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Switzerland, France, and Germany · May 24 - June 7, 2025

European Origins of the German Coast of Louisiana
Join us and turn the pages of your family history into a living adventure!.  

Embark on a spectacular journey tracing your ancestral roots! Experience the charming towns and villages in Switzerland, France, and Germany, where your ancestors from the German Coast of Louisiana once lived. This bespoke trip is a unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of your forefathers and immerse yourself in their past, creating unforgettable memories. Join us and turn the pages of your family history into a living adventure!

Overview

The settlement of the German Coast of Louisiana in 1721.   Early pioneering families of Colonial Louisiana were recruited from Alsace, Lorraine, the Rheinland, and Switzerland by John Law to settle in what is today St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.   The community of settlers came from various regions of Europe.   As the modern country of Germany did not unify until the 1870s, these ancestors were from different countries -- kingdoms, duchies, and principalities, but were united under the common Germanic languages, each with their own local dialects.  

In Louisiana, the German language was soon replaced completely within 3 generations by the predominant French language of the time.  By the 1800s these “Germans” had mostly Gallicized names.  As their community grew and prospered their settlements soon extended upward to the Second German Coast and the establishment of a second church parish dedicated to St. John the Baptist.  The populations would soon encompass both the west and east banks of the river.   As the 19th century progressed 4th and 5th generation German coast families spread even further up the river into St. James, Ascension, Iberville, and even Pointe Coupée Parishes.  Others traversed the swamplands and established along Bayous in what is today Lafourche & Terrebonne Parishes.   And others even further west into the Attakapas region along the Bayous Teche and Vermilion and along the prairies of the Opelousas Post in the southwestern part of Louisiana.    The majority of people in South Louisiana today can trace their ancestry to a German Coast settler, if not many of the original settlers.     As genealogy became popular in the mid-20th Century up until it’s present boom in the 21st century, many scholars have traced the European origins of the settlers of “la côte des Allemands” and with this research, in mind, we intend to go back to these locals to enjoy the offerings of Europe and to visit the villages from which our ancestors hail.  

The itinerary is designed with travelers in mind.   Every attempt was made to minimize the change in hotels so we can enjoy more time visiting places than packing up each night.    We have incorporated many of the main families in the itinerary below, but if you’re coming and we overlooked a family you descend from let us know and we can make every attempt to incorporate it into the itinerary.  Likewise, if no one in the final group is descended from a particular family we’ll be eliminating those stops to maximize time elsewhere.

Cynthia Breaux Seitz owner of Heritages Tours by Seitz Travel is a genealogy buff and experienced tour director that has led many international “genealogy” oriented tours has partnered with Jay Schexnaydre, President of the German-Acadian Coast Historical & Genealogical Society to plan this trip.

Walk in the footsteps of your German Coast ancestors!


Experience your ancestral towns and villages in Switzerland, France and Germany on this once in a lifetime trip curated especially for those whose ancestors lived on the German Coast of Louisiana.

A few photos from our past German Coast Ancestral Tour

Image by Patrick Robert Doyle

Switzerland

Ancesty Tour
German Coast of Louisiana
Swiss Ancestry/ Switzerland Ancestry
German Coast of Louisiana
Germans of Louisiana
Ancestry Tours / German Coast of Louisiana
Ancestry Tours
German Coast  of Louisiana
German Coast of Louisiana
Louisiana Genealogy
Trosclair Ancestry

France

Germany

YOU WILL ENJOY

13 Night hotel stay - see below for details

All excursions included!

Transportation by motorcoach

Tour director specializing in German Coast Ancestry Tours

Welcome Dinner

Local English Speaking tour guides.

Meet cousins along the way;

Visit an ancestral home of the Schaaf family

Mainz River Dinner Cruise

Activity Level

This is an active tour.  You should be able to stand about 20 minutes at a time and walk for about 60 minutes at a time.

Lion sculpture

 Accommodation Details

Best Western Plus Hotel Zuercherhof

Zurich, Switzerland - May 25, 26, 27 

Ibis Styles Colmar Centre 

Colmar, France -  May 28, 29, 30

Ibis Strasbourg Centre Halles

Strasbourg, France - May 31, June 1,2

Holliday Inn Express Marzig 

Saarlouis, Germany - June 3

Holliday Inn Express Marzig 

Metz, France - June 4

Ibis Mainz City  

Mainz, Germany - June 5,6

Reserve Your Trip Now

Book Your Spot!

Land Only, No Airfare

SINGLE: $5,995 per person

DOUBLE: $4,995 per person

Additional Information

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Gratuities for Driver and Tour Guide

  • Travel Insurance

  • Alcohol except where noted in the itinerary that wine or champagne is included

  • Gratuities (suggested $10 - $15 per day for the tour guide, $5 - $10 per day for the driver)

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Airport transfers

  • You will need to pay for lunches 5 and dinners.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

Missing a vacation is bad enough. Losing the money you paid for your vacation is even worse. Trip insurance is therefore highly recommended. Please purchase travel insurance on your European Origins of the German Coast package. Suggested travel insurance companies are below:

TRAVEL NOTES:

Traveling abroad requires a passport valid for six months beyond travel dates. For this tour, your passport should not expire before November 24, 2025.

You are required to make your own flight arrangements and airport transfers. Cynthia can help you to book your flights if you need her to help. When making your own flight arrangements, you must pay close attention to dates. You should schedule your flight to ARRIVE in Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH is the Airport Code) on May 25, 2025. This means many of you must fly out of the United States on May 24, 2025. You should also schedule your departure flight from Frankfurt, Germany on June 7, 2025 (FRA is the Airport Code).  Please let Cynthia know if you have any questions.

Terms and Conditions

  • By proceeding with this package booking, a tour package you are hereby agreeing to our Terms and Conditions.

  • Please be advised that all payments made to Seitz Travel LLC are final, with no possibility of refund or transfer to someone else under any circumstances.

  • It is imperative that reservations are secured under the exact name as it appears on your passport. Failure to comply may result in a mandatory name correction fee.

  • Be aware that pricing and may change without prior notification. To guarantee the current promotional rate, we recommend you book your trip now to secure the lower rate.

  • For those electing to use our installment payment option, adherence to the stipulated monthly payment schedule is required to maintain active reservation status. This includes ensuring that any shared accommodation partners are equally responsible for their payment obligations.

  • We offer a Roommate Matching service for those in need of a roommate.

  • A fee for name changes is imposed as follows: $200 prior to the final payment deadline as indicated on your invoice; thereafter, a fee of $250 plus any additional charges levied by our suppliers will apply.

  • A late payment fee of $250 per individual is mandated subsequent to the final payment cut-off date as specified on your invoice.

  • All requests for delayed payment consideration must receive prior approval from our management team before the established final payment deadline.

European Origins of the German Coast of Louisiana                                                                         FROM $4,995 pp 
SWITZERLAND, FRANCE, AND GERMANY                MA
Y 24 - JUNE 7, 2025              14 NIGHTS         

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