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Globus The European Reformation Jubilee Tour – Faith-Based Travel(TLL)

12 days from Berlin to Munich 
Walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther on this Germany vacation highlighting the 500th anniversary of the European Reformation. You'll overnight in Berlin, Dessau, Leipzig, Erfurt, Mainz, Nuremberg, and Munich, and you'll visit Wittenberg, Torgau, Mansfeld, Eisleben, Eisenach, Schmalkalden, Coburg, Worms, Rothenburg, Augsburg, and the Rhine Valley along the way.

On this faith-based tour, you’ll visit many of the sites important in Luther's life. In Wittenberg, visit St. Mary's Church, where Luther preached reform, got married, and baptized his six children. Also visit the renaissance-style Melanchthon House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1536 and gifted to Philipp Melanchthon, Luther's closest friend. In Mansfeld, visit Luther’s parents’ home. In Eisleben, visit Luther's birth house and death house museums, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites; St. Peter & Paul Church, where Luther was baptized; and St. Andrew's Church, where Luther preached his last sermon in 1546. Visit the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt, where Luther lived as a monk, and the Prince George Library in Dessau, home to an extensive collection of writings from the Age of Reformation.

In Eisenach, visit the house where Luther lived; Wartburg Castle, where he lived in disguise as "Knight George;" and St. George's Church, where he was a choir boy and later preached. In Worms, visit the Reformation Monument and the cathedral where Luther presented his case. In Augsburg, guided sightseeing shows you the city where Luther and his followers proclaimed their faith.

These are just some of the many highlights included on this faith-based, Germany tour. You'll not only see these amazing sites, but you'll also be accompanied by others desiring an inspirational journey and a Tour Director committed to bringing you these inspiring places. It's a vacation you can believe in and one sure to leave you with many memories of a lifetime!

Globus Highlights & Sightseeing

BERLIN
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

JÜTERBOG
See St. Nicholas Church

DESSAU
Visit Prince Georg III Library

WITTENBERG
Guided walking tour, see Luther House, visit St. Mary’s Church and Melanchthon House

TORGAU
Visit the political center

LEIPZIG
Walking tour, visit the Thomaskirche and the market square

MANSFELD
See Luther’s parents’ home

EISLEBEN
Visit Luther’s Birthplace Museum and Death House Museum, St. Peter & Paul Church and St. Andrew’s Church

ERFURT
Visit the Augustinian Monastery and the Merchants’ Bridge

EISENACH
Guided visit of Wartburg Castle, visit Luther House and St. George’s Church; see the Luther & Bach Memorials, and Nikolai Church & Gate

SCHMALKALDEN
See St. George’s Church

COBURG
Visit Coburg Fortress

WORMS
Visit the cathedral, Trinity Church, and the Reformation Monument

RHINE CRUISE

MAINZ
Visit the Gutenberg Museum

ROTHENBURG
Walking tour, visit St. Jacob’s Church

NUREMBERG
Walking tour, visit St. Lorenz Lutheran Church

AUGSBURG
Guided sightseeing

MUNICH

Guided sightseeing, visit Marienplatz; farewell dinner

Headsets throughout the tour

Itinerary (2017)

