This very special trip focuses on Martin Luther. Starting in Berlin, visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial. In Wittenberg, see Luther House, and visit St. Mary’s Church and Melanchthon House. Continue to Leipzig to visit the Thomaskirche, where J.S. Bach worked. Also included are visits to Luther’s Birthplace Museum, Luther’s Death House Museum, St. Andrew’s Church, and St. Peter & Paul Church in Eisleben; the Augustinian Monastery and Merchant’s Bridge in Erfurt; Wartburg Castle, where Luther translated the New Testament, Luther House, and St. George’s Church in Eisenach; Coburg Fortress; and Worms, where the Imperial Council passed judgement on Luther in 1521. Visit the cathedral where Luther presented his case, Trinity Church, and the famed Reformation Monument. In Mainz, visit the Gutenberg Museum, and enjoy a romantic Rhine River cruise through the prettiest part of the Rhine Valley. Next is the medieval walled town of Rothenburg, famous for its Christmas ornaments, to visit St. Jacob’s Church with the renowned Blood Altar. Follow in Luther’s footsteps to Nuremberg and visit St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, and to Augsburg, where Luther and his followers proclaimed their beliefs. End in Munich and visit Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls. An optional excursion to King Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle and the Passion Play town of Oberammergau is available. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.
BERLIN Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial ChurchWITTENBERG Guided walking tour, see Luther House, visit St. Mary’s Church and Melanchthon HouseLEIPZIG Walking tour, visit the Thomaskirche and the market squareEISLEBEN Visit Luther’s Birthplace Museum and Death House Museum, St. Andrew’s Church, and St. Peter & Paul ChurchERFURT Visit the Augustinian Monastery and the Merchants’ BridgeEISENACH Guided visit of Wartburg Castle, visit Luther House and St. George’s Church; see the Luther & Bach Memorials, and Nikolai Church & GateCOBURG Visit Coburg FortressWORMS Visit the cathedral, Trinity Church, and the Reformation Monument RHINE CRUISEMAINZ Visit the Gutenberg MuseumROTHENBURG Walking tour, visit St. Jacob’s ChurchNUREMBERG Walking tour, visit St. Lorenz Lutheran ChurchAUGSBURG Guided sightseeingMUNICH Guided sightseeing, visit Marienplatz; farewell dinnerHeadsets throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Berlin and a farewell dinner in Munich
NOTES: Departure 1030 – Reformation Day in Wittenberg (October 31)Departure 1030 – starts on Sunday in Berlin instead of Tuesday
Motorcoach; boat cruise. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.