• On the Trail of Martin Luther 2017

  • Mainz, Worms, Erfurt, Einsenach, Eisleben, Dresden, Leipzig, Wittenberg and Berlin

    Following a decade of celebrations honoring the Augustinian monk who helped spark the Protestant Reformation, 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of the iconic Reformation leader who nailed his 95 Thesis to the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg  which detailed his thoughts on how the Catholic Church in Europe should be formed. Traveling through the great cities and countryside of Luther’s world in Germany, travelers will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the exemplary life led by Martin Luther. 

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Day 1 Overnight Flight

Embark on an inspirational journey through Germany that follows the epic trail blazed by Martin Luther marking the 500th anniversary of the day of the Reformation

Day 2 Mainz – The Tour Begins   D

Your tour opens in the enchanting city of Mainz, a mediaeval town located on the banks of the Rhine River. Tonight, meet your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner.

Day 3 Mainz-Worms/Mainz   B

Begin your day with a visit to the Gutenberg Museum where you can see a copy of  Gutenberg’s masterpiece  – the 42 line Bible. Enjoy free time to explore the town before travelling to Worms. It was in Worms that the Imperial Diet (Assembly) passed judgement on Luther after his refusal to recant. Come to know the sites significant to Luther’s story during a guided walking tour of the city. Take a moment at the Cathedral where Luther presented his case. See Trinity Church and visit moments dedicated to Luther and other important Reformation figures.

Day 4 Mainz/Erfurt    B/D

Today you travel to Erfurt which Martin Luther himself referred to as the “City of Towers”, no doubt due to its numerous steeples. Arriving in Erfurt, embark on a walking tour of the city passing over Merchants’ Bridge on your way to the Augustinian Monastery. Enjoy a tour of the Monastery where Luther lived and studied as a monk from 1505 to 1512. After your tour, you are invited to a prayer service in St. Augustine’s Church inside the Monastery.

Day 5 Erfurt/Eisenach/Wartburg Castle/Erfurt  B

This morning we travel to Eisenach to explore another central town in Luther’s life. Your tour of the area begins with a tour to Wartburg Castle where Luther translated the Bible. Step into what is now “Luther’s Room” where Luther lived during the many months he spent at the Castle. Our next stop is at the Bachhaus Eisenach to enjoy a musical performance played on various historical instruments dating back to Bach’s time. Next join a local guide for a walking tour of the town. You will see the Lutherhaus Eisenach where Luther resided as a child and St. George’s Church where he was a choir boy. Enjoy some free time to explore independently. Return to Erfurt in the late afternoon.

Day 6 Erfurt/Eisleben/Dresden B/D                                                                     

Begin your day with a visit to Eisleben, the site of Luther’s birth and death. Delve into his life as we visit the museum inside the home where he was born. St. Peter and Paul Church where he was baptized and St. Andrews Church where he performed his final sermons. Next continue on to Dresden, your home for the next two nights. This evening get a true taste of the region when dining in a local cellar restaurant.

Day 7 Dresden   B

This morning join a local tour guide for a tour of this historical city. See the old town square, the royal residence castle and the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady). Enjoy ample time to explore this lovely town on the banks of the River Elbe.

Day 8 Dresden/Leipzig/Wittenberg    B/D

This morning travel to Leipzig, a city touched by musical greatness. Discover the city’s interesting history during a guided tour feature St. Thomas Church, where the boys’ choir has been performing for over 800 years. Martin Luther preached here and its former cantor was the famed composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Next travel to Wittenberg where you will have an afternoon service inside one of the local churches remaining from the time of the Reformation. Tonight discover the tastes of the region with a tour of a local brewery including a tasting followed by dinner.

Day 9 Wittenberg B

Set out on a guided tour of Wittenberg. Your first stop is the former Wittenberg University where Luther served as a professor of theology. Next explore his family home on the grounds, today it is a fascinating museum housing his writings and other artefacts from the Reformation. Travel back in time as you discover its seemingly untouched rooms used by Luther. Continue to the oldest structure in the city, St. Mary’s Church where Luther preached, was married and where his children were baptized. See the Castle Church, the location where the famous 95 Theses were posted launching the Reformation. Have time to explore or reflect at Luther’s Tomb. Then it is on to discover the Renaissance style home of Philipp Melanchthon, Luther’s scholarly confidant who aided him significantly in communicating his revolutionary theology. Next you are in for a special treat! Join a local family in their home to sip coffee and discuss life in Germany, both today and during Communist times.

