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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Museum of Natural History
Explore the epicenter of the Reformation and walk, sing, eat, and worship in the very places once frequented by Martin Luther. Luther rediscovered the Gospel in this land, and his influence quickly spread beyond Germany. Our visits to some of these cultural centers will expand your appreciation of diversity and historical interpretation. Magnificent castles, quaint villages, and unique concerts are sure to fill your senses and calm your spirit. It is our prayer that this tour will reinvigorate and inspire each traveler’s individual faith journey.
Your hosts, Woody and Linda Maxon are foodies and wine enthusiasts, so plan to sample a little wine, a little beer and some local delicacies along the way as we explore and enjoy together. They are saving this barrel for you!
Day 1: Thursday, November 2, 2017: Departure
We will depart the US today on our overnight flight to Berlin, Germany. (IF)
Day 2: Friday, November 3, 2017: Berlin
On arrival in Berlin, we will meet our tour director who will escort us throughout the tour. We will start our Reformation Tour with a panoramic sightseeing tour of the reunified German capital, highlighting the Reichstag (parliament building), the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the refurbished city center and Gendarnmenmarkt. We will also see Alexanderplatz, the famous boulevard “Unter den Linden”, and the Berlin Cathedral. Our Welcome Dinner is in our hotel this evening. (IF/D)
Day 3: Saturday, November 4, 2017: Berlin, Wittenberg
Following breakfast we will continue our sightseeing in Berlin with a tour of Checkpoint Charlie and the World War II Memorial. Our visit to Berlin ends with a tour of the Bonhoeffer House. Originally built as a retirement home for his parents, Bonhoeffer stayed here whenever he was in Berlin. In the afternoon we will continue on to the Wittenberg area to check-in to our hotel. We dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 4: Sunday, November 5, 2017: Wittenberg
After breakfast at the hotel, we will attend a morning church service (in German) in Castle Church Wittenberg. In the afternoon our expert local guide will take us on half-day walking tour including the Lutherhalle (Luther’s home), Town Church, and Castle Church. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B/D)
Day 5: Monday, November 6, 2017: Leipzig
This morning we will drive to Leipzig, one of Europe’s flourishing trade and commercial centers during the Middle Ages which became the center of resistance to Communist rule a quarter century ago. Luther was here more than once, but Leipzig is really the town of Johann Sebastian Bach and he served as cantor in St. Thomas Church for 27 years. Here we have the privilege of visiting the Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church), the home of the faithful “Pray for Peace” Christians, and the powerful force that transformed Germany’s East and West. In 1989, thousands of East Germans gathered by candlelight in this church to form human rights and pro-democracy demonstrations that led to the destruction of the infamous Berlin Wall and the dissolution of East Germany. Another Leipzig highlight is our visit to Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church), where Luther preached and Johann Sebastian Bach performed and directed the famous St. Thomas Boys choir. We will check-in to our hotel in Leipzig and dine in one of Luther’s favorite places, the Auerbachs Keller restaurant, which dates back to 1525. (B/D)
Day 6: Tuesday, November 7, 2017: Eisleben, Leipzig
We will begin the day with a trip to Eisleben, where Luther was born and also where he died. It is sometimes referred to as his Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We’ll visit both 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. We will have a group lunch in Eisleben, then continue on to Mansfeld. Luther lived here with his family when he was young child, and he would have been familiar with the castle. In the evening we will have the option to attend a concert (details will be sent later). (B/ L)
Day 7: Wednesday, November 8, 2017: Leipzig, Dresden
On the way to Dresden we will take a tour through the scenic landscape known as “Saxon Switzerland”. We will visit the magnificent Schloss Wackerbarth, including wine-tasting and lunch at the Castle. After checking in to our hotel in Dresden, we have the option of attending Evensong (in German) at Germany’s largest Protestant church, the Frauenkirche, which has now been fully restored after being damaged during WWII. J.S. Bach was the first to play on the Silberman organ when the church was originally built. (B/L)
Day 8: Thursday, November 9, 2017: Dresden, Prague
