Experience Germany and the historical sights of the Reformation in 2018.
Starting from $3,398
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
Day 1 Depart USA
Day 2 Arrive in Germany
Day 3 Wittenberg
Day 4 Halle and Eisleben
Day 5 Erfurt
Day 6 Eisenach
Day 7 Worms and Heidelberg
Day 8 Mainz, Gutenberg Press, Rhine Cruise
Day 9 Return to USA
Day 1 - Depart USA
Depart on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 - Arrive in Germany
Arrive this morning in Berlin, where our representative will greet you and escort you to your bus. A driving tour of Berlin will introduce you to such sites as the Brandenburg Gate and the rebuilt Reichstag, whose transparent dome represents the open government of the nation. Pass the ruins of the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche, left as a poignant reminder of what was lost in the Second World War and stop at a section of the Berlin Wall, a stark testimony to the once divided city. Take a photo at Checkpoint Charlie, the infamous crossing point from East to West Berlin during the Cold War Era. Dinner and overnight in Wittenberg.
Day 3 - Wittenberg
This morning, wander the town of Wittenberg, where Luther lived and taught for 36 years. See where he posted his 95 Theses on the Palace Church door, giving voice to the Reformation. Visit Schlosskirche, where Luther was buried, and explore Luther Halle, a former monastery where Martin lived with his family. This afternoon, explore on your own through the town's museums and shops. Enjoy an English Service held by the local Luther English Ministry team before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 - Halle and Eisleben
Start the day in Halle, where Luther supported the Market Church constructed here. Later, George Handel would be baptized here in 1685. Cardinal Albert of Mainz precipitated the onset of the Reformation through his sale of indulgences and the Protestants in Halle bought him out of his position. Continue on to Eisleben, where Luther’s life both began and ended. Luther was baptized at St. Petri (St. Peter & St. Paul’s Church), where you can see portraits of his wife and parents. This charming little town includes the Luther Family Home, as well as the house Luther was visiting at the time of his death. Walk the medieval cobblestone streets past St. Andrew’s Church, where Luther preached his last sermon. Dinner and overnight in Erfurt.
Day 5 - Erfurt
Erfurt was called the “city of spires” in Luther’s day. Visit St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Augustinian Monastery, where Luther was ordained into the priesthood in 1507. Visit the Veste, the 900‐year‐old fortress of Coburg, where Luther took refuge from his enemies behind its triple ramparts. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 - Eisenach
Martin Luther lived in Eisenach during his student days. Learn about Luther’s life and the Reformation at the Luther House Museum, and tour the famous Wartburg Castle, where Luther translated the New Testament into German in 1522. View the room where Luther completed his translation in just 11 weeks. Travel to the Rhine River area. Check into your area hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 - Worms and Heidelberg
Explore the ancient city of Worms, where Luther refused to back down from his criticism of the church during the famous Diet of Worms. The Reformation Monument features statues of major ﬁgures in the Reformation. In Heidelberg, view the Castle that was twice struck by lightning, and explore the charming Old Town’s cobblestone lanes and medieval atmosphere. Heidelberg University played an important role in the debates over the Reformation. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 - Mainz, Gutenberg Press, Rhine Cruise
This morning, visit the Rhine River city of Mainz, where Johann Gutenberg developed the process of moveable type that allowed printing to be done on a production scale. Enjoy a cruise on the Rhine River past medieval castles before staying overnight in the Frankfurt area.
Day 9 - Return to USA
Return home with memories of the people and places of the Reformation in Germany.
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Day 9 – Strasbourg and Basel
John Calvin ministered in Strasbourg 1538 to 1541 at several churches including Sainte‐Madeleine and the Temple Neuf. The Cathedrale Notre‐Dame is the highest cathedral tower in France, and contains an Astronomical Clock. Enjoy a walking tour of the city. You’ll journey to Basel, located on the Rhine River and home to John Calvin. You'll visit the Munster, once a Catholic cathedral and now a Reformed church. Buried here is Erasmus, a Catholic priest and contemporary of the Reformers. His work on Free Will and toleration of opposing views of Christianity caused him to be criticized from both sides. He died in 1536 and was buried here. Oecolampadius led the city's conversion to Protestantism, and John Calvin's work Institutes of the Christian Religion was ﬁrst published here in 1536. Visit the Marketplatz and see the Rathaus (originally a Renaissance palace). Dinner and overnight in Basel.
Day 10 – Constance and Zurich
This morning, travel to the lakeside city of Konstanz (Constance). In 1414 ‐ 1418, the Council of Constance challenged early reformers of the church. Jan Hus, a Czech priest and early reformer was called before the council and later burned at the stake on July 6, 1415. Visit the house he stayed at here. Wander the medieval streets and shops of this city untouched by World War II. Zurich was home to Huldrich Zwingli, a contemporary of Luther and Calvin, leading the call for Reformation. Zwingli served as pastor of the Grossmunster (Great Church) in the 1520's. Zwingli died in Zurich in 1531, and the Zurich Bible was published that same year. Two other churches here deserve attention. The Fraumunster (Our Lady's Church) has portions of architecture dating to the 13th century, and boasts stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. Finally St. Peter's Church has the largest church clock face in the world. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight in Zurich.
Day 11 – Interlachen and Alpine Drive
This morning you’ll enjoy travel through the Alps to the town of Interlaken, surrounded by major peaks beside two lakes. Continue on to Chillon Castle. Walk the grounds of this fortiﬁcation that has guarded the southern pass of Lake Geneva for over 800 years. Dinner and overnight in area between Chillon and Geneva.
Day 12 – Geneva
You’ll spend your day in Geneva, capitol of the canton with the same name and seat of many international organizations. Upon arrival you will visit many sites including The World Council of Churches, UN Palace, St. Pierre's Cathedral, the Reformation Monument, Rousseau Island, the Flower Clock and many other highlights of this bustling international and ﬁnancial city. You will have plenty of free time exploring this beautiful city before you turn in at your hotel for dinner and overnight near Geneva airport area.
Day 13 – Return Home