Grand Reformation Tour

Trips & Tours // Europe // 12 Days

Culture/History, Educational, Special Event


Germany, France & Switzerland

We invite you to join in the adventure as we explore key places where the Lord did His mighty acts through Luther & Hus. This special tour leads us up to the celebration of the 500th anniversary (in 2017) of Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. That event led to the Reformation which changed Germany, and the impact can still be felt today.

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Highlights include:

  • Kaiser Wilhelm Church
  • Brandenburg Tor (Gate)
  • Checkpoint Charlie Museum
  • Castle Church
  • Lutherhalle
  • Augustinian Monastery
  • Wartburg Castle
  • JS Bach Museum
  • Rhein River Cruise
  • Winery tour & tasting
  • Worms Cathedral
  • Strasbourg panoramic stroll
  • Anabaptist tour
  • Authentic Swiss Dinner
  • Swiss Alps & Kleine Scheidegg
  • Reformation Museum & monuments

DAY 1 - Depart USA
Our journey to explore the sites and heroes of the Reformation begins with an overnight flight to Berlin. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight!
 
DAY 2 - Wittenberg
Welcome to Germany! On arrival in Berlin, travelers will take a taxi to the centrally-located Berlin Hof hotel, where Frank will be waiting to welcome us to Germany. After time to explore the nearby Kaiser Wilhelm Church, purchase lunch and shop, we will gather back at the hotel to begin the tour.  Our afternoon bus orientation tour will include a stop at the famous Brandenburg Gate for photos. We will also see the Cathedral, the Reichstag building and the lively boulevards, followed by visits to WW2 Topography of Terror Museum and Cold War Check Point Charlie Museum. We will then travel to Wittenberg and dine at our hotel. Best Western Stadt Palais or similar, Wittenberg, Germany (D)
 
DAY 3 - Wittenberg
This morning our local guide will take us on a tour of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. It was here in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses and Melanchthon helped forge Reformation Theology. Here the Cranachs painted now famous portraits of Luther.  We will spend time in the Lutherhalle (Luther House) Museum, where Luther lived first as a monk, then later with his wife and children. We'll be able to view some of Luther's very own personal library, rare manuscripts, and early Bibles. The tour will also include Castle Church, Stadtkirche St. Marien (St. Mary's church) where Luther preached and where his children were baptized and the Luther Oak where he burned the edict from Rome, condemning him as a heretic. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the city or take an optional excursion to nearby Torgau. Best Western Stadt Palais or similar, Wittenberg, Germany (B)
 
DAY 4 - Erfurt
After breakfast, we will travel to Erfurt, then have free time for lunch and a stroll around this delightful medieval town. Our local guide will then take us on a tour including St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Severin’s Church and the famous Merchant’s Bridge. We will end at the Augustinian Monastery where Luther became a monk on June 17, 1505. We will be able to see his monastic quarters, including one cell furnished to look as it would have done when he lived there. At the end of the tour we will have a group worship service in the chapel. This evening we will dine in the “Luther Cellar” restaurant with a traditional meal from his time. Augustinian Monastery or similar, Erfurt, Germany (B,D)

DAY 5 - Erfurt
In 1521, while fleeing from the wrath of the Pope, Luther took refuge in the Wartburg Castle after a fake kidnapping staged by his friend and protector, Frederick the Wise. We will tour the Wartburg and see where Luther finished translating the New Testament into German in just 11 weeks. Luther spent time in the nearby town of Eisenach at as school boy and sang in the choir of St. George's Church, where the Bach family also worshiped. The afternoon is free to explore the town or tour the Bach Museum and Luther House Museum. The bus will then take us back to Erfurt, followed by an optional tour to Buchenwald WW2 Nazi concentration camp. The evening is at leisure. Augustinian Monastery or similar, Erfurt, Germany (B)
 
DAY 6 - Rüdesheim
On our way to the Rhine River, we will watch a Reformation DVD and then enjoy a delightful and picturesque cruise from St. Goarshausen, past magnificent castles and the famous Loreley Rock to charming Rüdesheim.  We will then take a cable car over vineyards to the Germania Monument with a gorgeous Rhein view, followed by a winery tour and tasting at St. Hildegard Abbey. Here, we'll enjoy a relaxed group meal and learn about life in the abbey.  This evening in Rüdesheim we can sing along to German folk songs with live accordion music by Frank’s local friend and famous musician. We overnight in Rüdesheim. Central Hotel or similar, Rüdesheim, Germany (B,D)
 
