Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Reformation Tour

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Departs Jul 1, 2017 from

Hosted By: Drs. Paige & Dorothy Patterson and
Dr. Jeffery Bingham
Destination: Germany
Tour Type:
Reformation 500th Anniversary
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Hosted by Drs. Paige & Dorothy Patterson and
Dr. Jeffery Bingham

In behalf of Southwestern Seminary, Dorothy and I invite you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the land of the Reformation, led by noted biblical scholar and dean of Southwestern Seminary’s School of Theology, Dr. Jeff Bingham. Join us as we explore Germany’s rich history of faith and culture while celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant reformation.

Our tour begins in Berlin, a city full of ancient history (Pergamon Museum) as well as modern sites (Berlin Wall), and then takes us back in time to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg where Luther nailed his legendary 95 theses. We will also explore Luther’s college town of Erfurt; Wartburg Castle (where we will actually stay in a favorite hotel of ours), where Luther translated the New Testament; and Luther’s birthplace in Eisleben. Stand in the very places where Martin Luther worked, preached, and started a movement of enormous impact on the church, culture, and beyond.

Dorothy and I look forward to having you as our guest in Germany. We are planning to join you for as much of the trip as we can! We have also invited Dr. Candi Finch to join us for a lecture on the women of the Reformation.


Paige Patterson

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Upon arrival at Berlin Airport you will be met by our tour manager and private luxury motor coach for the drive to the hotel in Berlin. You will have some free time to explore this exciting city which is a vibrant and innovative center of art, culture and history. One of its most famous sights is the strategic Brandenburg Gate – the triumphal arch which is the very emblem of Berlin, built in 1789 inspired by the Propylaea of the Parthenon, Unter den Linden, the famous avenue ‘under the lime trees’ conceived in 1647, and the State Opera House. Another famous sight is the Neo-Renaissance palace, the Reichstag, which was damaged heavily in World War II, and which has recently undergone an incredible rebuilding programme under the direction of the world famous British architect Norman Foster. Some may want to visit Pergamon Museum with its priceless archaeological treasures from Iraq. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner in Berlin. Overnight at the Adlon Kempinski Hotel Berlin.

This morning we leave Berlin and drive to Wittenberg known as ‘Lutherstadt’ where Martin Luther, the founder of the Protestant movement, lived and taught for 36 years. We will visit the Museum of the Reformation at Luther House as well as Stadtkirche and Schlosskirche, now rebuilt in baroque style of 1760, but on the original doors, Luther pinned up his famous 95 Articles condemning the abuses practiced by the church (1517). The church contains the text, which was cast in bronze in 1855, as well as Luther’s tomb. After lunch in Wittenberg we will depart for Leipzig. Overnight in Leipzig at the Hotel Fürstenhof.

Today we will visit Torgau, once the Saxonian residential city and political centre of the Reformation in the 16th century. We will visit the Castle Church. Martin Luther sanctified this church as the first protestant church. The tombstone of Katharina von Bora, Martin Luther’s wife, can be found in St. Mary’s church which we will also visit. The only existing memorial of her is located in her last residence. After lunch in Torgau we drive back to Leipzig. The city is known for its patron musician Bach. Leipzig was pivotal in the reunification of East and West Germany in 1989 as it was here that protests began in January of that year. We have a walking tour through Leipzig to include the St Thomas Church where Johann Sebastian Bach is buried. Overnight in Leipzig at the Hotel Fürstenhof.

Leaving Leipzig this morning we will visit Eisleben which is noted among the most significant locations in Luther’s history. He was born here in 1483 and died here in 1546, and old manuscripts indicated that he felt a special affinity to Eisleben. We will visit the house of his birth and death, St. Andrews Church where he preached his last sermon, the Luther Monument, and St Peter and St Paul Church. After lunch in Eisleben we will continue to Eisenach. Eisenach is the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach. Luther studied here before beginning the translation of the New Testament under the patronage of the Duke of Saxony. In the market place we will see the Town Hall in the 16th century Baroque and Renaissance styles, Pfarrkirche St Georg, 16th c. where Luther preached 1521 and where Bach was baptized in 1685. Dinner and overnight at the Romantik Hotel auf der Wartburg (located in Wartburg Castle).

