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Wittenberg Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt Wartburg Castle Amsterdam Leiden, Netherlands Corrie Ten Boom's Bible Our full-ship charter, MS Douce France Upper deck cabin Arnhem open-air museum Dining room Dusseldorf Ship lounge and seminar area Koblenz Worms Speyer Strasbourg Basel Reformers Wall, Geneva
Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt
Corrie Ten Boom's Bible
Our full-ship charter, MS Douce France
Upper deck cabin
Arnhem open-air museum
Ship lounge and seminar area
Reformers Wall, Geneva
In 1521 Martin Luther was in hiding in Wartburg Castle and translated the New Testament into German from the original Greek. To celebrate the 500th anniversary of this key translation work, we have invited some friends from Wycliffe Bible Translators to join our exclusive Bible Translation Celebration Rhine Cruise, which will raise funds to further the work of Bible translation. Today, at least 2,000 languages still need a Bible translation started, and Wycliffe is working faster than ever to reach those languages as soon as possible.
We will begin by visiting key sites associated with Martin Luther, including Castle Church where he nailed the 95 Theses and his family home in Wittenberg, the monastery in Erfurt where he lived as a monk, his translation room in Wartburg Castle, the “Luther and the Bible” exhibit in Eisenach, and ending with a fellowship time with an English-speaking church in Frankfurt.
We have an exclusive charter of the MS Douce France down the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel, and our 8-day journey will include many fabulous excursions, such as Amsterdam, Cologne, the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Strasbourg and Basel. We will have on-board seminars from our hosts, as well as exciting updates and stories about the impact of Bible translation around the world. Our tour will end in Geneva, Switzerland, with a tour of the Reformation Museum.
We do hope that you’ll consider joining us.
Frank and Rowena Drinkhouse
Reformation Tours, LLC
Larry and Linda Jones were married in 1977. They live in Arlington, Texas where Larry serves as President and CEO of Seed Company, a Wycliffe affiliate organization. The Joneses served for 27 years in Bible translation ministry in Asia (Indonesia and the Philippines). They assisted the Yawa people group of Indonesia to complete a translation of the New Testament, which was dedicated in 2011, and the Psalms, which was dedicated in 2019. They have three adult children, all married, and four lovely granddaughters. They are excited to be a part of this cruise and Larry is looking forward to his ministry as our devotional speaker.
Andrew and Anne Sims were married in 1977. They live in Waxhaw, NC where Andrew serves as a Bible Translation Consultant with Seed Company. After briefly serving in Mexico, they worked for 18 years in Indonesia with the Ketengban, dedicating the New Testament in 1998. Since then, Andrew has served as a translation consultant and trainer, primarily in Indonesia. From 2008 until 2014 his focus was again with the Ketengban and a related language, Lik, and culminated in celebrating the completion of the Lik New Testament, and half of the Old Testament for both languages. Andrew continues to consult for both teams as they seek to finish their full Bibles. Anne serves with Wycliffe Human Resources, focusing on families in crisis. The Sims have a son and a daughter, both married and five wonderful grandchildren. They are looking forward to being a part of this cruise, and sharing how the lives of the Ketengban and Lik have been transformed through the Word.
Chuck and Chris Daly were married in 1988. They live in Waxhaw, NC where Chuck is the chief pilot and a flight instructor at JAARS, which supports Bible translation worldwide through transportation, technology, media, and training. Chuck served as a pilot in Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, and Peru, and also at JAARS in transportation leadership roles. Through the years Chris has filled a variety of part-time support roles as well as homeschooled their three children. Two of their children are now married and one is engaged, and they are enjoying their two grandsons. They look forward to participating in the cruise and sharing about support services for Bible translation.
Don and Veralyn Adams were married in 1974 and reside in Tucson, Arizona where their two children and 4 grandchildren also live. Don is a retired high school science teacher and has been a popular speaker on natural history topics on several cruise lines. He teaches Reformation, Church History and Bible to the adult Sunday school class at their PCA church. Veralyn leads a home Bible Study for working women once a week. Both love traveling and have visited a number of Reformation sites in Germany, and are excited about sharing their knowledge with others on this wonderful tour and cruise.
