Photo Credit: Roman Boed
This delightful tour combines sight-seeing in Eastern Europe with investigating the lesser-known story of Mennonites in Poland. On a brief stop in Prague, the capital of Czechia (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.
Discover Prague & the Mennonite Sojourn in Poland, May 27 – June 6, 2019
escorted by John Sharp
Fare per person for 11-day tour:
USD: Double Occupancy $2,885 Single Supplement $380
CAD: Double Occupancy $3,750; Single supplement $500
Tour Fare Includes:
- Hotel accommodations
- All land transportation within the tour
- All entrance fees included in itinerary
- Expert tour leaders
- All breakfasts, all dinners
- Gratuities to coach driver and in-country guides
Tour Fare excludes:
- International airfare and airport transfers
- Drinks with meals
- Optional evening concert(s)
- Hotel Porterage
- Travel medical (out-of-country emergency) and cancellation/interruption insurance
Travel medical (out-of-country emergency) insurance and cancellation/interruption insurance are not mandatory but are highly recommended.
All rates shown are in effect at time of printing (December 2017). Although every effort is made to maintain the prices as established, TourMagination does reserve the right to adjust prices on this tour should it become necessary. The published price is guaranteed when paid in full. We accept check/cheque payments, and credit card payments. Please note that payments made using credit cards will be charged a 3% fee.
Day 1: Monday May 27, Prague
Meet the group in Prague and relax at our hotel or join in a group activity.
Day 2: Tuesday, May 28, Prague
Following a good night’s rest, you’ll be ready for a guided city tour to see the magnificent sights of Prague, including the Old Town Square (with its famous Astronomical Clock), Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral, and much more. Free time in the afternoon for further exploration, shopping, or rest as time permits. Optional evening concert.
Day 3: Wednesday, May 29, Kraków
Relax and enjoy the countryside as we journey to Kraków, Poland. Stretch your legs and take in the scenery at stops en route.
Day 4: Thursday, May 30, Warsaw
This morning we will take a guided tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mines are sometimes called “The Underground Salt Cathedral” because they contain historic statues and mythical figures, as well as contemporary sculptures all carved from salt—even the crystal chandeliers are made of reconstituted salt. Travel on to Warsaw, Poland for the night.
Day 5: Friday, May 31, Warsaw
In Warsaw we will see the beautifully restored Old Market Square, Cathedral of St. John, the Barbican (an outpost fort) and adjoining city wall, the monument to the 1944 uprising, and more on a guided city tour.
Day 6: Saturday, June 1, Toruń
On this portion of our tour, we begin to immerse ourselves in the Mennonite story. Our first stops include historic Mennonite sites in the Vistula delta region. At Deutsch Kazun, see a former Mennonite Church that was still in use during the Second World War. In Deutsch Wymysle, some Mennonite homes still stand. As we walk around the former church and cemetery, look for the names of your ancestors. Next we travel to Toruń—the birthplace of famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus—for a walking tour of one of the oldest urban centers in Poland.
Day 7: Sunday, June 2, Gdańsk
Continue along the Vistula Valley towards Gdańsk via a number of Mennonite towns, possibly including Schoensee and Nickelstein. Visit Montau, formerly a prosperous Mennonite community. Stop at the well-preserved cemetery in Montauerweide.
Day 8: Monday, June 3, Gdańsk
Visit the beautiful Oliwa Gardens and enjoy an organ concert at the Oliwa Cathedral. Tour the historic city centre of Gdańsk including a museum in the town hall, the Church of St. Mary, and a former Mennonite Church (now a Pentecostal church).
Day 9: Tuesday, June 4, Gdańsk
Visit Stutthof Concentration Camp in the morning. In the afternoon, continue to delve into the Mennonite history of Poland as we visit the Tiegenhagen cemetery; Nowy Dwor (Tiegenhof) with its Mennonite Museum; Elbing with its former Mennonite church that now belongs to a Polish National Catholic congregation; and Ellerwald, a former church site and cemetery where many Mennonites are buried. Optional concert in Gdańsk this evening.
Day 10: Wednesday, June 5, Gdańsk
In the morning tour Malbork Castle, once the fortress of Teutonic Knights who came to Poland in the 1300’s and built this expansive, fortified monastery. In the afternoon see more historic Mennonite centers including Neumuensterberg, featuring stately farm homes; and Heubuden, once the center of a large Mennonite community, and its cemetery.
Day 11: Thursday, June 6
Depart for home enriched with new experiences and new friends.
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