Tour 5

Day 1: Tuesday, June 13

Depart via scheduled air service to Berlin, Germany

 

Day 2: Wednesday, June 14
Berlin

Arrive in Berlin
Meet your MCI Tour Manager, who will assist the group to awaiting chartered motorcoach for a transfer to the hotel via panoramic tour of Berlin, including Brandenburg Gate, Under den Linden, Gendarmenmarkt, etc. Also explore Berlin’s architectural treasures and experience the city’s amazing transformation by a 1-hour boat cruise on the River Spree
Late afternoon hotel check-in
Evening Welcome Dinner and overnight

 

Day 3: Thursday, June 15
Berlin

Breakfast at the hotel
Half-day sightseeing of Berlin with its famous Unter den Linden Strasse, (iconic boulevard of linden trees), the Russian War Memorial, the remains of “the wall,” and “Checkpoint Charlie,” Kurfurstendamm Strasse, home to some of Berlin’s most luxurious stores, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin Dom, Reichstag, etc.
Festival Welcome Lunch
Afternoon rehearsal
Evening dinner, on own
Return to the hotel for overnight

 

Day 4: Friday, June 16
Berlin

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning rehearsal
Lunch, on own
Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Neues Museum. The Museum houses the archaeological collections of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, the Museum of Pre- and Early History, as well as works from the Collection of Classical Antiquities
Dinner included
Evening rehearsal
Overnight at the hotel

 

Day 5: Saturday, June 17
Berlin

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning dress rehearsal with the orchestra in the BerlinerDom
Lunch, on own
Afternoon at leisure for sightseeing, shopping or other activities
Dinner at a local restaurant
Festival Finale Concert in BerlinerDom
Post festival reception
Return to the hotel for overnight

 

Day 6: Sunday, June 18
Berlin / Wittenberg

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Wittenberg
Participate/Sing in Sunday service
Lunch, on own
Sightseeing includes entrance to the Lutherhalle, a museum of the Reformation. In the room occupied by Luther, preserved in its original condition, are displayed Luther’s writings, prints, medals, Luther’s university lectern, his pulpit from St Mary’s Church and a number of valuable pictures. Also visit the Schlosskirche. It was to the wooden doors of this church that Luther nailed his 95 “Theses” in October 1517. The original doors were destroyed by fire during the Seven Years War; the present bronze doors, bearing the Latin text of the Theses, were installed in 1858. In the church is the tomb of Melanchthon and Luther, and on the columns of the nave are life-size figures of Luther, Melanchthon and other Reformers
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day 7: Monday, June 19
Wittenberg / Eisenach

Breakfast at the hotel
Full-day excursion to Eisenach. Drive up a steep forested slope to one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Germany, Wartburg Castle, which was founded in 1067 and which looms over the city of Eisenach. It was at Wartburg Castle that Martin Luther, disguised as “Knight George,” translated the New Testament into German. Of the experience, Luther said “I fought the Devil with ink.” At the castle there is a museum containing mainly Reformation artifacts, including paintings, sculptures, weapons, furniture and tapestries, and the Lutherstube, the room where Luther did the translating. Eisenach was home to Martin Luther as a child, and it was also the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach. We will visit the Lutherhaus, one of the oldest and most picturesque half-timbered buildings remaining in Eisenach and now a museum featuring multimedia exhibits relating Luther’s teachings
Lunch, on own
Return to Wittenberg
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day 8: Tuesday, June 20
Wittenberg / Eisleben / Erfurt

Breakfast at the hotel
Full-day excursion to Eisleben. Martin Luther was born and died in the small city of Eisleben (Luther had a special affection for this city now officially known as “Luther-City Eisleben” Lutherstadt Eisleben). During our tour, we’ll have the honor of visiting Luther’s birth house which is now a well-preserved museum
Lunch, on own
Continue to Erfurt. Erfurt played a significant role in the life of Martin Luther—for it is here he spent six years studying at the University then living as a monk in the Augustinian Monastery. We will enjoy a tour through this richly beautiful, medieval city, to explore some unforgettable sites including the Augustinian Monastery wherein is housed a Luther Exhibition showing restored monastic cells as they might have looked in Luther’s time. We will also visit Barfüsserkirche an attractive ruin and silent witness to the destruction of war as it was partially destroyed by WWII bombs. The nave remains in ruins but the choir has been restored
Concert in Augustinian Monastery
Return to Wittenberg
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day 9: Wednesday, June 21
Wittenberg / Leipzig

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Leipzig
Sing a recital in St. Thomas Church
Martin Luther preached in St. Thomas Church in 1539 heralding the arrival of Protestantism in Leipzig. Bach’s 12 children and the infant Richard Wagner were baptized here, and both Mozart and Mendelssohn performed here. Bach was choirmaster at this church for 27 years
Lunch, on own
Half-day guided tour of Leipzig includes entrance to the Bach Museum. The reconstructed Bose House stands in the shadow of the Thomaskirche. It was once the home of the Bach family and now contains the largest Bach archives in Germany, as well as many mementos of the composer
Evening Farwell Dinner and overnight

 

Day 10: Thursday, June 22

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Berlin’s (possibly Leipzig’s) airport for return flight