2017 Land of Luther Tour
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Join Ligonier Tours from August 14—21, 2017, for a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the places where Martin Luther once lived and taught. We will explore Martin Luther's heritage from Berlin to Frankfurt, Germany, enjoying sights from his boyhood to the places where Reformation theology was born and defended.
In addition, just three days prior to this tour, Ligonier Ministries has formed a one-day conference titled "Luther Today." This conference will be held at the Stadthaus Exerzierhalle in Wittenberg, on August 11, 2017. We hope you consider arriving early for this significant event.
August 14 – Day 1
Guests arrive at Berlin International Airport and will be greeted by Sovereign Concierges who will provide welcome amenities as you wait to be transported via coach to our official hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, guests are pre-keyed into their appointed rooms and will be given the Land of Luther Study Tour Newsletter that will identify the day’s events at the Sovereign guest reception desk. We will then enjoy a full dinner and first night’s lecture with your Ligonier Teaching Fellows.
August 15 – Day 2
After a full breakfast, we travel to Wittenberg where our local guide will take us on a tour of Lutherstadt. It was here in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses and Melanchthon helped forge Reformation Theology. Here Cranach painted now famous portraits of Luther. We will spend time in the Lutherhalle (Luther House) Museum, where Luther lived first as a monk, then later with his wife and children. We’ll be able to view some of Luther’s very own personal library, rare manuscripts, and early Bibles. The tour will also include Castle Church, Stadtkirche St. Marien (St. Mary’s Church) where Luther preached and where his children were baptized, and the Luther Oak where he burned the edict from Rome, condemning him as a “heretic”. This evening, we head back to Berlin where you can choose from any of the many eclectic restaurants in this fabulous city.
August 16 – Day 3
Erfurt and Eisenach
After a full breakfast, we head on the road via luxury motor coach to the Erfurt and Esenach. Once in Erfurt, a local guide will take us on a tour including St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Severin’s Church and the famous Merchant’s Bridge. We will end at the Augustinian Monastery where Luther was ordained as a monk on July 17, 1505. We will be able to see his monastic quarters, including one cell furnished to look as it would have been many years ago when he lived there.
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
August 17 – Day 4
After a full breakfast, we will embark our luxury motor coaches to explore Eisenach. In 1521, while fleeing from the wrath of the Pope, Luther took refuge in the Wartburg Castle under the care of Frederick the Wise. We will tour the Wartburg and see where Luther finished translating the New Testament into German in just eleven weeks. Early in his life, Luther spent time in the nearby town of Eisenach as a school boy and sang in the choir of St. George’s Church, where the Bach family also worshiped. The afternoon is free to explore the town or tour the Bach Museum and Luther House Museum.
August 18 – Day 5
Our first destination today is the university city of Marburg for a tour of the Old City with the St. Elizabeth Church and the Castle. Through its 800 year history, Marburg has had many famous residents and visitors, among whom are William Tyndale, Elizabeth of Thuringia, Martin Luther, and the Grimm Brothers. We then head into the city of Mainz for our overnight. Dinner is on your own this evening.
August 19 – Day 6
Mainz and Worms
Our morning begins in Mainz as we focus on Bible printing history and the contribution of Johann Gutenberg, who developed moveable type. We will view original copies of the Bible in the Gutenberg Museum. We also will view Mainz Cathedral, dating back to AD 975. We have some free time for lunch then drive to Worms. There is no better way to spend an afternoon following the footsteps of Luther. We see the site of the Worms Debates (Diet of Worms), now a park, with a plaque commemorating the Diet of Worms and the Reformation Monument. We will hear the stories of Luther when he was brought before the authorities to answer for his writings to which he responded “Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me.” Before returning to Mainz we enjoy dinner at an area winery.
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
August 20 – Day 7
This morning, we travel on to one of the most charming cities in all the world—Heidelberg, ancient capital of the Palatinate and home of Germany’s oldest university. Heidelberg was the site of the Chapter House for Augustinian Monks. In 1518, Luther presented his 28 Theses for the Heidelberg Disputation. Heidelberg continued to serve as a stronghold for German Reformed Protestants beginning in 1560. One of the great confessional statements of the Reformation, the Heidelberg Catechism was produced here in 1563. Heidelberg Castle, an impressive historic landmark of Germany, stands majestically overlooking the Neckar River. The structure, now largely in ruins, preserves numerous examples of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque German architecture.
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
August 21 – Day 8
After a full breakfast, your Sovereign Concierge assistants will help you with your journey home. If you choose to stay in Frankfurt for a few more days, Sovereign will have several options for 1-, 2-, and 3-day excursions to make the most of your time in the Rhine region.
W. Robert Godfrey
Dr. W. Robert Godfrey is president and professor of church history at Westminster Seminary California. He also serves as a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow. He is also the featured teacher for the Ligonier six-part teaching series A Survey of Church History. His many books include God’s Pattern for Creation, Reformation Sketches, An Unexpected Journey, and Learning to Love the Psalms.
Dr. Steven J. Lawson is president and founder of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry designed to bring about a new reformation in the church. He is a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow, director of the Doctor of Ministry program at The Master’s Seminary, and host of the Institute for Expository Preaching. He has written more than two dozen books, including The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield, and John Knox: Fearless Faith. He is on Twitter @DrStevenJLawson.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. is president and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He is a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow and host of the daily program The Briefing and the popular blog AlbertMohler.com. Dr. Mohler is author of numerous books, including Culture Shift, Atheism Remix, and We Cannot Be Silent. He is on Twitter @AlbertMohler.
Dr. Burk Parsons is copastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow, vice president of publishing for Ligonier Ministries, and editor of Tabletalk magazine. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and director of the Church Planting Fellowship. He is author of Why Do We Have Creeds?, editor of Assured by God, and John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology, and cotranslator and coeditor of A Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin. He is on Twitter @BurkParsons.
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About Ligonier Tours
One of the best ways you can learn about a person or even an event is being there—to be on site. We can certainly learn from reading and studying. We can even create the scene in our mind’s eye. But nothing brings a person or an event to life like being there. Ligonier Tours takes you to the places where significant events occurred, events that have shaped history. You can literally walk in the footsteps of our heroes of the past, of Luther, of Calvin, of Jonathan Edwards. You will meet these figures in ways you have never met them before.
Ligonier’s teaching fellows and other ministry leaders serve as your guides as you explore these important sites. On these tours, you’ll have time with these trusted teachers over a meal or at the sites along the journey. You will also have rich times of fellowship with your fellow travelers, meeting kindred spirits and making friendships.
Ligonier Tours brings the past to life, they serve to encourage us as disciples in our own day, and they offer us reminders that we are not alone, but that we are on our pilgrim journey together.