The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

12 days Religious Heritage, Multi-country
The history of the Protestant Reformation in the Czech Republic and Germany comes to life on this captivating journey to the cities where Luther lived and preached. Admire Gothic spires in Prague before setting off for Germany, the hub of one the most impactful religious movements. Step inside significant churches, see breathtaking landscapes and uncover tangible history on this sweeping tour.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with few hills or stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Prague today.

Prague 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Prague

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Prague! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Prague

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover why Prague is known as the City of One Hundred Spires on a guided tour.

• Visit Prague Castle, from which Charles IV governed the Holy Roman Empire

• Admire the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral

• Ride a historic tram from Castle Hill down to the Vltava River

• Cross the elegant Charles Bridge for breathtaking views of the city

• Stroll through Old Town Square to view the 15th-century Astronomical Clock

Leipzig 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Sightseeing tours of Dresden & Leipzig

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Dresden, once considered the world’s most beautiful city, and enjoy a guided sightseeing  tour.

• Walk through the Old Town past the renovated Semper Opera House

• Admire the statue of Martin Luther in front of the Dresden Frauenkirche

• See the Baroque-style Zwinger Palace, an impressive sandstone complex built in the early 18th century

Transfer to Leipzig this afternoon for a guided sightseeing tour. The city was an important trading center during medieval times and site of a major turning point in the Protestant Reformation during the summer of 1519.

• Stroll past 16th-century buildings in the historic Market Square

• Visit Mädler Passage, a famous shopping arcade that was once a fair trade building

• Marvel at the Renaissance architecture of the Old City Hall

• Stop at the New Town Hall, former site of Pleissenburg Castle, where Luther and theologian Johann Eck disputed authority in the church during the Leipzig Debate

• Pass the St. Thomas Church, where Luther preached in 1539, as well as the St. Nicholas Church and Bach Museum

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Wittenberg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the town of Wittenberg, the birthplace of the Reformation and home to a number of UNESCO-recognized sites connected to Luther. Continue your journey to important locales related to the infamous upheaval on a guided walking tour. 

• Visit the Lutherhaus Museum, which was once Luther’s family home, to view his university lectern, robes and an extensive collection of Reformation manuscripts 

• Enter the Stadtkirche St. Marien, distinguished as the oldest building in the city and known as the “Mother Church of the Reformation”

• Listen to commentary outside of the church in Market Square and learn about the eight famous sermons Luther gave there in 1522

• Reflect on the Reformation’s notable beginning at Castle Church, where Luther challenged the Catholic Church’s right to sell Indulgences by nailing his 95 Theses to the door in 1517

Spend time exploring the town on your own this afternoon. Then, head back to Leipzig to enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Leipzig: Dinner at Auerbachs Keller $79pp* Details

Journey to the center of Leipzig's Old Town for an immersive dining experience at one of Germany's most iconic restaurants, Auerbachs Keller. This renowned institution was built in the 16th century and is located in the cellar below the famous Mädler Passage shopping arcade. It’s known as the setting of Faust’s dinner with the devil in Goethe’s infamous German legend, and is a must-visit during a stop in Leipzig. Marvel at the historic establishment’s Old-World charm, step inside the "Goethe Room" to see where the well-known writer found inspiration as a university student and sample traditional Leipziger dishes accompanied by regional wine.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Erfurt 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Erfurt via Eisleben

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Erfurt this morning, stopping en route to see impressive UNESCO-listed sites in Luther’s hometown, Eisleben.

• Enter the Geburtshaus, the reconstructed home-turned-museum where Luther was born in 1483

• Step inside the Gothic Church of St. Peter and St. Paul to see the remains of Luther’s original 15th-century baptismal font

• Stroll through the New Town past St. Anne Church, the first church in Mansfeld county to become Protestant 

• Pass the 16th-century St. Andrew’s Church, where Luther gave his last four sermons in 1546 and continued to encourage people to find the Word of God in Holy Scripture

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Erfurt

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, set out on a guided walking tour of Erfurt. It was here in the capital of Thuringia that Luther studied law and became an Augustinian monk after making a solemn promise to St. Anne during a lightning storm.

• Walk through the Old Town and pay a visit to the Gothic-style Erfurt Cathedral, where Luther was ordained as a priest in 1507

• See the impressive font and tomb inside the St. Severus’ Church

• Admire traditional half-timbered houses and walk past the Krämerbrücke, a medieval bridge

• Step inside the Augustinian Monastery where Luther served as a monk, which holds an exhibition and a Reformation library of rare books

Enjoy a free afternoon exploring Erfurt on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Afternoon in Historic Weimar $49pp* Details

Learn about some of the most important moments in history on a guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO-listed Weimar, Germany’s former capital. From the devastation that occurred at the Buchenwald concentration camp during World War II to the intellectual achievements of greats such as Goethe and Schiller, the city has seen both heartbreaking trials and glowing triumphs. It was here that literature, music and philosophy flourished in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and the city is remembered as the site of impressive creative innovation. Learn more about Weimar’s bright cultural history as you stroll through the Old Town and admire the historic German National Theatre. Then, end with free time to continue exploring on your own.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $59)

Heidelberg Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Heidelberg region via Eisenach

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue on to the Heidelberg region, stopping en route for a guided tour of Eisenach, Luther’s “beloved city” and birthplace of iconic composer Johann Sebastian Bach. 

