Special Interest Tours

Special Interest Tours become more and more popular.For example you can follow the traces of Martin Luther, discover architecture in Berlin, garden culture in Germany or visit the Bach festival in Leipzig. The interests of travellers are varied and Acanthus Tours is glad to support you with the arrangement of your own special interest tour. Here enclosed one of our most popular itineraries.

On the traces of Martin Luther (7 days / 6 nights)

Day 1: Munich – Augsburg.

Arrival at Munich airport and transfer to Augsburg. Here in the parliament of Augsburg Martin Luther was questioned by the Roman delegate of the Catholic Inquisition from 12th to 14th October 1518. Enjoy a guided city tour in the more than 2000 year old town which is one of the three oldest towns in Germany along with Trier and Kempten as well as the third largest town in Bavaria. The first day will be completed by a 3-course-dinner and overnight in your hotel in Augsburg.

Day 2: Augsburg – Romantic Road - Wuerzburg

Leave Augsburg and continue on the Romantic Road to Wuerzburg. On the way you visit the town Rothenburg ob der Tauber, whose medieval townscape is world famous. Discover Rothenburg during a 2hours guided tour with great views above the lovely Tauber valley. After lunch (on individual basis) travel on to Wuerzburg. This is the place where the counter-reformation had its biggest success after Luther's death. Here as well enjoy a 2hours guided tour. You spend the night in Wuerzburg incl. a dinner in the evening.

Day 3: Wuerzburg – Eisleben – Lutherstadt Wittenberg

From Wuerzburg continue on Luther's traces to Eisleben where Luther's birthplace and last residence can be found. After lunch in Eisleben the trip continues to Lutherstadt Wittenberg. It was here, where Martin Luther published his 95 theses against the abuse of the selling of indulgences in 1517 (31st October). This event marks the beginning of the reformation in Germany. Accomodation in Wittenberg incl. dinner.

Day 4: Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Discover Wittenberg during an extensive 2 hours walking tour and visit the Luther museum. After lunch you are invited to explore the famous churches in Wittenberg individually: The church St. Marien is the initial point of the Lutheran reformation and the church where Luther was preaching sermons; it was in the castle church "Allerheiligen" that, according to historical sources, Luther posted his 95 theses at the door of the main portal on 31st October 1517.In the evening we recommend to visit an event (music) in one of the churches or the "Cranach courts". Accommodation in Wittenberg incl. dinner.

Day 5: Lutherstadt Wittenberg - Erfurt

You leave Wittenberg in direction of Erfurt - the town where Luther studied and where he became a friar. You take part in a 2h guided visit of the Old Town of Erfurt, including a visit of the cathedral and the Severin church. Afterwards you have time for your own disposal, where you can take your lunch and enjoy the atmosphere of town. You spend the night in Erfurt incl. dinner.

Day 6: Erfurt – Eisenach - Marburg

From Erfurt travel back to Eisenach, where you discover Wartburg castle during a  guided tour of 1 hour. Wartburg castle in Eisenach is most famous for sheltering Luther in 1521 as he was outlawed by the emperor and averted by the pope. Here he translated the New Testament into German. After the visit of Wartburg castle you have time to take your lunch individually before your journey continues to Marburg. It was here that the first protestant university was founded in 1527 and where the disputation between the reformers Luther, Zwingli and Melanchthon took place in 1529. Enjoy a 3h guided tour including a visit of the Old Town and the castle of Marburg. Accommodation in Marburg incl. dinner.

Day 7: Marburg – Frankfurt airport

All good things must end and today we say good bye to Germany. You will be transferred to Frankfurt airport where our tour ends.