Louisiana German Coast Tricenntenial Tour 2021
Germany, France, Switzerland, and Luxembourg
9/10/21 - 9/28/21
from $4995 per person + air
Optional Single Supplement $830
The year 2021 marks the 300th anniversary of the initial 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 travel agent 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 in celebration of the Tricentennial of the German Coast of Louisiana!!
Note: The specific itinerary is still in the works! We will post updates as we go along. Please be sure to tell me what your ancestral village is so we can confirm if we will be able to visit your town.
The package includes:
A unique program focusing on the history and culture of our German ancestors in Germany. This tour is custom curated for the Germans of the German Coast of Louisiana.
Bus transport during your stay.
A visit to the area of Europe where many of the people who settled the areas of Louisiana's German coast.
Accompanied by a French tour guide Eric and( a Louisiana tour director Cynthia Seitz. We will also be accompanied by German Coast expert Jay Schexnayer).
17-night accommodation at the hotel (note that hotel rooms in Germany are smaller than North American rooms).
All breakfasts and one other meal a day are included in the price.
Entrance fees for attractions, activities, and guided tours as described in the program:
Rhine River Castle Cruise
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Day 1 - Friday, September 10, 2021
Your heritage tour begins with an overnight flight to Frankfurt, Germany
Day 2 - Saturday, September 11, 2021
Arrival & Willkommen
Today you arrive in Frankfurt, Germany. Upon arrival at the airport, travel agent Cynthia Breaux Seitz will escort guests to the hotel near the airport. Once everyone settles in there will be a welcome orientation to prepare for the tour. We will have dinner at the hotel. We will use this day as a day to rest and recover from jetlag and be ready to start discovering the European origins of the settlers of the German Coast of Louisiana. (Overnight in Frankfurt)
Day 3 - Sunday, September 12, 2021
Your journey through your ancestral homelands starts with a visit to Wiesbaden, Germany. The city of Wiesbaden is tucked in a lovely valley between the Rhine River and the Taunus Mountains and is the capital of Hess. You will enjoy lunch and time to take in the sights of this beautiful city. After lunch and sightseeing, we will depart for our hotel in Rudesheim. You will have some time to settle into your hotel before a traditional German dinner. (Overnight in Rudesheim)
[STEIB - Niederwalluf]
Day 4 - Monday, September 13, 2021
Start your day off with breakfast before a river cruise on the Rhein River - the German “father” of all rivers, where you will see many medieval castles, lovely vineyards of fall foliage, and the famous rock formation, Lorelei. After lunch, you will visit the medieval Marksburg Castle in the afternoon and return to Rudesheim hotel. (Overnight in Rudesheim)
Day 5 - Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Drive along the Moselle River from Scenic Bernkastel-Kues to Trier. Discover the medieval town of Trier with its historic gates and charming buildings settled along the Mosel River -- the “mother” river in Germany. Enjoy a wine tasting at the oldest winery in Germany. From visit the impressive Vianden Castle built in the Romanesque style it dates back to the 10th century. (Overnight in Trier)
[HARTMANN - Engelstadt] [SEIFERT, STRUEMPFEL - Wolsfeld]
Day 6 - Wednesday, September 15, 2021
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Today you will visit the country of Luxembourg, the ONLY remaining duchy in the world. Famous for a strong economy which they attribute to their role in the industrial revolution of the early 1840’s and it’s primary product: steel! A city tour will highlight this unique city and will include a visit American Military Cemetery with over 5,000 US WWII soldiers burials. (Overnight in Trier)
