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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin St. Mary's Cathedral Wartburg Castle Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt Gutenberg Museum
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
St. Mary's Cathedral
Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt
You are invited to join a 10-day tour to Germany. We will learn about Luther’s life and ministry as we visit key Lutheran sites including Erfurt, Eisenach, Wittenberg and Eisleben.
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Fly
We will depart from the USA. Group flights can be arranged from Baltimore. Reformation Tours can also arrange pre-tour nights in Berlin for anyone who wishes to travel before the tour begins.
Day 2: Berlin, Wittenberg
On arrival in Berlin, we will meet our tour director who will escort us throughout the tour. We will start our Reformation Tour with a panoramic bus sightseeing tour of the reunified German capital, highlighting the Reichstag (parliament building), the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the refurbished city center and Gendarnmenmarkt. We will also see Alexanderplatz, the famous boulevard “Unter den Linden”, and view the Berlin Cathedral. We will continue to Lutherstadt-Wittenberg and check in to our hotel. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 3: Wittenberg
After breakfast, we will have the opportunity to attend church in Wittenberg. Known as the “Mother Church of the Reformation”, St. Mary’s Town Church is the city’s oldest building. This was where Luther married Katharina von Bora in 1525 and where their children were baptized. In the afternoon, our expert local guide will take us on a half-day walking tour including the Lutherhalle (Luther’s home), Town Church, and Castle Church. Although the original door was destroyed in a fire, the replica has all 95 Theses magnificently displayed in bronze. We will end the tour with a time of fellowship as a group, then the rest of the day will be at leisure. (B)
Day 4: Eisleben, Erfurt
This morning we will travel to Eisleben, where Luther was born and also where he died. It is sometimes referred to as his Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We’ll visit both these homes with our guide, as well as St. Anne’s, an old miner’s church famous for the Biblical Scenes hewn in stone. We will also visit St. Peter and St. Paul Church where Luther was baptized. We will continue on to Erfurt and dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 5: Erfurt
After breakfast, our local guide will take us on a tour including St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Church of St. Severus and the famous Merchant’s Bridge. We will also tour 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. In the afternoon, we will have an optional excursion to Buchenwald Concentration Camp. The evening will be at leisure (B)
Day 6: Eisenach, Erfurt
In 1521, while fleeing from the wrath of the Pope, Luther took refuge in the Wartburg Castle after a fake kidnapping staged by his friend and protector, Frederick the Wise. We will tour the Wartburg and see where Luther finished translating the New Testament into German in just eleven weeks. We will have a fun lunch today in a medieval-style restaurant featuring foods from Luther’s time. After lunch, we will visit the Bach House with the largest collection of Bach memorabilia in the world. A musical demonstration of period instruments is also included. After some free time, we will return to Erfurt. (B/L)
Day 7: Rothenburg
Today we will drive south to the delightful medieval town of Rothenberg-ob-der-Tauber. After a group lunch, we will have a guided tour of St. James Church, with its art treasures, such as the Tilman Riemenschneider altarpiece and the Altar of the Twelve Apostles by Friedrich Herlin. a walk around the city walls, and the opportunity to shop in the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop. The rest of the day will be at leisure to relax or join the Night Watchman on his nightly tour. (B/L)
Day 8: Worms, Mainz
We will drive to the Rhine region and spend the afternoon in Worms. We will visit the site of Luther’s Worms Debates (Diet of Worms), now a park, with a plaque commemorating Luther’s brave stand for faith and truth 500 years ago in 1521. We’ll have a photo stop at the stunning Reformation Monument. Our evening meal will be at a family-run winery, with the opportunity to try 4 local wines. We’ll end the day in Mainz. (B/D)
Day 9: Rhine Cruise, Mainz
Our morning begins with a relaxing cruise down the Rhine from St. Goar, past magnificent castles and the famous Loreley rock. In the afternoon, we will tour the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, where we will see three extremely rare and valuable Gutenberg original 42-line Bibles. Gutenberg is recognized as being one of the most influential figures of the millennium. Our farewell meal will be in a restaurant this evening. (B/D)
Day 10: Return
We will transfer from our hotel to Frankfurt Airport for our morning flights. A post-tour to Munich will be offered. (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!
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