This tour price reflects special group rates. Deposits
received after May 11, 2007, will likely incur additional
charges due to supplier contract terms.Porterage outside the U.S. of one suitcase per person
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
Wednesday, July 11: Departure
Depart from Philadelphia Airport on your overnight flight to
Frankfurt. Dinner served in flight.
Thursday, July 12: Frankfurt – Sinsheim Area
Arrive at Frankfurt International
Airport this morning
and travel to the
On the way we will pass
Alsey and stop at Weierhof
once the center of the German
and where Christian Neff
lived and did much of his
work. On our way, we will
make a brief stop at Worms and visit the statue of Martin Luther
and other famous persons of the Reformation. Continue to the
Hotel Vorfelder for dinner and overnight.
Friday, July 13: Kraichgau, Sinsheim
Visit the German farming area where Mennonites lived after
escaping the persecution in Switzerland. Several Mennonite
families lived here before migrating to Pennsylvania in the early
1700s, including Benedict Brechbuhl and Hans Herr. View the
beautiful farmland from the Steinberg castle. Visit Steinfurt
where the arrests of 53 Anabaptists occurred in 1661 while they
worshipped. If possible, we will see the home where Hans Herr
lived, and the small towns of Grombach and Weiler. Hear about
the present day South German Mennonites who live in this area.
We will visit Bockschaft, the little town where the Martin family
lived before migrating to the Weaverland valley in Lancaster
County. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Vorfelder.
Saturday, July 14: Strasbourg, Alsace Area
This morning we drive to Strasbourg, France, a very important
city during the Reformation and to Mennonite history. As we
tour the city, we will see its
huge cathedral and the
houses in the old city. Here
Michael Sattler conversed
with the Lutheran leaders
Capito and Bucer at St.
Thomas church. When they
could not agree Sattler left
Strasbourg and went to
Schleitheim where the
seven articles of Anabaptist faith were written in Feburary, 1527.
Strasbourg was also the place where Wilheim Reublin and
Pilgram Marpeck came and led the Anabaptists. Strasbourg is
the home of the Mennonite World Conference office and where
the 1984 world conference was held. In the afternoon, we will
travel through the Alsace region following the Route du Vin
(Wine Route). On our way we will visit and shop in the old village
of Riquewihr, pass Colmar, and enter into Switzerland.
Continue to Basel for dinner and overnight at Hotel Victoria.
Sunday, July 15: Zurich, Anabaptist Cave
This morning we drive to Zurich, another famous city in Reformation
history. We will worship in the Grossmunster Cathedral,
where Ulrich Zwingli preached. After the worship service,
we will view the Cathedral’s bronze doors, created by Otto
Munch in 1939, telling the story of the Reformation and the history
of Zurich and view the Zwingli statue. Then we will see the
former home of Conrad Grebel. Walk Neugasse Strasse, past
the home of Felix Mantz and the place where the first Swiss
Brethren adult baptism took place. Walk to the banks of the
Limmat River and view the plaque marking the spot where
Anabaptist Felix Mantz was drowned in
1527 for his profession of faith. In the
afternoon, we will ride east of Zurich
and visit the Anabaptist Cave
(Tauferhohle) where we will have a
short worship service. Drive past
Hirzel where Hans Landis lived and
where the Sauder family lived, continuing
to Zug for dinner and overnight at
the Quality Swisshotel.
Monday, July 16: Lucerne – Interlaken
After breakfast, we will travel to the old city of Lucerne to see
the Lion Monument, the famous wooden Kapell Bridge, and the
ornate houses in the walled Old Town. After some time for
shopping, we will take the scenic route through valleys and
mountains, past Lake Brienz to Interlaken where we will have
dinner and lodging at the Best Western Chalet-Hotel Oberland.
Tuesday, July 17: Interlacken, A Day in the Swiss Alps
Today is your day to
experience the Alps. Travel
by coach to Lauterbrunnen,
a mountain village, where
you see the Staubbach Waterfall.
Then board a modern
cogwheel railway for
your journey to Kleine
Scheidegg Station, located
at over 6,000 feet altitude.
On the way up, stop at Wengen, a historic village and popular
resort, and the countryside where Kauffmans and Smuckers
once lived. The Wenger name may also have originated here.
