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2017 Reformation Tour in Germany | 500th Year Anniversary

2017 Reformation Tour led by Trans World Radio’s Lauren & June Libby with Dr. Erwin & Rebecca Lutzer

Don’t miss this special 2017 Reformation tour! Join Dr. and Rebecca Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church along with leadership and staff at Trans World Radio, on an extraordinary tour of the Reformation sites in Germany during the 500-Year Anniversary of Martin Luther’s bold stand for Christ. In addition to the German Reformation sites, you will have an opportunity to travel to Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Brno, and more, to see the work that TWR is doing in Europe. It will be an opportunity to see the Reformation sites as a “tourist” and the personal side of our work together to equip and develop the church.

While on the 2017 Reformation tour, Dr. Lutzer will not only immerse us in the history, but explain the resulting effects that the Reformation had on Christian thought and worship that we still see even today. By walking where Luther lived, taught, wrote, and preached, you’ll enhance your understanding of his world, his struggles and his teachings. Joined by Dr. and Rebecca Lutzer are our own, Lauren and June Libby.

This remarkable 2017 Reformation tour includes the full experience: hotel accommodations (4-star or better); many of your meals (some quite memorable!); all land transportation in air-conditioned motor coaches; English-speaking, historically- authoritative guides; unique worship opportunities and Dr. Lutzer’s experienced leadership and teachings. airfare is not included. Request a brochure (to the right) for pricing. Please arrive June 10 prior to 5:30PM, and feel free to depart Frankfurt at the end of the tour anytime on June 19, 2017. We will provide airport transfers for flights departing after 7:30AM on June 19.

 Date

Itinerary at a Glance

June 10 Arrive Vienna, welcome dinner
June 11 Vienna, sightseeing including the Hofburg, Ringstrasse and State Opera
June 12 Bratislava – Old City, lunch at Brno with tour of Spilberk Castle, Prague
June 13 Prague, Old City and Castle tour complex
June 14 Berlin in the evening
June 15 Full day tour of Wittenberg, Berlin overnight
June 16 Eisleben, Erfurt
June 17 Erfurt and Eisenach, Wartburg Castle
June 18 Wetzlar
June 19 Transfers to Frankfurt airport, return home from Frankfurt

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* B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=Dinner)

Day 2017 Reformation Tour Details
June 10 Please arrive in Vienna today anytime. Most flights will arrive between 8:30AM and 1:30PM.  We will offer private transfers to our hotel if you prefer (added cost).  Please try to arrive by 5:30PM if you want to participate in the first night’s dinner together. The old city is a 10minute walk from the hotel.  We look forward to our private welcome dinner with you!  (D)
June 11 Breakfast at the hotel. We are joined this morning by guides who will be with us until we depart Prague for Germany.  At 9:30AM, we have a walking tour of downtown Vienna.  We visit St. Stephans Cathedral, the outside of the Hofburg, Ringstrasse, walking outside of the State Opera House and then finish in a nice walking area where you can enjoy lunch and shopping on your own.  The afternoon is free until we meet together for dinner this evening. Dinner is arranged in a private setting and TWR European leaders will be joining us. (B,D)
June 12 Breakfast at the hotel. We depart Vienna today and will drive to Bratislava for an overview tour of the amazing Old City.  We will be joined by our local TWR staff today to add the local view of the area and our work together.

We have a short drive to Brno, where we will pass through its Old City. We will briefly join the local TWR staff at the Bratislava office for a tour and refreshments. Then, we will have lunch together.  The setting is a lovely local restaurant. We depart the restaurant in time for an overview tour of Brno, the downtown area, Spilberk Castle and environs.  We spend tonight in Prague, a city that will be a highlight for you!

We overnight in Prague’s Old Town for the two nights. We will have dinner this evening in a private setting for our group. You will have time this evening to stroll around the historic center on your own if you like.  (B,L,D)

June 13 Breakfast can be taken at your leisure.  We will depart the hotel for a tour of the Prague Castle complex.  From here we will have a walking tour and visit St. Vitus Church, Golden Lane, Charles Bridge, Bethlehem Chapel and the Old Town area of Prague.  We will have a private lunch today, also.  After the late lunch, guests can enjoy the Old City on their own.

