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Germany in the Steps of Martin Luther

This is a pilgrimage following in Luther’s footsteps as we celebrate the 501st anniversary of the Reformation

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  1. London to Frankfurt

    Fly from London Heathrow Airport to Frankfurt with British Airways. Flight BA904 departs at 11:00 and arrives at 13:40.

    Transfer by coach to the Novotel Hotel, Mainz, where we stay for two nights.

    We walk to nearby St Stephen's which has stained windows designed by Marc Chagall.

  2. Worms & Mainz

    We drive to Worms where Luther was summoned in 1521 before the Imperial Diet to justify his behaviour. We Enter through St Martin's gate, walk past St John's church where Luther would have slept during his ten days here and visit St Peter's Cathedral, Holy Trinity church, the Jewish Cemetery and the Luther Memorial. We have a lunch break in Mainz. Our visits include the birthplace of printing, the Gutenberg Museum as well as St Martin's Cathedral which dates from the 8th Century.

  3. Eisenach

    We leave Mainz and drive toward Eisenach. Our first visit is to Wartburg Castle; in the Luther Room, Luther (who was disguised as Junker Jorg) translated the New Testament into German. We then visit St George's church where J S Bach was baptised, as well as the Bach House with its excellent museum celebrating the life and music of Bach.

    Two night stay in Erfurt at the Mercure Hotel.

  4. Erfurt

    A morning walking tour in Erfurt. Our visits today include the Cathedral, the Merchant's bridge as well as the Merchant's Church with the Luther Memorial.. We also visit the Augustinian Monastery. Luther, who studied law at Erfurt University, entered the monastery as a novice in 1505 and took his vows as a monk in 1507.

  5. Eisleben

    We leave Erfurt and drive to Eisleben, where Luther was born in 1483 and died in 1546. We visit St Andrew's, where Luther preached his last sermons, the house museums celebrating his birth and his death. We also visit the Church of St Peter & St Paul, where Luther was baptised. In the afternoon we enjoy a walking tour in Leipzig, where our visits include St Thomas' Church, where Bach was the Cantor for 27 years, and the Church of St Nicholas.

    Two night stay the the NH Hotel, Leipzig.

  6. Wittenberg

    Today we drive to Wittenberg, where Luther lived from 1508. We visit the Augustinian monastery - Luther and his family lived here from 1525, but it is now an impressive Reformation Museum. We also visit Schlosskirche where Luther posted his 95 theses on the doors which sparked the beginning of the Reformation.

  7. Regensburg

    We leave Leipzig and drive to Regensburg. Our visits include the historic Roman ruins and we hear about the history of the Jewish community. When we arrive this afternoon, we will visit the Kloster of St Emmeram, originally founded as a Benedictine monastery in the eighth century, part of Thurn Un Taxis Palace.

    Two night stay in Regensburg at the Best Western Hotel.

  8. Walhalla

    We take a boat cruise down the Danube to Wahalla where we visit the neo-classical Hall (modeled on the parthenon) which was part of King Ludwig's empire. Inside are the busts of the great of Germany.

  9. Augsburg

    We drive on to Augsburg to visit the monastery of St Anna, where Luther stayed in 1518 during his confrontation with Cardinal Cajetan. We also call at the Fuggerei - a residential settlement for citizens in need. Probably the most notable resident was Mozart's great grandfather.

    We spend our final two nights in Augsburg, at the Steigenberger Hotel

  10. Free time in Augsburg

    Enjoy a free day in Augsburg to explore at your leisure.

  11. Homeward Bound

    Our return flight BA951 departs Munich at 12:40 and arrives at London Heathrow Airport at 13:45.

Essential Information

The price you pay is inclusive

The cost of this pilgrimage included return flights & luggage, accommodation in a selection of 3 and 4 star hotels with private facilities, continental breakfast and evening meals at all hotels, full excursion programme, guiding, entrance fees and gratuities.

Price: £2,095, Single Supplement: £345, Travel Insurance Premium: £49/£74


Flights, hotel accommodation, continental breakfast, dinners, excursion programme, entrance fees & guiding, gratuities.

Not Included

Single room supplement, travel insurance, lunches, drinks.

How Strenuous?

You do not have to be super fit to participate in this tour, but expect a good deal of walking on uneven terrain. If you are in any doubt at all, please give the McCabe office a call or have a chat with your GP. Touring is by air-conditioned private coach. Days generally start at 8am and finish around 5pm with dinner served around 7 or 7.30.

Passports, Visas & Health

A visa is not required by British and EU passport holders, but please do check that your passport is not out of date. If you are holding a passport from a non-EU country let us know and we will check whether a visa is required. We recommend that you keep your passport in your hotel room and do not carry it on excursions. No inoculations are recommended.

Travel Insurance

The McCabe recommended insurance policy is designed for the older traveller. The premium for a German pilgrimage is £49. Travellers over 75 pay £74 and we also recommend that older travellers obtain a note from their doctor stating that they are fit to travel. Do feel free to shop around as there are many suitable insurance options including annual policies on the market. We do insist that all travellers take out medical insurance.

A key feature of our recommended policy is that there is no requirement to call a Medical Help Line as most pre-existing conditions are covered.

You can read the full policy wording here.


Flights are with British Airways from London Heathrow Airport. We fly from Heathrow to Frankfurt, and return from Munich to Heathrow. A luggage allowance of 23kg + hand baggage is included as standard with economy seats.


We use a selection of 3 and 4 star hotels, all bedrooms are well equipped and feature private facilities.

Novotel Hotel - Mainz

Mercure Hotel - Erfurt

NH Hotel - Leipzig

Best Western Hotel - Regensburg

Steigenberger Hotel - Augsberg

Practical information

Travelling Alone

Many of our passengers travel alone and object to expensive single room supplements. McCabe Pilgrimages will accept individual bookings on a 'guaranteed share' basis. We charge the basic price and accommodate you with a person of the same sex also requesting shared accommodation. If we do not find someone to share with you, you will be accommodated in a single room at only 50% of the usual single room supplement. For single travellers who do require single accommodation this should be requested when booking and, if available, the normal supplement will be payable.

The McCabe Educational Trust

For many, meeting the ‘Living Stones’ of The Land becomes a real highlight of their pilgrimage. The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on pilgrimage. On your pilgrimage you will meet some of these people. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.

McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £15 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Full Financial Security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

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