Day 10 Wittenberg/Berlin   B/D

Depart this morning for Berlin. Embark on a comprehensive tour featuring Brandenburg Gate, Charlottenburg Palace, Kaiser Wilheim Memorial Church, Schoneberg City Hall, Kurfurstendamm and the Reichstag Building. Finally pass through the area that was once “Checkpoint Charlie” and see what remains of the Berlin Wall. Tonight gather with your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.

Day 11 Berlin/Tour Ends  B                                                                                  

Your journey comes to a close. Depart with new perspectives, a strengthened faith and treasured memories.

 

LAND COST INCLUDES

*arrival/departure group transfers (when taking airfare)
*the services of an English licensed speaking guide throughout the tour

*9 days transportation by air conditioned motorcoach

*sightseeing as indicated including entrance fees to points visited

*9 nights’ accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels as indicated based on double occupancy with private facilities

*Buffet breakfast daily, 5 dinners –  on day 2, day 4, day 6, day 8 and day 10

*local tax and standard service charges on accommodation and meals included

 

YOUR LAND COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

*round trip economy airfare from Toronto to Germany and return

*departure taxes/fuel surcharge or airport improvement fees subject to change without prior notice

*Insurance – non-refundable insurance premium

*Documentation including passport fees

*Early check in or late check out

*Meals not mentioned

*Beverages not included

*Single Room Supplement – a limited number of single rooms available on payment of $885.00 US

*Optional tours not quoted

*Gratuities for individual services such as laundry or valet service or any other items of a purely personal nature

*Tips to /drivers/local guides/hotel and restaurant staff – tipping is at the discretion of the traveler

E. & O.E.

 

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1 Depart Canada via overnight flight

Day 2,3 Park Inn Hotel

Days 4, 5 Radisson Hotel or Ramada Hotel

Days 6, 7 Swissotel

Day 8, 9 Luther Hotel or Acron Hotel

Day 10 Intercontinental Hotel

*On some days alternative hotels may be used

 

Special Experiences

*Visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the famed Gutenberg Bible

*Travel to Worms where Luther refused to recant and the Imperial Diet (Assembly) declared him an “outlaw”

*Visit Wartburg Castle, the place where Luther translated the New Testament into German while in hiding

*Enjoy a guided tour of Eisleben, site of Luther’s birth and death – including a visit inside the home where he was born

*Discover St. Thomas Church where Martin Luther preached and Johann Sebastian Bach was a cantor

*Join a church service in one of the Luther churches in Wittenberg

*Enjoy a tour and prayer service in the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt where Luther lived and studied

*Enjoy a musical performance played on mediaeval instruments inside the Bachhaus Eisenach

 

LUTHER’S CASTLE CHURCH

Formally named All Saints’ Church, the Schlosskirche or Castle Church opened in 1506, the year that Luther arrived in Wittenberg. This was the church where Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses against the sale of indulgences to the wooden doors in 1517. This was the moment that launched the Reformation. During your visit pause at the Tombs of Luther, Melanchthon and Frederick the Wise. Take time to attend services and journey back in time as you imagine yourself seated next to many prominent figures of the Reformation.

PLEASE NOTE

Economy air rate from Toronto and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more travelling on the same flights (both ways) and same dates

Church services on this tour may be in German. English language services will be provided where possible

We include round trip airport to hotel transfers when purchasing airfare with this package.  If you have arranged your own air, we are pleased to provide you with the option of purchasing the transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.  Included breakfast is buffet style

Please note that single accommodation is limited and is available on a first come, first serve basis. Triple accommodation is not available

The tour includes modern physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours as well as walking slightly longer distances, upstairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.

 

NOTE – The information provided herein has been obtained from the supplier of the tour and the price quoted should be only considered as a guideline for this tour. Aufgang Travel cannot guarantee that the arrangements will be available at the price indicated or for the dates of travel selected. Please note that at the time of booking, the price provided may be different to the price displayed on this program. We suggest that you contact an Aufgang Travel representative to confirm the latest information regarding price, fees, availability and terms and conditions.