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Update on future Journey to the Homeland Tours sponsored by the North Dakota State University Libraries

2014 and 2015

To: Persons interested in the Journey to the Homeland Tours

From: Michael M. Miller, Director & Bibliographer
Tour Director, Journey to the Homeland Tours


We are pleased that there continues to be an interest in visiting Odessa, Ukraine, and the former Bessarabian, Black Sea, and Crimean German villages. Travel to the former Volga German, Mennonite German, Hutterite, and Volhyian villages are not included with the Journey to the Homeland Tours.

Only villages in southern Ukraine including villages in the former Bessarabia today in Ukraine and Moldova; former Black Sea German villages near Odessa and in Moldova; and former Crimean German villages are included with the Journey to the Homeland Tours.

2014 Journey to the Homeland Tour dates: (Registration deadline is 1 March 2014)

15 May 2014 Tour member city of departure - Frankfurt, Germany
16-17 May 2014 Frankfurt, Germany (1 night)
17-21 May 2014 Odessa, Ukraine & former German villages (5 nights)
21 May 2014 Odessa - Vienna - Stuttgart, Germany
21-25 May 2014 Stuttgart (4 nights)
25 May 2014 Stuttgart - USA or Canadian city

There is a minimum of 10-15 persons with paid registrations before a tour can be offered. We will notify you by March 2014 if the tour will not be offered.

Persons registering for the Journey to the Homeland Tour need to have airline arrangements as part of the tour package. Use of frequent flyer miles for travel to Europe are not permitted with the travel arrangements.

The Land Tour price is $3,250 to $3,500 USD per person. The tour package includes the following:

  1. Hotel Lodging in Frankfurt, Germany. (16-17 May 2014)
  2. Hotel lodging in Odessa including buffet breakfast and box lunches for village visits. (17-21 May 2014)
  3. Hotel lodging in Stuttgart including buffet breakfast. (21-25 May 2014)
  4. Van or auto transportation to former German villages near Odessa including driver and English translator.
  5. Bus transfers from Odessa and Stuttgart airports to hotel.
  6. Bus tour of Odessa with professional guide.
  7. Service charges for tour preparations.
  8. Visits in Stuttgart (city tour), and Germans from Russia societies and museums.
  9. Tour Farewell Dinner at Black Sea Hotel, Odessa. (21 May 2014)
  10. Ticket to Odessa Opera House performance. (17 May 2014)

Individual tour members will be able to return from Germany at a later date if they desire. For travel adjustment dates, please contact the Sheila Anderson, Kramme Travel, 800-999-1586 or 218-236-9606.

Travel insurance and other information will be provided once person has completed the confirmed tour registration forms.


Our Journey to the Homeland Tours to Odessa, Ukraine, and to Stuttgart, Germany, have been sponsored since May, 1996.

It is important that each tour member visit their ancestral German villages in the former Bessarabia or the Black Sea German villages near Odessa, Ukraine. We make every effort for this to happen. Excellent contacts in Odessa have been established with Odessa Intourist guides, drivers and translators.

E-mail messages from Odessa and Stuttgart were prepared by tour members during their memorable days in Russia, Ukraine and Germany for tours 1996 to present. These e-mail messages appear at the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection website.

Refunds
Should a reservation need to be canceled because of personal reasons of a tour member, a full refund less a $600 USD per person administrative fee will be made for a tour cancellation received on or before 1 February 2014.

If there are family members who wish to join the tour as a group, please notify them so that you can join the same tour especially for the visits to the former German villages.

To register for the May 2014 tour, please send your first payment of $500 USD per person payable to NDSU Libraries to the following address: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries, P.O. Box 6050, Dept #2080, Fargo, ND 58108-6050. Please note that tour reservations are accepted according to the postmark on the initial check received for payment.

For the May 2014 tour, the minimum number of paid tour registrations needs to be 15 persons. We will contact persons by March 2014, regarding plans for the May 2014 tour if registrations are less than 15 persons.

Please advise if you wish to be placed on our priority list for the May 2014 tour. To be placed on the 2014 priority list, a $500 USD per person first payment fee is required.

Please print, forward and share the 2014 tour information with interested persons.

We hope that you will consider joining us for one of our future Journey to the Homeland Tours. It is truly an unforgettable experience to last a lifetime!

PLEASE NOTE
Any income generated from the Journey to the Homeland Tours is donated to the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo. These projects include: 1) preservation, documentation, and collection of archival materials relating to the Germans from Russia; 2) preservation and collection of textiles and clothing relating to the Germans from Russia; 3) translation projects; 4) publishing of books relating to the Germans from Russia; 5) displays and exhibits; 6) documentary programs on the Germans from Russia; 7) purchase of books and educational materials for the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection; 8) oral history interviews; 9) other projects and promotions that fulfill the mission of the NDSU Libraries' Germans from Russia Heritage Collection; 10) salaries of employees to carry out above projects.

Permission to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested by contacting Michael M. Miller
North Dakota State University Libraries
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
Libraries
NDSU Dept #2080
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel: 701-231-8416
Fax: 701-231-6128
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