Arrival in Kiev, transfer to the hotel, check in, dinner at the hotel. (If arrival early, can add more sightseeing)
Welcome to Kiev, Capital of Ukraine!
There has been an important Jewish community in Kiev for more than a thousand years. At the turn of the 20th Century, Kiev was one of the most important centres of Jewish culture in Eastern Europe. Jewish synagogues, schools, businesses and markets were prominently represented in a city where Jewish businessmen, engineers, scientists, teachers, doctors, lawyers, writers, artists and tailors all lived and prospered. Israeli political leaders Golda Meir and Ephraim Katzir, as well as the Soviet.
DAY 2 Morning city tour “Kiev through the Jewish eyes”, visiting the places where Sholom Aleichem, Golda Meir and other world known personalities of Jewish culture and politics lived. Visit of the Brodsky Synagogue and of Babyn Yar.Dinner at a local restaurant .
With your private English speaking guide specializing in Jewish Heritage, explore Jewish Kiev, with a visit Podol Synagogue, and the Great Kiev Community Center. You will also pay respects at the Babi Yar Memorial, site of the Nazi massacre of Kiev Jewry, and movingly commemorated by world-renowned Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who identified with the sufferings of the Jewish people.
See the monument to the great Yiddish writer, Sholom Aleichem – author of “Fiddler on the Roof” as well as many other bittersweet tales of Ukrainian shtetl life. You will also see the buildings where prominent Jews used to live in Kiev - Babel, Ginzburg, Mendelshtam, Liberman, Trumpeldorf and the site of the house where Golda Meir was born.
Afternoon visit of Chernobyl Museum and Central Synagogue in Podil.
Morning, Visit Sholom Aleichem Museum.
You will also visit famous Kiev sites like St. Sophia Cathedral and Pecherska Lavra Monastery - Kiev's soul. Lavra means the highest status of an Orthodox male monastery. Orthodox Christians believe that the Kiev's Pecherska Lavra is the second most important place of religious worship after Jerusalem. The Lavra’s architectural ensemble is included into the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. On its territory, there are many museums including one exhibits with Jewish ritual objects.
DAY 4 After early breakfast check out and drive to Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky (90 km) – the birth place of Sholom Aleichem (1859-1916) to visit his museum located on the territory of the Museum of Ukrainian wooden folk architecture.