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Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me. Amen (Martin Luther). We are in for an unforgettable experience as we follow the footsteps of a man who changed the course of the world. Not only did Martin Luther’s courage and convictions initiate the Protestant Reformation, but his translation of the Bible into the language of his people impacted German culture, his hymns influenced the development of singing in churches throughout the world, and his cherished union with Katharina von Bora (My Katie is in all things so obliging and pleasing to me that I would not exchange my poverty for the riches of Croesus.) set a model for the practice of clerical marriage. As we pilgrimage through Germany, through the great cities and beautiful countryside of Luther’s world, we will gain a deeper understanding and keener appreciation of his exemplary life, and will come away with a desire to live our own lives more courageously and purposefully.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Depart via scheduled air service. The destination is Berlin, Germany

Day 2: Berlin Arrive in Berlin Meet your Faith Journeys Tour Manager who will assist the group to an awaiting chartered motorcoach for a transfer to the hotel Enjoy a 1-hr orientation cruise along the Spree River Late-afternoon hotel check-in Evening Welcome Dinner and overnight

Day 3: Berlin Breakfast at the hotel Visit East Berlin to stroll along its famous Unter den Linden Strasse (an iconic boulevard which once led to the palace of the Prussian monarchs), the Russian War Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate, and German Historical Museum Lunch, on own See what remains of “the Wall” and Checkpoint Charlie as we pass into the western sector to experience Kurfurstendamm Strasse, home to some of Berlin’s most luxurious stores. Visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and enjoy some time at leisure for shopping or additional sightseeing Evening dinner and overnight

Day 4: Juterbog / Wittenberg Breakfast at the hotel Transfer to Wittenberg via Juterbog to visit Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas’ Church from the 14th century), remarkable for its three fine aisles and well-preserved coffer of Johann Tetzel Continue to Wittenberg Visit Schlosskirche (Castle Church) where Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses, sparking the reformation. Also visit City Church (a twin-towered Gothic church in which Luther preached during the Reformation, was married, and baptized his six children Lunch, on own Explore Luther’s well-preserved house where he and his family lived (it contains many Reformation relics, including Luther’s desk, his pulpit, and first editions of his books) and the Renaissance mansion of Philip Melanchthon Evening dinner and overnight

Day 5: Torgau / Leipzig Breakfast at the hotel Transfer to Leipzig via Torgau, a town on the banks of the Elbe, and visit the early Renaissance Hartenfels Castle which dominates the town. Torgau’s chapel was built in 1544 and consecrated by Martin Luther. Also visit St. Mary’s Church, where Katharina von Bora, Luther’s beloved wife is buried Lunch, on own Continue to Leipzig where we can see Altes Rathaus and visit St. Nicholas Church and St. Thomas Church where Martin Luther preached. Bach’s 12 children and infant Richard Wagner were baptized in St. Thomas Church, and both Mozart and Mendelssohn performed here Visit the Bach Museum Evening dinner and overnight

Day 6: Eisleben Breakfast at the hotel Enjoy and Excursion to Eisleben. Martin Luther was born and died in the small city of Eisleben (Luther had a special affection for this city now officially known as “Luther-City Eisleben” Lutherstadt Eisleben). During our tour, we’ll have the honor of visiting Luther’s birth house which is now a well-preserved museum Lunch, on own Visit the Church of St. Peter and Paul (also known as the Taufkirche or “baptism church”), where Martin Luther was baptized. The remains of the original baptismal font can still be seen inside the church. Also visit St. Andrew’s Church, where Luther preached his last sermon Visit Halle, where we will visit the Bible Institution of Castein (subject to availability), known as the authority for revision of Luther’s Bibles, or the Market Church, including the Marian Library. Return to Leipzig for evening dinner and overnight

Day 7: Erfurt Breakfast at the hotel Transfer to Erfurt, nicknamed “Thuringian Rome” because of its many churches, chapels, and monasteries Enjoy a walking tour through this richly beautiful, medieval city, to explore the Augustinian Monastery and see a Luther Exhibition showing restored monastic cells as they might have looked in Luther’s time Lunch, on own See where Luther was ordained at St. Mary’s Cathedral, an impressive Gothic cathedral perched on a hillside and containing some art masterpieces including the world’s largest medieval free-swinging bell and a small altar of The Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Barbara by Lucas Cranach Evening dinner and overnight

Day 8: Eisenach / Wartburg Castle Breakfast at the hotel Transfer to Mainz via Eisenach and Wartburg Castle Visit one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Germany, Wartburg Castle, which looms over the city of Eisenach and is the site where Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German. At the castle, visit a museum that contains Reformation artifacts, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and tapestries. A private worship service may be organized in the chapel of Wartburg Castle Lunch, on own Visit Eisenach, the childhood home of Martin Luther and the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach. We will visit the Bachhaus museum which is dedicated to Bach’s life and work. Also visit Lutherhaus, one of the oldest and picturesque buildings remaining in Eisenach and now a museum. We will also have time to explore the Marktplatz and visit the Georgenkirche, where Bach was baptized. Continue to Mainz for evening dinner and overnight

Day 9: Mainz / Worms Breakfast at the hotel Visit the Gutenberg Museum, one of the oldest museums of printing in the world and located opposite the Cathedral of Mainz, a 1000-year-old Roman Catholic Cathedral. Lunch, on own Travel a short distance to Worms, an ancient city whose roots trace back to one of the earliest civilizations in the area. Here Martin Luther arrived when he was called to appear before the Imperial Diet. After refusing to retract his views, Luther was declared an outlaw. See the large monument to Luther and other giants of the Reformation in the city. We will also see the majestically Romanesque St. Peter’s Cathedral, which for nearly 100 years, has towered above all the other ancient buildings in the city. We will also visit the Church of the Holy Trinity to commemorate the Lutheran Reformation. Return to Mainz for Farewell Dinner and overnight

Day 10 Depart for home Breakfast at the hotel Transfer to Frankfurt’s airport for return flight

A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a rare and privileged event. Every person of faith should make such a trip a priority in one's life. However, great care is needed to make sure the experience reflects the intent of the traveler. Without careful planning, advanced preparation and attention to details while in the Holy Land, the pilgrimage can fall short of expectations. Faith Journey's is a trusted, experienced partner who can make sure your journey is a critical step towards a deeper communion with Our Savior and his people.
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