This morning we will visit Wartburg fortress a poignant key site in the story of Martin Luther. The fortress lies outside Eisenach on the top of a rocky spur. The oldest part dates from 12th century, but most interesting parts date from 1500’s. You will have a guided tour of this interesting medieval fortress with its Knights Hall, Banqueting Hall, the Elizabeth Gallery with its fine frescoes, and the room where Luther lived and worked. Here in the castle in exile after his defiant speech at Worms, Luther translated the Bible into German. We will also visit the Luther House in Eisenach where Luther is supposed to have lived as a school­boy from 1498 to 1501. After lunch in Eisenach we will visit Erfurt. Erfurt It is one of the oldest and best preserved cities in Germany. You will visit the City Cathedral, St Severin’s Church and the Kramerbrucke which is more than 600 years old, with its many unique shops. Also visit the Luther Memorial at the Augustan Monastery (founded 13th century) where the great reformer was admitted to the Hermit’s Order in 1505. Return to Eisenach for overnight at the Romantik Hotel auf der Wartburg.

After breakfast you will leave Eisenach for Worms. Worms is the city where Martin Luther challenged the Roman Catholic establishment during the Imperial Diet in 1521. It was also here that William Tyndale completed the printing of his English version of the New Testament in 1525. After seeing St. Peter’s Church and the symbolic Luther Memorial you will continue to Mainz. Enjoy a guided tour of Mainz. See the Roman temple, the royal palace, the Cathedral, Marc Chagall‘s blue stained-glass window. You will also visit the Gutenberg Museum and see the bible, which is kept at the museum – and see the first printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg. After the tour of Mainz transfer to Frankfurt for a farewell dinner and overnight at the Hotel Villa Kennedy.

This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight home

Land Transportation and Transfers: By private deluxe motor coach.
Accommodations: Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded rooms with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and an additional cost of $515.00 (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are Deluxe category.

Meals: Meals as per the itinerary. Coffee, tea or water included with meals; all other beverages are extra.

Baggage: Subject to change, free baggage allowance is governed by the airline on which you are flying. Baggage allowance guidelines will be included in your final documents. Excess baggage will be charged at the established rates. Due to limited motor coach capacity we urge our tour members to carry only one bag per person. Porterage for one checked bag is included in the tour price. Excess baggage charges from the airlines and motor coaches are the passenger’s responsibility and will be collected at time of handling.

Service Charges and Taxes: Those normally levied by hotels and restaurants are included and all departure taxes and tipping.

Not Included: Airfare, passport costs, and health documentation costs (when required); food and beverages (including coffee and tea) not usually included with regular table d’hote meals; optional sightseeing tours and excursions; accident, baggage and trip cancellation insurance; transporting and handling excess luggage; tips to persons rendering special services not specifically mentioned as included; items of a purely personal nature such as laundry, telephone and cable expenses, internet access, room service orders, etc.

Insurance: Acting only as agents for suppliers, Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc., is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of luggage and/or personal belongings, or for personal injury, accident and/or illness. For protection, it is important that you have adequate insurance to cover these possibilities. We recommend Allianz Travel Insurance. Travel protection is available to all residents of the U.S. and Canada, and includes coverage for lost luggage, medical emergencies and more. Guests booking this tour have the option of purchasing cancellation protection in the event they need to cancel their trip after making their reservations. This optional Guest Protection may be requested at time of booking and fee included with initial payment. Details will be provided with written confirmation of your tour reservation.

Important Passport Information: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office. Passports must be valid for the period of intended stay.

VISA: Not required for US Citizens to Germany.

