If you love travel and history but want something more than tourism, consider joining us on our next Pietist Schoolman Travel tour.

Our 2019 World Wars tour visiting a British military cemetery in Belgium with local guide Carl Ooghe

Historians often say that the past is like a foreign country. Even if you were to study an older version of your hometown, you would notice important differences in how people think, feel, and act. But that’s all the more true when we travel mentally across time and physically across space.

In a classroom, teachers and professors can try to help students imagine what it was like to live through the religious upheavals of the Reformation or the mechanized combat of World War II. But what if you did that in Martin Luther’s church or on Omaha Beach? What if you could listen to the words of eyewitnesses describe those events as you see, hear, touch, and even smell the scene for yourself?

We believe that historical travel can be not only enjoyable but educational, not just informative but transformative — intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

Learn more about our travel philosophy and our guides.

Next Tour

The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to cancel a 2020 tour on sports history and then to put our 2021-2022 plans on hold. But we’re looking forward to announcing the details of a 2023 tour of Germany… look for that brochure and application to come available later this summer.

Statue of Martin Luther in front of Berlin’s Marienkirche

Most Recent Tour

2019: The World Wars in Western Europe

In June 2019 our inaugural tour took 22 people (ages 17 to 72) to Western Europe to explore the history of the two world wars. We started with three days in London and ended with three days in Paris and Munich, but the heart of the trip was a four-day guided tour of battlefields in Flanders, the Somme, and Normandy. Click here to read the full brochure.