Celebrate the Reformation where it all started - June 18-29, 2017
A Fun-Filled 12 Day Trip in Germany, Tailor-Made for Lutherans
Join us in 2017 for an exciting 12-day Reformation Trip to Germany led by Pastor Tiews, who is German-American and has led similar trips to Germany before (see his book Looking for Luther, available at Amazon) Luther, Reformation history, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Erfurt, Berlin, Neuschwanstein, Rothenburg o.d.T., Heidelberg, a Rhine cruise, other exciting places and lots of fun all over Germany are calling!
Our trip in June 2017 is now less than 18 months away and many travelers are expected to visit the land of Luther for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Because of the very high demand, we need your commitment at this time if you want to come along. Be sure to sign up quickly because space is limited!
If you want to join us in all the fun and excitement, let us know by Feb 28, 2016 ( email pastortiews@gmail), so we can send you the registration form.
12 days designed for 25 - 45 travelers
Sunday, June 18 Arrive Berlin
Upon arrival at Berlin Airport we will be met by our German tour director and transferred to the hotel. Time to rest and to get over the jet lag. In the evening you will enjoy dinner in a typical Old Berlin restaurant. Try Berlin specialties like a Currywurst sausage, homemade jelly knuckle or just a Lard pot of homemade bread and pickles. (D)
Overnight in Berlin: 1 night
Monday, June 19 Berlin – Wittenberg
More sightseeing is planned for today in the German capital. We'll see the famous sites, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The history of the divided Berlin comes alive when we visit Checkpoint Charlie and discover remnants of the Berlin Wall. In the evening we depart Berlin and drive to Wittenberg for dinner and overnight. (BD)
Overnight in Wittenberg vicinity: 1 night
We will also visit the 1st of three National Exhibitions for the Reformation Jubilee: “The Luther
Effect. 500 Years of the Reformation” in the German Historical Museum.
Tuesday, June 20 Wittenberg - Eisleben - Mansfeld
This morning we'll visit sites in Wittenberg, the city of the Lutheran reformation, including Luther's house, the Stadtkirche, the University, and the All Saints Castle Church where Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door. We will also have a chance to visit the LCMS International Lutheran Center at the Old Latin School in Wittenberg.
In 2017 Wittenberg will be the place of a National Exhibition in the Lutherhouse: “Luther! 95 People – 95 Treasures”.
In the afternoon we continue to Eisleben, where Luther was born and died (in 1483 and 1546). After arrival we'll visit the little museum in the house where Luther was born, visit the church where he preached his last sermon, and walk by the Luther monument. In the evening we celebrate a Baptism remembrance worship service in St Peter and Paul, the church where Luther was baptized. Sit next to Luther’s baptismal font and reflect what it means for you to be baptized. Eisleben’s Lord Mayor will join us (subject to her schedule) for dinner tonight to share with us the advantages and challenges of this little town in former East Germany. (BD)
Overnight in Eisleben (1 night)
Wednesday, June 21 Leipzig - Buchenwald – Erfurt
We continue south this morning and visit Leipzig. Points of interest include Augustusplatz, the market, and the St Thomas church where Bach was an organist. Our local guide will also talk about the revolution in former East Germany when the protesters in Leipzig got the attention of international media and the candle marches in Leipzig became the symbol of the change.
Our next stop will be from the darkest part of German history as we visit the memorial site of former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald.
The day ends in Erfurt. Erfurt was the town where Martin Luther was a student of law and business before joining the Augustinian convent as a monk. In a short walk through this charming town with many timber framed houses we see the market with St Mary’s Cathedral, the merchant’s bridge, and visit the Augustinian monastery. (B)
Overnight in Erfurt: 2 nights
Thursday, June 22 Wartburg Castle – Eisenach
Our day excursion takes us to the town of Eisenach to visit Wartburg castle. It is here that Luther hid in 1521 and 1522, taking on the assumed name of Knight George, after being placed under an imperial ban. While here, he translated the New Testament into German.
In 2017 the Wartburg will be the place for the National Exhibition “Luther and the Germans.” Eisenach also is the birthplace of the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach. We visit the museum and listen to a demonstration of Bach’s works on historical instruments. Back in Erfurt we’ll have dinner tonight in a rustic “medieval style” restaurant. (BD)
Friday, June 23 Coburg - Nuremberg – Augsburg
We continue our tour as we travel south through the Thuringian Forest. Our first visit is the Veste Coburg Fortress where Luther spent some time under protection while an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire. It was during this time that the Augsburg Confession was presented.