DAY 7 - Strasbourg
Our guide in Worms will take us to see the amazing Cathedral, followed by the site of Luther’s Worms Debates (Diet of Worms), now a park, with a plaque commemorating Luther’s brave stand of faith and truth.  We’ll have a photo stop at the stunning Reformation Monument and follow this with worship and prayers in the Church of the Holy Trinity. We will then travel into France to visit Strasbourg, referred to as the “City of Hope” and “Refuge of the Righteous” by the Anabaptists. This is where John Calvin wrote his famous books on systematic theology and where Martin Bucer, another Reformation leader, helped bring in the Reformation. We will have a stroll around the city centre to view the Cathedral of Strasbourg, St. Thomas's Church, and charming “La Petite France” quarter. This evening we enjoy a fellowship meal with local believers with a teaching on Calvin, the French Huguenots and the Reformation contribution from Strasbourg. Ibis Strasbourg Centre Gare or similar, Strasbourg, France (B,D)

DAY 8 - Strasbourg
This morning we'll have the option of worshiping at one of the local English-speaking churches, or a French service at the famous Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to explore this wonderful French city, take a canal tour boat ride, rest or try local cuisine favorites- tart flambé or “backeoffe stew.” Frank will also be leading an optional excursion to explore charming Colmar, just an hour south by train. Colmar escaped damage during the war, and has numerous picturesque half-timbered houses. This was the hometown of Frederic Bartholdi (creator of the Statue of Liberty) and the town includes a small museum, as well as several statues around town. Ibis Strasbourg Centre Gare or similar, Strasbourg, France (B)

DAY 9 - Zurich
Today we’ll have breakfast in France, lunch in Germany and dinner in Switzerland! In Constance, we will pray on the spot where the pre-Reformer Jan Hus was martyred, see the Cathedral where the trial was held, and the prison site, which is now a deluxe hotel. Crossing over in Switzerland, we’ll meet up with our guide in  Zurich, to learn about Zwingli and the Anabaptists on a tour of the key Reformation sites in Zurich. We’ll tour the Grossmünster, the Helferei (where Zwingli lived) and see the Zwingli Statue. After a stroll through the historic Auld Stadt (old city) we will dine in an authentic Swiss restaurant. Hotel Alexander or similar, Zurich, Switzerland (B,D)
 
DAY 10 - Grindelwald
We will leave Zurich early and head high up to to Grindelwald, nestled in the Swiss Alps. This is our fun Alps play day! Local leisure options include bike rental, hiking with a picnic in a meadow, or the cogwheel railway up to Kleine Scheidegg and the Jungfrau Peak. Frank will escort those who wish on an amazing journey of cable cars and trains to Murren, his favorite place, returning to the hotel in the evening. Hotel Belvedere or similar, Grindelwald, Switzerland (B)
 
DAY 11 - Geneva
We will stop for coffee in medieval Murten, where we can walk atop the original city walls and explore another chapter of Swiss history. We then continue to Geneva, where Calvin, Knox, Farel and others brought Christ's teachings to eager listeners. Our tour will begin at the impressive Reformation Monument. Four statues of four Reformation leaders stand as sentinels to truth and courage inspired by godly faith. We will see Calvin’s church, the Auditoire de Calvin, (Calvin's Academy, also known as The Protestant Lecture Hall), where the inspired theologian himself taught. Next door is St. Pierre’s Cathedral, where John Calvin preached. We can see his chair and a restored section decorated as it would have been before Calvin. For the hardy, it's only 157 steps up to the top of the North Tower, where the view is worth the effort. Our final stop is an audio guide tour through the incredible Reformation Museum. Below the museum and the Cathedral, we can see the ruins of a Roman sanctuary, a 4th century basilica, and a 6th century church. We have a free time this afternoon to experience these key sites before we dine at a local restaurant this evening for our farewell meal. Edelweiss Manotel or similar, Geneva, Switzerland (B,D)
 
DAY 12 – Return
We transfer from the hotel to the airport for our morning flights. (B)

Tour begins in Wittenberg, Germany and ends in Geneva, Switzerland.

Departure Date: Tour Status: Price Per Person (U.S. Dollars):
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S
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May 7, 2017 Available Scheduled$3,399$3,949Call
September 19, 2017 Available Scheduled$3,399$3,949Call

Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Berlin, Germany by 9:00 AM via Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL)


Departure Instructions

Depart from Geneva, Switzerland after 10:00 AM via Geneva Airport (GVA)


Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 500.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 100 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

From deposit to 100 days before departure, $100 administrative fee (unless replaced or tour is filled); 99-15 days before departure: $300 penalty plus unrecoverable deposits to suppliers and airlines (if applicable); 14 days and less: no refund.

