Day 1: Depart US
An overnight flight will bring us to Frankfurt, Germany by the next morning. Meals are served on board.
Day 2: Arrive Frankfurt
We arrive in Frankfurt where we are met by our tour bus and driven on an introductory city tour throughout Frankfurt, Germany. During our city tour we will visit The Roemer (Town Hall), the seat of the Lord Mayor of Frankfurt. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to rest and prepare for rest of the tour. We spend two nights in Frankfurt.
Day 3: Heidelberg, Worms, Mainz
Our first stop is in the world-famous university city of Heidelberg, where Melanchthon studied. We’ll visit Heidelberg Castle and view the old city before we drive on to Worms, an important city during the Reformation. It was here that Martin Luther was tried for heresy. We’ll visit the cathedral and view the monuments erected in memory of Luther. Our final city of the day is Mainz where we visit the Gutenberg Museum. It was here that Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type and printed the world-famous Gutenberg Bible.
Day 4: Frankfurt, Eisenach, Erfurt
We depart Frankfurt this morning and drive through the wonderful German countryside to Eisenach, the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach. We visit the formidable Wartburg Castle. It was here that Luther, under “house arrest”, translated the New Testament into the German language in 1523. Next we travel a short distance to Erfurt one of the most important landmarks on the "Luther Trail" in Germany and a city that boasts one of the most attractive medieval city centers in Germany, with patrician townhouses, half-timbered buildings, Europe's longest inhabited bridge, and enough churches to be called "The Rome of Thuringia." On arrival we take a short city tour and visit a one of the beginning steps of Luther’s reformation history, the Augustinian Monastery where Martin Luther took his vows as a monk in the church and lived in the cloister from 1505 to 1511. We overnight in Erfurt.
Day 5: Erfurt, Eisleben, Leipzig, Berlin
Leaving Erfurt this morning we continue the Reformation Trail to Eisleben which is where Luther was born in 1483 and died in 1546. We will visit the house of his birth and death, also St. Andrews Church where he preached his last sermon. We also view the Luther Monument and St. Anne’s Church with the famous Biblical scenes hewn in stone. A drive through the Thringian countryside brings us to Leipzig with a visit to St. Thomas Church. This is where Johann Sebastian Bach was choirmaster and organist for 26 years. We’ll see the beautiful Bach organ and maybe even hear the current organist practicing on this priceless pipe organ. We travel to Berlin for overnight.
Day 6: Wittenberg, Pergamum Museum
This is Martin Luther’s city. He lived and taught here for 36 years. You will visit the Castle Church and see the door where Luther posted his 95 Thesis, giving birth to the Reformation. This beautiful church is also the burial site of Luther and Melanchthon. We’ll view the university where Luther taught and visit the Luther House which is the greatest museum of Reformation History in the world. This afternoon we return to Germany’s capital, Berlin. We view the Olympic Stadium and visit the Pergamum Museum to see the famous altar of Zeus from Pergamum, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation.
Day 7: Berlin, Dresden, Prague
This morning we’ll see the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s greatest landmark and once part of the Berlin Wall and also visit Checkpoint Charlie, one-time border crossing before traveling on to Dresden. The remainder of the day you relax on our touring coach and enjoy the beautiful scenery of both Germany and the Czech Republic. We make a short stop in Dresden where we view the beautiful, rebuilt Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), when we arrive in Prague the remainder of the day will be yours at leisure to explore the city or just relax in your hotel.
Day 8: Prague, Vienna
This is John Hus’ city. A morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Royal Castle of Hradcany where we visit this historic Castle and into the old part of the city to view the Jewish Ghetto, Wallenstein Garden and other sights of this captivating city. Reformer John Huss was educated at the University of Prague and became rector of the University. A powerful preacher, from this pulpit John Hus began to reform the church and was burned at the stake as a result. This afternoon we will drive to Vienna where we will check into our hotel for the next 3 nights.
Day 9: Imperial Vienna
Today we will see the Hofburg Palace, once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Belvedere Palace, views of Prater amusement park, UN buildings and other vivid reminders of the city’s imperial history. We visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral the famous cathedral of Vienna. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to wander the streets of this wonderful city.
Day 10: Day Trip to Budapest
After breakfast we travel east, cross the border between Austria and Hungary, and reach Budapest. Situated on the opposite banks of the Danube River, the former cities of Buda and Pest are linked by a series of graceful bridges. Our morning sightseeing tour includes all the main attractions: the Parliament, Royal Palace, Castle Hill area, Coronation Church, Hero’s Square and Gellert Hill. We visit the Fishermans Bastion, a Medieval Castle whose walls were guarded by the guild of fishermen. In the afternoon you are free to explore Budapest on your own or just relax before returning to Vienna.
Day 11: Depart for home
We have an early morning departure from Vienna arriving home the same day.