A very special trip focusing on Martin Luther. Start in Berlin, visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial. In Wittenberg, visit the Luther House & Museum, and the Melanchthon House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; also see the gothic St. Mary’s Church (where Luther preached), and the Castle Church. Continue to Leipzig, and visit the Thomaskirche, where J.S. Bach worked. Also included are visits to Luther’s birthplace in Eisleben; the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt, where Luther lived as a monk; Eisenach’s Wartburg Castle, where Luther translated the Bible; Coburg Fortress, and Worms, where the Imperial Council passed judgment on Luther in 1521. Visit the cathedral where Luther presented his case, Trinity Church, and the famed Reformation Monument. In Mainz, visit the Gutenberg Museum, and a romantic Rhine Cruise is included in the prettiest part of the Rhine Valley. Next is the medieval walled town of Rothenburg, famous for its Christmas ornaments. Follow Luther’s footsteps to Nuremberg and visit the St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, and to Augsburg, where Luther and his followers proclaimed their beliefs. End in Munich and visit Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls. An optional excursion to King Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle and the Passion Play town of Oberammergau is available. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.
BERLINWelcome dinner with wine; guided sightseeing, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial ChurchWITTENBERGGuided walking tour, visit Luther House and Museum and Melanchthon HouseLEIPZIGWalking tour, visit the Thomaskirche and the market squareEISLEBENOrientation, visit Luther’s Birthplace Museum and Death House Museum, St. Andrew and St. Peter & Paul ChurchesERFURTVisit the Augustinian Monastery and the Merchants’ BridgeEISENACHGuided visit of Wartburg Castle; see the Luther and Bach Memorials, Nikolai Gate, and visit Nikolai ChurchCOBURGVisit Coburg FortressWORMSVisit the cathedral, Trinity Church, and the Reformation MonumentRHINE CRUISEMAINZ Visit the Gutenberg MuseumROTHENBURGWalking tour, visit St. Jacob’s ChurchNUREMBERG Walking tour, visit the St. Lorenz Lutheran ChurchAUGSBURG Guided sightseeingMUNICHGuided sightseeing, visit Marienplatz; farewell dinner with wineHeadsets throughout the tour
BERLIN Arcotel John F (F) WITTENBERG Luther Hotel Wittenberg (F)LEIPZIG The Westin Leipzig (SF)ERFURT Radisson Blu (F)MAINZ Hilton Mainz (SF)NUREMBERG NH Nürnberg (F)MUNICH Holiday Inn Munich City Centre (F)
Full buffet breakfast (B); 7 three-course dinners (D), including a welcome dinner in Berlin and a farewell dinner in Munich
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; boat cruise