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European Reformation 2018

Available Dates in 2018

23 September - 2 October | 7 - 16 October

 

Walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther on this Germany vacation highlighting the European Reformation. You'll overnight in Berlin, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Erfurt, Mainz, Nuremberg, and Munich, and you'll visit Eisleben, Eisenach, Coburg, Worms, Rothenburg, Augsburg, and Oberammergau along the way. On this faith-based tour, you’ll visit many of the sites important in Luther's life. In Wittenberg, visit St. Mary's Church, where Luther preached reform, got married, and baptized his six children. Also visit the renaissance-style Melanchthon House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1536 and gifted to Philipp Melanchthon, Luther's closest friend. In Eisleben, visit Luther's birth house and death house museums, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites; St. Peter & Paul Church, where Luther was baptized; and St. Andrew's Church, where Luther preached his last sermon in 1546.

Visit the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt, where Luther lived as a monk, and Coburg Fortress in Coburg, where Luther was protected during the Imperial Diet of Augsburg in 1530. In Eisenach, visit the house where Luther lived; Wartburg Castle, where he lived in disguise as "Knight George;" and St. George's Church, where he was a choir boy and later preached. In Worms, visit the Reformation Monument and the cathedral where Luther presented his case. In Augsburg, guided sightseeing shows you the city where Luther and his followers proclaimed their faith. These are just some of the many highlights included on this faith-based, Germany tour. You'll not only see these amazing sites, but you'll also be accompanied by others desiring an inspirational journey and a Tour Director committed to bringing you these inspiring places.

It's a vacation you can believe in and one sure to leave you with many memories of a lifetime!

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN BERLIN, GERMANY.

Welcome to Berlin! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and begin your fellowship at this evening's welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2 BERLIN-WITTENBERG.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the elegant Ku'damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Castle, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, and the 21-foot (6.4 metre) Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged spire, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. In the afternoon, continue to Wittenberg, Martin Luther's hometown for more than 30 years and birthplace of the Reformation. (B,D)
Day 3 WITTENBERG-LEIPZIG.
Enjoy a guided walking tour and visit the LUTHER HOUSE, where Martin Luther and his family lived. Also visit ST. MARY'S CHURCH, a twin-towered gothic church where Luther preached reform, got married, and baptized his six children. Finally, see the door of Castle Church, where Luther posted his 95 Theses, launching the Reformation in 1517. Continue to Leipzig for a walking tour and a visit to the THOMASKIRCHE, where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a cantor. Also, see the market square that today is a site for celebrations and festivals, but once was the scene of executions and political demonstrations. (B,D)
Day 4 LEIPZIG-EISLEBEN-ERFURT.
Today, stop in Eisleben, where Luther's life began and ended. Visit his BIRTH HOUSE and DEATH HOUSE MUSEUMS, as well as ST. PETER & PAUL CHURCH, where Luther was baptized, and ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH, where Luther preached his last sermon in 1546. Later, drive to Erfurt, whose 36 churches, 15 monasteries, and other ecclesiastical buildings have earned it the nickname "Thuringian Rome." The beautiful Old Town preserves the atmosphere Luther must have experienced during his student days. A highlight is an inspirational visit to the AUGUSTINIAN MONASTERY where Luther lived as a monk, and the unique MERCHANTS' BRIDGE, lined with half-timbered homes on both sides. (B)
Day 5 ERFURT. EXCURSION TO EISENACH.

Journey to Eisenach and meet your Local Guide. Visit LUTHER HOUSE, ST. GEORGE'S CHURCH, where Luther was a choir boy and later preached, and see the Luther and Bach Memorials. Also, visit WARTBURG CASTLE, where he lived in disguise as "Knight George." It was during this period that Luther translated the New Testament from Ancient Greek into German in just ten weeks. (B,D)

Day 6 ERFURT-COBURG-WIESBADEN.

Continue south today to Coburg and visit fascinating COBURG FORTRESS, where Luther lived protected during the Imperial Diet of Augsburg in 1530. As an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire, he could not attend the Imperial Diet of Augsburg, but instead spent his time continuing his work translating the Bible and writing on Reformation issues. (B,D)

Day 7 WIESBADEN. EXCURSION TO THE RHINE VALLEY, WORMS & MAINZ.

Enjoy a scenic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered towns. In Worms, where the Imperial Council passed judgment on Luther in 1521, visit the CATHEDRAL where Luther presented his case, as well as TRINITY CHURCH and the Reformation monument. Continue to Mainz to visit the GUTENBERG MUSEUM, which houses original copies of the Bible. (B)

Day 8 WIESBADEN-ROTHENBURG-NUREMBERG.

