ON THE TRAIL OF MARTIN LUTHER

2017 MARKS THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION
Destinations:

United Kingdom & Europe

$2,541.00 per person, twin share (Member)

$2,619.00 per person, twin share (Non Member)

Includes

  • 14 meals included: 9 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Travel to Worms where Luther refused to recant and the Imeperial Diet (Assembly) declared him an outlaw
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Eisleben - site of Luther's birth and death - including a visit inside the home where he was born
  • Join a church service in one of the Luther churches in Wittenberg
  • Enjoy a tour and prayer service in Erfurt's Augustinian monestary, where Luther studied
  • Take in a medieval musical performance inside the Bachhaus Eisenach
  • Join a local family in their home to discuss life in Germany
  • Gratuties are included

2017 marks half a millennium from when Luther set the Reformation in motion on October 31, 1517 and nailed his Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Gemany. You will follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther and connect with the places where he lived, sutdied, worked and preached. This epic journey takes you across Germany and deep into the history of the Reformation.

Itinerary Details

Day 1

Overnight flight from Australia 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, Germany Your tour opens in the enchanting city of Mainz, a medieval town located on the banks of the Rhine River. Tonight, meet your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner. (D) Park Inn Hotel, Mainz

Day 3

Mainz - Worms - Mainz 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 monuments dedicated to Luther and other important Reformation figures. (B) Park Inn Hotel, Mainz

Day 4

Mainz - Erfurt 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 Merchant's 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. (B,D) Radisson Hotel or Ramada Hotel, Erfurt

Day 5

Erfurt - Eisenach- Wartburg Castle - Erfurt This morning we travel to Eisenach to explore another central town in Luther's life. Your tour of the area begins with a visit 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 time to explore independently. Return to Erfurt in the late afternoon. (B) Radisson Hotel or Ramada Hotel

Day 6

Erfurt- Eisleben - Dresden 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. (B,D) Swissotel, Dresden

Day 7

Dresden This morning, join a local 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.(B) Swissotel, Dresden

Day 8

Dresden - Leipzig - Wittenberg This morning, travel to Leipzig, a city touched by musical greatness. Discover the city's interesting history during a guided tour featuring St Thomas Church where the boy's 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. (B,D) Luther Hotel or Acron Hotel, Wittenberg

Day 9

Wittenberg 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 to reflect at Luther's tomb. Then its is on to discover the Renaissance style home of Philipp Melanchthon, Luther's scholarly confidante 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. (B) Luther Hotel or Acron Hotel, Wittenberg

Day 10

Wittenberg - Berlin Depart this morning for Berlin. Embark on a comprehensive tour featuring Brandenburg Gate, Charlottenburg Palace, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Schoneberg City Hall, Kurfurstendamm and the Reichstag Building. Finally, pass through the area that once 'Checkpoint Charlie' and see what remains of the Berlin Wall. Tonight, gather with your fellow travellers for a farwell dinner. (B, D) Intercontinental Hotel, Berlin

Day 11

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

Prices based on 13 July 2017. International airfares are additional. Book your airfares with Collette Tours and receive complimentary airport limo transfers in Australia (conditions apply) and airport transfers in Germany. The tour activity level is Level 3 which includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected. Return airport transfers in Germany can be purchased separately for an additional $120 per person. Alternate hotels may be used.