Our specialty is to help people to discover their Heritage. In Ukraine, there are many shtetls and routes people traveled. It might not be your exact heritage, but check itineraries we have already designed for clients. Here you can see sample of our work, see places to visit and things to do, distances to travel and get an idea on approximate prices.   

Most likely you will have to arrive Kiev and start sightseeing there and then travel to your destination in Ukraine. If you want to see other Ukrainian cities, we recommend Odessa on the Black Sea and Lviv in Westenr Ukraine. Odessa is a beautiful city port built by French Governor De Ribas. Most people see it in one day from Black Sea cruise but it is worth to spend at least few nights there. It is very different cosmopolitan city, mix of Germans, Greek, Jews, Russians, Ukrainians lived there. Even Sylvester Stallone has heritage linked to Odessa!    

Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and it is beautiful city. It has a long history of Jewish settlements. 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 poet Ilya Ehrenburg were born in Kyiv. Renowned Jewish writers Sholom Aleichem and Isaac Babel and poet Osip Mandelstam lived for long periods in the city. The construction of many beautiful buildings, such as Bessarabskyi Market and the Kyiv Oblast Hospital, was financed by wealthy Jewish patrons. Babiy Yar, memorial commemorates the sad history of which is well known all over the world. 

Besides Jewish History, the city boasts beautiful cathedrals, with some of them dedicated Unesco Heritage Sites: 

Saint Sophia Cathedral a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE see the magnificent mosaic architecture. Climb the steps to the Bell Tower for a panoramic view over Kiev and see the many Golden Domes on the horizon. The cathedral is one of Ukraine's national treasures, visit the ancient entrance to the city Golden Gate, the tour will take you to Saint Andrews Cathedral built in the year 752 the church stands on a hill overlooking the Dnipro River it is listed as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. 

Pechersk Lavra Monastery is UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE also known as Kiev Monastery Caves since its construction in 1051 a monastery and cave were excavated for the monk's desired life of seclusion and prayer. It has been the centre of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe. The site is 70 acres in size with 11 Churches and religious structures. Here you will see the golden domed temples and old frescos preserved on the cave walls. Underground vaults shelter 123 Saints resting in coffins for many centuries; today the relics are worshipped by thousands of Christians from around the world. During the last century many historical structures have been restored to their former glory. The great Golden Bell Tower can be seen from miles away. 

Lviv was founded in 13C by Prince Danylo Galitsky of Galicia, named after his son Leo, therefore name Lviv (Lion). It has more of Western Polish culture since for years it has been part of Austro-Hungarian empire and then Poland. After WWII, the Soviets annexed Galicia and it became part of Soviet Union. It is one of the most European cities in Ukraine (Odessa has French influence and Lviv has Austro-Hungarian, Polish influence).  It has rich history and many Unesco world heritage sites. 

As for Jewish history, it goes back to pre-WWII when it was large Jewish population in the city and shtetles nearby. But most of them were killed in Lviv ghetto or sent and perished in concentration camps Janowska near Lviv or Belzec, Poland.  After war there left tiny Jewish community, but after collapse of Soviet Union, Jewish life is back.You will see sites like Golden Rose synagogue, old Jewish Hospital and the Jewish Quarter ("Staroevereiskaia Street"). From Lviv it is a short flight to Warsaw if you want to continue your Jewish Heritage tour to Poland. 

Suggested sites in Lviv for touring: 

Former Golden Rose Synagogue 

Former Hasidic Synagogue (the functioning Jewish community Centre) 

Former Jewish hospital founded by Rappaport 

Old Jewish quarters 

Jewish Cemetery 

The monument to the victims of the Jewish Ghetto (1992) 

The Holocaust memorial (1993) 

Sholom Alejchem house with Memorial Plaque

Department of Judaism at the Lviv Museum of History and Religion

  So most routes are between these three cities. Usually these trips are combined with neighboring countries (Baltics, Russia, Belorus, Poland).  

Suggestions for ar private tour, include accommodations and touring and are just for guideline.   

