbul & Ukraine

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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.

A Tour of Two Capitals: Moscow & St. Petersburg

Discover the history and culture of Russia as you explore Moscow and St. Petersburg during four days in each city. St. Petersburg was the imperial capital for two centuries and is still considered the premier cultural centre of Russia. Moscow became the political capital in 1918 at the dawn of the Soviet era.  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. Tour storyteller Len Friesen is a Professor of History at Wilfrid Laurier University. He teaches Russian history and speaks Russian fluently. Mary and Len lived in Russia during Gorbachev’s time and have many stories to share.

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

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. Can be combined with the Moscow & St. Petersburg Tour.

2022 Thy Kingdom Come: Jordan, Palestine, Israel

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Celebrate God’s faithfulness as you visit biblical sites with a worshiping band of pilgrims who seek the peacemaking way of Jesus. Visit many important sites from the life of Jesus and other key biblical figures, including Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and the Jordan River. Nelson Kraybill will guide this journey with pastoral sensitivity and reflection on current justice issues.

Bethany Community Church European Anabaptist Heritage Tour

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This European heritage tour traces the Anabaptist/Mennonite story through the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Visits to significant sites will bring to life the stories of Reformation and Anabaptist leaders. Other tour highlights include: a cruise on the Rhine River, climbing into the foothills of the Swiss Alps to the Cave of the Anabaptists, visiting Trachselwald Castle, riding a cog-rail train up a mountain, visiting a semi-communal Mennonite village, and attending the once-in-ten-years Oberammergau Passion Play. 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. Pastor Larry Shantz will handle logistics and community.

Oberammergau Passion Play (June 1-3 tickets)

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Almost 400 years ago, the villagers of Oberammergau, Bavaria promised God that if he would spare them from the bubonic plague that was ravaging their region, they would depict the life and death of Jesus in the form of a play. God kept his side of the promise and the villagers performed their first re-enactment of the Passion of Christ in 1634 to fulfill their vow. This play will mark the 42nd time the villagers have performed the play over the past 384 years.

Oberammergau Passion Play (June 6-8 tickets)

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Almost 400 years ago, the villagers of Oberammergau, Bavaria promised God that if he would spare them from the bubonic plague that was ravaging their region, they would depict the life and death of Jesus in the form of a play. God kept his side of the promise and the villagers performed their first re-enactment of the Passion of Christ in 1634 to fulfill their vow. This play will mark the 42nd time the villagers have performed the play over the past 384 years.

Jungles & Wildlife of Malaysia

On this 9-day tour, explore the natural wonders of Malaysia – see unusual wildlife like orangutans, sun bears, crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, and pygmy elephants. Enjoy relaxing on multiple river safaris on the Kinabatangan River. In Sepilok, enjoy visiting rehabilitated orangutans and seeing the worlds smallest bears. Spend one night on Libaran Island to learn more about sea turtle conservation program. Then fly to Kuala Lumpur – take a tour of the city to see some of the historical landmarks. This tour is for the nature lover who also wants a taste of culture, and would rather spend time at a jungle resort than a luxury hotel. 

Indonesia: Bali & A Taste of Java

Beautiful beaches, stunning temples, mouth-watering food, spectacular dance, exquisite art – you can experience it all on this tour of Indonesia. On this tour you get immersed in the culture of Bali – visit with locals, take in art galleries and temples, visit an eco-park that supports endangered elephants, and watch two amazing dance shows. Then fly to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, to learn about Indonesia’s independence and explore this busy city. This tour is compatible with MWC Assembly Gathered.

Mennonite World Conference, Assembly Gathered

Learn more about MWC Assembly Gathered at the Mennonite World Conference website. 

Splendors of Thailand

The Kingdom of Thailand is filled with Buddhist temples, gorgeous beaches, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. On this 8-day tour, get to know Thailand’s history, culture, and friendly people. During a city tour of Bangkok, see its three most important Buddhist temples, the Grand Palace, and a precious gem factory. Outside the city, visit a railway market and a floating market. Fly to Chiang Rai to explore scenery and sights near the “Golden Triangle” at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers, where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. On an excursion outside Chiang Mai, meet some indigenous White Hmong people in their village. Cap off this travel experience at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary to see these beautiful creatures surrounded by pristine scenery. Tour leaders Fred & Shirley Redekop lived and worked in Thailand with Mennonite Central Committee.

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.

