500 Years of Reformation – Tour of Germany
Berlin • Wittenberg • Torgau • Leipzig • Erfurt • Rothenburg • Augsburg
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TOUR
- Roundtrip airfare from New York or a city of your choice from the list below
- First Class Hotels, Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe, air-conditioned Motor coaches
- Visits to Sites as mentioned below
- Comprehensive Sightseeing per the Itinerary
- Professional Tour Manager
- Gratuities to Guide, Driver and Restaurant staff
- Airport taxes & airline fuel surcharges
DAY 1 — USA • BERLIN
Depart USA on an overnight flight to Berlin, Germany.
DAY 2 — BERLIN
Arrive Berlin where we are met and transferred to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 — BERLIN
Today we have extensive sightseeing of Berlin including Brandenburger Gate, Charlotenburg Palace, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Schoenburg City Hall, the Kurfurstendamm and the Reichstag Building, Unter den Linden, Alexander Platz and a visit to the Pergamon Museum. Afternoon free for shopping and additional sightseeing. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 4 — BERLIN • WITTENBURG • TORGAU • LEIPZIG
Drive to Wittenberg , where Luther lectured at the University and lived for 36 years until his death. It was here, on the door of the Castle Church, that Luther nailed his thesis. In the Castle Church are the tombs of Luther and Melanchthon. The Luther House is the world’s largest museum devoted to the history of the Reformation. We then take a short drive to Torgau, a political center of the Reformation. It is noted for having the first Presbyterian Church, consecrated by Luther in 1544. The town became famous as a result of the “Torgau Confederation” and the “Torgau Articles.” Luther’s wife, Katharina von Bora, died here. Visit the Municipal Church of St. Mary with its alter table by Lucas Cranach and grave stone of Katharina von Bora. Continue to Leipzig. Afternoon sightseeing to include St. Thomas Church, St. Nicholas Church and the Town Hall. Dinner at the hotel.
DAY 5 — LEIPZIG • EISLEBEN • WEIMAR • ERFURT
First stop today is in Eisleben. Visit Luther’s birthplace, his baptismal church and the house where he died. Continue to Weimar which symbolizes classical German Culture. See the Franciscan Monastery (now the Franz Liszt Academy of Music) where Luther stayed on his way to Augsburg for interrogation by Cardinal Cajetan, and the Municipal Palace, where his various sermons between 1521 and 1540 are historically authenticated. We proceed to Erfurt for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6 — ERFURT • SCHMALKALDEN • EISENACH • ERFURT
Morning sightseeing of Erfurt including the Augustinian Church and Monastery, where Luther lived as a Monk, the Franciscan Church where Luther preached in 1529, and St. Mary’s Cathedral where Luther was ordained as a priest. Then on to Schmalkalden, a stronghold of Protestantism, to see the Luther house. Next stop is in Moehra to visit the Luther parental home and Memorial. It was in Moehra in 1521, Luther’s pretended capture took place and he was brought to the Wartburg. Continue to Eisenach to visit the Wartburg Castle, where Luther translated the New Testament into German. The walking tour of Eisenach includes the Luther House, St. George’s Church and the Luther Memorial as well as the Bach Family House and Museum. Return to Erfurt for dinner and overnight.
DAY 7 — ERFURT • COBURG •NURNBERG • ROTHENBURG
This morning drive to Coburg. Luther stayed for six months in Coberg Fortress in order to follow the negociations at the Imperial Diet in Augsburg. Visit the Luther room and the Luther Chapel. Then on to Nurnberg, which was the first town in the Empire into which the Reformation was introduced in 1525. Continue to Rothenburg for a short walking tour and dinner at the hotel.
DAY 8 — ROTHENBURG • MUNICH • OBERAMMERGAU
Travel the Romantic Road to Munich. Afternoon city tour including the Olympic Stadium, the 1000 foot high Television Tower, the Nymphenburg Palace, the Frauenkirche and other sites. Continue to Oberammergau, site of the Passion Play. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 9 — OBERAMMERGAU • AUGSBURG
This morning visit Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle and the Baroque Church in Wies. Continue to Augsburg. Beginning in 1518, there were disputes between Luther and the Papal legate Cardinal Cajetan at the Imperial Diet held in Augsburg. In 1530 the Protestant confession of faith was publicly proclaimed for the first time. The sightseeing tour will include the Protestant Church of St. Anne, (the starting point of the Reformation in Augsburg) the Carmelite Monastery of St. Anne, where Luther lived during his stays in Augsburg, the Fronhof, former Bishop’s Palace where the “Confessio Augustana” was proclaimed and the Renaissance Town Hall. Dinner at the hotel.
DAY 10 — AUGSBURG • HEIDELBERG • WORMS
Depart today for Worms with a lunch stop in Heidelberg. Continue the short distance to Worms where Luther defended his thesis at the Diet of Worms, convened by the Emperor Karl V in 1521. Visit the world’s greatest Reformation Memorial showing Luther surrounded by the precursors of the Reformation, Pietro Valdo, John Wycliff, John Huss and Savonarola with other figures as well including Reuchlin and Melanchthon. Also visit the Trinity Church, the Municipal Museum and the Romanesque Imperial Cathedral. Farewell Dinner at our hotel.
DAY 11 — WORMS • FRANKFURT • USA
Transfer to the airport where we board our hometown flight. Arrive home the same day with wonderful memories of our European Adventure.
TOUR DATES IN 2018
Sep 28 – Oct 8
Nov 2 – 12
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