Ayold Fanoy, an experienced heritage tour leader and Dutch Mennonite, will bring the stories of Anabaptist leaders and martyrs to life. Hear about and see sites important to the life of Dirk Willems, who courageously saved his persecutor’s life though it meant his own death. Discover the stories of faithful and passionate Anabaptists who lived and died in Antwerp, Ghent (Belgium), and Delft. No springtime tour of the Netherlands would be complete without strolling through Keukenhof—the epicentre of the country’s famous tulip festival.
Heritage Highlights in the Netherlands and Belgium, April 15-19, 2019
escorted by Audrey Voth Petkau and Ayold Fanoy
Optional post-tour extension: Northern Holland Tulip Time Cruise, April 19-26, 2019
Fare per person for 5-day tour:
CAD: Double Occupancy $2,565; Single supplement WAIVED
USD: Double Occupancy $1,973 Single Supplement WAIVED
Tour Fare includes:
- Hotel accommodations
- Land transportation
- All entrances as outlined in itinerary
- Expert tour leaders and knowledgeable local guides
- All breakfasts, all dinners
- Gratuities to coach driver, in-country guides, and group meals
Tour Fare excludes
- International airfare
- Airport transfers
- Drinks with meals
- Travel medical (out-of-country emergency) and cancellation/interruption insurance (RECOMMENDED)
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 (May 2018). 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, April 15, Amsterdam (The Netherlands) / Antwerp (Belgium)
Fly into Amsterdam, arriving by noon. Meet your tour leader and group and drive to Asperen to begin the Anabaptist heritage portion of the tour. Dirk Willems was a Dutch Anabaptist famous for escaping prison and rescuing his pursuer only to later die a martyr. Visit the cell in the church tower of Asperen where Dirk was locked up after his second arrest. Transfer to a hotel in Antwerp—your home for the next 3 nights.
Day 2: Tuesday, April 16, Antwerp
On a guided tour of the city centre of Antwerp, you may visit Rubens House museum, Grote Markt, and the Cathedral of Our Lady. Also, hear Anabaptist stories from the famous book Martyrs Mirror—which was first published in 1660. During free time this afternoon, visit some fine art museums, the Plantin-Moretus Museum, or other sights that interest you.
Day 3: Wednesday, April 17, Antwerp
This morning, Ayold will lead a walking tour of Bruges—a charming UNESCO World Heritage city. In the afternoon, relax or shop on your own for lace, table runners, and tablecloths—or irresistible Belgian chocolate. Later, travel to the town of Ghent to reflect at Gravensteen Castle—the site of several Mennonite martyrdoms. Return to your hotel in Antwerp for the night.
Day 4: Thursday, April 18, Haarlem (The Netherlands)
Journey to the quaint village of Delft to see the Royal Delft pottery factory. During free time in downtown Delft, you may want to browse a lovely weekly market. Today, Ayold will tell you Anabaptist stories related to Delft. On a tour of Keukenhof—the world’s largest flower gardens—inhale the intoxicating scent as you revel in the celebration of colour of more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths as well as other lovely blooms.
Day 5: Friday, April 19, Amsterdam
In the morning, see the preserved 18th/19th century Dutch village of Zaanse Schans with “villagers” dressed in traditional clothing and interactive artisanal exhibits on chocolate making, wooden clog carving, barrel making and pewter casting. This afternoon, visit the home of Corrie ten Boom, a Christian who helped many Jews escape the Holocaust during World War II. Say farewell to your fellow travellers as you depart for home with a heart full of amazing memories and experiences, or continue the adventure on a river cruise and embark the cruise ship by 5 pm.
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