Day 1: Wednesday
October 25th | Flight

Take an overnight flight from the US to Europe..

Day 2: Thursday
October 26th | Arrival in Frankfurt/M. – Worms - Mainz

Arrive in Frankfurt this morning and begin sightseeing in 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 stop in nearby Mainz for commentary and a picture of the Gutenberg Monument dedicated to the German printing of the Bible. Our lodging this evening will be in Mainz. Overnight Mainz. (D)

Day 3: Friday
October 27th | Eisenach

Following breakfast, we drive 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. 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. Overnight Eisenach. (B,D)

Day 4: Saturday
October 28th | Erfurt - Buchenwald

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, the Augustinian Monastery with a permanent exhibit depicting Luther’s life as a monk in Erfurt, and to the Church of St. Severus, where Luther preached his sermons. 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. Check-in to the hotel for overnight and dinner. (B,D)

Day 5: Sunday
October, 29th | Eisleben - Halle - Naumburg - Erfurt

Our journey continues in the footsteps of Martin Luther in nearby Eisleben; here we visit Luther’s birth house 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. Next 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 home now houses a museum. You stroll through the historical Old City which is one of the 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. Then we visit Naumburg: the late Romanesque and Early Gothic Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul is one of Europe’s finest cathedrals. The twelve figures of founders, masterpieces by some anonymous Naumburg masters, are world-famed. The best known pair is Uta and Ekkehard. Overnight in Erfurt. (B,D)

Day 6: Monday
October, 30th | Leipzig - Torgau - Wittenberg

After breakfast we enjoy a scenic drive to visit 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. The next stop is Torgau. This 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. Our lodging this evening will be in Wittenberg. Check-in to the hotel for overnight and dinner. (B,D)

Day 7: Tuesday
October 31st | Reformation’s Day in Wittenberg
Today, we take part in the activities of the Reformation Day. We also attend a Castle Church worship which will be shown on screens outside of the church as well. (B,D)

Day 8: Wednesday
November 1st | Berlin

We travel northeast to Berlin where can enjoy an inspirational guided tour of this fascinating city. We will see the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and many other sites. 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 highlights 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. There will be free time this afternoon for shopping and sightseeing on your own. Check-in to the hotel for overnight and dinner. (B,D)

Day 9: Thursday
November 2nd | Departure

Bus transfer to Berlin airport and return to the USA. (B)

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

Price Per Person:

Tour pricing is based on double occupancy.

$3,849.00*

$325.00 single supplement

* Price is based on the current exchange rate of $1.40 to 1 Euro and is subject to change.

Information & Reservations:

Dan Bergey | dbergey@pilgrimtours.com | 800.322.0788


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Included In Tour Price
Roundtrip air from Kansas City (airfare nationwide available), air taxes and fuel charges (currently estimated at $650.00 – subject to change), 7 nights lodging at 3-4 star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, 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, tips to driver, guides, and hotel staff ($77.00 recommended), optional travel insurance (7% of tour cost), optional credit card payments (additional 3% of the total bill)