1

3 night Lviv , Volodymyr Volynsky, Zhovkva,  2007, 6 people

Day 1. Arrival Lviv from Warsaw.

Day 2. Trip to Voldymyr – Volynsky (135 km from Lviv) via Zhovkva. Visit one of the oldest and in the past beautiful synagogue. Unfortunately not functioning now, under reconstructions. No Jews left there..Whole day visit of Voldymyr Volynsky , return to Lviv overnight. 

Day 3. City tour of Lviv 

Day 4. Fly to your next destination  

Price for 6 people in 4* hotel in Lviv Dnister, $2500.

2

3 days in Kiev, 2009, 2 people

1, Arrival Kiev from FRA at 1:10pm. Transfer to hotel. 

Day 2. City tour with a visit of Jewish sites including 2 Synagogues  (Brodsky and Podol),  Baby Yar - near former Jewish  cemetery site.  6 hrs 

Day 3. Sholom Aleichem Museum,  Lavra Monastery with an exchibition of Jewish silver ritual objects, visit of Hatikva center, 8 hrs

Day 4, Departure to airport home.   

Price for 2 people in 5* hotel Premier Palace or Intercontinental, $3050

3

7 nights in Kiev , Lviv and site trips to Malyn, Ukrainka, Komarno (shtetls),  2009, 4 people

Day 1. Arrival Kiev from Tel Aviv 

Day 2. 9:30am. Meet your guide in the lobby of hotel. Morning City Tour including St. Sophia Cathedral and Monastery in caves and Babi Yar Memorial, Jewish Heritage of Kiev tour includes visit to central Brodsky Synagogue, Old Podil with Synagogue, memorial to Golda Meir, former Prime Minister of Israel, Sholom Aleichem monument. Afternoon: Chernobyl Museum (Malyn is in the zone that was affected by the Chernobyl catastrophe. 

Day 3. Full Day Trip to Malyn (shtetl) 

Day 4. Half day trip to Ukrainka Village (shtetl), 5-6 hours, transfer to train station, 17:00 train to Lviv, arrival 23:30, transfer to hotel 

Day 5. Lviv tour (see sights above) 

Day 6. Day trip of Komarno (shtetl) 

Day 7. Free day for personal discoveries 

Day 8. Fly to Warsaw.    

Price for 2 people, in 3* Hotel Lybid Kiev and 4* hotel Dnister Lviv, renovated rooms, $5290

4

3 nights in Kiev and trip to Uman, Sokolivka and Buki,  2009, 2 people

Day 1. Arrival Kiev from Prague 

Day 2. half a day sightseeing of Jewish Kiev 

Day 3, full day trip to Uman, Sokolivka and Buki 

Day 4, Morning tour of Kiev, afternoon transfer to airport for flight to St. Petersburg. 

Price for 2 people, in 5* hotel Hyatt Kiev $2400

5. 

2 nights  Uman - Kiev, Pogrebische, Gaysin, Belaya Tserkov, Skvira, 2008, 2 people

Day 1. Arrival Kiev from St. Petersburg, transfer to Uman, overnight 

Day 2. Uman, visit of the burial site of Rebe Nachman  and departure for Pogrebische (via Gaysyn, Illintsi). Arrival Pogrebische - a birth place of famous Sadagora  Dynasty Rabbi - it was a very important Jewish settlement. Its big wooden Synagogue (not survived) is in the "Best Ukrainian Synagogues collection". Drive to Kiev (via Skvira and Belaya Tserkov), stop for lunch in Belaya Tserkov. Evening arrival Kiev. 

Day 3. Jewish Kiev tour in the morning, transfer to airport in the afternoon for flight to London 

Price for 2 people, in 3* hotel Fortesia Uman and 3* Hotel Kreschatik Kiev, $1950

 6. 

