Luther/Bach Reformation Tour-12 Days from Frankfurt to Prague, June 2017
Thank you for your interest in our tour! We are currently filled, and are not able to add more people to our trip.
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
The Diet of Worms, Worms, Germany, 1521. “Here I stand.” In the face of tremendous persecution and imminent danger to his own life, Martin Luther stood. He stood before the world and confessed his trust in God’s Word. He would not recant the Gospel, the promise of the forgiveness of sins.
Wittenberg, Germany, October 31, 1517. Luther stood and nailed Ninety-Five Theses Against the Sale of Indulgences to the Castle Church Door. “If the pope can forgive sins, why doesn’t he do it out of love instead of for money.”
Marburg, Germany, October, 1529. Luther stood against Zwingli. “This is My body means this is My body.” He stood on the Lord’s words.
Wartburg Castle, Eisenach, Germany, 1521-1522. Luther was an outlaw, so he was “kidnapped” and brought to the Wartburg Castle. He translated the New Testament from Greek into German, so that the people could stand with him on the clarity and comfort of God’s Word.
These are the events of the Lutheran Reformation, the stories, the people, and the dates that shaped the church of the Gospel for five centuries. These are the places we will stand, the things we will see, the stories we will tell in the places they happened.
YOUR INVITATION TO ADVENTURE
I am pleased to announce the Luther/Bach Reformation Tour, and to extend an invitation to you to join us on this adventure. Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in the place where it happened!
I’ve designed this custom tour to see a number of places often not included on standard Luther tours, and I’ve partnered with Globus Travel to make sure the trip is full of memories that will last a life-time. (Learn more about Globus/Cosmos Travel here.)
Here is the quick overview:
WHEN: June 4-15, 2017
WHERE: Frankfurt, Germany to Prague, Czech Republic (see detailed itinerary below)
HOST: Pastor Bryan and Keri Wolfmueller
COST: $2,389 ground cost
Price includes land tour and travel (via air-conditioned motorcoach), sightseeing, all hotels, most meals (all breakfasts and 7 dinners), professional tour director, a tour book/devotional prepared by Pastor Wolfmueller, and all entrance fees. **Please note this price does not include airfare.
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To register, see additional information below.
THE LUTHERAN REFORMATION TOUR ITINERARY
June 3. Board your overnight flight. Your vacation begins the next day.
Day 1 – June 4 (Sun) – Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany – Mainz (D, ON-Mainz)
Welcome to Germany! Arrive at the airport and meet your Cosmos Tour Director. Enjoy an orientation tour of Frankfurt, the most important German gateway and banking city. 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. Continue to Mainz for the evening. Upon arrival at the hotel, relax and refresh before a welcome to Germany dinner.
Day 2 – June 5 (Mon) – Mainz. Excursion to Worms, Speyer, and Heidelberg (B, ON-Mainz)
In Worms, where the Imperial Council passed judgement on Luther in 1521, take a quick trip to admire the famed REFORMATION MONUMENT. Walk around the town center, as time allows. Stop in Speyer for lunch on your own and visit the CATHEDRAL, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, to Heidelberg for a pleasant 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. Then, enjoy a beer at the famous Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg before returning to Mainz. The Keller beer is a personal Globus employee recommendation!
Day 3 – June 6 (Tues) – Mainz – The Rhine Valley – Marburg – Erfurt (B, D, ON-Erfurt)
Start the day with a scenic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and trim, half-timbered towns in the morning. Drive to Marburg in the afternoon 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. Continue to Erfurt, where the fine gothic and renaissance buildings evoke memories of the days of Dominican Master Eckhart and Martin Luther, who spent his student days here before embarking on his journey to Wittenberg. Enjoy a group dinner tonight.
Day 4 – June 7 (Wed) – Erfurt. Excursion to Mansfield, Eisleben, and Stotternheim (B, D, ON-Erfurt)
Start the day with a visit to the AUGUSTINIAN MONASTERY, where Luther lived as a monk, and the MERCHANT’S BRIDGE. Journey to Mansfield, city of Martin Luther’s childhood and see his parent’s home. Then, in Eisleben visit LUTHER’S BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM, LUTHER’S DEATH HOUSE MUSEUM, ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH, and ST. PETER & PAUL CHURCH. During the return to Erfurt, stop in Stotternheim to see the LUTHER STONE, a memorial of the lightning stroke legend that led Luther to become a monk.
