Low Countries Reformation Tour

Led by Ken & Danielle Allen with Oberammergau 2020

Duration
19
Departure
18 July 2020
Price from
7,599

OVERVIEW

Join Ken & Danielle Allen on a Reformation tour through Netherlands, Germany & Switzerland accompanying the Oberammergau 2020 Passion play experience.

WE HAVE 2 ROOMS LEFT ON THIS TOUR!

Ken Allen is the retired Archdeacon of Western Sydney now working part time as Pastor to Seniors at St Paul’s Castle Hill. His wife Danielle, has been employed as a high school Religious Education teacher in a state high school. Ken and Danielle have led many successful tours to Israel, Jordan, Greece and Turkey.

ITINERARY

Airfares are not included in the tour price, but from August 2019 we will have a group airfare available to combine with this tour.

Included Meals: None

On arrival in Amsterdam you will be met and transferred to our hotel. Meet our guide and enjoy dinner together.

Included Meals: None

Today is free day. Perhaps take a boat ride on a canal or visit the Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh museum?

HOTEL: WestCord Art Hotel, Amsterdam

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Today’s tour will include a visit to the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam’s oldest building and oldest parish church, founded circa 1213 and consecrated in 1306 by the bishop of Utrecht with Saint Nicolas as its patron saint. Continue to the Begijnhof, an inner medieval courtyard where the women of the Catholic sisterhood lived. Lastly we will visit Anne Frank’s home. Tonight, we will dine in a traditional Dutch restaurant (e.g. Haesje Claes) this evening.

HOTEL: WestCord Art Hotel, Amsterdam

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We will take a day trip to nearby Haarlem where we will have a walking tour of the city centre, including a guided tour of Bavo Church. This church also known as Grote Kerk, is a Reformed Protestant church which was previously a Catholic Cathedral. Continue to Corrie Ten Boom’s house which is now a museum, before returning to Amsterdam.

HOTEL: WestCord Art Hotel, Amsterdam

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Today we farewell the Netherlands and travel to Berlin.

HOTEL: Hotel Amano, Berlin

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Today we embark on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Get to know the many different faces of Berlin. Pass the places of historical Berlin, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the boulevard Unter den Linden as well as the famous Gendarmenmarkt, the Berlin Cathedral, the unique Museum Island with five important museum-buildings, the Embassy quarter around Pariser Platz, Tiergarten, Checkpoint Charlie (the former border crossing between East and West Berlin), Potsdamer Platz, the boulevard Kurfürstendamm with the Memorial Church and much more. (The tour does not include inside visits). The afternoon is free for you to explore one of the many museums or simply relax. Tonight, we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.

HOTEL: Hotel Amano, Berlin

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Drive to Wittenberg this morning. Check in at the hotel before enjoying a guided city tour of Wittenberg. Experience the historic city centre of Wittenberg with the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) and its famous door where Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses in protest to the sale of indulgences. Stroll around the streets where Luther and his colleagues walked many years ago. Included is a visit to the Luther House, the Melanchthon House and the City Church St. Marien. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight, we have dinner at a local restaurant in Wittenberg.

HOTEL: Acron Hotel, Wittenberg

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Today we check out of our hotel and travel to Torgau. Upon arrival we enjoy a guided tour – “Martin Luther, Katharina von Bora and the Reformation in Torgau”. More than forty stays of the reformer Martin Luther in Torgau are documented. The foundation of the Augsburg Confession was developed here. We then continue to Eisleben and on arrival embark on a guided walking tour. Martin Luther is the most famous citizen of Eisleben (also called Lutherstadt Eisleben), a town founded more than a thousand years ago. He was born here on November 10, 1483 and died here on February 18, 1546. During the tour you will visit Luther’s birthplace and last residence, the Luther monument, the Church of St. Peter and Paul where Luther was baptised, as well as the Church of St. Andrew where Luther gave his last sermons. Also included will be St. Anne’s Church – one of the most beautiful Renaissance churches in Germany. Continue to Erfurt for overnight and dinner at our hotel.

HOTEL: Hotel Wilna, Erfurt

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This morning we enjoy a walking tour of Erfurt with a local guide. This tour will introduce you to the city of flowers and horticulture, the city where Martin Luther lived and studied, and the location of several historical Jewish sites. Erfurt was Martin Luther’s spiritual home. A student at Erfurt’s famous university between 1501 and 1505, Luther first studied the “seven liberal arts”, then theology and, at his father’s wish, jurisprudence. But a dramatic personal incident brought about a radical change in Luther’s life: terrified by a dreadful storm close to the city, during which he was struck by lightning, he took monastic vows and entered the Augustinian Monastery on 17 July 1505. In April 1507, Martin Luther was ordained as priest in Erfurt Cathedral. On your route through the town you will see interesting places connected with Luther, such as the Luther monument, St. Michael’s Church and the student hostel which also date from this era. At the end of this tour there is an opportunity to visit the Augustinian Monastery.
After the tour we will transfer to Wartburg Castle for a one-hour visit. This UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site stands atop a 200-meter high rock above the town of Eisenach. The Wartburg’s most famous resident was Martin Luther, who lived here in protective custody in 1521-1522 after refusing to retract his writings. It was here that he translated the New Testament from Greek into German. We will also have the opportunity to visit the Bach Museum (Bachhaus Eisenach) before we continue to Mainz.

