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Germany, Switzerland Study Tour with Northway Church

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When?

10 days including travel
October 6-17, 2025

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How Much?

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Northway Church and Shea Sumlin

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You’re invited to join us on a 10 day, all-inclusive Germany, Switzerland Study Tour.

You will be immersed in the land and lessons of the Bible as you’re led on a journey through Scripture while your local guide and driver will bring the past and present culture of Germany and Switzerland alive to all your senses.

Unlike other Holy Land tours, this tour is solely focused on bringing Scripture to life through first-hand experiences in the places the stories actually happened. An all-inclusive trip you’ll be free to focus on each moment without worrying about lodging, tips, transportation, entrance fees, food or water.

What is a GTI Study Tour?

We’ve built into our study tours everything you need for an enjoyable and educational trip. We want you to be fully focused on the lessons and experiences you’ll encounter, and not be distracted by local tipping practices, transportation arrangements, or meal planning.

We believe that as a Study Tour participant you’re not a mere tourist—you’re an investment! This is evident from the moment you book your trip, through to the time you return home to share what you’ve learned with your friends and family.

Our seasoned guides and ministry partners do so much more than handle the details and keep things on schedule. Our local guides have personal experience and intimate knowledge of the places and events you’ll examine, and our ministry partner’s teachers have a shepherd’s heart and a passion for God’s word.

The guides have been so personable and so knowledgeable and so friendly. There's just never a bad day for these guys. They make you very comfortable throughout the trip.

— Steve

We got to walk the land and it made our bibles come alive, and my son being 17, he needed it to come alive. It solidified his foundation in his faith.

— Joey

GTI has done such a great job of taking care of everything... allowing us to feel at home and really focus on the things we needed to from the very beginning.

— Jordan

Shea Sumlin

Lead Pastor, Northway Church

Originally from the great nation of Texas, Shea grew up in a broken home, far from the Lord, before surrendering his life to Jesus while in High School. After experiencing a radical spiritual transformation in college, he would eventually go on to receive degrees from the University of North Texas and Dallas Theological Seminary. During that time he married his beautiful bride, Tiffany, and together they have five precious daughters-- Emma, Sara, Rebekah, Abigail, & Hannah. Shea spent nearly a decade serving as the college pastor of Denton Bible Church in Denton, TX, before then serving as a teaching pastor for The Well Community Church in Fresno, CA & campus pastor for The Village Church in Flower Mound, TX. Today, Shea serves as the Lead Pastor of Northway Church in Dallas, TX. He has a deep passion for teaching the Word of God and spreading the Gospel through the local church.

Study Tour Details

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  • Base cost not yet set. Pre-register with a $500.00 deposit
  • $100.00 discount if booking prior to April 14, 2025

Optional payment schedule available:

  • $500.00 per-person deposit upon registration
  • Remaining balance due by August 15, 2025
  • Deluxe Hotels - Buffet dinner and breakfast daily
  • Deluxe motor coach touring
  • GTI backpack with bottled water on tour
  • All transfers, porterage, entrance fees and taxes
  • Guide and driver tips
  • Study guide, journal
  • GTI Blog
  • Lunches
  • Drinks with meals
  • Travel Insurance
  • Full refund less $200 for cancellations after deposit.
  • Full refund less $500 for cancellations after April 14, 2025
  • Full refund less $2000 for cancellations after May 19, 2025
  • No refunds for cancellations after August 15, 2025

Itinerary

Mon Oct 6

Departure from the USA

Dallas/Fort Worth to Frankfurt ( Depart LH439 at 4:20pm )
Tue Oct 7

Arrival in Berlin, Germany

Arrive in Berlin and transfer to the hotel. Once you arrive, enjoy a free day to rest, relax, or explore the city. In the evening, a group dinner and orientation will happen. Overnight in Berlin.

Frankfurt to Berlin Tegal ( Depart LH180 at 10:45am )

Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz
Wed Oct 8

Berlin/Wittenberg

Today, we will meet our tour guide and embark on a journey of some of the best highlights Berlin has to offer. We'll visit the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of union and peace, as well as the magnificent “Reichstag,” where the German government makes most of the critical decisions. Access permitting, we'll explore this beautiful building with a guide and walk around the spacious glass dome, enjoying a fantastic view of the city. We'll stroll down the boulevard known as “Unter den Linden” and visit the picturesque Museum Island, which marks Berlin’s historical center. One of the capital’s most famous buildings is located here, the Berlin Cathedral. We'll also visit the Berlin Wall Museum and Check Point Charlie. The day's final stop is the city’s most beautiful plaza, the Gendarmenmarkt, framed by the German and French cathedrals. In the afternoon, we'll leave Berlin and depart for Wittenberg. Dinner and overnight in Wittenberg.