Day 7 - Thursday, September 16, 2021
Metz is Capital of France’s Grand-Est Region. Visit to the Metz Cathedral known as La Lanterne du Bon-Dieu (The Lord’s Lantern) because it has the most stained glass of any cathedral in the world and is one of Europe’s tallest. Le Temple Neuf and honey-colored stone buildings make this a beautiful stop In the afternoon we will visit several ancestral villages en route to Germany. (Overnight in Baden-Baden)
[TASSIN - Thionville] [TROXLER, TROSCLAIR, TROXCLAIR - Lichtenberg] [JACOB - Ingwiller & Menchoffen] [BERENHARDT, HESSINE & MEHL - Schillersdorf] [MEEL & SCHERLE - Bouxwiller][JACOB & SCHERLE - Kirrwiller] [BLOCH & MEYER, Dauendorf]
Day 8 - Friday, September 17, 2021
Venture into the Black Forest
On the way, we will stop at Mummelsee. The Mummelsee is a 17-meter-deep lake at the western mountains of the Hornisgrinde in the Northern Black Forest of Germany. It is very popular with tourists traveling along the Schwarzwaldhochstraße. According to legends, the lake is inhabited by a Nix and the King of the Mummelsee. In Mummelsee you will have some famous Black Forest cake and maybe spot a Nix or even the king. On this day you will visit the beautiful Black Forest and the Black Forest Museum along with waterfall watching and shopping along the main street shops. (Overnight in Baden-Baden)
[PRESTENBACH, ZELLER - Hügelsheim, KRAEMER - Stollhofen]
Day 9 - Saturday, September 18, 2021
Day in the Bas-Rhin, Northern Alsace
Go back in time as we visit the Maginot Line and the Fortress of Schœnenbourg. In the afternoon you will visit the potters of Betschdorf and buy a few souvenirs in their magnificent pottery shop. (Overnight in Baden-Baden)
[ HAUSER - Lauterbourg][CHAUFFE/SCHOFF/SCHAAF - Schœnenbourg & Keffenach] [FOLTZLOGER - Memmelshoffen] [ELFER - Lembach] [LAICHE/LECHE - Trulben][ABWENDEN, ACKERMANN, GOTZ - Beinheim] [CRETZMANN, REIBEL - Fort-Louis]
Day 10 - Sunday, September 19, 2021
Free Day in Baden-Baden
Today you will enjoy Free Day to rest and relax. There are many things to do and see in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden. Restaurants, museums, and even a casino are within walking distance. (Overnight in Baden-Baden)
Day 11 - Monday, September 20, 2021
Rheinland-Pfalz (Palatinate) & Baden-Württemberg Villages
Visit the chateau of Trifels dating back to the Middle Ages in Speyer, the ancient imperial city on the Rhein, and then tour the Cathedral which is the largest Roman edifice in Germany, and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The cathedral is known as the cathedral of emperors as 8 emperors are buried there. Afternoon will be to several villages as needed. Pack up your suitcase, last night here! (Overnight in Baden-Baden)
[ACKERMANN - Rastatt] [FREDERIC - Rothenberg][HAYDEL - Neunkirchen][SCHANTZ, WIRTH - Hochhausen] [MARKS, HAUSER, EDINGER - Sinsheim][EDELMAYER, HIRTZEL, LAUTERMILCH, SCHNEIDER, STEINER - Reihen][ALTOFER, GEISSER, MULLER, ROMMEL / ROME, SCHNEIDER, STEIGER, WEIDLER, ZIRCKEL - Kirchardt] [WESELE, WICHE - Stebbach] [TOUPS, BARTHE, EDINGER - Eppingen]
Day 12 - Tuesday, September 21, 2021
A Day in Central Alsace
Early stop in Schwobsheim - home of the Waguespacks. Later, you will visit the famous Chateau of Haut-Kœnigsbourg in the morning. In the afternoon you will enjoy visits to the small villages of Riquewihr and Kaysersberg, which offers a WWII memorial for those who love history. (Overnight in Strasbourg)
[ORY - Lutzelhouse][WAGUESPACK - Schwobsheim]
Day 13 - Wednesday, September 22, 2021
At Home in Haguenau
Today you will visit the town of Haguenau, France. Take a walking tour of this charming city and enjoy time to explore the city on your own. (Overnight in Strasbourg)