7:30PM, we have a private dinner 2 blocks from the hotel.  Overnight again in Prague.  (B,D)

June 14 Enjoy breakfast again this morning on your own schedule.  We will meet the guides who will be with us for the duration of our time in Germany this morning.  We will depart the hotel and say goodbye to Prague.  We take a scenic route directly to Berlin and visit key points in the city – the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlies and drive past the Holocaust Memorial and “The Wall”.    Prior to arriving in Berlin, we will make a couple stops, including a stop so you can have a casual lunch.  Dinner at the hotel.
June 15 After having a hearty breakfast, we depart Berlin and drive to Wittenberg.  The English Ministry of Wittenberg will welcome us at one of the churches of Wittenberg and we will visit the home that Luther lived in.  A few of the sites today include the church Stadtkirche where Luther nailed the 95 theses and the house of Philipp Melanchthon.  This home is one of the prettiest Renaissance Buildings in Wittenberg. Melanchthon was a German Reformer, collaborator with Martin Luther and the first systematic theologian of the Reformation.  We will stop for lunch together at a traditional Brauhaus restaurant.  Afterwards, we take a short walk outside the center and stop at the famous Luther Oak Tree where Luther is said to have burned the papal bull.  Guests will have some time to enjoy the quaint shops this afternoon on their own.  We will have dinner together this evening again in Berlin. (B,L,D)
June 16 After breakfast at our hotels, we will drive a little over an hour to Eisleben.  This is the little village where Martin Luther was born, baptized and also died. We do an inside visit of the Luther Birth House, which gives us an insight into the lives of his parents and Martin’s very early days.

We will visit the church where he was baptized as well as the church where he preached his last four sermons before he died. Depending on the other groups that may be touring inside the church, Dr. Erwin Lutzer will be able to share more inside.

We have lunch together at the Restaurant Luthersschenke before driving another hour to Erfurt.  Erfurt is a pretty, medieval town and is where Martin Luther lived during the time that he was a monk in the Augustinian Monastery. You will be invited by the music director of the Augustinian Monastery to enjoy a brief concert of clerical music by Johann S. Bach.

Tonight we will have an abundant, medieval dinner at the historic Luther Keller in Erfurt! We spend the next two nights at the Radisson Blu Erfurt; it is in a central location to the quaint meandering shopping streets of Erfurt.  (B,L,D)

June 17 After breakfast, we drive a short distance to Eisenach for a day tour.  Eisenach is the city where Luther lived with the family Cotta during his time at school from 1498 to 1501. This house is a true jewel of architecture and one of the oldest half-timbered houses in Germany.  Afterwards, we travel up to a cliff in the woods where the Wartburg Castle towers over miles of forest and medieval villages. It is here that Frederic the Wise hid Luther from his enemies for several months. Here, Martin Luther was able to translate the New Testament from the Greek language into the German language. What a precious place to see!  In late afternoon, you will arrive back in Erfurt again and enjoy a few hours of leisure in this medieval town.  We will have a wonderful lunch at the castle.   Overnight again at the Radisson Blu in Erfurt.  Dinner is on your own tonight, there is a great walking area with plenty of restaurants.  (B,L)
June 18 After breakfast, we have a two-hour drive to the town of Wetzlar. Upon arrival, we will meet leaders from TWR’s largest partner ERF. We will have a nice, German lunch with the staff and hear first-hand of the work that they are doing. This afternoon you can enjoy some leisure time in the charming historic center. The center of Wetzlar has medieval half-timbered houses with amazing fortification walls. Overnight in Wetzlar at the Michel Hotel. Tonight we will have our farewell dinner together. (B,L,D)
June 19 Depending on your flight time this morning, breakfast is available and then you will be transferred to the Frankfurt airport for your flights back to the U.S. (B)

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Dr. Erwin & Rebecca Lutzer

Christian Cruise with Erwin LutzerSince 1980, Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer has served as Senior Pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. Dr. Lutzer earned his B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law. A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on three radio programs that are heard on more than 1,000 outlets in the United States and around the world:

  • Moody Church Hour—The Moody Church’s Sunday morning worship service;
  • Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943;
  • Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast.

Dr. Lutzer is also an award-winning author of numerous books including: The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent, The King Is Coming, Covering Your Life in Prayer, One Minute After You Die, When a Nation Forgets God, Christ Among Other gods, and Christian Bookseller’s Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. He and his wife Rebecca have co-written the books: Life-Changing Bible Verses You Should Know, and Jesus, Lover of a Woman’s Soul. His speaking engagements outside of The Moody Church include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally including: Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He also leads tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe. Dr. Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren. See Dr. Lutzer’s blog where he gives some Biblical answers to tough questions.

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