Breakfast is at the hotel, the wide spread of German breakfast foods.
Depart from Wittenberg on a Motor Coach to one of the other key Luther sites, or a fabulous German city. You'll receive a lunch box to go on the day trips and have a chance to enjoy dinner on your own in the places you visit.
Wartburg and Erfurt At Eisenach, you'll tour the Wartburg Castle where Luther lived under the protection of the Elector, disguised as a knight. Here, he translated the New Testament into German, giving common people, for the first time, access to the Holy Scriptures in the common language. Later, you'll head to Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia where among the many sites, you'll visit the Augustinian Monastery where Luther took his monastic vows and celebrated his first Mass. Dinner is on your own in Erfurt and Evening Prayers will be at the Monastery as part of your Luther500 experience.
Leipzig and Torgau Tour these delightful German cities. Torgau, where Katerina Von Bora, Luther's beloved wife, is buried (St. Mary's Church) and where the offices of Frederick The Elector conducted much of his business in Luther's day, is also home to the first Protestant Church ever to be built (Schlosskirche). You'll have a chance for a time of prayer service in the Marienkirche. Torgau also marks a modern historical site where here, on the Elbe, the US and Soviet troops first met in the closing days of WWII. Leipzig, well known as the place where JS Bach served as Kantor of the Thomas Church for many year, was also home to Felix Mendelssohn, and played a key role in the 1980's toward the fall of Communist rule over the eastern part of Germany. This center for trade, commerce art and education is a lovely place to visit.
Eisleben This is the place of Luther's birth, baptism and death. His Birth House and Death House in Eisleben have been designated a World Heritage Site. You'll have a chance to visit those along with the Church of St. Peter and Paul where Luther was baptized. You'll have the chance to participate in a brief private worship service, a remembrance of baptism, here, which is a special opportunity for Luther500 participants. You'll also visit the church of St. Andrew in Eisleben where Luther delivered the last four sermons of his life, ordained town ministers, and where he lay in state following his death.
Berlin One of Europe's most vibrant capital cities, this is the place for shopping, history, museums and cultural immersion. We'll enjoy a guided tour of key sites including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, remnants of the Berlin Wall, The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial, the Tiergarten, and more. Stroll along the Spree, enjoy free time in Berlin and meet up with the group at St. Mary's church (the oldest in Berlin) near Alexanderplatz for evening prayer as a special opportunity for Luther500 participants.
Since you'll return later to Wittenberg tonight, and to provide a unique experience rooted in long-standing friendships with church leaders in Germany, brief prayer services will be held at the historic and sacred locations on the day trips, instead of in the churches back in Wittenberg. Whichever trip you choose, you'll be pleased.
Groups return at different times to Wittenberg. There will be an opportunity for some group reflection and music, and plenty of Gemutlichkeit.