Oberammergau Passion Play (August tickets)

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Almost 400 years ago, the villagers of Oberammergau, Bavaria promised God that if he would spare them from the bubonic plague that was ravaging their region, they would depict the life and death of Jesus in the form of a play. God kept his side of the promise and the villagers performed their first re-enactment of the Passion of Christ in 1634 to fulfill their vow. This play will mark the 42nd time the villagers have performed the play over the past 384 years.

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.

Explore Europe Custom Tour

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This custom heritage tour was developed for a group of family and friends to better understand their Anabaptist roots and to get a taste of Europe in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, and Switzerland. There is also a very special opportunity to attend the once-in-ten years Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany.

Arthur Amish Heritage Tour

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This custom tour has been developed for a group of friends from Arthur, IL. The tour traces the Anabaptist and Amish story through the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, and Switzerland. Visits to significant sites will bring to life the stories of Jakob Amman, Dirk Willems, Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz and other important Anabaptist leaders. Reflect in the Yoder cave where Anabaptists worshipped in secret. This special tour also includes seeing the Oberammergau Passion Play, which is only performed every 10 years. Esteemed and experienced tour leaders John Sharp will guide the group on this unique journey of discovery and fellowship. Travel from North America to Europe will be by ship. All transportation in Europe is by bus, boat or train.

Danube River Cruise From Budapest to Prague

Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated people throughout the centuries. Experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of the region. Take in scenic highlights in the famous cities of Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), and Prague (Czech Republic). Also, see Bratislava (Slovakia), and Regensburg and Passau in Germany.

Germany & Switzerland: An Alpine Adventure

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Fill your lungs with fresh mountain air and your eyes with incredible views as you ascend peaks by cable car, hike mountain-top paths and wander valley trails. Also take a walking tour in Zurich and have a free day of shopping and sightseeing in the historic town of Lindau, Germany which is located on a small island connected with the mainland by bridge.

Beautiful Baltic Cruise

Discover the beauty, history, and culture of the fascinating countries on a fully-escorted cruise on the Baltic Sea. Learn about the Viking history of Scandinavia, immerse yourself in the wonders of St Petersburg, and gain a greater understanding of the connections forged across cultures through the shared shoreline of the Baltic. Daily excursions suit a variety of activity levels and interests—from nature, history, and animals to art, architecture, and the local food.

Oberammergau Passion Play (September tickets)

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Almost 400 years ago, the villagers of Oberammergau, Bavaria promised God that if he would spare them from the bubonic plague that was ravaging their region, they would depict the life and death of Jesus in the form of a play. God kept his side of the promise and the villagers performed their first re-enactment of the Passion of Christ in 1634 to fulfill their vow. This play will mark the 42nd time the villagers have performed the play over the past 384 years.

Sights, Sounds & Sacred Spaces of Ireland

Experience a land rich in Celtic Christian spirituality, beauty, legend, music, and history. Visit sites of historic and spiritual significance. Marvel at the natural beauty of the country. Your interior journey will be paralleled by the rugged landscape. As we walk pilgrim routes, and enjoy traditional music, storytelling and good humour, we will encounter the heart and spirit of a people.

2022 European Family Heritage Adventure Tour

This heritage tour was developed for the Yoder family to better understand their Anabaptist roots and to get a taste of Europe in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Austria.

Black Sea Sights & Turkish Delights

Join Terry and Audrey Petkau, your experienced and delightful hosts, as they step back to the beginning of civilization on this cruise to the six countries bordering the ancient Black Sea; from Istanbul, once known as Constantinople, to the many ancient towns brimming with medieval churches, charming Ottoman villages, and cities that boast diverse European influences. Also, enjoy exclusive local experiences in Istanbul and Odessa arranged by friends of TourMagination. Onboard the cruise ship, relax in luxury accommodation, savour culinary delights, and engage in conversation with like-minded travellers! Windstar cruises operate a small fleet of ships that include beautiful sailing vessels in tropical waters and wonderful all-suite yachts. These vessels hold just under 300 passengers and can visit many unique smaller ports that large mass-market ships can’t access.

Jamaica: History, People and Culture Tour

On this escorted group tour, go beyond the all-inclusive resorts and the famous white sand beaches to experience the real Jamaica. Travel to the interior of the island, through the Blue Mountains, to see rivers and waterfalls, lush vegetation, and remote beach locations. Discover the history and culture of this fascinating island with West African and British influences. Learn about famous Jamaicans including Bob Marley and Usain Bolt. Eat authentic Jamaican food and interact with locals.

