Christian Worldview Academic Tour (2 Days)
- Weimar – the Athens of Germany. This city was the focal point of the German Enlightenment and home to Weimar Classicist writers J.W. Goethe and Friedrich Schiller.
- Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial- The final resting place of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and thousands of innocent lives during the Third Reich.
- Buchenwald Concentration Camp Memorial- Buchenwald was one of the first and largest concentration camps in all of Germany.
Land of the Reformers Academic Tour (10 days)
- Dresden- (Florence of Germany) – this city, formerly the royal residence of the Kings of Saxony, was furnished with rich works of art and breathtaking architecture since its establishment in 1206.
- Berlin, Germany’s capital- one of the most influential cities in all of Europe and home to over 3 million people, this city has a history incomparable to that of any other in history, most notable for the Berlin Wall.
- Wittenberg- (AKA the Luther City) because of the famous monk named Martin Luther who came to this town in 1508 to teach theology at the university there. This is the same city where he nailed his 95 Theses and thus began the Protestant Reformation.
- Eisenach- This city is home to the famed Wartburg Castle where Martin Luther translated the first Bible into a common tongue (German). This city was also home to famed composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
- Erfurt- Most notable for the Augustinian Monastery that rests within its city limits. Here, this Order brought forth the Monk who would change the direction of the Church. Here, Martin Luther would soon change the course of history.
- Mainz- In 1450 this little town was put on the map because of the small shop printer named Johann Gutenberg who invented the printing press.
- Worms- Known most famously for the imperial diet of the Holy Roman Empire that took place here against Martin Luther, commonly known as the Diet Worms. Here Martin Luther “could not” and did not recant.
- Heidelberg (the Paris of Germany)- this German city of love is known as such because of its charming atmosphere and river-front setting.
Art History Academic Tour (9 days)
- Salzburg, Austria- The hills here are alive with the sound of music. Literally. The setting of the movie The Sound of Music, and the staging ground for students to reenact the scenes from this movie makes our time here in Salzburg spontaneously enjoyable.
- Venice, Italy- ‘Nuff said!
- Florence, Italy- Formerly the center for medieval European trade, Florence was once the wealthiest cities in its time and the birthplace of the Renaissance.
- Pisa, Italy – Home to the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, (The bell tower to the city’s cathedral).
- Cinque Terre, Italy- Free day! Why not spend it in a hiking paradise & touring 5 charming medieval fishing towns?!
- Rothenburg ob der Tauber- Established in the Middle Ages, this city is completely surrounded by a massive stone wall which one can walk on for 1.5 miles.
- Neuschwanstein Castle- This “Disneyland Castle” was built for the last king of Bavaria, King Ludwig II. Nestled in the Bavarian Alps, this castle is one of the most picturesque castles in the world.
- Nürnberg- world famous for its Kristkindlesmarkt, gingerbread and sausages, the city of Nürnberg exhibits even more of its history with a medieval castle and unique castle mote.
- Munich (Germany’s silicon valley)- The beautiful city of Munich nestled in the Bavarian Alps is known for its rich cultural heritage, lederhosen, dirndls, Oktoberfest and as the economic powerhouse of Germany/Europe.