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Reformation Tour 2017 | Explore Switzerland & Germany

Reformation tour 2017 with Countryside Bible Church & Proclaiming the Gospel

May 19 – 30, 2017 with Optional Extension

On this Reformation tour 2017 you will explore Germany and Switzerland as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther. Join Mike and Jane Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministry and Tom Pennington, Pastor of Countryside Bible Church as they lead this once-in-a-lifetime tour full of rich history and breathtaking views. Mike Gendron’s extensive knowledge of Catholicism and the Reformation will equip you to be an effective witness and to contend earnestly for the faith. You will also glean from Pastor Tom Pennington’s expository teachings and learn how to dive into the scriptures and discover the truths just as Martin Luther did those 500 years ago. This exciting tour will take you to the places Martin Luther, John Calvin and other Reformers ministered and give you a biblical perspective of why the Reformation must never be forgotten or reversed. You will garner much wisdom from these gifted speakers that will help you contend earnestly for the faith against the growing ecumenical movement. You may also choose, as an option, to go to Wittenberg a few days early and attend a Reformation Conference hosted by The Master’s Academy International. The price for the Reformation tour 2017 is $5,999 per person from Dallas. Upgrade to business class for an additional $2,750 (due with deposit).



Itinerary at a Glance

May 19Depart Dallas
May 20Arrive Berlin
May 21Berlin, Wittenberg
May 22Wittenberg
May 23Leipzig, Erfurt
May 24Wartburg Castle, Buchenwald
May 25Nuremberg
May 26Neuschwanstein Castle (fairy castle), Lindau
May 27Bern, Gruyere, Lake Geneva
May 28Lake Geneva, John Calvin
May 29Zurich, Zwingli
May 30Return to Dallas

*Pre-Tour Conference option available.

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

DayReformation Tour 2017 Details
May 19Depart Dallas this afternoon.
May 20Arrive in Berlin, transfer to hotel. D
May 21After breakfast we will enjoy a tour past Check Point Charlie, see the remnants of the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate. We arrive Wittenberg late afternoon for our welcome dinner and overnight. (67 miles). BD
May 22All day in Wittenberg, both churches, Luther’s House, service in Luther’s church (in which couples may renew their vows), visit the oak tree where Luther burned the Papal Bull. Nice afternoon to stroll the quaint streets for shopping. Overnight in Wittenberg. BD
May 23Morning drive to Leipzig, visit St. Thomas Church where composer J.S. Bach lived and worked. Stand below the pulpit where Luther preached. On to Eisleben to visit Luther’s birth house, the church where he was baptized, and the church where he held his last sermon. On to Erfurt, where he lived as a monk in the Augustinian Monastery. Enjoy a private organ concert in the monastery. Overnight in Erfurt (122 miles) BD
May 24Day trip from Erfurt to Wartburg Castle, where Luther translated the Bible into German. We return to Erfurt in early afternoon. Time for leisure or join an optional excursion to the Nazi Concentration Camp Buchenwald. Overnight in Erfurt. (86 miles) BD
May 25We get a late start this morning and visit the city of Nuremberg. You will see amazing Soldier’s Field where Hitler created a replica altar of Satan’s throne from Pergamum to receive his applause. Spend a couple of hours in the city center for coffee, shopping and perhaps a Bratwurst. We will leave for quaint Herrshing, where we will have a nice lake cruise and spend the night, lakeside. Total driving today is 3 hours. BD
May 26One hour drive to Neuschwanstein Castle. A four wheel truck will bring us up to the top of the cliff. Inside visit and walk downhill. Lunchtime below the castle. Drive down to Lake Constance, stop on the beautiful island of Lindau. Then cross the border to Switzerland and move on to the pretty little town of Winterthur for overnight. (163 miles) BD
May 27A two hour drive to Bern, capital of Switzerland. Visit the breathtaking cathedral, with the unique entrance showing the figures of Judgement day, carved in 1483. Also see the astronomical clock. We will have a lovely lunch on the way along Gruyeres, a famous little medieval cheese-making town. In the evening arrive at Lake Geneva Area for overnight. (152 miles) BLD
May 28Day tour to Geneva, see United Nations, Red Cross and other international organizations. Visit the famous Reformer Wall and Calvin’s Cathedral. Enjoy some time for leisure in Geneva. In the afternoon, come back to your hotel and have more free time. Overnight again in Lake Geneva Area. (75 miles) BD
May 29Leisurely drive along lakes and through beautiful valleys to Zurich. Visit the Reformer Ulrich Zwingli’s statue and admire the cathedral from which he ruled the town. Also visit Fraumuenster Church, with the famous “Blue Windows” by Marc Chagall. Time for shopping on Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich. Overnight near Zurich Airport. (136 miles) BD
May 30Breakfast at the hotel and then return transfer to the Zurich airport for our flight home. B

