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Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt
Oberammergau Passion Play
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You are invited to join Pastor Jake Lehman on a bicycle tour through Germany highlighting the land of Martin Luther and the Oberammergau Passion Play. This unique opportunity will enable you to enjoy local culture and cuisine, and take in the picturesque landscape dotted with small towns as you bicycle through the German countryside. On this tour, you will visit the beautiful and historic places where the reformation began and share the wonderful experience of witnessing the Oberammergau Passion Play held in the beautiful alpine town of Oberammergau. Highlights include visits to Berlin, Wittenberg, Eisleben, Erfurt, the Wartburg Castle, Regensburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau, and Munich.
*This tour will include over 200 miles of cycling on varied terrain. It is recommended that riders are able to cover 40 miles comfortably in order to participate.
This tour is run in conjunction with the Oberammergau Bus Tour.
IF = In-flight meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, July 24, 2020: Departure
We will depart the US on our overnight flights to Berlin, Germany. (IF)
Day 2: Saturday, July 25, 2020: Berlin, Wittenberg
On arrival in Berlin, the support team will welcome us and load our bikes into the van if you are planning on bringing your own. Alternatively, we have made arrangements for you to rent bikes from Wittenberg, which will be returned at the end of the tour by the support team. This will make your transatlantic journey much easier and avoid any potential damage to your own bikes. The luggage (and bikes) will go directly to the hotel in Wittenberg. We will be free to explore Berlin at our leisure. In the afternoon, we will take the train to Wittenberg and check in to our hotel. We will pick up our rental bikes this afternoon. (IF)
Day 3: Sunday, July 26, 2020: Wittenberg
After breakfast, we will have the opportunity to attend church in Wittenberg. 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. The rest of the day will be at leisure and we will have coupons to use for free admission to the Melanchthon House, the Cranach Museum, etc. (B)
Day 4: Monday, July 27, 2020: Eisleben
We will have breakfast in our hotel, then we will have our first bike ride on the Luther Way from Wittenberg to Eisleben. The route will take us through delightful villages and countryside. Our luggage will be transferred to the hotel in Eisleben and the driver will be on hand if assistance is required. We will relax in Eisleben this evening after our ride. (B)
Day 5: Tuesday, July 28, 2020: Eisleben
After a relaxed breakfast, we will have a guided walking tour of Eisleben, where Luther was born and also where he died. It is sometimes referred to as his Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We will visit both of 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. The rest of the day will be at leisure. (B)
Day 6: Wednesday, July 29, 2020: Erfurt
After breakfast, we will set off on our bikes again, this time riding to Erfurt, where we will meet up with the rest of the group who are on the bus tour. Our luggage will be transferred to Erfurt. We will all dine as a group in our hotel in Erfurt. (B/D)
Day 7: Thursday, July 30, 2020: Erfurt
We will have breakfast in our hotel, then our local expert guide will take us on a walking tour. Luther lived in Erfurt as a student before he joined the Augustinian order. We will see the market square with the magnificent cathedral, stroll through the little streets with the rich timber-framed buildings, cross the Merchant’s Bridge, and visit the Augustinian Monastery, which Luther always called his spiritual home. We will dine together this evening. (B/D)
Day 8: Friday, July 31, 2020: Eisenach, Erfurt
After breakfast, our bikes will be loaded in the van and transported to Eisenach. We will travel to Wartburg Castle on the bus with the rest of the group. The Wartburg is one of the most important castles in German history. In 1521, Luther took refuge after a fake kidnapping staged by his friend and protector, Frederick the Wise. Among the many letters and books that he wrote here, was the first translation of the New Testament into German. We will also learn about the life and work of St. Elizabeth. In the afternoon, we will ride our bikes back to Erfurt and join the rest of the group for dinner. (B/D)
Day 9: Saturday, August 1, 2020: Regensburg, Munich
We will have breakfast in our hotel, then the bikes will be loaded in the van to be transported down to Bavaria. We can choose to either take the train to Munich, or ride on the tour bus to the ancient city of Regensburg. Dating back to the 9th century, this city is a UNESCO heritage site due to the wealth of historic buildings including a 12th century bridge, medieval houses and a stunning cathedral. After free time to explore the city, we will continue on to Munich and dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 10: Sunday, August 2, 2020: Oberammergau
After breakfast, we will all travel to Oberammergau and we will have free time to stroll around the village. The seven-hour performance is truly a moving experience as we witness the passion of Jesus, recalling how He gave His life so that we might be forgiven. We will stay in a hotel in the Oberammergau area. (B/L/D)
Day 11: Monday, August 3, 2020: Fussen, Munich
After breakfast, we will ride our bikes to Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairytale castle built by King Ludwig II. This attractive castle is the most photographed place in Germany. After visiting the castle, we will cycle to Fussen. The van will take the rental bikes to the hotel and we will take the train back to Munich. We will dine in a romantic Bavarian beer garden, where we will enjoy fellowship and good beer. (B/D)
Day 12: Tuesday, August 4, 2020: Return
After breakfast in the hotel, we will transfer to the airport. Rental bikes will be returned to Wittenberg on the van. (B/IF)
* If you would like to stay in Munich for an additional night, it’s an additional $100 per person.
