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Ed and Edie Bontrager of Harrisonburg, Virginia began coordinating and hosting tours abroad since 1970, in conjunction with their pastoral ministry in several states. To date either one or both have hosted about 50 overseas tours, and several motor coach tours on the U.S. east coast.
Since this is a family business, they are able to offer tours at very reasonable rates, yet the tours are high quality, with lodging in first class hotels. The in-country guides are English-speaking professionals who are very knowledgeable and articulate regarding the culture, customs and history of the places visited.
Countries visited have been Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt in the Middle East. Other locations have been to Trinidad, Indonesia, Russia, Albania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, India, Ireland, Scandinavian countries, Greece, Italy, Switzerland and other European countries. Also South American countries - Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Peru.
On some trips we personally contract with tour agents overseas, and make our own arrangements for overseas flights; on other trips we work through a tour company, Nawas International Travel, who takes care of all the flights, transportation and local guides.
Join us for one of our upcoming tours...
July 20-22, 2020 - Motor Coach trip to Ark Encounter and Creation Museum
This is a three-day trip out of Harrisonburg, VA. These two features are in Williamstown and Petersburg, KY.
September 15-16, 2020 - A Double Header Motor Coach trip to PA!
Visit Sight and Sound, Lancaster, PA to attend "Queen Esther." Also to Bird-in-Hand Theater to see "Josiah for President." Overnight at Bird-in-Hand Family Inn. Time to spend at Kitchen Kettle and a brief tour through Amish Country.
October 19-29, 2020 (was scheduled for May 13-23) - "Anabaptist Heritage Tour to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland"
Because of the COVID-19 virus the date has been changed. Guest lecturers/story tellers are Myron and Esther Augsburger. Visit Heidelberg, the Rhine Valley, Worms, Schleitheim, Zurich, Langnau Church, Trachselwald Castle, Interlaken. Then to the Anabaptist Cave, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Bavaria, Munich, Rothenberg and to Frankfurt. Pricing - $4399.
June 24 - July 12, 2021 - "Discover Indonesia"
The main feature is Mennonite World Conference being held July 6-11 in Semarang. However, we will also explore the history and culture of Indonesia with visits to Jakarta, Jepara, Mt. Muria, Prambanan (magnificent Hindu Temple), Borobudur (ninth-century Buddhist Temple), Yogyakarta, and many more sites. Guest lecturer is Dr. Lawrence Yoder, who with his wife, Shirlee, lived in Indonesia for 10 years. Both taught at Wiyata Wacana Theological College, and Lawrence was also an administrator for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a relief organization.
Winter, 2022 (exact dates to be set) - "Southeast Asia Adventure"
Visiting Bangkok, Thailand; Vientiane, Laos; Angkor Wat, Cambodia; Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Singapore, and places in between! See MCC relief work close-up in this capital city in Laos with Andrea and Tom Unzicker, Bontrager's daughter, son-in-law, and family.
May, 2022 - "Anabaptist Heritage Tour"
Tour featuring the Oberammergau Passion Play in Bavaria, Germany. Other countries to be visited are Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
All of these tours include overseas flights, airline taxes/surcharges, first class/select hotels, most meals, comprehensive sightseeing by private motor coach, including the services of the finest English-speaking guides, all admission fees, porterage, etc.
For further information, contact TravelVenture Tours, 1285 Shank Dr. #337, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. Telephone 540-574-3833 (Home/Office) or 540-209-7457 (Cell).