[BUERKEL/PERCLE/PERQUE - Batzendorf] [CLAUS & STEIN - Hochfelden] [DEBES & FREDERIC - Wingersheim]
Day 14 - Thursday, September 23, 2021
Splendors of Strasbourg
A day in Strasbourg - Capital of Alsace!! Enjoy a guided tour of Strasbourg and a visit to the Astronomical clock. Today you will take a riverboat ride on the Ill River and a visit to the Palais de Rohan. Pack your suitcase, last night here! (Overnight in Strasbourg)
[BISCHOFF/PICHOFF, KLEINPETER, KNOBLOCH, TRICHE - Strasbourg]
Day 15 - Friday, September 24, 2021
Haut-Rhin, Southern Alsace
Today we will head towards Bern, Switzerland. We will visit the beautiful city of Colmar for a walking tour and a relaxing gondola ride in the city known as “Little Venice”. Afterwards stops in villages as needed. (Overnight in Bern)
France: [KOENIG, ZANCHER - Gueberschwihr][BELSOM - Bourbach-le-Haut][EHRET, MARTIN, SOULT - Sentheim][EDELMAYER - Mulhouse][WILLIG/VILLIQUE - Walheim][KOENIG - Wittersdorf & Obermorschwiller] [KATTERLÉ - Waltenheim][ZERINGUE - Huningue]
Switzerland: [SCHERER - Breitenbach][BURAS & HIRTZEL - Solothurn][STEINER - Bätterkinden]
Day 16 - Saturday, September 25, 2021
Bern: A Capital City!
Today you will visit the Old City of Bern, a UNESCO heritage site. You will enjoy a lovely lunch and have time to explore the city on your own or relax as needed. (Overnight in Bern)
Day 17 - Sunday, September 26, 2021
This morning you will leave Bern and head towards Zurich. Along the way we will visit the lovely city of Luzern (Lucerne in French). (Overnight in Zurich)
[HUBER - Hausen-am-Albis] [TOUPS, KLEINER, STEIGER - Affoltern-am-Albis] [LOUP - Zurich]
Day 18 - Monday - September 27, 2021
A Day in Zurich
Enjoy the Swiss city of Zurich. Today, you will experience a morning at the Lindt Chocolate Factory! Take a boat ride on the Limmat River as well as visit the Swiss National Museum. We will end the trip with a farewell dinner. (Overnight in Zurich)
Day 19 - Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Trans-Atlantic Flight Home
Return Home - Flights depart from Zurich back to USA
If you would like to extend your stay, we are offering a post-tour package to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest in Bavaria! ...if so….
Day 19 - Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Railway Adventure to Bayern!
Take the early train from Zurich Station to Munich Station. This is an approximate 5 hour train ride with limited stops as we depart the Swiss Alps the train glides past beautiful Lake Constance and descends into the hillsides and forests of Bavaria. In the afternoon we will take a city tour of Munich (overnight in Munich)
Day 20 - Thursday, September 30, 2021
Spend the day at the world-famous Oktoberfest celebration in Munich. Why not Septemberfest? Fair enough – the majority of the 16 to 18 days of the Oktoberfest take place not in the eponymous October but in September. The name comes from the history of the Wiesn: The occasion for the first Oktoberfest in 1810 was the wedding of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. On October 12th 1810 the festivities began and they ended on October 17th with a horse race. Since it was so well-received, the festival was repeated in the following years, then extended and at this point brought forward into September. The weather surely played a role in moving the dates, which in Munich at the end of September often provides a pleasant, mild Indian summer – true Oktoberfest weather, in fact!
Day 21 - Friday, October 1, 2021
Free Day to Explore Munich. Home to Palaces, markets, museums and more. There is something for everyone to do. Optional trip to Rosenheim, home of the Mathernes.
[MATHERNE - Rosenheim]
Day 22 - Saturday, October 2, 2021
Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland!
Return Home - Flights from Munich to USA