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

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 and Black Sea villages. Travel to the former Crimean, Volga German, Mennonite German, Hutterite, and Volhyian villages are not included with the Journey to the Homeland Tours.

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

2015 Journey to the Homeland Tour dates: (Registration & Final Payment Deadline is 1 March 2015)

14 May 2015 Tour member city of departure - Frankfurt, Germany
15-16 May 2015 Frankfurt, Germany (1 night)
16-20 May 2015 Odessa, Ukraine & former German villages (4 nights)
20 May 2015 Odessa - Vienna - Stuttgart, Germany
20-24 May 2015 Stuttgart (4 nights)
24 May 2015 Stuttgart - USA or Canadian city

There is a minimum of 15 persons with paid registrations before a tour can be offered. We will notify you by March 2015 if the tour will not be offered.

Persons registering for the Journey to the Homeland Tour need to have airline arrangements made through Sheila Anderson at Kvamme Travel, 800-999-1586 or 218-236-9606. Once you have completed your tour registration forms, we will contact Sheila and you will be able to book your airline reservations. Important note: if you do not book your incoming and outgoing flights to Odessa with Sheila, you will be charged an additional $250 fee for your registration; it is very important that the group is together on these flights so we are able to arrange proper transportation.

The Land Tour price is $3,250 (double occupancy) to $3,550 (single occupancy) USD per person. The tour package includes the following:

  1. Hotel Lodging in Frankfurt, Germany. (15-16 May 2015)
  2. Welcome Dinner in Frankfurt, Germany (15 May 2015)
  3. Hotel lodging in Odessa including buffet breakfast and box lunches for village visits. (16-20 May 2015)
  4. Hotel lodging in Stuttgart including buffet breakfast. (20-24 May 2015)
  5. Van or auto transportation to former German villages near Odessa including driver and English translator.
  6. Visits to your ancestral villages.
  7. Bus transfers from Odessa and Stuttgart airports to hotel.
  8. Bus tour of Odessa with professional guide.
  9. Service charges for tour preparations.
  10. Visits in Stuttgart (city tour), and Germans from Russia societies and museums.
  11. Tour Farewell Dinner at Black Sea Hotel, Odessa. (20 May 2015)
  12. Ticket to Odessa Opera House performance. (16 May 2015)

Not included with your land tour price:

  1. Required: Additional payment for tips - $100 per person. This covers tips for tour guides, translators, drivers, and staff at arranged meals.
  2. Optional: Day trip to Seltz and Sessenheim, Alsace, France; including lunch at a traditional Alsatian cafe. Cost: $100.

Early Bird Discount!

Receive $250 off your land tour price if you make final tour payment by December 5, 2014.


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

Travel insurance is highly recommended, this can also be purchased through Sheila Anderson at Kvamme Travel. You MUST have medical insurance that covers oversees travel.


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 tourist guides, drivers and translators.

Messages from Odessa and Stuttgart were prepared by tour members during their memorable days in Russia, Ukraine and Germany for tours 1996 to present. If you would like to read them, click here.

View photographs from past tours on our Flickr page.

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 March 1, 2015. If a cancellation is received after March 1, 2015, there will be no refund given.

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 2015 tour, please send your non-refundable deposit of $600 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 2015 tour, the minimum number of paid tour registrations needs to be 15 persons. We will contact persons by March 2015, regarding plans for the May 2015 tour if registrations are less than 15 persons.

If you wish to be placed on our priority list for the May 2015 tour, your $600 deposit must be received by November 1, 2014.

Please print, forward and share the 2015 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!

Next steps:
1. Review our Tour Guidlines and Costs.
2. Fill out and return your Reservation Form and send in your $600 non-refundable deposit.
3. Fill out and return your Registraion Forms (Form I & Form II).
4. Fill out and return your Biography Form (due by February 1, 2015).
5. Review other helpful tour information (not yet updated for 2015 tour).

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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