An introduction to Wycliffe Bible Translators:
The cruise-only itinerary begins on arrival in Amsterdam on day 7.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Tuesday, July 13, 2021: Depart
We will depart from the USA today and Reformation Tours can assist with group (10+) or individual bookings. Pre-tour nights are also available in Berlin and are recommended for anyone traveling from the West Coast. Early arrivals are invited to a group dinner this evening. (IF)
Day 2: Wednesday, July 14, 2021: Arrival in Berlin, Wittenberg
On arrival in Berlin, we will have group or individual transfers to the pre-tour hotel in central Berlin, where we will meet our tour director. Tour members are requested to arrive by 10:00 AM. 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 in Wittenberg. (IF/D)
Day 3: Thursday, July 15, 2021: 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 afternoon will be at leisure. In the evening we will have a special service with the Wittenberg English Ministry. (B)
Day 4: Friday, July 16, 2021: Erfurt, Eisenach
We will visit Erfurt today and our 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 looked during Luther’s time. At the end of the tour we will have a group worship service in the chapel. We will continue on to Eisenach for dinner and overnight. (B/D)
Day 5: Saturday, July 17, 2021: Eisenach, Frankfurt
We will begin our day in the Luther House museum, housed in one of the oldest and loveliest half-timbered houses in Thuringia. Luther is believed to have lived here as a child from 1298 to 1501 while attending a local school. which has an exhibit called “Luther and the Bible”. This features objects and multimedia presentations about Luther’s translation and the impact of his work on language, literature, and music. We will then visit Wartburg castle, where he took refuge in 1521, while fleeing from the wrath of the Pope, aided 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. In the afternoon we will travel down to the Rhine region and check-in to our hotel in Frankfurt. (B/D)
Day 6: Sunday, July 18, 2021: Frankfurt, Haarlem
We will have the opportunity to worship at Trinity Lutheran Church and fellowship with other English-speakers. After a group lunch, we can visit the Bible Museum in Frankfurt, or relax in Frankfurt’s historical center. We will take an evening flight to Amsterdam. and check-in to our hotel in Haarlem, just outside Amsterdam. (B/L)
Day 7: Monday, July 19, 2021: Leiden, Haarlem
This is the arrival day for those who are just doing the cruise portion, and transfers are included from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. There is an optional excursion to Leiden, which is not only a delightful town, but was also a key site for Bible publishing and was the home of the Mayflower Pilgrims for 12 years. We will have a group meal at our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 8: Tuesday, July 20, 2021: Amsterdam
After breakfast we will visit Corrie Ten Boom’s home in Haarlem (subject to availability). Corrie and her family assisted hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust. After surviving Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, she preached in more than 60 countries about the Lord’s faithfulness. In the afternoon we will have an orientation tour of Amsterdam, including a boat ride on the canals. The next few days will be spent on the MS Douce France and we have a full-ship charter, so it will be a wonderful opportunity to get to know the hosts and other travelers. We will board our ship at 6:00 PM. After comfortably settling into our cabins, we’ll meet the tour hosts and crew at the welcome event. (B/L/D)
Day 9: Wednesday, July 21, 2021: Amsterdam
In the morning you can choose to have a guided tour of the Christian sites in Amsterdam or take a bike tour (experienced cyclists only). The afternoon is at leisure to visit one of the many art museums, the Keukenhof Gardens, or explore Amsterdam independently. We’ll have a celebration event on board this evening and the ship will cruise through the night, departing at 8:00 PM. (B/L/D)
Day 10: Thursday, July 22, 2021: Arnhem, Dusseldorf
The ship will dock at Emmerich-am-Rhine this morning (8:30 AM) and we will tour the open-air living history museum in Arnhem. We’ll rejoin the ship in Xanten (12:00 PM) and the afternoon will be spent cruising towards Dusseldorf (7:00 PM). During the afternoon we will have some presentations and events about Bible translation around the world. The evening is at leisure to explore Dusseldorf. (B/L/D)
Day 11: Friday, July 23, 2021: Cologne, Koblenz
We will arrive in Cologne at 8:00 AM. We’ll have a tour of the city including the magnificent cathedral. The buses will take us to Königswinter to board the ship, and we’ll sail to Koblenz, arriving at 6:30 PM.
