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May 31 – June 12, 2016 with Optional Extension
Join Dr. and Rebecca Lutzer of The Moody Church on an extraordinary Reformation tour that will explore Christian sites in Germany and Switzerland. As we visit the lands of Martin Luther and the reformers, Dr. Lutzer will not only immerse us in the history, but explain the resulting effects the Reformation had on Christian thought and worship that we still see even today. Dr. Lutzer is a favorite on our Reformation tours! By walking where Luther lived, taught, wrote, and preached, you’ll enhance your understanding of his world, his struggles and his teachings. An award-winning author of many books, including Hitler’s Cross, Dr. Lutzer’s insights into Nazi Germany and the Christian community during Hitler’s reign will give you a fresh perspective to your experience as we travel through Germany.
Accommodations & Pricing
This remarkable opportunity includes the full experience: hotel accommodations (4-star or better); many of your meals; all land transportation by air-conditioned motor coaches; English-speaking, historically authoritative guides; unique worship opportunities; Dr. Lutzer’s experienced leadership and teachings; and even an opportunity to renew your wedding vows in Luther’s own church! The tour operates May 31 to June 12, 2016 with an optional extension to Prague from June 12 to 15, 2016.
The price per person starts at $5,399 per person, double occupancy. The tour includes deluxe, 4-star + hotels, and most meals, many of which are very unique (see itinerary for specifics of 5 lunches and 7 dinners and all breakfasts), and all sightseeing, tips and ground transportation as noted. There is an optional air program from Chicago can be added for only $1,199 per person. The air program includes the round-trip airfare from Chicago and all airport transfers, taxes and fees.
Itinerary at a Glance
|May 31||Depart Chicago (air program offer), or your home city|
|June 1||Arrive in Berlin and transfer to hotel—evening briefing|
|June 2||Berlin—Charlottenburg Place, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Holocaust Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the last piece of the Berlin Wall that is still standing, Pergamon Museum|
|June 3||Berlin—River cruise tour of Berlin, Bebel Square, Nikolai Quarter, afternoon drive to Wittenberg, Wittenberg English Ministry (where Dr. Martin Luther preached and taught)|
|June 4||Castle Church, Luther House, Stadtkirche Church, afternoon drive to Leipzig|
|June 5||Eisleben, Erfurt—Augustinian Monastery|
|June 6||Wartburg Castle (where Martin Luther translated the Bible into German), drive to Nürnberg—St. Sebaldus Cathedral|
|June 7||Zeppelinfeld, drive to Munich—Marienplatz and the Glockenspiel|
|June 8||Berchtesgaden and Eagle’s Nest|
|June 9||Drive to Switzerland—Bavarian and Swiss scenery|
|June 10||Drive to Geneva—Reformer Wall, Lake Geneva|
|June 11||Bern—political capital of Switzerland, tour both the city and farms in the countryside, and Zürich—Fraumünster Cathedral|
|June 12||Fly back to Chicago or home city|
Optional Extension to Prague
|June 12||Fly from Zürich to Prague—free afternoon in the Old City|
|June 13||Strahov Monastery and library, Prague Castle, Golden Lane|
|June 14||Jewish Cemetery, Pinkas Synagogue, Prague downtown, and Bethlehem Chapel, cruise on the Vltava River|
|June 15||Fly back to Chicago or home city|
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Day 1 | Depart Your Home City or Chicago
You may choose our air inclusive package from Chicago, or arrange your own airfare to Berlin today.
Day 2 | Arrival in Berlin
Upon arrival at Berlin’s Tegel Airport, you’ll be transferred by group to our hotel. At 6:00 p.m. join a tour briefing to learn the details about your exciting tour through Germany and Switzerland. At 7:00 p.m. join others for our Welcome Dinner at our Berlin hotel. (D)
Day 3 | Berlin
This full day is dedicated to the sightseeing of downtown Berlin. We pass Charlottenburg Palace and the 200-foot-high Victory Column. A unique church will fascinate you: the famous Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church bombed out in World War II and with parts of the ruins left as a memorial to peace. A new church has been built next to the ruins. We make a photo stop at the famous Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, then move on to Checkpoint Charlie and the last piece of the Berlin Wall still standing.
Lunch will be at the Restaurant Reinhard’s in the heart of the Nikolai Quarter, Berlin’s oldest settlement. You’ll feel as if you are in the Golden Twenties. The restaurant is lovingly decorated with photographs of famous movie and theatre stars such as Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable, and well-known expressionistic and naturalistic pictures of August Macke, Franz Marc, Kandinsky, and Otto Dix.
In the afternoon you might choose to visit the Pergamon Museum (partly closed due to renovations) or enjoy other explorations on your own.
Overnight at our Berlin hotel. (B L)
Day 4 | Berlin – Wittenberg
After breakfast, we continue our tour of the city, including a walk to Bebel Square where the famous burning of the books by the Nazis took place in 1933.
For lunch we board a boat to cruise the rivers and canals of Berlin and see Germany’s capital from a different point of view. We’ll enjoy a lunch buffet on board.
In the afternoon you’ll motor through the countryside to Wittenberg, the birthplace of the Reformation. Here, meet a pastor of the Wittenberg English Ministry and take a special opportunity to worship God in the very churches where Martin Luther preached and taught; hear the Word of God; pray; and sing the hymns of the faith. Dr. Lutzer will preach from the very pulpit from which Martin Luther spoke in the church Stadtkirche St. Marien. Couples who want to do so, may apply to renew of their wedding vows in one of the Wittenberg Churches.
