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Heritage tours

Uncover your family story on one-of-a-kind genealogy tours, created in collaboration with Ancestry®. Each trip includes an AncestryDNA® kit and pre-trip family history review. Plus, a genealogist from AncestryProGenealogists® will accompany your tour group.

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What our travelers say about their Heritage tours

Ancestry Tour of Sicily
By 2-time traveler Barbara A. on 11/19/2018
The ancestry tour of Sicily was by far one of the best tours I have ever taken. It was well planned, well organized, all hotels and meals were far beyond excellent. All the local tours were fabulous, and the timing of all events was impeccable.
See more reviews of Sicilian Heritage Tour: Palermo to Taormina
German Vistas, Culture, History- Understanding Our Ancestors
By first-time traveler Shelly M. on 2/6/2018
We loved our 14 days discovering the people, culture and history of Germany from Hamburg to Bavaria. We were a small group of 10, including our amazing historian, Ildi Hetesi and Ancestry Pro-genealogist, Kory Meyerink.
See more reviews of German Heritage Tour: Family Emigration & Origins

FAQs about Heritage tours

What makes Heritage Tours different from other tours

Heritage Tours are exclusive trips designed to help travelers like you discover your family story. These Heritage Tours were created in collaboration with Ancestry®, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics. Ancestry® harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives.

Wondering how to plan a family heritage research trip? Or how to find out more about your family tree? These guided genealogy tours in Europe are for you.

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What's included on Heritage Tours

On all Go Ahead Tours, the details are handled—and these genealogy trips are no exception. Every tour includes an expert Tour Director, sightseeing tours with local guides, breakfast daily, select lunches and dinners, private transportation, and handpicked hotels. Itineraries are carefully planned to offer you a balance of planned activities and free time for you to explore on your own.

Plus, there are a few benefits that are exclusive to our Heritage Tours.

  • As part of your tour package, you’ll receive an AncestryDNA® kit within one month of booking your trip. The DNA test is easy to take—and the sooner you complete it, the sooner you'll receive your results!
  • Set goals in advance with help from an AncestryProGenealogists® expert. Prior to your tour, we will contact you to schedule your 5-hour pre-trip family history review.
  • A genealogist from AncestryProgenealogists® will accompany your group and provide unique insight throughout the entire trip. This professional genealogist specializes in the history of your destination and will paint a picture of what life was like for your ancestors, plus answer questions about your heritage.
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Where to go on a Heritage Tour

Heritage travel is a perfect fit for you if you're looking for a new way to trace your ancestry. Currently, our Heritage Tours visit Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and Italy.

Ancestry® offers customized ancestral home visits during and after the main trip for an additional cost. With these, one of the AncestryProGenealogists® staff will accompany you to the exact town or village in Italy where your own specific ancestors lived. If you’re interested in an ancestral home visit, ask about organizing one during your pre-trip family history review.

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Tips for planning genealogy tours

DNA travel has been growing in popularity as many people are interested in traveling to the places their ancestors are from. If you're interested in finding out more about your family tree, a Heritage Tour is a way to do that with the help of experts.

A professional genealogist can help you piece together aspects of your family history. After gathering information on your own by talking to relatives and looking through family records, the next step is to take an AncestryDNA® test to see your results. From there, a genealogist from AncestryProGenealogists® can be a resource to help you continue your research both at home and in the destination you visit on tour.

One piece of family history research advice from Kyle Betit, Senior Genealogist and Research Manager at AncestryProGenealogists®? "No matter how much you research online or how many records you look at, ultimately there is no replacement for going there to walk where your family walked, and see how and where they lived, worked, worshipped, and studied."

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