Day 1

Arrival in Kiev. Transfer to the hotel. Program information meeting and dinner at the hotel. 

Day 2 

After breakfast  

Lecture: The history of Jews in Ukraine: Khazars, The Pale of settlements, the life of the Jews in the tsarist Russia, pogroms. 

Lecture: Shtetls in Ukraine. The way of life, customs and traditions. Lunch at the downtown restaurant. 

City tour “Kiev through the Jewish eyes” including visits to Babyn Yar and Brodsky Synagogue. 

Dinner at the hotel. 

Day 3 

After early breakfast  half-day side trip to Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky ( 90 km, the birth place of Sholom Aleichem, 1859-1916) to visit his museum. 

Late lunch  in Kyiv. 

PM boat ride along the Dnieper river. 

Concert of Jewish amateur ensemble of folk music orchestra. 

Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4 

After  breakfast  coach transfer to Odesa (490 km). Lunch en route in Uman.  Late afternoon arrival in Odessa, check-in the hotel, dinner at  downtown restaurant. 

Day 5: 

After breakfast  

Lecture: The famous Jews who were born and lived in Odesa. The lecture takes place at the Odesa Literature  museum where one  can learn about the life and works of Vladimir Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Joseph Trumpelder. Chaim Nachman Bialik, Saul Tchernichowsky,  Sholom Aleichem, Isaac Babel, Simon Frug, Osip Rabinovich, Mendele Mokher Seforim and others. 

Lunch at the downtown restaurant. 

PM visit to the Synagogue and City tour round the Jewish sites of Odessa.

Performance at the famous Odessa Opera House 

Dinner at the hotel 

Day 6 

After breakfast,

lecture : The history of anti-Semitism.  It takes place at the Museum of Jewish History. Visit of the “Migdal Jewish Community” 

Lunch at the downtown restaurant. 

PM concert of children amateur group  of  the  “Migdal”   centre. Dinner at the hotel Day 7  After breakfast  continuation  of the tour of the the city that was often referred to as Little Paris” or “Little Vienna”. Due to its beautiful location the city  also got  a name of “The Pearl of the Black sea”. 

Lunch at the downtown restaurant. PM visit of the Fine Arts Museum that boasts to have one of the best collections of Russian and Ukrainian paintings. 

Dinner at the hotel. 

Day 8  

After early breakfast departure for Uman (250 km):  lunch and visit to the gravesite of Tzaddik Nachman from Bratslav (1772-1810)  - one of the most  popular place for the pilgrimage of Chassidim.  One can also visit Sofiyvka Arboretum  - one of the most beautiful  Ukrainian parks. 

Drive to Vinnytsia  (160 km) via old shtetls Haisyn and Nemyriv . Late evening arrival in Vinnytsia, check in the hotel, dinner 

Day 9 

After breakfast  

Lecture: The World War II and the Holocaust in Vinnytsia Area as an example of the fate of the Jews in WWII in Ukraine. 

City tour with visits to the Synagogue and the former Jewish quarter “old Yerusalimivka” (Jerusalimivka). 

After lunch  - drive to Khmelnyk (70 km, one of the best spa resorts)  to visit one of the largest in Ukraine WW II Holocaust Memorials.  Meet the members of the local Jewish community. Upon return to Vinnytsia dinner at the hotel and small concert  of amateur Jewish  choir.  Tea party with the participants  of the concert 

Day 10  

After breakfast departure for Kyiv with stops in Berdychiv  (85 km. The Jews settled here at the end of 16th c., and for a long time the town belonged to the  Polish magnates princes Radziwills; it became the centre of Volhynian Chassidism in the last quarter of the 18th c. Here you’ll visit the grave-site of Rabbi Levi  Isaac of Berdychiv. The town  is also connected with the life of French writer Honore de Balzac). 

Next stop in Zhitomyr ( 50 km). Lunch at a local restaurant. 

PM tour round the town - in old times it was one of the biggest Jewish settlements,  you’ll drive along the old Jewish quarters and see the house  where in his childhood lived Chaim Bialik; you’ll visit the local Synagogue and Charity Service centre “Hesed Shlomo”. 

About 7 PM arrival in Kyiv, check in the hotel, dinner. 

Day 11 

After breakfast -  Lecture: Political and economic situation in Ukraine today. 

Visit to the “Hesed Avot” Center. 

Lunch  at a local restaurant. 

PM field trip to the Museum of Historical treasures of Ukraine featuring collection of the Judaic ritual silver objects (on the territory of Lavra Monastery). 

Fairwell dinner. 

Day 12 

Morning visit to the Chernobyl Museum. 

Check out and lunch at the hotel.. PM tour round Andriyvsky Uzviz (descent), shopping. 

Late PM departure for Moscow by overnight train or homebound flight.