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.Download Tour PDF
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.
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.
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
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
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 “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
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.
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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.
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!
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
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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