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Reformation Path

11 Days from $2,325 per person

Style: Value | Pace: Active

A journey to the center of the Reformation. Follow in the path of Martin Luther and the Reformation, on your 11 day tailored trip through the Czech Republic and Germany. Your pilgrimage will take you to Wittenberg where Luther posted his 95 Theses, and many other sites culminating in Mainz where Luther stood before the Diet of Worms.

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Overview

A journey to the center of the Reformation. Follow in the path of Martin Luther and the Reformation, on your 11 day tailored trip through the Czech Republic and Germany. Your pilgrimage will take you to Wittenberg where Luther posted his 95 Theses, and many other sites culminating in Mainz where Luther stood before the Diet of Worms.

  1. Welcome to Prague. Enjoy some time to explore its cobblestone streets before joining your Travel Director and travel companions for an unforgettable Welcome Reception to kick of your vacation.
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  2. Our Local Specialist will join us this morning for a visit to St Vitus Cathedral, set in the precincts of Prague Castle. See the 14th century Charles Bridge before embarking on a walking tour focusing on the Czech Reformation movement. We'll see the Bethlehem Capel where Jan Hus preached, and his memorial outside the Tyn Church in the Old Square with its Astronomical Clock. Spend free time this afternoon admiring the cityscape on your terms.
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  3. Traveling into Germany we arrive in the beautiful Baroque city of Dresden, also known as “Florence on the Elbe”. Join our Local Specialist and hear about the city's restoration as you amble through its charming streets to the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and fully reconstructed Frauenkirche, where J.S. Bach was the first to play on the Silberman organ when the church was originally built.
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    hotel:NH Neustadt
  4. A leisurely departure this morning brings us to Torgau, here at Hartenfels Castle we visit the castle chapel which was consecrated in 1544 by Martin Luther and is regarded as the first ever newly built Protestant Church. Later we arrive in Wittenberg, the home town of Martin Luther.
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  5. Today we discover where Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church on 31 October 1517. Inside the church, visit the graves of Martin Luther and Phillip Melanchthon. We'll also visit Lutherhalle where he lived from 1508 and was joined by his wife Katharina in 1525. Our Local Specialist also takes us to Stadtkirche where Luther preached and is also where he married Katharina von Bora, and all their children were baptised there.
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  6. Our Reformation journey continues to Leipzig where we join our Local Specialist for a tour of the city, home of the Leipzig Disputation which took place in 1519 and it was at St Thomas Church that Luther launched the Reformation in Leipzig with his Whit Sunday sermon on 25th May 1539. See the plaque in the church which commemorates this event. Continue to Weimar, here we see the Franciscan Monastery where Luther stayed and the Stadtkirche where he preached. Later arriving in Erfurt, another city with close links to Martin Luther.
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    hotel:Best Western Erfurt-Apfelstaedt
  7. Its medieval city center is one of the largest and best preserved in Germany. In his early years Martin Luther attended university in Erfurt, after he had taken a vow to become a monk, he entered the Augustinian Monastery and lived here for 6 years. Luther was ordained as a priest at the Cathedral in 1507 and also lived and worked in the city until 1511. We visit the Monastery with a Local Specialist. The city also has connections with Johann Wolfgang van Goeth, J.S. Bach.
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  8. Enjoy a relaxed excursion to Eisenach – one of the major Lutheran destinations dominated by the impressive Wartburg Castle. Luther spent time here during his childhood. With a Local Specialist we visit Luther House where he lived during this period, and also visit St. George's Church where he sang in the choir. We visit Wartburg Castle, which is one of the most important buildings in German history, and see the room where Martin Luther spent eleven weeks translating the New Testament.
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  9. Old world charm and modern sophistication await in the vibrant city of Frankfurt, Join your Travel Director for an orientation drive through the city to admire its Gothic and Renaissance facades.
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    hotel:NH Bingen
  10. During our sightseeing tour of Mainz this morning we see the Gutenburg Monument commemorating the German printing of the Bible before traveling to Worms. Martin Luther had challenged the entire Roman Catholic establishment by his refusal to recant the great doctrines of Protestantism. We see the symbolic Martin Luther Memorial near the town square, see the Cathedral and stop in the Heylshof Garden, where once the Bishops Palace stood, to see a plaque set into the ground marking the spot where Martin Luther stood before the Diet of Worms in 1521 and refused to recant his teachings.
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  11. Say farewell this morning to our newfound friends. Transfers are available to Frankfurt Airport. Conditions apply.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $380 p.p.

Airport transfers: Transfers on arrival depart Prague Airport will operate at 11:00 am, and 2:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 08:00 am and 10:00 am.

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Meal Summary

10 Nights accommodations, 10 Buffet breakfasts, 4 Three-course dinners, .

Sightseeing Highlights

  • With your Local Specialist visit St Vitus Cathedral, see the Bethlehem Chapel
  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist, see the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and Frauenkirche
  • Visit Hartenfels Castle Chapel
  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes a visit to the Castle Church to see the graves of Martin Luther and Phillip Melanchthon. Visit Lutherhalle and Stadtkirche
  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist visit St Thomas Church
  • See the Franciscan Monastery
  • Visit the Augustinian Monastery with a Local Specialist
  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist visit Luther House, St George's Church and Wartburg Castle
  • Orientation tour with your Travel Director
  • See the Gutenberg Monument
  • See the Martin Luther Memorial and visit Heylshof Garden
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to the Czech Republic and Germany must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in the Czech Republic is the Koruna and in Germany is the Euro. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive on your trip, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • If you like meat and potatoes, chances are you’ll love the food in the Czech Republic.  The country is also known for its long-standing tradition for beer.  Most towns have at least one brewery, so it’s no surprise that the Czech consume more beer per capita than any other country.  And in Germany, don’t miss the variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle, potato dumplings, and black forest cake. 

  • We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • When dining out it’s appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity for good service at restaurants.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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