Day 1: Thursday – July 20th, 2017 Flight
Take an overnight flight from the USA to Europe.

Day 2: Friday - July 21st, 2017 Berlin, Wittenberg (130km)
We arrive into Berlin where we can enjoy an inspirational guided tour of this fascinating city including the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and many other sights. The highlight today will be a visit to the fabulous Pergamon Museum. One of the most popular attractions in Berlin, the Pergamon Museum is world famous for its archaeological holdings. The monumental high-lights are truly breathtaking to behold, including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon from 6th century BC and the 2nd century BC Pergamon Altar. Also notable in this
collection is the façade of the throne hall of King Nebuchadnezzar with artifacts from the earliest history of the written word, and an excellent collection of Islamic Art. In the late afternoon we drive southward into Luther country for dinner. Overnight Wittenberg. (D)

Note: 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 featuring the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon, as well as the Museum of Islamic Art, remains unaffected and will be open to the public during this time.

Day 3: Saturday - July 22nd, 2017 Wittenberg
We enjoy a full day in Wittenberg. This is where Martin Luther lived and taught for 36 years. You will visit the Castle Church where Luther posted his 95 Theses, giving birth to the Reformation. This beautiful church is also the burial site of Luther. We see the university where Luther taught and the Luther House which is the greatest museum of Reformation History in the world with a detailed history display of his life and accomplishments, historical documents and an outstanding collection of period paintings of his life and family members. We also tour the Philip Melanchthon House to learn about this important reformer. End the day with an English worship service in Wittenberg at either the Castle or Town Church. (B,D)

Day 4: Sunday – July 23rd, 2017 Torgau, Leipzig (110km)
After breakfast we enjoy a scenic drive to visit Torgau. The city was the Saxonian residential city and political center of the Reformation in the 16th century. Martin Luther sanctified the Castle Church 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 memorial for her is located in her last residence, the Katharina-Luther-Stube. The next stop is the majestic city of Leipzig. We visit the Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church) where Luther preached and Johann Sebastian Bach performed and directed the famous St. Thomas Boys choir. Dinner at Auerbachs Keller and overnight in Leipzig. (B,D)

Day 5: Monday – July 24th, 2017 Halle, Eisleben, Erfurt (170km)
Our first stop is Halle. Its most famous son Georg Friedrich Händel was born here in 1685 and only left the city when he was 17. His birth house nowadays houses a museum. You stroll through the historical Old City which is one of largest in Germany and view and visit the Market Square with the Händel Monument, the Market Church with the death mask of Martin Luther and the Dome where Händel used to work as organist for one year before he left to London. Our journey continues in the footsteps of the Martin Luther in Eisleben. Here we visit the Luther Houses, where he was born in 1483 and where he died in 1546, St. Peter’s Church where Luther was baptized and St. Andrews Church where Luther preached his last four sermons and where his body was laid in state. Overnight in Erfurt. (B,D)

Day 6: Tuesday - July 25th, 2017 Erfurt - Buchenwald (60km)
This morning we visit 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. Our walking tour begins in the historical section of the city including St. Mary’s Cathedral, where Luther was ordained as a priest, to 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. The city tour also includes the Fish Market, Town Hall and Merchant’s Bridge. We visit the concentration camp Buchenwald and its permanent exhibition and the ground. Our lodging this evening will be in Erfurt. (B,D)

Day 7: Wednesday – July 26th, 2017 Eisenach, Mainz (300km)
This morning, we tour 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. We explore his city on a walking tour highlighting St. George’s Church where St. Elisabeth was married and J.S. Bach baptized; Luther House where Luther lived as a student with the Cotta family from 1498-1501, and the Luther exhibition documenting his life and theologies and 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 composer who influenced the protestant music the most. The next stop takes us to the magnificent Wartburg Castle to tour the Palas (Great Hall), Art exhibition, the Elisabeth Hallway, and the Luther Room where “Junker Jorg (The Knight George) translated the New Testament into German. Continue to Mainz for the Gutenberg Museum for commentary and take a picture of the Gutenberg Monument dedicated the German printing of the Bible. Overnight Mainz. (B,D)

Day 8: Thursday – July 27th, 2017 Rhine River cruise, Worms, Ulm (400km)
This morning we take a relaxing cruise on the Rhine River past magnificent castles and the stunning scenery. Then on to visit Worms. It was here, during the Imperial Diet in 1521, that Martin Luther challenged the entire Roman Catholic establishment by his refusal to recant the great doctrines of Protestantism. It was also here that William Tyndale completed the printing of his English version of the New Testament in 1525 which he had begun in Cologne. After seeing St. Peter's Church and the symbolic Luther Memorial near the town square, we will travel to and overnight in Ulm. (B)

Day 9: Friday – July 28th, 2017 Neuschwanstein Castle, Constance, Rhine Falls, Zurich (370km)
This morning we will travel into Bavaria to Ludwig II’s most luxurious former residence, Neuschwanstein Castle. Next we take the ferry and cross the Lake of Constance. Visit to Constance, made famous by reformer John Hus. Drive along the Rhine River and the foothills of the Alps through breath-taking scenery on to Schaffhausen, Switzerland to visit the Rhine Falls (Rheinfall), Europe's largest waterfalls. Our overnight will be in Zurich area. (B)

Day 10: Saturday – July 29th, 2017 Zurich
We take a tour of Zurich, Switzerland, the most prominent Swiss city. This is Ulrich Zwingli’s city. It was here in the Old City that Felix Manz was martyred in the Limmat River. We’ll visit the Grossmunster Church and its statue of Ulrich Zwingli, one of the most important Reformers. There will be free time this afternoon for shopping and sightseeing on your own. We overnight in Zurich area. (B, D)

Day 11: Sunday - July 30th, 2017 Interlaken, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen with Schilthorn (350km)
This morning we travel into the Alps to the charming mountainside community of Interlaken. Next we have a visit to the village of Grindelwald, also known as the “Glacier Village. Then onward to Lauterbrunnen. Weather permitting, we take the cable car up to the Schilthorn, which allows the best view of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. If the weather does not allow this tour we depart for Lucerne and enjoy a tour of this charming city to see the impressive city walls, the famous covered wooden bridge and Thorwaldsen’s masterful Lion Monument. Return to our lodging in Zurich. (B)

Day 12: Monday - July 31st, 2017 Departure
We transfer to Zurich Airport and return flight. (B)

Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.


Price Per Person:

Single Supplement:

$5,339.00

$475.00

Information & Reservations:

Dan Bergey | dbergey@pilgrimtours.com | 800.322.0788

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Tour price based on double occupancy and the current exchange rate of $1.15 to 1 Euro and is subject to change.

Included In Tour Price
Roundtrip air from Portland (airfare available nationwide) including current air taxes and fuel surcharges (taxes and fuel charges are subject to change), 10 nights lodging at 4 star hotels, breakfast daily, 7 dinners, full time English speaking tour escort, services of air conditioned deluxe motor coach, all guides, entrances, touring and transportation as appears on itinerary, baggage handling at hotels (one piece)

Not Included In Tour Price
All lunches, 3 dinners, tips to driver, guides, and hotel staff ($110.00 recommended), optional travel insurance (6.5% or 8.7% of tour cost), optional credit card payments (additional 3% of the total bill)