Departure Day
Oct
14
6:00 AM06:00

Departure Day

It’s time to load-up and head home with memories to last a lifetime. Our private coach will meet us directly in front of the hotel delivering us to the Munich International Airport in time for many international flights. Squeeze in one last Aufwiedersehen as the Bavaria & Beyond tour comes to a close. 

Bus will arrive at the Munich Int. Airport by 0700

 

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Munich Tour and Farewell Dinner
Oct
13
9:30 AM09:30

Munich Tour and Farewell Dinner

Wake up in the heart of Munich with the iconic Fraunkirche and Marienplatz Rathaus just down the street. After gathering in the hotel lobby, you will be guided through the hauptstadt of Bavaria and beer capital of the world on our Munich City Walking Tour. Discover the relics which Luther so strongly opposed on display in the city's many breathtaking cathedrals.  Watch the famous glockenspiel bell play and explore one of Germany's most beloved cities. 


Celebrate the memories made on your Bavaria & Beyond vacation on the tour's final evening. Savor a traditional Bavarian meal as we recap the adventures of the previous days. "Prost" with the new friends you’ve made and say Aufwiedersehen – until next time. 

 

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Augsburg
Oct
12
8:30 AM08:30

Augsburg

As one of Germany’s longest inhabited cities, Augsburg boasts a wealth of history. Luther first visited Augsburg on his return journey from Rome in 1511. During this visit, he was confronted with a large wealthy city boasting magnificent cathedrals and homes acting as tribute to its power.  Several years later in October of 1518, Luther would again visit Augsburg. This time being summoned to appear before Cardinal Caietan at the Diet of Augsburg. Learn more about Augsburg as we spend the day roaming the Old Town before making our way to Munich. 

Highlights: Goldner Saal - Augsburg Old Town - Fuggerhaüser - Augsburg Cathedral

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Oct
11
8:30 AM08:30

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Wake up inside the historic walls of Rothenburg ob der Tauber with the city square just outside your doorstep. Treat yourself to a slow and relaxing start to the day and watch the town come alive. Stroll through the romantic road's most romantic village. Puruse
the village's unique shops and boutiques. Or take trip back in time and walk along the centuries old medieval walls of this fortified city. After a leisurely day spent discovering the town renowned for its history and Christmas tradition, guests will have the opportunity to join us for special tour guided by the Night Watchman.

Highlights: The city walls - Night Watchman's Tour - German National Christmas Market Museum - Medeival Torture Museum

Photo Credit: ©Rothenburg Tourismus Service, W. Pfitzinger

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Wartburg Castle and Würzburg
Oct
10
8:30 AM08:30

Wartburg Castle and Würzburg

The Wartburg Castle, located just outside of Eisenach, is one of the most influential fortresses in all of Germany. Dating as far back as 1067, the castle has aged magnificently over the centuries defying the tells of time. Built in no more than 16 years, an astonishing 70 percent of the building is still in its original form. However, the true significance of this Neo-Romanesque fortress lies not only in its construction, but rather in the events which it facilitated. During his time at the Wartburg Castle, Luther or “Junker Jörg” as he was called while incognito, translated the New Testament from Greek to German in just 12 weeks! This monumental event was a key point in the Reformation and all German speaking regions. Luther’s translation made the Word of God accessible to the common man and furthermore created a foundation for a standardized written German language. 


Guests will be able take in all the history this spectacular sight has to offer. Along with a visit to the modest quarters where Luther translated the bible, guests may also see the special 500th Reformation Anniversary exhibit “Luther and The Germans”. This exhibit takes a deep look at the significance of Luther’s Reformation and the Germans' view of him over time. 
After a full-packed visit to the Wartburg Castle we will make our way through the scenic countryside of Lutherland to the medieval walled city of Rotherburg ob der Tauber with a short stop in Würzburg for a riverside dinner along the way. 

Highlights: Wartburg Castle - Luther's study - Würzburg's wine bridge - Eisenach countryside

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Erfurt
Oct
9
8:30 AM08:30

Erfurt

Spend the day discovering the fascinating city of Erfurt as our guide, Martin Luther himself, leads us on a walking tour through the town in which he studied and committed his life to the service of God. After Luther’s Erfurt orientation, take in the sights and further explore the lay of the land at your leisure. Marvel at the beauty of the awe-inspiring domes and cathedrals in Erfurt or wander the towns picturesque pedestrian streets. A must see is the Kramer Bridge and its half timbered homes sandwiched across its span.


