Luther’s footsteps – Germany

Luther’s footsteps – Germany

In combination with the world famous Passion Play 2020 in Oberammergau

  • City tour & welcome dinner in Berlin
  • Detailed visit of Lutherstadt Wittenberg
  • Luther's birth house & death house in Eisleben
  • Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt
  • Wartburg & Veste Coburg
  • Former concentration camp Dachau and city tour in Munich
  • Neuschwanstein Castle

500 years ago the monk and priest Martin Luther published his 95 theses. He wanted to guide his church back to the evangelical road. This was the birth of the reformation. Come and see the places where Luther lived, worked, hid, stood against the pope, and died. In addition to Luther’s footsteps you explore Berlin, the old and the new capital of Germany. You’re confronted with the painful recent history at the former concentration camp in Dachau, where the inhuman system of the Nazis is reflected. After a tour in Munich, the secret capital of Germany, you enjoy a dream come true: the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein. Finally you experience the world famous Passion Play in Oberammergau!

Day 1   Arrival in Germany, visit of Berlin

After arrival at Berlin airport, you will be met by your tour escort who will take you to your coach. Now you will tour Berlin, the capital of the reunified Germany. The guided tour includes all the important highlights like the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag (seat of the Parliament) and its cupola, the Nikolai Quarter, the impressive boulevard  “Unter den Linden”, the Museum Island, the Gendarmen-Market, the Alexanderplatz and Check-Point Charlie. Depending on your arrival time you will have the opportunity to enjoy the city on your own after the tour. In the evening the group will come together for a welcome dinner. Overnight stay in Berlin.

Day 2   Wittenberg, Torgau

After an early breakfast, you will depart for Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Thinking of Luther Wittenberg is one of the most important cities as he is said to have nailed his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church. You will visit the Luther House, the town hall, the old city and the Town and Parish Church St. Marien, the oldest building in Wittenberg.  After a quick lunch you will proceed to Torgau that is well known for the Hartenfels Castle. A local tour guide will show you the Castle, the Castle Church, the old Market Place, the oldest pharmacy and the oldest toyshop of Germany, the Town Church of St Mary’s where Luther used to preach regularly and the death house of Katharina Luther. Dinner and overnight stay in Torgau.

Day 3   Leipzig, Eisleben, Erfurt

In the morning you drive to Leipzig and tour the city by bus and then on foot. You will get to know the important sights of the city: the Gewandhaus Concert Hall, the Opera House, the Moritzbastei, the Goethe Memorial, the Naschmarkt, the St. Nicolaus Church and the St. Thomas Church. Afterwards you proceed to Eisleben where Luther was born in 1483 and where he died in 1546. You will visit the birth house as well as the death house and some other sights in downtown Eisleben such as the Church of St. Peter and Paul, St. Andrew’s Church, St. Anne’s Church and the Old Town with its charming historical houses. Late afternoon you drive to Erfurt. Dinner and overnight stay in Erfurt.

Day 4   Buchenwald, Weimar, Erfurt

After breakfast a short drive brings you to Buchenwald. It was one of the first and largest of the Nazi concentration camps in Germany. Following the visit to the camp you continue to Weimar. Luther visited Weimar at least 12 times and preached in the Town Church St. Peter and Paul where you can still find the pulpit on which he declared his theses. After a guided tour around the city you can enjoy some spare time. For dinner and overnight stay you return to Erfurt.

Day 5   Erfurt, Eisenach

This day will start with a guided walk through the Old City. Discover the Merchants‘ Bridge (Krämerbrücke), the longest series of inhabited buildings on a bridge in Europe, the Fish Market, the Town Hall, the Merchant’s Church, the Luther Memorial and the Anger (central square of the city). Also explore St. Mary’s Cathedral. Erfurt played an important role in Luther’s life as it was there that he decided to become a monk. You will visit the Augustinian Monastery with its dome and stained-glass window choir. The tour will also take you to the cell where Luther lived during his stay in the monastery. Then you will progress to Wartburg Castle in Eisenach. There Luther translated the New Testament from Greek into German. Nowadays you can visit the cell where he lived and worked. Dinner and overnight stay in Eisenach.

