Greece, Turkey & Mediterranean Cruise

Greece, Turkey and Mediterranean Cruise

In the Footsteps of St. Paul

See the places where Christianity first gained a foothold in Europe by treading the path of the Apostle Paul in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Sacred Shrines - Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Lourdes and Lisieux

Spain, Portugal and France

Sacred Shrines - Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Lourdes and Lisieux

The shrines and sanctuaries on this journey of devotion are a reminder of the constant spiritual renewal within the Catholic faith.

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Austria, Switzerland and Germany

Austria, Germany & Switzerland

An Alpine Panorama

Nothing can compare with the breath-taking scenery of the Alps - towering mountain peaks, pristine glaciers, crystal clear lakes and fertile valleys.

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Wartburg Germany

Ponta Vechio Italy

St. Peters Rome

Bunratty Ireland





The Reformation & The Luther Decade

The Luther Decade is a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in the ten years leading up to October 2017.

Why ten years of celebrations? Well, as the official body explains:

"The effect of the Reformation was momentous. In fact, it was so important in world history that a one-year commemoration of the 500th anniversary is not enough."

Of course, the Reformation and Martin Luther's influence are not just restricted to Germany: Lutheran communities and Reformed Churches from California through Minnesota to Florida can trace their present-day faith to these events.

Although Luther lived five centuries ago, you can still feel his presence in Wittenberg, at the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt or on the Wartburg. You can:

  • examine the notes that he wrote on the pages of his Bible
  • photograph the doorway where he nailed his Theses
  • admire the pulpit where he preached – still used today
  • step into the very room where he translated the New Testament

and, of course, not forgetting the more worldly matters of the flesh, you can:

  • eat the type of sausage he enjoyed
  • taste beer brewed the way he liked it


Market Square in Wittenberg
Photo used with permission of WittenbergKultur e.V

The Luther Decade And Its Themes

As well as the regular annual celebrations, each year of the Decade has been given a theme. Here are the themes for the years from 2011 onwards:

2011 - Reformation and Freedom
2012 - Reformation and Music
2013 - Reformation and Tolerance
2014 - Reformation and Politics
2015 - Reformation - Image and Bible
2016 - Reformation in a United World

2017 - Anniversary of the Reformation

According to the Foundation organizing the celebrations, the themes are designed to

"signal the breadth of the renewal brought about by the Reformation. They address questions to today’s Church, State, and Society regarding, for example: freedom and solidarity, responsibility and education, loyalty to one’s own beliefs, and tolerance."

The Luther Decade Tours

Events and sites of interest are spread throughout Luther Country and beyond. That's why we have put together ideas for four different tours that group leaders may be interested in offering to their members over the coming years.


Luther Monument in Wittenberg
Photo used with permission of WittenbergKultur e.V

These are sample itineraries, but of course with sufficient travelers group leaders can have their tour tailor-made to their own interests.

Booking Your Luther Decade Tour

If you would like to know more about the Protestant Reformation itself, then take a look at our Reformation history page.

If you have any questions about leading a group to the Luther Decade or about customizing a tour to suit the interests of your group, then we have prepared a page for group leaders.

If you are interested in joining one of our tours or have any further questions then feel free to call us at 800 323 8158. Alternatively you can contact us by email using the button below. One of our experienced staff will be happy to help you.


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