Hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence R. Rast Jr.
Join one of the foremost Reformation scholars on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the lands of the Reformation on its 500th anniversary. Walk together through the places where the Gospel was rediscovered, history was made and the world forever changed.
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Lands of Luther and Eastern Europe
Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
11 Days: November 11-21, 2017
Visiting Berlin, Wittenberg, Eisleben, Leipzig, Eisenach, Erfurt, Prague, Augsburg and Munich
Only $3389 per person from Chicago
(Tour price is $2699 plus $690 is taxes and surcharges)
- Round trip airfare from Chicago.
- $690 government taxes/airline surcharges.
- Accommodations at first class/select hotels based on two persons sharing in twin-bedded rooms with private bath.
- Breakfast daily plus 7 dinners.
- Services of a professional tour director and comprehensive sightseeing in a private motorcoach including entrance fees.
- All hotel service charges/taxes.
- All transfers to/from airports including meeting/assistance and porterage.
- Automatic $100,000 Flight Insurance policy. (Subject to policy terms and limitations)
Your Day To Day Itinerary
Chicago/Across the Atlantic
Saturday, November 11
Depart Chicago on board your overnight transatlantic jet flight. Enroute, enjoy a meal followed by a full length movie.
Sunday, November 12
Arrive in historic Berlin where you will be met and escorted to your waiting motorcoach for the transfer to your hotel. (D)
Monday, November 13
This morning visit reunited Berlin. In the former West, see Charlottenburg Castle, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the famous Kurfurstendamm, Bellevue Castle, the Cultural Forum and the Reichstag Building. In former Eastern Berlin, see the Brandenburg Gate at the end of beautiful Unter Den Linden Boulevard, Gendarmen Markt, the Berlin Cathedral, Alexanderplatz, the Nikolai Quarter, and the remains of the Berlin Wall. Afternoon free. (B)
Tuesday, November 14
Drive to Wittenberg, the city where Luther’s activities reached a high point. As a professor of philosophy and theology at Wittenberg University, he made his public appearance by nailing his 95 Theses against the misuse of the indulgence system to the door of the Castle Church, sparking the Reformation movement. Visit the Castle Church, see the Luther Monument in the marketplace, Luther’s grave and the City Church of St. Mary where Luther did most of his preaching. Also visit Lutherhalle, his dwelling in the Augusteum which is now a museum of Reformation history containing an unsurpassed collection of Reformation artifacts. (B,D)
Wednesday, November 15
Today you drive to Eisleben. Visit Luther’s birthplace, the house where he died in 1546 and 15th century St. Peter and Paul’s Church where he was baptized. Proceed to Leipzig for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Thursday, November 16
Leipzig, classic city of fairs, books and music, is home to the 13th century Thomas Church immortalized by Bach, where he served as cantor and choir director. It was here in 1519 that Luther debated Johann Eck, and denied the divine origin of papal supremacy. Following an orientation tour continue to Eisenach, a refuge for Luther during the stormy days before the Reformation. Visit Wartburg Castle, set on a mountaintop overlooking the city and one of the best-preserved German medieval fortresses. Here Luther worked on a translation of the New Testament, and Richard Wagner, inspired by the Thuringian scenery, wrote the opera, “Tannhauser.” See Luther’s study, the Reformation room and the lovely paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Also worth viewing is the impressive “Angel with Candlestick,” painted by Tilman Riemenschneider in 1500. In the city, visit the Luther House and make a brief stop at St. George Church where Luther preached. Drive to Erfurt for overnight. (B,D)
Friday, November 17
Luther called Erfurt, located in the heart of Thuringia, “a new Bethlehem.” It was here on July 2, 1505, that he was struck down by lightning, made his vow to become a monk, and entered the Augustinian Cloister. Visit the Augustiner Church and the Augustinian Monastery. On an orientation tour, view the beautiful St. Severus Church, the 650-year-old Kraemer Bridge lined with houses and small shops, and St. Mary’s Cathedral where Luther was ordained. Depart Erfurt heading East across the Czech border. Drive through the verdant farmlands of Bohemia to historic, 1,000-year-old Prague on the Vltava River. (B,D)
This morning experience the 1000 years of Prague’s history with a visit to Hradcany Castle, the seat of power for several Czech princes and kings. Proceed to the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, the Romanesque Basilica of St. George and Mala Strana (Lesser Town), whose winding streets are lined with small taverns and old houses. Continue to Old Town to see the ancient Town Hall with its animated astronomical clock. The afternoon is at leisure. (B, D)
Sunday, November 19
Drive south through the lush Bohemian forest to Augsburg in Germany, where Martin Luther defended his 95 Theses in the debate with the representative of the Church of Rome in 1518. It was also here in 1530 that Melanchthon presented the “Augsburg Confession,” the epitome of Lutheranism. Continue to Munich, capital of Bavaria. Munich was ruled for over 650 years by the Wittelsbacher dukes and kings, who left their mark on the architecture and founded the world famous Munich art collection. Overnight in the Munich area. (B,D)
Monday, November 20
This morning you visit Munich. Drive via Karolinenplatz with the Obelisk to Koenigsplatz. In the city center, you will see the former Royal Residence, Odeon Square with its beautiful Theatiner Church and the Hall of Generals. The afternoon is free for you to continue your exploration of Munich on your own. (B)
Tuesday, November 21
Your journey is over as you transfer to Munich Airport and board your return flight back to Chicago, arriving the same day. (B) (B)-Breakfast, (D)-Dinner