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St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague
Wartburg Castle, Eisenach
View over Geneva from St. Peters
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Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Flight
We will leave today for our overnight transatlantic flight to Prague. (IF)
Day 2: 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 transfer to our hotel for a well-deserved night’s sleep. (IF)
Day 3: Prague
The morning is at leisure to relax or explore on our own. In the early afternoon we will begin our visit to Prague with a city orientation tour, followed by a dinner cruise on the Vltava River. (B/D)
Day 4: Prague
Our expert local guide will join us this morning for a walking tour focused on Jan Hus, the leading personality of the Czech Reformation movement. We’ll visit Bethlehem Chapel where he preached 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’ll also visit the Castle, which is 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. The afternoon is at leisure before a Czech folk dinner this evening. (B/D)
Day 5: Dresden, Wittenberg
Crossing into Germany, we will stop in the wonderful Baroque city of Dresden. Our guide will lead us on a walk through 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. There is a lunchtime concert at noon which we can attend at no extra charge. We will then continue on to Lutherstadt-Wittenberg and check-in to our hotel. We will dine at a local restaurant this evening. (B/D)
Day 6: Wittenberg
Today 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. There’s no group dinner this evening, so that you can dine in the restaurant of your choice. (B)
Day 7: Erfurt
We will have an early breakfast, then set off for Erfurt. When we arrive, we’ll have time for a typical German lunch of Bratwurst! Our guide will then meet us for a walking tour including St. Mary’s Cathedral where Luther was ordained. We’ll also tour the Augustinian Monastery and its Luther exhibition, including a typical cell from Luther’s time. We will end the tour with a special service in the chapel. We will dine at our hotel this evening. Our guide will lead an optional evening walk to see the floodlit cathedral and lively cafes. (B/D)
Day 8: Eisenach, Erfurt
Our day trip today is to nearby Eisenach, beginning with a tour of Wartburg Castle. In 1521, while fleeing from the wrath of the Pope, Luther took refuge in the 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 11 weeks. Luther spent time in the nearby town of Eisenach at as school boy and sang in the choir of St. George’s Church, where the Bach family also worshiped. The afternoon is free to explore the town or tour the Bach Museum and Luther House Museum. We will return to Erfurt at the end of the day. (B/D)
Day 9: Worms, Heidelberg
This morning we will stop in Worms and 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. We’ll have a photo stop at the stunning Reformation Monument, followed by worship and prayers in the Church of the Holy Trinity. Our final stop is Heidelberg where we will visit the Heidelberg Castle and talk about the Heidelberg Confession. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 10: Strasbourg
After breakfast, we will continue on to Strasbourg, referred to as the “City of Hope” and “Refuge of the Righteous” by the Anabaptists. This is where John Calvin wrote his famous books on systematic theology and where Martin Bucer, another Reformation leader, helped bring in the Reformation. We will have an afternoon tour around the city center and view the Cathedral of Strasbourg, St. Thomas’s Church, and the charming “La Petite France” quarter. After dinner we will take a boat ride on the canal. (B/D)
Day 11: Constance, Zurich
Today we will have breakfast in France, lunch in Germany and dinner in Switzerland! In Constance, we will pray on the spot where the pre-Reformer Jan Hus was martyred and see the Cathedral where some of the trials were held. Crossing over in Switzerland, we’ll dine in an authentic Swiss restaurant. We will spend the night in Zurich. (B/D)
Day 12: Zurich, Geneva
Our local guide in Zurich will take us on a walking tour of the key Reformation sites in Zurich. We will tour the Grossmünster, the Helferei (where Zwingli lived) and see the Zwingli Statue. After a stroll through the historic Auld Stadt (old city) we will depart for Geneva and dine at our hotel. (B/D)
Day 13: Geneva
This morning our local guide will join us for a tour of the Reformation highlights in Geneva. We will begin at the impressive Reformation Monument. Four statues of four Reformation leaders stand as sentinels to truth and courage inspired by godly faith. We will tour St. Pierre’s Cathedral, where John Calvin preached. We can see his chair and a restored section decorated as it would have been before Calvin. Our final stop is an audio guide tour through the incredible Reformation Museum. Below the museum and the Cathedral, we can see the ruins of a Roman sanctuary, a 4th century basilica, and a 6th century church. We have a free time this afternoon to experience these key sites before we dine at a local restaurant this evening for our farewell meal. (B/D)
Calvin’s academy if requested.
Day 14: Return
We transfer from our hotel to the airport for our morning flights. (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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