Journey to the Homeland Tour

Journey to the Homeland Tour

Land Tour Price

$3550 (double occupancy)
$3900 (single occupancy)
*Price per person

The North Dakota State University Libraries’ Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) is pleased to announce sponsorship of the 21st Journey to the Homeland tour to Germany and Ukraine for May 17-27, 2017.

This tour offers travelers the unique opportunity to visit the villages of their German-Russian ancestors near Odessa, Ukraine. Tour members will walk where their ancestors walked and have their eyes opened to village life.

Leading the tour will be Michael M. Miller, GRHC Director, and Jeremy Kopp, GRHC Special Collections Associate.

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 May 16  Depart USA for Berlin, Germany
 May 17-20  Berlin, Germany
 May 20  Berlin to Odessa, Ukraine
 May 20-24  Odessa, Ukraine & former German villages
 May 24  Odessa to Stuttgart, Germany
 May 24-27  Stuttgart, Germany (May 26 – day tour in Alsace, France)
 May 27  Depart for USA

*Travel to the former Crimean, Volga, Mennonite, Volyhnian and Hutterite villages are not included in this tour.

The package includes:

  • Welcome dinner in Berlin.
  • Three nights lodging in Berlin including buffet breakfasts.
  • Four nights lodging in Odessa including buffet breakfasts.
  • Three nights lodging in Stuttgart including buffet breakfasts.
  • Two days of ancestral village visits. Includes translator, driver, and sack lunch.
  • Bus transfer to and from Odessa Airport and hotel.
  • Bus transfer from Stuttgart Airport to hotel.
  • Tours of Berlin, Odessa, and Stuttgart with professional guides.
  • Visit to a Germans from Russia museum in Stuttgart.
  • Excursion to Seltz and Sessenheim, Alsace, France; including lunch at a traditional Alsatian cafe.
  • Tips for all group activities (drivers, tour guides, translators, wait staff, etc.)

Sites you will see:

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Berlin Wall
  • Odessa Opera House
  • Potemkin Steps
  • Your Ancestral Villages
  • German Russian Museum
  • Outdoor Markets
  • Historic Churches
  • Alsatian Architecture

*Price per person, airfare not included

2017 Tour - Registration is now full!

2018 Tour - Please fill out the registration form below and make your non-refundable deposit of $600 per person. Your spot is not secure until this payment is made. You may pay by check, money order, or Electronic Check (ACH). Please see the "Payments" tab below to see the payment schedule and how to make payments.

We must secure 20 paid registrations before the 2018 tour can be offered. We will notify you by February 2018 if there have not been enough registrations to offer the tour.


 Due Date  Amount
 (per person)
 More Info:  Refundable?  Make  Payment
 December 1, 2016  $600  Registration Deposit  No  Click here
 December 1, 2016  $1200  1st Tour Payment  Until Mar 1, 2017  Click here
 February 1, 2017  $1750  2nd Tour Payment  Until Mar 1, 2017  Click here
 March 1, 2017  $350  Single Room Charge
 (If requesting single room)
 Until Mar 1, 2017  Click here



Payments may be made by Check, Money Order, or Electronic Check (ACH). ACH payments may be made at the links in the above table and can only be made from bank accounts in the United States. 

Check or money orders can be made out to NDSU Libraries and mailed to the following address:

Journey to the Homeland Tour
Germans from Russian Heritage Collection
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, 2017. If a cancelation is received after March 1, 2017, there will be no refund given. If we do not secure 20 paid registrations before February 1, 2017, we will be unable to offer the tour and you will recieve a 100% refund.


Airfare is not included with the land tour price and must be purchased separately. Both an overseas flight and an overland flight must be purchased. Details regarding airfare booking will be provided to tour members upon successful registration and once registration deposit is received.

Additional note: The overland flight MUST be booked with our travel agency. This ensures that our group is together and we are able to use our bus transfers upon arrival. If you do not book this flight with our travel agency, you will be charged a $250 fee to cover any additional bus transfers.

Cost of international airfare will vary depending on your departure city.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Jeremy Kopp, Special Collections Associate
701-231-6596 |
Michael M. Miller, Director and Bibliographer
701-231-8416 |

All registered tour members are required to complete the following forms:

The 2017 Tour is now full.

Interested in 2018? Fill out the form below. 

Tour Registration

Contact Info
Additional tour member
Address (if different than above)
If the same address as above, you can leave this section blank.
General Group Information
Information about your party will help us to better customize your trip based on your ancestral heritage.
Are these relatives recent German immigrants from the former Soviet Union?

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
Tallahasee, Florida

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

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Tour Highlights

Journey to the Homeland Tour Highlights