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Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt
Oberammergau Passion Play
The Reverend Angela Powell, pastor of Living Saviour Lutheran Church, Charlotte North Carolina, is excited to host this 12 day Reformation Heritage and Passion Play Tour in early September as the heat of summer wanes and autumn enters. We will walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther, in places such as Wittenberg, Eisleben, Erfurt, and Worms, taking in the sights with professional tour guides. These guides will help us understand the historical and cultural significance, and we will wonder together at Luther’s continuing courageous faith journey. Each day will bring new experiences, excitement and exploration as we spend time on our own, to rest or sight see, and with the group.
Daily devotions, prayers, scriptures, and a planned worship experience in the Augustinian Monastery will add a pilgrimage feel to our trip, linking our Protestant heritage to the land of Luther, deepening and renewing our faith. We will also experience the beauty of Germany as we take a day cruise on the Rhine River, explore Munich and Heidelberg, taking in the scenery as well as enjoying plenty of German beer, wine, pastries, and shops. The final stop on our tour, and the high point will be the Passion Play at Oberammergau, where we will see unfolding in front of us God’s grace revealed in Jesus’ life, suffering, death, and resurrection. Come and join us as we are renewed in this end of summer adventure, as history comes alive, and as we experience Germany, its people and its culture.
Day 1: Tuesday, September 1, 2020: Fly to Berlin
Our journey to explore the sites and heroes of the Reformation begins with an overnight flight to Berlin. (IF)
Day 2: Wednesday, September 2, 2020: Berlin, Wittenberg
Welcome to Germany! On arrival in Berlin, travelers will transfer to the Hotel Movenpick. After time to explore the nearby Kaiser Wilhelm Church, purchase lunch, and shop, we will gather back at the hotel to begin the tour (time will be confirmed once we know all the flight arrival times.) Our afternoon bus orientation tour will include a stop at the famous Brandenburg Gate for photos We’ll then go back to the time of Luther as we visit Lutherstadt-Wittenberg, the birthplace of the Reformation. This evening we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and spend our first night in Wittenberg. (IF/D)
Day 3: Thursday, September 3, 2020: Wittenberg
This morning our local guide will take us on a tour of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. It was here in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church (Schlosskirche). Although the original doors were destroyed in the Seven Years War, we can see Luther’s texts cast in bronze on the new doors. We will visit St. Mary’s Church where Luther regularly preached and visit the Old Latin School next door. Luther’s former home, the Lutherhalle, is now a Reformation Museum and we will see where he lived with his family, as well as some of Luther’s very own personal library, rare manuscripts, and early Bibles. The rest of the day will be free to explore independently. (B)
Day 4: Friday, September 4, 2020: Eisleben, Erfurt
This morning we will visit Eisleben, one of Luther’s favorite towns. This is where he was born and also where he died, so it is sometimes referred to as his Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We’ll 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. We will then continue to Erfurt and dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 5: Saturday, September 5, 2020: Eisenach, Erfurt
Today’s full-day excursion will be to Eisenach. 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. Luther spent time in the nearby town of Eisenach as school boy and sang in the choir of St. George’s Church, where the Bach family also worshiped. The afternoon will be free to explore the town or tour the Bach Museum and Luther House Museum. The bus will then take us back to Erfurt and the rest of the day will be at leisure. (B)
Day 6: Sunday, September 6, 2020: Erfurt, Rudesheim
Our local guide will take us on a tour including viewing St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Severin’s Church and the famous Merchant’s Bridge. We will end our tour at 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 when he lived there. At the end of the tour we will have a group worship service in the chapel. On our way to the Rhine River, we will watch a Reformation DVD. We will stay overnight in Rudesheim and enjoy a meal in a local restaurant this evening. (B/D)
Day 7: Monday, September 7, 2020: Rhine Cruise, Worms, Heidelberg
What better way to start the day than with a Rhine cruise! We’ll board the boat and sail past magnificent castles and the famous Loreley rock to St. Goar. Every bend in the river brings more stunning scenery, ships pass left & right, and numerous trains roar up and down the Rhine River valley. From there we will drive to Worms, where we will tour the Cathedral, followed by 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 in 1521. We’ll have a photo stop at the stunning Reformation Monument, followed by a visit to the Church of the Holy Trinity. Tonight’s dinner will be in a family-owned winery and our meal will include tasting 4 local wines. We will end the day in Heidelberg. (B/D)
Day 8: Tuesday, September 8, 2020: Heidelberg, Rothenburg
We will have a leisurely morning today to relax or visit Heidelberg Castle which boasts the world’s largest wine barrel, a fascinating history and a stunning view. We will then drive to Rothenburg, the most picturesque and well-preserved of the towns along the famous “Romantic Road”. It’s one of Germany’s very best walled medieval cities, most of the buildings were built by 1400. 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. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 9: Wednesday, September 9, 2020: Neuschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau
We’ll have some time this morning to shop at the famous Käthe Wohlfahrt store. We will travel south today using the fabled “Romantic Road,” Germany’s most famous and popular tourist route which runs for 350 romantic kilometers across a rich and varied cultural landscape along the river Main and through the Franconian wine country to the Alps. One of the best-known sites in Bavaria is Neuschwanstein Castle. We’ll tour the castle designed by King Ludwig. We will end our day in our 4-star hotel in the Oberammergau area. (B/D)
Day 10: Thursday, September 10, 2020: Oberammergau
We will transfer to Oberammergau this morning and have time to shop or explore locally on our own. We will eat lunch together before Part One of the Play, which begins at 1:30 PM. There is a break for dinner from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and we will dine together in a restaurant in Oberammergau. Part Two ends at 9:30 PM and then we will board our bus to return to our hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 11: Friday, September 11, 2020: Munich
After a leisurely breakfast, we will travel up to Munich. In the afternoon we will have a walking tour of Munich, including the Cathedral, the Marienplatz, and the Old Town. This evening we finish our fun tour with a farewell Bavarian meal in a beer garden. We will overnight in Munich. (B/L/D)
Day 12: Saturday, September 12, 2020: Fly
We will provide transfers for morning flights back to the USA. Post-tour nights in Munich are available on request. (B)
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!
Optional pre-tour hotel in Berlin, Germany for $100 per person/night
August 31-September 2, 2020
Schoneberger Strasse 3
September 2-4, 2020
Best Western Soibelmanns
September 4-6, 2020
Mercure Hotel Erfurt Alstadt
(On waiting list for the Augustinian Monastery)
September 6-7, 2020
65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
September 7-8, 2020
Hotel Bayrischer Hof
Rohrbacher Str 2,
September 8-9, 2020
Akzent Hotel Schranne
91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
September 9-11, 2020
Hotel is part of the Oberammergau package and will be assigned at the end of 2019.
September 11-12, 2020
Mercure Hotel Muenchen City Center
Senefelder Str 9
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. Please read our printable guide to booking your flight to better understand these options.
Option 1: For 10+ traveling together, we can provide a group air booking. Payment is due with final payment in May 2020.
Option 2: You may request a flight quote from us by filling out this form. Payment is due at the time of booking.
Option 3: You may book your own flights, making sure you land on the morning of September 2, 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 September 12. 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 20 participants.
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and moderate 4-star hotels
• Category 1 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 driver and guides
• Round-trip air transportation
• Single supplement ($850)
• 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 $1,000 is due by December 1, 2019
• Final invoices will be sent in April 2020
• Final payment is due by May 1, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after May 1, 2020, subject to availability
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 now waiting-list only as we have pending travelers that will fill the tour.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
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Tel: (618) 222-9914
Fax: (618) 222-9917
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