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!

Overview

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 *or similar if not available)
3 breakfasts and 3 dinners
Transport in a private bus for day trips to Bremerhaven and Cloppenburg
Small group size of 16 tour participants maximum
Group tour briefing Zoom call 4 weeks prior to each tour

Daily Highlights

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

Day 1: Bremen

Enjoy a guided tour and meet the other tour participants at your welcome dinner in Bremen’s medieval Schnoor quarter.

Day 2: Bremerhaven

Re-live your ancestors’ journey at the interactive emigration museum in Bremerhaven.

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

Day 3: Cloppenburg

Travel back in time and get an inside view of old, original farm houses at a living history museum in Cloppenburg, Lower Saxony.

Day 4: Bremen

Say farewell 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 main train station or Bremen airport (extra charge).

Once you have settled in, meet your tour leader and the other group participants in the hotel lobby at 4 pm local time. Together, we will head to the nearby medieval market square and enjoy a 2-hour emigration-themed guided tour of the city of Bremen.

We will pass by all highlights of the city: The 600-year-old town hall and Roland statue, the 1,000-year-old cathedral, the Bremen Town Musicians statue from the famous Bremen fairy tale, the old harbor front at the river and the medieval Schnoor quarter with Bremen’s oldest houses.

Afterwards, we enjoy our first included welcome dinner at a cozy restaurant and get to know the other tour participants.

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 delicious breakfast buffet, we make our way to Bremerhaven. The harbor town is located about 50 miles north from Bremen at the seafront of the North Sea. 

We get there the same way as your German ancestors did: by boat! It takes longer than by train or car, but we will surely pass by some beautiful sights and might feel even closer to your predecessors. And don’t worry: The modern ships are very comfortable!

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 the fresh breeze of the North Sea coastline and see the Emigrant statue at the original departure dock, from which more than 7 million left for a new life overseas. Both are located just a few steps by foot from the museum.

After heading back to the city of Bremen, we meet up again for another included dinner.

Meals included today: Breakfast, 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, 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

After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to 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.

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. You will understand the reasons why they emigrated and also have some insights into what their lives were like back in the home country.

Now, it’s up to you to explore the next chapter of your ancestor’s journey.

So perhaps you will continue your ancestry-inspired trip in Germany or even other countries in Europe. For example, to your ancestors’ hometowns. 

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

Cost

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

Single room supplement: 225 $ (USD)

Tour price per person in single room: 1.700 $ (USD) based on one person staying in one single room.

To securely process your booking payment, we partnered up with the spezialized tour operator payment processor WeTravel.

At the time of booking, the customer can decide whether they would like to pay the full amount of the travel price at once or the minimum deposit of 20 %. This deposit will be deducted from the total travel price. The remaining payment must be made up to 28 days before the start of the tour at the latest.

Included

Qualified, English-speaking tour leader for the duration of the trip plus local, English-speaking guides mentioned in the program
Centrally located 4-star hotel in Bremen 
3 breakfasts and 3 dinners
Transport 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
Drinks
Any additional activities or hotel offerings not mentioned in the program
Tips for the tour guide and driver

Tour Dates

Tour 1: Friday, 28th of June to Monday, 1st of July 2024

Tour 2: Friday, 26th of July to Monday, 29th of July 2024

Tour 3: Friday, 9th of August to Monday, 12th of August 2024

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!)

Countdown to next available tour

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

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Location

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

Tour guide Sonja Irani in front of the Roland statue in Bremen, northern Germany

Hallo! My name is Sonja Irani and I will be your group tour leader on this trip. I am a specialized tour guide for emigration history and ancestry-inspired travel in 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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