Reformation Reflections

July 11, 2023 - July 20, 2023
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Journey Overview

Join us in Weimar, Germany for an inspiring encounter with Reformation sights and a fascinating immersion into German culture and cuisine.

Join us in summer when flowers are in full bloom, and the warm air seems to enhance the taste of Thüringen cuisine and the refreshment of Lutheran Tea. Your journey will offer you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful German landscape from mountains to rolling farmland. Our daily adventures will take us to destinations of compelling historical, religious and cultural, significance.

Your Host for Our Journey

Your current host for Reformation Reflections is Purposeful Journeys by MCE Founder and CEO, Mike Malone. While Mike would be very happy to host this journey, this and most other journeys are open to prospective, interested hosts.

There are many benefits to serving as a journey host for your cohort of fellow travelers. We will do everything we can to empower you to serve as host for your cohort of fellow travelers at a level you choose. You may want to engage the experience at a more social level while relying on the expertise of in country tour directors and guides. You may want to become more engaged intellectually or spiritually by teaching, leading devotions, or offering your expertise through one or more talks or conversation sessions. Whatever your interest in your level of engagement as a journey host, we will do all we can to support you so that yours becomes a journey of a lifetime.

Become a Host for this Journey

If you are interested in hosting this journey or would like to consider hosting a journey customized just for you and your group, click the button below to learn what it means to Become a Host. We also invite your inquiry. If you want to learn more about hosting this or another journey, please get in touch. We would love to share the benefits of what hosting a journey could mean for you and your cohort of fellow travelers.

Day 1 – Wheels up!
Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Reformation Reflections fellow travelers depart on an overnight flight to Germany. The destination airport will be determined at a future date.

Day 2 – Weimar, Herzlich Willkommen!
Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Upon our arrival in Germany, we will travel to our beautiful four-star hotel where we will have time to unpack, relax, or maybe even explore a bit before we gather for our spectacular welcome dinner. D

Day 3 – A Truly Medieval Experience
Thursday, July 13, 2023

Erfurt was situated at the economic crossroads of the medieval world, and today, is a thriving city. We will visit the Augustinian monastery where Martin Luther lived as a monk in the in the early sixteenth century. After our tour of the monastery, our exploration of this fascinating town will include some shopping on the famous Merchant’s Bridge which is the oldest inhabited bridge north of the Alps. B, D

Day 4 – The Reformation in Global Perspective
Friday, July 14, 2023

We will enjoy a beautiful ride to Coburg where we will enjoy a fascinating tour of the Veste Coburg. This wonderfully preserved castle houses some fascinating reformation era artifacts as well as an amazing art collection including works by Lucas Cranach the Elder. We will return to Weimar in time to relax before dinner. B,D

Day 5 – The Reformation 500 Years On
Saturday, July 15, 2023

When we visit Wittenberg, the birth of the European age of Reformations will be 505 years old. We will visit sites and churches made famous by their association with Martin Luther and the Reformation. We will also look forward to hearing A Mighty Fortress is Our God played on an organ in a sixteenth century church as we experience worship. B, D

Day 6 - Never Forget
Sunday, July 16, 2023

Your encounter with this extraordinarily well-presented German testimony and commitment to “never forget” promises to be profound on our visit to K-Z Buchenwald. We will gather in the evening for dinner and conversation over all that engaged us in this penetrating experience. B, D

Day 7 - A Mighty Fortress
Monday, July 17, 2023

In Eisenach, the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach, we will visit the Bachhaus Museum and Wartburg Castle. For 1,000 years, the Wartburg Castle has provided the setting for understanding critical intersections of German history. Living in exile disguised as a knight, Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German while living here. B, D

Day 8 – The Life and Death of Martin Luther
Tuesday, July 18, 2023

The Geburtshaus that commemorates the birthplace of Martin Luther and the Sterbehaus which commemorates his death will no doubt stimulate conversation on a range of topics about life past and present. B, D

Day 9 – Welcome to Munich!
Tuesday, July 19, 2023

Following breakfast at our wonderful hotel in Oberammergau, we will depart on our comfortable ride to magnificent Munich. We will have time to explore a bit or relax as needed before gathering for dinner to discuss all that we have seen and experienced, especially in Oberammergau. B,D

Day 10 – Ah, Munich, Prost!
Wednesday, July 20, 2023

We will enjoy some sightseeing in the culturally rich city of Munich on what promises to be a fun day. We will gather for our farewell dinner at a famous Munich Beer Hall. B, D

Day 11 – The Formal End to Our Journey Together
Friday, June 11, 2022

The memories will indeed last a lifetime. We hope your journey will continue with your new friends. Our journey concludes with the departure of our flight home.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included


The purpose of this journey is to explore what living more than 500 years after the Reformation means for us today. As we reflect on the Protestant Reformation in Germany, we may want to ask: How can events and ideas that took place more than 500 years ago continue to exert such powerful influence today that millions of people around the world consider “Lutheran” to be an indelible part of their identity?

At the turn of the sixteenth century, breathtaking change created an increasingly complex world demanding of Europeans a reassessment of their place in the cosmos and God’s relationship to the natural world. Along this purposeful journey, we will visit sights of the European age of reformations as well as sights of events that continue to exert their influence on us today.

Our Philosophy

We hope you will measure the quality of your journey, not by the quantity of sights you see, but by the invaluable experiences you absorb.

Balance of stimulating experience, serious reflection… …and just plain fun.

