Volga German Tours is pleased to offer a tour to Germany in 2023 that will visit the ancestral homes of the Volga Germans before they left for Russia in the 1760s. This tour will begin on 28 May 2023 in Munich and end on 10 June 2023 in Munich. Airfare to and from Germany is not included in the tour.

The tour is open to the public and will be led by Drs. Brent Mai and Mila Koretnikov.

Tour to Germany 2023

The Tour (May 28 – June 10) will visit sites of significance to the history of the Volga Germans. It will begin and end at the Munich International Airport (MUC) in Germany. We will visit German villages from which the Volga Germans immigrated to Russia in the 1760s. The itinerary will be tailored to visit the villages of interest to those who are on the tour. In addition, we will visit Büdingen (epicenter of the German migration to Russia), the medieval city of Rothenburg, Hessenpark (much like Williamsburg for Germans), the port city of Lübeck from which most Volga Germans left for Russia, the Danish colonies where many had moved before they left for Russia, the emigration museum in Hamburg from which many Volga Germans sailed for North and South America, the Dachau holocaust museum, Neuschwanstein (the “Disney castle”) & Hohenschwangau, the beer gardens and cathedrals of Munich, the BMW museum, and the Olympicpark (site of the 1972 Olympics).

Since 2016, we have taken eleven groups (almost 250 people) on tours to the Volga German colonies in Russia and one group in 2022 to visit the ancestral villages of the Volga Germans in Germany. Read the testimonials from some of those participants. The 2023 tour will be the second one we have taken to Germany.

Formerly Planned Tours to Russia in 2022 & 2023

Due to current political/military turmoil in Russia and Ukraine, it is not advisable to visit the former colonies of the Volga Germans in Russia. Before the war in Ukraine broke out, we had planned to resume tours to Russia in 2022 and thought that perhaps we would be able to do so in 2023. However, it is with great sadness that we must also cancel the 2023 tour to the Volga German colonies. Those on the waiting list for the 2022 & 2023 tours will automatically be moved to a list of “right of first refusal” for a 2024 tour – should the situation improve to the point where we feel it is safe to make such a trip.

To be added to the waiting list for the 2024 tour to Russia (without obligation), please contact Dr. Brent Mai at brentmai@volgagermantours.com (telephone: 971.322.8124).

Questions about the tours should be directed to Dr. Brent Mai at: