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Tour Leader Notes:

  • Airline & Flight # TBD
*Appointments not confirmed unless indicated. Tour Leader Notes will not be included in itinerary provided for guests.

Sunday, October 2

Depart the US 


Our spiritual adventure begins as we depart from the U.S. for our long-awaited destination - Germany & Switzerland!


Jewish Cemetery

Tour Leader Notes:

  • Picnic lunch at Reformation Memorial
    (not included in tour cost)
  • Private Service Fulda Cathedral: Subject to availability
  • Overnight at Maritim Hotel
    in Fulda, Germany

Monday, October 3

Worms & Fulda 


HELLO AND WILLKOMMEN!
  • Morning arrival into Frankfurt, Germany - You will be met and introduced to your driver and European Tour Director.

SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Worms, Germany - where Martin Luther defended his thesis to the German Emperor and was declared a heretic by the Edict of Worms
  • St. Peter Cathedral - a majestic Romanesque cathedral which was one of three German Imperial cathedrals on the Rhine River 
  • Jewish Cemetery - the only surviving Jewish cemetery left in Germany
  • Reformation Memorial - a magnificent monument representing the great Reformation leaders
  • Fulda Cathedral - an excellent example of sixteenth century Baroque cathedral architecture
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A private service and time of devotion in the Fulda Cathedral (subject to availability).


Wartburg Castle

Tour Leader Notes:

  • Lunch in Eisenach City Square
    (not included in tour cost)
  • Augustinian Monastery 3:45 PM
  • Overnight at Grand Hotel
    am Dom in Erfurt, Germany

Tuesday, October 4

Wartburg, Eisenach, Erfurt


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Wartburg Castle - the castle where Martin Luther secretly lived after the Edict of Worms and translated the New Testament into the language of the people (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Eisenach, Germany - the city where a young Luther attended school
  • St. George Church - the church where Luther was a choir boy while he studied in Eisenach
  • Luther's House - the house in which Luther lived while studying at Latin school
  • Bach House - a museum dedicated to the life and work of the German composer Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Erfurt, Germany - the city where Luther attended university, became a priest and began teaching 
  • Petersburg Citadel (Overlook) - a large baroque fortress built in the seventeenth century
  • Augustinian Monastery - where Luther lived as a monk between 1505-1512
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

An opportunity to climb the tower and explore one of the best preserved medieval castles in Europe.


Wittenberg

Tour Leader Notes:

  • Bratwurst Lunch near 
    Luther House
  • Castle Church Private
    Service: Subject to availability
  • Organ Performance St. Thomas Church: Subject to availability
  • Overnight at BW Stadtpalais 
    Hotel in Wittenberg, Germany

Wednesday, October 5

Stotternheim, Eisleben, Wittenberg


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Stotternheim, Germany - the city where a lightning bolt struck near Luther and he vowed to become a monk
  • Eisleben, Germany - the town where Luther was born and died
  • Luther Birth House & Museum - the site where Luther was born in 1483
  • St. Peter & Paul Cathedral - the church in which Luther was baptized
  • St. Andrews Church - the church and pulpit where Luther preached his last sermons
  • Luther Death House - the traditional site where Luther died in 1546
  • Wittenberg, Germany - the city known as the "Mother of the Reformation"
  • Black Cloister - where Luther lived while studying and teaching theology at the University of Wittenberg
  • St. Mary's Church - the oldest building in Wittenberg, well known for its unique Reformation-era altar
  • Castle Church - the church where Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses and the location of Luther's grave
  • Leipzig, Germany - home of the famous Leipzig Debate in 1519; a debate including matters such as the existence of purgatory, the sale of indulgences, the need for penance, and the legitimacy of papal authority
  • St. Thomas Church - where Martin Luther preached the implementation of the Reformation and Johan Sebastian Bach worked as choirmaster for almost 30 years.
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A private service and time of devotion in the Castle Church (subject to availability).  A short organ performance in St. Thomas Church (subject to availability).


Torgau

Tour Leader Notes:

  • Lunch in Torgau Town Square
    (not included in tour cost)
  • Dinner at Brauhaus Restaurant
    6:00 PM
  • Overnight at BW Stadtpalais
    Hotel in Wittenberg

Thursday, October 6

Torgau, Wittenberg


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Torgau, Germany - a city which rebelled against the Catholic church during the Reformation and the location for the writing of the authoritative Lutheran statement of faith, the Formula of Concord
  • St. Mary's Church - a parish church where Luther often preached and the burial location of Luther's wife, Katharina Von Bora
  • Torgau Castle & Bear Pits - an early Renaissance castle with a family of brown bears living in the moat
  • Torgau Castle Church - the first Protestant church building where the doctrine of the Reformation was preached
  • WWII Monument - a memorial which commemorates the meeting of US and Soviet forces during WWII in 1945 on Elbe Day
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A free afternoon to explore the quaint city of Wittenberg.


Coburg Castle

Tour Leader Notes:

  • Lunch in Coburg City Center
    (not included in tour cost)
  • Overnight at Hotel am Kurpark
    Spath near Rothenburg, Germany

Friday, October 7

Coburg, The Romantic Road


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Coburg, Germany - the village where Luther lived and wrote as the Imperial Diet convened in Augsburg
  • Coburg Castle - a magnificent castle and museum featuring Luther's room and a collection of medieval armor
  • The Romantic Road - a famous scenic driving route connecting the quaint, medieval villages of southern Germany
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

Watching a film about Martin Luther's life, followed by time for teaching and reflection.


