3-day emigration-themed weekend tour in Bremen

Some impressions of the places we will visit during the trip and the hotel we will stay at in Bremen.
ATLANTIC Grand Hotel Bremen Photos: © ATLANTIC Hotels Foto@Gaby Ahnert

Have you ever wondered what the emigration experience was like for your German ancestors? Find out on this 3-day guided group tour from Bremen! We will visit the famous North German emigration port cities of Bremen and Bremerhaven as well as a living history museum in Lower Saxony. Join us to literally walk in your ancestors’ footsteps!


On this weekend emigration adventure, we will comfortably stay in the same centrally located 4-star hotel in Bremen for 3 nights. From our base in Bremen, we will explore medieval town centers, interactive emigration museums, lively harbor towns and a living history museum where we will travel back in time. All while enjoying hearty German food and breathing in the fresh breeze of the north German coastline.

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Trip Highlights

Qualified and specialized tour leader for the duration of the trip
Centrally located 4-star hotel in Bremen (ATLANTIC Grand Hotel Bremen)
3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
Transport in a private bus for day trips to Bremerhaven and Cloppenburg
Small group size of 10 to 20 attendees
Group tour briefing call via Zoom 4 weeks prior to each tour

Daily Highlights

Cobbled stone street in the medieval Schnoor quarter in Bremen, Germany

Day 1: Enjoy a guided tour and your welcome dinner in Bremen’s medieval Schnoor quarter

Day 2: Re-live your ancestors’ journey at the emigration museum in Bremerhaven

Emigrant Memorial Statue in Bremerhaven
Old farm house in the open-air museum Cloppenburg in Lower Saxony, Germany

Day 3: Travel back in time at the living history museum in Cloppenburg, Lower Saxony

Day 4: Say goodbye to Bremen and continue your ancestral adventure in Germany and/or Europe

Town hall and Roland statue on medieval market square in Bremen, Germany

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bremen

Welcome to the Hanseatic city of Bremen! It’s an almost magical feeling to be “back home”, knowing that for the next few days, you will walk in the same paths as your German ancestors once did.

Make your own way to the hotel or book a transfer from Bremen’s train station or airport to the hotel through us (extra charge).

Once you have settled in, meet your tour leader and the other group participants in the hotel lobby. Together, we will head to the nearby medieval market square and enjoy a 2-hour emigration-themed guided tour of the city of Bremen.

On your first evening in Bremen, we enjoy a one-hour guided tour through the Schnoor quarter and an included welcome dinner at a cozy restaurant.

Meals included today: Dinner

Cobbled stone street in the medieval Schnoor quarter in Bremen, Germany
The medieval Schnoor quarter

Day 2: Day trip to Bremerhaven

Today after enjoying our hotel’s breakfast buffet, we make our way to Bremerhaven. The harbor city is located about 50 miles north from Bremen at the seafront of the North Sea. 

Here, we visit the emigration museum “German Emigration Center” on a guided tour with an English-speaking local guide. In an interactive exhibition, the museum has recreated the journey that your ancestors would have taken when they emigrated from Bremerhaven to America.

After so much food for thought, we enjoy a typical emigrant dish for lunch: The so-called “Holstein potato soup” served with water/apple juice. We will then spend some free time at the lively harbor front of Bremerhaven before our coach takes us back to the city of Bremen.

Tonight, we meet up in Bremen again for another included dinner.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Emigrant Memorial Statue in Bremerhaven
Emigrant memorial in Bremerhaven

Day 3: Day trip to a living history museum in Cloppenburg 

Once we fueled up at our hotel’s hearty breakfast buffet, our coach takes us from Bremen to Cloppenburg in the neighboring state of Lower Saxony.

Here, we will visit the open-air museum “Museumsdorf Cloppenburg” (museum village Cloppenburg). On a guided introduction tour in English with a local guide, we travel back in time. 

Then, we put our handicraft skills to the test. In a fun workshop, we make our own butter churn or our loaf of bread (butter and bread workshops alternate on different tour dates). At the same time, we also learn more about the daily life (and daily struggles) of our rural ancestors.

Tonight, we get together as a group again and enjoy another group dinner in the city of Bremen.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Light Lunch, Dinner

Old farm house in the open-air museum Cloppenburg in Lower Saxony, Germany

Old farm house in the open-air museum “Museumsdorf Cloppenburg”

Day 4: Departure from Bremen

In German, there is a saying that goes “All good things have an end, just the sausage has two”. So unfortunately, our tour must come to an end today.

After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to Bremen. But perhaps you will continue your ancestry-inspired trip in Germany or even other countries in Europe. For example, to your ancestors’ hometowns. 

By the end of your weekend in Bremen, you will have learnt a lot about emigration from northern Germany and the living conditions of your German ancestors prior to their emigration. 

Meals included today: Breakfast

Town hall and Roland statue on medieval market square in Bremen, Germany
The town hall and Roland statue in Bremen are more than 600 years old


Tour price per person: 1.475 $ (USD) based on two people sharing a double room.
Single room supplement: 225 $ (USD)

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Qualified, English-speaking tour leader for the duration of the trip plus local, English-speaking guides in the cities and attractions
Centrally located 4-star hotel in Bremen 
3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
Transport in a private coach to Bremerhaven, and Cloppenburg
Entrance fees to all museums, experiences and attractions mentioned in the program

Not included

Flights to Germany and back
Transport to and from the hotel on arrival and departure day
Personal Health and travel insurances
Any additional activities or hotel offerings not mentioned in the program
Tips for the tour guide and driver

Tour Dates and Availablity

Tour 1: Fri, July 28, 23 – Wed, Aug 2, 23 (bookings close June, 30, 23!)
Tour 2: Fri, Aug 18, 23 – Wed, Aug 23, 23 (bookings close July, 21, 23!)
Tour 3: Fri, Sept 1, 23 – Wed, Sept 6, 23 (bookings close August, 4, 23!)
Tour 4: Fri, Sept 29, 23 – Wed, Oct 4, 23 (bookings close August, 28, 23!)

Countdown to next available tour

Bookings for Tour 1 close on June, 30, 23!



In this map, you can see the locations of Bremen, Bremerhaven and Cloppenburg. You can zoom in and out to see further locations on the map.

About your tour guide

Portrait photo of tour guide for ancestral travel Sonja Irani

Hallo! My name is Sonja Irani and I will be your group tour leader on this trip. I am specialized in emigration history and ancestry-inspired travel from Bremen and Germany. As your tour leader, I will be with you every day 24/7 to guide and help with any questions and/or concerns you may have.



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Bremen Town Musicians statue in Bremen, Germany

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