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  • Rhine RiverReformation Cruise

    July 9 23, 2018

  • Rhine River Reformation Cruise | July 2018

    Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, with president Dr. Joel R. Beeke, invites you to travel through Europe by deluxe motorcoach and luxurious river cruise ship.Well be stopping for day visits at various old cities, many of which house famous sites of pre-Reformation, Reformation, and post-Reformation history. Our tour also features Dordrecht, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the famous Synod of Dordrecht (Dort).

    Dr. Beeke, together with Reformation lecturers Dr. Ian Hamilton and David Woollin, will provide fascinating historical and theological addresses and insights along the way, together with highly qualified local guides.

    Dont miss this very special occasion!

    Dr. Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, and editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books. He has written and co-authored ninety books, edited one hundred books, and contributed 2,500 articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and

    encyclopedias. His PhD is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world. He and his wife Mary have been blessed with three children and two grandchildren.

    Dr. Joel R. Beeke | 616-432-3403 | joel.beeke@prts.edu

    Dr. Ian Hamilton was the minister of Cambridge Presbyterian Church, England, until July 2016. For twenty years prior, he was the minister of Loudoun Church of Scotland, Newmilns, Ayrshire. Currently, he teaches at Edinburgh Theological Seminary and at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is married to Joan, and together they have four children and four granddaughters. Dr. Hamilton has written a

    number of books, including, The Erosion of Calvinist Orthodoxy, The Letters of John, and The Faith Shaped Life.

    David Woollin is from Yorkshire in northern England and is a graduate of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been married to Sarah for eighteen years, and together they have three children: Benjamin, Samuel, and Amy. Alongside being the Sales and Marketing Director for Reformation Heritage Books, he is also an assistant to Dr. Joel R. Beeke. He is a regular preacher and

    teacher in both the United States and United Kingdom.





























  • July 2018 | Rhine River Reformation Cruise

    yOUR cRUIse tOUR InclUDes: Round-trip airfare from

    Chicago, Grand Rapids, or Toronto including all taxes and fees (other departure cities upon request)

    Landtransportationbydeluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach and river cruise ship

    Pre-cruiseandpost-cruiseaccommodations for six nights in centrally located first-class hotels

    Comfortableandelegant stateroom accommodations for seven nights on the

    MS Amadeus Silver II

    Dailybreakfast, 5 lunches, and 13

    dinners including regional specialties

    Experiencedtourmanagers and local guides throughout

    Servicesofanexperienced cruise director during the cruise

    Allshoreexcursionsasnoted in the itinerary

    State-of-the-artaudioheadsets for all shore excursions


    July, 2018

    09, MondayDeparture from the U.s.The day of departure has arrived! Well check for our flights to Switzerland. (D-in flight)

    10, Tuesday Arrive GenevaWelcome to Switzerland! Well touch down in Geneva by late morning, meet our European tour managers, and transfer to the city center. An orientation tour will take us past Genevas most important sites, and well have some time to freshen up before a welcome dinner at the hotel. (B-in flight, D)

    Reformation Wall, Geneva, Switzerland

    Cover Image: MS Amadeus Silver II on the Rhine River near Cologne, Germany

    11, WednesdayGenevaAfter a good nights sleep, were ready to do some exploring. Our guided tour of Geneva includes the Cathdrale St.-Pierre, where Calvin preached on Sundays and weekdays; the International Museum of the Reformation, which traces the history of the Reformation movement initiated by John Calvin; and a walk past City Hall to the Reformation Monument. This memorial, erected in 1917, contains statues of the four great reformers associated with GenevaCalvin, Farel, Beza, and Knox. If it can be arranged, well also visit lAuditoire, where John Knox preached to the English exiles on Sunday and Calvin lectured on the Holy Scriptures on weekdays. The Church of Scotland now worships here. Afterward, well have time to explore the city independently. Our day concludes with dinner and a cruise on the beautiful Lac Lman (Lake Geneva), an arc-shaped lake that has long been a favorite vacation destination. (B, D)

