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Reformation 500

Rebellion in the church and the arts

 

16 - 22 Aug 2017 (7 Days)

2,290.00

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Study Tour Lecturer:

Dr Ulrike Ziegler

Dr Ulrike Ziegler

Study Tour Overview

It is one of history’s truisms that 500 years ago Martin Luther, monk and professor of theology, gave birth to the Reformation with the swing of a hammer. By allegedly nailing 95 theses decrying the Catholic trade with indulgences onto the door of Wittenberg’s palace church, he brought about the most seminal schism in the history of Western Christianity. What should have been nothing more than an academic dispute ended with excommunication, imperial ban and — not least of all — a fundamental change of attitude to Christian art and architecture.

Luther did not condemn the use of images, but the production of devotional artworks went into rapid decline, while secular subjects did not fill the void immediately. With political alliances now running along confessional borders artists were forced to seek out new tasks and opportunities. This lead to an increase in private portraiture, exquisitely crafted objects for cabinets of art and curiosity, as well as the invention of new Lutheran devotional images. These were rigidly, repetitively, and even boringly didactic rather than artistically licensed to thrill, though they found a protagonist with Lucas Cranach the Elder and his shop. This new Art Pursuits Abroad Study Tour explores the towns and villages in Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, which were the epicentre of the Lutheran Reformation, culminating in national exhibitions in Berlin and Wittenberg focusing on Luther’s life and influences, and on the effects of Protestantism in the world.

 

Reformation 500 Art History Cultural Study Tour Holiday

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The programme details for this Art History Cultural Study Tour are as follows:

Day 1

Morning flight at c. 9am with BA from London Heathrow to Berlin. In Berlin visit the Deutsches Historisches Museum (Martin Gropius Bau), venue of ‘The Luther Effect’, the first of two great national exhibitions to celebrate the Reformation. 500 exhibits, including exceptional artworks as well as mass-produced everyday objects of Luther’s age will introduce the political and cultural impact of Protestantism. Continue to Wittenberg, Luther’s home for 35 years — and ours for three nights.

Day 2

A day in Wittenberg on foot. The town’s Augustinian friary became Luther’s home after its dissolution and is now a museum. Here Luther lectured and composed many of his pamphlets and invectives. ‘Luther! 95 People, 95 Treasures’ is the second national exhibition, featuring 95 valuable objects that Luther either saw or used, as well as focusing on 95 historical figures, from J S Bach to Martin Luther King, whose lives were deeply affected by the reformer. In the afternoon visit Wittenberg’s two historic churches, both restored for the anniversary: the High Altar of the Stadtkirche by Cranach the Elder illustrates the tenets of Lutheran lore, as does the polemic Luther’s Vineyard by Cranach the Younger. The famous Schlosskirche, where Luther is buried, has life-size bronze statues of Friedrich the Wise and his brother Johann the Steadfast, successive electors of Saxony and the reformer’s powerful protectors.

Day 3

Full-day coach excursion to Torgau on the River Elbe. Schloss Hartenfels was one of the favourite residences of the Saxon electors. From 1485 it was transformed into a princely palace which today preserves much of its Renaissance grandeur. The electoral rooms will be accessible again in 2017 after a long period of restoration. In 1544 Luther consecrated the new palace chapel, one of the first purpose-built Protestant churches. It was in Torgau where Luther, together with leading figures of the early Reformation, complied the so-called Torgau Articles which became the foundation for the first Protestant creed, the Augsburg Confession. Last of three nights in Wittenberg.

Day 4

By coach to Merseburg with its imposing ensemble of cathedral, chapter house and Episcopal palace, created by one of the leading Catholic bishops on the eve of the Reformation. In competition with the electors of Saxony and the archbishop of Magdeburg Bishop Thilo developed considerable architectural ambitions. During the half-century of his tenure Thilo put Merseburg firmly on the architectural map of the Holy Roman Empire. Continue to Weimar, the tour’s second centre, for the first of three nights.

Day 5

A day in Weimar on foot. After the Catholic Imperial victory over Germany’s Protestant princes, Weimar became the residence of their defeated leader, Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous, demoted from elector to mere duke. A walk through town will lead us past Lucas Cranach’s last home to the parish church of Sts Peter and Paul. Its main attraction is the wonderful triptych by father and son Cranach, a principal work of German late Renaissance art that effectively conveys Lutheran theology in paint. We continue to the picture gallery in the Schloss, home to a fine collection of works by Cranach the Elder, close friend of Luther’s and court painter to Luther’s Saxon princes, and by his contemporaries.

Day 6

By coach to Gotha, now best known as Prince Albert’s home, and once a secondary residence of the Saxon dukes. The ducal art museum houses an excellent collection including the Gothaer Tafelaltar, an extraordinary piece of Protestant art comprising of 160 panel paintings depicting the life of Christ according to Luther’s 1522 translation of the Bible. This monumental ‘picture book’ will be the centrepiece of a special exhibition. Continue to the tiny Imperial Free City of Mühlhausen, which preserves its appearance of the mid-1520s, when Thomas Müntzer, local priest and radical reformer opposed to both Luther and the Catholic Church, became the leading figure of the German Peasants’ War. Final night in Weimar.

