Journey to the Homeland Tour
Journey to the Homeland Tour
It is with great disappointment that the difficult decision has been made to cancel our May 2021 Journey to the Homeland Tour. After previously canceling our May 2020 tour, we were optimistic that the global pandemic would be short-lived. Unfortunately, it has lasted much longer than we hoped or anticipated.
First and foremost, this decision was made with the health, safety, and happiness of our tour members in mind. Even without a pandemic, leading a tour of 30 people to Europe inherently presents many unique challenges and would be nearly impossible to navigate in current conditions. If we chose to go forward with the tour in 2021, our options would be to potentially place you in situations that would compromise your health and safety or your tour enjoyment, both of which are unacceptable. We will not compromise your health and safety or lead a tour that did not represent the quality we hope to achieve.
We understand that this is likely a disappointment to many of you – but let us reflect the attitude of the German-Russian ancestors who maintained optimism about the future and resiliency as they faced unexpected and unpredictable challenges for generations.
We do not know how long this crisis will keep our tours on hold, but we hope to resume tours in the future once it is safe and smart to do so. We look forward to that time and will keep you updated as those decisions are made. Until then, please do not hesitate to contact us at Jeremy.Kopp@ndsu.edu or Michael Miller at Michael.Miller@ndsu.edu.
2020 Tour Dates:
|May 12*||Depart USA for Berlin, Germany|
|May 13-16||Berlin, Germany|
|May 16||Berlin to Odessa, Ukraine|
|May 16-20||Odessa, Ukraine & former German villages**|
|May 20||Odessa to Stuttgart, Germany|
|May 20-23||Stuttgart, Germany (May 21 – day tour in Alsace, France)|
|May 23||Depart for USA|
*You may wish to depart earlier to ensure an on time arrival in case of any flight delays.
**Travel to the former Crimean, Volga, Mennonite, Volyhnian and Hutterite villages are not included in this tour.
Future Tour Dates TBD
The package includes:
- Welcome Supper in Berlin
- Three (3) nights lodging in Berlin
- Four (4) nights lodging in Odessa
- Three (3) nights lodging in Stuttgart
- Nine (9) buffet breakfasts
- Two days of ancestral village visits. Includes translator, driver, and bag lunch
- Tours of Berlin, Potsdam, and Odessa with professional guides
- Visit to a Germans from Russia museum in Stuttgart, including lunch
- Excursion to Alsace, France; including light lunch at a traditional Alsatian cafe
- Group bus transfer from hotel to Berlin Airport
- Group bus transfer to and from Odessa Airport
- Group bus transfer from Stuttgart Airport
- Tips for all group activities (drivers, tour guides, translators, wait staff, etc.)
- Flight from Berlin to Odessa returning to Stuttgart
Sites you will visit:
- Brandenburg Gate
- Checkpoint Charlie
- Berlin Wall
- Odessa Opera House
- Potemkin Steps
- Shores of the Black Sea
- Your Ancestral Villages
- German Russian Museum
- Outdoor Markets
- Historic Churches
- Alsatian Architecture
- Much more!
*International airfare is not included. See 'Airfare Information' tab below for more information.
|Payment Due Date
|More Info:||Refundable?||Make Payment|
|Due at Registration (Aug)||$600||Registration Deposit||No||Not yet available|
|December 1||$1500||1st Tour Payment||Until Mar 1|
|February 1||$2200||2nd Tour Payment||Until Mar 1|
|March 1||$800|| Single Room Charge
(If requesting single room)
|Until Mar 1|
Registration for future tours will be announced on this site.
Please be aware that our tour fills up very quickly and it is recommended that you register as soon as possible after registration opens. Initial registration deposit is due immediately upon registration and all registrations must be completed online. The tour registration deposit must be made with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or Electronic Check (ACH). All additional payments cannot be made by credit card and must be made by Check, Money Order, or Electronic Check (ACH). ACH payments can only be made from United States bank accounts. Once payment options are available, there will be links in the "Make Payment" column in the above table.
Late payments: All late payment will be charged a $50 fee.
Check or money orders can be made out to NDSU Libraries and mailed to the following address:
Journey to the Homeland Tour
NDSU Dept. 2080
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Should a reservation need to be canceled for any reason, a full refund less your $600 per person deposit will be made for cancelations received prior to March 1 of your tour year. If a cancelation is received after March 1, there will be no refund given. If we do not secure 20 paid registrations before February 1 of the tour year, we will be unable to offer the tour and you will receive a 100% refund.
International airfare is not included with the land tour price and must be purchased separately. Details regarding airfare booking will be provided to tour members upon successful registration and once registration deposit is received. Cost of international airfare will vary depending on your departure city. Once you have successfully registered, please book your international airfare at your convenience. We recommend booking with Cheyenne at All Travel Matters at 701-891-8135 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheyenne is familiar with our trip itinerary and can best assist you in this process but you may book your airfare on your own. Once you have booked your international airfare, please provide your itinerary information to Jeremy Kopp at 701-231-6596 or Jeremy.Kopp@ndsu.edu.
Arrival: In Berlin, Germany, before 3pm on arrival day.
Departure: From Stuttgart, Germany, any time on the final day. Recommended departure is 10am or later.
Airfare tips: The tour begins in Berlin on Arrival Day with a Welcome Supper at 6pm. We recommend arriving in Berlin before by 3pm on arrival day so you are able to check-in to your room and get settled. Additionally, if you are able, we strongly recommend arriving in Berlin at least one day early so that no group activities are missed if your scheduled flight is delayed for any reason. In the past, we’ve had tour members scheduled to arrive on arrival day and their flights were delayed until day 2. All hotel accommodations for early arrivals or late departures must be booked on your own (we can provide recommended hotels).
The flight from Berlin to Odessa and returning to Stuttgart is included with the tour price. We will use your registration information to book group airfare for this flight so it's important that you accurately register with your name EXACTLY as it appears on your passport, current passport number and expiration date, and your birth date. You must also submit a copy or scan of your passport by March 1 of your tour year.
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Tour Member comments
I really enjoyed the trip!
It was a rewarding experience on many different levels - spending time with other people with the same background and on the same quest, learning more about the history and current situation in the Black Sea area, as well as seeing, meeting and talking to people from the area were worth the trip.
Janis Weisz Piotrowski
It certainly has given me a better understanding of my background...
Indeed, we are blessed that our ancestors had the courage to leave home and family to seek a new life in an unknown country and thrive! Again, thank you for all the effort you put into this trip and preserving the culture of the Germans from Russia.
Marie C. Tandeski Delizonna
San Jose, California