Day 1Arrive in Berlin, Germany.
 Welcome to Berlin! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and begin your fellowship at this evening’s welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)
Day 2Berlin–Jüterbog–Dessau.
 Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the elegant Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Castle, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, and the 21-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. Then, visit Jüterbog to see the gothic St. Nikolai Church. The coffer here dates back to the time when the church sold indulgences, one of Martin Luther’s major grievances in his 95 Theses. Spend the next two nights in Dessau, the last of Germany’s Anhaltian principalities to adopt the Reformation in 1534. (B,D)
Day 3Dessau. Excursion To Wittenberg.
 See the Prince George Library with its vast collection of Reformation works by Luther. Next up: Wittenberg, birthplace of the Reformation. Enjoy a guided walking tour and see the Luther House, where Martin Luther and his family lived. Also visit ST. MARY’S CHURCH, a twin-towered gothic church where Luther preached reform, got married, and baptized his six children. Finally, see the door of Castle Church, where Luther posted his 95 Theses, launching the Reformation in 1517. A special visit has been included to the renaissance-style MELANCHTHON HOUSE, built in 1536 and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 3-story architectural jewel was gifted to Philipp Melanchthon, Luther’s closest friend and “Teacher of Germany,” to entice him to remain at the local university. (B,D)
Day 4Dessau–Torgau–Leipzig.
 Visit Torgau, political center of the Reformation and where Luther consecrated the first Protestant church in 1544. Continue to Leipzig for a walking tour and visit to the THOMASKIRCHE, where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a cantor. Also visit the market square that today is a site for celebrations and festivals, but once was the scene of executions and political demonstrations. (B,D)
Day 5Leipzig–Mansfield–Eisleben–Erfurt.
 In Mansfeld, see Luther’s parents’ home. Today, stop in Eisleben, where Luther’s life began and ended. Visit his BIRTH HOUSE and DEATH HOUSE MUSEUMS, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites; as well as ST. PETER & PAUL CHURCH, where Luther was baptized, and ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH, where Luther preached his last sermon in 1546. Later, drive to Erfurt, whose 36 churches, 15 monasteries, and other ecclesiastical buildings have earned it the nickname “Thuringian Rome.” The beautiful Old Town preserves the atmosphere Luther must have experienced during his student days. A highlight is an inspirational visit to the AUGUSTINIAN MONASTERY where Luther lived as a monk, and the unique MERCHANTS’ BRIDGE, lined with half-timbered homes on both sides.(B)
Day 6Erfurt. Excursion to Eisenach and Schmalkalden.
 Your day begins in Eisenach where Luther lived first in LUTHER HOUSE and then, where he lived in disguise as “Knight George” in WARTBURG CASTLE. You will visit both with an expert Local Guide. Also visit ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH, where Luther was a choir boy and later preached; see the Luther and Bach Memorials; and Nikolai Church and Gate, through which Luther passed whenever he entered or left Eisenach. On to medieval Schmalkalden, site of a league of Protestant princes in 1531. See St. George’s Church, where Luther preached in 1537. (B,D)
Day 7Erfurt–Coburg–Mainz.
 Continue south today to Coburg and visit fascinating COBURG FORTRESS, where Luther lived, protected, during the Imperial Diet of Augsburg in 1530. As an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire, he could not attend the Imperial Diet of Augsburg, but instead spent his time translating the Bible into German and writing on Reformation issues. (B,D)
Day 8Mainz. Excursion to Worms & The Rhine Valley.
 In Worms, where the Imperial Council passed judgment on Luther in 1521, visit the CATHEDRAL where Luther presented his case, as well as TRINITY CHURCH and the REFORMATION MONUMENT. Later, reflect on the beauty during a scenic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered towns. The evening is at leisure. (B)
Day 9Mainz–Rothenburg–Nuremberg.
 This morning, visit the GUTENBERG MUSEUM in Mainz, which houses original copies of the Bible. Next up: the medieval walled town of Rothenburg, where your walking tour visits ST. JACOB’S CHURCH with its masterpiece Altar of the Holy Blood. Afterwards, there is time to shop for the town’s famed Christmas ornaments. On to Nuremberg, the first town to accept the Reformation in 1525. (B,D)
Day 10Nuremberg–Augsburg–Munich.
 Your walking tour in Nuremberg features the gothic ST. LORENZ LUTHERAN CHURCH, where you can pause for quiet meditation. In Augsburg, guided sightseeing reveals the city where Luther and his followers proclaimed their faith. The next two nights are in Munich, capital of Bavaria. (B)
Day 11Munich.
 In the company of a Local Guide, explore Germany’s “Secret Capital” today, including the Olympic Stadium, the 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, MARIENPLATZ with the Old and the New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. An optional excursion is available to Linderhof Castle and to Oberammergau, where townspeople faithfully perform the Passion Play every 10 years. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 12Munich.
 Your Reformation discovery ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Globus Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 8 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Berlin and a farewell dinner in Munich

Globus Pricing Details

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$404

Triple room reduction per person:
$39

Globus Notes

NOTES:
  • Departure 0608 Luther’s Wedding Festival and departure 1029 Reformation Day (October 31) in Wittenberg.
  • 2017 marks the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation. Globus features special itineraries focusing on the life of Martin Luther and important Reformation sites throughout Germany.

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