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Lutherhalle Museum Augustinian Wartburg Castle Rothenburg-ob Worms Rhine Cruise
All are welcome on this 10 day tour exploring the major Luther historical sites associated with Martin Luther. In addition to the historical and cultural insights provided by our professional tour guides, there will be leisure time to explore at your own pace. Martin Luther’s journey of faith grew from a tentative novitiate full of questions and doubt to that of a passionate and courageous reformer, deeply grounded in God’s grace and the truth of Scripture. This tour will not only explore the sites and history of Luther’s life, but his theological journey as well.
– Panoramic tour of Berlin
– Attend church in Wittenberg
– Luther-themed tour of Wittenberg
– Tour of Eisleben, including Birth and Death houses
– See the monastery in Erfurt where Luther lived and worked
– Optional visit to Buchenwald Concentration Camp
– Tour of Wartburg Castle
– Medieval-style meal
– Demonstration of period instruments in the Bach House
– Christmas shopping in Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber
– Site of the Diet of Worms (500 years ago in 1521)
– Evening meal in a winery
– Rhine Cruise
– Tour of the Gutenberg Museum
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, June 18, 2021: Fly
We will depart from the USA. Group flights can be arranged for groups of at least 10, traveling together. Reformation Tours can also arrange pre-tour nights in Berlin for anyone who wishes to travel before the tour begins.
Day 2: Saturday, June 19, 2021: Berlin, Wittenberg
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 bus 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 view the Berlin Cathedral. We will continue to Lutherstadt-Wittenberg and check in to our hotel. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 3: Sunday, June 20, 2021: Wittenberg
After breakfast, we will have the opportunity to attend church in Wittenberg. Known as the “Mother Church of the Reformation”, St. Mary’s Town Church is the city’s oldest building. This was where Luther married Katharina von Bora in 1525 and where their children were baptized. 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. We will end the tour with a time of fellowship as a group, then the rest of the day will be at leisure. (B)
Day 4: Monday, June 21, 2021: Eisleben, Erfurt
This morning we will travel 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 continue on to Erfurt and dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 5: Tuesday, June 22, 2021: Erfurt
After breakfast, our local guide will take us on a tour including St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Church of St. Severus and the famous Merchant’s Bridge. We will also tour the Augustinian Monastery where Luther became a monk on July 17, 1505. We will be able to see his monastic quarters, including one cell furnished to look as it would have done when he lived there. In the afternoon, we will have an optional excursion to Buchenwald Concentration Camp. The evening will be at leisure (B)
Day 6: Wednesday, June 23, 2021: Eisenach, Erfurt
In 1521, while fleeing from the wrath of the Pope, Luther took refuge in the Wartburg Castle after a fake kidnapping staged by his friend and protector, Frederick the Wise. We will tour the Wartburg and see where Luther finished translating the New Testament into German in just eleven weeks. We will have a fun lunch today in a medieval-style restaurant featuring foods from Luther’s time. After lunch, 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. After some free time, we will return to Erfurt. (B/L)
Day 7: Thursday, June 24, 2021: Rothenburg
Today we will drive south to the delightful medieval town of Rothenberg-ob-der-Tauber. After a group lunch, we will have a guided tour of St. James Church, with its art treasures, such as the Tilman Riemenschneider altarpiece and the Altar of the Twelve Apostles by Friedrich Herlin. a walk around the city walls, and the opportunity to shop in the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop. The rest of the day will be at leisure to relax or join the Night Watchman on his nightly tour. (B/L)
Day 8: Friday, June 25, 2021: Worms, Mainz
We will drive to the Rhine region and spend the afternoon in Worms. We will visit the site of Luther’s Worms Debates (Diet of Worms), now a park, with a plaque commemorating Luther’s brave stand for faith and truth 500 years ago in 1521. We’ll have a photo stop at the stunning Reformation Monument. Our evening meal will be at a family-run winery, with the opportunity to try 4 local wines. We’ll end the day in Mainz. (B/D)
Day 9: Saturday, June 26, 2021: Rhine Cruise, Mainz
Our morning begins with a relaxing cruise down the Rhine from St. Goar, past magnificent castles and the famous Loreley rock. In the afternoon, we will tour the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, where we will see three extremely rare and valuable Gutenberg original 42-line Bibles. Gutenberg is recognized as being one of the most influential figures of the millennium. Our farewell meal will be in a restaurant this evening. (B/D)
Day 10: Sunday, June 27, 2021: Return
We will transfer from our hotel to Frankfurt Airport for our morning flights. A post-tour to Munich will be offered. (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!
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.
Flights can be arranged once this tour is a guaranteed departure, but no earlier than the end of July 2021. We will let you know as soon as we have reached the minimum number of participants.
Group Air: If we have a minimum of 10 traveling together, we can provide a group air booking. Payment is due with the final payment.
Individual Air: We advise using a travel agent, who can help you get a great price for your flight, and support you if the airline makes any changes after the booking process. We are no longer booking individual air tickets. Please wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking non-refundable airfare and 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, June 19, 2021.
Departure: You are welcome to depart from Frankfurt at any time on Sunday, June 27, 2021.
We can arrange pre-tour nights in Berlin and post-tour nights in Frankfurt, 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 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
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips, other than the driver and tour director
• Round-trip air transportation
• Single supplement
• Tips to driver and tour director
• 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 for details)
• Initial deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour, which can be paid by credit voucher, check or credit card payment. Please send all checks to Reformation Tours, P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Final invoices will be sent in May 2021
• Final payment is due by June 4, 2021
• Reservations will be accepted after June 4, 2021, subject to availability
We will continue to assist clients who have a current policy with Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. Policies are now transferable to tours in 2021 and 2022.
If you don’t have insurance yet, we are now partnering with an award-winning company called Squaremouth, which helps travelers search, compare, and buy the best travel insurance for the lowest price. They offer excellent customer support and can help you find the best policy for your trip.
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. We will make a decision no later than March 10, 2021 (100 days before departure) if the tour will operate. If the Coronavirus is still an issue, we will cancel and all tour participants will receive a full refund for land and group air payments. If we decide that the tour can proceed, then the following fees will apply, so we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance:
From time of deposit to until 100 days before departure (if not canceled by us): $100
From March 10, 2021 to 15 days prior to departure: $350 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.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
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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