Dr Michael Gladwin, who teaches History at CSU’s School of Theology and is Editor of St Mark’s Review, will be leading a group on a 2-week tour through Germany, France, Switzerland, and Italy to study the European Reformations.
The European Reformation is one of the most fascinating and influential periods in world history. Martin Luther’s public criticisms of the Church after 1517, aided by technological innovations such as the printing press, precipitated the creation of Protestant churches in Europe. But the Protestant challenge also accelerated reform and renewal within the Roman Catholic Church. While the impact of the Reformation was a factor in major wars and political realignments in Europe and Great Britain, its influence was further felt in literature, philosophy, economics, architecture, science, and the arts.
In short, the Reformation laid the foundations of the modern world. All of these developments are the focus of this study tour. Along the way, you’ll visit sites associated with famous figures like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Ulrich Zwingli. You’ll also explore the sites and heritage of Roman Catholic Europe as well as radical reformation movements such as the Anabaptists. At the same time, you’ll experience the rich culture, history, culinary delights and beautiful scenery of Germany, Switzerland, France, and Italy.
This is a rough program outline. Full details will be available on Charles Sturt University’s website soon.
Free time is built into each part of the itinerary, along with guided tours and informal lecture, and discussion times while travelling to each destination. This includes a personal headset system for each traveller while in situ at different sites. The price includes all travel in our own chartered deluxe motor coach; 13 nights lodging in three- and four-star hotels; all breakfasts and most dinners; and all guides, fast-track entrances, touring, and transportation.
|Monday 16 Nov||AUSTRALIA||DEPART AUSTRALIA|
|Tuesday 17 Nov||ARRIVE BERLIN, GERMANY||Arrive in Berlin and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner at your hotel.|
|Wednesday 18 Nov||BERLIN, GERMANY||Sightseeing in the once-divided metropolis includes the Nikolai Quarter, Unter den Linden, the Memorial Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, the Marienkirche and Reichstag and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church with its bomb-damaged tower.
Enjoy free time for lunch before visiting Museum Island and the Pergamon Museum where a guided tour will be held.
|Thursday 19 Nov||BERLIN – WITTENBERG – LEIPZIG||Depart for Wittenberg, where Martin Luther lived and taught for 36 years. Explore SCHLOSSKIRCHE (Castle Church) with a guided tour of the grounds and church, where Luther posted his 95 Theses, giving birth to the Reformation. This beautiful church is also the burial site of Luther and Melanchthon. Next, visit LUTHER HOUSE, the greatest museum of Reformation history in the world. See the Luther Monument and enter MELANCHTHON’S HOUSE and see St Mary’s Church where Luther preached. Some time at leisure in Wittenberg before heading to Leipzig. On arrival in Leipzig, take a brief look at St Nicholas Church and the memorial to the miracle of Leipzig. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner and overnight stay.|
|Friday 20 Nov||LEIPZIG. EXCURSION TO EISLEBEN||After breakfast this morning, learn more about this city with a walking SIGHTSEEING TOUR that ends with an inside visit to the ST THOMAS’ CHURCH – the Thomaskirche is a Lutheran Church and is most famous as the place where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a Kapelmeister and is the current location of his remains. You will have time to climb the 243 steps up to the tower of the church. Travel to Eisleben, the birthplace of Luther. Enjoy a WALKING TOUR of the city which will include LUTHER'S BIRTHPLACE (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site), STERBEHAUS MUSEUM – where Luther lived, ST ANDREWS CHURCH – where Luther gave his last sermon and ST PETER AND ST PAUL CHURCH – where Luther was baptized. Some free time for lunch before travelling back to Leipzig.|
|Saturday 21 Nov||LEIPZIG – ERFURT - EISENACH||Today we drive to Erfurt, where the fine gothic and renaissance buildings evoke memories of the days of Dominican Master Echkart and Martin Luther, who spent his student days here. Visit the AUGUSTINIAN MONASTERY where Luther lived as a monk and enjoy a guided walk of the town where you will be shown places connected to Luther, including the Luther Monument and St Michael’s Church. Visit the MARIENDOM CATHEDRAL where Luther was ordained in 1507. Depart for Eisenach where you will have a WALKING TOUR with sights including Luther House – where he lived as a schoolboy, St Georges Church – where Luther sang in choir as well as other historic buildings and streets which characterise the town. Upon completion of your walking tour, visit WARTBURG CASTLE, where Luther translated the bible.|
|Sunday 22 Nov||EISENACH - WORMS||This morning we travel to Worms, where the Imperial Council passed judgment on Luther in 1521. Visit the CATHEDRAL where Luther presented his case, St Peter’s and the Luther Room in the CITY MUSEUM which contains original manuscripts by Luther as well as the TRINITY CHURCH and the famed REFORMATION MONUMENT. Learn about another Reformer, William Tyndale, who finished his printing of the English Bible in Worms, escaping persecution in England. In 1525 his New Testament was printed and smuggled back into England. It was the first translation of the Bible (New Testament) from the original Greek into English. Enjoy dinner this evening at a local restaurant.|
