Isn’t travel one of the best things about reaching your 60s? There’s something so freeing about organizing your life in ways that make you happy—checking items off your bucket list one by one.
And for so many people in their “golden years,” bucket-list travels are more than just journeys to another crowded resort or busy city. The focus is on meaning, finding adventures and experiences that go beyond relaxation to satisfy a secret place in the soul. A Reformation tour isn’t just a trip to charming cities and quaint villages—it’s a chance to connect with your Christian heritage and rekindle your spiritual walk.
Simply put, if you’ve ever considered a Reformation tour, now is the time to go—and here are 10 reasons why it will be even better as a 60-something traveler.
1. Mature faith gives deeper meaning to the Reformation history.
As Martin Luther said, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”
You’ve been following the Lord for years and your faith has been tried and tested and proved by decades of experience. Gaining a deeper understanding of the lives of the Reformers and truly appreciating the history of your faith will be even more meaningful at this stage in your life.
2. You know your travel priorities—and aren’t afraid to fulfill them.
Remember what it was like traveling with your children? Everything revolved around keeping them happy and entertained, doing things that interested them. And it was right and admirable to consider their feelings on family vacations.
But things are different now—you can finally pursue your own objectives and make your interests a priority when you travel. If you’ve always wanted to see the Augustinian Monastery where Martin Luther lived as a monk, you’re finally free to do it. After all, this trip is for you.
3. You don’t have to worry about the stress of planning.
There’s something incredibly freeing about letting someone else take the hassles out of arranging your travel—everything from airport transfers to hotel accommodations and even meals and cultural events. Read what John had to say about his Reformation tour:
“My wife and I really enjoyed the Luther Reformation Tour. I really was initially ambivalent about moving away from my usual independent travel with my wife, that I extensively plan and double check. I can’t express how seamless and relaxed we both were, as we were able to take in whatever activity we wanted during “free” time. I would see this was “value-added” vacation time for us. We view this as a “Pilgrimage,”since Martin Luther shaped and stewarded Protestantism.”
4. The pace is completely up to you.
When you’re young, the temptation is to do as much as possible in the shortest amount of time. Now, you’re free to really dig deep into the things that interest you and spend your time satisfying your own travel curiosities.
If you want to spend two days at Lutherstadt-Wittenberg, where Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door, you can—and we actually do that in our Leisurely Lutherland tour, designed for travelers who want a slower pace and in-depth exploration of Reformation history.
5. You can actually take the time to do it right.
Remember when your travel schedule was dictated by school vacations and the number of vacation days you had banked at work? The thought of a three-week Reformation tour in Europe was about as realistic as a flying pig. At this stage in your life, you’ve got the time and flexibility you need to take the big trips you always dreamed about. Your time is your own. Want to extend your stay in Europe before or after the tour? No problem! We can take care of all the arrangements for you.
6. You’ve got the life experiences to really appreciate new cuisines, craft beers, and fine wines.
Germany in particular is well known for its food, beer, and wine culture and now you’re at a stage in life to understand and appreciate the distinctive flavors and nuances of German food and drink. Try Mosel, Liebfraumilch, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, lager, Doppelbock and all the delicious wursts your stomach can handle.
And you don’t have to limit yourself to German cuisine—Reformation history spans several European countries. You can explore the best of French and Swiss cuisine, too, on a Grand Reformation Tour.
7. Now is the “future” you’ve been saving for.
You spent years being frugal, setting aside money so you could live well in the future—and all that sensible savings has finally paid off. You’ve got a nest egg set aside with no better use than to do something meaningful and educational that you’ve always wanted to do.
And what could be more meaningful than indulging your passion for a lifetime of learning and your desire to enrich your faith with a Luther Anniversary Tour, visiting the significant places that shaped Luther’s journey—and even meeting his 13th generation descendants?
8. Your 60s are the perfect time to break out of your rut and do something completely different.
Maybe you’ve been mostly traveling with recreation and relaxation in mind—a Caribbean cruise or a golf escape at a chichi spa or club. Why not do something unconventional and combine travel and your passion for art or music or history?
To quote Luther himself, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” Why not take our Lutherland and Bavaria tour and see the church where Bach himself was the organist? We often arrange for a private after-hours reception in the Bach House in Eisenach, where your group will have a glass of wine, and listen to the authentic musical instruments.
9. It’s actually amazing to make new lifetime friends in your 60s.
Many people who take Reformation tours develop lasting friendships with people they meet on their trip—you’re traveling with people who share your passion for history, religion, and adventure and are often in your same stage of life. These are perfect tours for single travelers too!
You’d be surprised at how many of our guests stay in contact with one another long after the tour ends. It’s one of the unexpected bonuses of a Reformation tour in your 60s. Here are some of the testimonials that we have received, many of whom mention the fun they had with the other travelers. Here’s what Connie had to say;
“We just returned from the the remarkable Heroes of the Reformation tour, where the Lord touched my heart so many times! From the beginning of the tour, each day was well planned with ample time for prayer, fellowship, and exploration. My life has been changed by this tour and the places and people I met!”
10. You’ll never have another chance to experience the Reformation Jubilee Anniversary—and you’ll never be in a better place mentally and physically to enjoy it.
It’s rather incredible, when you think about it, that a movement that began when one man nailed his revolutionary ideas to the door of The Castle Church in Wittenberg changed the cultural and religious history of the West. And that those ideas are still the foundation of one of the world’s most vibrant religions 500 years later.
Your lifetime experiences have uniquely prepared you to appreciate and celebrate the Reformation in a way you might never have done in your 20s and 30s. You’ve got a broad view of history and a deeper understanding of how the Reformation shaped your own beliefs over the years.
This is the opportunity of a lifetime to have a piece of Reformation history and celebrate it with others from all over the world who cherish their faith just as you do.
If a Reformation tour is sparking your soul, why not get in touch with us today to reserve your spot?