The Reformation began when on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, Dr. of Theology, posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg 500 years ago.

This trip is planned for alumni and friends of the university and will be moderately paced and comfortable with 3+ to 4 star accommodations with air conditioning. We will both see the historical and cultural sites as well as have time to explore on our own. For those who want to do a lot, there will be much to see and do; for those who want to take it easier, there will be some rest days and periods to do just that.

For itinerary and details see here

Tour Hosts

Steve and Teri Varvis

Steve and Teri have been around FPU for many years. Steve has taught and served in the administration for than 30 years, most recently as provost and executive vice president. One of Steve's specialties is Reformation history and theology.

Steve will be providing much of the teaching, and there will also be some local guides who are historically and theologically trained. There will not be a lot of lecturing, but instead, plenty of opportunity for discussion.

For more information, read Steve's blog: Educated State


  • June 14, 2017 – Departure
  • June 29, 2017 – Return

Tour sites

Major Reformation sites in Germany--where Martin Luther worshiped, taught, wrote and led the renewal of the church called the Reformation:

  • Wittenberg
  • Erfurt
  • Worms
  • Eisenach
  • Berlin
  • Heidelberg

Other sites of the early Reformed tradition and of some of the first Anabaptists:

  • Strasburg, France
  • Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

And still more sites of events that have shaped our world:

  • Berlin Wall
  • Holocaust sites
  • Places where Bach conducted and performed
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer museum
  • Tulip fields and canals of Holland
  • And many, many more.

There will be lots of chances to enjoy the sites, cities, marketplaces, and country sides and mountain valleys of Europe, learn something (no tests...), and expand our understandings and appreciation of how our world has been shaped by varieties of Christian faith. We will have a time of fun, fellowship and experience of people, places and events that have shaped who we are and how we live.

Registration and Deadlines

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