Tours

In the Footsteps of Martin Luther & the Reformation with Dr. Matthew Becker

14 days
Germany
Starting from $3998

Join Dr. Matthew Becker and Valparaiso University Alumni Association Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! Depart from Chicago at a starting cost of $3998.

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Domestic Airfare
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • International Airfare

* Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

Depart on your international overnight flight from Chicago to Berlin.

Day 2 Berlin

Our Representatives will meet you at the airport and escort you to your transportation. Enjoy a two‐hour walking/bus tour along Unter Den Linden [to Alexanderplatz]. Walk through the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom). Check into the hotel for dinner and overnight. Night One: Berlin

Day 3 Berlin On Own Day

Today is yours to explore and shop in Berlin. From the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie to Museum Island to other museums and shopping areas, the city is yours (transportation and entrance fees not included). Dinner not included on this day. Night Two: Berlin

Day 4 Lutherstadt Eisleben Erfurt

Depart Berlin for Eisleben, where Luther‘s life both began and ended. Luther was baptized at St. Petri (St. Peter & St. Paul’s Church), where you can see portraits of his wife and parents. This charming little town includes the Luther Family Home, as well as the house Luther was visiting at the time of his death. Walk the medieval cobblestone streets past St. Andrew’s Church, where Luther preached his last sermon. Continue on to Erfurt, Known as the “city of spires” in Luther’s day. Visit St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Augustinian Monastery, where Luther was ordained into the priesthood in 1507. Visit the Veste, the 900‐ year‐old fortress of Coburg, where Luther took refuge from his enemies behind its triple ramparts. Dinner at Lutherkeller Restaurant in Erfurt Night Three: Erfurt

Day 5 Eisenach – Wartburg Castle

Martin Luther lived in Eisenach during his student days. Learn about Luther’s life and the Reformation at the Luther House Museum, and tour the famous Wartburg Castle, where Luther translated the New Testament into German in 1522. View the room where Luther completed his translation in just 11 weeks. See the Johann Sebastian Bach Museum here, dedicated to life and work of the acclaimed composer. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Night Four: Erfurt

Day 6 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

One of the most fascinating preserved Middle Ages city, Rothenburg provides a walk back in time. See St. James Church and Holy Blood Altar. Enjoy leisure time to explore and shop here. The home of Kathie Wohlfahrt Christmas Stores and an adjoining museum is here. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight. Night Five; Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Day 7 Rothenburg to Leipzig

This morning enjoy free time in Rothenburg before transferring to Leipzig for dinner and overnight. Night Six: Leipzig

Day 8 Wittenberg

(500th Anniversary of the Reformation!) This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Wittenberg, where Luther lived and taught for 36 years. See where he posted his 95 Theses on the Palace Church door, giving voice to the Reformation. Visit the Schlosskirche, where Luther was buried, and explore Luther Halle, a former monastery where Martin lived with his family. This afternoon, explore on your own through the town's museums and shops. Gather together late this afternoon to enjoy the Hymnfest music, provided in part by the Valparaiso Choir at the City Church. Return to Leipzig for a late dinner. Night Seven: Leipzig

Day 9 Leipzig

In Leipzig, you’ll walk to St. Thomas Church where Luther preached and Bach served as cantor and choir director. It contains a large stained glass window depicting Luther with his translation of the Bible. See also the Neues Rathaus, the city hall built over the castle where Johann Eck and Martin Luther debated in 1519. This afternoon is yours to explore the rich musical and historical heritage of the city, as well as its many shopping opportunities. Dinner is on your own tonight. Night Eight: Leipzig

Day 10 Dresden

This morning travel to Dresden for a day tour of the city. Martin Luther visited Dresden in 1516 and again in 1518. See a statue of Martin Luther in the square in front of the Frauenkirche (“Church of Our Lady”). The church, built between 1726 and 1743, was destroyed by Allied bombs during WWII. The ruins lay untouched until after the reunification of Germany. Reconstruction took 13 years and the church was reconsecrated with a festive two‐day service lasting through Reformation Day on October 31, 2005. Then enjoy time on your own to explore and shop before returning to Leipzig for dinner and overnight. Night Nine: Leipzig

Day 11 Weimar

Today you’ll travel to Weimar, home to German greats such as Goethe and Schiller and Liszt. The grand buildings of the city were also the site of what is call the Weimar Republic when, from 1919‐1933, following WWI, the German government was centered here. This afternoon you’ll visit the concentration camp of Buchenwald where Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Lutheran pastor and theologian, was held prisoner along with hundreds of thousands. Return to Leipzig for dinner and overnight. Night Ten: Leipzig

Day 12 Leipzig

Enjoy a morning on your own, before gathering for lunch at Auerbach’s Keller in Leipzig. This evening, join with the Valparaiso choir and the Thomanerchor at St. Thomas Church. Return to the hotel for a late dinner and overnight. Night Eleven: Leipzig

Day 13 Leipzig

This morning attend a service at St. Thomas Church with the Valparaiso Choir performing there. After lunch on your own, gather together for a tour of the Bach Museum here, before heading to Berlin for dinner and overnight. Night Twelve: Berlin

Day 14 Return to USA ‐ Berlin to Chicago

After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home, with memories of the people and places of the Reformation and their gifts of Theology and music.

Departure Dates

  1. October 24, 2017
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