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President Jane Wood and Dr. Gerald Mast host:

A Tour of Mennonite European migrations

 May 12-23, 2022
  • Thursday, May 12
    Travel day
    • 1 p.m. Meet at Bluffton University Salzman Stadium parking lot 
    • 3:30 p.m. Bluffton University bus arrives at DTW
    • 6:30 p.m. Delta flight departs
  • Friday, May 13
    • 8 a.m. Arrive Amsterdam airport
    • 9:40 a.m. Depart for Zurich
    • 11:05 a.m.  Arrive in Zurich
      Meet your tour escort at the Zurich airport for transfer to hotel with sightseeing en route. Visit the Grossmünster Cathedral where Zwingli preached and significant sites related to early Swiss Anabaptist martyr Felix Manz.
    • 2 p.m. Leisure time to explore the city. Two overnights at Opera Hotel Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
    • 9 p.m. Gather in a hotel space TBD to reflect on the day. (optional)
  • Saturday, May 14
    • Day 18:45 a.m. Meet local guide in hotel lobby for full-day tour to Zollikon Mennonite heritage sites, see where the first Anabaptist congregation was formed and earliest Anabaptist baptisms took place in January 1525; visit Anabaptist cave in nearby Bäretswil. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Opera Hotel Zurich,  Zurich, Switzerland.
    • 5 p.m. Evening at leisure in Zurich
    • 9 p.m. Gather in a hotel space TBD to reflect on the day. (optional)
  • Sunday, May 15
    • 6:45 a.m. Check out and meet local guide in hotel lobby with luggage  Day 2
    • 9 a.m. Visit the Emmental valley, worship at the Alttaufergemeinde Emmental meetinghouse in Langnau, where the oldest continuously existing Mennonite congregation has been gathering since 1530.
    • 12 p.m. Lunch en route to Trachselwald
    • Afternoon visit to Trachselwald Castle, site of Anabaptist imprisonment and a new exhibit on Anabaptist history
    • 5 p.m. Check in for two night stay at Bristol Hotel, Bern, Switzerland 
    • 9 p.m. Gather in a hotel space TBD to reflect on the day. (optional)
  • Monday, May 16
    • 8:45 a.m. Gather in hotel for a full-day tour of the city of Bern, including the clock tower, the famous bear pits and the city’s cathedral—built in the Gothic style and the tallest in Switzerland.
    • 9 p.m. Gather in a hotel space TBD to reflect on the day. (optional)
  • Tuesday, May 17
    • Tuesday, May 178:45 a.m. Check out and gather in lobby with luggage, travel to Strasbourg with a stop in Colmar, France, (home of present day Colmar Mennonite Church) 
    • 11 a.m. Visit Unterlinden Museum, home of the famous Isenheim Altarpiece painted by Matthias Grunewald; recall history of the Amish movement in Alsace; afternoon stroll in beautiful medieval village of Riquewihr.
    • 5 p.m. Evening at leisure. Two overnights at Hilton Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.
    • 9 p.m. Gather in a hotel space TBD to reflect on the day. (optional)
  • Wednesday, May 18
    • 8:45 a.m. Gather in hotel for full-day tour of Strasbourg, city of hope for many Anabaptist refugees, including the Strasbourg Cathedral with its astronomical clock, the historic Alsatian neighborhood known as the Quartier des Tanneurs, and the Alsatian Museum.
    • 5 p.m. Evening at leisure
    • 9 p.m. Gather in a hotel space TBD to reflect on the day. (optional)
  • Thursday, May 19
    • 8:45 a.m. Check out and gather in hotel with luggage. Drive to Bingen am Rhein (birthplace of Benedictine mystic Hildegard) 
      May 19 map #1May 17 map b
    • 12 p.m. Rhine River cruise to Koblenz, part of a river journey experienced by many Swiss Anabaptists who fled north toward greater toleration.
    • 3 p.m. Coach transport from Koblenz to Strasbourg
    • 4:30 p.m. Evening at leisure, two overnights at Radisson Blu Cologne, Cologne, Germany
    • 9 p.m. Gather in a hotel space TBD to reflect on the day. (optional)
  • Friday, May 20
    • 8:45 a.m. Be ready in hotel lobby to meet tour escort for morning visit at Mennonitenkirchen Krefeld — a historic Mennonite community from which Mennonites migrated in 1683 to establish the first permanent Mennonite congregation in North America—in Germantown, Pa. Afternoon visit to Cologne Cathedral—a historic center of German Catholicism. 
    • 5 p.m. Evening at leisure 
    • 9 p.m. Gather in a hotel space TBD to reflect on the day. (optional)
  • Saturday, May 21
    • May 21 map8:45 Check out and gather in lobby with luggage to travel to Amsterdam with sightseeing en route. Stop at Witmarsum, the birthplace of Menno Simons. Visit Menno Simons monument and meetinghouse of Witmarsum congregation, rebuilt in 1960 by voluntary service workers. Drive to nearby Pingjum where Menno served as a Catholic priest before converting to Anabaptism; visit hidden Doopsgezinde (Mennonite) church in Pingjum.
    • 5 p.m. Evening at leisure, two overnights at Mövenpick City Centre Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • 9 p.m. Gather in a hotel space TBD to reflect on the day. (optional)
  • Sunday, May 22
    • 8:45 a.m. Meet local tour guide in lobby of hotel, morning worship at the Doopsgezinde Singelkerke, historic meetinghouse of the Amsterdam Mennonites. Afternoon visit to the reowned Rijksmuseum to view “Operation Night Watch”—restoration of famous Rembrandt work of art—and other paintings, including significant works by Mennonite artists from the Dutch Golden Age: Lambert Jacobsz, Salamon van Ruisdael and Jacob van Ruisdael. 
    • 5 p.m. Evening at leisure 
    • 9 p.m. Gather in a hotel space TBD to reflect on the day. (optional)
  • Monday, May 23
    Travel day. 
  • 6:15 a.m. Check out and gather in lobby with luggage for transport to airport
  • 10:05 a.m. Flight departs Amsterdam
  • 12:25 p.m. Arrive in Detroit/go through customs
  • 1:30 p.m. Bus departs Detroit for Bluffton

Please understand that international air and land travel is currently subject to change including accommodations and visits to cultural sites.

Group Air Travel Itinerary:

• May 12, 2022  
Depart Detroit at 6:30 p.m. (please arrive 3 hours early)

• May 13, 2022 
Arrive in Zurich, 11:05 a.m., (change planes in Amsterdam)

• May 23, 2022  
Depart Amsterdam, 10:05 a.m., on nonstop flight
to Detroit, arrive 12:25 p.m. same day

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