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Alumni & Friends Europe
President Jane Wood and Dr. Gerald Mast host:
A Tour of europe featuring mennonite migrations
The Bluffton Alumni & Friends Europe trip has been rescheduled for May 2021. We are planning an itinerary similar to that originally planned for fall 2020 but please understand that international air and land travel is currently subject to change including accommodations and visits to cultural sites.
May 14-25, 2021
- Friday, May 14
Travel day, group departs the U.S
- Saturday, May 15
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. Leisure time following to explore the city. Overnight at Opera Hotel Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
- Sunday, May 16
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.
- Monday, May 17
Visit the Emmental valley including Trachselwald Castle en route to Berne. Stop at the meetinghouse and cemetery at Langnau, site of the oldest continuously existing Mennonite congregation. Overnight at Bristol Hotel, Bern, Switzerland.
- Tuestday, May 18
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. Overnight at Bristol Hotel, Bern, Switzerland.
- Wednesday, May 19
Travel to Strasbourg with a stop in Colmar, France, (home of present day Colmar Mennonite Church) for visit to 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. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Hilton Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.
- Thursday, May 20
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. Overnight at Hilton Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.
- Friday, May 21
Drive to Bingen am Rhein (birthplace of Benedictine mystic Hildegard) for Rhine River cruise to Coblenz, part of a river journey experienced by many Swiss Anabaptists who fled north toward greater toleration. Overnight at Radisson Blu Cologne, Cologne, Germany.
- Sunday, May 23
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. Overnight at Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Monday, May 24
Enjoy a full day tour of Amsterdam. Visit 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. Visit Doopsgezinde Singelkerk—historic meetinghouse of Amsterdam Mennonites. Overnight at Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Tuesday, May 25
Travel day. Transport to Amsterdam airport, group departs flight DL 137.
Due to the impact of Covid-19 on international air and land travel, we are currently unable to publish confirmed tour costs for May 2021. Please stay tuned for details as they are available.