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In the Footsteps of Luther
Luther statue in Eisleben
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Tour Dates July 11th - 26th, 2017 (16 days)
Included meals 14 breakfasts, 14 dinners
Tour Host(s) Pastor Dennis & Beth Hendricksen
Pricing from $6,595 CAD
Join us for an exciting journey from Rome to Berlin, travelling to many of the sites that Martin Luther visited during the Reformation. We'll visit the Vatican to see the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Then on to Milan to see its beautiful Duomo and La Scala Opera House and up into Austria for a stop in Innsbruck before entering Germany - where Luther spent most of his days. As 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, what better time to visit the most famous sites related to the life and times of Martin Luther.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Departure Day

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Today we meet our fellow travellers at the airport to board the departure flight, ready to begin a journey filled with new and exciting experiences.

Day 2 - Arrival in Rome

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

This morning we are met at the airport by our guide and driver, and then taken on a short panoramic coach tour of Rome, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS). Afterwards, we check in to our hotel where we will stay for the next three nights.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - Rome Sightseeing

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Coliseum DetailThis morning's tour of ancient Rome includes the Forum; the Colosseum - Rome's greatest amphitheatre and site of deadly gladiator combats; and Circus Maximus - where the chariot races were held. This afternoon's sightseeing includes the Pantheon - built in the second century by Hadrian; the Spanish Steps - made from travertine marble; and the famous Trevi Fountain - don't forget to toss a coin and make a wish! There will also be some time for shopping. Tonight we will go out for a special dinner which will be accompanied by musical entertainment.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Vatican City - Catacombs

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Vatican MuseumA morning tour of the Vatican City (WHS) includes the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel - the ceiling is one of Michelangelo's masterpieces and the highlight of the visit. In the afternoon we tour St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world and Catholicism's most sacred shrine. Admire Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s amazing bronze canopy. Next we see one of the ancient catacombs - an intricate network of passages and chambers hewn from the soft Roman tufa, where early Christians came to bury their dead and pay respect to martyrs.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - To Milan

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Today we travel through central Italy on our way to Milan. Stops along the way will be made to enjoy the scenery and take some pictures. Upon arrival in Milan, we check into our hotel and have some free time to explore before dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Milan Sightseeing

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

During our morning tour of Milan, we view the famous La Scala Opera House and then stop at the Duomo - the world's largest Gothic cathedral. Begun in 1386, it took nearly five centuries to complete. Time permitting, we may see the Baptistry in the basement where Augustine was baptized. The Piazza Mercanti has been the heart of Milan’s trade and business activity since the middle ages. On a short walk we admire the ancient buildings including the Palazzo della Ragione. After lunch, we have some free time to wander through the Historical Centre of this remarkable city and perhaps visit one of the many museums in the area.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Innsbruck - Oberammergau

Monday, July 17th, 2017

We depart Milan today and travel north through the incredible scenery of the Italian Alps. Remarkable vistas surround us and there will be opportunities for photo stops along the way. We travel through the Brenner pass to cross the border into Austria. In the city of Innsbruck we enjoy a short tour including Maria-Theresien Strasse and the famous Golden Roof. Our journey continues to Germany and our destination, the 'Passion Play' village of Oberammergau.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Linderhof Palace - Wies Church

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

This morning we visit the fascinating Linderhof Palace, built by King Ludwig II who was affectionately known as "Mad Ludwig" due to his eccentric behaviour. Each room is exquisitely decorated and the surrounding gardens, fountains and waterfall give us the impression that we are standing in the midst of a fairy tale. Then we visit the Wies Church (WHS), a masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo where the outside of the church is modest in comparison to the splendour of the décor inside. The rest of the afternoon is free to walk around the village of Oberammergau - admire the abundance of local handicrafts on display in the shop windows, or enjoy a hike in the surrounding hills.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Augsburg City Touring