Day 12: Saturday, July 24, 2021: Mainz, Worms
This morning will be spent cruising towards Mainz and we will dock at 2:30 PM. In the afternoon we will have a guided tour of the Gutenberg Museum. We will continue on to Worms, where we will board the ship for dinner.
Day 13: Sunday, July 25, 2021: Worms, Speyer
This morning we have the option to attend a morning service (in German) in Holy Trinity Church, Worms. This Evangelical Lutheran Church is supposedly built on the site of the Diet of Worms. It was damaged in the war and rebuilt in 1959 and has magnificent stained-glass windows. We will also view St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Reformation Monument, and the commemorative plaques in Heylshof Garden. We will then drive to Speyer, where the term “Protestant” originated. We will have free time to explore the town and cathedral, before the ship sails at 5:30 PM.
Day 14: Monday, July 26, 2021: Strasbourg
We will arrive in Strasbourg in the early morning, and our walking tour will include La Petite France and the cathedral. We will depart at 1:00 PM and the rest of the day will be spent on the ship. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening.
Day 15: Tuesday, July 27, 2021: Basel
After breakfast we will have a guided tour of Basel with a focus on the Christian heritage of the city. In the afternoon we can chose between visiting the Rhine Falls or a hike and mini-cruise to the foot of the Rhine Falls. We will have evening entertainment on the ship.
Day 16: Wednesday, July 28, 2021: Geneva
We will disembark (by 9 AM) and drive through Switzerland to Geneva. In the afternoon we will tour Reformation sites, including the Reformation Wall, St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Reformation Museum. We will end the tour with a Swiss meal. For convenience, the hotel will be close to the airport.
Day 17: Thursday, July 29, 2021: Return
We will return home today from Geneva.
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. 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: If you would like assistance with alternative flights, please visit our Book a Flight page. 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 for main tour: Please arrange to arrive in Berlin no later than 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Arrival for cruise only: Please arrange to arrive in Amsterdam on Monday, July 19, 2021
Departure: You are welcome to depart from Geneva at any time on Thursday, July 29, 2021.
We can arrange pre-tour nights in Berlin or Amsterdam and post-tour nights in Geneva.
• En-suite cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows (top deck) or large windows (main deck)
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in 3 and 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
• Expert hosts and seminar speakers
• 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
• Port taxes and fees
• Round-trip air transportation (group air will be arranged for groups of 10+)
• 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.
• Upgraded cancellation insurance (basic coverage included in tour cost)
There are 2 installments for this tour that can be paid by check made payable to “Reformation Tours” to P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222 or by credit card (3.5% extra).
Deposit 1 is due at the time of booking ($1,500 by check or $1,552 by credit card). Credit vouchers from postponed tours can be used.
Final invoices will be sent in February 2021.
Final payment is due by March 1, 2021.
Space is limited, so we encourage early registration. We are closely monitoring the situation in Europe and we will change the date of the cruise if Covid would make it difficult for USA citizens to travel in Europe. The new date would depend on availability of the full-ship charter and the tour hosts’ schedules, but would likely be in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022.
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. Please note that pandemics aren’t usually covered by policies.
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.
The following cancellation penalties apply, unless otherwise noted on the tour documentation:
From time of deposit to until January 1, 2021: $500 cancellation penalty
From January 2, 2021 to May 1, 2021: $1,000 cancellation penalty plus any non-refundable deposits
From May 2, 2021 to departure: No refund
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
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You can either use your credit voucher, send a check made payable to “Reformation Tours” to P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222 or click here to pay by credit card. Space is limited, so we encourage early registration.
We will continue to assist clients who have previously purchased Roam Right Insurance policies, which can be transferred to tours in 2021 and 2022. If you don’t have insurance, we are now offering clients the opportunity to compare and buy insurance directly:
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