THE BEST OF EUROPEAN CHURCH HERITAGE
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TOUR
- Fully Escorted in Europe
- Roundtrip Airfare from New York
- First Class Hotels
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe Air-conditioned Motorcoaches
- Explore the historical sites of the Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran & Baptist denominations
- See intriguing Stonehenge
- Visit beautiful Paris
- Enjoy the Swiss Alps in Zurich and Geneva
DAY 1 —USA • ATHENS
DAY 2 — LONDON • STONEHENGE • BATH • BRISTOL
After a morning arrival in London we gather our luggage and travel to Bath with a stop at prehistoric Stonehenge. Tour the Roman Baths and continue on to Kingwood to see the school founded by John Wesley. Nearby is Hanham Mount where John Wesley and George Whitefield held open-air sermons. Dinner and overnight in the area.
DAY 3 — BRISTOL • OXFORD • LONDON
This morning we tour Bristol including the New Room and Charles Wesley’s Home. Drive to Oxford for a tour of The Christ Church, Lincoln College (John Wesley’s room), and St. Michael’s Church. Other reformers associated with Oxford are George Whitefield, John Wycliffe and Benjamin Ingham. Continue to London for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 — LONDON
Morning tour of the Wesley sites: City Road, John Wesley’s Home, Aldersgate Street, Bunnhill Fields — the cemetery here is also the earliest Baptist site. Roger Williams, founder of American Baptism, was born in London. John Smyth founded the first Baptist community in London. Our afternoon tour of London includes Westminster Abbey, where the statue of American Baptist Martin Luther King stands, the Tower of London, and Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, on Shaftesbury Avenue, was the first Baptist chapel built to be seen on main street. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 5— LONDON • CANTERBURY • NOYON • PARIS
This morning we drive through the southern English countryside to Canterbury where we tour the cathedral. We continue on to Dover for a ferry crossing of the English Channel to Calais. We now drive through northern France to Paris with a stop in Noyon to visit Calvin’s Home and Museum. Arrive in Paris in time for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6— PARIS
Today’s city tour of beautiful Paris includes the Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacre Coeur, Place de Le Concorde and Left Bank to mention only a few of the many sites we will take in. Afternoon free or optional excursion to Versailles Palace. Dinner and overnight in Paris.
DAY 7— PARIS • HEIDELBERG • WORMS
This morning we depart to Heidelberg in Germany. Our afternoon tour includes the Heidelberg Castle. We take a short drive to Worms and tour the Luther sites: the Luther Monument, the Cathedral and the Church of the Holy Trinity. Dinner and overnight in Worms.
DAY 8—WORMS • EISENACH • ERFURT
We drive today to Eisenach where we tour Wartburg Castle and the town of Eisenach including the Luther Home and Bach’s former home. We continue to Erfurt for dinner and overnight.
DAY 9— ERFURT • EISLEBEN • LEIPZIG
We take a morning tour of Erfurt: the Augustinian Monastery with the Luther Memorial, St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Steveri’s Church. In the afternoon we drive to Eisleben where we visit the homes where Luther was born and died, the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, and St. Andrew’s Church. Continue to Leipzig for dinner and overnight.
DAY 10 — LEIPZIG • WITTENBERG • TORGAU • LEIPZIG
This morning’s tour of Leipzig includes St. Thomas Church and the Old Town Hall. In the afternoon drive to Wittenberg and tour the Luther sites: The Castle Church, the Luther House with the Reformation Museum and the Melanchthon House. Proceed to Torgau to see the first Palace Church (the first Protestant church) and the Church of St. Mary with the gravestone of Luther’s wife, Katharina von Bora. Return to Leipzig for dinner and overnight.
DAY 11— LEIPZIG • ROTHENBURG • AUGSBURG
Today we drive south through rolling German countryside to Augsburg with a stop for lunch and sightseeing in Rothenburg, an extremely well preserved medieval city, complete with cobblestone streets, protective moat wall and charming old buildings and homes. Dinner and overnight in Augsburg.
DAY 12— AUGSBURG • OBERAMMERGAU • ZURICH
We tour Augsburg today where Luther defended his 95 Theses in a debate with Cardinal Cajetan in 1518. See the Church of St. Anne, the starting point of the Reformation in Augsburg and “Fronhof”. Drive to the quaint Bavarian village of Oberammergau, famous for the Passion Play and wood carving. Visit Linderhof Castle before continuing our drive through the Alps to Zurich for dinner and overnight.
DAY 13—ZURICH • GENEVA
Our morning tour of Zurich includes the Grossmuenster where the Swiss reformer Huldrych Zwingli used to preach. Drive through stunningly scenic Switzerland to Geneva with a stop in l’Abri to visit Francis Schaeffer’s Methodist Center. Dinner and overnight in Geneva.
DAY 14— GENEVA
Today we tour Geneva regarded as the “Protestant Rome”. See the historic and religious sites connected with John Calvin and John Knox: St. Peter’s Cathedral, John Knox Chapel, the Reformation Monument with the great statues of the reformers, the Museum of Art and History with the nearby Calvin College, United Nations and World Council of Churches buildings as well as the lovely lakeside promenade. Dinner and overnight in Geneva.
DAY 15— GENEVA • USA
Transfer to the airport for our return flight back to the USA. Arrive home inspired from our trip to the source of our religious heritage.
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