Merchants Bridge, Erfurt
Join Rev. Dr. Jack and Kathy Daniel on a 12-day tour through three countries, highlighting the homelands of the heroes, sometimes martyrs, of the Protestant Reformation. We can think of no better way to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The tour begins in Prague, where we see how English reformer/Bible translator John Wycliffe’s ideas affected Jan Hus one hundred years before Luther posted his 95 Theses, in October 1517. In Germany, we will visit the key Luther sites, including Wittenberg, Erfurt, Eisenach, and Worms. In Switzerland, we hear how the Reformation spread through the ministry of Zwingli in Zurich and Calvin in Geneva. By exploring these courageous and committed individuals in the cities and countrysides where they lived, preached, and taught, we’ll gain a deeper understanding of our Protestant faith. Be inspired by the key ideas of the Reformation: Scripture alone, not church tradition or ritual, is the source of spiritual authority; and faith alone, not works or mediation by a priesthood, is sufficient for salvation.
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Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Thursday, August 10, 2017: Flight
Depart USA for overnight transatlantic flight to Prague. (IF)
Day 2: Friday, August 11, 2017: Prague
When we arrive in Prague, our Reformation Tours Tour Director will greet and escort us to our waiting deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach. We will have some free time for lunch, then our expert local guide take us on a walking tour focused on Jan Hus, the leading personality of the Czech Reformation movement. We’ll visit Bethlehem Chapel where he preached (possibly closed for renovations), and see the Hus monument outside Týn Church. Hus was a contemporary of John Wycliffe and was heavily influenced by his writings. They both agreed that all Christians are members of Christ’s church and that Jesus is the head. We will celebrate our arrival in Prague with a dinner cruise on the Vltava River. (IF/D)
Day 3: Saturday, August 12, 2017: Prague
This morning we’ll explore Prague Castle, a complex of palaces, courtyards, streets and churches including St. Vitus Cathedral, which took 600 years to complete. We will then take a stroll across Charles Bridge, past the famous statues to the Old Town Square. We will finish by the Jan Hus Monument, built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his martyrdom. The afternoon is at leisure before a Czech folk dinner this evening. (B/D)
Day 4: Sunday, August 13, 2017: Prague, Dresden, Wittenberg
Crossing into Germany, we will stop in the wonderful Baroque city of Dresden. Highlights include the magnificent palatial buildings around the Theaterplatz and the Brühl Terraces, and the many art treasures at the state museums. Germany’s largest Protestant church, the Frauenkirche has now been fully restored after being damaged during WWII. J.S. Bach was the first to play on the Silberman organ when the church was originally built. We will then continue on to Lutherstadt-Wittenberg, where we’ll dine at Brauhaus. (B/D)
Day 5: Monday, August 14, 2017: Wittenberg
This morning is free to explore the town. In the afternoon our local guide will take us to where Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) in 1517. Although the original door was destroyed in a fire, the replica has all 95 Theses in bronze, which is magnificent. Next we tour the Lutherhalle (Luther House) Museum, where Luther lived for 35 years. It was here that he had his pivotal “Tower Experience” while reading Romans 1:17. (B)
Day 6: Tuesday, August 15, 2017: Erfurt
After breakfast, we will travel to Erfurt, where we will have free time for lunch and a stroll around this delightful medieval town. Our local guide will take us on a tour including St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Severin’s Church and the famous Merchant’s Bridge. We will end at the Augustinian Monastery where Luther became a monk on July 17, 1505. We will be able to see his monastic quarters, including one cell furnished to look as it would have done when he lived there. At the end of the tour we will have a group worship service in the chapel. This evening we will dine in the “Luther Cellar” restaurant with a traditional meal from his time. (B/D)
Day 7: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 : Eisenach, Rudesheim
