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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...
November 5-15, 2019 - "Highlights of England and Scotland"
Places to visit in England - London with its Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament, Bristol, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace, Holy Trinity Church and Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the Lake District, Lancaster, and then to Scotland with its cities Edinburgh, with its mighty Edinburgh Castle, Grass Market, York, Oxford, and much more. Price is only $3199 (double occupancy) from D.C.
May 14-24, 2020 - "Anabaptist Heritage Tour to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland"
This tour features the Oberammergau Passion Play, presented by its townspeople once every ten years. Guest lecturers/story-tellers are Myron and Esther Augsburger. Visit Heidelberg, the Rhine Valley, Worms, Schleitheim, Schaffhausen, Zurich, Langnau Church (oldest active Mennonite Church), Trachselwald Castle, Interlaken. Then proceed to the Anabaptist Cave, Innsbruck, Salzburg where the "Sound of Music" was filmed, Bavaria, Munich, view the Neuschwanstein Castle, and spend the day watching the Oberammergau presentation. Then to Rothenburg, and to Frankfurt. Pricing - $4399 (double occupancy) from D.C.
July, 2020 (exact dates to be set) - 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, KY and Cincinnati, OH.
November 2-12, 2020 - "The Best of France"
Visiting Nice, Monte Carlo, Grenoble, Lyon/Loire Valley, Chateau Country, Brittany, Mont St. Michel Area, Normandy, Caen, Paris, and more.
Winter, 2021 (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 and son-in-law.
July, 2021 (About 18 Days) - "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.
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).