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES:
• Land transportation via private, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior tourist and moderate first class hotels
• Meals as indicated in itinerary (10 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners)
• Services of a professional tour guide throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Admission to all activities listed on itinerary
• Luggage handling of one piece per person at hotels
• All taxes and gratuity for provided services, except as indicated below
 
NOT INCLUDED:
• Airfare, related taxes and fees
• Meals not indicated on itinerary
• Beverages except with breakfast
• End of tour gratuity for coach driver and tour guide
• Items of a personal nature such as passport fees (must be valid for 6 months beyond return date)

Optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance is available for an additional cost.

Additional INFO:
Note on pricing:  Price is land only (price is estimated due to the value of dollar and inflation) and includes VAT (value added tax). Airfare will be available 11 months prior to departure - see us for assistance or to coordinate flights!

Triples are available but are not advised.

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Depart USA
Our journey to explore the sites and heroes of the Reformation begins with an overnight flight to Berlin. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight!
 
DAY 2 - Wittenberg
Welcome to Germany! On arrival in Berlin, travelers will take a taxi to the centrally-located Berlin Hof hotel, where Frank will be waiting to welcome us to Germany. After time to explore the nearby Kaiser Wilhelm Church, purchase lunch and shop, we will gather back at the hotel to begin the tour.  Our afternoon bus orientation tour will include a stop at the famous Brandenburg Gate for photos. We will also see the Cathedral, the Reichstag building and the lively boulevards, followed by visits to WW2 Topography of Terror Museum and Cold War Check Point Charlie Museum. We will then travel to Wittenberg and dine at our hotel. Best Western Stadt Palais or similar, Wittenberg, Germany (D)
 
DAY 3 - Wittenberg
This morning our local guide will take us on a tour of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. It was here in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses and Melanchthon helped forge Reformation Theology. Here the Cranachs painted now famous portraits of Luther.  We will spend time in the Lutherhalle (Luther House) Museum, where Luther lived first as a monk, then later with his wife and children. We'll be able to view some of Luther's very own personal library, rare manuscripts, and early Bibles. The tour will also include Castle Church, Stadtkirche St. Marien (St. Mary's church) where Luther preached and where his children were baptized and the Luther Oak where he burned the edict from Rome, condemning him as a heretic. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the city or take an optional excursion to nearby Torgau. Best Western Stadt Palais or similar, Wittenberg, Germany (B)
 
DAY 4 - Erfurt
After breakfast, we will travel to Erfurt, then have free time for lunch and a stroll around this delightful medieval town. Our local guide will then take us on a tour including St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Severin’s Church and the famous Merchant’s Bridge. We will end at the Augustinian Monastery where Luther became a monk on June 17, 1505. We will be able to see his monastic quarters, including one cell furnished to look as it would have done when he lived there. At the end of the tour we will have a group worship service in the chapel. This evening we will dine in the “Luther Cellar” restaurant with a traditional meal from his time. Augustinian Monastery or similar, Erfurt, Germany (B,D)

DAY 5 - Erfurt
In 1521, while fleeing from the wrath of the Pope, Luther took refuge in the Wartburg Castle after a fake kidnapping staged by his friend and protector, Frederick the Wise. We will tour the Wartburg and see where Luther finished translating the New Testament into German in just 11 weeks. Luther spent time in the nearby town of Eisenach at as school boy and sang in the choir of St. George's Church, where the Bach family also worshiped. The afternoon is free to explore the town or tour the Bach Museum and Luther House Museum. The bus will then take us back to Erfurt, followed by an optional tour to Buchenwald WW2 Nazi concentration camp. The evening is at leisure. Augustinian Monastery or similar, Erfurt, Germany (B)
 
DAY 6 - Rüdesheim
On our way to the Rhine River, we will watch a Reformation DVD and then enjoy a delightful and picturesque cruise from St. Goarshausen, past magnificent castles and the famous Loreley Rock to charming Rüdesheim.  We will then take a cable car over vineyards to the Germania Monument with a gorgeous Rhein view, followed by a winery tour and tasting at St. Hildegard Abbey. Here, we'll enjoy a relaxed group meal and learn about life in the abbey.  This evening in Rüdesheim we can sing along to German folk songs with live accordion music by Frank’s local friend and famous musician. We overnight in Rüdesheim. Central Hotel or similar, Rüdesheim, Germany (B,D)
 
