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REFORMATION FOR ALL TIME TOUR, 2013. Experience the Reformation where it happened: Paris, Noyon, Strasbourg, Worms, Heidelberg, Eisenach, Wartburg Castle, Erfurt, Eisleben, Wittenberg, Coburg Castle, Zurich, Geneva. See full Itinerary.
The 450th anniversary of the crafting of the Heidelberg Catechism (1563) occurs in 2013. Join us as we follow John Calvin from his birthplace in Noyon to Paris and Geneva, and then as his students made their way to Heidelberg there to compose one of the greatest question and answer guides to what the Bible teaches about Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude. REGISTER TODAY
We will stay in one of my wife's favorite cities on the planet, Strasbourg, where Calvin and Martin Bucer proclaimed the gospel; we will visit Luther's birthplace, where he studied at Erfurt and taught at Wittenberg, where he translated the New Testament into German at the Wartburg Castle, and where he took his immortal stand at Worms. We will also follow Ulrich Zwingli's ministry in Zurich--and eat sausages!
REFORMATION FOR ALL TIME TOUR is appropriate for all ages: seniors, families with children, married couples and singles. Join us for eleven unforgettable days of rich fellowship, great food and fine hotel accommodation (no youth hostels!), and comfortable coach travel in France, Switzerland, & Germany. Ground cost includes 2 meals per day (usually breakfast and dinner), coach travel, boat tour pass in Paris, hotels, entrance fees to group tour locations and activities.
We anticipate this Reformation tour will be fully subscribed. Contact us and reserve your place today.
$100 non-refundable deposit upon registration. $400 -- August 15, 2012
$1000 -- October 15, 2012
Balance -- February 15, 2013 (Those who register after these dates can make arrangements for payments)
Testimonials from previous travelers on Bond tours:
"The tour far and away exceeded all our expectations," (Calvin 500, 2009 Tour).
"Words really fail me here - if only I had Mr. Bond's talents! I am so incredibly blessed. Your enthusiasm for history and literature are contagious." (UK and France Tour, 2010).
"It was such an incredible gift and challenge to me to see how Christ-centered you are..."
"The tour really was way more than we ever expected or imagined..."
"When is the next tour? We're on it!" (Crown & Covenant Trilogy Tour, Scotland, 2011)
Day 1 -- Arrive in Paris (2 nights). Group lunch and settle in hotel in the Latin Quarter. Walking tour of places related to the life and ministry of the "Wycliffe of France," Jacques Lefevre d'Etaples; and William Farel; Place de Maubert where many Christians were martyred for their faith in Christ. Group welcome dinner in 12th century crypt restaurant near hotel.
Day 2 -- Morning walking tour of Paris sites related to the life and ministry of John Calvin: College de Montague, College de Fortet, St. Etienne du Mont (Blaise Pascal buried here), Notre Dame where Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion were publicly burned in 1544, Place de la Greve where the first French Reformation martyr was burned in 1512.
Day 3 -- Morning worship at Notre Dame Cathedral (why Reformation was so badly needed); Free time to see other Paris sites: Louvre, Eiffel Tower. Afternoon coach drive to Noyon (1 night), Calvin's birthplace in 1509, museum, Cathedral, Renaissance Library.
Day 4 and 5 -- Coach to Strasbourg (2 nights), where Calvin and Martin Bucer ministered. Morning tour of Strasbourg Cathedral and Gutenberg Square; Martin Bucer's home and church; St Nicholas Church where Calvin preached; afternoon and evening options in one of my wife's favorite cities on the planet. Cathedral and Gutenberg printing press monument.
Day 6 -- Coach drive to Worms where Luther took his intrepid stand for the gospel of grace alone, then to Heidelberg (1 night) Castle, tour where Ursinus and Olivianus compiled the Heidelberg Catechism; hotel near the Church of the Holy Ghost where they preached:
Day 7 -- Coach to Wartburg Castle where in 1521 Luther translated the German New Testament, wrote his catechism, and began writing hymns; lunch in Castle Kitchen. Then coach to hotel near Luther's birthplace in Eisleben (1 night).
Day 8 -- Coach to Wittenberg; 95 Theses; other sites related to Luther and Katherine von Bora. Coach to Coburg (1 night) see castle where Luther likely penned A Mighty Fortress is Our God.
Day 9 -- Coach to Zurich (1 night) where Ulrich Zwingli preached the gospel of grace; morning worship at the church Zwingli pastored.
Day 10 -- Coach to Geneva (1 night); afternoon tour of St. Pierre Cathedral where Calvin preached, the Auditoire; Academy; Reformation Museum; Reformation Wall; evening dinner reprising the whole.