Rothenburg

Tour Leader Notes:

  • Walking Tour 9:00 AM
  • Dinner out in Rothenburg
    (not included in tour cost)
  • Overnight at Hotel am Kurpark
    Spath near Rothenburg, Germany

Saturday, October 8

Rothenburg


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Rothenburg, Germany - a charming Bavarian village known for its picturesque medieval architecture
  • Free afternoon in Rothenburg - a free afternoon to shop and explore the city
  • Augsburg, Germany - where Martin Luther met with Cardinal Thomas Cajetan and refused to recant his positions on indulgences, justification by faith, and the authority of the Pope
  • Fuggerei - the world's oldest social housing complex still in use was built by Jakob Fugger, a man criticized by Martin Luther for selling indulgences
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A guided walking tour through the cobblestone streets of Rothenburg.


Neuschwanstein

Tour Leader Notes:

  • Lunch & Free time in Town Plaza
    (not included in tour cost)
  • Shuttle to Bridge Overlook
  • Overnight at Residence Inn 
    in Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Sunday, October 9

Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Konstanz, Germany - where the Council of Constance took place in 1414 to 1418
  • Hus Museum - a place of reverence to the great Church reformer, Jan Hus, a follower of John Wyclif and a predecessor of Martin Luther
  • Hus Stone - marks the place where Jan Hus was burned at the stake in 1415
  • Rosgarten Museum - houses the "Chronicle of Ulrich Richental", a manuscript that describes and illustrates the events during the Council of Constance
  • Minster of Our Lady Cathedral - where Jan Hus was condemned as a heretic by the Council of Constance in 1415
  • Lindau, Germany - a picturesque town and island on Lake Constance
  • Hohenschwangau, Germany - a village nestled in the Bavarian Alps between two delightful castles
  • Neuschwanstein Castle Overlook - an opulent 19th century Romanesque Revival palace and the inspiration for the Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A scenic drive through Germany's beautiful Bavarian Alps.  Time at leisure in Lindau.


Grossmunster

Tour Leader Notes:

  • Overnight at Jugendstil Hotel
    in Lucerne, Switzerland

Monday, October 10

Einsiedeln, Zurich, Lucerne 


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Einsiedeln, Switzerland - the village where Huldrych Zwingli began to develop and preach his Reformation theology
  • Zurich, Switzerland - the center of Protestantism in Switzerland
  • Fraumunster - a church known for its slender, blue spire and magnificent Chagall stained glass windows 
  • Zwingli Memorial - a statue of Zwingli holding a Bible and a sword, highlighting his patriotic leanings
  • Grossmunster - the church where Zwingli acted as vicar beginning in 1518
  • Lucerne, Switzerland - the only major city in Switzerland to reject the Reformation movement
  • Lion Monument - a stone memorial commemorating the massacre of the Swiss Guards during the French Revolution in 1792
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A stroll across the Munsterbrucke Bridge connecting Fraumunster and Grossmunster churches.


Swiss Alps

Tour Leader Notes:

  • Lunch in City Center
    (not included in tour cost)
  • Gruyere Castle 3:00 PM
  • Overnight at Swissotel Metropole in Geneva, Switzerland

Tuesday, October 11

Brienz, Gruyere


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Brienz, Switzerland - an alpine village known for its woodcarving and cuckoo clock craftsmanship
  • Swiss Alps Overlook - an opportunity for photos of the stunning mountain range spanning Switzerland, Lichtenstein, and Austria
  • Gruyere, Switzerland - a quaint village known for its cheese production
  • Gruyere Castle - a magnificent thirteenth-century medieval castle
  • Interlaken, Switzerland - a picturesque resort town nestled between two alpine lakes
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A scenic drive through the Swiss Alps and free time to explore and shop in Brienz and Gruyere.


Lake Geneva

Tour Leader Notes:

  • Lake Geneva Boat Ride TBD
  • Farewell Dinner at hotel TBD
  • Overnight at Swissotel Metropole in Geneva, Switzerland

Wednesday, October 12

Lake Geneva


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Geneva, Switzerland - known as the "Protestant Rome" since many reformers were based in the city
  • St. Peter's Cathedral - the church where John Calvin preached his Protestant messages for nearly 30 years
  • Maccabee Chapel - a gothic lecture hall built after the start of the Reformation
  • Museum of the Reformation - a museum which showcases the living history of Geneva and the Reformation
  • Reformation Monument - a stone monument honoring significant Reformation individuals, events, and documents 
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A tour of a cheese factory and a scenic boat cruise around Lake Geneva.


Tour Leader Notes:

  • Breakfast on-the-go for early departures

Thursday, October 13

Homeward Bound 


AUF WIEDERSEHEN AND FAREWELL 

With heart-changing memories of our walk in the footsteps of history, we arrive back in the United States.


*Itinerary is subject to change.  To best serve the group, the schedule may be altered or substitutions made at the discretion of Morning Star Tours and/or your Tour Director.