Brandenburg Gate

Martas Hotel Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Thu Oct 9

Wittenberg/Eisleben/Weimar

We will begin the day exploring Wittenberg. Regarding Luther, no city is more important than this one. The legend of the 95 theses nailed to the door of the Castle Church has been told worldwide. We'll visit this famous door, the Luther House, the Town Hall, the historic center, and the Town and Parish Church of St. Marien, the oldest building in Wittenberg. Then, we'll proceed to Eisleben, where Luther was born and died. During a tour of Eisleben’s town center, we'll see the Church of St. Peter and Paul, St. Andrew’s Church, and the Old Town, which has charming historical buildings. We'll drive to Weimar for dinner and overnight in the late afternoon.

Best Western Grand Hotel Russischer Hof

Best Western Grand Hotel Russischer Hof
Fri Oct 10

Buchenwald/Eisenach

We'll start the day with a solemn visit to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp and a discussion of the Holocaust. This camp was used between 1937 and 1945, when it was liberated by the Americans. In the afternoon, we'll travel to Eisenach. We'll visit the Wartburg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Luther found refuge here during his exile and translated the New Testament from Greek into German. Take a look at the room where he lived and worked. Dinner and overnight in Eisenach.


Hotel Glockenhof
Sat Oct 11

Eisenach/Coburg/Nuremberg

Today, we'll stroll the city of Eisenach and see the Luther House and St. Georg’s Church, where Luther preached while he was “on the run” and where, later, in 1685, Johann Sebastian Bach was baptized. Afterwards, we'll continue to Coburg. The Veste Coburg is one of Germany's largest and most well-preserved medieval castle complexes. In 1530, Luther took refuge here for six months. After exploring the fortress, we'll walk through the Old City. Driving south we'll reach the city of Nuremberg. According to Luther, Nuremberg was “the eye and ear of Germany.” In those days, it was a center of media, with 21 printing houses, which were essential to the spread of the Reformation. We'll walk through the historic center and visit the churches, St. Lorenz and St. Sebald. Dinner and overnight in Nuremberg.

Leonardo Royal Hotel Nuremberg

Leonardo Royal Hotel Nuremberg
Sun Oct 12

Augsburg/Neuschwanstein/Fuessen

In the morning, we'll travel to Augsburg. Here in 1518, at St. Anna's Church, Luther met the papal legate, Cardinal Cajetan, who demanded that Luther submit to the pope. The city was also the site of the Diet of Augsburg in 1530, where the Augsburg Confession was presented, which outlines the nature and teachings of Luther's theology. In the town hall, the Peace of Augsburg was signed in 1555, which legalized the Reformed/Lutheran faith practice in Germany. From Augsburg, we'll travel to Fuessen and visit the 19th-century Neuschwanstein Castle of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Dinner and Overnight in Fuessen.

Hotel Hirsch Fuessen

Hotel Hirsch Fuessen
Mon Oct 13

Lake Constance/Waldshut

After breakfast, we'll drive to Lake Constance and board a ship at Lindau for our cruise between the borders of Germany and Switzerland. We'll dock in Meersburg and then board our bus for Waldshut, where Balthasar Hubmaier was baptized and became a leader of the Anabaptist movement. Dinner and overnight in Zurich.

Hotel St. Gotthard Zurich

Hotel St. Gotthard Zurich
Tue Oct 14

Zurich

Today, we'll study the life and ministry of Huldreich Zwingli, the Reformer of German-speaking Switzerland. We'll visit the Lindenhof to view the city and discuss Zurich's early history. We'll visit St. Peter's Church and the Grossmuenster Cathedral, both crucial sites of the reformation in Zurich. We'll also see two Anabaptist sites, including the Felix Manz Memorial and the grotto of Baeretswil, where early Anabaptists gathered for worship. We'll discuss the theological and social conflicts between the Anabaptists and Zwingli during the Reformation. Dinner and overnight in Zurich.

Hotel St. Gotthard Zurich

Hotel St. Gotthard Zurich
Wed Oct 15

Luzern/Lauterbrunnen/Trachselwald/Bern

After breakfast, we'll drive to Luzern and discover this beautiful city in the heart of the Swiss Alps. We'll visit the Kappellbruecke and the Weinmarkt before heading to Trachselwald Castle, where early Anabaptists were imprisoned. We will finish the day by arriving in Bern and taking a tour of the Old City. Dinner and Overnight in Bern.

Best Western Hotel Bern

Best Western Hotel Bern
Thu Oct 16

Geneva

Leaving Bern, we'll travel to Geneva, the city of John Calvin and the Reformation of French-speaking Switzerland. We'll visit the International Museum of the Reformation and spend time in Saint Peter’s Cathedral, where Calvin preached. We'll also view the archaeological site beneath the Cathedral. In the afternoon, we'll visit the Reformation Wall and then overnight in Geneva.

Novotel Geneve Centre

Novotel Geneve Centre
Fri Oct 17

Depart from Geneva for the USA

This morning, we'll say goodbye to Switzerland and board our flights back home.

Zurich Airport to Frankfurt ( Depart LH5737 at 7:00am )
Frankfurt to Dallas/Fort Worth ( Depart LH438 at 10:15am )