Menno Simmons Tour in Holland

Menno Simmons Tour in Holland

Day 1: Departure
Depart America

Day 2: The Hague (b,d)
Arrival at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam. You will be welcomed by your tour leader who will bring you to your hotel in The Hague. On the way you will get a short introduction about Holland. Check in to your hotel and you will have time to relax and freshen up. In the afternoon you will have a city tour in The Hague to get your first impression of the city where the government is located and also the home and workplace from the Queen. Welcome dinner and overnight in The Hague.

Day 3: The Hague (b)
After breakfast you will have a guided city tour by coach of Amsterdam and see the main sights like the Dam Square with its Royal Palace, the National Monument, (1965 Raedeker) which symbolizes humanity’s suffering in times of war and has become a popular meeting place. The tour will end at the Anne Frank house, it was here that Anne Frank’s father, a German Jew hid seven members of his family and friend in July 1942. They were betrayed, arrested and sent to Auschwitz in August 1944. In the afternoon we visit first the Westerkerk, this church, dated from 1631, is one of the oldest churches especially built for the Protestant services, and the largest as such church in the Netherlands. See the tower, if you like, which occupies an unique place in the affections of the people of Amsterdam. Afterwards we will walk to De Nieuwe Kerk which is located on the famous Dam Square. The monumental church building is well worth visiting. De Nieuwe Kerk is famous for its exhibitions and has a hundred thousands of visitors every year and is one of the most attended exhibition locations in the Netherlands. The church is also known as the place where Queen Beatrix was officially inaugurated and on 2 February 2002 the wedding between the Prince of Orange (Prins Willem Alexander) and Princess Maxima took place at this church. In the late afternoon you will join a canal cruise. While gliding through the old center and city you see warehouses dating back tot the 16th and 17th century, arched bridges and houseboats. Dinner and overnight in The Hague.

Day 4: The Hague (b)
After breakfast we will drive to Rotterdam with the biggest harbor in the world. You will first have a guided city tour through both very-old parts of the city like Delfshaven (from where the Pilgrim Fathers left Holland in 1620 on the way to Portsmouth and USA on the ship “Mayflower”) and new parts with exceptional architecture, such as the world-famous Kubuswoningen (cube houses). You will see also the famous “Erasmusbrug” (Erasmus bridge) named after Erasmus. Desiderius Erasmus has become famous by his book: “In Praise of Folly” .This book written in 1509 by Erasmus of Rotterdam and first printed in 1511.”In Praise of Folly” is considered as one of the most influential works of literature in Western civilization and one of the catalysts of the Protestant Reformation. Pay a visit to the Boymans Museum (closed on Monday) where the collections of arts span the years from the 14th century to the present day with regards to historic painting and sculpture, modern classics and contemporary art, applied art and design, prints and drawings. This museum discovered also a paining from Erasmus.
Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: The Hague (b)
We will start the day with a visit to Gouda, which is internationally renowned for its beautiful gothic Town Hall dating from 1450. Also the Waag (Weighing House) dating from 1668 is a beautiful monument. Have a walking tour and visit the St. Jans church with its beautiful stained windows. It is said they are as beautiful as the glass stained of Chartres. Gouda is also famous for its cheese, its candles and stroopwafels (syrop waffles). Sit down for a cup of coffee/tea and a real Dutch “stroopwafel” during your walking tour .A visit to a cheese farm is included to see how Gouda cheese is produced and taste the cheese. After lunch (not included) visit Delft, where we walk through the historic area with one of the most beautiful squares of Holland, with the town hall (1618) at one side and the “New Church “ (dating back to 1381!) will be admired. In the New Church all members of the Royal family are buried. Delft is also the city famous for Delft’s Blue Porcelain. Enjoy a visit to the popular Delft Blue Pottery factory for an exhibition and tour. Dinner and overnight in The Hague.

