Day 1: Berlin
Arrive at the airport in Berlin, & transfer to the hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 2: Berlin – Wittenberg
This morning, enjoy a half-day guided tour of the city. Travel to Wittenberg afterward. Visit All Saints’ Church, believed to be where Luther posted the Ninety-Five Theses. Explore Wittenberg’s Reformation museum. Take a stroll through Market Square, & enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Day 3: Wittenberg – Eisleben – Wittenberg
After breakfast, head to the German town of Eisleben, where in the 15th-century reformer Martin Luther was born. The first stop on today’s guided tour is the house where Luther was born. Next you’ll see the famous Luther monument, situated in Eisleben’s center. Visit the historic house where Luther passed away, in the mid-16th century. Other highlights include St. Peter & St. Paul Church, celebrated as the site of Luther’s baptism. Return to Wittenberg for dinner & an overnight stay.
Day 4: Wittenberg – Eisenach
Travel to Eisenach this morning. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel & enjoy lunch. Head to Wartburg Castle for a guided tour of the medieval UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your visit, you’ll learn about Martin Luther’s time here, & enjoy incredible views of the castle’s surrounding landscapes. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure afterward.
Day 5: Eisenach – Kronach – Coburg
Depart for Nuremberg this morning, enjoying stops along the way. Visit charming Kronach, & see the town’s renowned medieval fortress. Next, visit one of Luther’s other former residences, Veste Coburg, situated in the town of Coburg. During your visit you’ll learn about Luther & the Diet of Augsburg, admire artwork from the Renaissance period, & see a collection of armory. Then, visit Ehrenburg Palace & St. Moriz Church. Other highlights of the Coburg visit include the lovely Callenberg Castle. Continue the journey towards Nuremberg. Enjoy dinner & an overnight stay in the Nuremberg area.
Day 6: Rodental – Nuremberg
As you approach the city of Nuremberg, see how traditional Hummel figurines are made during a brief visit to the town of Rodental. Upon arrival in Nuremberg, enjoy a guided tour of the city’s famed sights, & learn about the initiation & spread of the Reformation that took place many centuries ago. Visit the German National Museum & Nuremberg Castle, the location of the Diet of Nuremberg. See the memorial honoring another well-known reformer of Luther’s time, Philipp Melanchthon. Visit the Reformation Memorial Church, the Albrecht Duerer House, & the Town Hall. Other highlights include a visit to reformer Lazarus Spengler’s House.
Day 7: Nuremberg – Regensburg
Leave Nuremberg, & travel to Regensburg, a city which features an array of architecture. You’ll see ancient Roman ruins & structures from the Middle Ages. Head up into the tower of Trinity Church for a scenic view of the city, learn about the city’s acceptance of the Protestant Reformation, & visit the Gothic-style Regensburg Cathedral. Other highlights of this morning’s tour include St. Emmeram’s Abbey & the Stone Bridge. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the world’s oldest sausage kitchen. Then, sail along the Danube River, heading to Walhalla. Here you will enjoy a short shore excursion to visit the famous temple, inspired by Athens’ Acropolis. Return to Regensburg afterward. Enjoy dinner & an overnight stay in the city.
Day 8: Regensburg – Augsburg – Munich
After breakfast, head to Augsburg, where the Diet of Augsburg took place. Visit St. Anne’s Church, the former monastery that housed Martin Luther briefly in the 16th century. Highlights include the Luther Stairs. See the Fuggerei, & visit Town Hall. After the tour, travel to Munich for dinner & an overnight stay.
Day 9: Munich
Meet your guide at the famous Munich Carillon for a half-day tour of the city. Highlights include Nymphenburg Palace & the lovely garden, Hofgarten. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Enjoy a traditional brew at a local beer garden, shop for gifts & souvenirs, or visit one of the city’s many museums.
Day 10: Munich – USA
Transfer to the airport, & board return flight home.