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!
July 25-27, 2020
July 27-29, 2020
Graf von Mansfeld
July 29-August 1, 2020
August 1-2, 2020
August 2-3, 2020
Hotel is part of the Oberammergau package and will be assigned at the end of 2019.
August 3-4, 2020
Grand Excelsior Munich Airport
Freisinger Staße 80
Transfers are automatically included if we have booked your flights.
If you have booked your own flights, we can still provide transfers, as long as we have your flight details on file and a phone number to give to the driver. We will include your transfer information in your final packet. Transfers will be arranged for each arrival, so that you won’t have to wait for other tour members if their flight is delayed. Transfers can be arranged for the day of your choosing, but we can’t arrange transfers if you arrive or depart by train.
Please note that individual transfers are booked through a third-party and you will be responsible to communicate with the company in case of delays.
Various flight booking options are available for this tour. There’s no group air option, as we don’t have a minimum of 10 traveling together. Please read our printable guide to booking your flight to better understand these options.
Option 1: You may request a flight quote from us by filling out this form. Payment is due at the time of booking. Please note we are currently not purchasing any new flights, as airlines are so affected by the coronavirus.
Option 2: You may book your own flights, making sure you land on the morning of July 25, 2020 no later than 10:00 AM. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Berlin. You are welcome to depart at any time on August 4. Please send us a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Please note that if you would like to use air miles you will need to book directly with the airline.
We can arrange pre-tour nights in Berlin and post-tour nights in Munich, but due to the volume of tours in 2020, we are not able to arrange additional travel within Europe.
*Price based on a minimum of 10 participants.
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Support vehicle and driver to transport the bikes and luggage
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and moderate 4-star hotels
• Category 3 seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play
• 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
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips, including the tour director and driver
• Round-trip air transportation
• Bike rental
• Single supplement ($415)
• 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)
• Initial deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour. Please send all checks to Reformation Tours, P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Second deposit of $500 is due by December 1, 2019
• Final invoices will be sent in April 2020
• Final payment is due by May 10, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after May 10, 2020, subject to availability
We offer the Professional Plan offered by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We offer all of our travelers post-departure insurance coverage (up to $500 of coverage.) If you would like to have pre-tour cancellation and trip interruption coverage, the upgrade cost depends on the tour price. It’s approximately the tour cost (minus the $500 that we cover) x 6.14%. To insure your land costs, the price is $2,499 – $500 x 6.14% = $123. A quote will automatically be added to your invoice and updated once the air cost is available.
|BENEFITS||TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE
|Trip Cancellation||Up to 100% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption||Up to 150% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption (Return Air Only)||$750|
|Missed Connection||$500, after a 3+ hour delay|
|Trip Delay||$200 a day, after a 6+ hour delay, up to $1,000 total maximum|
|Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains||$500,000|
|Emergency Accident and Sickness||$50,000 max/$750 max for dental/ No deductible|
|Security Assistance Services||$100,000|
|Baggage / Personal Effects - Lost, Stolen or Damaged||No deductible, $250 per article limit, combined limit of $500 for valuables, $1,000 total limit.|
|Baggage Delay||$300, after a 12+ hour delay|
|Accidental Death or Dismemberment 24 Hours||$10,000|
|Worldwide Travel Assistance, Business and Concierge Assistance||Included|
|Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Waiver (Must insure full, non-refundable cost of Trip)||Must be purchased within 21 days after your initial trip deposit.|
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. To offset these costs the following fees will apply, plus any non-recoverable expenses to our suppliers:
Oberammergau ticket deposits ($650) are non-refundable, but we will endeavor to find replacement travelers.
From time of deposit to until December 1, 2019: $350 cancellation penalty
From December 1, 2019 to 15 days prior to departure: $650 cancellation penalty 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.
This tour is waiting list only now, but there is space available on the accompanying bus tour.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour. Click on the image to download a copy of the brochure.
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.
We offer the Professional Plan by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. A quote will be automatically added to your invoice.
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P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222
Tel: (618) 222-9914
Fax: (618) 222-9917
Toll Free: (800) 303-5534
CST # 2093421-30