Twelve Days Exploring the Past and Future of Germany and Switzerland
May 15 –26, 2017 | Berlin to Geneva
Experience 500 years of rich history in the land of the Protestant Reformation. Be immersed in the sights and culture of key European cities, and discover their lasting legacy. Participate in a historic conference in the city of Wittenberg,where it all began, and witness the work of the gospel being carried out across Europe today.
Benedikt Peters – German Theologian, Pastor
Professor Wolfgang Nestvogel – German Theologian, Pastor
Professor John Glass – Swiss Pastor, Church Planter, Missionary to France
Mike Abendroth, Bill Barrick,
Stephen Davey, Phil Johnson,
Aleksey Kolomiytsev, Steve Lawson,
John MacArthur, Martin Manten,
John Street, Paul Washer,
Join Dr. Mark Tatlock, and the array of featured teachers and conference speakers, on an extraordinary tour of the Reformation sites in Germany and Switzerland during the 500-Year Anniversary of Martin Luther’s bold stand for Christ. In addition to the Reformation sites and rich Biblical teachings, you will have an opportunity to meet those who work with TMAI within Europe.
This remarkable opportunity 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. Tatlock’s leadership and teachings. Please arrive in Berlin on or before May 15, and plan on departing Geneva on or after May 26, 2017.
Itinerary at a Glance
|May 15||Arrive Berlin, welcome dinner|
|May 16||Berlin, arrive Wittenberg|
|May 18||Erfurt, overnight Wittenberg|
|May 19||Eisenach, Eisleben, overnight Wittenberg|
|May 21||Leipzig, Nuremberg|
|May 22||Lake Konstanz, Zurich|
|May 24||Bern, Lucerne, Geneva|
|May 26||Flights home from Geneva|
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* B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=Dinner)
|Day||Reformation Tour Details|
|Day 1||Please arrange your airfare so that you arrive in Berlin, at the International Airport (TXL). You will be received by our Living Passages concierge for transport to a 4-star hotel. We have two transfers from the airport, at either 11:00AM or at 1:00PM. You can also take a taxi to the hotel, if you so desire. Guests are pre-keyed into their rooms and we will begin our time at a welcome dinner and first night’s lecture with Dr. Mark Tatlock, and the TMAI faculty. (D)|
|Day 2||Berlin to Wittenberg (May 16)|
After breakfast, explore Berlin and survey the landscape of Christianity in Germany, with commentary from TMAI’s German faculty. View ancient relics from biblical times at the Pergamon Museum, and listen to accounts of Germany’s checkered past at the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and the Jewish Memorial. Later this afternoon, we visit the pastoral training center and gain insight into the work of the gospel in today’s Germany. In the evening, we enjoy a group dinner en-route to Wittenberg. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included (BLD)
|Day 3||Wittenberg (May 17)|
After breakfast, join a telecast of Pastor John MacArthur and the featured conference speakers who will be joining us and over 1000 believers. Prior to the tour, you will be a part of this very special 2017 Reformation Conference organized by The Master’s Academy International, that brings everyone together to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Attend a lecture session of your choice and partake in a private group lunch session with a key conference speaker. In the afternoon, enjoy a chorale concert at the marketplace and spend time in the Lutherhalle (Luther House) Museum where Luther lived first as a monk, then later with his family. View Luther’s personal library, rare manuscripts, and early Bibles. Start the evening with a lecture on Ulrich Zwingli, the Swiss reformer, enjoy your choice of dinner at the food display in the Exerzierhalle or in one of Wittenberg’s charming restaurants. (BL)
|Day 4||Wittenberg – Erfurt (May 18)|
After breakfast, our small, private group will journey to Erfurt and visit the Augustinian monastery where Luther became a monk, see his monastic quarters, enjoy a medieval themed lunch similar to what Luther himself might have eaten. Visit Preacher’s Church, a Gothic-styled church that once housed Erfurt’s largest and most expensive organ, and where Johann Pachelbel served as the church organist for over twenty years. Return to Wittenberg and rejoin the conference attendees for a lecture on John Calvin and an evening message by John MacArthur. (BL)
|Day 5||Wittenberg – Eisenach – Eisleben (May 19)|
After breakfast, our luxury coach takes us to the UNESCO world heritage site, Wartburg Castle in Eisenach . Here Luther was “kidnapped” by his friend and protector, Frederick the Wise and in this season of refuge, Luther completed the translation of the New Testament into German. At nearby Eisleben, where Luther was born and died, visit his boyhood school, and the Luther House Museum. Return to Wittenberg for the evening, where we again can rejoin the conference attendees. (B)
|Day 6||Wittenberg (May 20)|
After breakfast, we start our morning with a stirring message by James White, then journey on foot to Castle Church, where Luther nailed his 95 theses in 1517, igniting the Protestant Reformation. Stand in the pews where Luther preached in St. Mary’s Church, and spend a free afternoon exploring the cobbled streets of Wittenberg. Attend Steve Lawson’s lecture on the life and ministry of John Knox, ending our evening with an inspiring sermon by Paul Washer. (BL)
|Day 7||Wittenberg – Leipzig to Nuremberg (May 21)|
After breakfast, attend morning worship at Castle Church with Steve Lawson preaching. Our luxury coach takes us to Leipzig, site of Martin Luther’s famous debate with Catholic theologian, Johan Eck, and a city rich with musical heritage, home to Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn. Visit St Thomas’ Church where Johann Sebastian Bach served as the music director from 1723 until his death. Enjoy lunch in Leipzig, and we journey on to Nuremberg, a Roman Catholic stronghold that became the first German city to accept Protestantism. (BLD)
