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Germany: Luther, Bach and the Beatles
Wartburg Castle, Eisenach
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Tour Dates October 21st - November 4th, 2017 (15 days)
Included meals 13 breakfasts, 13 dinners
Tour Host(s) Pastor Laura & Phil Holck
Pricing from $5,495 CAD
Join us as we follow the journeys of the great Martin Luther. This is an opportunity to get to know him, the places and the time in which he lived. We'll travel through one of the most interesting cultural landscapes in German and European history. We'll visit the Lutheran towns of Wittenberg and Eisleben as well as Eisenach and Erfurt, which together are home to the most important Luther sites. We also explore Leipzig where Johann Sabastian Bach was the cantor for 27 years, and the town of Halle where Georg Friedrich Handel was born and where the original Death Mask of Martin Luther sits in the Market Church. We also visit the largest "Beatles" museum in the world, the band that made an impression on an entire generation.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Departure Day

Saturday, October 21st, 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 - Travel to Eisenach

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Wartburg Castle, EisenachUpon arrival in Frankfurt, we are met by our guide and board our coach for the ride out to Eisenach. We will make a stop along the way for a lunch break, and then enjoy the scenery on a relaxing ride through the countryside. Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel, and have some free time to wander or freshen up before dinner.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - Touring Eisenach

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Wartburg Castle, EisenachToday we'll tour Eisenach, where Martin Luther attended school as a child and later hid disguised as "Junker Jorg" in Wartburg Castle for ten months after the Diet of Worms. During this time he translated the New Testament into German, a translation that helped to shape the modern German language. Highlights of our tour include Luther House, the Wartburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS), and Bach House to learn more about the life of Johann Sebastian Bach. We will also have a short stop to visit Georgenkirche, the main church in the center of Eisenach and where Martin Luther preached during the Reformation, which makes it one of the oldest Protestant churches. Johann Sebastian Bach was also baptized in this church.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Erfurt - Weimar

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Kramer Bridge, ErfurtThis morning we take our leave of Eisenach and head towards Weimar by way of Erfurt. We tour Erfurt where Luther attended university and joined the Augustinian monastery. Our city tour will feature the monastery, the cathedral where Luther was ordained, and the Severikirche next door to the cathedral. We will also see the Kramer Bridge - the longest inhabited bridge in Europe, and wander the Medieval city centre. Luther said of the location of Erfurt that it "is the perfect place for a city". After our time in Erfurt, we re-board our coach and head on a short ride to Weimar, and our hotel for the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Weimar - Buchenwald

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Beautiful GardensWe start our day with a tour of Weimar, where we will visit the Palace museum to see the Lucas Cranach Gallery. Next we visit Goethehaus, where the poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe lived for 50 years. After a break for lunch, we will board our coach for a short ride to visit the Buchenwald concentration camp, which the Nazis established in 1937, only eight kilometres from Weimar city centre. After our visit we return to Weimar and have some free time to wander through the Weimar City Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Jena - Leipzig

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Leaving Weimar this morning, we will make our way towards Leipzig. We will make a stop in the city of Jena, where we visit the Marketplace, which probably is the nicest place to stand in all of Jena. From here you can see the Jen-Tower and Stadtkirche peeking out from behind the oddly colourful buildings of the square. Next we visit the Gothic St Michael town church, built between 1380 and 1442. Inside there is the bronze tombstone of Martin Luther, who preached in this church 1524 and 1529. After a break for lunch, it's back on the coach and off to Leipzig and our hotel for the next four nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Dresden City Tour

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Holy Trinity ChurchToday we drive to visit the City of Dresden on the Elbe river. Although most of the city was completely destroyed during WWII, it has been painstakingly rebuilt to its former splendour. Our first stop is to visit Zwinger Palace, famous around the world for its beautiful baroque architecture. It was built in 1709 during the reign of Augustus the Strong. The remarkable sculptures adorning the gallery walls are by various artists and help make this one of the main attractions in Saxony's regional capital. Our next stop, and the signature landmark of Dresden is the Frauenkirche, the Church of Our Lady. It is one of the most talked about German buildings in the recent past. Destroyed in the war, it was finally reopened in 2005. We will attend an organ recital, and then enjoy a tour of the church. We then visit the beautiful Bruhlshe Terrassen. Nicknamed "The Balcony of Europe", the terrace stretches high above the shore of the river Elbe.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Halle - Eisleben