Deposits and Payments: A deposit of $750.00 per person is required immediately. The balance is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Please check your statement for specific due dates. Tour conditions and airfares are subject to Governmental, ARC/IATAN, and airline regulation requirements in effect on the date of and during the tour. All airfares and land rates are quoted in US Dollars and are based on tariffs and cost in effect Feb. 2017 and are subject to change without notice. Land costs are based on group rates and final tour cost may be dependent on number of tour participants.

Guests with Disabilities: Please be aware that certain land tours may not be fully accessible to persons with disabilities. Wilcox World Travel and Tours must be notified of any special medical, physical or other requirements of passengers at the time of booking. Should a passenger require the assistance of another to make this tour, it is the responsibility of that passenger to arrange for a companion to provide the assistance at all times and for the entire duration of the tour.

Responsibility: Your tour operator, Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc., an ARC/IATAN appointed agent, acts as agent for you in the making and securing of all arrangements for transportation, sightseeing, or for hotel accommodations for the tour. Wilcox World Travel and Tours does not own, manage, control or operate any transportation vehicle, any hotel or restaurant, or any other supplier of services. All coupons, receipts and tickets are issued subject to the terms and conditions specified by the suppliers. Thus, by accepting the coupons and tickets and utilizing the services, you agree that neither Wilcox World Travel and Tours nor any of its Tour Hosts or Representatives shall be liable for any loss, injury or damage to you or your belongings or otherwise in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services, or resulting directly or indirectly from any occurrences beyond its control including breakdown in equipment, strikes, theft, delay or cancellation of or changes in itinerary, or schedules, etc. Also, remember that travel documents are your responsibility as well as compliance with custom regulations. No employee of Wilcox World Travel and Tours can change the terms under which you agree to take this tour. Airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time you are not onboard the aircraft. The passage contract in use by the airline, when issued, constitutes the sole agreement between it and you.

Cancellations and Refunds (more strict due to high season for anniversary reformation tours): If a passenger cancels his/her tour membership up to 91 days prior to departure, there will be a cancellation fee of $750.00 to cover administration and communication costs. For cancellations within 90-46 days of departure date you will be subject to a 50% penalty. Cancellations within 45 days are subject to a penalty of 100% of tour price. All cancellation requests must be addressed to Wilcox Travel in writing. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.

NOTE: Wilcox World Travel and Tours reserves the right to cancel, withdraw, or change the tour, in part or whole, at any time. In the event of a change deemed necessary by Wilcox World Travel and Tours, the sole and exclusive obligation of Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc. is to refund monies recovered.


  • Deluxe (5 star) hotel accommodations throughout (6 nights);

Berlin 1 night Hotel Adlon Kempinski
Leipzig 2 nights Hotel Fürstenhof Leipzig
Eisenach 2 nights Romantik Hotel auf der Wartburg
Frankfurt 1 night Hotel Villa Kennedy Frankfurt

  • All hotel taxes and service charges.
  • Continental breakfast each day, four lunches and three dinners.
  • Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary by private deluxe motor coach with qualified driver and English-speaking, licensed guides / tour manager, who meets you upon arrival in Frankfurt and stays with the group throughout until returning you to the airport in Berlin for your flight to U.S.A.
  • Entrance fees to all sightseeing, including Guttenberg Museum,Wartburg Castle, Erfurt Cathedral, Castle Hartenfield, Luther House Wittenberg and City Church St. Mary.
  • Local guides in Mainz, Eisleben, Leipzig and Wittenberg.
  • Tips for hotel and restaurant personnel, porters, drivers, guides and tour manager.
  • All transfers (one suitcase per person).
  • Wilcox World Travel and Tours flight bag.


  • Single room supplement $ 515.00.
  • Insurance: Travel, baggage, trip cancellation, etc. – $210.00. This covers the “land” package only. We can quote additional amount to include air, if desired.
  • Beverages with meals (other than coffee, tea or water), or meals not specifically mentioned on itinerary.
  • Passports and personal Items and Immunizations
Price (per passenger)