This morning we’ll travel to the imposing Wartburg Castle, where Luther took refuge after a fake kidnapping staged by his friend and protector, Frederick the Wise. This is where Luther translated the New Testament into German in just 11 weeks! After traveling down to the Rhine, we’ll board the boat at St. Goar and sail past magnificent castles and the famous Loreley rock. We’ll then have the afternoon to explore Rudesheim, a town dating back to the pre-Roman era. Dinner will be in a winery. (B/D)
Day 8: Thursday, August 17, 2017: Mainz, Worms, Zurich
Our morning begins in Mainz as we focus on Bible printing history and the contribution of Johann Gutenberg, who developed moveable type. We will be able to see original copies of the Bible in the Gutenberg Museum. We will also view Mainz Cathedral, dating back to 975. After some free time for lunch we will drive to Worms and see the site of the Worms Debates (Diet of Worms), now a park, with a plaque commemorating the Diet of Worms and the Reformation Monument. We hear the stories of Luther as he responded “Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me.” We will then cross over into Switzerland and check-in to our hotel in Zurich. Dinner is at a local restaurant this evening. (B/D)
Day 9: Friday, August 18, 2017: Zurich, Lauterbrunnen
This morning we will have a guided tour of the key Reformation sites in Zurich. We will tour Zwingli’s church, the Grossmünster, and see the Zwingli Statue. We have a stroll through the historic Altstadt (old city) and see the Zwingli Museum and the Helferei (where Zwingli lived). Other notable sites are the Fraumünster (the famous Catholic Cathedral) with its Marc Chagall windows. We will then continue on to the picturesque resort of Lauterbrunnen, in the Alps, where we will stay for two-nights. (B/D)
Day 10: Saturday, August 19, 2017: Swiss Alps
Today we will have a full day to explore the Lauterbrunnen Valley, regarded as one of the most spectacular glacial valleys in Europe. It lies surrounded by the un-spoilt natural beauty of the magnificent Swiss Alps. In the afternoon we’ll ride the funicular railway to the picturesque resort of Murren. This is a car-free village perched atop a cliff, surrounded by the unbelievable panorama of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks. We return to our hotel for a second overnight stay. (B)
Day 11: Sunday, August 20, 2017: Geneva
Leaving the Alps behind, we will drive to Geneva, where our local guide will take us on a walking tour to learn more about John Calvin, the French Protestant theologian and John Knox, the Scottish Reformer, who spent several years here as a Pastor. The tour will include Cathedrale St. Pierre (St. Peter’s Cathedral), the impressive Reformation Monument, the Museum of the Reformation and Calvin College. We’ll have the opportunity to sample local Swiss cuisine this evening. We will spend our final overnight in Geneva. (B/D)
Day 12: Monday, August 21, 2017: Return
We will transfer to the airport for our return flights to Boston. (B/IF)
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! Pre-tour nights are available. Please contact us for details
Prague, Czech Republic
August 11-13, 2017
Prague, 110 00
August 13-15, 2017
Am Hauptbahnhof 3
D-06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg
August 15-16, 2017
August 16-17, 2017
D-65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
August 17-18, 2017
August 18-20, 2017
August 20-21, 2017
43, Rue de Lausanne
If you would like to make your own arrangements, please arrange to be in Prague on the morning of August 11, 2017. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Prague. 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.
|LH 423||August 10 / 11||Boston||Frankfurt||5:05 PM||6:00 AM|
|LH 1329||August 11||Frankfurt||Prague||9:00 AM||10:00 AM|
|LH 2385||August 21||Geneva||Munich||12:55 PM||2:05 PM|
|LH 424||August 21||Munich||Boston||3:55 PM||6:35 PM|
Price based on a minimum of 15 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 (estimated $950 round-trip from Boston)
• Single supplement ($600)
• 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 payments to Reformation Tours, P.O Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Final invoices will be sent in July 2017
• Final payment is due by August 10, 2017
• Reservations will be accepted after August 10, 2017, subject to availability, and will need to be paid in full.
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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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