Announcing the Reformation 501 tour of Germany!
“Here I stand,” said Martin Luther, Worms, 1521. You’ll stand in the same place as you tour across Germany, considering the theology and the joy of the Reformation events that shaped the last 501 years of history.
Join Pastor Jonathan Fisk on this customized tour of reformation Germany. From Frankfurt to Berlin, we’ll stop in over 18 cities different cities as we walk, study, pray, and sing our way through the joy of Law and Gospel.
Dates: June 1-12, 2018
Frankfurt to Berlin
Cost: $2,844 per person (double occupancy, land only)
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DATES, DEADLINES, AND DETAILS
Included in the tour:
- Tour Book (including a journal, hymns of Luther, writings of Luther, and the history of the reformation).
- Tour Director, the services of a professional, multilingual Tour Director will be provided throughout.
- Meals, eleven continental breakfasts, and seven dinners.
- Quality hotels.
- Ground transportation: Motorcoaches are fully air-conditioned everywhere while touring.
- Airport transfer (if arriving or departing on the appointed day).
- Sightseeing: Sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with inside visits (including admission charges) and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description. Sightseeing with local guides where applicable.
- Tips for tour director, driver, porters, etc.
Dates and Deadlines
- February 1, 2018, $250 deposit due.
- March 28, 2018, final payment due and all travel arrangements must be made.
Every day includes prayer, Bible study, devotions, and study of excerpt from Martin Luther’s writings lead by Pastor Jonathan Fisk of KFUO and Worldview Everlasting.
Day 1 – 01 June (Friday) – Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany
Welcome to Germany! Arrive at the airport and make your way to the hotel. If you arrive early enough, you can start to explore the most important German gateway and banking city at your leisure. Take a journey through time and history as you admire the “Romer,” the historic center of town, and the old patrician houses that Frankfurt is famous for. This evening, join your travel companions at the hotel for a welcome dinner to celebrate the beginning of your trip. (Dinner)
Day 2 – 02 June (Saturday) – Frankfurt. Excursion to Worms & Speyer
Begin your day traveling to Worms, where the Imperial Council passed judgement on Luther in 1521, to admire the famed REFORMATION MONUMENT. Walk around the town center, as time allows. Lunch in Worms. Next, head to Speyer to explore. Then it will be on to Heidelberg for the afternoon. Enjoy a walk through the OLD TOWN to the famous Martplatz (market square), from where you can take pictures of the famous red-walled ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Climb the church tower, try a beer at the famous Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg, and enjoy free time for dinner before returning to your hotel in Frankfurt. (Breakfast)
Day 3 – 03 June (Sunday) – Frankfurt – The Rhine Valley – Eisenach
Attend church this morning in Oberursel. Then enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruising the Rhine River on a scenic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and trim, half-timbered towns in the afternoon. Continue to your hotel in Eisenach for a group dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 – 04 June (Monday) – Eisenach
In Eisenach enjoy a guided city tour in the morning. In the afternoon, visit WARTBURG CASTLE, where Luther translated the New Testament. Also visit LUTHER HOUSE, ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH, and see the Luther and Bach Memorials, Nikolai Church and Gate, through which Luther passed whenever he entered or left Eisenach. The rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy Eisenach. (Breakfast)
Day 5 – 05 June (Tuesday) – Eisenach. Excursion to Marburg
Drive to Marburg in the morning and stop to see the MARBURG CASTLE. It was the location of the Marburg Colloquy in 1529, a particularly important debate between Martin Luther and Zwingli about the theology of the Lord’s Supper. Return to Eisenach where you will enjoy a group dinner at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6 – 06 June (Wednesday) – Eisenach – Möhra – Schmalkalden – Erfurt
Start your day by driving to Möhra, the hometown of Hans Luther, Martin Luther’s father. If time allows, there will be a moment for prayer in the church. Then it’s on to Schmalkalden, famous for the “Schmalkaldic League” and see St. George’s Church. After a pack lunch, drive to Coburg. When the Lutheran princes were presenting the Augsburg Confession in 1530, Luther was sheltered in Coburg, praying, writing letters, and waiting to hear the result of the Diet. We’ll visit the VESTE COBURG, one of Germany’s largest castles, where Luther lived for six months. Arrive in Erfurt for an included dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7 – 07 June (Thursday) – Erfurt. Excursion to Stotternheim & Eisleben
Begin the day with a CITY TOUR of Erfurt and a tour of the AUGUSTINIAN MONASTERY, where Luther lives as a monk, and the MERCHANT’S BRIDGE. Traveling out of the city, we will stop for a photo in Stotternheim to see the LUTHER STONE, a memorial of the lightning stroke legend that led Luther to become a monk. Then, in Eisleben visit LUTHER’S BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM, LUTHER’S DEATH HOUSE MUSEUM, ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH, and ST. PETER & PAUL CHURCH. Return to Erfurt where a group dinner is included at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 – 08 June (Friday) – Erfurt – Dresden – Leipzig
Travel to Dresden, former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor. During your guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace COURTYARD to admire its impressive architecture; the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, originally built in 1841, once destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. After lunch continue to Leipzig. Enjoy a WALKING TOUR of Leipzig and then visit the THOMASKIRCHE, where J.S. Bach worked. It is the home of the St. Thomas Boys Choir and a place of musical creativity. Also visit the market square that today is a site of celebrations and festivals, but once was the scene of executions and political demonstrations. The rest of your day is at leisure. Tonight why not take chance to hear the St. Thomas Boys Choir sing? (Breakfast)
Day 9 – 09 June (Saturday) – Leipzig. Excursion to Wittenberg
We leave Leipzig early for a full day in Wittenberg, Martin Luther’s home for 30-plus years and the birthplace of the Reformation. Upon arrival in Wittenberg, have a morning chapel service in the OLD LATIN SCHOOL, an outreach of the LCMS. Then, visit ST. MARY’S CHURCH, a twin-towered gothic church where Luther preached the Reformation, got married (1525), and baptized his six children. Enjoy a guided walking tour and see Luther House, where Martin Luther and his family lived. See the door of the Castle Church where Luther posted his 95 Theses against the sale of indulgences – and launched the Reformation in 1517. A special visit has been included to the renaissance-style MELANCHTHON HOUSE, built in 1536 and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It belonged to Philipp Melanchthon, Luther’s closest friend and most successful co-worker. Today Wittenberg will celebrate the wedding of Martin and Katie Luther, and the entire town turns into a Reformation festival with booths and stalls, performances and parades. Enjoy food cooked on the street and arts and handicrafts from merchants. Enjoy dinner and conversation in a local restaurant before returning to Leipzig. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 10 – 10 June (Sunday) – Leipzig – Halle – Jüterbog – Berlin
This morning, visit a local congregation for CHURCH SERVICE. Then on to HALLE for a walk around the city-square and to climb the church towers. Swing through Jüterbog on the way to Berlin. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 11 – 11 June (Monday) – Berlin
Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the elegant Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Castle, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, and the 21-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten Park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden Boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Perhaps enjoy a free lunch concert with the philharmonic. (Breakfast)
Day 12 – 12 June (Tuesday) – Depart from Berlin
Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning. Individual transfers are available to the airport for your homebound flight, or better yet, fly to Athens and join our Footsteps of Apostle Paul Tour and Cruise! (Breakfast)
The cost for the trip is $2,844. (Please note, this does not include airfare.) Single occupancy, add $377. Triple occupancy, reduce each by $36.
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