DAY 7 - Strasbourg
Our guide in Worms will take us to see the amazing Cathedral, followed by the site of Luther’s Worms Debates (Diet of Worms), now a park, with a plaque commemorating Luther’s brave stand of faith and truth.  We’ll have a photo stop at the stunning Reformation Monument and follow this with worship and prayers in the Church of the Holy Trinity. We will then travel into France to visit Strasbourg, referred to as the “City of Hope” and “Refuge of the Righteous” by the Anabaptists. This is where John Calvin wrote his famous books on systematic theology and where Martin Bucer, another Reformation leader, helped bring in the Reformation. We will have a stroll around the city centre to view the Cathedral of Strasbourg, St. Thomas's Church, and charming “La Petite France” quarter. This evening we enjoy a fellowship meal with local believers with a teaching on Calvin, the French Huguenots and the Reformation contribution from Strasbourg. Ibis Strasbourg Centre Gare or similar, Strasbourg, France (B,D)

DAY 8 - Strasbourg
This morning we'll have the option of worshiping at one of the local English-speaking churches, or a French service at the famous Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to explore this wonderful French city, take a canal tour boat ride, rest or try local cuisine favorites- tart flambé or “backeoffe stew.” Frank will also be leading an optional excursion to explore charming Colmar, just an hour south by train. Colmar escaped damage during the war, and has numerous picturesque half-timbered houses. This was the hometown of Frederic Bartholdi (creator of the Statue of Liberty) and the town includes a small museum, as well as several statues around town. Ibis Strasbourg Centre Gare or similar, Strasbourg, France (B)

DAY 9 - Zurich
Today we’ll have breakfast in France, lunch in Germany and dinner in Switzerland! In Constance, we will pray on the spot where the pre-Reformer Jan Hus was martyred, see the Cathedral where the trial was held, and the prison site, which is now a deluxe hotel. Crossing over in Switzerland, we’ll meet up with our guide in  Zurich, to learn about Zwingli and the Anabaptists on a tour of the key Reformation sites in Zurich. We’ll tour the Grossmünster, the Helferei (where Zwingli lived) and see the Zwingli Statue. After a stroll through the historic Auld Stadt (old city) we will dine in an authentic Swiss restaurant. Hotel Alexander or similar, Zurich, Switzerland (B,D)
 
DAY 10 - Grindelwald
We will leave Zurich early and head high up to to Grindelwald, nestled in the Swiss Alps. This is our fun Alps play day! Local leisure options include bike rental, hiking with a picnic in a meadow, or the cogwheel railway up to Kleine Scheidegg and the Jungfrau Peak. Frank will escort those who wish on an amazing journey of cable cars and trains to Murren, his favorite place, returning to the hotel in the evening. Hotel Belvedere or similar, Grindelwald, Switzerland (B)
 
DAY 11 - Geneva
We will stop for coffee in medieval Murten, where we can walk atop the original city walls and explore another chapter of Swiss history. We then continue to Geneva, where Calvin, Knox, Farel and others brought Christ's teachings to eager listeners. Our tour will begin at the impressive Reformation Monument. Four statues of four Reformation leaders stand as sentinels to truth and courage inspired by godly faith. We will see Calvin’s church, the Auditoire de Calvin, (Calvin's Academy, also known as The Protestant Lecture Hall), where the inspired theologian himself taught. Next door is St. Pierre’s Cathedral, where John Calvin preached. We can see his chair and a restored section decorated as it would have been before Calvin. For the hardy, it's only 157 steps up to the top of the North Tower, where the view is worth the effort. Our final stop is an audio guide tour through the incredible Reformation Museum. Below the museum and the Cathedral, we can see the ruins of a Roman sanctuary, a 4th century basilica, and a 6th century church. We have a free time this afternoon to experience these key sites before we dine at a local restaurant this evening for our farewell meal. Edelweiss Manotel or similar, Geneva, Switzerland (B,D)
 
DAY 12 – Return
We transfer from the hotel to the airport for our morning flights. (B)

Tour begins in Wittenberg, Germany and ends in Geneva, Switzerland.

Pricing & Availability

Inclusions

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES:
• Land transportation via private, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior tourist and moderate first class hotels
• Meals as indicated in itinerary (10 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners)
• Services of a professional tour guide throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Admission to all activities listed on itinerary
• Luggage handling of one piece per person at hotels
• All taxes and gratuity for provided services, except as indicated below
 
NOT INCLUDED:
• Airfare, related taxes and fees
• Meals not indicated on itinerary
• Beverages except with breakfast
• End of tour gratuity for coach driver and tour guide
• Items of a personal nature such as passport fees (must be valid for 6 months beyond return date)

Optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance is available for an additional cost.

Additional INFO:
Note on pricing:  Price is land only (price is estimated due to the value of dollar and inflation) and includes VAT (value added tax). Airfare will be available 11 months prior to departure - see us for assistance or to coordinate flights!

Triples are available but are not advised.

 



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