7 nights in Kiev,  Vinnitsa, Uman, Zhitomir, Berdichev, Megjibosh, Golovanevsk and Odessa,  2011, 2 people

Day 1. Arrival from Vilnius, transfer to hotel, half day tour, visit synagogue in the Afternoon 

Day 2. Explore Jewish Kiev and St. Sophia Cathedral, Pecherska Lavra monastery 

Day 3. Departure for Vinnitza , with stops in Zhitomir, Berdichev and Megjibosh. Visit Hitle's bunker near Vinnitsa.  Zhitomir, visit Old Jewish quarter, graves of Reb Wolf, Reb Aaron the Great Maggid, Bogunsky Forest Memorial whichis the site of mass graves & Synagogue.  Proceed to Berdichev, once been known as Jerusalem of Volhynia province), where you will have a chance to visit Old Jewish quarter, Synagogue & Jewish cemetery with Tsadik Levy-Yitshok grave. Among the sites, which attract large numbers of Jewish visitors, is Uman where we take you from Berdichev. If time permits, visit Medjibosh with the gravesite of Ba'al Shem.  Total distance: Zhitomyr- Berdichev-Khmelnik-Medjibosh-Vinnitsa  = 450 km - 8-9 hrs with stops. Arrival Uman in the evening, check into hotel 

Day 4. Uman, visit Rebe Nachman's grave and Sophievsky Park 

Day 5. Depart from Uman to Odessa via Golovanevsk (7-8 hours) 

Day 6. Arrival Odessa, 6 hour Jewish Odessa tour 

Day 7. 1/2 day tour of Odessa 

Day 8. Fly to Kiev and connect to flight to Paris 

Price for 2 people, in 4* hotel Jintama in Kiev, Black Sea Privoz Odessa 4* and 3* best available hotels in Vinnitsa and Uman, $5700

7. 

4 nights in Kiev - Rovno - Ostrog - Shepetovka - Kiev, 2010, 2 people 

Day 1, arrival Kiev, transfer to hotel, free time 

Day 2, full day city tour of Kiev  

Day 3 Drive to Rovno 5-6 hours, detour to visit Berdichev, Overnight Rovno 

Day 4.Visit Ostrog and Shepetovka with local guide 

Day 5. Return Kiev 

Day 6, fly home 

Price for 4 people, 4* Hotel Jintama Kiev and 3* Mir in Rovno (best available) in 2010,  $5650

 8.

7 days Kiev-Kirovograd, 6 nights, 2010, 2 people

Day 1 arrival in Kiev  

Day 2 Kiev sightseeing  - 6 hrs (with St Sophia) and Baby Yar   

Day 3 Kiev  sightseeing  - 4 hrs Lavra monastery and Museum of Sholom Aleichem  

Day 4 drive to Kirovograd, vila Smela and Znamenka, overnight 

Day 5 Kirovograd sightseeing and visits of native sites with local guide/interpreter  

Day 6 half day in Kirovograd  on your own to explore the city and drive back to Kiev with driver, private car, overnight 

Day 7 home bound flight Price

Price for 2 people, 4* Hotel Jintama in Kiev and 3* Reinkart in Kirovograd (best available), $3950

9.

8 nights Kiev - Uman - Kamenets-Podolsky - Ornyn - Chernivtsi - Lviv ,  2011, 3 people

1. arrival Kiev 

Day 2. Sightseeng Kiev Jewish and regular sites 

Day 3. Departure for Vinnitsa, visit Hitler's Bunker, arrival Uman. 

Day 4. Uman, visit Rebe Nachman's grave. Uman's famous Sophievsky park 

Day 5. Departure Kamenets-Podolsky, stop in Medjibosh with grave of Ba'al Shem Tov. Overnight Kamenets 

Day 6, Kamenets, city tour museum-town where Polish, Jewish, Russia, Armenian, Ukrainian culture flourished in the past), followed by departure for Ornyn to visit your family Heritage sites.  Back to Kamenets in the evening.

Day 7. Visit Chernivtsi 

Day 8. Lviv , Jewish sites 

Day 9, fly home from Lviv

Price for 3 people, 4* hotels in Kiev Dnipro and Lviv  Medieval and 3* hotel in Vinnitsa , Chernivti's (best avialable)
$4500

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5 nights, Kiev with side trip to Radomysl, train to Lviv, 2011, family of 4 

4* hotels, train between Kiev and Lviv, private touring, $5545

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