Day 1 May 6th, 2024
Arrival at the new Berlin Airport. There will be 3 Transfers to the tour hotel in Berlin. Depending on your flight arrival time, we can go for a walk in the city center.
6.00 PM Refreshments and Welcome Dinner
Overnight Berlin. (D)
Day 2 May 7th, 2024
In the morning visit the highlights of Germany’s old and new political capital - drive by Parliament „Reichstag“, stop at Holocaust Memorial, Check Point Charlie, Topography of Terror, Brandenburg Gate and an inside visit to the “ Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church“, bombed out in WW II. Here in the center of the city we give you the opportunity for an individual lunch break.
In the afternoon visit the Staufenberg Memorial and the Museum to the Resistance and step inside the magnificent Berliner Dome. Tour ends with an optional visit to the Pergamon Museum.
Overnight Berlin. (B,)
Day 3 May 8th, 2024
Leave Berlin for the Potsdam Castle, the home of the Prussian Kings. Walk in the beautiful park and enjoy an inside visit of Cecilienhof Palace, where in 1945 world history was made when the heads of state of USA, England and Russia met to decide the future of Germany. Here is where Harry S. Truman, Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill met; see the table where each sat and rehearse the drama of the Potsdam conference.
At noon we will take you to the historic Dutch Quarter with little local shops and restaurants. Have a lunch break before we continue to Wittenberg, hometown of Martin Luther. Participate in an English speaking service held by the “English Ministry,” during which couples may renew their vow if they wish (if available).
Tonight enjoy an included dinner at the tour hotel.
Overnight in Wittenberg. (B, D)
Day 4 May 9th, 2024
All day in Wittenberg. The morning is dedicated to Martin Luther – visit the monastery “Augusteum” where Luther first lived as a monk and later with his wife Katharina von Bora and his children.
Let a local guide bring you to the two churches that were important in his life – the Town Church and the Castle Church. There Pastor Lutzer will take us to where Luther nailed the 95 theses, and we will rehearse the details. Also, we will visit the House of Melanchthon, the most important co-worker of Martin Luther.
Enjoy an included lunch in the Town Square or at the cozy Brauhaus Restaurant. And take some time to shop at the stores along Wittenberg’s most famous street.
Near the end of the day, Pastor Lutzer will take you where Martin Luther burned the Papal Bull, near the famous Luther Oak Tree.
Overnight Wittenberg (B, L)
Day 5 May 10th, 2024
Leave Wittenberg for Leipzig, home of the famous composer J.S. Bach. See his grave at St. Thomas Church where we will try to arrange a short organ concert of Bach music. In this church Martin Luther preached a sermon about the Reformation and held a debate which resulted in the city of Leipzig becoming Protestant.
Stop for a quick lunch at a highway recreation area.
In the afternoon arrive at the city of Erfurt. Let us take you on a guided visit of St. Augustine Monastery, where Martin Luther lived as a monk for 7 years. Pastor Lutzer will explain life in the monastery and why Luther chose to become a monk.
Dinner at your hotel. (B, D)
Day 6 May 11th, 2024
Morning drive to Eisenach. Walk the cobblestone streets of this romantic little town, where Martin Luther spent a large part of his youth. We will have an inside visit of the Luther House.
After lunch, our coach takes us up a steep mountain road where on a cliff the famous Wartburg Castle towers high above the woods. We will tour this fascinating castle and Pastor Lutzer will show you the room where Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German, which had an enormous impact on the whole of Europe. Later, return to Erfurt and enjoy a free afternoon in this historic gem – discover the Medieval Center and dozens of little medieval bridges.
Overnight in Erfurt. (B)
Day 7 May 12th, 2024
We travel from Erfurt to Nuremberg. Visit Soldiers Field, where the massive Nazi rallies were held, and then visit the courthouse where some Nazi criminals were later tried. Then take a walking tour including St. Sebaldus Cathedral with the famous Coventry Nail Cross and the fountain at the market square.
Enjoy a Bratwurst Dinner in a building which was a historic hospital dating back to the 14th century.
Overnight in Nuremberg. (B, D)