Day 6   Eisenach, Coburg

Your local guide will show you all the “must sees” of Eisenach city, including the Luther-House, and St. Georg’s Church, where J.S. Bach was baptized and St. Elisabeth was married. Afterwards you will continue to Coburg. The Veste Coburg is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval castle complexes of Germany. During the Augsburg Confession (1530) Luther took refuge and lived there for six months. After exploring the fortress you will visit the Historical City. Dinner and overnight stay in Coburg.

Day 7   Speyer, Worms

Today your first stop will be Speyer. In this old and fascinating city you will explore Speyer Cathedral (officially the Imperial Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption and St Stephen), the biggest Romanesque Church of Europe, the Luther Memorial and other highlights. You will visit the Mikvah too, the oldest Jewish ritual bath in Europe, and the ruins of the Synagogue, built within the 12th Century. Afterwards you continue to Worms. The place belongs to the “Cities of Luther” and is Germany’s oldest cities on the Rhine. As Luther refused to take back his 95 theses the Imperial Diet in the year 1521 ended with the Edict of Worms in which Martin Luther was declared a heretic. St. Peter’s Cathedral is one of the three Imperial Cathedrals in Germany and one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Germany. Touring the City you will see the Church of the Holy Trinity, the oldest Jewish Cemetery of Europe and the world’s largest Memorial to the Reformation. Dinner and overnight stay in Worms.

Day 8   Mainz, Rüdesheim

After breakfast you head to Mainz. A guided tour will let you discover this city. You will see the third Imperial Cathedral of Germany: St. Martin’s Cathedral. Other highlights are the Old Town, the Roman Temple, the Royal Palace and the gothic Church St. Stephan’s with its blue stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall. Afterwards you will visit the Gutenberg Museum, the birthplace of printing. Heart of the exhibition are two copies of the world-famous 42-line Gutenberg Bible which are displayed in a special strongroom. You will now enjoy the guided tour “Myth Rhine Romanticism” by passing the highlights of Rüdesheim and Bingen. Besides you will learn something about the wine production and the legends that are entwining the Rhine. Further you will visit the Museum of Bingen and the Rhein-Nahe-Eck and of course you will explore the Old Cities including the Drosselgasse, the heart of Rüdesheim. The tour will be concluded in a relaxed atmosphere with a glas of wine and a lye pretzel. Dinner and overnight stay in Rüdesheim.

Day 9   Loreley, Heidelberg, Bretten

After breakfast, first of all you enter a boat for a cruise on the Rhine. You will be excited watching the picturesque landscape, impressive castles and ruines, bold cliffs covered with vineyards and quaint small towns on the Rhine while following this majestic waterway by boat. After arriving at the Loreley you will continue by coach to Heidelberg located on the Neckar. The Heidelberg Mountain Railway takes you up to the Heidelberg Castle. There you will see the castle itself, the Castle Garden, the Castle Church, the Pharmacy Museum and the Big Historical Barrel. Then you will have a walk through the charming city, the oldest university town of Germany, including the famous Stone Bridge over the River Neckar and the Church of the Holy Ghost. The last stop of the day is Bretten in order to have dinner and the overnight stay.

Day 10   Bretten, Augsburg, Oberammergau

After the visit to the Melanchthon-House in Bretten you drive to Augsburg. It was here in 1518 at St. Anna’s Church that Luther met the papal legate, Cardinal Cajetan, who demanded that Luther submit to the pope. Augsburg was also the site of the Imperial Diet in 1530 at which Protestants argued their commitment to their confession. In the town hall, the Peace of Augsburg was signed in 1555, ending the religious wars in Germany between the Catholics and the Protestants at least for some time. After the lunch break and the city tour you continue to a small, pitoresque village in the Alps which is known all over the world. Oberammergau, the “Passion Play Village with Heart” is about 1.5 hours driving time away from Augsburg. You will check-in at your hotel. Have a look at the information about the Passion Play which you will find in your room.

