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Odesa - Kyiv - Vinnytsya - Zhytomyr - Berdychiv - Medzhybizh - Kam'yanets-Podilsky- Chernivtsi - Buchach - Ivano-Frankivsk - Lviv - Brody - Rivne
10 days/9 nights
Day 1. Tel Aviv - Odesa
Flight from Ben Gurion airport. Arrival to the airport of Odesa. Meeting with our English speaking representatives. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Overnight stay at the hotel
Day 2. Sightseeing of Odesa
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing city tour of Odesa, the beautiful port city on the Black sea and the southern window of Ukraine to Europe. For many years Odesa was known as the central navigation & deck work center in the Black sea and is a big urban center in southern Ukraine. Today it is known also due to her famous and interesting museums. In Odesa lives the biggest Jewish community in former Russia, and there worked the biggest Zionists and Jewish authors, among them Ehad Aam, Biallik, Lilenblum, Pinsker and many others. We will visit the main sites of Odesa (8 hours). Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3. Odesa - Uman - Kyiv
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to famous Uman, where the grave of the respected Rabi Nahman from Breslev is to be found. The place that became the center of pilgrimage among Jewish visitors and tourists which pay visits there every year. The beautifully landscaped Park Sofiyivka in the city of Uman was laid out in 1796 by the Polish noble Stanislaw Potocki and named after his wife, Sofiya, of Greek descent, to whom he eventually gave the park as a present. Sofiya was known for her exceptional beauty, and the park turned out to be no less beautiful. Sofiya herself was said to take part in designing some sections of the park - it was she who introduced ancient Greek and Roman mythological motifs. At present, the park occupies a territory of almost 155 hectares (one hectare equals 2.5 acres). At the end of the visit we will arrive to Kyiv. Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight stay in the hotel in Kyiv.
Day 4. Kyiv - Babiy Yar
Breakfast at the hotel. City sightseeing of Kyiv, which is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and is considered to be one of the greenest cities in the world. We will visit the main sites of Kyiv which is full of culture and rich in entertainment. We will make excursion to Babiy Yar which is located north-west of Kyiv and is the valley where the Jews of Kyiv were killed. We will visit as well the ancient Jewish cemetery which today is known as the Peace Center. Back to Kyiv, we will visit Andriyivsky Uzviz which is Kyiv artist's bazaar of incredible arts and crafts, Kontraktova Square in the Podil which is the Jewish quarter and is known as the most beautiful in Kyiv (8 hours). In the end of the excursion we will come back to hotel for rest, in the evening we will take a cruise on the Dnipro River which is the third biggest river in Europe, and we will enjoy dinner on the deck.
Day 5. Kyiv
After breakfast at the hotel, we will tour Kyiv, Synagogue may be visited by followers. The rest of the passengers may attend the excursion - "Kyiv - the city of museums" including the open-air Museum of Folk Architecture and Everyday Life in the village of Pyrohiv (4 hours). At the end of it - relaxation time. Sightseeing of Kyiv on foot including visit to Golda Meir's house and Shalom A'leichem statue. At the end of the day dinner at the restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
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Day 6. Kyiv - Zhytomyr - Vinnytsya
After breakfast we will hit the road to Zhytomyr, the city of National poet Haim Nahman Biallik, we will see the house where he grew up, then we will Visit Zhytomyr fancy Synagogue, Rabnitsky institute, Mendely Moher Sfarim, and other Jewish educators. We will head to Berdychiv which is known as "Jerusalem of Valenia" the city of Rabi Itzhak Levi. We will visit Berdychiv Synagogue & Jewish cemetery where unique gravestones are preserved. Then we will come to Vinnytsya and make panoramic tour at twilight. We will also visit the Local museum and see there "small Jerusalem" which was the Jewish town, (2 hours). Before night we will accommodate at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 7. Medzhybizh - Kam'yanets-Podilsky - Chernivtsi
After Breakfast we will depart to Medzhibizh, a town which is located in Khmlenytsky geographic region in Ukraine and is known today mainly because of its being the homeland for the whole Hassidism movement, and the place of its founder Aba'al Shem Tov, we will visit his and his grandsons' grave and tombstone and also important Jewish memorial monuments, including the Rabi Nahmans great-grandson grave. We will tour the famous Beit Hamidrash, which with time became praying place to Baal Shem Tovs. We will continue from there to a town called Kam'yanets Podilsky which is considered to be the center of Jewish culture, there we will visit the ancient famous Cathedral, and the Old City. Then we will come to Chernivtsi, a town with mystic villager view. Accommodation in the hotel. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8. Chernivtsi - Buchach - Ivano- Frankivsk
Breakfast at the hotel. Tour of Chernivtsi which is located right under the Carpathian Mountains that connect Ukraine with Romania, Poland, and Hungary. The town is located right at the Prut River's feet, we will see the modern city and magnificent architecture of buildings, and monuments. Also we will look at great green parks and many squares, (4 hours). At the end of the tour we will depart to Buchach, a town in Ternopil where Shai Agnon, Rabi David Avraham and many other Jewish pioneers grew up. Buchach is one of the central "bridge cities" in Ukraine, where we will make sightseeing excursion and see the old municipality house, Shai Agnon's house, Zmak and Pudzmak fortress, Buchach palace and the Jewish cemetery. Before night - departure to Ivano-Frankivsk. Accommodation in the hotel. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 9. Ivano Frankivsk - Lviv
As soon as we finish Breakfast in the hotel, we will depart to Lviv known as Lamberg, the capital of eastern Galicia, one of the most ancient and special cities in Ukraine and all Europe. This is the city where Uri Tzvi Grinberg, Biala Kamin grew up and the place where Berner, Shufman and other Jewish known people worked. Afterwards we will tour Lviv and we will see city sites. We will visit the famous Ghetto, the old castle and Yanovska camp of mass destruction, (6 hours). At the end of the trip, Accommodation in the hotel. Dinner at national restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10. Home to Tel Aviv
After breakfast we will depart to the airport. On the way back we will visit Brody, the "city of the educated", and Rivne which is described in Amos Oz's books, and the place of the Rabi Efraim Zalman Margaliot. Sightseeing in Rivne, Rest and Lunch, and we will make our way towards Boryspil airport in Kyiv and fly back home to Tel Aviv.
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