Day 6: Zutphen (b)
In the morning we drive to Witmarsum, the birthplace of Menno Simons. Menno Simons was a very important person in Holland. In 1524 he was consecrated as a priest in Utrecht, but had doubts about the Roman Catholic believe and it was then in 1536 that he finished his duty as a priest and he told of his new commitment to Christ. Soon after that Menno was baptized by Obbe Philips, at that time the leader of the non-resistant Anabaptists in the Netherlands. One year after the Baptist he was asked to be an elder of the Baptists. After this he Preached, traveled and hided in many places. In 1561 he died in Wüstenfelde, Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), 25 years after his withdrawal from the Catholic Church and was buried in his own garden. Outside Witmarsum there is a monument on the place where Menno Preached. In Pingjum, near Witmarsum, the Baptist Church is worth the visit. Here you can see a film concerning the living of Menno Simons. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon we will drive further to Zutphen for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Zutphen (b)
This morning we first will have a guided walking tour in Zutphen, called as the “Towercity” due to the many churches in this town. You will see some of the famous churches and the historic centre. Then we drive to Nijmegen, where we visit the bridge over the Waal River (John Frost bridge, known by the movie 'A bridge too far' ) and relive the heroic efforts to keep the bridge. Lunch on your own. In the Afternoon you will visit the open-air folklore museum in Arnhem, set in 109 acres of splendid wooded parkland. Around 80 authentic farmhouses, cottages, barns, windmills, workshops, a schoolhouse, a church and a steam operated dairy factory have been assembled here to illustrate rural architecture and life in the past. Dinner at the hotel or in a local restaurant and overnight in Zutphen.

Day 8: Zutphen (b,d)
In the morning we drive to Apeldoorn to visit the Palace Het Loo, (closed on Monday) one of the most popular palaces in Holland. Illuminating the historical ties between the house of Orange-Nassau and the Dutch people, the palace has been lovingly restored to its original grandeur and opened to the public in 1984. A guide will take you through the gardens, which are often referred to as “little Versailles” Lunch on your own before we drive back to Zutphen. The afternoon is free to spend in Zutphen. Farewell dinner and overnight in Zutphen.

Day 9: Departure (b)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back

Religious tour Holland and Belgium

Religious tour Holland and Belgium

Day 1: Amsterdam (d)
Arrival to Amsterdam Airport. Welcome and assistance by your tour escort. Transfer to your hotel. After some free time, city tour Amsterdam and a boat ride through the canals of Amsterdam to get a first impression of the Dutch capital. Mass will be held at a Church nearby the hotel. Welcome dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Amsterdam (b,d)
In the morning, a Mass will be held at the address where Ida Peerdeman lived. Ida Peerdeman received many messages from Mary, the "Lady of all Nations" beginning in 1945. After the mass visit the grave of Ida Peerdeman at the cemetery in Amsterdam. Continue with a visit to the church of Our Lady in the Beguinage in the old section of the city. Rest of the day free for leisure. Or we will make an excursion to Haarlem, to visit the Corrie ten Boom Museum. This museum is dedicated to Corrie ten Boom, a woman who survived the Ravensbrück concentration camp. She was placed in the camp because her family had Jews hiding in their house during the occupation.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Maastricht (b,d)
After breakfast depart to Kevelear, just across the German border. Visit the Shrine of Mary. Continue to Steyl for a visit of the Upper and Lower Church of the Society of God's Word and the Mission Museum. Mass may be organised in either Kevelear of Steyl. Proceed to Maastricht in southern Holland. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4 Liege (b,d)
After breakfast join the city tour in Maastricht to see the main sights. If possible, celebrate a Mass in the St. Servatius Church. Then continue to Banneux, where 8 apparitions took place in 1933. Visit the Notre Dame, the Lady of Banneux, the different chapels and the Stations of the Cross. Continue to Luik for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Brussels (b,d)
After breakfast depart to Hasselt to visit the St. Quintinus Cathedral where a Miracle took place in 1317, celebrate the Mass. Continue to Louvain for a visit of the St. Antonius Chapel at the tomb of father Damian, whose beatification took place in 1994. On to Brussels for an afternoon city orientation tour. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Bruges (b,d)
After breakfast visit the site of the Eucharistic Miracle and possible Mass here. Continue to Ghent for a city tour including a visit to the famous Adoration of the Lamb by the brothers van Eyck. On to Bruges for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Bruges (b,d)
Full day sightseeing in Bruges, including a visit to the Holy Blood Chapel, church of our Lady and the Beguinage. Mass in one of the many old and picturesque churches of Bruges. Optional visit to a beer brewery at a monastery. Since the Middle Ages monks are known for producing excellent beer! Dinner and overnight.

