DAY 1/ FRIDAY, JUNE 8
Depart Indianapolis on our overnight transatlantic flight for Frankfurt. Relax with dinner and a continental breakfast.
DAY 2 / SATURDAY, JUNE 9
Early morning arrival into Frankfurt where you will be met by your private motorcoach and driver. Drive on the famous German Autobahn en route to the hotel in Coburg for relaxing evening. Enjoy some free time near the hotel and end the evening with a group dinner.
DAY 3 / SUNDAY, JUNE 10
After breakfast, join together for morning worship with a local congregation in Coburg. Depart for the Veste Fortress where Martin Luther stayed for several months in 1530. You will also see a short video about what brought him there, the Luther Room, which he used as his workspace during his time there, and also the Luther Chapel.
After departing the fortress, take a scenic drive through the Thuringian Forest and make a stop in Lauscha on our way to the medieval city of Erfurt. See the university where Martin Luther was a student and the Augustinian Monastery where he lived and became a monk. On a guided walking tour of the charming town see St. Maryís Cathedral where Luther was ordained as a priest, the market square and the Kramer Bridge lined with timbered houses. For the next two nights, you will stay at the guesthouse of the Augustinian Monastery that housed Martin Luther while he prayed, studied, and was consecrated for the priesthood (Accommodations at the monastery are tentative).
DAY 4 / MONDAY, JUNE 11
After breakfast and morning prayer, take a day excursion to Arnstadt and then onto Eisenach to see the Wartburg Castle, the most visited Luther site in the world. Its walls provided safety for Martin Luther for almost a year after he was ostracized and excommunicated by Rome in 1521. It was here that he started translating the New Testament into German, laying the foundations for a standardized German language. After visiting the castle, visit the Bach House, a museum dedicated to the composer who was born in Eisenach. A short presentation on Baroque instruments is included. Next visit the Luther House, one of the oldest and loveliest half-timbered houses in Thuringia. Learn about Lutherís famous translation of the Bible.
Return to Erfurt for a medieval style dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 / TUESDAY, JUNE 12
After breakfast, check out of hotel, load motorcoaches and depart for Eisleben, where the town and its Luther sites have been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO. It is where Martin Luther was born and where he died. See some of the most significant buildings in his life- the house where he was born, the church where he preached his last sermon, the Luther Monument and attend a service at St. Peter and Paul Church, where Luther was baptized.
Following the tour in Eisleben, make a stop in Halle at the Market Church where a chamber is devoted to Martin Lutherís death mask. Halle is the home of the Francke Foundations, a center of Pietist practice from which Henry Melchior Muhlenberg began his 1742 journey to organize the Lutheran Church in North America.
Continue to Wittenberg for dinner and hotel check-in.
DAY 6 / WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13
After breakfast, begin the day with morning prayer and a guided walking tour of Wittenberg, also a UNESCO World Heritage Center. It was in Wittenberg that Martin Luther lived and preached, and on October 31, 1517, he nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church. The Protestant Reformation had begun. Familiarize yourself with the town and its significance with visits to main sights like Lutherís Residence, the Stadtkirche (Town Church) where he preached and was married, and see the University.
Upon completion of the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit many historical sites in town (included); Melanchthon House, Cranach Museum, and the Exhibition of Modern Christian Art. In the afternoon, you may choose to partake in an optional trip to Torgau to visit the Market Square, the Renaissance Palace, St. Maryís Church, and more.
Return to Wittenberg for dinner and overnight.
DAY 7 / THURSDAY, JUNE 14
After breakfast and morning prayer, most of day is at leisure to visit the remaining museums that you werenít able to get to during the previous day. You may choose to ride bikes around town, do some shopping, or other sightseeing. For your convenience, group leaders will be available to assist in planning optional sightseeing excursions today. Group will join for dinner before third and final night in Wittenberg hotel.
DAY 8 / FRIDAY, JUNE 15
After breakfast and morning prayer, check out of hotel, load motorcoach and depart for a day in Dresden. Dresden, also known as ďThe Florence of the ElbeĒ, is very old and has been completely restored after the infamous allied bombing of the city during the final days of WWII. The city of Dresden is quite walkable in the city center with plenty to do. Explore and learn about the 19th-century residential area to the Dresden Castle Complex filled with art museums and galleries, the Green Vault, the Zwinger Palace, and Semper Opera House. During your visit, be sure to admire the fully restored Frauenkirche, Cathedral of Our Lady. This beautiful bell-shaped dome was struck during WWII, surviving the initial strike, but collapsing the following day. After a full day of exploring, the group will join for evening prayer and dinner before returning to the hotel in Dresden.
DAY 9 / SATURDAY, JUNE 16
After breakfast, check out of hotel and head north towards Berlin to enjoy the final day with a guided tour of the magnificent city to see major attractions including the renovated Reichstag (parliament), the Brandenburg Gate, Philharmonic Hall, Potsdamer Platz and a section of the Berlin Wall. Continue to what was the western section past Charlotte Palace and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. After learning about the city from the guide, you will have the afternoon to explore at your leisure before group farewell dinner and overnight in Berlin hotel.
DAY 10 / SUNDAY JUNE 17
Transfer to Berlin Airport for flights back to Indianapolis, arriving the same day.
ďAn in-depth tour following the life of Martin Luther lead by Sven Schumacher. In addition to following Lutherís life and travels, you get insight about what was formally East Germany and the role of the Lutheran church today.Ē - John and Barbara Burkhardt