|Day 8||Nuremberg – Konstanz to Zurich (May 22)|
Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring metropolitan Nuremberg, which is brimming with malls, museums and authentic, Bavarian cuisine. In the afternoon, we travel through the German countryside by coach to Zurich, passing through the city of Konstanz, where the Czech reformer John Hus was martyred by the Roman Catholic Church. We arrive in Zurich, a city where the reformers Ulrich Zwingli, Theodore Beza, William Farel, and Heinrich Bullinger ministered. Today’s Zurich is home to a vibrant pastoral training center, where the work of the gospel is being continued. You may fellowship with German and Swiss pastors and church-planters over dinner, and gain a deeper appreciation of the work of the ministry in post-reformation Europe. (BD)
|Day 9||Zurich (May 23)|
After breakfast, we journey on foot through the streets of Zwingli’s Protestant stronghold, where he served with distinction as pastor, chaplain and soldier during the reformation. Visit the Grossmünster, a Romanesque-style church where Zwingli ministered and led reforms in the church. Through his leadership, the Swiss people received a Bible translation in their own language. Visit St. Peters Church, the oldest church in Zurich, passing along the way the famed guild houses founded in the mid 1300s. Spend a free afternoon viewing ancient artifacts at the Swiss national museum, or view time-keeping devices at the Beyer watch and clock museum. Enjoy the evening together with a traditional Swiss dinner. (BD
|Day 10||Zurich – Bern – Lucerne – Lausanne to Geneva (May 24)|
We set off for Geneva, passing through the beautiful Swiss countryside and the cities of Bern and Lucerne. Hear the struggles and triumphs of Calvin in this world-famous city, and learn about Calvin’s and Geneva’s impact on John Knox and the Scottish reformation. Enjoy dinner with a scenic view of Lake Geneva near French-speaking Lausanne, a city of refuge for the French Huguenots in the 1700s, and home to a Huguenot seminary where men were trained and sent to minister in underground churches in France. (BLD)
|Day 11||Geneva (May 25)|
We spend the day in Geneva, visiting Calvin’s cathedral and the adjacent auditorium where John Knox ministered to English-speaking refugees. Stand with the heroes of the past at the reformation wall in the University of Geneva, founded in 1559 for pastoral training. See the Protestant work ethic embodied in Swiss watchmaking excellence at the Patek Philippe museum. Witness Geneva’s continued significance on the global stage, passing by the United Nations and the World Trade Organization headquarters. Spend a free afternoon in Rue du Rhone, Geneva’s most famous shopping district. We spend our final evening reflecting on reformation past and considering the vital work of the gospel today at our farewell dinner together. (BD)
|Day 12||Geneva (May 26)|
After breakfast, Living Passages will assist you with pre-arranged transfers (either 6:30AM or 9:30AM) to the Geneva airport for your journey home. (B)
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Mark Tatlock, President of the Master’s Academy International
Dr. Mark Tatlock serves as the president of The Master’s Academy International, professor of missions at The Master’s University & Seminary, and previously served as the executive vice president and provost of The Master’s University. Mark brings 18 years of executive administration experience to TMAI, and has been active in theological training for cross-cultural ministry within urban and international contexts.
About The Master’s Academy International
In 1986 Dr. John MacArthur enthusiastically raised the challenge: “Let’s replicate The Master’s Seminary all over the world.” And so the seeds fell and the ministry of TMAI was established to meet the need for pastoral training all around the globe. In the past decades, 17 training centers have been established on five continents, providing training to thousands of church leaders. TMAI is committed to fulfilling the Great Commission by training indigenous church leaders to be approved pastor-teachers, able to equip their churches to make biblically sound disciples.
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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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1. Through the use of The Word, we trust that once you have returned from your trip, you will have gained a deeper knowledge of the scriptures and the multiple layers of teaching and truths that are inside each.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
2. You can be assured an experience like our previous participants, who have gained an appreciation of how God uses everything for His glory and for the purpose of furthering knowledge and understanding. You will see this as you encounter the geology of the land, the geography where events actually occurred and the archaeology that may (or may not!) still exist. Furthermore, through the remaining people in the land, the practices still in place and demography that have endured.
Colossians 1:20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
3. Further, our assurance is received that through The Word; the teachings you will be exposed will solidify the truth which you and your family have been taught by seeing, touching and hearing the scriptures each day. We assert and firmly believe Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
4. You and your family will experience the oneness of the body of Christ during our trip. Just as Jesus prayed in John 17:21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.