Journey to the medieval walled town of Rothenburg, where your walking tour takes you to ST. JACOB'S CHURCH with its masterpiece Altar of the Holy Blood. Afterwards, there is time to shop for the town's famed Christmas ornaments. On to Nuremberg, the first town to accept the Reformation in 1525. Your walking tour features the gothic ST. LORENZ LUTHERAN CHURCH, where you can pause for quiet meditation. (B,D)

Day 9 NUREMBERG-AUGSBURG-OBERAMMERGAU.

In Augsburg, guided sightseeing reveals the city where Luther and his followers proclaimed their faith. Continue to picturesque Oberammergau. (B,D)

Day 10 OBERAMMERGAU-MUNICH.

In Munich, explore Germany's "Secret Capital" with your local guide, including the Olympic Stadium, the 1,000-foot (305 metre) high Television Tower, MARIENPLATZ with the Old and the New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 11 MUNICH.

Your Reformation discovery ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Tour Guide

This tour is run without an escort from Australia. You will have a qualified Tour Director and driver for the duration of the tour. Mission Travel cannot speak for their knowledge of the Christian faith and it must be noted that this tour is a leisure tour with a faith  inspired theme. Clients from all over the world will join you on the tour, not just Mission Travel clients.

 

Cost Includes:

  • Motorcoach; boat cruise.
  • Headsets
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
    Meals as highlighted 
  • FREE WI-FI available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
  • Guided walking tours

Cost Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Meals unless indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Tipping (can pre pay at $128 per person)

 

To reserve a place on the tour complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the Booking and Registration Form and send this along with a copy of the photo page of your passport (you can register without your passport)
  2. Pay a $500 per person non-refundable deposit (payment details on the booking form)

Send these details to:

Groups Department
Mission Travel
Suite 6, 670 Canterbury Rd
Surrey Hills VIC 3127

or email groups@missiontravel.com.au or call 1300 554 654.

The tour balance is due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An invoice will be sent prior to this.

Payment can be made by direct deposit into our bank account:

BSB 033 039
Account 829132
Reference: Reformation + surname

Visa/Mastercard payments attract a 1.5% fee and American Express a 3.5% fee.

FAQs

 

How do I book?

Space on this amazing tour is strictly limited so please book in as soon as you can. 
Please complete a Mission Travel Booking Form and send to us with a $500 deposit to:

Mission Travel - Groups Dept
Suite 6, 670 Canterbury Rd
Surrey Hills VIC 3127
Tel: 61 (0)3 9890 6555
Email:groups@missiontravel.com.au

 

Flights

Airfares are not included in the tour price. Mission Travel can assist you with international airfares. 

Passports and Visas

We require passport details in advance. Each traveller must forward a PHOTOCOPY of their current passport front photo & information page if it has not been completed on the booking form.
Passports must have 6 months validity on them from the return date of travel and at least 4 blank pages.

There are no visas required for this tour for Australian passportholders.

Any advice regarding passports and visas are relevant only to travellers on Australian passports. If anyone is travelling on a FOREIGN passport, Mission Travel must be advised immediately to source accurate visa and entry requirements. Any arrangements relating to foreign passports and entry requirements may attract a different process and fees may apply.

Rooming

Prices are based on a twin shared room containing two single beds. A request to share is accepted at the time of booking.
Clients electing to twin share with an unknown partner of the same gender do so in the full knowledge that Mission Travel cannot guarantee the compatibility or medical fitness of your room mate.
A single supplement surcharge will apply at the time of booking. This surcharge will be refunded if Mission Travel is able to provide a suitable partner.

Travel Insurance

It is mandatory to have travel insurance and it is strongly recommended to take out a policy at the time of paying your deposit.

For a quote and automatic 20% discount click HERE

Travel Vaccinations

Mission Travel does not advise on travel vaccinations. Please consult with your GP or check out www.traveldoctor.com.au about relevant vaccinations.
Please ensure you have an up to date tetanus shot.

Booking and Payment Deadlines

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is payable to secure your place n the tour.

The balance of payment is due 90 days prior to departure An invoice will be forwarded to you prior to this date. 
Payments made by Credit cards incur fees (1.5% for Visa/Mastercard & 3.5% for American Express). 
Direct deposits into our Bank account & cheques are welcome.

Account details:
BSB 033 039 Account number 829132
Mission Travel Pty Ltd
Use your surname as the reference

Cancellation Penalties

The $500 deposit is non refundable.
If the tour is cancelled by Mission Travel (due to lack of number or security concerns) your deposit will be refunded.

Cancellation 90-45 days prior to departure – 50% cancellation fee of total tour cost

Cancellation less than 45 days prior to departure or once the tour has commenced – NO REFUND

It is vital that you are adequately insured for unforeseen cancellation.


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