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Augustinian Monastery Wartburg Castle Experience the Bach Festival in Leipzig Neuschwanstein Castle Munich Sound of Music Tour, Salzburg
Experience the Bach Festival in Leipzig
Sound of Music Tour, Salzburg
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, family-friendly 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, from Leipzig and JS Bach to the medieval city of Rothenburg to Dachau, a Nazi concentration camp, and the Neuschwanstein Castle. But wait there’s more! We’ll also visit Salzburg, Austria, where we’ll tour the old town and the birthplace of Mozart all the while looking for Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp children as they attempt to outsmart and outrun the Gestapo. From heritage and history to music and a movie, this trip will make the perfect summer treat. Sign up today–the next one won’t happen for another 500 years!
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Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Wednesday, June 7, 2017: Departure
We will depart the US today on our overnight flight to Berlin, Germany (IF)
Day 2: Thursday, June 8, 2017: Berlin
On arrival in Berlin, we will meet our tour director who will escort us to our motor coach. We begin our Germany journey with a panoramic tour of Berlin as an introduction to our Reformation tour, then check-in to our hotel. Our welcome dinner is at our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 3: Friday, June 9, 2016: Berlin
After breakfast at the hotel, we will take a half-day walking tour including a remnant of the Berlin Wall; an outside visit of the Reichstag and Checkpoint Charlie Museum; the historic Berlin thorough-fare, Unter den Linden; Gendarmenmarkt, the most elegant square in former East Berlin, with its German and French cathedrals; and several significant churches. We will visit the German Resistance Memorial Center for a guided tour focusing on the religious resistance in WW II. The afternoon and evening are at leisure. (B)
Day 4: Saturday, June 10, 2017: Wittenberg, Leipzig
We will spend a full day in Wittenberg where the Reformation officially began in 1517. Wittenberg will be in celebration mode today, as it’s the annual Luther Wedding Festival, complete with parade and fun activities. Our guide will share highlights from Luther’s life on the bus, then we will explore at our leisure. After some free time, we will meet again for the 5 PM Wittenberg English Ministry service. We will board the bus after the fellowship time and continue on to Leipzig. (B/L)
Day 5: Sunday, June 11, 2017: Leipzig
This morning we have the opportunity to attend a morning service at St. Thomas’ Church in Leipzig, followed by lunch at the Auerbachs Restaurant. The rest of the day is free to explore Leipzig. The Bach Festival is from June 9-18th, and concert tickets are included for the 3pm concert “Bach meets Sibelius”. (B/L)
Day 6: Monday, June 12, 2017: Erfurt
This morning we will drive to Erfurt where Luther studied law and theology at one of Germany’s oldest universities. He became a monk and then an ordained priest here and remained at the monastery until 1511. After a group lunch, we will visit the Augustinian Monastery. Our tour will also include St. Mary’s Cathedral where Luther celebrated his first mass and the delightful Merchant’s Bridge, the longest Renaissance bridge of its kind in Europe. We check in to our hotel in Erfurt. (B/L)
Day 7: Tuesday, June 13, 2017: Eisenach
Today’s day trip is to nearby Eisenach, and begins with a tour of Wartburg Castle where Luther completed the first translation of the New Testament from Greek into German. After our tour, we will have lunch in the restaurant next to the castle with amazing views over the Thüringian Forest. In the afternoon, we will have a guided tour of Eisenach including St. George’s Church, the Luther house and the Luther Monument. Bach was born here in 1685, and we will visit the Bach House with the largest collection of Bach memorabilia in the world. A musical demonstration of period instruments is also included. We will return to Erfurt in the late afternoon and dine at our hotel. (B/D)
Day 8: Wednesday, June 14, 2017: Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber
This morning we will drive through the Thüringian Forest to the wonderfully preserved medieval town of Rothenburg. We will begin with a walk along the city wall. Inside St. Jacob’s Church we will see the famous carved “Holy Blood Altar” by Tilman Riemenschneider. We will continue through the lower town gate into the area where the castle once stood. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax, browse stores like Käthe Wohlfahrt’s year-round Christmas store, or visit the local history museum which includes the oldest kitchen in Europe. We will dine at our hotel. (B/D)
Day 9: Thursday, June 15, 2017: Dachau concentration camp, Munich, Schliersee
We will see more of the German countryside today as we drive south to visit the capital of Bavaria, Munich. Along the way we will stop at Dachau Concentration Camp to visit the museum with its reconstructed barracks and crematorium where the holocaust is documented. Then onward to Munich where our tour guide will lead us to the major and most beautiful sights of Munich, such as King’s Square with its three temple buildings in the classical Greek style, the Pinakotheken Art Museums, the Hall of Generals, the Angel of Peace monument, Maximilianeum (Bavarian state parliament), the Royal Palace, the traditional Viktualienmarkt, an open air food market with colorful outdoor stalls, Karl Square (called “Stachus”) and the medieval city gates, Palace of Nymphenburg – former summer residence of the Bavarian kings, the Rathaus and its famous Glockenspiel. We will have some leisure time to stroll the Marienplatz, with its numerous shops, visit the fresh produce and flower markets. Dinner tonight will be at at an authentic Beer Hall with authentic Bavaria food, music and entertainment. Our final hotel is located in a lakeside Bavarian village (B/D)
Day 10: Friday, June 16, 2017: Salzburg
Our Salzburg excursion will feature highlights from the Sound of Music. We will explore the breath-taking landscapes that made this movie famous while we wander through locations that served as impressive backdrops to one of the world’s most-loved films. We will also visit some sites related to Salzburg’s most famous resident, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including the Mozart House where he was born in 1756. In Salzburg’s Baroque Old Town, we will visit the beautiful cathedral and festival quarter. The afternoon is free for relaxation, shopping, visiting museums or enjoying coffee and cake. We return to our hotel in the early evening. (B)
Day 11: Saturday, June 17, 2017: Upper Bavaria
Today we will drive south through a magnificent scenic landscape to visit the elaborate Neuschwanstein Castle, surely the crown jewel of Bavaria and of Mad King Ludwig’s fantasy castles. After lunch on our own we return to our hotel for some leisure time. In the evening we enjoy a wonderful typically Bavarian farewell dinner. (B/D)
Day 12: Sunday, June 18, 2017: Departure
This morning we will transfer by motor coach to the Munich Airport for our flights to the USA (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!
Pre-tour nights are available. for $140 (double occupancy) or $200 (single occupancy). This price includes the airport transfer.
June 8-10, 2017
VCH Hotel Albrechtshof
June 10-12, 2017
June 12-14, 2017
Best Western Hotel Excelsior
Bahnhofstraße 35, 99084
Rothenburg-ob-der Tauber, Germany
June 14-15, 2017
Vorm Würzburger Tor 6-10
91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
June 15-18, 2017
Hotel Schlierseer Hof
Group flights are available for this tour. If you would like to make your own arrangements, please arrange to be in Berlin on June 8, 2017. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel nights 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.
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*Price based on a minimum of 25 participants. Children sharing a parent’s room (max of 1 child per room):
– Age 8-11: $1,500.
– Age 12-14: $1,750.
• 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 ($1,500 including taxes and fees)
• Single supplement ($400)
• Optional pre-tour night in Berlin ($140 per person in double, $200 in single)
• 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. If you would prefer to pay the final payment by credit card, please call (800) 303-5534.
• Final invoices will be sent in February 2017
• Final payment has been extended to April 10, 2017
• Reservations will be accepted after March 24, 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 $141 (land) and $214 (land and air)
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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