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Reichstag Building, Berlin Wittenberg Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt Wartburg Castle Rothenburg Salzburg Glockenspiel, Munich
Reichstag Building, Berlin
Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt
Imagine yourself going to the epicenter of the Reformation and walking in the very places once frequented by Martin Luther and his contemporaries. Picture yourself being on the very steps of the Wittenberg Church leading to the front doors where Luther posted the 95 Theses. We will visit Zwickau, the monastery where Luther studied for the priesthood in Erfurt, and many other beautiful places in Germany and Austria! Luther rediscovered the Gospel in this land, and it is our prayer that this tour will reinvigorate and inspire each traveler’s individual Christian journey. We would love to plan a custom departure for your group!
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Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Overnight Flights
Our journey begins as we board our international flight to Berlin, Germany. A pre-tour night is available in Berlin if you’d like to rest after the journey. (IF)
Day 2: Berlin, Wittenberg
Upon our early morning arrival in Berlin, we meet our tour leader and coach driver and pick-up early arrivals. We begin with a panoramic tour of the city with photo stops. We’ll see the famous Brandenburg Gate, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Cathedral, the Reichstag building and the lively boulevards. This city has undergone momentous changes since reunification. We will stop to visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum then continue on to Wittenberg, where we’ll dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 3: Wittenberg
A full day in Wittenberg, where the Reformation officially began in 1517 awaits us. A local guide will join us for a tour of Lutherstadt-Wittenberg beginning at the site where Luther posted his 95 Theses. Although the original door was destroyed in a fire, the replica has all 95 Theses in bronze, which is magnificent. The tour also includes St. Mary’s Church and the Lutherhalle (Luther House) Museum. In 1508, when Martin Luther came to Wittenberg, he lived here with other Augustinian Monks. Later, Luther and his wife, Katharina von Bora, raised six children here. The afternoon and evening are at leisure. (B)
Day 4: Zwickau
We will have a leisurely drive to Zwickau this morning, which was the first city after Wittenberg to adopt the Reformation. Our tour will include Zwickau Cathedral (St. Mary’s), the Dr. Martin Luther School, the Priest Houses, and the ELFK bookstore. During leisure time, there’s the option to visit the Robert Schumann House or the August-Horsch Museum which showcases 115 years of car manufacturing, including Audi and Trabant. We will dine in Zwichau. (B/D)
Day 5: Erfurt
After breakfast we will drive through the Thuringian countryside to Erfurt where we will tour the Augustinian Monastery in which Luther lived six years as a monk. We will have time to stroll through the narrow streets of the old town and walk across the famous Krämer Bridge. We will stay in Erfurt this evening and soak up the atmosphere of this historic city. (B/D)
Day 6: Eisenach, Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber
This morning we will visit nearby Eisenach, for a tour of the Wartburg Castle, where Luther translated the New Testament into German. In the afternoon we will travel to Rothenburg, a well-preserved medieval city, with ramparts, a city gate and town hall. Perhaps the most famous town on the “Romantic Road”, Rothenburg is indeed a jewel. It is a nearly intact medieval walled-city without a single modern building within. We enjoy a meal together at our hotel in this wonderful city, followed by a Night Watchman’s tour. (B/D)
Day 7: Romantic Road, Dachau, Salzburg
We’ll the board the coach and drive the Romantic Road past the medieval towns of Dinkelsbühl and Noerdlingen. We’ll make a stop at Dachau, where we’ll tour the Concentration Camp and prayerfully remember those who were interned. We’ll then continue on to Salzburg where we will be treated to dinner and a concert in the Stiftskeller St. Peter, the perfect setting to enjoy Austrian food and the music of Mozart. (B/D)
Day 8: Salzburg, Munich
We have a walking tour of Salzburg this morning. Our tour includes the Mirabel gardens, a walk over the river, the Cathedral, a walk through the cemetery where a famous American general is buried, the Mozart statue and the Getreidegasse, the major shopping street in Salzburg. In the afternoon we will visit Berchtesgaden and board a local bus for a ride up the Kehlstein Strasse to Hitler’s Nest. There is a spectacular view into Austria. We can also enjoy coffee or an ice-cream in the cafe. We’ll end the day at our final hotel in Munich. (B/D)
Day 9: Munich
This morning we will take an orientation tour of the main sights of Munich. We’ll drive by the Olympic Stadium, Nymphenburg Castle, the New and Old Pinakothek, Deutsches Museum and we’ll take a walk to Frauenkirche, the New City Hall, Marienplatz and the famous “Glockenspiel”. The afternoon is at leisure, before we conclude with a traditional Farewell Dinner at the famous “Hofbräuhaus”. It is time to reminisce about the places visited and the new friends we’ve made along the way. Our final overnight is in Munich. (B/D)
Day 10: Departure
Our motor coach takes us to Munich airport for our return flight home.
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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