ROOTS OF REFORMATION

  • Duration:14 NIGHTS/15 DAYS
  • Countries Visited:Germany, Switzerland
  • Highlights:Highlights of Germany and Lucerne
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Air New York /Berlin X Frankfurt/New York
    • First Class Accommodations
    • Transportation by deluxe private motorcoach
    • English speaking tour escort throughout
    • Meals and sightseeing as per itinerary
    • Baggage handling
    • Select International travel bag and portfolio

 

DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A.

You’ll leave this evening on an overnight flight to Germany.

DAY 2: BERLIN

Today you arrive in Berlin. You are met by your tour escort and transferred to the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour includes Bradenburger Gate, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Charlottenburg Palace and Museums along the Wall, Schonenberg Town Hall, the Olympic Stadium and much more. Overnight in Berlin (B.D.)

DAY 3: WITTENBERG-TORGAU-LEIPZIG

Morning drive to the heart of Lutherland at Wittenberg, where Luther first published his German translation of the New Testament. Visit the Augustine Monastery where the great theologian taught and lived, Luther Hall, the greatest museum of Reformation History where you will see Martin Luther artifacts and some of his works. Wittenberg was Luther’s home for 30 years. Besides Luther’s house we see Melonchton House and the town church with Lucas Cranach Alter. Visit the All Saints Castle Church on whose door Luther hung his 96 theses and where Luther and Melanchton are buried. After lunch in the colorful city market place, take a short drive to Torgau, a political center of the Reformation, and the location of the first Presbyterian Church consecrated by Luther in 1544. Here the Torgau Articles were drawn up, and essential part of the Augsburg Confession. Luther’s wife Katharina Von Bora died and is buried here, at the Pastor Church. Travel on to Leipzig, where Luther and eight other Wittenberg professors debated with supporters of the Papal Authority in 1519, which marked a crucial point in the development of the Reformation. Overnight in Leipzig. (B.D. )

DAY 4: LEIPZIG–EISLEBEN–MANSFELD-LEIPZIG

Our morning sightseeing in Leipzig includes St.Thomas Church, where composer Johann Sebastian Bach worked, St. Nicholas Church, the Luther House, and Luther Hall. This afternoon visit Eisleben, where Luther was born in 1483, baptized, preached his last sermon and died over 62 years later. Continue to Mansfeld where he spent his childhood. Overnight in Leipzig. (B.D.)

DAY 5: LEIPZIG-ERFURT

This morning we depart for Erfurt, town referred to by Luther as the new Bethlehem. Luther attended the University here and entered law school after graduation, although after two months of study he became a monk at age 22 . Our tour here includes the Augustinian Monastery, Luther Memorial, the Franciscan Church, and St. Mary’s Cathedral, where Luther was ordained as a priest, and said his first mass. Overnight in Erfurt. (B.D.)

DAY 6: SCHMALKALDEN-EISENACH

This morning our tour takes us to Schmalkalden, a stronghold of Protestanism , and Eisenach where we visit the Luther House (destroyed in 1944, but since rebuilt) which contains the Luther Room, historic bible prints, and other important items. Here we also see St. George Church. Continue on to the Wartburg Castle, where Luther spent ten months after the famous Diet of Worms in 1521. It was this period Luther translated the New Testament into German .We also see the Bach Family House and Museum. Overnight Erfurt.(B.D. )

DAY 7: COBURG-NURNBERG-ROTHENBURG

Morning drive to Coburg where we see the Coburg Fortress, where Luther stayed in order to follow the negotiations at the Imperial Diet in Augsburg. Continue to Nurnberg which was the first town in the Holy Roman Empire to embrace the Reformation in 1525. Tour the old walled city, with its arts and crafts shops and tour the famous Lutheran Lorenz Church. Then we drive along the famous Romantic Road, to Rothenburg, the well-preserved medieval city. On a walk through the cobble stoned streets, discover unique and fascinating sights like St. Jacob’s Church with the Blood Altar by Riemenschneider and the 14th century ramparts, towers and gateways of the city. Overnight Rothenburg. (B.D.)

DAY 8: ROTHENBURG- AUGSBURG- MUNICH

We have a morning in lovely Rothenburg, one of the few perfectly intact “fairy tale” walled cities of Europe. After lunch we leave for Augsburg, the site of the Augsbrug Confession. We visit the town hall and St. Anne’s Church where Luther stayed in 1518. We then depart for Munich. We have dinner at the Hofbrauhouse where we will enjoy folksinging and those who would like can have a try of German beer. Overnight Munich. (B.D.)

DAY 9: MUNICH

City tour Continue to Munich for a sightseeing tour including the most famous sights such as the Marienplatz, the Opera, the Olympic Park, the Frauenkirche, and the Town Hall. Afternoon at leisure or optional tour to Dauchau. Overnight in Munich. (B.)

DAY 10: MUNICH- SALZBURG-MUNICH

This morning depart for the city of Music, the lovely town of Salzburg. Our tour takes us through the narrow winding streets of the Old Town to the city attractions including Mozart’s house and the fort high above the city. After lunch on your own, you have time to shop and relax, before we continue through Austria to Innsbruck. Overnight Munich. (B.D.)

DAY 11: MUNICH- NEUSCHWANSTEIN- OBERAMMERGAU- LUCERNE

Today we have a tour of Bavaria, starting with a visit to Neuschwanstein, the famous castle built by King Ludwig, and the basis of the Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World. Then past the spectacular mountain scenery of crystalline lakes and rustic villages we arrive in the little, yet world famous village of Oberammergau. Here in a typical German village we see the stage where the Passion Play is held every ten years, and have lunch. After time at leisure for shopping and strolling the past the picture perfected painted houses, we start toward the Swiss border and the lovely town of Lucerne. Overnight Lucerne. (B.D.)

DAY 12: LUCERNE- ZURICH

This morning our walking tour of Lucerne starts with a visit of the Old Town with its quaint streets and squares, shops and decorated houses. We then drive through the storybook scenery of Switzerland to the old town of Zurich, where we have a walking tour and lunch. Tonight sample some of the famous Swiss cooking or try a cheese fondue in a typical local restaurant. Overnight Lucerne. (B.)

DAY 13: ZURICH- HEIDELBERG-WORMS

This morning we drive to the romantic medieval city of Heidelberg, delightfully placed on the Necker River. We visit the Castle, and the Church of the Holy Ghost, before crossing the Rhine and enter the City of Worms. The Reformation came to a head in 1521, one of the most dramatic scenes in European history at the Diet of Worms. See the Luther Monument, which was inaugurated in 1868 and commemorates Luther’s appearance before the Diet. Overnight Mainz area. (B.D.)

DAY 14: MAINZ- RUDESHEIM- Rhine River Cruise

This morning we visit Mainz, one of the most popular attractions in the Rhine land devoted to the life and times of native son Johannes Gutenberg (1390-1468). It was in Mainz that written and religious history was made when in 1456 Gutenberg invented the printing press. The significance of this invention was extraordinary as it lead to an explosion in the availability of information, culture and education. Here the Gutenberg Bible was printed and you will see a copy of it. We then see the great Cathedral next to the museum dating to eleventh century. Our afternoon is devoted to sailing on the Rhine River, as we cruise past Lorelei Mermaid statue, view castles, barges and river life. We then travel the wine road, past wine making villages and farms many of which have their own wineries. Tonight we have a special farewell dinner in a local restaurant with wine. Overnight Mainz area. (B.D.)

DAY15: RETURN TO THE USA

Transfer to airport for your flight back home.

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