One word describes our intention for your journey: balance. We believe each place we visit should relate to whole story, the arc of a narrative. We believe in creating journeys formed and shaped as narratives; journeys that are serious, purposeful, and fulfilling with time to reflect with fellow travelers or alone while providing opportunity for experiences that are just plain fun.

Expert interaction and rich personal encounters

Rather than a trip led by a tour guide trained to disseminate information from a script, we endeavor to seek experts to lead you on a journey who are available as a resource for as much depth as you desire or to leave you to your own reflection.

One beautiful base location

Too often, group travel can leave you feeling like you are part of a herd of a large group of strangers hustled from sight to sight, packing and unpacking everyday of your trip. With us you will stay in one beautiful base location that serves as a base for our excursions. Changing hotels as few times as possible during a journey allows greater opportunity to experience people and culture.

Meticulously planned; yet flexible journey

How does a trip become a journey? Carefully selected excursions that form a narrative, staying in one beautiful base location, with time and flexibility for reflection, and activities that are just plain fun.

Cuisine as a delectable complement to culture and conversation

Cuisine, and the wonderful dining experiences we share in an eclectic array of venues, provide a delectable complement to your rich encounters with the culture and the delightful conversation you enjoy with fellow travelers.


Arrangements for this journey will appear in this section as those arrangements are confirmed. The information provided here will tend to be of a more general nature. More detailed information, such as group flight times, will appear on the password protected Fellow Travelers page. Once you become part of this journey, you will be sent a password to access specific arrangements for this journey:

Flight Information

As a fellow traveler, you will have the flexibility to choose how you will join your cohort to formally begin your journey. Purposeful Journeys marks the formal beginning of your journey with the welcome reception and dinner at our destination hotel. On most journeys, you will have three options to join your cohort. Below are the options for joining your cohort with the primary advantage for each option:

  1. Join Your Cohort on Our Group Flight: On most journeys, Purposeful Journeys will arrange a group flight from a major airport in closest proximity and convenience for the majority of the cohort. The group flight will include a transfer from the destination airport to the hotel.
    Advantage: This is often the most cost effective and certainly the most convenient option.
  2. Meet Your Cohort at the Destination Airport: For a number of reasons, you may want to choose a flight other than the group flight and still meet your cohort in time to transfer from the destination airport to the hotel. Fellow travelers who choose this option will incur an additional cost for the transfer from the destination airport to the destination hotel.
    Advantage: Fellow travelers may find a balance between the convenience of choosing their own flight from an origination airport other than the airport where the group flight will depart while still taking advantage of the group transfer to the destination hotel.
  3. Meet Your Cohort at the Destination Hotel: As a fellow traveler, you may want to choose to meet your cohort at the destination hotel in time for the formal beginning of your journey with the welcome reception and dinner.
    Advantage: This option offers fellow travelers the most flexibility. Fellow travelers will need to weigh the flexibility of this option with what will likely be additional costs.

Group flights will usually be announced between 90 and 180 days prior to departure of your purposeful journey. Fellow travelers will be kindly requested to choose the option for meeting their cohort to formally begin their journey soon after group flight arrangements are announced.

Hotel Accommodations

Arrangements have been made for fellow travelers at hotels rated four star and above.

 Ground Transportation

Ground transportation by deluxe travel coach will be provided throughout the journey. Transfers to and from the arrival flight into and departing flight from Europe will be provided as specified in the final itinerary.


Most meals are included in this purposeful journey. Dining in Europe tends to be as much of a leisurely event as a means of taking sustenance. Meals provide time for us to relax, taken in the culture, and discuss all that we have seen and experienced as fellow travelers that day. See the current, tentative itinerary for details.

Sightseeing and Events

This purposeful journey includes entrance fees to attractions as specified in the final itinerary.

Land Only Cost—$4,150 (Please be sure to check for current incentives!)

Current Discounts and Incentives:

  • Ask about the host discount of up to $300
  • Settle your balance in full by the due date of your first payment and receive a discount of $150
  • Make payments by check instead of credit card and receive a discount of $150.
  • Deposits through December 31, 2022 are just $150. Your deposit will only become non-refundable with your first payment. Until then, you can cancel at any time.
  • NO PAYMENTS UNTIL 2023: Your first payment will not be due until January 2023.

Your journey includes:

  • Deluxe coach transportation throughout your itinerary
  • Double occupancy hotel room ($xxx single supplement)
  • Meals as specified in the final itinerary
  • Admission fees as specified in the final itinerary
  • Only goods, services, or activities as explicitly included in the General Terms and Conditions.

Your journey does not include:

  • Gratuities for service staff, coach driver(s) and guides
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled water, after dinner drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Any goods, services, or activities expressly excluded in the General Terms and Conditions.

Remittance Schedule:

  • Deposit of $150 is due with your application.
  • Payments due as specified in your remittance schedule.
  • Final payment must be received no later than the date specified on your invoice and remittance schedule.

When approved as a fellow traveler…

…you will receive an invoice and a remittance schedule from Malone Clan Expeditions, LLC along with a link to a password protected page on our website that will offer details and updates about your journey.

General Terms and Conditions

Malone Clan Expeditions, LLC will administer your journey. You must accept the General Terms and Conditions at the time you submit your application. Please refer to the General Terms and Conditions for any applicable additional fees that may apply in certain situations and circumstances such as any deviation from the group flight itinerary or your requirement of a single room.

We cordially invite you to apply to join us as a fellow traveler

Please complete the application form. You will be prompted to submit a payment deposit of $150 (regularly $300) with your application once your form is complete with all required fields. We are delighted you are taking the step of submitting your application to become a member of a journey with us. We look forward to notifying you of your acceptance as a fellow traveler.

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