This morning our local guide will take us on walking tour of the wonderful Baroque city of Dresden. Highlights include the magnificent palatial buildings around the Theaterplatz and the Brühl Terraces, and the many art treasures at the state museums. In the afternoon we will drive through the scenic landscapes of Saxon Switzerland to Prague. This evening we will have a lovely dinner cruise on the Vlatava River. (B/ D)
Day 9: Friday, November 10, 2017: Prague
Our expert local guide will join us this morning for a walking tour focused on Jan Hus, the leading personality of the Czech Reformation movement. We’ll visit Bethlehem Chapel where he preached, and see the Hus monument outside Týn Church. Hus was a contemporary of John Wycliffe and was heavily influenced by his writings. They both agreed that all Christians are members of Christ’s church and that Jesus is the head. We’ll also visit the Castle, which is a complex of palaces, courtyards, streets and churches including St. Vitus Cathedral, which took 600 years to complete. We will then take a stroll across Charles Bridge, past the famous statues. The afternoon is at leisure before a Czech folk dinner this evening. (B/D)
Day 10: Saturday, November 11, 2017: Prague, Vienna
We will drive to Vienna this morning, and meet our local guide for a tour of the city. Our afternoon tour will include viewing Vienna’s aristocratic palaces and baroque churches, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the Hofburg Palace, home of the Hapsburg emperors. We will check-in to the hotel and the evening is free to attend a concert (details and pricing will be available soon). (B/D)
Day 11: Sunday, November 12, 2017: Vienna
We will have a full day to enjoy Vienna at our leisure today. Options include attending a church service, taking a musical-themed tour, or individual sightseeing. (B)
Day 12: Monday, November 13, 2017: Bratislava, Vienna
Today we will have an optional day trip to Bratislava, Slovakia, to visit the Lutheran Seminary. We will also take a tour of the articular wooden churches that the Slovak / Zion Synod of the ELCA is working to preserve. These churches were constructed under severe restrictions. They weren’t allowed to use nails, there couldn’t be a foundation, they couldn’t face the main road, and they had to be built in under one year. We will return to Vienna for our Farewell Meal. (B/D)
Day 13: Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Return
This morning, we will transfer by motor coach to the Vienna Airport for our return flight. (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!
Pre-tour nights are available. Please contact us for details!
November 3-4, 2017
Albrechtstraße 8, 10117 Berlin
November 4-6, 2017
Hotel Worlitzer Hof
Wörlitzer Markt 96, 06785 Oranienbaum-Wörlitz
November 6-8, 2017
Gerberstraße 15, 04105 Leipzig
November 8-9, 2017
Hotel Am Terrassenufer
Terrassenufer 12, 01069 Dresden
November 9-11, 2017
Vinohradská 157a, 130 00 Prague
November 11-13, 2017
Hotel Am Konzerthaus
Am Heumarkt 35-37
We will arrange flights for this tour. If you would like to make your own arrangements, please arrange to be in Berlin on the morning of November 3, 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, once the tour is a guaranteed departure. Please ensure we have a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
*Price based on a minimum of 20 participants.
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Round-trip transportation from Allentown, PA to Philadelphia Airport (for group flights)
• 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 ($900 round-trip from Philadelphia)
• Single supplement ($390)
• 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)
• 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 July, 2017
• Final payment is due by August 19, 2017
• Reservations will be accepted until August, 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 $146 (land) and $190 (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.
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.
Rev. William S. Maxon is senior pastor at Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown, PA. Everybody calls him Woody, even his grandkids. He is a graduate of Christ-Seminary, Seminex, St. Louis, MO (MDiv.), Washington University, St. Louis, MO (MSW), and Drew University, Madison, NJ (PhD). He enjoys history and has a passion for social justice.
Linda Kleine Maxon is a free-lance fund raiser, program and event planner. She and Woody met at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI during their freshman year. She is a graduate of Concordia University, Chicago, IL (BA), and Webster University, St. Louis, MO (MA). She enjoys FUN!
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