2017 marks the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation and on this very special journey through key Reformation cities, follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther and see where it all began. There’s no better way to build fellowship and community than with a welcome dinner in Berlin to meet your fellow traveling companions. Begin your tour with sightseeing in Berlin followed by a stop in Jüterbog to see St. Nicholas Church. In Dessau, visit Prince George III Library famed for its collection of works by Luther. An excursion into Wittenberg takes you to see Luther House, and includes a visit to St. Mary’s Church and Melanchthon House. (The June 8th departure allows for free time in Wittenberg during Luther’s Wedding Festival which will be celebrated June 9th – 11th. The October 29th departure allows for free time in Wittenberg on Reformation Day which is October 31). Before arriving in Leipzig, stop in Torgau, the political center of the Reformation and where Martin Luther sanctified the first Protestant church. In Mansfeld, Luther’s childhood town, see his parents’ home. Continue to Eisleben and visit Luther’s Birthplace Museum, Luther’s Death House Museum, St. Andrew’s Church, and St. Peter & Paul Church and in Erfurt visit the Augustinian Monastery where Luther lived as a monk. An excursion to Eisenach includes a guided visit to Wartburg Castle, where Luther translated the New Testament, Luther House, St. George’s Church, and see Nikolai Gate. Stop in Schmalkalden to see St. George’s Church and learn about the “Schmalkaldic League”. Continue on to Coburg to see the Coburg Fortress. Stop in Worms, where the Imperial Council passed judgement on Luther in 1521 and visit the cathedral where Luther presented his case, Trinity Church, and the famed Reformation Monument. Enjoy a Rhine River cruise through the prettiest part of the Rhine Valley and in Mainz, visit the Gutenberg Museum. 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 ChurchJÜTERBOGSee St. Nicholas ChurchDESSAUVisit Prince Georg III LibraryWITTENBERG Guided walking tour, see Luther House, visit St. Mary’s Church and Melanchthon HouseTORGAUVisit the political centerLEIPZIG Walking tour, visit the Thomaskirche and the market squareMANSFELDSee Luther’s parents’ homeEISLEBEN 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 & GateSCHMALKALDENSee St. George’s ChurchCOBURG 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
Motorcoach; boat cruise. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.