    12, ThursdayMontreux, Zermatt/Klein MatterhornA scenic drive along Lake Geneva takes us to the resort town of Montreux. With its exceptionally mild climate and Mediterranean plant life, Montreux is known as the Vaud Riviera. Well have a chance to walk along the promenade and make a photo stop at the famous 12th-century Chillon Castle. Then well travel to Zermatt, home of the MatterhornSwitzerlands national symbol and the most photographed mountain in the world. Well take a cable car up the Klein (small) Matterhorn, and enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Zermatt. During the evening, David Woollin will provide a lecture on Peter Waldo and the Waldensians. (B, D)

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    13, Fridaylauterbrunnen/Jungfraujoch, Grindelwald, ZurichAnother day of incomparable Swiss scenery awaits us as we head to Lauterbrunnen, where well board a train to reach the top of the Jungfraujoch, Europes highest mountain resort. The panorama at 11,401 feet defies description! Well have time to take pictures and walk around before heading to the glacier village of Grindelwald, a picturesque scene with fields of fruit trees and charming buildings set against a rocky barrier. Well then travel to Zurich, considered Switzerlands most important financial, industrial, and commercial center. Our day concludes at the hotel, where well check in and have dinner. David Woollin will provide a lecture on John Huss and the Hussites this evening. (B, D)

    14, saTurdayZrich, Konstanz, BaselOur day begins with a guided tour of Zrich including the Grossmnster, from whose pulpit Ulrich Zwingli established the Reformation in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Well also visit the Fraumnster, which is famous for its stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall, and St. Peters Church. After time for lunch well take an excursion into Germany to Konstanz, where Czech priest, philosopher, and early reformer Jan Huss was burned at the stake. We plan to visit the Hus Museum. Then well end the day in the Swiss city of Basel, a wealthy and influential city at the time of the Reformation. Theologian and reformer Johann Oecolampadius was from Basel, and John Calvins Institutes of the Christian Religion were first published here. (B, D)

    15, sundayBaselWell spend most of our day in Basel, with a morning worship service led by Dr. Beeke. In the late afternoon, well board the MS Amadeus Silver II to get acquainted with the ship and settle into our cabins. After an elegant dinner on board, Dr. Hamilton will lead an evening worship service on the Five Solas of the Protestant Reformation. (B, L, D)

    Lauterbrunnen Valley with Swiss Alps

    Cathedral in Strasbourg, France Train in Lauterbrunnen Valley Luther Monument, Worms Basel, Switzerland Heidelberg, Germany

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    16, Mondaystrasbourg, Alsace Region This morning well arrive in Strasbourg, the French city that figured prominently in the Reformation. Calvin was exiled here from 1538 to 1541, during which time he was the pastor of a congregation of French refugees. In addition, reformers Martin Bucer and Johannes Sturm lived and worked here. A walking tour will introduce us to Strasbourgs Cathedral Quarter and Petite France, the citys well-preserved historic core. Well also see the European Parliament and other European institutions headquartered in Strasbourg. Well return to the ship for lunch and then take an afternoon excursion to the lovely Alsace region. Back on board, well have dinner and Dr. Beeke will provide a lecture on Practical Lessons from the Life of John Calvin. (B, L, D)

    17, Tuesdayspeyer, Bretten, Heidelberg, Worms, MannheimWell dock in Speyer this morning, a former Roman settlement and one of the oldest towns in Germany. After breakfast, well disembark and travel to Bretten to visit the Melanchthon House, located on the site of the birthplace of reformer Philipp Melanchthon who was born in Bretten in 1497. This is now a museum with an extensive library. Well then travel to the delightful city of Heidelberg on the Neckar River. Martin Luther was called to defend his 95 Theses here, and it was later home to Zacharius Ursinus, author of the Heidelberg Catechism. Well visit the romantic Heidelberg Castle and walk through the historic city center to visit the University Library and the Protestant Holy Ghost Church (where one of the Hedielberg Catechisms