European Reformation and Oberammergau Passion Play 2020- OBR
Number of Days: 11
Visit the sites where the reformation started. Includes Luthers home, church and tomb, Gross-munster, Fraumunster, Rhine cruise, Heidelberg, Black Forest, Erfurt, Nuremberg, Wartburg Castle, Geneva, and Zurich. Find out what inspired John Calvin, John Knox and Martin Luther, plus highlights of Germany and the Passion Play.
Day 1: Geneva, Switzerland Transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director, then enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with your traveling companions. (D)
Day 2: Geneva Your orientation tour of Geneva, the city where John Calvin and John Knox preached, includes the United Nations Headquarters, Red Cross Headquarters, the World Council of Churches Headquarters, and a stop at the REFORMATION MONUMENT. Also visit ST. PETER’S CATHEDRAL, where John Calvin served. Balance of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 3: Geneva, Zurich, Heidelberg, GermanyAfter a comfortable drive to Zurich, join your Tour Director for a walk through the Old Town, and visit GROSSMUNSTER CHURCH, the mother church of the Reformation in Switzerland under Ulrich Zwingli. Also see the Helferei where Zwingli lived. Then, visit FRAUMUNSTER CHURCH, known for Chagall’s stained-glass windows. Enter Germany, drive past the Black Forest, and arrive in Heidelberg. Walk through its narrow, cobblestone streets and take pictures of the famous red-walled castle. (B,D)
Day 4: Heidelberg, Worms, Mainz, Rhineland Two highlights today. First, stop in Worms, where the Imperial Council passed judgment on Luther in 1521. Visit the CATHEDRAL where Luther presented his case, as well as TRINITY CHURCH and the famed REFORMATION MONUMENT. Next to Mainz to visit the GUTENBERG MUSEUM and to see original copies of the Bible before you continue to your hotel in the Rhineland. (B,D)
Day 5: Rhineland, Coburg, Erfurt
Start the day with a scenic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and trim, half-timbered towns. Then, drive to Coburg, where Luther stayed in 1530 for the Augsburg Germany Imperial Diet. Visit COBURG FORTRESS. Finally, arrive in Erfurt and visit the AUGUSTINIAN MONASTERY, where Luther lived as a monk, and the MERCHANTS’ BRIDGE. (B,D)
Day 6: Erfurt, Eisleben, Wittenberg: In Eisleben, visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the HOUSE in which Luther was born and the STERBEHAUS MUSEUM, home of his last residence. Then, visit ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH, where he preached his last sermon, followed by a visit to the ST. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH, where Luther was baptized. Afterwards, journey to Wittenberg, Luther’s home for 30-plus years and birthplace of the Reformation. Enjoy a guided walking tour including the REFORMATION MUSEUM, LUTHER HOUSE, ST. MARY’S CHURCH where he preached, and CASTLE CHURCH, where he hung his 95 Theses. Also visit MARTIN LUTHER’S TOMB before returning to Erfurt. (B,D) lake, or join a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing. (B)
Day 7: Erfurt, Eisenach, Nuremberg: This morning, continue to Eisenach for a visit to WARTBURG CASTLE, where Luther translated the Bible. Also visit the LUTHER and JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH memorials as well as the LUTHER HOUSE, where he lived during grammar school. Then, visit ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH, where he sang in the church’s boy choir. Depart for Nuremberg, the first town to accept the Reformation in 1525. Your walking tour features the famous LUTHERAN LORENZ CHURCH and includes headsets for clear commentary. (B,D)
Day 8: Nuremberg. Excursion to Rothenburg: Spend the morning in the medieval walled town of Rothenburg. During your walking tour, visit ST. JACOB’S CHURCH with the re-nowned Blood Altar. Afterwards, there is time to shop for Christmas ornaments, for which this picturesque town is world famous. Afternoon and evening at leisure in Nuremberg. (B)
Day 9: Nuremberg, Augsburg, Oberammergau In Augsburg, guided sightseeing reveals the city where Luther and his followers proclaimed their beliefs. Continue to picturesque Oberammergau for two overnights. (B,D)
Day 10: Oberammergau: Today the highlight of your vacation: the original PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the community of Oberammergau. Enjoy this evening’s farewell dinner.(B,L,D)
Day 11: Oberammergau, Munich Airport: Transfer to Munich Airport for flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. (B)
Our escorted tours include 1st class tickets, transfers, coach transport, cruises, meals and entrances as per itinerary. We can also recommend pre and post tour extensions.
- Price on application. Tour commences on May to Sept 2020. Please email to book.