• Switzerland
  • France

Overview

This fascinating trip will teach you more about key reformationists of the 16th century, including Calvin, Constance & Berne. We will focus on the contributions made by John Calvin as he moved through Switzerland & France.

This program is only available for groups of 10 or more at this time.  

Highlights

  • Geneva's Reformation Museum, Cathedral St. Pierre, Auditoire De, Calvin, Reformation Monument, Calvin College & Ariana Park
  • The Old City of Berne
  • Fraumunster & the Old City of Zurich
  • Basel's Museum of Fine Arts
  • Strasbourg's Gothic Cathedral & St. Thomas's Church

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Geneva

Transfer to your hotel. Afternoon walking tour to include the Reformation Museum & the Cathedral St. Pierre, where John Calvin preached reformation according to the letters of the Apostle Paul. Evening at leisure.

Day 2: Geneva

Begin the day with a visit to the Auditoire De Calvin, the Protestant Lecture Hall, the Reformation Monument and Calvin College. Afternoon sightseeing includes the Red Cross Headquarters, Ariana Park & the Old Town.

Day 3: Geneva & Berne

After breakfast, we will proceed to Berne, a key Reformation city & a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. This is where Calvin had to defend himself before the presbytery. Enjoy an early evening stroll through the old city's six kilometers of arcades. 

Day 4: Berne & Zurich

Morning departure to Zurich. Upon arrival, we will take a walking tour of this city where Ulrich Zwingli, a reformation leader was born. We'll see the Fraumunster & the Old City.

Day 5: Zurich & Basel

After breakfast, we'll depart for Basel. This is one of the primary cities where the Reformation began, alongside Constance & Berne, in the 1500's. Spend the day enjoying its 18th century buildings - a reflection of the city's historical & cultural past. Sightseeing suggestion: the Museum of Fine Arts featuring the works of Dali & Picasso.

Day 6: Basel & Strasbourg

After breakfast, we cross the border into France to Strasbourg, where John Calvin settled fearing persecution in Paris. We'll have the remainder of the day at leisure. Sightseeing suggestions: visit the European Parliament & the National Theatre.  

Day 7: Strasbourg

Our day begins by exploring this city where Calvin wrote his first draft of the Institutes in 1535. We will visit the Gothic Cathedral & St. Thomas's Church, a principle protestant church since 1549. Marin Bucer, a Reformation leader is buried here. This evening, we'll enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 8: Strasbourg

Depart Strasbourg mid-morning for the return trip home.