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In the footsteps of Martin Luther

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13-day-tour

Itinerary (subject to change)

Day 1: Arrival at Frankfurt, the fifth largest city of the Federal Republic of Germany where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the renowned German writer, was born. First a walk around Frankfurt's Old Town to see three of the most important sights of the city: St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, Roemerberg and St. Paul's Church as well as Westendsynagoge, Frankfurt's largest synagogue. Continue to Worms (67 km/42 mi). Check in to hotel for 3 nights in Worms.

Day 2: Worms. Walking tour to Heylshofgarten, Luther Monument, Dominican Church of St. Paul, St. Magnus Church and Trinity Church; South Germany's oldest Protestant church. Return to hotel in Worms.

Day 3: Continue to Speyer (46 km/29 mi). During the Diet of Speyer in 1529 six princes-elector and fourteen Imperial cities signed the document of the Protestation at Speyer the religious movement of Protestantism was later named for. In a tour of the city see the town hall and market square, Laeutturm tower, Trinity Church, and Speyer Cathedral - Europe's largest and most important Romanesque building, since1981 part of the UNESCO world heritage. Go on to Sophie von La Roche Memorial Place, the Jewish Courtyard and Museum, House of Johann-Joachim-Becher, the Church of the Holy Spirit, 'Altpoertel' Old Gate - at 55 m one of Germany's tallest city gates. Return to Worms.

Day 4: Continue to Heidelberg (48 km/30 mi). In a walking tour of the old town see the statue of Madonna am Kornmarkt, the Late Gothic Church of the Holy Spirit and Old Bridge. Go on to University Square, St. Peter's Church and town hall. Continue to Ansbach (170 km/106 m). Check in to hotel for 2 nights in Ansbach.

Day 5: Day trip to Augsburg (127 km/79 mi). See Augsburg Cathedral, St. Anne's Church, St. Ulrichand Afra in a walk around the city as well as the Fuggerei, the world's oldest social housing complex. Return to Ansbach.

Day 6: Continue to Nuremberg (47 km/29 mi). A walking tour takes you to historic buildings and churches, artist Albrecht Duerer's House, Gooseherd Fountain, Hospice of the Holy Spirit, Hangman's Bridge as well as Germany's only Imperial Castle. Continue to Coburg for a guided tour of the Veste Coburg (Fortress of Coburg) where Luther wrote his sermons and papers. Check into a hotel in/near Suhl or in the Thuringian Forest (160 km/100 mph) for 2 nights.

Day 7: Day trip to Schmalkalden (31 km/19 mi), known for its important part in the Protestant Reformation. A tour of the town takes you past town hall, St. George's Church, the Lutheran deanship where Luther held his sermons, to Luther's House and Wilhelmsburg Castle. Continue to Eisenach (43 km/27 mi). Walk through the Old Town to St. George's Church where Luther was a choir boy and J. S. Bach was baptized. Drive up and visit to Wartburg Castle to see the room where Luther translated the Bible into German. Return to hotel (82 km/51 mi) in Suhl or in the Thuringian Forest.

Day 8: Continue to Erfurt (70 km/43 mi). A guided tour of the city takes you to Erfurt Cathedral, Severikirche church, Merchants' Bridge and the Augustinian monastery where Luther lived from 1505 to 1511. Continue to Zeitz (105 km/65 mi). Walk to the Cathedrals of St. Peter and Paul with a memorial of a grandson of Luther. Continue to Leipzig (43 km/27 mi). Check into hotel in Leipzig for 4 nights.

Day 9: Leipzig. A sightseeing tour takes you to the Battle of the Nations Monument, Schillerhaus and the Gohlis Palace. Visit St. Thomas' Church where Luther established the Reformation in 1539 and J. S. Bach worked as a cantor of the famous St. Thomas Choir. Continue on a walking tour to historic buildings of the city center, Goethe Monument and Auerbachs Keller, the famous site of Faust's first encounter with Mephisto in Goethe's play. End the tour after a visit of St. Nicholas' Church at the Central Railway Station. Opportunity to attend a motet in St. Thomas' Church (held in German language every Friday 6 pm or Saturday 3 pm).

Day 10: Continue to Halle (40 km/25 mi) where Luther established the Reformation with his sermons. Listen to information about Bach and Handel on a tour through the historic Old Town. Continue to Lutheran city Eisleben (32 km/20 mi). Visit Luther's Birth House, cross the market square to see the Luther Monument, town hall, St. Andrew's Church ending the tour at Luther's Death House. Continue to Mansfeld (17 km/11 mi). Walk to the Luther Monument near Luther Fountain, Latin School and the house of Martin Luther's parents. Visit to St. George's Church. Return to private accommodation in Leipzig (112 km/70 mi).

Day 11: Day trip to Torgau (54 km/34 mi). A walking tour takes you to the historic market, town hall and the patrician houses. Visit the Church of St. Mary to see Katharina Luther's tomb stone and the Nothelfer-Altar of Cranach the Elder. Visit Castle Chapel at Hartenfels Castle. Continue to the Lutheran city Wittenberg (50 km/31 mi). Walk to Castle Church where Luther posted his 95 theses at the "Thesentuer" door, to the Renaissance town hall, the Monuments of Luther and Melanchthon and Luther's House. Return to Leipzig.

Day 12: Continue to Berlin (190 km/118 mi). Go on a stroll through the old town of Berlin, called "Nikolaiviertel", with its numerous historic buildings to St. Nicholas' Church where Paul Gerhardt was a deacon. Continue on a guided tour to see Berlin's most iconic sights such as the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate as well as Gendarmenmarkt square, Bernau Strasse street, Alexanderplatz square, Church of St. Mary, Berlin Cathedral, St. Hedwig's Cathedral, Museum Island and "Unter den Linden"avenue. Overnight stay in Berlin.

Day 13: Bus transfer to airport Berlin and domestic flight to Frankfurt.

Tour includes: Shuttle service to airport, coach rides and day trips in a modern long-distance coach, experienced driver, and accommodation in mid-price hotels, double rooms with ensuite bathroom; breakfast and dinner, guided tours by trained local tour guides in Frankfurt, Worms, Speyer, Heidelberg, Augsburg, Nuremberg, Schmalkalden, Eisenach, Erfurt, Leipzig, Halle, Eisleben, Torgau, Wittenberg and Berlin, admission fees, maps and informative material.

Not included: International and domestic flights, tips, beverages, lunch, personal expenses, possible increases in fuel prices.

All journeys are customizable to the needs of the group. On request we can send you an offer including your international flights.

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