Amsterdam Bonhoeffer House, Berlin Wittenberg The Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt Wartburg Castle Heidelberg Strasbourg Zurich, Switzerland Reformation Wall, Geneva
Bonhoeffer House, Berlin
The Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt
Reformation Wall, Geneva
Join Dr. Steve and Teri Varvis for a trip through the Reformation. The Reformation began when on October 31st Martin Luther, Dr. of Theology, posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. The tour will visit the major reformation sites in Germany, including those where Martin Luther worshiped, taught, wrote, and led the renewal of the Church called the Reformation: Wittenberg, Erfurt, Worms, and Heidelberg among others.
We will travel to Strasbourg in France, and Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland to see the reformation sites of the early Reformed tradition and of some of the first Anabaptists. And we will spend some time in and around Amsterdam where the Reformed and Mennonite movements developed in the uniquely Dutch world. We will meet the men and women who risked their lives for their faith, and cultural flowering of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as some of the destructive wars and persecutions in this great time of change. There will be lots of chances to enjoy the sites, cities, marketplaces, and country sides and mountain valleys of Europe, learn something (no tests…), and expand our understandings and appreciation of how our world has been shaped by varieties of Christian faith.
In addition to Reformation sites we will visit some of the sites of events that have shaped our world, such as, the Berlin Wall, Holocaust sites, places where Bach conducted and performed, the Dietrich Bonhoeffer museum, the tulip fields and canals of Holland, and many, many more. We will have a time of fun, fellowship, and experience of people, places, and events that have shaped who we are, what we believe, and how we live.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Wednesday, June 14, 2017: Depart
We will depart USA for our overnight flight to Amsterdam. (IF)
Day 2: Thursday, June 15, 2017: Arrival in Amsterdam
On arrival in Amsterdam, we will meet our expert Mennonite tour guide, Ayold Fanoy, who will escort us to our centrally located hotel in Amsterdam for 3 nights. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (IF/D)
Day 3: Friday, June 16, 2017: Amsterdam
Our morning tour of Amsterdam will include the Oude Kerk, the Begijnhof, and the Anne Frank House. We will conclude the tour with a boat ride on the famous canals. The rest of the day is free to explore the city and sites. We will dine in a private room in the Haesje Claes restaurant this evening. (B/D)
Day 4: Saturday, June 17, 2017: Haarlem, Amsterdam
We will take a day trip to nearby Haarlem, and visit the Corrie Ten Boom house, Bavo Church, and a Mennonite church. We will return to Amsterdam for an early dinner and concert at the Royal Concertgebouw. (B/D)
Day 5: Sunday, June 18, 2017: Deventer, Berlin
Today we will have the opportunity to worship in the historical Lebuinus church in Deventer. We will have lunch and fellowship with members of the church, then continue our drive to Berlin. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 6: Monday, June 19, 2017: Berlin
Our morning tour of Berlin will include the Bonhoeffer House, Check-point Charlie and other World War II sites. The afternoon and evening are at leisure. (B)
Day 7: Tuesday, June 20, 2017: Wittenberg
On arrival in Wittenberg, we will meet our expert local guide, who will take on a walking tour including Castle Church, St. Mary’s, Lutherhalle and the Cranach Hof. The afternoon is free to explore the town and we will dine in our hotel near Wittenberg (B/D)
Day 8: Wednesday, June 21, 2017: Erfurt, Eisenach
We will head west today, and tour Erfurt, where Luther was a university student, then entered the monastery. The afternoon tour will include St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Augustinian Monastery, as well as the famous Merchant’s Bridge. We will continue on to Eisenach and dine in a restaurant near our hotel. (B/D)
Day 9: Thursday, June 22, 2017: Eisenach
We will begin with a guided tour of Eisenach in the footsteps of the Bach family and Luther, ending with lunch in a local restaurant. The afternoon is at leisure, with the option to go to the Hainich Forest canopy walk. This evening we will have a private after-hours reception at the Bach House. (B/L)
Day 10: Friday, June 23, 2017: Wartburg, Worms, Heidelberg
Today’s highlight is a tour of Wartburg Castle. After time for lunch, we will drive to Worms and view Reformation Monument and plaque at the sites of the Diet of Worms. We will end the day with dinner in our hotel in Heidelberg. (B/D)
Day 11: Saturday, June 24, 2017: Strasbourg
We will tour Heidelberg this morning, including the castle. In the afternoon we will cross over into France and check-in to our hotel in Strasbourg. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 12: Sunday, June 25, 2017: Strasbourg
This morning, those that wish, have the opportunity to attend church in Strasbourg. in the afternoon we will have a walking tour in the footsteps of Calvin and Bucer, ending with a boat ride on the canals. We will dine in a local restaurant. (B/D)
Day 13: Monday, June 26, 2017: Zurich
Our final country on the tour is Switzerland and we will arrive in Zurich late morning. Our guide will take us on a tour of the city, including Zurich’s Grossmunster. We will also see the plaque for the Anabaptists by the Limmat River. After some free time, we will dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 14: Tuesday, June 27, 2017: Zurich, Geneva
We will take the scenic drive through the Emmental and have a tea break at the factory of Kambly cookies in Trubschachen. We will then visit a typical Emmentaler attraction, the Emmentaler cheese factory in Affoltern, located on a hill top with nice views over the Emmental. We will also see Trachselwald Castle, where Anabaptists were imprisoned. We will end the day in Geneva with a fondue evening. (B/D)
Day 15: Wednesday, June 28, 2017: Geneva
Our morning tour of Geneva will include the Reformation Wall, St. Peter’s Cathedral, and the Reformation Museum. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Geneva. We will meet up again at the hotel for our farewell meal. (B/D)
Day 16: Thursday, June 29, 2017: Return
We will transfer to the airport for our flights back to USA (B)
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
What are accommodations like?
Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
June 15-18, 2017
NH Amsterdam Centre
1054 ES Amsterdam
June 18-20, 2017
Hotel Crowne Plaza City Center
Nürnberger Str. 65
Dessau near Wittenberg, Germany
June 19-21, 2017
Radisson Blu Dessau
June 21-23, 2017
Hotel Gobel’s Sophienhotel
June 23-24, 2017
Bergheimer Str. 74
June 24-26, 2017
1 Avenue Herrenschmidt
June 26-27, 2017
Hotel Movenpick Regensdorf
Im Zentrum 2
June 27-29, 2017
Hotel Novotel Center
Rue de Zurich 19
Group flights are available for this tour. If you would like to make your own arrangements, please arrange to be in Amsterdam on the morning of June 15, 2017. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel nights in Amsterdam. We can either assist you with flights or you can book your own. Please ensure we have a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Flight No. Date From To Departs Arrives
BA 264 Jun 14/15 San Francisco Heathrow 4:30 PM 11:05 AM
BA 432 June 15 Heathrow Amsterdam 2:40 PM 5:00 PM
BA 725 June 29 Geneva Heathrow 10:10 AM 11:00 AM
BA 287 June 29 Heathrow San Francisco 2:05 PM 4:59 PM
What’s included in the land price of 4,299?
*Price based on a minimum of 20 participants. Discounted rate with over 25 participants.
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and moderate 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary
• All transfers, as a group
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips except as indicated below
• Round-trip air transportation ($1,500 from San Francisco)
• Single supplement ($950)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• Passenger trip cancellation insurance (details sent with reservation form)
• Gratuities for tour director, and driver
• Deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour. Please send all checks to Reformation Tours, P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Final invoices will be sent in February 2017
• Final payment is due by March 31, 2017
• Reservations will be accepted after March 31, 2017, subject to availability
We now offer all of our travelers FREE travel insurance on group tours, which is valid throughout the tour. This insurance is through RoamRight, a division of Arch Insurance Company. You have the option to upgrade to the Total Travel Protection Plan to receive full coverage. The price depends on the total land and air cost of the tour.
The Travel Protection Plan covers you while you are on tour (not before). It includes medical and evacuation coverage, missed travel connections, trip delay, baggage delays, and lost luggage.
Upgraded Insurance from $209 (land) and $282 (land and air)
You can upgrade to the Total Travel Protection plan, by adding Trip Cancellation coverage. This is valid from the time of purchase until the tour begins. E-mail us to add the upgraded insurance, or request the upgrade when you sign-up for the tour.
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. To offset these costs the following fees will apply, plus any non-recoverable expenses to our suppliers:
From time of deposit to until 100 days before departure: $100
From 99-15 days prior to departure: $350 plus any non refundable deposits
14 days or less prior to departure: No refund– Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodation reserved prior to and after the tour.
– Cancellations must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. central time on the last business day of the applicable time period.
– For flight changes or cancellations, revision fees and/or airline cancellation charges will apply.
– Roommates canceling can result in a single supplement charge for the roommate. The Participant who cancels will be responsible for that charge if a substitute roommate cannot be found.
– Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour. Click on the image to download a copy of the brochure.
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You can either send a check made payable to “Reformation Tours” to P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222 or click here to pay by credit card.
Steve and Teri have been around FPU for many years. Steve has taught and served in the administration for more than 30 years. One of his specialties is Reformation history and theology. You can find out a little be more on his blog site
Your tour price includes FREE travel insurance throughout the tour through RoamRight, a division of Arch Insurance Company.
Included Insurance – FREE to all our group travelers, the Travel Protection Plan covers you while you are on tour (not before). It includes medical and evacuation coverage, missed travel connections, trip delay, baggage delays, and lost luggage.
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