6 TOUR OPERATORS THAT PROVIDE GENEALOGICAL TOURS

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6 TOUR OPERATORS THAT PROVIDE GENEALOGICAL TOURS

6 TOUR OPERATORS THAT PROVIDE GENEALOGICAL TOURS

6 TOUR OPERATORS THAT PROVIDE GENEALOGICAL TOURS

Author Chris Colin travels to Silverton, Texas, for “A Lone Star Story,” setting foot on the land his ancestors occupied over a century ago. He discovers tales of his family’s West Texas past, some of which are tragic and others of which are inspirational.6 TOUR OPERATORS THAT PROVIDE GENEALOGICAL TOURS

 

A growing number of travelers want to step into the village of their great-grandparents or learn more about their ancestors’ diaspora. But not all heritage explorers are so lucky to have their clan just a phone call away. That’s where these travel specialists come in. Whether clients hope to dust off decades of archival records or simply connect with their ancestral culture, the following outfitters can craft itineraries as individual as a family tree.6 TOUR OPERATORS THAT PROVIDE GENEALOGICAL TOURS

1. Artisans of Leisure

Artisans of Leisure offers six Jewish heritage-based tours in Europe and Israel. A 12-day “Jewish Tour of Central Europe” whisks guests from Warsaw to Budapest to Prague and includes visits with religious leaders as well as trips to historic synagogues and poignant Holocaust memorials.

 

2. Ancestral Journeys

Co-founder and Scotswoman Brenda Atkin passed her love of ancestry to son Jerron, a genealogist by trade who now conducts clients’ initial family research. Tour guide Bob Kucharzewski—whose Scottish ancestry can be traced to the 16th century—meets clients upon their arrival, and his relationships with parish churches help track down former homes and gravesites.

 

3. Spector Travel of Boston

This outfitter claims more than two decades of experience connecting clients with their backgrounds in West Africa. Their 9-day “Roots and Culture” tour of Ghana brings heritage travelers into the heart of the African diaspora, examining the horrific history of the slave trade through tours of the UNESCO World Heritage forts and castles along the coast. For further context, guests may access the extensive library and manuscript collection during a visit Accra’s W.E.B DuBois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture.

 

 

4. Brown + Hudson

Clients embarking on a genealogy-focused itinerary with Brown + Hudson begin preparation at least six months prior to departure, consulting with trained researchers who handle the historical heavy lifting. Exclusive access is then incorporated into every aspect of a trip: a family traveling to Ireland might spend a night at the medieval Ashford Castle, before meeting such experts as best-selling author and historian Turtle Bunbury, a former presenter on Ireland’s “Genealogy Roadshow” TV series.

 

5. Ancestral Footsteps

With a singular focus on genealogy tours, Ancestral Footsteps likens their research process to writing a university dissertation. Depending on the clients’ geographical area of interest, the outfitter asks for a minimum of six months to investigate their lineage. After thorough reconnaissance, clients are given the option of discovering their personal family history on a “mystery tour,” wherein strategically placed items such as diaries, manuscripts, and photographs function as clues to uncover and piece together throughout the journey.

 

6. Zicasso

Zicasso processes over a dozen requests a month from travelers hoping to plan a genealogy-based trip. Through their referral service, clients are matched with three highly specialized outfitters in their desired destination, ultimately crafting an itinerary with those most suited to meet their goals. This granular level of operation means that tours coordinated by Zicasso have included visits to remote family cemeteries in India, access to vast genealogical archives in Italy, and joyous reunions between biological parents and children in rural Brazil.

 

6 TOUR OPERATORS THAT PROVIDE GENEALOGICAL TOURS

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