Journey to the Homeland Tour

Journey to the Homeland Tour

Tour Price

$4100 (double occupancy)
$4550 (single occupancy)
*Price per person

The North Dakota State University Libraries’ Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) is pleased to announce sponsorship of the 22nd Journey to the Homeland tour to Germany and Ukraine for May 16-26, 2018.

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.

Registration for the 2018 Journey to the Homeland Tour is full, but you can still join our waitlist by clicking the button below.

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 May 15*  Depart USA for Berlin, Germany
 May 16-19  Berlin, Germany
 May 19  Berlin to Odessa, Ukraine
 May 19-23  Odessa, Ukraine & former German villages**
 May 23  Odessa to Stuttgart, Germany
 May 23-26  Stuttgart, Germany (May 24 – day tour in Alsace, France)
 May 26  Depart for USA

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

The package includes:

  • Welcome Supper in Berlin (May 16)
  • Ukrainian Supper in Odessa (May 19)
  • 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 to Berlin Airport (May 19)
  • Group bus transfer to and from Odessa Airport (May 19 & 23)
  • Group bus transfer to and from Stuttgart Airport (May 23 & 26)
  • Tips for all group activities (drivers, tour guides, translators, wait staff, etc.)
  • NOW INCLUDING: Flight from Berlin to Odessa (May 19) returning to Stuttgart (May 23)

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.


 Due Date  Amount
 (per person)
 More Info:  Refundable?  Make  Payment
 November 1, 2017  $600  Registration Deposit  No  Full
 December 1, 2017  $1500  1st Tour Payment  Until Mar 1, 2018  Pay now
 February 1, 2018  $2000  2nd Tour Payment  Until Mar 1, 2018  Pay now
 March 1, 2018  $450  Single Room Charge
 (If requesting single room)
 Until Mar 1, 2018  Pay now



THE 2018 TOUR IS NOW FULL - Click Here to join the waitlist

Initial registration deposit is due immediately upon registration. This payment can 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
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, 2018. If a cancelation is received after March 1, 2018, there will be no refund given. If we do not secure 20 paid registrations before February 1, 2018, we will be unable to offer the tour and you will receive a 100% refund.


For 2018, the flight from Berlin to Odessa and returning from Odessa to Stuttgart is included with the tour price. On previous tours, this flight was not included in our tour price.

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 Cheyenne is familiar with our trip itinerary and can best assist you in this process but you may book your airfare on your own.

Arrival: In Berlin, Germany, before 3pm on May 16, 2018
Departure: From Stuttgart, Germany, any time on May 26, 2018

Airfare tips: The tour begins in Berlin on May 16th with a Welcome Supper at 6pm. We recommend arriving in Berlin before by 3pm on May 16th  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 May 16th and their flights were delayed until arriving on May 17. All hotel accommodations for early arrivals or late departures must be booked on your own (we can provide recommended hotels).

Once you have booked your airfare, please provide your itinerary information to Jeremy Kopp at 701-231-6596 or

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 form:

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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
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