Update on future Journey to the Homeland
Tours sponsored by the North Dakota State University Libraries
2013 and 2014
To: Persons interested in the Journey to the Homeland Tours
From: Michael M. Miller, Director
Tour Director, Journey to the Homeland Tours
Usually, a successful Journey to the Homeland Tour will produce
supplemental revenue for the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection.
Such revenue is used to help continue the tour program and support
projects for the collection such as the addition of materials to
the collection itself, the Dakota Memories Oral History Project,
and traveling exhibits.
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.
2013 Journey to the Homeland Tour dates: (Registration
deadline is 1 March 2013)
| 16 May 2013
|| Tour member city of departure - Frankfurt, Germany
|16-17 May 2013
||Ibis Hotel, Frankfurt Airport
|18 May 2013
||Frankfurt - Vienna, Austria - Odessa,
|18-22 May 2013
||Odessa, Ukraine & former German villages
|22 May 2013
||Odessa - Vienna - Stuttgart, Germany
|22-26 May 2013
||Stuttgart (4 nights)
|26 May 2013
||Stuttgart - USA or Canadian city
Note: Airlines for Frankfurt, Germany to Odessa, Ukraine and Odessa to Stuttgart, Germany are subject to change.
Dates for the next tour are late May, 2013.
This tour includes the following: 1)
Odessa, Ukraine, and former Bessarabian, Black Sea
and Crimean German villages; 2) Stuttgart,
including a day-trip to Alsace, France.
There is a minimum of 15 persons with paid
registrations before a tour can be offered. We will
notify you by March 2013 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 total tour cost for the 2013 tour is $4,850 USD per
person. The tour package includes the following:
- USA airlines - USA or Canada city to Frankfurt, Germany and Stuttgart, Germany to USA city.
- Malev Airlines - Frankfurt - Vienna - Odessa / Odessa - Vienna - Stuttgart
- Hotel lodging in Odessa including breakfast and
box lunches for village visits.
- Hotel lodging in Stuttgart including full buffet breakfast.
- 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 by NDSU
- Visits in Stuttgart (city tour), and Germans from Russia societies
- Tour Welcome Dinner, 17 May 2013, Ibis Hotel, Frankfurt, Airport
- Tour Welcome Dinner to Odessa, 18 May 2013
- Tour Farewell Dinner in Odessa, 21 May 2013
Note: Because of the increased costs for the international airline ticket plus taxes for USA city to Frankfurt, Germany and Stuttgart, Germany to USA city, there will be an add-on cost to the tour cost. The tour member will be informed with email for any additional add-on cost.
Individual tour members will be able to return from Germany at
a later date if they desire. For travel adjustments,
please contact the Tour Director.
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 2013 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 2013 tour, the minimum number of paid
tour registrations needs to be 15 persons. We will
contact persons by March 2013, regarding plans for
the May 2013 tour if registrations are less than 15
Please advise if you wish to be placed on our priority
list for the May 2013 tour. To be placed on the 2013
priority list, a $500 USD per person first payment
fee is required.
Please print, forward and share the 2013 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!