Day 1: Wednesday, June 7 | Flight

Take an overnight flight from Washington Dulles to Europe.

Day 2: Thursday, June 8 | Arrival

Upon arrival at Berlin airport, you meet your tour guide and board the coach for a sightseeing tour through, unified Germany’s capital city since 1990. You drive along the Charlotte burg Castle to the western city center with the boulevard “Kurfürstendamm” with the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Then onward to the Reichstag (Parliament) and to nearby majestic main gate the “Brandenburger Tor” (After the construction of the Berlin Wall, it became a symbol of the divided Germanys being located directly next to the wall inside the “death zone.”) and the newly erected “Holocaust Memorial,” a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Located at Friedrichstrasse, the infamous ”Checkpoint Charlie” 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. The city tour also includes Gendarmenmarkt, Alexanderplatz, the famous boulevard “Unter den Linden,” the Berlin Cathedral and the Hof- and Domkirche of the Hohenzollern dynasty and 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. If time is still available, you might visit the world-famous Pergamon Museum with its many treasures including the Ishtar Gate and the Market Gate of Miletus. Overnight. D

Note: During the current stage of renovations, the hall containing the Pergamon Altar will close on 29 September 2014 and will remain 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 3: Friday, June 9 | Wittenberg (130kms)
Following breakfast the journey continues to Wittenberg which was from 1508 the main workplace of Martin Luther. You 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) and St. Mary’s Church, where Luther did the majority of his preaching. Overnight. B,D

Day 4: Saturday - June 10 | Wittenberg

Be part of Luther’s Wedding. Every year, thousands of visitors witness the historic moment of 13th June 1525 – the date on which Martin Luther, the former monk, and Katharina von Bora, the escaped nun, got married. Celebrate this day while the bride and groom wander with their 2.000 wedding guests through the streets. Look forward to colorful robes, musicians, jugglers, knights, merchants, delicacies of Wittenberg, historical markets and of course to the historic parade that rounds off. B,D

Day 5: Sunday - June 11 | Wittenberg - Luther’s Wedding
Be part of Luther’s Wedding. Every year, thousands of visitors witness the historic moment of 13th June 1525 – the date on which Martin Luther, the former monk, and Katharina von Bora, the escaped nun, got married. Celebrate this day while the bride and groom wander with their 2.000 wedding guests through the streets. Look forward to colorful robes, musicians, jugglers, knights, merchants, delicacies of Wittenberg, historical markets and of course to the historic parade that rounds off. On Sunday you visit the English ministry. Overnight. B,D

Day 6: Monday - June 12 | Eisleben - Erfurt ( 210kms)
Following breakfast, you drive to Eisleben and tour the houses where Luther was born in 1483 and where he died in 1546. You 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 takes you to 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, Church of St. Severus, where Luther preached his sermons and on to the Augustinian Monastery with a permanent exhibit depicting Luther’s life as a monk in Erfurt. Overnight. B,D

Day 7: Tuesday - June 13 | Eisenach - Marburg (240kms)
This morning you drive to nearby 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. You tour 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. The next stop takes you to the magnificent Wartburg Castle to 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. Onward to Marburg. Here, the Marburg Colloquy attempted to solve a dispute between Mar-tin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli over the Real Presence of Christ in the Lord's Supper. You tour the Landsgrave Castle, where the meeting between Luther and Zwingli took place. Saint Elisabeth, who you already met at Wartburg Castle, took refuge here in the Castle after being banished from Thuringia. The city tour through the Old City also includes St. Elisabeth Church, where her remains in a golden shrine are one of the most important artefacts. Overnight. B,D

Day 8: Wednesday, June 14 | Worms - Heidelberg (210kms)
After a short drive you reach 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. You visit the world’s largest Memorial to the Reformation and the Church of the Holy Trinity, Europe’s oldest Jewish cemetery, the Holy Sands. You tour St. Peter’s Cathedral, situated on the highest elevation of the inner city. The cathedral is one of the most exquisite examples of Romanesque architecture. It is closely related to the name of bishop Burchard of Worms and to the city’s heyday in the 12th and 13th centuries. The Cathedral was the scene of several milestones of European history. In 1048, Bruno of Egisheim-Dagsburg was elected pope Leo IX here; in 1122, the Concordate of Worms ended the Investiture Contest, the struggle for supremacy between the emperor and the Church; and in 1521, Mar-tin Luther was summoned by emperor Charles V to recant his teachings before the Diet of Worms, a historic assembly that was to change the history of Christianity. Today the Cathedral is a Catholic parish church, raised in 1925 by the pope to the rank of a basilica minor. Your journey continues to Heidelberg, a gorgeous town on the Neckar River, where romanticism is both past and present. Your walking tour includes the Old Town, the famous Stone Bridge over the Neckar River, the Heidelberg Castle (where the Heidelberg Confession was written in 1653), the Castle Church, German Apothecary Museum, and the Church of the Holy Ghost. Overnight. B,D

