#Ancestry – On the traces of your familyfrom
Are your parents, grandparents or other relatives from Romania? Are you curious to learn more about them and Romania? Let’s discover their story together!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
When I had a revelation
Two years ago I discovered, by chance, my great-grandfather’s story – a story nobody in his/my family (quite a large one) has known about. I didn’t know too many things about my ancestors and I was pretty sure they were all little farmers from around Sibiu. But, my great-grandfather’s story was such a surprize…
I found out he was a sailor in the Austro-Hungarian Navy. In 1913 he went on an expedition journey with a cruiser ship – Kaiserin Elisabeth – and visited India, Egypt, Hong-Kong and China. In 1914, in September, when WWI started his cruiser ship was in Tsingtao, a German colony in China. Japan attacked Tsingtao so Kaiserin Elisabeth crew had to fight back and defend it, as Austro-Hungarians were allies of Germany. One month later, the cruiser ship was defeated by the Japanese so, my great-grandfather and his crew were taken prisoners. He spent 5 years in the prisoner camps in Japan. He was released in 1919, came back to Sibiu made a family and… here I am:))
In the lastest years, I noticed this new trend…. Many tourists make their DNA tests and realzie that their ancestors had their origins in Romania. Many of them emigrated at the end of the 19th century, beginning of the 20th. Some left the country even later, around WWII. Actually, most probably my great-grandfather enrolled the Austro-Hungarian Navy hoping to leave for USA;)
If you have origins in Transylvania and want to learn more we are happy to help you and join you. We had so many tourists who didn’t know too many things but their trip here was revealing and they discovered lots of interesting things.
If you let us know your familiy story (and origins) we can customize the tour and the itinerary!
The tour includes:
- The day trip/ walking tour/ itinerary we set together according to your request;
A Do-it-Yourself Tour
We can tailor together the tour. All you have to do is to provide us as much information as you know about your ancestors (the place where they lived, their name, when they left) and we can create an itinerary following their traces.
You can discover new places, meet people, get testimonies, learn more about the local culture and civilization, explore towns and villages – you can, actually, write your own story.