HOTEL: Trip Inn Tagungshotel Bristol, Mainz

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Begin the day with a relaxing river cruise past steep-sided vineyards, half-timbered taverns, the hilltop castles and the notorious Lorelei Rock. Alight at Rudesheim, where we then enjoy the awe-inspiring panoramic views over Rüdesheim’s old town, the vineyards and the shimmering waters of the Rhine from the mighty Niederwald Monument. In the afternoon we transfer to Worms. Martin Luther spent just ten days in Worms, but these ten days fundamentally changed the world. In 1521 he was summoned to the Imperial Diet where he was supposed to disassociate himself from what he had written. Luther asked for time to consider, and then decided not to compromise. He said that if he could not be confuted by the Holy Scriptures, which were his only point of reference, then he did not want to and could not recant “because to go against one’s conscience is neither right nor safe”. We take a guided tour following the footsteps of Luther during his stay (entrance fees not included). Later return to Mainz.

HOTEL: Trip Inn Tagungshotel Bristol, Mainz

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This morning we check out of our hotel and travel to Nuremburg with time set aside to explore the old town. We then depart for Oberammergau with a stop en route at the picturesque town of Rothenburg.

HOTEL: TBC, Oberammergau

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This morning is free to explore the village of Oberammergau before attending the Passion Play commencing at 2.30pm. The Play ends around 10.30pm with a dinner break.

HOTEL: TBC, Oberammergau

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Today we drive from Oberammergau to Konstanz with a stop at Neuschwanstein Castle. On arrival in Konstanz we see the Imperia, the city’s most famous statue representing the Council of Constance which ended the Papal Schism of the 15th Century. We then visit the Jan Hus Museum, which has been for more than 200 years a place of reverence to the great Church reformer. Hus was a follower of John Wycliffe and a predecessor of Martin Luther. Continue to Zurich for our 2-night stay.

HOTEL: Hotel Leoneck, Zurich

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This morning we will enjoy a guided city tour of Zurich ending at the Landesmuseum with some free time to explore. It was in Zurich where the Reformed branch of the Reformation got its start under the leadership of Ulrich Zwingli beginning in 1520. We will tour the Grossmünster, the Helferei (where Zwingli lived) and see the Zwingli Statue. We then travel to Einsiedeln Monastery for evening prayer at 5:30 pm. Return to the hotel for dinner.

HOTEL: Hotel Leoneck, Zurich

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We depart to the village Bäretswil and walk to an Anabaptist cave. The Anabaptists pressed the Reformers for a separation of church and state, adult baptism, and freedom from taxation and military conscription. When this was refused them, they moved into the countryside where they worshipped in secret in caves. Afterwards we will drive from Geneva to Gruyere with picture postcard scenery along the way. Arrive in Geneva for our 2-night stay.

HOTEL: Ibis Geneva Centre Lac, Geneva

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This morning we will do a tour of Geneva’s famous attractions. Geneva was the city where the famous reformer John Calvin was based. The tour includes seeing the Reformation Monument,
St Peter’s Church, Calvin’s home and grave. The afternoon is free for further exploring or last-minute shopping. Tonight, we will have our farewell dinner at our hotel.

HOTEL: Ibis Geneva Centre Lac, Geneva

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Our tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to Geneva airport.

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Arrive Australia

Included Meals: None

Highlights

  • A unique reformation tour starting in the ‘low country’ of the Netherlands.
  • Corrie Ten Boom’s house
  • The cosmopolitan city of Berlin
  • Wittenberg where it all began
  • Luther’s birthplace in Eisleben
  • Erfurt – Luther’s spiritual home
  • Beautiful Rudesheim
  • Nuremberg and the story of Bonhoeffer
  • Passion Play at Oberammergau – once every 10 years!
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Grossmünster in Zurich

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OUR PRICING

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Category Description Twin PP Single
Tour Only 2 ROOMS LEFT $7,599.00 on application
Airfares & Tour** Flying Emirates $9869.00 on application

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Here’s a fantastic opportunity to travel with like-minded people and attend the once-a-decade renowned Oberammergau Passion Play. The play itself is a powerful and deeply moving religious experience. There is a rich 400-year history surrounding the small village in Bavaria fulfilling the vow to God to perform the Passion Play.  Our tour is designed to help us better appreciate this context and join our thanks to those offered by all the generations that have gone before us. This tour also takes advantage of the European spring season, with the beauty and mild weather.  There’ll be plenty of time to enjoy some of the great German-speaking cities of central Europe - Berlin, Dresden and Vienna; experiencing the life, culture, religion and history of these cities.

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Archdeacon Emeritus Ray McInnes and his wife Glenys have had over forty years’ experience serving the Anglican Church in Parish Ministry. Ray and Glenys both retired from full time work last year. Ray was previously the Vicar at the Albert Park parish for 12 years during which time they successfully led four Christian pilgrimages and tours overseas.

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