Day 7

By coach to Schmalkalden, where the eponymous league of Protestant princes was formed in 1531 as an alliance against the Emperor Charles V. A grand hall with wall paintings and a frieze displaying the coat-of-arms of the League’s members recollects turbulent these times. In 1583, Schmalkalden fell to the Landgraves of Hesse-Kassel who erected Schloss Wilhelmsburg in 1590. Layout, decoration and a fine palace chapel containing a typical Lutheran arrangement of altar, pulpit and organ, make it a unique jewel among Germany’s Renaissance palaces. Continue to Frankfurt airport and an early evening flight to London, scheduled to land at Heathrow at 7.30 pm.

Please note that at this stage the programme is still provisional. Although we aim at the greatest degree of accuracy from the outset, some details, especially the order of visits, may be subject to change.


 

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This Art History Cultural Study Tour includes:

  • Scheduled return flights (Economy class) with British Airways between London Heathrow and Berlin Tegel / Frankfurt/Main
  • Transfers and excursions in Germany by private coach
  • In Wittenberg, three nights B&B in the three-star superior Luther Hotel (luther-hotel-wittenberg.de), the hotel is comfortable and furnished in a contemporary style. In Weimar, three nights B&B in the five-star Elephant Hotel (hotelelephantweimar.com), steeped in history with a choice of restaurants and hotel bar
  • Three dinners and one lunch
  • Guided visits to museums and sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the lecturers
  • Detailed programme and study notes
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters
  •  Small group between 12 and 22 participants

Not Included:

  • Three dinners and five lunches
  • Transport between home and London Heathrow
  • Travel insurance. We strongly advise you to be covered by adequate travel insurance.

 

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The price of this tour is £2,290.00 per person, based on two people sharing.

Options available are: Double room for sole use supplement £280.00. The price of this tour without flights £2,140.00.

Deposit payable at the time of booking £200.00 per person.

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Stamina

Specific fitness requirements for this Study Tour:

This tour involves a lot of walking through cobbled streets in small towns. Museum visits require prolonged periods of standing without the possibility of a rest. Some longer coach journeys on Days 1, 4 and 7 are unavoidable, due to the nature of this tour.

Please note that all our Study Tours involve a significant amount of standing and walking, often across uneven ground, over cobbled streets, or up and down steps and inclines. While we do not have an upper age limit for participants, we require you to have a level of fitness which does not spoil other participents' enjoyment of the holiday and you should be able to walk at a reasonable pace and / or stand for at least thirty minutes without aid or requiring a rest.

If you are in any doubt as to whether a particular tour is suitable for you, please ring us to check before placing your booking.


 

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PROVISIONAL BOOKING

A provisional booking should be made by telephone or through our website. Once we have confirmed availability, we will hold your reservation for one week.

DEFINITE BOOKING

To make your booking definite, please fill in our booking form. This must be signed by the person authorised by all persons named on the form to make the booking based on our terms and conditions. If you make a booking on behalf of others as well as yourself, we shall take it that you have the authority of each of those other people to enter into that contract and that you and they have agreed to be jointly and severally liable to us. You then need to send your completed and signed booking form to us together with the deposit specified in the tour description. This deposit is non-refundable unless we have to cancel the holiday in which case all money you have paid us for that tour will be refunded.

BOOKING CONFIRMATION

Once we have received these, a contract exists between you and Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd. We will then issue you a booking confirmation invoice. Please check this invoice carefully as soon as you receive it. Contact us immediately if any information appears to be incorrect. We regret we cannot accept any liability if we are not notified of any inaccuracies in any document within fifteen days of sending it out. If you are booking within eight weeks of the date of departure, full payment is required with your booking. The final balance is payable at the latest eight weeks before the tour. It is your responsibility to ensure that the full amount reaches us on time. If it doesn't, we are entitled to assume that you wish to cancel your booking. In this case, we will be entitled to keep all deposits paid or due at that date.

PAYMENT

Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or debit card (Maestro or Visa Debit cards - free of charge). We also accept credit card payments (Visa and MasterCard only), but these incur a 2% handling fee to contribute to the charges levied upon us by card companies. Please note that this handling fee is non-refundable under any circumstances.

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BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PRICE

The basic tour price is per person sharing a double room and includes VAT. A list of what is included in the price of a tour is given in each tour's description.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

You must have a valid passport for all our tours. For most countries, this needs to be valid for six months beyond the dates of travel. Non-European nationals may have to obtain a visa. Visa requirements for British citizens on our tours outside Europe are stated in the individual tour description.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate holiday insurance, covering medical treatment, repatriation, loss of property and cancellation charges. We also recommend that you carry a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which can be obtained from the Department of Health.

AGE AND FITNESS

All our tours involve a significant amount of standing and walking, often across uneven ground, over cobbled streets, or up and down steps. While we do not have an upper age limit for participants, we require you to have a level of fitness which does not spoil other participants' enjoyment of the holiday and you should be able to walk or stand for at least thirty minutes without aid or requiring a rest.