Day 11   The Play

Oberammergau is not only known for its Passion Play , but also for its woodcarving craft and for its colourful and attractive frescos know as Lüftlmalereien. In the morning you can explore the lovely village, the museum, the parish church and visit a woodcarving workshop. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Then it is time to take your seat at the Passion Play Theater. The play starts at 2:30 pm. It is performed only by locals. All the actors, musicians, and singers as well as the backstage staff are inhabitants of Oberammergau. Between the different scenes of the life of Jesus Christ you can admire “living pictures” – scenes from the bible are presented as still lifes by actual people. After 2.5 hours it is time for a break. Dinner is waiting for you in a restaurant. After dinner you have the opportunity to stroll around the village and to do some shopping. At 8:00 pm the second part of the play starts. It will last until approximately 11:00 pm. You return to your hotel by coach after the play.

Day 12   Travel Day

Today it is time to say “Goodbye Germany”. After check out transfer to Munich airport and flight back home.

Services included

  • Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach for all transfers, touring, and sightseeing – from Berlin airport to Munich airport
  • English speaking tour escort – from airport to airport
  • 9 overnight stays in hotels of the chosen category (1 in Berlin, 1 in Eisleben, 1 in Torgau, 2 in Erfurt, 1 in Eisenach, 1 in Coburg, 1 in Worms, 1 in Rüdeheim, 1 in Bretten)
  • 2 overnight stays in the Oberammergau region in category C (accommodation for greater demands = 3-star) – supplement for category B (accommodation for high de-mands = 4-star): 199.00 $ per person
  • Accommodation in double rooms with bath en suite
  • Daily breakfast buffet at the hotels
  • 11 dinners at the hotels (either menue or buffet) or at local restaurants
  • Lunch on the day of the Passion Play at a restaurant in Oberammergau
  • Luggage service at the hotels (where available)
  • Local English speaking guides (2 guides in each place for a group larger than 30 persons) for 4 hours in Berlin, in Wittenberg, and in Erfurt (including Augustine monastery); for 3 hours in Leipzig, in Eisleben, in Buchenwald, in Speyer, and in Augsburg; for 2.5 hours in Eisenach; for 2 hours in Torgau, in Weimar, in Worms, in Mainz, and in Heidelberg; for 1 hour in Rüdesheim
  • Entrance fees for: Dom (Berlin); Melanchthon House, Luther Hall, Castle Church and St. Mary’s Town Church (Wittenberg); Katharina's Death house and town church (Torgau); Luther’s Birth and Death House, St. Peter-Paul Church, St. Andrew’s Church and St. Anne’s Church (Eisleben); Concentration Camp Buchenwald; Augustine monastery (Erfurt); Wartburg (tour included), Luther House and Bach Museum (short concert included) (Eisenach); Veste Coburg (tour included); Crypta Cathedral (Speyer), Gutenberg Museum (audio guide included); Castle (Heidelberg); Melanchthon House (tour included) (Bretten)
  • Wine tasting in Rüdesheim
  • Cruise on the river Rhine (from Rüdesheim to St. Goar
  • Mountain Railway to Heidelberg Castle
  • Headphone-system during the whole tour
  • Ticket to the Passion Play in category 2 – supplement for category 1: 43.00 $ per person
  • Program booklet of the Passion Play including the text of the play (in English)
  • All visitor and city taxes

Services not included

  • Drinks during the meals
  • Lunches, not mentioned in the program
  • Tips to guides, coach driver and hotel staff (we recommend 9,- € per day and guest)
  • Travel insurances
  • Personal expenses

Dates

Passion Play 2020
20.05. - 04.10.2020
available

Estimated rates per person for 2020

Preise
3-star hotels
4-star hotels
20 - 24 full paying guests
3-star hotels2.925,00 US$
4-star hotels3.099,00 US$
25 - 29 full paying guests
3-star hotels2.713,00 US$
4-star hotels2.881,00 US$
30 - 34 full paying guests
3-star hotels2.572,00 US$
4-star hotels2.736,00 US$
35 - 39 full paying guests
3-star hotels2.558,00 US$
4-star hotels2.718,00 US$
40 - 44 full paying guests
3-star hotels2.471,00 US$
4-star hotels2.629,00 US$
45 - 49 full paying guests
3-star hotels2.404,00 US$
4-star hotels2.560,00 US$

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We offer one person free of charge for the whole package, accommodated in a single room.
 

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