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Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt
Oberammergau Passion Play
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.
Please sign the waiver by July 18, 2022
IF = In-flight meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, July 22, 2022: Departure
We will depart the US on our overnight flights to Berlin, Germany. (IF)
Day 2: Saturday, July 23, 2022: 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 24, 2022: 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 25, 2022: 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 26, 2022: 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 27, 2022: 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 28, 2022: 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 29, 2022: 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, July 30, 2022: 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, July 31, 2022: 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 1, 2022: 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 2, 2022: Return/ Dachau, Munich
There will be an optional excursion to Dachau this morning and the tour director is available for other excursions. (B/IF)
Day 13: Wednesday, August 3, 2022: Return
After breakfast in the hotel, we will transfer to the airport. (B/IF)
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!
These are the hotels from the 2020 tour and this list may be updated, depending on hotel availability.
Pre-tour hotel in Berlin
July 23-25, 2022
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg
July 25-27, 2022
Hotel Graf von Mansfeld
06295 Lutherstadt Eisleben
July 27-30, 2022
Radisson Blu Hotel Erfurt
July 30-31, 2022
Flemings Hotel München-City
July 31 – August 1, 2022 – 3 options:
Bio Hotel Bavaria
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten
Alte Bergstr. 10
82488 Ettal, 82488
Munich, Germany (same hotel for post-tours)
August 1-3, 2022
Flemings Hotel München-City
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.
Due to a cancelled flight and long layover, our flights have been reissued starting in Detroit. The group air is for $1,475 per person. The final flight to Kalamazoo is optional, as you’ll be collecting your luggage at Detroit. Payment is due with the final invoice and will be added to your invoice.
|DL 132||July 22/23||Detroit||Amsterdam||4:25 PM||5:55 AM|
|KLM 1821||July 23||Amsterdam||Berlin||10:15 AM||11:30 AM|
|DL 23||August 3||Munich||Detroit||11:20 AM||2:45 PM|
|DL 5300||August 3||Detroit||Kalamazoo||4:25 PM||5:15 PM|
Individual Air: If you would like assistance with alternative flights, please visit our Book a Flight page. If you book your own air, please send a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Arrival: Please arrange to arrive in Berlin no later than 10:00 am on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Departure: You are welcome to depart from Munich at any time on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Those on the post-tour will fly on August 3.
We can arrange pre-tour nights in Berlin and post-tour nights in Munich, but due to the volume of tours in 2022, we are not able to arrange additional travel within Europe.
*Price based on a minimum of 15 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
• Group arrival and departure transfers
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips, except as indicated below
• Round-trip air transportation
• Individual arrival and departure transfers
• 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 (see below)
• Gratuities for the tour director and driver
The deposits can be paid online or by check sent to Reformation Tours, 64 Fiesta Cir, St. Louis, MO 63146.
• Initial deposit of $850 will secure your place on the tour
• Final invoices will be sent in April 2022
• Final payment is due by May 14, 2022
• Reservations will be accepted after May 14, 2022, subject to availability
We will continue to assist clients who have a current policy with Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. Travelers who had a policy in 2020 or 2021 have credit towards a new policy.
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Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. All cancellations must be in writing and the date of postmark will determine the amount of refund due. 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. Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
Oberammergau ticket deposits ($750) are non-refundable, but we will endeavor to find replacement travelers.
The following cancellation penalties apply, unless otherwise noted on the tour documentation:
From time of deposit to until January 1, 2022: $850 cancellation penalty plus any non-refundable deposits
From January 2, 2022, to June 10, 2022: $1,350 cancellation penalty plus any non-refundable deposits
From June 11-June 24, 2022: Cancellation penalty is 60% of land costs plus any non-refundable deposits
From June 25 – July 8, 2022: Cancellation penalty is 80% of land costs any non-refundable deposits
From July 9, 2022 to departure: No refund
Reformation Tours reserves the rights to alter itineraries without notice should it become necessary. While on tour, if conditions necessitate changes, or if certain features are unavailable or limited, we reserve the right to vary or substitute alternatives. All prices are calculated at the exchange rate in effect at the time of this quotation: 1 Euro = $1.1864. Should currency fluctuations necessitate an adjustment in tour price, the adjusted price will be reflected in the final invoice.
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