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
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
|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:
- Hotel Lodging in Frankfurt, Germany. (16-17 May 2014)
- Hotel lodging in Odessa including buffet breakfast and
box lunches for village visits.
(17-21 May 2014)
- Hotel lodging in Stuttgart including buffet breakfast.
(21-25 May 2014)
- Van or auto transportation to former German villages near Odessa
including driver and English translator.
- Bus transfers from Odessa and Stuttgart airports to hotel.
- Bus tour of Odessa with professional guide.
- Service charges for tour preparations.
- Visits in Stuttgart (city tour), and Germans from Russia societies
- Tour Farewell Dinner at Black Sea Hotel, Odessa.
(21 May 2014)
- 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.
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
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
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!
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;
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.