Day 8 Amsterdam (b,d)
After breakfast depart to Amsterdam.
Afternoon free for leisure, the tourleader will provide some suggestions. You can visit the Anne Frank house, a houseboat, visit the Flower market near the Minttower or visit the hidden Church Our Lord in the attic. It is possible to make a stop on the way from Bruges to Amsterdam, like Kinderdijk, to see the 19 windmills in a row. In Delft, admire the beautiful Market with medieval townhall and New Church where all the members of the Dutch Royal family are buried. We will pay a visit to the factory 'Porceleyne Fles', producing Delft Blue porcelain. Farewell dinner in Amsterdam or surroundings.

Day 9 Departure (b)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight.

A tour in the footsteps of Martin Luther

A tour in the footsteps of Martin Luther
Each day a time and place will be reserved for the daily prayer

Day 1: Departure

Day 2: Berlin (b,d)
Arriving at Berlin airport. You will be welcomed by your tourguide in the metropolis of Central Europe. Transfer to the city and check in into the hotel. A guide will pick up the group for a city tour that includes the main monuments of interests like the Reichstag, the Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandeburger Tor and many more famous monuments. Welcome dinner and overnight in Berlin.

Day 3: Wittenberg (b)
Until noon you will have free time to visit the old city and to do some shopping. After lunch the bus takes you to Wittenberg, also called Luther's town. He taught philosophy at the University and was the town preacher. Luther pinned up his famous 95 Articles condemning the abuses practiced by the Church on the door of the Castle Church. The church is rebuilt since that time but the doors are still the original ones. Luther's tomb is in this church. Also visit Luther's house and the Reformation Museum. If time permits also visit Melanchton'n House. He was Luther's companion, more tolerant, trying to reconcile the different factions of the Reformation. Dinner and overnight in the Wittenberg area.

Day 4: Erfurt (b)
This morning you drive to Eisleben to see the houses where Luther was born and died. The highlight of the day will be a visit to the restored Augustinian Monastry, which was built in 1277 and where Martin Luther lived and worked as a monk in the early 1500’s. Dinner and overnight in Erfurt.

Day 5: Eisenbach (b)
In the morning an excursion to Weimar where you will visit Goethe's House and the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, where Luther was christened and the famous Cranach Triptych can be seen representing the Crucifixion surrounded by scenes from the Old and New Testament. Continue to Eisenach where a guide will show you the St. George's Parish Church where Luther preached on May 2 1521, despite the fact that he was officially banned from the Holy Roman Empire. Also visit the 14th century Luther's house where he lived from 1498 until 1501 while he was student at Latin School. Also visit the Wartburg Castle perched on a rocky spur and see Luther's room. Dinner and overnight in Erfurt.

Day 6: Munich (b)
Travel to Lauf an der Pegnitz. The beautiful and romantic town with parts of the old medieval city Wall and defensive towers, the typical decorative Frankish Fachwerkhouses and protected historical square, church and townhall. Continue on to the Bavarian capital Munich for overnight and dinner.

Day 7: Munich (b)
In the morning a drive through the fairy tale land of Bavaria. You will see a stunning landscape of mirrored lakes and the majestic Alps as you head to Neuschwanstein Castle. This famous castle was the creation of the mad King Ludwig and the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderrella’s castle. From here we drive to Oberammergau to see the Passion Play theatre, where every ten years the famous Passion Play is held in this attractive village. Finally we continue on to Munich for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Munich (b,d)
In the morning a city tour with guide to see the Olympic Sites, the Marienplatz with the Glockenspiel, the Opera and Nymphenburg palace. Afternoon is free for a museum visit or shopping. Farewell dinner in the Hofbrauhaus, a
beergarden. Overnight in Munich.

Day 9: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.