• Visit the UNESCO-listed Wartburg Castle, where Luther hid and translated the New Testament into German during his excommunication

• Take a short bus ride to the main part of town and walk to St. George’s Church, where Luther served as a choir boy and preacher

• Admire the Luther House’s 14th-century charm before stepping inside to see where the reformer lived for three years as a schoolboy

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Heidelberg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Admire Heidelberg’s romantic cityscapes on a guided walking tour.

• Wander through Heidelberg’s elegant Market Square in the city’s Old Town

• Explore the grounds of Heidelberg University, the oldest university in Germany 

• Take a funicular ride to the city’s rose-colored hilltop castle for panoramic views of the Old Bridge and the Rhine River below

Spend a free afternoon exploring Heidelberg on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Reformation History in Worms $55pp* Details

Transfer to the ancient city of Worms, where impressive Romanesque architecture, Rhine River views and important Lutheran history take center stage. The Holy Roman Emperor called Luther here in 1521 and convicted him of heresy due to his religious beliefs at a trial known as the Diet of Worms. Luther’s refusal to recant his Protestant convictions resulted in his exile to Wartburg, which affected him for the rest of his life. Learn more about this momentous event during a visit to Heylshof Museum, the actual site of Luther’s trial before the imperial court. Then, enjoy free time to explore the main part of the city, where you’ll marvel at famous churches and the Luther Memorial, one of the most important Reformation monuments in the world.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

Munich 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Munich via Tübingen & Augsburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Munich, stopping along the way for lunch in the picturesque town of Tübingen. Continue on to Augsburg, site of the Augsburg Confession, for a guided sightseeing tour.

• Pay a visit to Fuggerei, the world’s oldest social housing complex, where the rent has remained the same since 1520

• Walk past the 17th-century Perlach Tower and St. Moritz Church, which boasts a whitewashed, minimalist interior

• Explore the interior of the 14th-century St. Anne’s Church, where Luther’s room has been converted into a Reformation museum called the “Luther Staircase” 

• Admire the oldest stained glass windows in Germany during a visit to the 11th-century Augsburg Cathedral

• Drive past the Basilica of St. Ulrich and St. Afra, where both Catholicism and Protestantism were acknowledged as valid denominations during the Peace of Augsburg in 1555

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get to know the Bavarian capital on a guided tour. 

• Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district 

• Enter the Nymphenburg Palace, the Baroque home to past Bavarian royalty

• Walk from Odeonsplatz through the Hofgarten to view the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria

• Explore Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, and see the famed Glockenspiel

• Pass Munich Cathedral, New Town Hall, Old City Hall and St. Peter’s Church

Later, enjoy a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion. 

This evening, sit down with your group at a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Andechs Brewery & Beer Tasting $89pp* Details

Step back in time on a guided tour of the Andechs Monastery and brewery, where Benedictine monks have been brewing beer since 1455. After your tour, you’ll enjoy a tasting of this centuries-old Bavarian beer at a canteen restaurant. Take free time to explore the monastery church, garden and shop before transferring back to Munich this evening.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Munich airport for your flight home.

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Passport & visa requirements

• This tour visits the Czech Republic and Germany. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 

• We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.

• There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.

• If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

• You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with few hills or stairs.

• Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

• You should feel comfortable managing your own luggage at times.

• If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team at 1.800.597.0350.

Transportation & arrival information

• Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Prague and depart from Munich. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.

• Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost. 

• All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

• Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 

• Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 

• One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.  

• Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

• We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear. 

• A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.

• You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 

• It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).


• There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 

• At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at

• If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.

• If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team at 1.800.597.0350.


• Czech food is hearty, and you’ll find large portions of veal, beef and potato dishes. Some of the world’s finest beers are produced here, including the original Budweiser and Pils.

• German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.

Electricity & air conditioning

• The Czech Republic operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C or E plugs with two small, round pins.

• Germany operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C or F plugs with two round pins.

• We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.

• The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.

• Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.


• Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 

• There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 

• Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

• The Czech Republic and Germany are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

• When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.


• You will use the Czech crown in the Czech Republic and the euro in Germany.  

• Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 

• We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.  

• You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.

• Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

• International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.


• At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.

• We recommend tipping the equivalent of $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver. 

• If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 

• Tips can only be paid in cash.

Purchasing excursions on tour

• Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour. 

• Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 

• Please be advised that if you pay for an optional excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 

• Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary without advance notice to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates and prices.

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