Germany Reformation Tour September 2017
An Invitation to a Theological Adventure!
I am pleased to announce a second tour to Germany for the 500th anniversary of the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses. More people wanted to travel than we had space, so we are planning another adventure.
Here’s the overview:
When: Monday, September 18, 2017-Friday, September 29, 2017 (St. Michael’s Day)
Where: Frankfurt, Germany – Prague, Czech Republic
Who: Theological Adventurers (hosted by Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller)
Cost: $2,368 (ground only, double occupancy)
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The cost for the trip is $2,368. (Please note, this does not include airfare.) Single occupancy, add $402. Triple occumancy, reduce each by $58.
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AN OUTLINE OF ADVENTURE
Here is the daily itinerary:
Every day will include morning and evening prayer, devotions, Bible study and theological discussion of the writings of Martin Luther and the historical disputes of the Reformation.
Day 1 – September 18 (Mon) – Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany – 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, celebrate the beginning of your trip with a welcome dinner. (Dinner)
Day 2 – September 19 (Tues) – Mainz. Excursion to Worms, Speyer, and Heidelberg
In Worms, where the Imperial Council passed judgment 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! (Breakfast)
Day 3 – September 20 (Wed) – Mainz – The Rhine Valley – Marburg – 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 – September 21 (Thurs) – Erfurt. Excursion to Mansfield, Eisleben, and Stotternheim
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. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5 – September 22 (Fri) – Erfurt. Excursion to Schmalkalden, Möhra, Eisenach, and Wechmar
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. (Breakfast)
Day 6 – September 23 (Sat) – Erfurt – Coburg – 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 at a local restaurant, followed by some time to explore at leisure. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7 – September 24 (Sun) – Leipzig. Excursion to Halle and Jüterbog
This morning, visit a local congregation for CHURCH SERVICE. After lunch on your own we depart for 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. Return to Leipzig this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 – September 25 (Mon) – Leipzig – Wittenberg – Berlin
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. Continue to Berlin. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9 – September 26 (Tues) – 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. (Breakfast)
Day 10 – September 27 (Wed) – Berlin – Dresden – Prague, Czech Republic
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. (Breakfast)
Day 11 – September 28 (Thurs) – Prague
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the 1,000-year-old HRADČANY 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12 – September 29 (Fri) – Depart Prague, Czech Republic
Your tour ends today with breakfast, followed by a group transfer to the airport for your homebound flight. (Breakfast)
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
- ASAP, $250 deposit due.
- July 15, 2017, final payment due.
- August 10, 2017, all travel arrangements must be made.
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Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller
I asked the travelers in June for recommendations. Here are a few:
“Pastor Wolfmueller puts on a great Reformation Tour! This trip is the perfect balance between theology, history, and an amazing amount of fun. Everything is Christ Centered and Bible Based. Not only will you learn things about Martin Luther that you never knew, you will be able to ask all those theological questions! Pastor Wolfmueller has a great way of explaining things so that everyone can understand. The schedule is rigorous so that you get all your money’s worth in this trip and it is so worth your time! I would highly recommend this trip!” -Allysha
“We have never been a more detailed and thoughtfully planned trip. Kudos to you, Keri, and Chuck. Thanks for a wonderful trip.” -Earl & Rita
“Understand our Christian heritage – why we are ‘Lutheran’ and what being ‘Lutheran’ means – Organized by some ‘Old Lutherans’ for Christians (Lutheran or not). Being with Pastor Wolfmueller is always interesting – and the topic at hand (Luther at the 500th anniversary of the Reformation) makes the opportunity even better. Solid christian fellowship and study during a coach tour of major Luther sites in Germany.” -Jay
“Simply stunning, a dream come true! Imagine following in Martin Luther’s footsteps, studying theology/worshipping with fellow Lutherans, and seeing the breath-taking sights of Germany all at the same time. It doesn’t get better than this! I haven’t even been home for 48 hours and I’m ready to pack my bags and go again!” -Krystle
“If you have the chance to go on a Reformation tour through Germany, I highly recommend Pastor Wolfmueller’s Luther/Bach Tour. You will be delighted by the sights, learn more of our Lutheran heritage, and make some of the greatest friends you’ve ever known. The tour is completely centered on Christ and it highlights the people He has used — and continues to use — to bring His Gospel to the world. You won’t be disappointed!” -Sarah