Update on future Journey to the Homeland
Tours sponsored by the North Dakota State University Libraries
To: Persons interested in the Journey to the
From: Michael M. Miller, Germans from Russia
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 Oral History
Interviews, and traveling exhibits.
Best regards from Fargo and from the North Dakota
State University campus.
We are pleased that there continues to be such
a growing interest to visit Odessa, Ukraine and the former Bessarabian,
Black Sea, and Crimean German villages.
Our Journey to the Homeland Tours to Odessa, Ukraine
and to Stuttgart, Germany, have been sponsored since June, 1996.
We have now offered seven tours since 1996.
Dates for the next tour will be 23 May - 4 June
2001. This tour includes the following: 1) 23 - 30 May, Odessa,
Ukraine, and the former Bessarabian, Black Sea and Crimean German
villages; 2) 30 May - 4 June, 2001, Stuttgart, Germany including
1 June for a day-trip to Alsace France, and 2 June for the large
Germans from Russia gathering called the Bundestreffen at Messe-Killesberg,
The primary city of departure will be O'Hare International
Airport, Chicago via Austrian Airlines. Tour memers from throughout
the USA and Canada are normally expected to travel from their
city of departure to Chicago.
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 St. Petersburg, Odessa and
Stuttgart were prepared by tour members during their memorable
days in Russian, Ukraine and Germany for the 1996, 1997, 1998,
1999, and 2000 tours. These e-mail messages appear at the Germans
from Russia Heritage Collection website at "Journey to the Homeland
Tours: Germany and Ukraine."
The economy and lifestyle in Odessa is quickly
changing. We realized considerable improvements in the city and
at the Chornye More Hotel where we stayed for the 1996, 1997,
1998, 1999, and 2000 tours. We plan to stay at this hotel for
the June, 2001 tour. With these rapid changes and U.S. dollar
rates, advancements bring some increasing costs for hotels, meals
The total tour cost for 2001 is $4,850. The tour
package includes the following:
- Austrian Airlines - Chicago - Vienna roundtrip.
- Austrian Airlines - Vienna - Odessa / Odessa - Vienna -
- Hotel lodging in Odessa including breakfast, lunch, dinner
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.
- Bus transfer from Odessa hotel to Odessa State Archives
for genealogical research.
- Service charges for tour preparations by NDSU Libraries
and Odessa Intourist.
- Visits in Stuttgart (city tour), and Germans from Russia
societies and museums.
Perhaps 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, visas, and other information
will be provided once person has completed the confirmed tour
2001 Journey to the Homeland Tour dates:
||Chicago - Vienna, Austria (Austrian Airlines)
||Vienna, Austria - Odessa, Ukraine (Austrian Airlines)
|23 - 30 May
||Odessa and former German villages
||Odessa, Ukraine - Vienna, Austria (Austrian Airlines)
Vienna, Austria - Stuttgart, Germany (Tyrolean Airlines)
|30 May - 4 June
||Stuttgart, Germany and Alsace, France
(including Bundestreffen on 2 June at Killesberg-Messe,
||Stuttgart - Chicago (Austrian Airlines)
If there are family members who wish to join the
tour as a group, please notify them so that you persons can join
the same tour especially for the visits to the former German villages.
To register for the 22 May - 4 June, 2001 tour,
please send your first payment of $500 US payable to Journey to
the Homeland Tours to the following address: Journey to the Homeland
Tours, Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries,
PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND 58105-5599. Please note that tour reservations
are accepted according to the postmark on the initial check received
for payment. We limit each tour group to no more than 30 persons!
For the 22 May - 4 June, 2001 tour, the minimum
number of paid tour registrations needs to be 15 or more persons.
We will contact persons by March, 2001, regarding plans for the
May, 2001 tour if registrations are 14 or less.
We are exploring plans for a Journey to the Homeland
tour to the former Crimean villages for 2001, and 2002. We need
to know who may be seriously interested in a Crimean tour. The
tour will likely include travel to Odessa and then by vans to
Crimean area. The tour may also include days in Germany. The total
length of tour will be about 14 days.
We have established good e-mail contacts with the
German Rebirth Society in Crimea as well as with the university
there. They are anxious to share their Ukrainian/German friendship
with Americans of Crimean German ancestry.
Please advise if you wish to be placed on our priority
list for the tour in the year 2001. To be placed on the May, 2001
tour priority list, a $500 first payment fee is required.
Please print, forward and share the 2001 and 2002
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!
Click here for the
2001 Journey to the Homeland Tour form
Click here for the 2002 Journey
to the Homeland Tour form
If you have questions or need additional information,
Michael M. Miller
Journey to the Homeland Tours
North Dakota State University Libraries
PO Box 5599
Fargo ND 58105-5599