Later in the afternoon we arrive at Nuremberg, the second-largest city in Bavaria. It was from here that Luther began his journey to Rome in 1510. We'll visit the Old Town with its many points of interest before ending the day at Augsburg, where we have dinner and overnight. (BD) Overnight in Augsburg: 2 nights
Saturday, June 24 Augsburg - Munich – Augsburg
In Augsburg we'll visit St. Anne's Church, where, in 1518, Luther met with Cardinal Cajetan, who demanded that Luther submit to the Pope. We'll also see the Augustus Fountain, the Church of the Holy Cross, and other sites. The Augsburg town market where bakers, farmers, butchers, cheese diaries, and florists present their specialties gives us many reasons for a tasty lunch break. The afternoon will be spent in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, where we visit the Marienplatz, and see the Town Hall, Cathedral, and other sites. (B)
Sunday, June 25 Neuschwanstein - Romantic Road – Rothenburg
Today we drive south from Augsburg in the morning to reach Neuschwanstein, the fairy tale castle built by King Ludwig II, near the town of Füssen. We visit the castle, and then travel along the Romantic Road to reach Rothenburg ob der Tauber, where we have dinner and overnight. (BD)
Overnight in Rothenburg: 1 night
Monday, June 26 Rothenburg - Heidelberg – Worms
Rothenburg is Germany's best-preserved walled city. We'll take a walking tour of the town this morning, and then proceed to Heidelberg. On arrival, we visit the Castle and the University, and see the Stone Bridge. For lunch we could mingle with students of the Heidelberg University and get some snacks at University commons next to the river. We continue to Worms for overnight. Dinner will be in a restaurant which specializes in the local “Flammkuchen” tarte flambée (BD) Overnight in Worms: 1 night
Tuesday, June 27 Worms – Ruedesheim
Worms is where Luther, in 1521, appeared before the Holy Roman Emperor and the Imperial Diet. He refused to recant his beliefs, and stated "Here I stand, I can do no other. God help me.” In the morning we'll visit the Reformation Monument and the Cathedral. In the afternoon we proceed to Ruedesheim, in the romantic Rhine valley. (B)
Overnight in Ruedesheim: 2 nights
Wednesday, June 28 Ruedesheim - Rhine Cruise – Ruedesheim
This morning we take a cruise on the Rhine River, passing many small villages and the famous Loreley Rock. The afternoon is at leisure. A farewell dinner with wine is planned for this evening. (BD)
Thursday, June 29 Depart Ruedesheim for the flight home
This morning we transfer to Frankfurt airport, where we board our return flight back home. (B) (B)= Breakfast (D)= Dinner
This itinerary will be further fine-tuned and customized for our group. Special events such as Evening Prayer and divine services will be included. Exact daily schedules will be determined in close cooperation with the group before the tour. Due to unexpected circumstances like weather conditions, heavy traffic, changes of museum opening times, etc. we have to reserve the right of changes.
Rev. Tiews will provide special commentary on events of the Reformation and Christianity in contemporary Germany. He holds dual German/US citizenship and is fluent in both English and German as is his wife Lula.
We are working with our local German partner Terra Lu Travel and their package includes:
Private motor coach from Berlin Airport to Frankfurt Airport (modern coach, registered in Germany, according to German laws, with reclining seats, A/C, bathroom, video/DVD) with nice, English speaking driver. Road taxes, bus miles, bus parking on scheduled tour sites included Driver’s accommodation and meals included
TERRA LU TRAVEL tour director, experienced Lutheran, the friendly host for the group in addition to Rev. Tiews
11 nights in selected 3- 4 star Hotels, centrally located in city centers (no airport/ interstate hotels) - Breakfast every morning
8 dinners in hotels and restaurants as indicated in itinerary
Berlin: Tour with local guide
Wittenberg: Tour of town and churches with local guide, admission fees to churches included
Eisleben: Tour of town and churches with local guide, admission fee to churches and Luther’s birth house
Devotional service at Luther’s baptismal church
Leipzig: Tour of town and churches with local guide
Buchenwald: Video presentation and audioguides
Erfurt: Tour of town and Augustinian monastery with local guide, admission fees included
Wartburg: guided tour
Eisenach: Admission to Bach-House with introduction into Bach’s work which includes demonstration of historical instruments
Veste Coburg: Tour “Luther at the Veste Coburg”
Augsburg: Tour with local guide
Munich: City tour with local guide
Neuschwanstein: Guided tour, van shuttle up- and downhill included
Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Tour with local guide
Heidelberg: Tour with local guides, includes cog railway to the castle (outside visit)
Worms: Tour with local guide
Ruedesheim/ Rhine valley: Rhine cruise and Wine taste
Admission to all 3 German National Exhibitions for the Reformation Jubilee in Wittenberg, in Berlin, and at the Wartburg
All local tours with English speaking guides
• Town maps, info sheets, pamphlets provided for all travelers
• All local and federal taxes included as well as bank and administrative fees.
o Flights to/ from Germany
o Personal expenses, passports, luggage, telephone calls
Price per person in double rooms: $1,700 - $2,250
Price per person in single room: $1,950 - $2,450
We can’t give you an exact price at this time because it depends on the number of travelers and Euro exchange rate in 2017. We promise to pass all savings on to you and hope the US dollar will still be strong.
In the Reformation year 2017 many travelers are expected to visit the land of Luther. In order to reserve our travel guides, bus and hotel rooms we need a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person by May 1st, 2016.
The remaining payment will be due about twelve weeks prior to departure. The more people attend the lower the price will be. There is an upper limit of 45 travelers, so register early. If not enough people register by May 1st 2016 we will have to cancel the trip and your deposit will be returned. We have until December 10, 2016 to accept additional registrations. Substitutions for travelers are possible as long as you haven’t bought an airplane ticket. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after our trip in June 2017. No visa is required.
It will be your responsibility to reserve your flights to Berlin and back from Frankfurt. Estimated airfare is around $1500 from Tulsa; a Dallas connection is sometimes cheaper (check out kayak.com). You might want to add time in Europe before and after our Reformation tour, but be sure to be in Berlin on Sunday, June 18th. We recommend to wait at least until early 2017 for booking your flights.
It is advised to consider travel insurance (https://www.travelinsurancecenter.com/) so neither you nor we get stuck with the whole cost of the trip if something should happen that prevents you from traveling. As soon as we know how many will be joining us we will request a quote for group insurance also.
Questions? Need the registration form? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Lula at email@example.com.