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Luther statue in EislebenWe travel a short distance west this morning and stop in Halle to visit the Market Church which owns the original death-mask of Martin Luther. The Marktkirche, with its four towers, is the landmark symbol of the city. Georg Friedrich Händel was born here and it was here that he took up his first post as a church musician. We will visit the museum in Händel’s house of birth. And for something completely different, we will also visit the Beatles museum in the Saale Stadthalle. After lunch, we continue on to Eisleben (WHS), and visit the houses where Luther was born in November,1483, and where he died 62 years later in 1545. We also visit St. Andrew's Church where Luther preached his last sermon.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Leipzig

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

This morning we all have the opportunity to attend worship at St Thomas church in Leipzig. It was here in 1539 that Martin Luther preached the implementation of the Reformation. In this church, Johann Sebastian Bach was the church cantor for 27 years, and his remains are interred here. For the last 800 years, the St. Thomas Boys Choir has also been singing here. After the service we will make a stop at St. Nikolaikirche, which has long been one of the most famous in Leipzig, and rose to national fame in 1989 with the Monday Demonstrations when it became the centre of peaceful revolt against communist rule. The rest of the afternoon is free for us to wander Leipzig on our own. Visit the "Napoleon Monument to the Battle of Nations" or the Gewandhaus Theatre, or just relax.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Wittenberg

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Wittenburg Market SquareToday we have a bit more relaxed start to the day as we check out of our hotel and depart to Wittenberg (WHS). Upon arrival, we will first visit Lutherhalle. Originally built in 1504 as part of the University of Wittenberg, the building was the home of Martin Luther for most of his adult life and a significant location in the history of the Protestant Reformation. Luther was living here when he wrote his 95 Theses. Next we'll visit the Castle church, or Schlosskirche where Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of this church. The Old Town of Wittenberg is a unique open-air museum which lets us experience important aspects of world history. We have some free time so we may wish to see Luther's Oak tree, or even the Stadtkirche where Martin Luther preached many sermons, and where he and Katharina von Bora were married.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Wittenberg

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Today is the actual date of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, so what better date to be in Wittenberg. A free day is planned to take in the many Reformation events that are planned for this day. You should also visit many of the other sites in Wittenberg, such as Melanchthon's house, the Market square and Luther Memorial, and Cranach's house.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 - Potsdam - Berlin

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Sanssouci Palace AerialWe leave Wittenberg with fond memories of life during the time of Luther, and all he did to change the way of the church. This morning we travel to Potsdam to visit Sanssouci Palace and its spectacular gardens. This was the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. After time for lunch, we make a stop at Schloss Cecilienhof where Churchill, Truman and Stalin wrote world history and discussed how to partition Germany. We continue to Berlin crossing the original ’Bridge of Spies’ - the actual bridge over the river Havel which was the border between East and West during Germany’s division. Later we arrive in Berlin and check-in to our hotel for the next 3 nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Berlin Sightseeing

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Brandenburg GateOur tour of Berlin today starts with a visit to the famous Brandenburg Gate, and then we take a short walk to visit the Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe. Just a short distance away we see the Reichstag - the centre of German Politics, and then walk through the Tiergarten Park to view the Siegessaule or Victory Column. Our afternoon is free for souvenir shopping that needs to be done, explore Berlin on our own or just relax at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 - Berlin Tour

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Museum IslandOur exploration this morning takes us through the sites connected to events during the Cold War, when Berlin was divided into four sectors, the three 'West-Berlin' sectors being surrounded by the communistic German Democratic Republic. We will see original and untouched remnants of the Berlin Wall and visit the site where the famous border crossing Checkpoint Charlie used to be. We'll also visit the Berlin Wall Memorial to see the documentaries and eyewitness interviews. Our last stop today is to Museum Island, home to five of the world's great museums. Here you have time to visit the museum of your choice. This evening we toast the success of our journey through the Lands of Luther at a farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 - Return Home

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Today we are taken to the airport for our flight home, full of a greater appreciation of the people and events that created the Protestant faiths.

Meals: Breakfast

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Special Inclusions

  • Organ recital in Dresden
  • Beatles Museum in Halle
  • Visit Wittenberg on 500th Anniversary
  • Visit Three National Exhibitions for Reformation

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  • Return economy class airfare
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  • 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
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