Highlights: Tour Guided by Luther – Merchants Bridge - Church of Saint Severus – Petersburg Citadel – Old Medieval Synagogue - Medieval Mikveh – Luther’s Augustinian Monastery -

 

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Wittenberg
Oct
8
7:30 AM07:30

Wittenberg

One Hammer, Four Nails and The 95 Theses: that’s how it all began. Long before the reformation, on November 10th, 1483, Martin Luther came into the world. On our way to Wittenberg, we will make a short visit to his birth town of Eisleben, Germany. Upon arriving in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg we will be greeted by the imposing Castle Church where Luther proclaimed his grievances with the Catholic church by posting the 95 Theses. A short stroll through this historic town takes us to the Luther Museum; renovated and reopened in 2017 to celebrate this historic event.  Here guests can visit the special exhibit Luther! 95 Treasures – 95 People. On display for a short time only, this is one of just three National Special Exhibitions (the others are at the Wartburg Castle and in Berlin) commissioned for the 500th Anniversary.  Following the museum visit, we will enjoy a hearty German meal at the local town brewery before a short walking tour through town.


Highlights: Castle Church & the 95 Thesis Door –St. Anne Church – Luther House – The World’s Largest Reformation Museum – Special Luther! 95 Treasures – 95 People Exhibit - Philipp Melanchthon House – Luther’s Burial Site -  

 

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Weimar Tour
Oct
7
9:30 AM09:30

Weimar Tour

Enjoy a leisurely day discovering the cultural and historical significance of Weimar. This small town, once a focal point of German culture during the 18th century, was home to giants of the Enlightenment such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schriller. Our day begins with a locally guided tour visiting the sites within the city. The small city of Weimar boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and over 16 UNESCO objects. 


Guests will have the afternoon to themselves. Book a horse and carriage ride around the town. Visit the delightful shops and boutiques scattered throughout pedestrian zone. A visit to the Goethe National Museum or Bauhaus Architecture museum is sure to delight the arts & culture enthusiast. History buffs can visit the city museum and learn more about the founding of the Weimar Republic and the pivotal role it played early 20th century German national history.  For guests seeking another type of history, the sobering Buchholz Concentration Camp Memorial Site is a short 20 minute drive from the city center, with public busses departing hourly. 


Highlights: Lucas-Cranach-Haus, Democracy Square - Stadt¬schloss Weimar, Fürsten¬haus und Anna Amalia Bibliothek - Ginkgo¬baum – Goethe House – Schriller House - Bauhaus-University and Museum – Belvedere Palace – Buchenwald Concentration Camp (optional)

 

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Regensburg and Bayreuth
Oct
6
8:30 AM08:30

Regensburg and Bayreuth

Rise and shine on the banks of the Danube in the heart of picturesque Regensburg. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast before heading out on a guided walking tour of this historic city. After seeing the sights, it’s time to depart on a scenic cruise on the Danube river. Upon the cruise's conclusion, guests will have the opportunity to savor a beer & brats at Germanys longest operating sausage stand, established more than 500 years back. After exploring the city’s historic old town during your free time, it’s time to load up and head out to our next stop – Bayreuth! 
Surrounded by the natural beauty of Bayreuth we will slowly make our way through the city's Imperial Garden. Following in the footsteps of the famous composer Richard Wagner, we will pass the town's world renowned opera house and palace.  After a traditional Bavarian meal, it’s off to a center point of German culture – Weimar. 


Highlights: Thurn & Taxis Palace – Steinerne Bridge – St. Paul’s Cathedral – Danube River Cruise – Festspiehaus – Margravial Opera House - Neue Schloss Bayreuth – 

 

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Arrival Day and Welcome Reception
Oct
5
12:00 PM12:00

Arrival Day and Welcome Reception

Shortly after landing at the Munich International Airport you will be greeted by your Bavaria & Beyond tour guides. Enjoy a beverage on us as you get acquainted with your fellow travelers.  Once the group has gathered, it's time to load up and head out to our first destination – Regensburg! 
Our first night’s stay will be spent at a quaint hotel located in the heart of Regensburg. With roots reaching back to the 12th century, this recently renovated hotel has been hosting international travelers for centuries. After settling in, enjoy a short stroll through town as we make our way to the Welcome Dinner Reception hosted on the banks of the Danube river. Eat, drink, and be merry as we kick-off the tour of a lifetime! 


Highlights: Munich Int. Airport Pick-Up – Overnight in the Heart of Historic Regensburg - Welcome Dinner Reception on Danube River

 

 

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