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May 8, Monday: USA - Berlin
May 9, Tuesday: Arrival in Berlin | Berlin - Wittenberg
May 10, Wednesday:
Wittenberg - Halle - Eisleben - Erfurt
- Depart from Port Columbus International Airport, OH destination Berlin, Germany. Meals will be served on board.
May 11, Thursday: Erfurt - Eisenach - Mainz
- Tour Wittenberg, birthplace of the Reformation, where Luther lived.
- Among the sites we will visit is All Saints Castle Church
(its famous door is where Luther nailed his 95 Theses) which contains the graves of Luther and Melanchton.
- Visit the University, Melanchton's House, Luther's House (best Reformation museum in the world) and the Stadtkirche.
- Drive to Halle to see the
University, famous for its role in the history of missions.
- Proceed to Eisleben where Luther was born in 1483 and died in 1546, see St.
Peter and St. Paul's Church and the Luther Monument.
- Dinner and overnight at the Castle Hotel Buehlerhoehe in Erfurt.
May 12, Friday: Mainz - Worms - Heidelberg - Stuttgart
- Tour Erfurt, visit the Predigerkirche where Johann Sebastian Bach was organist.
- View the Kramerbrucke bridge and the Luther Stone.
- Visit the Augustinian Monastery where Luther studied and the
Erfurt Cathedral where he was ordained.
- Travel to Eisenach, Bach's birthplace, to view his house and where Luther went to Latin school.
- Drive to Wartburg Castle in the Thuringian Mountains where Luther hid after being condemned for heresy, and where he completed the translation of the New Testament into German.
- Visit the
Erfurt Cathedral and the Augustinian Monastery where Luther studied.
- Proceed to Wurzburg for dinner and overnight at the Hotel Koenigshof.
May 13, Saturday: Augsburg - Konstanz - Singen
- Visit the Gutenberg Museum, named after the inventor of movable type printing, Johannes Gutenberg.
- Drive to Worms, where Luther challenged the Church with his famous "Here I Stand" and where William Tyndale completed the printing of his New Testament in 1525.
- Visit St. Peter's Church and see the Luther Memorial.
- Drive on to Heidelberg, home of the famous university and stronghold of German Reformed Protestants in the last half of the 16th century where the Heidelberg Catechism was produced in 1563.
- From there we continue on to the Mercure Hotel in Stuttgart for dinner and overnight.
May 14, Sunday: Stein am Rhein - Zurich - Zollikon - Lucerne
- Drive to Augsburg, with its cathedral dating from 994, its Renaissance-style Town Hall, and St. Anne's Church where Luther met the papal
legate in 1518 and visit other significant Reformation sites.
- Continue West to Konstanz a resort town on the border of Germany and Switzerland where in 1415 John Hus was executed
and many historians date the beginning of the Reformation.
- End the day in Singen for dinner and overnight at the
Best Western Hotel Lamm.
May 15, Monday: Bern - Interlaken - Montreux - Geneva
May 16, Tuesday: Geneva
- Enter Switzerland and drive to Stein
am Rhein, known for decorative frescoes, including a mural of Zwingli, the most influential Swiss Reformer.
- We travel on to Zurich, Switzerland's largest city and Zwingli's home.
- Visit the Grossmuenster Cathedral, and other Reformation related sites.
- Visit Zwingli's house and study.
- Visit the
Fraumunster Church to see the large stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall.
- Visit the home of Conrad Grebel, and the site of Felix Manz's execution.
- Travel to Zollikon where the first Anabaptist baptisms took place.
- Drive to Lucerne, situated on Lake Lucerne with splendid views of Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi.
- Visit the Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument, Old Towne and the Spreuer Bridge.
- Continue on to Biel for dinner and overnight at the
Mercure Plaza Hotel.
- Tour Geneva surrounded by Alpine peaks and the Jura mountains.
- Visit St. Pierre's Cathedral where John Calvin taught.
- Visit Calvin's residence and the Reformation Monument.
- Dinner and overnight at the
NH Rex Hotel.
May 17, Wednesday: Geneva - USA
- After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the United States. Additional meals served on board.