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St. Thomas' Church, Leipzig
Wittenberg Market Square
Merchant's Bridge, Erfurt
Hus Stone, Constance
Reformers Wall, Geneva
Members of Grace Valley Christian Church are invited to join Reverend Buddingh, Dr. Spencer, and Mr. Roby on a private 15-day tour of Europe. Beginning in Prague in the Czech Republic, you will see sites associated with Jan Hus and attend an English-speaking church service. After crossing over into Germany, you will experience the art and music cities of Dresden and Leipzig, and hear about the “Pray for Peace Christians” during the Cold War.
You will visit many key sites associated with Martin Luther in Wittenberg, Erfurt, Eisenach, and Worms. He spent several weeks in hiding in Wartburg Castle and you’ll be staying in the 5-star hotel right next to the castle. In the Rhine region, you’ll cruise down the Rhine, take a tour of the Gutenberg Museum, and see the site of the Diet of Worms. In Heidelberg there is another opportunity to meet local believers, and hear more about the history of the Heidelberg Catechism. After traveling through the Black Forest, you will see the stone marking the site of Hus’ martyrdom. In Switzerland you’ll learn about the history of Zwingli, Calvin, and the Anabaptists. The Reformation Wall in Geneva is a fitting conclusion to this Reformation overview tour.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, September 18, 2020: Overnight Flight to Prague, Czech Republic
Our journey to explore the sites and heroes of the Reformation will begin with an overnight flight to Prague. Reformation Tours can arrange flights, or you are welcome to arrange your own. (IF)
Day 2: Saturday, September 19, 2020: Arrival in Prague
Upon our arrival in Prague, we will meet our tour director and board our bus and a local guide will introduce us to the “Golden City.” The Old Town Square is an impressive open space surrounded by churches and historic buildings. We will walk to the Old Town Hall to view its famous Astronomical Clock. We will also visit the Jewish Quarter, where we will stroll through the oldest synagogue and Jewish cemetery in Europe. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (IF/D)
Day 3: Sunday, September 20, 2020: Prague
This morning we will have the opportunity to worship with other English-speaking believers in Prague or we will start our day with a locally guided walking tour of Hradčany, the largest castle complex in the world. Besides Prague Castle, the grounds also include St. Vitus Cathedral and the Golden Lane, a collection of small cottages from the 16th century. After crossing the famous Charles Bridge, we will arrive at Wenceslas Square, a wide boulevard that is dominated by the National Museum and a statue of Saint Wenceslas. During free time, we can purchase some Czech crystal or garnet jewelry, visit one of the many fine museums or simply sample some Czech delicacies near the city center. This evening we will enjoy a typical Czech meal accompanied by traditional folk entertainment. (B/D)
Day 4: Monday, September 21, 2020: Dresden, Leipzig
This morning we will drive to Dresden where we will have free time to attend the noon service at the recently restored Frauenkirche. After free time to buy lunch, we will have time to look around the city. Dresden’s highlights include the magnificent palatial buildings around the Theaterplatz, the Kreuzkirche, and the Brühl Terraces, and the many art treasures at the state museums. Dresden offers a unique blend of stunning architecture, world-famous art collections and great tradition in both music and fine art. We will continue to Leipzig. (B/D)
Day 5: Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Leipzig
Today we will explore 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. Here we will 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 will be our visit to Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church), where Luther preached and Johann Sebastian Bach performed and directed the famous St. Thomas Boys choir. This evening will be free and concert tickets can be arranged. (B)
Day 6: Wednesday, September 23, 2020: Wittenberg
We will travel to Lutherstadt Wittenberg this morning. It was here in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses and Melanchthon helped forge Reformation Theology and the Cranachs painted their famous portraits of Luther. We will spend time in the Lutherhalle (Luther House) Museum, where Luther lived first as a monk, then later with his wife and children. The tour will also include Castle Church, Stadtkirche St. Marien (St. Mary’s church) where Luther preached and where his children were baptized, and the Luther Oak where he burned the edict from Rome, condemning him as a “heretic.” After a special service with the Wittenberg English Ministry, we will have a free evening, or the opportunity to have a meal with local Christians (meal cost not included). (B)
Day 7: Thursday, September 24, 2020: Erfurt, Eisenach
After breakfast, we will travel to Erfurt, where we will have free time for lunch. Our local guide will take us on a walking tour, including St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Church of St. Severus, and the famous Merchant’s Bridge. We will end the 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. We will continue on to Eisenach and check in to our hotel next to the Wartburg Castle. After dinner we will have an after-hours reception in the Bach House, with a demonstration of period instruments. (B/D)
Day 8: Friday, September 25, 2020: Eisenach, Mainz
This morning we will be able to enjoy Wartburg Castle before the crowds arrive, as our hotel is right next to it. 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 take a tour and see where Luther finished translating the New Testament into German in just eleven weeks. We will have a group lunch in our hotel, then we will travel down to Mainz and visit the Gutenberg Museum. (B/L)
Day 9: Saturday, September 26, 2020: Mainz, 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. 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. (B)
Day 10: Sunday, September 27, 2020: Heidelberg