Mike & Jane Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel


mike gendron, reformation germany switzerland tour 2017 speaker

For over 34 years, Evangelist Mike Gendron was a devout Roman Catholic and a strong defender of the “one true church.” He was taught from a very early age to trust and rely on the church, its priests, the sacraments and his own good works for salvation. However, in 1981, while attending an evangelical seminar, he realized the Bible is the supreme authority for knowing truth. His new excitement and hunger for the inspired word of God led him to help organize the very first Little Rock Scripture Study, at a Catholic Church in Dallas. Mike soon realized that many of the teachings and traditions of the Catholic religion were not found in the Bible. After more study, he discovered the Roman Catholic plan of salvation was diametrically opposed to the Gospel of grace revealed in the Bible. This led to a crisis of faith. Should he trust Christ and His Word or the teachings and traditions of his religion? He knew he could not believe both. God granted him repentance and he exchanged his religion for a relationship with His all-sufficient Savior.

In 1988 he left a successful career in corporate management to study at Dallas Theological Seminary. Four years later, during his last semester at DTS, Mike and his wife Jane’s love for Catholics inspired them to begin the ministry of Proclaiming the Gospel that would point Catholics to the Lord Jesus Christ as their all sufficient Savior. For 25 years, their hearts have been burdened for those who may be where they were for most of their life eternally condemned and not even aware of it. Mike’s book Preparing for Eternity, which is rich with Scripture, has been effective in leading many Roman Catholics out of spiritual bondage and deception.  Mike has taught in seminaries, churches and conferences all over the world and has produced six Gospel tracts in six different languages. Join Mike and Jane on this Reformation tour 2017.

Pastor Tom & Sheila Pennington

pennington-reformation-tour-2017Tom has served as Pastor-Teacher at Countryside Bible Church since October 2003. Prior to arriving in Texas, he served 16 years at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, including as an elder. He spent his last four years there as Senior Associate Pastor and as personal assistant to John MacArthur. Prior to that, he served as Managing Director of Grace to You, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the international radio, tape, publications, and internet ministry. During those years, he also contributed to the MacArthur Study Bible. Tom’s teaching ministry is featured on The Word Unleashed (www.thewordunleashed.org). In addition to his role at Countryside, he is actively involved internationally in training pastors in expository preaching. Tom and Sheila have three children, Lauren, Katie, and Jessica.  Join Pastor Tom and Sheila on this Reformation tour 2017.

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What an amazing experience you crafted for us! Thank you so much for all you did to plan, troubleshoot, herd and provide an incredible trip for our group! I can’t say enough good about the whole experience.
…now reflecting on amazing trip which more than met expectations! Much appreciation to you and your staff for excellent organization with an eye-for-detail! – looking forward to the next trip.
All I can say is AMAZING…FANTASTIC…UNBELIEVABLE and STUNNING! Every family member said it was our best trip yet, and we have had lots and lots of fantastic trips in the past 20 years!
Thank you – you did a fantastic job – know the Lord was leading you because we met so many wonderful people.
Thanks for a Great Trip! Very meaningful – we gained new spiritual insights.
I love to travel but this tour was the adventure of a lifetime. Everything was first class: the hotels, the food, the guides and the teaching.
I learned a lot, experienced a lot, and created great memories. Great overall experience. Local guides were mostly excellent….knowledgeable and friendly. Rhonda is very helpful and professionally competent in all she does.
Everything ran smoothly. What a lot of logistical planning went into this trip. Greatly appreciated! We will see you again!
I enjoyed this tour so much, that I’d like to do it again sometime, maybe in the Spring season. PS…our group enjoyed each others’ company so much that we are having a reunion party coming up on Monday the 21st!


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