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Day 1 FLY TO BERLIN
Day 2 BERLIN
Our private coach will pick us up and transfer us into the city. we will have some free time this afternoon to explore Berlin. Bring your appetite along with you and cook up a traditional German meal.
Day 3 WITTENBERG
Sightseeing with a local guide introduces Germany's capital, the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, the Reichstag, and ends with a visit to the Pergamon Museum- Continue to Lutherstadt Wittenberg, the capital of the Reformation- This small town was named after its most famous resident Martin Luther, and enjoys a scenic position on the banks of the Elbe River. Our tour director will take us on a walking tour of the University of Wittenberg, where Martin Luther taught theology. Visit Schlosskirche (Castle Church), where Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses in 1517. The church contains the tombs of Luther, Melanchthon and Frederick the Wise.
Day 4 WITTENBERG
Take a Walking Tour of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Highlights include Schloss Wittenberg, built for Frederick the Wise; the Rathaus; Cranachhaus, the residence of the great painters Lucas Cranach the Elder and Younger; and Melanchthonhaus, the home of Martin Luther’s greatest ally. Visit Lutherhalle, a museum dedicated to Martin Luther and the history of the German Reformation- It includes a section on Reformation art, with works by Lucas Cranach the Elder and Younger.
Day 5 ERFURT
Transfer to Eisleben, a charming little city it the Saxony-Anhalt area of Germany. Dating in to the tenth century, the city is well known as the birthplace of Protestant reformer, Martin Luther. Visit the birthplace of Martin Luther, born in 1483 in a medieval half-timbered house. Unfortunately, a great fire destroyed the original house in 1689, but upon the site a permanent exhibition in honor of Luther was built. Learn about the origin and early life of Martin Luther through a series of exhibits and displays. Visit St. Andrew's Church, a Gothic hall church where Martin Luther preached his last sermon in 1546. The very pulpit that he preached from is still within the church. Take a walking tour of Erfurt to include St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severin's Church- Also view the Merchants' Bridge, an arched stone structure that has houses on both sides and is filled with bookstalls, cafes, and antiques shops. Explore the Augustinian Monastery, where Martin Luther lived as a monk and read his first Mass in 1507, having been ordained as a priest- The monastery dates back to the 13th century and houses a rare book library and a Permanent Exhibition about the life of Luther.
Day 6 FRANKFURT
Visit the Lutherhaus, where Martin Luther lived from 1498 to 1501. This picturesque half-timbered house is now a museum with fascinating multimedia exhibits detailing Martin Luther’s life and times, as well as his teachings- Explore Wartburg Castle to see the Lutherstube, the room where Luther lived and worked; the Neue Kemenate, which today houses an impressive art collection; and the Singing Hall, allegedly the scene of the famous minstrels' contest in Wagner’s opera Tannhauser. Continue to Frankfurt.
Day 7 STRASBOURG
Spend time at the Gutenberg Museum, a unique memorial to the city's most famous son, Johannes Gutenberg. Housed in the rebuilt Gutenberg workshop, the museum traces the history of printing, beginning with Gutenberg's hand press, on which he printed his 42 Iine-per-page Bible from 1452 to 1455. The museum also features two Gutenberg Bibles- Continue to Worms- Upon arrival, take a Reformation-themed walking tour and see its magnificent cathedral, Dom St. Peter. View the Luther Monument, the world's largest Reformation monument- At its center is a statue of Martin Luther, flanked by Frederick the Wise of Saxony and Philip of Hesse. Transfer to Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace-Lorraine and considered to be the crossroads of Europe.
Day 8 STRASBOURG
Enjoy a Walking Tour of Old Strasbourg, including covered bridges and towers from its former fortifications, plus many 15th- and 17th-century dwellings with painted wooden fronts and carved beams. Visit Strasbourg Cathedral, built on the remains of an early Romanesque church. Visit the Eglise St. Thomas, one of the first converted to Protestantism.
Day 9 ZURICH
Take a Walking tour of Konstanz, a university city located on Lake Konstanz. We will have time to pray at the spot where the Czechoslovakian church reformer, Jan Hus was burnt at the stake as a heretic on the 6th July 1415. Also visit the Cathedral, where Hus' trial took place. Continue taking a walking tour of Zurich around the Grossmunster, the Helferei where Zwingli lived, and visit the Zwingli Street.
Day 10 GENEVA
Visit the park, Promenade des Bastions, where we will view the Monument de la Reformation. Built in 1917 along a 16th century rampart beneath the walls of the old town, the monument represents John Knox, John Calvin, Theodore de Beze, and Guillame Farel on the one end and the Pilgrim Fathers on either end, Luther and Zwingli. Continue to the Temple de l'Auditoire (Calvin's Auditorium), a Gothic church where Calvin preached, which was restored in 1959 just in time for Calvin's 450th anniversary. Visit the Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, where in 1536 the people of Geneva gathered in the cloister and voted to make the cathedral Protestant. With a philosophy of austerity, all of the altars, statues and ornamentation in the cathedral were destroyed, leaving only the pulpit and stained glass windows. End our day at the International Museum of the Reformation, tracing the history of the Reformation in Geneva and its continued progress.
Day 11 HOME
Fly back to the United States