You may have seen our previous post on Globus Faith, the new arm of Globus Tours that sponsors spiritual pilgrimages and other faith-based travel. As you might imagine, religious faith has a rich and long history in the course of human events, and this gives us both many destinations and sights for traveling and many reasons to celebrate.
This particular reason to celebrate is an anniversary: The Protestant Reformation was called into action when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses; while the date is inexact, it has historically been marked on October 31, 1517– making 2017 the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
To commemorate this special anniversary, Globus Faith is offering two travel packages that let you see the historical sights associated with the Reformation and the early Protestant church.
500th Anniversary of the Reformation Tour
To mark the anniversary, this tour from Globus Faith includes a twelve-day itinerary through Germany, to many of the historically and religiously significant sites associated with the Reformation and the Protestant Movement. Among the stops you will make on this tour:
- In Mansfeld, you’ll visit Martin Luther’s childhood home;
- Torgau was the political center of the Reformation, and it’s there you can find the first-ever Protestant church, sanctified by Martin Luther in 1544.
- The Diet of Worms was the tribunal convened in 1521 to determine what to be done about Martin Luther. While you’re in Worms, you can visit the Cathedral where Luther made his defense, as well as the Reformation Monument.
- The true highlight of the tour is the one-day excursion to Wittenberg. The town is famously packed with historical sites, as it is where Martin Luther lived his adult life. While there, you can visit the Luther home, where he and his wife raised a family. You’ll get to see St. Mary’s Church. Luther not only preached the tenets of the Reformation from St. Mary’s, but he was married in that church (in 1525) and baptized all six of his children there. You can also visit the Castle Church (also known as the Palatial Church or All Saints’ Church), so named to distinguish from the “Town Church” of St. Mary’s), where legend holds that Luther pinned his Ninety-Five Theses to the door.
Of course, you’ll see other cities, such as Berlin and Munich, and the historical sights therein, as well.
The European Reformation Tour
This itinerary is slightly different and a little shorter than the other, but makes an appealing alternative if you don’t have time for the longer visit. The major difference is that you won’t get to take a cruise on the Rhine River after visiting Worms, so this can be a more affordable option for those not particularly interested in or suited to river cruising.
If the idea of a tour of the great sites of the Reformation interests you, either because of its historical or religious significance, AffordableTours.com can offer you the best deal on such a vacation package with one of our partners. Visit our website or call 1-800-935-2620 to get the package that’s right for you at the right price.