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2016
September 24-Oct. 1 $1,899 $1,804

With Airfare from Philadelphia: $2,899

Single Supplement: $250

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Price Includes: Roundtrip air from Philadelphia on Lufthansa including current air taxes and fuel surcharges of $682 (taxes and fuel charges are subject to change), 6 nights lodging at 3 star hotels, 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners, full time English speaking tour escort, services of air conditioned deluxe motor coach, all guides, entrances, touring and transportation as appears on itinerary, head set system, baggage handling at hotels (one piece).


Not Included: 6 lunches, 1 dinner, tips to driver, guides, and hotel staff ($60.00 recommended), optional travel insurance (7% of tour cost), optional credit card payments (additional 3% of the total bill).

From a Priest to a Protestant

Tour sights are colorful with historic charm that cannot be found anywhere else. A large portion of our understanding of scripture was formed in this picturesque setting. Be challenged by the faith and courage of our church fathers on this wonderful tour vacation.


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Day 1: Depart USA

Take an overnight flight from the USA to Europe.

Day 2: Arrive Frankfurt, Worms, Mainz

Upon arrival we are met by our German tour guide and are transferred to Worms: thought to be one of the oldest towns in Germany, where Luther was summoned in 1521 to appear before an Imperial Diet to justify his conduct. We visit the world's largest Memorial to the Reformation and the Church of the Holy Trinity, which is believed to be the place where the decisive hearing took place. Visit St. Peter's Cathedral which is situated on the highest elevation of the inner city. The cathedral is one of the most exquisite examples of Romanesque architecture. Behind the cathedral in the Heylshof Park marks a plaque on the ground the place where Luther made his brave declaration. The Luther Room in the Worms City Museum in St. Andrew's Collegiate houses a copy of a Luther Bible from 1521 with hand-written annotations by the reformer. After lunch on our own we drive to Mainz and visit the birthplace of printing with a guided tour of the Gutenberg Museum. The evolution of printing is documented, and Gutenberg's first Bible is on display, also the world's tiniest Bible. Jon Gooseflesh, better known as Johannes Gutenberg is considered to be the most important individual-contributor of the Second Millennium. Then tour St. Martin's Cathedral, built in the 8th century and towering in all its might and grandeur the city. Seven king's coronations took place in the course of the centuries in the Mainz cathedral. If time is still avail-able visit St. Stephen's Church, famous for its marvelous Chagall windows. Dinner and overnight is in Mainz.

Day 3: Eisenach, Wartburg Castle, Erfurt

Following breakfast, we board our coach and drive deep into the former German Democratic Republic to Eisenach: "Almost all of my relatives live in Eisenach, and I'm known to them there and...well-respected; no other city knows me better", as Luther said. Explore his city on a walking tour highlighting St. George's Church where St. Elisabeth was married and J.S. Bach baptized , the Luther House where Luther lived as a student with the Cotta family from 1498-1501, and the Luther exhibition documenting his life and theologies as well as the Bach Museum, the birth house of the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Although he was born 200 years later than Luther he is the com-poser who influenced the protestant music the most. The next stop takes you to the magnificent Wartburg Castle for a guided tour of the Palas (Great Hall), Art exhibition, the Elisabeth Hallway and the Luther Room where "Junker Jörg" (the Knight George) translated the New Testament into German. We continue on to Erfurt area for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Erfurt, Leipzig, Merseburg

This morning we tour Erfurt, the spiritual home of Martin Luther. It was here that Luther obtained a degree in 1502 and a doctorate in the faculty of philosophy in 1505 and where he took the decisive step to turn to theology and the monastic life when he was caught in a violent thunderstorm nearby and took a vow to become a monk. Your walking tour begins in the historical section of the city including St. Mary's Cathedral, where Luther was ordained as a priest, the Church of St. Severus, where Luther preached his sermons, the Augustinian Monastery with a permanent exhibit depicting Luther's life as a monk in Erfurt, and on to the Prediger Church which was built between 1270 and 1400. Along with the sections of the Prediger monastery that have been preserved, this is one of the foremost examples of mendicant order architecture in the German-language area. Master Eckhart was once prior of the order here. In the afternoon we continue on to Leipzig, the city of Johann Sebastian Bach but also the cradle of the German peaceful revolution in 1989 which ended up in the reunification of East-ern and Western Germany. We tour St. Thomas' Church where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as choir master and music director and greatly influenced the music of the day and St. Nicholas Church, one of Leipzig's oldest churches and starting point of the peaceful revolution. We overnight and dine in Merseburg.

Day 5: Eisleben, Torgau, Wittenberg

After a short drive we arrive in Eisleben and tour the Luther Houses where he was born in 1483 and died in 1546. We then continue to St. Peter’s Church where Luther was baptized, St. Andrews Church where Luther preached his last four sermons and where his body was laid in state. The journey continues to Torgau. The city was the Saxonian residential city and political center of the Reformation in the 16th century. Martin Luther sanctified the Castle Church (closed for renovation works) as the first Protestant church. The tombstone of Katharina von Bora, Martin Luther’s wife, can be found in St. Mary’s Church. The only existing emorial for her is located in her last residence the Luther Museum. Dinner and overnight is in Wittenberg.

Note: The Castle Church will be re-opened October 2, 2016. At the moment, the view is only possible from outside. The Luther Hall will undergo an extensive renovation and refurbishing in order to be prepared for 2017. As a result, the museum will be completely closed to the public during your visit.

Day 6: Wittenberg, Berlin

Today, we tour Wittenberg which was from 1508 the main workplace of Martin Luther. We visit Luther Hall, the Augustinian monastery where Luther lived as a monk and later, in 1525, as owner with his wife and family (Luther Hall is the largest museum of Reformation history in the world), the Market Square and Town Hall; tour All Saints Church "Schlosskirche", famous site where Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Castle Church door sparking the beginning of the Reformation (it is here that Luther is buried along side his fellow reformer, Philipp Melanchthon); tour St. Mary's Church, where Luther did the majority of his preaching and the Melanchthon House. This afternoon we depart for Berlin, the reunified German capital. Dinner and overnight is in Berlin.

Day 7: Berlin

Today we have the opportunity to attend the American worship and tour Berlin on a panoramic sight-seeing tour highlighting the "East Side Gallery." Spanning a length of just over 1km, it is the longest continuous section of the Berlin Wall that is still standing. Over 100 paintings by artists from all over the world adorn this memorial for freedom making it the largest open-air gallery in the world; "Check-point Charlie", located at Friedrichstrasse, this was the sole crossing point between East and West Berlin for all members of the Allied forces, foreigners and officials of the GDR from 1961 to 1990; Brandenburg Gate and nearby "Holocaust Memorial," a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust; the great boulevards "Unter den Linden" and "Ku'Damm" with the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the refurbished city center and Gendarmenmarkt, Alexanderplatz. In the afternoon we have time at leisure with optional time to shop or visit the world-famous Pergamon Museum with its many treasures including the Ishtar Gate and the Market Gate of Miletus. Dinner is on your own tonight. Note: Pergamon Museum ticket not included in the tour cost. During the current stage of renovations in the Pergamon Museum, the hall containing the Pergamon Altar will be closed to the public for five years, due for reopening in 2019. The South Wing of the Pergamon Museum, featuring the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon, and the Museum of Islamic Art, remains unaffected and will be open to the public during this time.

Day 8: Return Home

We are transferred to the airport for our flight home to the USA.