What will we see each day?
Our itineraries are designed to be not too full - or too empty! Each day we'll
have the opportunity to join the devotional time.
In flight meals, B = Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Sunday, June 29, 2014: Overnight Flight to Berlin, Germany.
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! Early arrivals are welcome to join Frank for an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (IF)
Day 2: Monday, June 30, 2014: Arrival in Berlin, 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. (B/D)
Day 3: Tuesday, July 1, 2014: Wittenberg (Torgau)
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. Tonight we will be joined by members of the Wittenberg English Ministry. (B)
Day 4: Wednesday, July 2, 2014: 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 July 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. We spend two nights in his Augustinian Monastery, now a Christian hotel (subject to availability). (B/D)
Day 5: Thursday, July 3, 2014: Eisenach, 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. (B)
Day 6: Friday, July 4, 2014: Rhine Cruise, Rudesheim
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 Rudesheim. 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 Rudesheim we can sing along to German folk songs with live accordion music by Frank’s local friend and famous musician. We overnight in Rudesheim. (B/D)
Day 7: Saturday, July 5, 2014: Worms, 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. (B/D)
Day 8: Sunday, July 6, 2014: 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. We will spend a second overnight in Strasbourg. (B)
Day 9: Monday, July 7, 2014: Constance, 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. (B/D)
Day 10: Tuesday, July 9, 2014: 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 Scheidigg 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. (B)
Day 11: Wednesday, July 10, 2014: 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. (B/D)
Day 12: Thursday, July 11, 2014: Return
We transfer from the hotel to the airport for our morning flights. (B/IF)
Reformation Tours reserves
the rights to alter itineraries without notice should it become necessary.
While on tour, if conditions necessitate changes, or if certain features are
unavailable or limited, we reserve the right to vary or substitute
alternatives. All prices are calculated at the exchange rate in effect at the
time of this quotation. Should currency fluctuations necessitate an adjustment
in tour price the adjusted price will be reflected in the final invoice.
Frank Drinkhouse, president of Reformation Tours
I would like to invite you to join in the adventure as we explore key places where the Lord did His mighty acts through Luther & Hus. My prayer is that we do Psalm 145:4-5 as a group- “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works.”
May we all return home refreshed and inspired that God will work his plan in our lives too, after learning our church history legacy on site where it happened. We’ll touch the very places- Luther’s Castle church in Wittenberg, his monastery in Erfurt and where he translated the German New Testament at the Wartburg. Pause & pray at the Jan Hus memorial in very cool Constance, and see where Zwingli preached in Zurich. John Calvin and John Knox greet you in Geneva from the Reformation Monument, concluding an amazing journey of history and hope. Join us for this marvelously encouraging exploration- from historic and hip Berlin through Germany and Switzerland to beautiful Geneva.
What's included in the land price of $2,999?
Price based on a minimum of 20 participants
What's not included in tour price?
- Transportation: via deluxe
(double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and moderate 4-star hotels
- Meals as indicated in the
- Frank Drinkhouse as tour escort
throughout the tour
- Local step-on guides for
city tours and major attractions
- Entrance fees included as
- All transfers, as a group
- Baggage handling (1 piece
of baggage per guest)
- All taxes and tips except
as indicated below
- Air transportation
- Single supplement ($525)
- Meals and beverages not
identified in itinerary
- Items of a personal nature,
such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for months beyond return
- Passenger trip cancellation
insurance (details sent with reservation form)
- Gratuities for tour
manager, and driver
Payment for the tour is in installments:
- Deposit of $350 will secure
your place on the tour. Please send all payments to Reformation Tours, P.O Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
- Final invoices will be sent
in April, 2014
- Final payment is due by May 3, 2014
- Reservations will be accepted after May 3, subject to availability
All cancellations must be
in writing and the date of postmark will determine the amount of refund due.
- From time of deposit to until 100 days prior to
departure (4/9/14) a $100 per person penalty and non refundable deposits will be charged for
- From 99-14 days prior
to departure (7/3/14) a $350 per person penalty will be charged for
cancellation, plus any non refundable deposit, if applicable. AIrline tickets,
once printed, are not refundable.
- 14 days or less prior to departure-no refund.
Please arrange to be in Berlin on the morning of June 30, 2014. If you would prefer to arrive on the 29th, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Berlin. We can either assist you with flights or you can book your own. Please ensure we have a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
June 30, 2014: Please arrive in Berlin in the morning
July 10, 2014: You can depart from Geneva at any time.