If you are in any doubt as to whether a particular tour is suitable for you, please ring us to check before placing your booking. If you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your study tour or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of your chosen study tour and/or making the booking.

In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your participation in our study tour develops after your booking has been confirmed. If we reasonably feel unable to accommodate properly the particular needs of the person concerned, we must reserve the right to decline their reservation or, if full details are not given at the time of booking or the condition/disability develops after booking, cancel when we become aware of these details. You further agree to accept the authority and decisions of Art Pursuits Abroad and our tour lecturer or manager whilst on your study tour. If in the opinion of any such person(s) your health endangers the safety or smooth running of the study tour we reserve the right to cancel your study tour or your participation in any part of it and shall have no further liability to you..

CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES BY YOU

If you have to cancel your booking, we will make a charge to offset costs incurred on your behalf. Charges vary according to the period of notice given. Up to 57 days before the tour the deposit is forfeited. Thereafter, a percentage of the total cost of the tour will be due:

  • Between 56 and 29 days: 40%
  • Between 28 and 15 days: 60%
  • Between 14 days and 3 days: 80%
  • Thereafter: 100%

We take as the day of cancellation that working day on which we receive written confirmation of your cancellation. Your travel insurance policy may cover you for at least some of your losses.

If you want to make a change after your initial booking, we shall endeavour to try to satisfy your requirements once we have received written confirmation from you, but we shall make a charge to reflect any cost involved in this.

CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES BY ART PURSUITS ABROAD LTD

We do our utmost to provide the tour programme as confirmed, but we reserve the right to modify or cancel the tour and any of its ingredients if unforeseen circumstances arise. If a programme change represents a significant loss to the tour, we will offer compensation. If you decide to cancel because the alternative offer were not acceptable, we will give a full refund. We also reserve the right to cancel the tour if there are insufficient bookings up to eight weeks before departure. If we have to cancel the tour, we will offer a full refund of all money paid to us.

COMPLAINTS AND PROBLEMS

If something goes wrong, please inform a member of our staff as soon as possible. We will then endeavour to put things right quickly. If a problem cannot be resolved while on tour, you will need to send us a written report within 28 days of your return, giving full details of your complaint. We will then endeavour to agree a reasonable level of compensation, if appropriate. In the unlikely event that agreement cannot be reached, you may wish to take advantage of the independent dispute resolution scheme offered by AITO - details available on request.

YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION

In accordance with the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 all passengers booking with Art Pursuits Abroad Limited are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Art Pursuits Abroad Limited.

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We provide full financial protection for our package holidays, by way of our Air Travel Organiser's Licence (number 6436). When you buy an ATOL protected flight-inclusive holiday from us you receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and whom to contact if things go wrong.

We will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where we are unable to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).

If we are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.

FOR ART PURSUITS ABROAD LIMITED RAIL-BASED PACKAGES AND INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS

In accordance with the Package Travel, Page Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 all passengers booking with Art Pursuits Abroad Limited that do not include flights are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements in the unlikely event of the insolvency of Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd.

Consumer Aware: Your booking is insured by IPP Ltd and its panel of insurers. This insurance is only valid for passengers who book with and pay directly to Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd. For further information see www.ipplondon.co.uk.

OUR LIABILITIES TO YOU

We accept responsibility for ensuring that all parts of the tour are supplied as described and that all services reach a reasonable standard. However, we shall not be liable for the failure or improper performance of these services where such failure or improper performance is attributable to the fault of the client, or the unforeseeable or unavoidable actions of an unconnected third party or to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our or our suppliers control. Our obligations and responsibilities shall also be limited where international conventions in respect of air carriers apply.

ENGLISH LAW

These conditions form part of your contract with Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd and are governed by English law. All proceedings shall be within the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

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In accordance with The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 all passengers booking with Art Pursuits Abroad Limited are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Art Pursuits Limited.

 

FOR ART PURSUITS ABROAD LIMITED AIR HOLIDAYS

Art Pursuits Abroad Limited air holidays are ATOL Protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 6436. All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLcertificate

 

Art Pursuits air holidays and flights are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our Atol number is 6436.

FOR ART PURSUITS ABROAD LIMITED RAIL-BASED PACKAGES AND INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS

In accordance with the Package Travel, Page Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 all passengers booking with Arts Pursuits Abroad Limited that do not include flights are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements in the unlikely event of the insolvency of Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd.

Consumer Aware: Your booking is insured by IPP Ltd and its panel of insurers. This insurance is only valid for passengers who book and pay directly with/to Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd.  For further information see www.ipplondon.co.uk.

 

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OUR LIABILITIES TO YOU

We accept responsibility for ensuring that all parts of the tour are supplied as described and that all services reach a reasonable standard.  However, we shall not be liable for the failure or improper performance of these services where such failure or improper performance is attributable to the fault of the client, or the unforeseeable or unavoidable actions of an unconnected third party or to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our or our supplier’s control. Our obligations and responsibilities shall also be limited where international conventions in respect of air carriers apply.


 

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