|Monday 23 Nov||WORMS – STRASBOURG, FRANCE||Journey towards Strasbourg and cross the border from Germany into France and arrive at the Place d’Etoile in Strasbourg. John Calvin wrote his famous books on systematic theology in Strasbourg and Martin Bucer, another Reformation leader from Strasbourg, is buried in St. Thomas’s Church, a principal Protestant Church since 1549. Drive to the University Palace to see the Statue of the Reformers. Proceed by coach to La Petite France quarter where you will start a walking tour through the quarter to include a visit to ST THOMAS’ CHURCH. Next, you will visit the CATHEDRAL OF STRASBOURG with its amazing Astronomical clock. Enjoy free time for lunch before heading to your hotel.|
|Tuesday 24 Nov||STRASBOURG – BASEL||Depart for Basel where you will enjoy a city sightseeing tour before visiting the FINE ARTS MUSEUM for a guided tour. Then onto Market Square where you will have free time for lunch before taking a guided tour of the BASEL CATHEDRAL, with its inscriptions about Erasmus and Mathematician Bernoulli’s grave. Also see the display of the rare volumes by Luther, Erasmus and Zwingli. Check in your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.|
|Wednesday 25 Nov||BASEL - CONSTANCE – ZURICH, SWITZERLAND||Arrive in Constance in time for Holy Mass taking place in CONSTANCE CATHEDRAL, followed by a guided tour. Constance Cathedral, site of the Council of Constance in 1415, is where Jan Hus was sentenced to death for his so-called heresy. Visit the “HUSSENSTEIN”, the stone that marks the spot where Hus was burned at the stake. Some free time for lunch. Continue on to Zurich, the most prominent Swiss city. This is Ulrich Zwingli’s city. It was here in the Old City that Felix Manz was martyred in the Limmat River. We’ll visit the GROSSMUNSTER CHURCH and its statue of Ulrich Zwingli, one of the most important Reformers. Have free time in Zurich, then board the coach bound for your hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.|
|Thursday 26 Nov||ZURICH – GENEVA||Depart for Geneva and arrive at the Place de Neuve (in front of the Grand Theatre) where you will have some free time for lunch before joining a walking tour. Your guide will take you through the maze of narrow, cobble-stone streets of the Old Town where you will see the Town hall, the Arsenal and Reformation Wall as well as the Calvin Auditory and Calvin's grave.|
|Friday 27 Nov||GENEVA – ROME, ITALY||Today we visit ST PETER'S Church which incorporates the Maccabees chapel, bell tower, cathedral and underground MUSEUM. Enter the Reformation Museum. This afternoon, enjoy a tour to some more of Geneva’s Protestant churches. Travel to Rome.|
|Saturday 28 Nov||ROME||Today we discover Rome. This morning we visit the Vatican and Sistine Chapel on a guided tour. This afternoon, cross the Tiber River and dip into ancient Roman history by visiting the COLOSSEUM, the largest amphitheatre ever built. See the ROMAN FORUM, site of military processions, elections, trials, and the overall centre of Roman public life for centuries.|
|Sunday 29 Nov||ROME||Today we visit ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS, one of Rome's four major Papal basilicas built by Constantine on the grave of St. Paul, beheaded by Nero around 65-67 AD, and explore the mysterious ancient CATACOMBS that run under the city. During the persecutions, the catacombs were used as places of refuge for the celebration of the Eucharist. Visit ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA and the HOLY STAIRS, brought from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Officially, pilgrims may only ascend these 28 white marble steps on their knees. Join your travelling companions for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.|
|Monday 30 Nov||DEPART ROME||Enjoy free time before joining your group transfer to the airport for your flight home.|
|Tuesday 1 Dec||ARRIVE AUSTRALIA||Arrive back in Australia with wonderful memories of our trip.|
This study tour is open to members of the public. You do not need to be a Charles Sturt University student to join this tour.
As this is primarily a study tour, CSU students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology, Graduate Diploma / Master of Theology, Master of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy at the time of undertaking the program are given priority.
Students from other disciplines with a focus on history may also be considered where places are available. The subject is also available to students as a ‘Single Subject Study’.
Students who successfully complete this program may be eligible to receive academic recognition of their participation through concurrent enrolment in a CSU subject.
For undergraduate students, this may be THL361 – Theology International Study Experience. For postgraduate (Graduate Diploma of Theology) students this may be THL427 – Theology Research Project.
The total cost of the study tour is AU$9,000.
This cost includes flights, accommodation, and meals.
Students may also be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Australian Government’s OS-HELP loan. OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses.
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