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Zwingli statue in Zurich
Reformers Wall, Geneva
You are invited to join Dr. Joe Thomas, and Dr. Mark Draper as they trace our rich Protestant heritage through four countries: Czech Republic, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Joe and Mark co-teach a doctoral level course on the Reformation and this is their second time leading a Reformation Tour.
On this 11-day journey, Joe and Mark will be sharing insights about the spiritual life of the Reformers, with a focus on the context and application of their teachings. There will also be time for spiritual reflection and group discussions. Suggestions for pre-tour study materials will be available.
Dr. Joe Thomas, Professor of History of Christianity at Urbana Theological Seminary regularly gives public talks on Luther, Erasmus, and the history of the Reformation. He has been a seminary professor for 20 years and is the co-author of the podcast and book Wayfinding with Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Dr. Mark Draper professor of Historical Theology at Lancaster Bible College and Capital Seminary. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses for 11 years and has regularly taught classes on the Protestant Reformation. He has also given public talks on Luther, Calvin and Zwingli and has taken part in panel discussions on the Reformation discussing Magisterial, Anabaptist and Catholic influences as well as the impact of the Reformation on the founding of the U.S.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, May 31, 2024: Depart
We will depart from the USA on our transatlantic overnight flights to Prague.
Day 2: Saturday, June 1, 2024: Arrival in Prague
When we arrive in Prague, we will transfer to our hotel. We will have some free time for lunch, then we will have 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 will end the day with our welcome meal at the hotel. (D)
Day 3: Sunday, June 2, 2024: Prague
This morning we’ll have the opportunity to attend an English language church service or have free time. In the afternoon we will explore Prague Castle, 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 to the Old Town Square. We will finish by the Jan Hus Monument, built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his martyrdom. This evening we will have fun at a Czech dinner, including seeing folk dancing. (B/D)
Day 4: Monday, June 3, 2024: Prague, Wittenberg
We will cross the border into Germany this morning and travel to 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 see St. Mary’s Church where Luther regularly preached and the Old Latin School next door. Luther’s former home, is now a Reformation Museum. Unfortunately, it is closed due to renovations and may only be able to see it from the outside. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 5: Tuesday, June 4, 2024: Erfurt, Eisenach
We’ll drive to Erfurt and have free time for lunch. We’ll visit St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Severin’s Church and the famous Merchant’s Bridge, then 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 when he lived there. At the end of the tour we will have a group time in the chapel. We will dine together this evening in a local restaurant in Eisenach. (B/D)
Day 6: Wednesday, June 5, 2024: Eisenach, Rudesheim
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 schoolboy 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 of Eisenach, including the Bach House, the Luther House and St. George’s Church. In the afternoon we will drive down to Rüdesheim, and dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 7: Thursday, June 6, 2024: Rhine Valley, Strasbourg
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. After the cruise we will tour the Gutenberg Museum and the Cathedral in Mainz. In the afternoon we will continue to Strasbourg and dine in our hotel. Strasbourg was an important town for John Calvin. He pastored French Huguenot refugees, got married, and wrote a second edition to his famous book, the Institutes. Strasbourg, as a free imperial town, was a beacon for Protestantism right from the 16th century. During his time in Strasbourg, Calvin was not attached to one particular church, but held his office successively in various local churches. Calvin learned how to organize a church and reform a city from Martin Bucer, one of the more underappreciated reformers of the era. Strasbourg is also home to Katharina Schütz-Zell, a leading reformer who directed her work and writings towards the women of the era. (B/D)
Day 8: Friday, June 7, 2024: Constance
Today we will be in three countries: France, Germany and Switzerland. We will drive through the Black Forest region to the border of Switzerland. In Constance, we will pray on the spot where the pre-Reformer Jan Hus was martyred and see the Cathedral where some of the trials were held. Overnight in Constance. (B/D)
Day 9: Saturday, June 8, 2024: Zurich, Geneva
This morning we will cross the border to Switzerland. A short drive will bring us to Zurich. We will visit key Reformation sites to learn about Zwingli and the Anabaptists. We will tour the Grossmünster, the Helferei (where Zwingli lived) and see the Zwingli Statue. After a stroll through the historic Auld Stadt (old city) we will drive through Switzerland to Geneva. (B/D)
Day 10: Sunday, June 9, 2024: Geneva
Geneva was described by John Knox as “the most perfect school of Christ since the days of the apostles”, Our tour will begin at the impressive Reformation Monument. Four statues of four Reformation leaders stand as sentinels to truth and courage inspired by godly faith. We will see the Auditoire de Calvin, St. Pierre’s Cathedral, the archaeological site beneath the cathedral, and the Reformation Museum. We will enjoy a Farewell Meal before we head home or continue our travels in Europe. (B/D)
Day 11: Monday, June 10, 2024: Return
We will transfer from the hotel to the airport for our flights. (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!
Prague, Czech Republic
June 1-3, 2024
NH Hotel Prague
150 00 Praha 5
June 3-4, 2024
Best Western Soibelmanns
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg,
June 4-5, 2024
June 5-6, 2024
65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
June 6-7, 2024
11 Rue de la Nuée-Bleue
June 7-8, 2024
June 8-10, 2024
Rue de Lausanne 41
Once the tour is a guaranteed departure our air team can assist you with booking flights and transfers. 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.
Our air team will be happy to assist you with flights. Group flights are available from Chicago for $1,875:
|May 31 - June 1
Arrival: Please arrange to arrive in Prague no later than 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 1, 2024. (Pre-tour night is available)
Departure: You are welcome to depart from Geneva at any time on Monday, June 10, 2024.
Pre- and post-tour nights can be booked through us.
Price based on a minimum of 20 tour 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 Manager throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Guides will use Whisper Headsets throughout the tour
• Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary
• Arrival and departure transfers for group flights
• All taxes and tips excluding tour director and driver
• Full color personalized tour book
• Travel app
• Round-trip air transportation and related taxes and fees
• Airport transfers separate from the group
• 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
• Baggage handling (let us know if you need assistance)
• Tips for driver and tour director
The deposit of $350 per person is due at the time of booking through the registration system. As you register you will be given the option to pay by ACH (direct from your bank) or by credit card (3.5% fee). If you prefer, checks can be mailed to “Reformation Tours”, 12316 244th St, Chisago City, MN 55013-9688
• Final invoices will be sent in February 2024
• Final payment is due by March 2, 2024
• Reservations will be accepted after March 2, 2024, subject to availability
There are two levels of insurance offered. Click here to compare. When you fill out the registration form, you will be given quotes for both.
Standard is 4.55% of the trip cost and can be purchased up until 2 days prior to departure, although we recommend purchasing it before.
Enhanced is 7.6% of the trip cost and includes cancel for any reason benefits. It has to be purchased within 14 days of registration.
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.
|Days Before Travel
|If the client cancels
|From sign-up until 100 days before departure
|If the client cancels
|Between 99 and 30 days before departure
|$350 + any non-refundable fees
|If the client cancels
|Less than 30 days before departure
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