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

We take our leave of the quaint village of Oberammergau today and head for Augsburg - Germany's third oldest city founded by the Romans in 15 BC. Luther stayed at the Carmelite Abbey here while defending his theses for the first time in 1518. We visit St. Anna Church which houses the Luther museum, then we stop to see the historical Rathaus (City Hall), and Golden Tower. This afternoon we have some free time to explore on our own. We could take in the Botanical Gardens and the many beautiful fountains of the city.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Wurzburg - Eisenach

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

This morning we depart Augsburg, travelling north through the German countryside to the heart of Luther Lands, and our hotel in Eisenach. Along the way, we stop in Wurzburg to tour the Bishops’ Residenz (WHS), one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces. After a break for lunch, we carry on to Eisenach where we stay for the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Eisenach Tour

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Today we visit Wartburg Castle (WHS), where under the guise of Junker Jorg, Luther translated the New Testament into German. We will tour the Castle and Luther room to see how he lived during his ten month stay. Next is a visit to Luther House - one of the oldest half-timbered houses in Eisenach. During your free time this afternoon, you may wish to tour St. George's Church - Georgenkirche is a medieval church known for its connection with both Martin Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 - Erfurt - Eisleben - Leipzig

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Martin Luther said that Erfurt is "situated in the best location. It is the perfect place for a city". Today we start with a visit to St Mary's Cathedral (Mariensdom), where on April 3, 1507, Martin Luther was ordained as a priest. Next is the Church of St. Severus, and the Augustinian Monastery where Luther attended university between 1501 and 1505. As we wander through this old city, we visit Kramer Bridge - the longest inhabited bridge and the only one of its kind in Europe. Next we stop in Eisleben (WHS) to tour Luther's birth house (also the house where he died), the new museum near the birth house, and the Church of St. Peter and Paul where he was baptised. We then carry on to Leipzig and our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Leipzig City Tour

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

During our morning tour of Leipzig, we visit the famous St. Thomas Church or Thomaskirche. Luther gave a sermon here in 1539 to introduce Reformation to the people of Leipzig. Also, Johann Sebastian Bach was the choir director between 1723 and 1750. Nearby is the Johann Sebastian Bach Museum with it's beautiful entrance hall and remarkable dome with displays from his life, and information about his musical influence. We also see Pleisenburg Castle, where Luther debated the orthodox theology in 1519. The castle is now home to the Leipzig City Hall.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 - Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Monday, July 24th, 2017

We check out a bit earlier today so that we have the whole day to visit the sites of Wittenberg (WHS). The old town of Wittenberg is a unique open-air museum. We start at Castle Church with its famous Theses door, as well as the grave of Martin Luther. Next is Luther house - the world's largest museum relating to the history of the Reformation, and where he lived for almost 35 years. We then visit the Town Church to see the impressive Cranach Altar. This afternoon is free to explore this wonderful town before meeting for an early dinner. Afterwards, our coach takes us to Berlin and we check in to our final hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 - Berlin Sightseeing

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Brandenburg GateA morning tour of Berlin, (WHS), includes remnants of the famous Berlin Wall, and Check Point Charlie, which came to fame during the Cold War period. We also visit the Berlin Wall Museum which shows documentaries and eye witness interviews as well as many artefacts from years of German division. Our final stop of the day is the Tiergarten to see the victory column - a memorial erected in 1873 to commemorate four Prussian military campaigns. Then its a short walk to visit Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag - the centre of German politics. Afterwards, there should be some free time to explore the city on our own. Tonight we celebrate the conclusion of our journey at a farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 - Return Home

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

We have time to enjoy breakfast, finish any packing and reflect back on the wonderful friends we have made along the way. Then we are taken to the airport for our flight home, where family and friends are waiting to hear about our exciting adventure.

Meals: Breakfast

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  • Dinner with entertainment in Rome

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  • Return economy class airfare
  • Current airline taxes, fuel surcharges and airport fees
  • Superior Tourist class and First class hotels
  • First class motorcoach
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional tour guide
  • Sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Tipping for all included services
  • All foreign taxes
  • Rostad Tours travel gift
  • Comprehensive and personalized tour documentation

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