2023 Peace Building Tour to Cuba

On this one-of-a kind tour of Cuba, see beyond the all-inclusive resorts to the heart of this island nation which has engaged in a far-reaching social, cultural, political, economic and religious experiment since 1959. Cubans have experienced amazing successes as well as difficult challenges during this time that they call “The Revolution”. Our storytellers, Jack and Irene Suderman, have a 30-year history of relating to the church in Cuba, as well as with government officials. Guided by the Sudermans, you will build connections across cultures and delight in the natural beauty of Cuba. Also worship with local churches and enjoy rare opportunities to engage with Cuban citizens. Reflect on the role of churches and NGO’s in this society as we visit some non-profit organizations. TourMagination has the details arranged for Americans to travel safely and legally on this tour.

2023 Tanzania Safari and Culture Tour

This fabulous tour combines interacting with locals and enjoying incredible natural sights in Tanzania. Visit with Christians who are helping Tanzanian children at the Che Che Community Library and St. Catharines Monastery. Learn about the Maasai way of life in a traditional village. Buy unique crafts at a local market and a social enterprise for people with disabilities. Also, see big game and other wildlife plus a large assortment of colourful birds on not one, but three game drives! This year, we will be staying in brand new lodges built by our long-time in-country partners. This locally owned and operated company invests in their employees and their community. Plus they are game drive experts!

2023 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.

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.

The World of Paul in Turkey and Greece

The Apostle Paul lived twenty centuries ago, yet his words still reverberate in the lives of millions. Guided by New Testament scholar Tom Yoder Neufeld, learn about the cultural contexts that shaped Paul, his message, and the life of his congregations in Greece and Turkey. Optional extension to Italy available.

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.

Memories of Migration: Russlaender 100 Tour 1

The three-part Russlaender Centenary Tour will re-enact the historic migration of 21,000 Mennonites from Russia to Canada beginning in 1923. With the help of established Mennonites, the migrants found new homes in Canada in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution—a time of civil war, famine, and epidemic. This tour celebrates the faith of these newcomers, memorializes the challenges of resettlement, acknowledges race and displacement in Canadian history. The tour is a collaborative effort among Canadian Mennonite historians and heritage enthusiasts. Tour leaders Henry Paetkau and Ingrid Mohleman, along with other historic resource people, will share informative talks during the tour.

Memories of Migration: Russlaender 100 Tour 2

The three-part Russlaender Centenary Tour will re-enact the historic migration of 21,000 Mennonites from Russia to Canada beginning in 1923. With the help of established Mennonites, the migrants found new homes in Canada in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution—a time of civil war, famine, and epidemic. This tour celebrates the faith of these newcomers, memorializes the challenges of resettlement, acknowledges race and displacement in Canadian history. The tour is a collaborative effort among Canadian Mennonite historians and heritage enthusiasts. Tour leaders Henry Paetkau and Ingrid Mohleman, along with other historic resource people, will share informative talks during the tour.

Memories of Migration: Russlaender 100 Tour 3

The three-part Russlaender Centenary Tour will re-enact the historic migration of 21,000 Mennonites from Russia to Canada beginning in 1923. With the help of established Mennonites, the migrants found new homes in Canada in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution—a time of civil war, famine, and epidemic. This tour celebrates the faith of these newcomers, memorializes the challenges of resettlement, acknowledges race and displacement in Canadian history.  The tour is a collaborative effort among Canadian Mennonite historians and heritage enthusiasts. Tour leaders Henry Paetkau and Ingrid Mohleman, along with other historic resource people, will share informative talks during the tour.

2023 European Anabaptist Heritage 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.

2023 Journey of Hope: Jordan, Israel, Palestine Biblical Tour

Celebrate God’s faithfulness as you visit biblical sites with a worshiping band of pilgrims who seek the peacemaking way of Jesus. Follow the Israelites’ route to Canaan and see fabulous ruins of Petra. Stand atop Mt. Nebo from which Moses viewed the land and descend to the Jordan where Joshua parted waters. Walk where John baptized and climb to the fortress where he died. Sing carols at Bethlehem, pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, go to the Upper Room, and share communion at a first-century garden tomb. Explore Nazareth where Jesus was raised, hear beatitudes on a hill next to Capernaum, and ascend to heights of Masada. Renew your commitment to mission at Caesarea where Peter shared the gospel with a centurion. Nelson Kraybill will guide this journey with pastoral sensitivity and reflection on current justice issues.

Upcoming Tours In Development

A sneak peek at future tours for next year

Independent Travel

These Independent Travel options are NOT part of a group tour. Rather, they are flexible tour options for you and your family or friends. Bring a group of 10 or more and you will receive a discount.