In the Footsteps of Luther – the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

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JUN. 6-17, 2017 $3,995
Berlin, Leipzig, Wittenberg, Dresden, Prague
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In the Footsteps of Luther – the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

JUN. 6-17, 2017
Berlin, Leipzig, Wittenberg, Dresden, Prague

Martin Luther launched the Protestant Revolution 500 years ago when he nailed his 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517. Learn about this German monk’s life, walk in his footsteps and discover his world on this exceptional educational program through this historic region of Germany. Visit Wittenberg, the birthplace of the Reformation. In Eisenach, stroll through Wartburg Castle, where Luther lived under the protection of his friends. Get a glimpse into Luther’s spiritual life in Erfurt, where he decided to devote his life to God. Visit Leipzig, where the famous debates between Luther and a Catholic theologian led to Luther’s eventual excommunication. This special journey also showcases the great composer J.S. Bach, who spent much of his career as the choir director of Leipzig’s St. Thomas Church. See an inspiring performance of the St. Thomas Boys Choir, founded 800 years ago. Your journey begins with three nights in the vibrant city of Berlin and concludes with two nights in the beautiful city of Prague.

Cost: $3,995
Activity Level: Moderate Activity
COVID-19 Information:
  • Your exclusive Small-Group experience is limited to 28 travelers to maximize your travel experience.
  • Luxurious hotel accommodations, renowned for every modern convenience and amenity, in four locations.
  • A uniquely designed itinerary provides exceptional opportunities to discover the legacy of Martin Luther.
  • Spend two full days in Berlin, Germany’s exciting capital.
  • Delight in a concert by the St. Thomas Boys Choir, an 800-year-old institution, in Leipzig.
  • Discover the history of porcelain in Meissen.
  • Spend a day cruising the scenic Elbe River.
  • Admire the art and architecture of Prague.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Department of English
Fred Burwick is professor emeritus in the UCLA Department of English, has accompanied UCLA alumni tours through Central Europe on several occasions and has received high praise from his many travelers. During his career, Burwick served as visiting professor at several German universities, including Würzburg, Siegen, Bamberg and Göttingen, and spent two years as the director of the UC Education Abroad Program. He also has lectured at the universities of Cologne, Heidelberg, Leipzig, and Munich as well as at Oxford and Cambridge in England. He has published extensively on British and German Romanticism and was named distinguished scholar by both the British Academy and the Keats-Shelley Association.



DAY 1 | June 6. In Transit

DAY 2 | June 7. Berlin
Upon arrival, transfer to the Hilton Berlin. Tonight, gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

DAY 3 | June 8. Berlin
Excursion: Berlin. See the highlights of city, including the Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, Federal Chancellery, Unter den Linden and more. Drive on Kurfürstendamm, the leafy boulevard lined with exclusive shops, restaurants and cafés. Then cruise along the Spree River as a canal boat takes you through the heart of the city to Tiergarten Park.

DAY 4 | June 9. Berlin
Independent Exploration: The day is at leisure in Berlin.

DAY 5 | June 10. Leipzig
Depart for Leipzig. Check in to the Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof.
Excursion: Leipzig and Luther. Take a walking tour through historic Leipzig. The city hosted the famous debates between Luther and Johann Eck, a Catholic theologian, in the summer of 1519. It was here Luther revealed his beliefs, including that the pope had no authority over man. This set in motion Luther’s excommunication. Visit St. Thomas Church, where Luther preached in 1539. Enjoy a performance by the St. Thomas Boys Choir, which was founded 800 years ago. A statue of J.S. Bach, the church’s most famous choir director, stand outside the church.

DAY 6 | June 11. Wittenberg
Excursion: Luther’s Wittenberg. Visit the Schlosskirche, where Luther unveiled his 95 Theses. See the University of Wittenberg, where he taught. Visit Luther’s home, now a museum devoted to his life.

DAY 7 | June 12. Eisenach/Erfurt
Excursion: Luther in Eisenach and Erfurt. Luther attended school in Eisenach. The city again became his home as an adult when he was whisked away by friends for his safety. While at Wartburg Castle, Luther translated the New Testament into German. Visit the castle and the Bach Museum. Visit Erfurt, where Luther decided to become a monk. Visit St. Mary’s Cathedral, where Luther was ordained, as well as the city’s Town Hall and other highlights.

DAY 8 | June 13. Meissen/Dresden
Depart for Dresden and The Westin Bellevue, Dresden.
Excursion: Meissen Porcelain. Visit the town of Meissen, which became an important porcelain producer in the 18th century. Tour the factory and museum. Learn about the porcelainmaking process, which has remained unchanged for centuries.

DAY 9 | June 14. Dresden
Excursion: Dresden. Almost totally destroyed by Allied bombing in World War II, the city has been restored to its former splendor. See the Zwinger, Taschenbergpalace, castle, cathedral and much more. Visit the Old Master’s Gallery, which has one of Europe’s best art collections.

DAY 10 | June 15. Elbe River/Prague
Excursion: Elbe River Cruise. Cruise through some of the most scenic areas along the Elbe River. Enjoy lunch onboard. Continue to Prague and the InterContinental Prague.

DAY 11 | June 16. Prague
Excursion: Prague. See the Castle Square; the Chapel of the Holy Cross; and the Prague Castle Gallery, home to works of art by Titian, Rubens and other renowned artists. Visit the Royal Palace and St. Vitus Cathedral. Walk along the Golden Lane, then continue to Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square. Attend a Farewell Reception and Dinner.

DAY 12 | June 17. In Transit
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.


Berlin, Germany
Located on the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin’s most beautiful square, the Hilton Berlin enjoys a convenient city-center location near the city’s top attractions. The hotel has a fitness center and spa, a grill, lobby lounge and a fine-dining restaurant. Wi-Fi is complimentary in public areas.

The Steinberger Grandhotel Handelshof is in the heart of historic Leipzig. Just steps away is the city’s bustling market,and the Old Town Hall. Enjoy the spa and fitness center, as well as a finedining restaurant with an extensive wine list, a cozy wine bar and a smoking lounge. Wi-Fi is complimentary.

In the heart of the city, The Westin Bellevue, Dresden, is just a short stroll from many top attractions. Enjoy the pampering spa or work out at the fitness club. The hotel has a coffee bar and two fine-dining restaurants. Wi-Fi is available.

Prague, Czech Repbulic
The city-center InterContinental Prague sits on Parizska, Prague’s most exclusive shopping boulevard, just two blocks from the attractions of Old Town Square. The hotel has a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa, and three restaurants, including a rooftop spot with a spectacular view. Wi-Fi is complimentary.

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UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

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