From the top, if the weather is clear, you will have a grand view
of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks. If you wish, enjoy a
snack at the restaurant before descending by railway to
Grindelwald, a beautiful mountain resort, where the coach will
meet us for the ride back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Wednesday, July 18: Neiderstocken, Bern
After breakfast, drive through the beautiful areas and view
lakes and towns along their shores. Travel to Niederstocken
where the Zehr family originated, and later, because of their
Anabaptist faith, migrated to the Lorraine area of France. We will
see a home in this little town where a Zehr family still resides.
After visiting this area, including Blumenstein where Wenger
and other Mennonite families lived, we will travel to Bern, the
capital city of Switzerland. On a walking tour of this beautiful old
city, we will see the cathedral, the place along the river where
Anabaptists were drowned or placed on boats and forced to
leave Switzerland. See where they were imprisoned and publicly
convicted of the crime of being Anabaptist. In Bern, persecution
of Anabap-tists continued for nearly 200 years. Some
Anabaptists fled to the Jura Mountains where they remain today.
The Herzig family came from this city. Dinner and overnight at
the Hotel Bern.
Thursday & Friday, July 19 & 20: Emmental, Jura Mountains
After breakfast, we drive into the Emmental region where
the Swiss Mennonites, the Swiss Reformed, and business
leaders are celebrating the year of the Taufer (Tauferjahr 2007).
This is a special celebration of the Anabaptists. There will be
exhibitions, lectures, concerts, films, and tours of sites of
Anabaptist interest. During these days we will visit many of the
Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Berchtold in Burgdorf.
- Trachselwald Castle: where Anabaptists were imprisoned
- Langnau: where the oldest continuous Mennonite church is
- Ruderswil: where the Moser family
first became Anabaptists and
because of persecution fled to
the Jura Mountains and later migrated
- Eriswil: where the Martin family
possibly originated and later
Heinrich Martin went north to
Bockschaft, Germany before migrating
- Petite Champoz: where the
Moser family lived in the Jura
- Allfoltern: located near
Sumiswald, where they make Swiss cheese
- Optional tour of the Anabaptist’s Bridge (Täuferbrücke)
Saturday, July 21: Gros-Rederching, Singling, Olferding Farm, Brandelfingerhof, Sarreguemines
This morning our coach will take us to the upper Alsace
area in France, which is in the Lorraine area. In the afternoon,
we will visit several places located only short distances from
each other where many Amish Mennonites lived before migrating
to North America. Gros-Rederching is the town where many
Anabaptist records were kept. Nearby is Singling, a little town
along a ridge with farmlands on each side of the town marked
with several World War II bunkers. We will drive by and look at
the Olferding Farm where Michael Zehr, the first Zehr to settle
in northern New York State, spent many of his childhood years.
His father, Michael Zer worked on this farm. Some of Michael’s
half brothers and some of his children migrated to Ontario,
Canada. We will also drive by and view the Brandelfingerhof,
a farm where the Gingerich and Roggie families once lived
and worked. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Balladins in
Sunday, July 22: Struth, Asswiler, Bistroff, Barst
This morning we drive to Struth where the Zehr family lived
in the 1700s after migrating from Switzerland. We will see the
house where they, along with other Anabaptists, worshipped.
Then we will drive to Asswiler where Michael Zer’s first son was
born. After this, we will drive to the Grostiquin area and visit
Bistroff where several Amish Mennonite families lived before
migrating to North America. We will visit Bishwald where
Michael Zehr operated a mill. Then we will visit the Bellgrad
farm where Michael Zehr and the Jantzi families lived before
migrating to North America. Christopher Moser also lived in
Bistroff. His two sons, John and Joseph were the first Mosers to
migrate to northern New York State. We will travel a short distance
to Barst where the Joseph Farni Family lived. In 1834,
Joseph and John Moser traveled with the Farni family and migrated
to northern New York State. Later their father, Christoph
and stepmother also migrated to Lewis County, New York. We
will return to the Hotel Balladins for dinner and overnight.
Monday, July 23: Rhine River Cruise
After breakfast, our
motor coach will take us to
Ruedesheim where we will
board our boat for a leisurely
cruise on the Rhine
River. As time permits we
will shop in a stately village
along the Rhine. Farewell
dinner and overnight at the
Caravelle Hotel in Bad
Tuesday, July 24: Return to U.S.
This morning our coach will take us back to Frankfurt. We
will say goodbye to our driver and guide, then board our plane
for the afternoon flight back to the United States.
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