Day 11 -- Breakfast in Geneva. Flights home or connections from Geneva
THIS TOUR IS FILLING STEADILY AND SPACE IS LIMITED. CONTACT US email@example.com or call 253-381-1961 REGISTER TODAY!
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I was talking with a fellow the other day who was on the Calvin '09 tour with us. "Everyday was like being in heaven," he said. He went on and talked about the daily fellowship, meals, experiencing the sites together, and what a delight that all was. Heaven, I'm counting on it, will be infinitely better, but there are definitely foretastes when we are together for one of these tours.
Trace the route for the Reformation Tour with Douglas Bond from Paris, Noyon, Strasbourg, Worms, Heidelberg, Eisenach, Wartburg Castle, Erfurt, Eisleben, Wittenberg, Coburg Castle, Zurich, Geneva.
This is by no means a required reading list, but several folks have inquired about books and authors to read to prepare for the tour.
Roland Bainton's HERE I STAND, HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION
Jean Henri Merle d'Aubigné, HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION IN THE 16TH CENTURY
Several of mine that would be helpful:
THE BETRAYAL, a novel on John Calvin
THE THUNDER, a novel on John Knox (episodes in Geneva)
MR. PIPES AND PSALMS AND HYMNS OF THE REFORMATION
FAMILIES PREPARING THEIR CHILDREN FOR THE TOUR might want to assign research projects on:
John Calvin, Martin Luther, Frederick the Wise (Elector of Saxony), Martin Bucer, Ulrich Zwingli, William Farel, Henry Bullinger, Jacques Lefevre d'Etaples, Margaret of Valois, Joanne of Navarre, Renee of Ferrara, Casper Olivianus, Zacharius Ursinus, Elector Frederick III, Clemont Marot, Theodore Beza, Nicholas Cop, Leo X, Erasmus, Ignatius Loyla, Michael Servetus, Francis I, Charles V
Be sure you have your passport with you when you leave for the airport, and plan to keep it with you at all times when traveling abroad. Families will want to make photocopies of each family member’s passport and tuck these away in Mom or Dad’s suitcase. If there is a lost or stolen passport on the tour, it will be easier to replace with a photocopy than without (it won’t be easy, just easier).
At the moment, there are approximately 1.45 USD to 1 Euro.
All lodging, entry fees for group activities (you may choose to enter castles, museums, and other locations on free time at your own expense), coach transportation, and breakfast, and lunch or dinner are covered in the trip fee (22 meals total).
You will need to notify your bank to exchange USD into Euros and Swiss Francs. Banks are now charging fees for providing foreign currency so it is a good idea to find out what those fees are before you make the exchange.
ATM cards are the easiest way to get cash in Europe (there are lots of cash machines). Check with your bank to see what fees will be charged to your account for these cash withdrawals. We use a Capital One Master Card for foreign purchases because it is one of few cards that does not charge foreign exchange transaction fees. Check with your bank for the best option for your banking needs abroad.
If you are using a credit card or debit card make sure that you notify your bank ahead so they do not put a hold on your card due to unusual purchases.
Plan to use a money belt for credit cards, passport, and cash. I prefer the kind that goes around my neck, though I sometimes use both. It is a good idea to spread out where you keep valuables on your person, and families will want to keep duplicate credit cards and cash distributed between husband and wife.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
Phone cards – if you purchase an international phone card in the USA make sure that you have all the access code information with you to use it on the tour. Most hotel phones will accept phone cards purchased in the Europe.
Cell Phones - Check with your cell phone provider. Depending on your service package, you may be able to upgrade your cell service for a short time so your own phone with your own number can be used as an international cell phone. Otherwise, you may purchase an international cell phone when we arrive in Paris. Cheryl and I will each have an international cell phone that will be available to you for emergencies only.
Email: If you wish to access and send email on the tour make sure you know your password and use an easily accessible account such as hotmail or gmail. Our hotels will have wi-fi but it is not always free so you may have to purchase wi-fi usage at the hotel for a nominal fee.
Write yourself a short checklist before you leave for the airport. Don't forget passport, reading material, tour journal notebook, Bible, and an adapter plug if you need it.
The U.S. operates on 110 volts while Europe uses 220 volts. To operate an electric hair dryer or razor – it must be able to adjust to 220 volts and you will need a plug adapter that is configured for British electrical outlets which are more like dryer or stove outlets than ours. For laptops and camera battery rechargers, check with your manufacturer to see if these need power converters for European voltage. My laptop (HP PC) does not, but all our electrical plug-ins need the Continental European outlet adapter to configure to their outlets.
QUESTIONS ABOUT AIRFARES (from an email I wrote to one of our previous tour groups)