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9 Day | Jewish Tour of Ukraine

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7 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides

Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

Land-only cost includes one-way flight from Odessa to Kiev (estimated rate)

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast and 3 dinners

Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Tuesday
DEPARTURE 

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Wednesday
ARRIVAL IN ODESSA 

  • Arrive at Odessa International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • 2:00 p.m. Meet your guide and fellow travelers in the hotel lobby and depart for an orientation tour of the city.
  • Panoramic tour of the city to see some of Odessa's famous landmarks, including Arcadia Beach, Primorsky Boulevard and Vorontsov Palace, the Potemkin Steps, the Odessa Opera & Ballet Theater and Deribasovskaya Street.
  • Welcome dinner and orientation to the program.

Overnight: Odessa


Day Three: Thursday
JEWISH LIFE IN ODESSA        

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore Odessa's rich Jewish heritage with visits to:
    • The Brodskaya Synagogue
    • The House of Haim Nachman Bialik
    • The Jabotinsky House
    • The Holocaust Victims Memorial
    • The Jewish museum “Migdal-Shorashim”
    • Holocaust Museum
    • Jewish Community Center
    • Khassidic synagogue
    • Old Jewish cemetery
    • The Holocaust Memorial
    • Jewish Memorial of 1905
    • Kanatnaya Street
    • Jewish Street
    • Ekaterininskaya Street
    • Prokhorovskiy Square
    • Myasoedovskaya Street
    • Tolbukhina Street
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Odessa


Day Four: Friday
JEWISH LIFE IN KIEV 

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to Odessa Airport for your flight to Kiev.
  • Arrive in Kiev and delve into the Jewish heritage of Kiev.
  • Visit the restored Podol Synagogue, the oldest Synagogue in Ukraine and the only one in Kiev that survived World War II and Soviet times.
  • Continue to the Babi Yar Memorial. Here in 1941 the Nazis decided to wipe out the Jews of this city. Over a two-day period, September 29th and 30th, about 34,000 Jews were slaughtered and their bodies thrown into the Babi Yar Ravine.
  • View the home of Prime Minister Golda Meir and 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.
  • Visit Brodsky Synagogue. The building was devastated during the Second World War by Nazis and was subsequently used as a puppet theatre for a long period. It was renovated in 2000 and is currently used as a synagogue.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner with members of the local Jewish community.

Overnight: Kiev


Day Five: Saturday
EXPLORING KIEV - "MOTHER OF ALL RUSSIAN CITIES" 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Enjoy an orientation tour of the city including a view of:
    • Saint Sophia Cathedral, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    • Michael's Monastery.
    • The Golden Gate, the remnant of the 11th century city fortification which served as the main city gate.
    • Khreschatyk, the main shopping street.
    • The Ladya monument, commemorating the founders of the city. Hear the legend of brothers Kiy, Schek, Khoriv and their sister Lybid.
    • The Golden Gate metro station.
    • Andrew's Descent, a steep descent with ancient houses, galleries, coffee houses and boutiques.
  • Visit the Museum of the Great Patriotic War. The memorial complex contains "The Glory Flame", a site with World War II military equipment, and the "Alley of the Hero Cities".
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Kyiv Caves (Lavra), including:
    • The Kyiv Cave Monastery, an Orthodox monastery in Kyiv.
    • The Golden Treasury Museum, which contains a collection of Scythian golden jewelry.
    • The Museum of Microminiatures. A museum of 100 hand-made miniatures made by Mukolay Syadristy.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Kiev


Day Six: Sunday
JEWISH LIFE IN THE SHTETL 

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Kiev and begin the drive west.
  • Visit Zhitomir, which was a center of the Hasidic movement.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Continue to Rivne and explore the town. Before 1793 and between 1920 and 1939, Rivne belonged to Poland. Its first Jews, and probably the town's earliest organized Jewish community, appeared there in the mid-sixteenth century.
  • Continue to Lviv and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Lviv


Day Seven: Monday
EXPLORING LVIV - CITY OF LIONS 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Begin with an orientation tour of the city.
  • Enjoy a view of the city from the High Castle Hill.
  • View major landmarks of the city, including Rynok Square, Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, George's (Yur's) Cathedral, Danyly Halytskogo Square, Svobody Avenue, the National Opera, Ivana Franka University and Lviv Politechnical University.
  • Continue with a tour highlighting the city's Jewish heritage.
  • Explore the Jewish Medieval Quarter and see the remnants of the ancient Golden Rose synagogue.
  • View the building that used to be the Jewish hospital, the only building in Neo-Mauritanian style in Lviv.
  • View other historic Jewish landmarks, such as the Kagal Residence of the 16-18th centuries, the Jewish Hospital and Canteen for Homeless of the 19-20th centuries, the Jewish gymnasium, Synagogue “Shomrat Shabat”, Neobaroque Khasid synagogue and Synagogue “Khasidim Shul”.
  • Visit the area that made up the Lviv Ghetto and the Holocaust Memorial.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own with free time to explore the many coffee shops in the city proud to be one of the first places in Europe exposed to the coffee drinking culture.

Overnight: Lviv


Day Eight: Tuesday
JEWISH SHTETLS IN GALICIA 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Lviv and visit the former private town of Zhovkva that belonged to Polish King Jan III Sobeski, where you will view the castle, medieval walls, towers, churches, houses and 17th century Renaissance Synagogue.
  • Continue to Bus'k, a small town with nice wooden and stone churches.
  • Visit the ancient Jewish cemetery, where inscriptions and patterns of tomb slabs are ones of the richest in Europe) and Neo-Baroque Synagogue.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit Brody, where Moses Joseph Roth, famous Austrian writer of Jewish origin, was born. Visit the ancient Jewish cemetery and the 18th century synagogue.
  • View Tzaddiks' tombs and a beautiful 17th century castle in
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Farewell dinner and group reflection.

Overnight: Lviv


Day Nine: Wednesday
RETURN HOME 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer on own to Lviv Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.


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Flight Details


Accommodation Details



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Bristol Hotel
Odesa

Strategically located in the middle of the city, this 5-star hotel makes for an ideal base in Odessa. It also offers an indoor pool, free Wi-Fi and a sauna.

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Premier Palace
Kiev

The Premier Palace Hotel, built at the beginning of the 20th century in the heart of downtown Kyiv, is one of the city's architectural heritage sites. The only historic hotel among Kyiv hotels had become Ukraine’s first five-star hotel.

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Atlas Deluxe
Lviv

The Atlas Deluxe is a historic building, built in 1909 by architect Zbigniew Brohvich-Lewinski in modern style with a romantic medieval stylization. Following a major restoration in 2014, now it is a fully modernized new 4-star hotel located at the crossroads of the city’s business, cultural and historical districts. Only few minutes walk from the Market Square.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per vehicle. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Da'at Educational Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Da'at Educational Expeditions) able to continue. Should Da'at Educational Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
       

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.