This morning we will have the option of attending church in Heidelberg, meeting local English-speaking believers. In the afternoon, we will take a tour of Heidelberg Castle and visit Philosophers’ Walk, a path on the mountainside that overlooks the old town and castle, where Heidelberg’s philosophers and university professors would walk. We will dine together this evening. (B/D)
Day 11: Monday, September 28, 2020: Constance, Zurich
We will travel through the scenic Black Forest to Constance, where we will see the stone which marks the spot where the pre-Reformer Jan Hus was martyred. We will also see the Cathedral where some of the trials were held. Crossing over into Switzerland, we’ll dine in an authentic Swiss restaurant. (B/D)
Day 12: Tuesday, September 29, 2020: Zurich
This morning our Zurich guide will take us on a walking tour to learn about Zwingli and the Anabaptists on a tour of the key Reformation sites. 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 have free time to relax. (B)
Day 13: Wednesday, September 30, 2020: Bern, Geneva
On the way to Geneva, we will visit Bern, the Swiss capital. We will spend time enjoying this historic city with its splendid preserved arcaded Old Town, see the Gothic cathedral, the fountains decorated with flowers and statues, the Clock Tower with the famous figure play, and the House of Swiss Parliament. We will continue on to Geneva and dinner will be included this evening. (B/D)
Day 14: Thursday, October 1, 2020: Geneva
Our morning 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, and the Reformation Museum. The afternoon will be at leisure. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 15: Friday, October 2, 2020: Return
We will transfer from the hotel to the airport for our flights. (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!
Prague, Czech Republic
September 19-21, 2020
Politickych veznu 913/12
September 21-23, 2020
Richard Wagner Straße 7
September 23-24, 2020
Best Western Soibelmanns
September 24-25, 2020
Romantik Hotel auf der Wartburg
Auf der Wartburg 2
September 25-26, 2020
September 26-28, 2020
September 28-30, 2020
September 30 – October 2, 2020
Novotel Geneva City Centre
Rue de Zurich 19
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.
Group air will be available for this tour and the itinerary will be posted in the near future. When this tour is a guaranteed departure, we will be able to start making alternative air reservations for anyone not on group flights. 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 July 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 19, 2020 no later than 10:00 AM. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Prague. You are welcome to depart at any time on October 2. Please wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking non-refundable airfare, and 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 Prague and post-tour nights in Geneva, 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 35 participants
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star, 4-star and 5-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Entrance fees included as per itinerary
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Insurance during the tour (pre-tour coverage upgrade available)
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips, including tour director and driver
• Air transportation (group air will be arranged)
• Single supplement ($975)
• 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.
• Pre-tour cancellation insurance (details sent with reservation form)
• Deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour. Please send all payments to Reformation Tours, P.O Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Final invoices will be sent in June 2020
• Final payment is due by July 5, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after July 5, 2020, subject to availability
We offer the Professional Plan offered by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We offer all of our travelers post-departure insurance coverage (up to $500 of coverage.) If you would like to have pre-tour cancellation and trip interruption coverage, the upgrade cost depends on the tour price. It’s approximately the tour cost (minus the $500 that we cover) x 6.14%. To insure your land costs, the price is $3,999 – $500 x 6.14% = $215. A quote will automatically be added to your invoice and updated once the air cost is available.
|BENEFITS||TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE
|Trip Cancellation||Up to 100% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption||Up to 150% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption (Return Air Only)||$750|
|Missed Connection||$500, after a 3+ hour delay|
|Trip Delay||$200 a day, after a 6+ hour delay, up to $1,000 total maximum|
|Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains||$500,000|
|Emergency Accident and Sickness||$50,000 max/$750 max for dental/ No deductible|
|Security Assistance Services||$100,000|
|Baggage / Personal Effects - Lost, Stolen or Damaged||No deductible, $250 per article limit, combined limit of $500 for valuables, $1,000 total limit.|
|Baggage Delay||$300, after a 12+ hour delay|
|Accidental Death or Dismemberment 24 Hours||$10,000|
|Worldwide Travel Assistance, Business and Concierge Assistance||Included|
|Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Waiver (Must insure full, non-refundable cost of Trip)||Must be purchased within 21 days after your initial trip deposit.|
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 100 days before departure: $100 cancellation penalty
From 99-15 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.
Reformation Tours cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through Reformation Tours.
Please note this is a private tour for members of Grace Valley Christian Center.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
You can fill out your reservations online by clicking the “Book Now” tab (under the images) 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 (additional 3.5% fee).
We offer the Professional Plan by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. A quote will be automatically added to your invoice.
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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