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Historic Towns


6-day tour

Itinerary (subject to change):

Day 1: After your arrival in Germany continue to Augsburg, third largest city in Bavaria and birthplace of writer Berthold Brecht. Start a walking tour at the Augsburg town hall, the most significant secular building of the Renaissance. Go on past Perlach Tower towering over the western gallery of Collegiate Church of St. Peter's and the former Armory with its mannerist style façade. Continue to the Fuggerei, the world's oldest social housing complex founded by Jacob Fugger and his brothers in 1516 for people encountering hard times without a fault of their own. The complex comprises 147 apartments in 67 houses, a church and a fountain. Go on to the Residence housing the Swabian government, to Augsburg Cathedral, and St. Anna's Church, founded by Carmelite monks in 1321. End the tour at St. Ulrich's and St. Afra's Abbey. Overnight stay in or near Augsburg.

Day 2: Continue to Speyer. During the Diet of Speyer in 1529 six princes-elector and fourteen Imperial cities signed the document of the Protestation at Speyer which gave the religious movement of Protestantism its name. On a tour of the city see the town hall at market square, Laeutturm tower, Trinity Church, and Speyer Cathedral - Europe's largest and most important Romanesque building and since1981 part of the UNESCO world heritage. Go on to Sophie von La Roche Memorial Place, the Jewish Courtyard and Museum, the House of Johann-Joachim-Becher, Memorials of Dr. Eugen Jäger and Martin Greif, Church of the Holy Spirit, 'Altpoertel' Old Gate - at 55m one of Germany's tallest city gates. Free time for example for a visit to Memorial Church, Feuerbach House, Museum of Palatinate History, Friedenskirche of St. Bernard, Gothic Chapel or other places of interest. Continue to Worms. Free time in the afternoon. Check in to hotel for 4 nights in Worms.

Day 3: Continue to Worms, site of many Imperial Diets and fundamental political decisions. Worms was a founding member of the Rhenish League of Towns with 6-7000 inhabitants in 1500 a city shaped by the church and its citizens. The appearance of Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms in 1521 marked the beginning of the Reformation, which easily gained a foothold in Worms. From 1500 the Lutheran imperial city experienced a gradual decline and in 1689 French troops destroyed the city. In a walking tour of the city see Heylshof garden, the Luther Monument, Dominican St. Paul's Church, St. Magnus Church, the oldest Protestant Church in the south of German where priest Ulrich Preu, a friend of Martin Luther, and his chaplain Johannes Rom celebrated mass in the spirit of the Reformation on the eve before the decisive Diet of Worms, Trinity Church, a Baroque hall church with a single nave and a five-side choir. The Lutheran parish church was built on the site in 1709-1725 where Luther once "professed his words". After its destruction in 1945, the interior was refurbished in 1950s fashion. Return to hotel in Worms.

Day 4: Day trip to Heidelberg. From the beginning of the 16th century until the middle of the 17th Heidelberg was riddled with religious disputes. Elector of the Palatinate Otto-Henry established the Reformation in the Palatinate with the help of Philipp Melanchthon (student of the Heidelberg university from 1509-12). His successor Frederick III (1559-76, composition of the Heidelberg Catechism in 1563) introduced Calvinist ideas, then Frederick IV became the leader of the Protestant Union in 1608-10. After the "Bibliotheca Palatina" was transferred to the Vatican in 1623, Heidelberg became a Catholic city. Guided tour of the old town of Heidelberg including its main sights: the statue of Madonna am Kornmarkt, the Late Gothic Church of the Holy Spirit, Old Bridge crossing the Neckar River - once the only entrance to the city from the north, University Square, St. Peter's Church and Heidelberg town hall. Lunch break followed by free time in the city. Return to hotel in Worms.

Day 5: Day trip to Trier. In 1802 the secularization of church property sealed the fate of several old monasteries and convents in Trier. It was decided in 1824 to rebuild the bishopric of Trier. During the Kulturkampf (culture war) against the Catholic Church (1874) the bishop of Trier Eberhard was arrested. After WW2, since March 2nd 1945 the city was under American administration and since mid-July 1945 under French administration. In 1946 Trier assigned to Rhineland-Palatinat. The Roman road was uncovered at the Porta Nigra in April 1969. The reopening of the restored cathedral was celebrated on May 1st 1974. Guided tour of Trier including the Porta Nigra, the Simeonstift (Simeon College), the House of the Three Magi, Hauptmarkt square, Trier Cathedral, a visit to Palastaula (today's Constantine's basilica), the Palace of Trier, and a visit to the Imperial Thermal Baths. Lunch break, then free time in the afternoon or, alternatively a boat tour on the Moselle River or a visit to the Toy Museum, Rhenish State Museum or St. Paulin Church. Return to hotel in Worms.

Day 6: Transport to airport and Departure.

Tour includes: 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, lunch (not at arrival and departure day) and dinner, guided tours by trained local tour guides in Augsburg, Speyer, Worms, Heidelberg and Trier, admission fees, maps and informative material.

Not included: International and domestic flights, tips, beverages, personal expenses.

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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