Overnight at our hotel in Wittenberg. (B L)
Day 5 | Wittenberg – Leipzig – Halle
Martin Luther lived and preached for 36 years in Wittenberg. Today we will follow his footsteps down the cobble-stone streets to the Castle Church where he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the doors. We’ll continue on to the Luther House and see the house of Philipp Melanchthon, Luther’s close friend and collaborator in Wittenberg.
Dr. Lutzer will take you on a guided walk through the birthplace of reformation. See the beautiful Stadkirche Church with its marvelous altarpiece made by Lucas Cranach in 1547.
In the afternoon, we drive a short way to Leipzig to visit the famous St. Thomas Church. This is where composer Johann Sebastian Bach lived and worked as a cantor for 27 years. We will also see his grave in the church, and the pulpit from which Martin Luther preached on Whitsunday 1539, to introduce the Reformation to the people of Leipzig.
From there, it’s just a short drive to Halle, where we’ll have dinner together.
We overnight at our Halle hotel. (B D)
Day 6 | Halle-Eisleben-Erfurt
We drive the short distance to Eisleben, the little town where Martin Luther was born and died. We’ll see his birth house, the church where he was baptized (St. Peter & Paul), St. Andrews, and where he delivered his last four sermons.
In the afternoon, we proceed to Erfurt to visit the Augustinian Monastery where Luther joined the Augustinian Order in 1505.
You can sit in the church where he delivered his first sermon after his ordination, and listen to a special organ concert of music by composer Johann S. Bach, played exclusively for our group.
For dinner, enjoy a special event: a Medieval Times banquet in the basement of a building dating back to the 12th century.
Overnight in Erfurt. (B D)
Day 7 | Erfurt-Wartburg-Nurnberg
From Erfurt we arrive at the famous Wartburg Castle. Here Martin Luther translated the Bible into the German language.
In the afternoon, we head west and arrive in Nürnberg where we will see the impressive St. Sebaldus Cathedral and learn about the Coventry Nail Cross.
Tonight we will have a typical Nürnberger bratwurst dinner at the Restaurant Goldenes Posthorn
Overnight at our hotel in Nürnberg. (B D)
Day 8 | Munich
On our way to Munich, we’ll stop at the city limits of to Nürnberg at Zeppelinfeld, where the Nazi Party held their annual rallies and Hitler delivered many of his famous speeches.
We will arrive in Munich, capital of Bavaria, at lunchtime. We’ll enjoy the famous Marienplatz (central square) with the iconic “Glockenspiel” and have some free time to explore the shopping areas and the famous food market, “Viktualienmarkt.” For lunch we will serve you “Bavarian Brotzeit” in a typical Bavarian brauhaus.
In the afternoon, Dr. Lutzer will take you on a Third Reich walking tour through the center of Munich to see where the Nazi movement began and Hitler came to power. Your evening is at your leisure.
Overnight at our Munich hotel. (B L)
Day 9 | Day trip to Eagle’s Nest
We take this whole day to tour Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, including a visit to the Documentation Centre.
Tonight we will have a Bavarian Buffet at our overnight hotel in Munich. (B D)
Day 10 | Drive from Munich to the Lake Geneva Area
After breakfast, we will drive by motor coach to Switzerland, enjoying the Bavarian and Swiss scenery along the way. We’ll stop for lunch (on your own) on our way there.
Dinner and overnight at our hotel in the area of Lake Geneva. (B D)
Day 11 | The Lake Geneva Area
After breakfast, we visit the famous Reformers Wall, in the historic city of Geneva. It features statues of Luther, Theodore Beza, John Calvin, William Farel, John Knox, and other European reformers.
Lunch will be in a restaurant in the medieval part of Geneva below St. Peter’s Cathedral.
In the afternoon, we return to the area of Lake Geneva and have time for leisure by the lake.
Overnight in the area of Lake Geneva. (B L)
Day 12 | Lake Geneva Area – Bern – Zürich
On our way to Zürich, we will stop in Bern, the political capital of Switzerland, for a brief orientation tour of major sites such as Parliament, the house where Einstein lived, and some of the city’s beautiful fountains.
Then we take you out into the countryside to visit a typical Swiss working farm, with buildings several hundred years old. We’ll enjoy a Swiss farm lunch. A proud farmer will take us on a tour through his stables and compare the expertise of “old time” dairy farming with the practices of today.
In the early afternoon, we’ll drive to Zürich to learn about another famous reformer of Switzerland: Ulrich Zwingli. We’ll start our walk in the center of Zürich at his statue which is at the foot of the famous Grossmünster Cathedral. Next we’ll visit the Fraumünster Cathedral, with the famous blue windows created by Marc Chagall. By the River Limmat, we’ll see the place where the Anabaptists were drowned in 1527.
Tonight’s farewell dinner will be unforgettable as you delight in savoring Swiss specialties.
Overnight at our luxurious hotel in Zürich. (B L D)
Day 13 | Zürich Airport Transfers
Transfer to Zürich’s airport and your flights back home. (B)
Optional Extension to Prague
Day 13 | Optional Extension to Prague
While the other guests are flying back to Chicago or their home cities, we are flying together from Zürich to Prague. On arrival, we will be met and transferred to our boutique hotel in the Old City. Dinner this evening and time to enjoy the shops and ambience of the riverside city center.
Day 14 | Prague
After breakfast, we join our guide to tour the Strahov Monastery. We will also take a private tour into its impressive library rooms. We’ll then visit the Prague Castle, take a nice break for lunch, and visit with a professor, finishing the day at the Golden Lane and ending back at our lovely hotel. Dinner this evening together. (B D)
Day 15 | Prague
Day 16 | Prague Airport Transfers
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flights home, with our air program or onward to your home city. (B)
*(B, L, D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Dr. Erwin & Rebecca Lutzer
Since 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.