Day 5 – June 8 (Thurs) – Erfurt. Excursion to Schmalkalden, Möhra, Eisenach, and Wechmar (B, ON-Erfurt)
Start your day with an excursion to Schmalkalden, famous for the “Schmalkaldic League” and see St. George’s Church. Drive through Möhra on the way to Eisenach and see the hometown of Hans Luther, Martin Luther’s father. In Eisenach enjoy a guided visit to 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. On the return to Erfurt, take a short stop in Wechmar, the family village of Bach. See the Bach family home.
Day 6 – June 9 (Fri) – Erfurt – Coburg – Leipzig (B, D, ON-Leipzig)
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. We travel to Leipzig to finish our day with a WALKING TOUR. 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. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant, followed by some time to explore at leisure.
Day 7 – June 10 (Sat) – Leipzig. Excursion to Wittenberg (B, D, ON-Leipzig)
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, 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. Finally, visit the OLD LATIN SCHOOL which is now the Wittenberg Project, an outreach and educational effort of the LCMS. Enjoy dinner and conversation in a local restaurant, and then an evening return to our hotel in Leipzig.
Day 8 – June 11 (Sun) – Leipzig – Halle – Jüterbog – Berlin (B, D, ON-Berlin)
This morning, visit a local congregation for CHURCH SERVICE. After lunch on your own we make our way to Berlin via Halle and Jüterbog. In Halle we walk around the plaza of the Market Church. Continue to Jüterbog, a town surrounded by a medieval wall, to see St. Nicholas Church and hear about the Pulpit dispute. The church is known for its three fine aisles and features a preserved coffer of Johann Tetzel. Continue to Berlin and celebrate with a group dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 9 – June 12 (Mon) – Berlin (B, ON-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.
Day 10 – June 13 (Tues) – Berlin – Dresden – Prague, Czech Republic (B, ON-Prague)
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. Continue to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. An optional evening to explore Prague by night is available.
Day 11 – June 14 (Wed) – Prague (B, D, ON-Prague)
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the 1,000-year-old HRADANY CASTLE GROUNDS, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. A unique and exclusive visit has been included to the magnificent LIBRARY OF STRAHOV MONASTERY. This evening, a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at one of Prague’s fine restaurants.
Day 12 – June 15 (Thurs) – Depart Prague, Czech Republic (B)
Your tour ends today with breakfast, followed by a group transfer to the airport for your home-bound flight.
INFORMATION AND PRICING
Thank you for your interest in our tour! We are currently filled, and are not able to add more people to our trip.
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
Per person based on double occupancy: $2389.00
Price includes: land tour, sightseeing, hotels and meals as specified in the itinerary, pre-paid gratuities and the services of a professional tour director. Price does not include: airfare or airport transfers.
Per person air inclusive total based on double occupancy: $4386.00
Price includes: land tour, airfare & taxes from DEN*, roundtrip hotel transfers, sightseeing, hotels and meals as specified in the itinerary, pre-paid gratuities and the services of a professional tour director. *Airfare from DEN is included in your total package price.
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Single room occupancy: add $345.00 per person.
Triple room occupancy: subtract $68.00 per person.
Travel Protection is available for an additional $189.00 per person (Must be purchased with initial deposit). The plan includes a Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit that allows for cancellations up to 24 hours prior to departure or prior business day, whichever is farther out. In the event cancellation is for a non-covered reason under Travel Protection the cancellation penalty retained by Globus, minus the Travel Protection payment, will be reimbursed under the Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit in the form of Travel Certificates valid for travel within two years from the original cancelled vacation start date. This Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit does not cover Instant Purchase Air or independently purchased air.
*Travel Protection rate is based on the land cost of the tour. Rate may vary with additional land services i.e. single supplements and cabin upgrades.
Cancellations and Cancellation Fees (If cancellation is received by Cosmos)
- 119 – 65 days prior to departure: $250 per person
- 64 – 22 days prior to departure: 20% of total price
- 21 – 8 days prior to departure: 30% of total price
- 7 – 1 days prior to departure: 50% of total price
- On departure day and later: 100% of total price
Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including accommodations, independently supplied services and optional excursions, reserved prior to, during and after the tour.
Deposit Due: $250.00 per person tour only / $550 per person air-inclusive.
Add $189.00 per person if Travel Protection is elected.
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