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Join us in June of 2017 as we embark on a Reformation adventure to mark 500 years of Lutheran heritage and historical impact. This 12 day trip will bring us the best of Martin Luther as well as introduce us to a number of significant historical and cultural sites in Germany. Traveling from Berlin to Munich, we’ll visit some of the must-see stops along the way. Sign up today–the next one won’t happen for another 500 years!
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, June 16, 2017: Depart USA
Our journey begins as we board our international flight to Berlin, Germany.
Day 2: Saturday, June 17, 2017: Berlin
Upon our early morning arrival in Berlin, we meet our tour leader and coach driver. A local guide joins us for a tour of the city. We see the famous Brandenburg Gate, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Cathedral, the Reichstag building and the lively boulevards. This city has undergone momentous change in the 25 years since reunification. We stop to visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum then have the afternoon free to relax before our welcome dinner at our hotel this evening. D
Day 3: Sunday, June 18, 2017: Berlin, Leipzig, Wittenberg
Before departing Berlin this morning, we visit the Bonhoeffer Museum and see a film about his life. Next we drive to Leipzig, the city where the “freedom march” began. We’ll see both the St. Nicholas church and the St. Thomas church where Bach was the organist. We end the day in Lutherstadt-Wittenberg, our home for the next two nights. B/D
Day 4: Monday, June 19, 2017: Wittenberg
A full day in Wittenberg, where the Reformation officially began in 1517, awaits us. A local guide joins 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 magnificently displayed in bronze. Next we tour 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. We’ll dine this evening in a local restaurant and ask local pastors to join us. B/D
Day 5: Tuesday, June 20, 2017: Eisleben, Erfurt
After breakfast we stop in Eisleben, where Luther was born and died. It’s sometimes referred to as his Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We visit both these homes as well as St. Anne’s, an old miner’s church famous for its Biblical scenes hewn in stone. Then we drive through the Thuringian countryside to Erfurt where we tour the Augustinian Monastery in which Luther lived six years as a monk. We have time to stroll through the narrow streets of the old town and walk across the famous Krämer Bridge. We stay tonight in Erfurt and soak up the atmosphere of this historic city. B/D
Day 6: Wednesday, June 21, 2017: Eisenach, Erfurt
This morning we take a day-trip to nearby Eisenach for a tour of the Wartburg Castle, where Luther translated the New Testament into German. We enjoy hearing about the authentic instruments in the Bach Museum. In the afternoon we return to Erfurt for some free time. We have the opportunity to dine independently at a restaurant of our choice this evening. B
Day 7: Thursday, June 22, 2017: Coburg, Rothenburg
This morning we head south to the lovely city of Coburg to visit the famous Veste Coburg, the fortress where Luther took refuge and lived during the discussion and writing of the Augsburg Confession. Visitors to the castle nowadays will be able to see the Luther Room, the art treasures in the various collections and the royal building with the Luther Chapel. We end the day in Rothenburg, a well-preserved medieval city, with its 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 the Night Watchman’s tour. B/D
Day 8: Friday, June 23, 2017: Romantic Road, Oberammergau
We begin the day with a guided tour of this storybook town. Then we board the coach and drive the Romantic Road past the medieval towns of Dinkelsbühl and Noerdlingen and on to the beautiful Bavarian village of Oberammergau. The Thirty Years’ War and the plague of 1632 threatened to wipe out the local population. The survivors made a pledge that they would perform a passion play every 10 years and no further deaths occurred. We overnight in this delightful village. B/D
Day 9: Saturday, June 24, 2017: Bavarian Alps and Castles, Salzburg
This morning we visit King Ludwig’s spectacular Linderhof Castle, nestled in the Bavarian Alps, near Oberammergau. This afternoon, it’s off to the Eagle’s Nest where we have a fabulous view of the Alps. We overnight in Salzburg. B/D
Day 10: Sunday, June 25, 2017: Salzburg, Munich
We have a walking tour of Salzburg this morning, including Mirabell 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 travel to Munich for overnight. Dinner will be at our hotel tonight. B/D
Day 11: Monday, June 26, 2017; Munich
This morning we take an orientation tour of the main sights of Munich. We drive by the Olympic Stadium, Nymphenburg Castle, the New and Old Pinakothek, Deutsches Museum and take a walk to Frauenkirche, the New City Hall, Marienplatz and the famous “Glockenspiel”. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, we can either visit Dachau or spend our free time shopping. Tonight we celebrate the conclusion of our tour with a traditional Farewell Dinner at the famous “Hofbräuhaus”. It is time to reminisce about the places visited and the new friends we have made along the way. Our final overnight is in Munich. B/D
Day 12: Tuesday, June 27, 2017; Return
Our motor coach takes us to Munich airport for our return flight home. B
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
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!
This price includes the airport transfer.
June 17-18, 2017
Movenpick Hotel Berlin
D-10963 Berlin Mitte
June 18-20, 2017
June 20-22, 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel Erfurt
June 22-23, 2017
Hotel Goldener Hirsch
Untere Schmiedgasse 16
June 23-24, 2017
Hotel Alte Post
June 24-25, 2017
Hotel am Mirabellplatz
June 25-27, 2017
Maritime Hotel Munchen
Group flights are available for this tour. If you would like to make your own arrangements, please arrange to be in Berlin on the morning of June 17, 2017. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Berlin. 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
DL 3866 June 16 Moline Detroit 12:00 PM 2:36 PM
DL 132 June 16/17 Detroit Amsterdam 4:13 PM 6:00 AM
KLM 1821 June 17 Amsterdam Berlin 7:05 AM 8:25 AM
DL 23 June 27 Munich Detroit 10:10 AM 1:37 PM
DL 3929 June 27 Detroit Moline 7:55 PM 8:24 PM
*Price based on a minimum of 20 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
• Single supplement ($500)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 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 8, 2017
• Reservations will be accepted after March 8, 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 $130 (land)
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.
Bookings have now closed for this tour, but we invite to consider joining one of our other Current Tours.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
You can fill out your reservations online by clicking the “Book Now” tab or click here to download the form.
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.
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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