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You are invited to join Reverend John Richter, Senior Pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church, Cullman, AL on a 12-day tour of Germany. As part of the church’s 150th anniversary celebration, we’ll have a special visit to Frankweiler, Cullman’s sister city. We’ll be going from Berlin down to Munich with many stops along the way to see and experience the sites of Martin Luther as well as many quintessential historical German sites.
Born and raised in Cullman, Reverend John is a lifelong member of St. John’s. He has been on staff since 2003 and was formally called as Senior Pastor in 2014. John also serves on the Board of Directors for the Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches and is an adjunct professor of religion at Wallace State Community College. He is married to Tiffany, and they have two children, Vella and John Isaac.
Conclude this fun tour with a Farewell Dinner in Ettal
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, May 17, 2024: Overnight flights
Our journey begins as we board our international flight to Berlin, Germany. Pre-tour nights are available in Berlin if you’d like to rest after the journey. (IF)
Day 2: Saturday, May 18, 2024: Berlin, Wittenberg
Upon our morning arrival in Berlin, we meet our tour leader and coach driver and pick-up early arrivals. We begin with a panoramic tour of the city with photo stops. We’ll see the famous Brandenburg Gate, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Cathedral, the Reichstag building and the lively boulevards. This city has undergone momentous changes since reunification. We will stop to visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum then continue on to Wittenberg, where we’ll dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 3: Sunday, May 19, 2024: Wittenberg
This morning is at leisure to attend a church service (in German) or explore the town. In the afternoon we will tour Lutherstadt Wittenberg, where Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church (Schlosskirche) in 1517. 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: Monday, May 20, 2024: 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 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. We will then continue to Erfurt and dine together. We will stay in the monastery in Erfurt (subject to availability) and soak up the atmosphere of this historic city. (B/D)
Day 5: Tuesday, May 21, 2024: Erfurt
Our local guide will take us on a tour including viewing St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Church of St. Severus, 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. In the afternoon we will have optional trip to Buchenwald. (B)
Day 6: Wednesday, May 22, 2024: Eisenach, Heidelberg
This morning we will visit nearby Eisenach, for a tour of the Wartburg Castle, where Luther translated the New Testament into German. 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 a 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 before we drive down to Heidelberg for our group dinner. (B/D)
Day 7: Thursday, May 23, 2024: Rhine Cruise, Mainz, Worms, Heidelberg
What better way to start the day than with a Rhine cruise! We will board the boat and sail past magnificent castles and the famous Loreley rock to St. Goar. Every bend in the river will bring 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 will 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 return to Heidelberg for a second overnight. (B/D)
Day 8: Friday, May 24, 2024: Frankweiler, Heidelberg
As the church is celebrating our 150th anniversary, we will have a special day trip to Frankweiler today, which has been the sister city of Cullman, AL in 1987. We will have a guided tour including the birthplace of Colonel John Cullmann. We will have lunch today with local people and hear more about the town twinning project. We will return to Heidelberg in the afternoon to relax or visit Heidelberg Castle which boasts the world’s largest wine barrel, fascinating history and a stunning view. (B/L)
Day 9: Saturday, May 25, 2024: Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber
This morning we will drive to Rothenburg, the most picturesque and well-preserved of the towns along the famous “Romantic Road”. It is 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. On our tour of St. Jacob’s Church we will see the famous carved “Holy Blood Altar” by Tilman Riemenschneider. We will also have some time to shop at the famous Käthe Wohlfahrt store. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 10: Sunday, May 26, 2024: Romantic Road, Munich
We will travel south today using the fabled “Romantic Road,” Germany’s most famous and popular tourist route which runs through a rich and varied cultural landscape along the river Main and through the Franconian wine country to the Alps. In the afternoon we will have a walking tour of Munich, including the Cathedral, the Marienplatz, and the Old Town. This evening is at leisure to explore Munich.
Day 11: Monday, May 27, 2024: Bavarian Castles, Munich
Today is castle day! We will have a brief stop to see the Baroque paintings in the Wieskirche, then we will tour the magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for the Disney Palace. Those would prefer can visit Hohenschwangau Palace which involves fewer stairs. In the afternoon we will visit Linderhof Palace and Gardens and we’ll have dinner in the Ettal Monastery, which brews its own beer. We will return to Munich for our final overnight.
Day 12: Tuesday, May 28, 2024: Return
Our motor coach takes us to Munich airport for our return flight home.
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!
May 18-30, 2024
Marta Hotel (new name for Luther Hotel)
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg
May 20-22, 2024
May 22-25, 2024
May 25-26, 2024
Vorm Würzburger Tor 10
91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
May 26-28, 2024
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, including group air.
Option 1: We will reserve group air flights if we have 10+ flying from the same airport.
Option 2: You may request a flight quote from us when the tour is a guaranteed departure by filling out this form. Payment is due at the time of booking.
Option 2: You may book your own flights, making sure you land in Berlin on the morning of Saturday, May 18, 2024 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 from Munich at any time on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. 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.
*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
• Group arrival and departure transfers
• All taxes and tips, except as indicated below
• Full color tour book
• Personalized travel app
• Round-trip air transportation
• Individual arrival and departure transfers
• Single supplement
• 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 (options available)
• Gratuities for the tour director and driver
The deposit of $350 per person is due at the time of booking and can be paid online. Online payments incur a 3% credit card fee.
Checks can be mailed to “Reformation Tours”, 12316 244th St, Chisago City, MN 55013-9688.
• Final invoices will be sent in January 2024
• Final payment is due by February 18, 2024
• Reservations will be accepted after April 25, 2024 subject to availability
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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.
• Up to 12 weeks prior to arrival: $100 per person
• 12-8 weeks prior to arrival: $350 per person
• 8-6 weeks prior to arrival: 25% of land costs + any non-refundable land and air deposits
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• 4 weeks prior to arrival: No refund + any non-refundable land and air deposits
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Booking will open in early July.
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