Day 9: Thursday, June 15 | (Corpus Christi) Black Forest - Stuttgart - Rothenberg (350kms)
You travel to and through the story-book magical Black Forest which is famous for its Black Forest maids, Black Forest farms, Black Forest gateau, Bollenhut hats, cuckoo clocks. You continue to Stuttgart, the capital of Swabia and headquarters of two of the most famous automobile companies - Porsche and Mercedes. Then onward to Rothenburg o.d. Tauber: Take a glimpse into the middle-ages, at perhaps the most famous town on the “Romantik Road”, a nearly intact medieval walled-city without a single modern building within. Leisure time to stroll the cobblestone lanes with their wonder-ful variety of shops. Kathe Wolfahrt’s year-round Christmas Village is a must! Walk along the medieval walls that encircle the town, or just relax and enjoy this quaint town. After dinner you explore the city on a tour with the nightwatchman. Overnight. B,D

Day 10: Friday, June 16 | Munich (255kms)
You will have free time in Rothenberg to explore on your own this morning. Depart just after lunch time and arrive in Munich, the capital of Bavaria. You will be welcomed by the local tour guide who will lead you on a city walk through the historic old city highlights of famous buildings and squares including the Marienplatz with the town hall and its "Glockenspiel", the "Frauenkirche" (Church of our Lady) with its distinctive onion-topped towers and the Viktualienmarkt, the open air farmers market. Overnight. B,D

Day 11: Saturday, June 17 | Berchtesgaden - Salzburg (180kms)
Berchtesgaden is located in the picturesque Bavarian Alps. You visit the Salt Mines. The city is also closely connected to the Nazi Germany. Nearby the Nazis purchased the area of Obersalzberg (Eagle’s Nest) for their seniors leaders to enjoy. Onward to a sightseeing tour through Salzburg, the city of Music. You view its cultural and historic monuments such as the Hohensalzburg Fortress, visit the Mozart House, where the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born, and the impressive Salzburg Cathedral and Cathedral Square, a major theatrical venue during the Salzburg Festival. The tour continues with a visit to Mirabell Palace with its marvelous gardens full of fountains and sculptures. Overnight. B,D

Day 12: Sunday, June 18 | Innsbruck - Lucerne (500kms)
You travel to and through the story-book magical Black Forest which is famous for its Black Forest maids, Black Forest farms, Black Forest gateau, Bollenhut hats, cuckoo clocks. You continue to Stuttgart, the capital of Swabia and headquarters of two of the most famous automobile companies - Porsche and Mercedes. Then onward to Rothenburg o.d. Tauber: Take a glimpse into the middle-ages, at perhaps the most famous town on the “Romantik Road”, a nearly intact medieval walled-city without a single modern building within. Leisure time to stroll the cobblestone lanes with their wonder-ful variety of shops. Kathe Wolfahrt’s year-round Christmas Village is a must! Walk along the medieval walls that encircle the town, or just relax and enjoy this quaint town. After dinner you explore the city on a tour with the nightwatchman. Overnight. B,D

Note: This day will be the longest as the coach might need at least 7 hours from Salzburg to Lucerne. Hence the city tour of Innsbruck has to be short (max. 1 hr).

Day 13: Monday, June 19 Lucerne | Ballenburg Open Air Museum (100kms)
Lucerne: On a walking tour this morning, admire Thorwaldsen's Lion Monument, the ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit church. After lunch on your own you drive to the Ballenberg Open Air Museum. The stroll through the past with a local guide in a horse carriage gives you an impression of the rural life in days gone by. You view more than one hundred century-old buildings from all over Switzerland, 250 farmyard animals, traditional, old-time gardens and fields, demonstrations of local crafts and many special events. You return to Lucerne for overnight. B, D

Day 14: Tuesday, June 20 | Grindelwald (170kms)
The Jungfraujoch - top of Europe is the highlight of any Swiss journey. The highest railway station in Europe is located 3.454 meters above sea level. You gain access to a high-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock, admirable from the viewinwg platforms on the Aletsch Glacier or in the Ice Palace. The railway journey is an experience which leads through the Eiger and Monch mountains. At the “Eismeer” and the Eiger intermediate stations you can enjoy the wonderful and impressing panorama. You return to Lucerne and celebrate together with your companions a wonderful farewell dinner cruise on the Lake Lucerne. Overnight. B,D

Day 15: Wednesday, June 21 | Departure (70kms)
You are transferred to Zurich airport for your flight home. B

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

Price Per Person:

Tour pricing is based on double occupancy.

$5,519.00*

Land Only: subtract $1,500.00

$680.00 single supplement

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

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Pastor Mike Ramming • pastormikeramming@yahoo.com • 804-456-6554


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Included In Tour Price
Roundtrip Air from Washington Dulles, air taxes and fuel charges (currently $650.00 – subject to change), 13 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 (prepaid $143.00), optional travel insurance (6.5% of tour cost), optional credit card payments (additional 3% of the total bill)




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