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“Jewish Bukovyna and Podillya” Grand Tour

Chernivtsi, Kamyanets Podilskyi

Podillya and Bukovina were major Jewish centers as far back as the 13th Century and were home to over one million Jews, with unique cultural characteristics and a vibrant intellectual and spiritual life. These regions produced prominent Jewish thinkers, rabbis and Hassidic courts, who created influential texts and institutions that have had a long-lasting impact on the Jewish world. The Torah scholars and Jewish intellectuals of Podillya and Bukovina were known for their tolerance and openness towards modernity, while being firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and learning. This thriving Jewish world was wiped out in the Holocaust.

Join us for our 8 days Grand Tour to get vibrant impressions of Jewish heritage sights of the South West of Ukraine.

Arrivals: every Mon.

Monday – Kyiv Jewish Heritage tour

Arriving to Boryspil (KBP) or Zhuliany (IEV) airport, meet/greet at the airport. After Kosher lunch Kyiv Jewish Heritage tour:

  • Podil, the oldest Jewish district of Kyiv
  • Synagogue of the Kyiv Judaic Religous Community
  • Former houses of worship and Talmud-Torah
  • Babyn Yar

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Transfer to the Railway Station for trip to Chernivtsi (train #117, departure on 18:43). Dinner box. Overnight in train.

Tuesday – Chernivtsi Jewish Heritage tour & Sadgora

Arrival to Chernivtsi (08:18), transfer to the hotel. Freshen-up. Chernivtsi Jewish Heritage tour:

  • Jewish House on Theater Square
  • The building of the old synagogue and the hospital in Barbusse Street
  • Orphanages, senior citizens’ houses and asylums for poor Jews
  • Family and home synagogues, pray-houses, houses of Jewish communities and the educational center Toynbikhalle in Turetska Street
  • Commemorative token in memory of Jews, prisoners of Chernivtsi ghetto of 1941 in the Square of Turkish Well
  • Modern Jewish school # 41 and Charity Fund ”Khesed Shushana”
  • Jewish cemetery in Zelena Street

Synagogue Old Synagogue Jewish House Jewish Cemetery

Lucnh at the Central Syanagogue. Visit to Sadgora, former residence of Rabbi Avraam Yakov Friedman, founder of Ruzhyn and Sadgora Hassids dynasty. You will visit a former Palace of Rabbi Friedman, former Main Syanagogue and streets with Jewish houses of XIX-XX c.c.

Rabbi's Palace in Sadgora

Return to Chernivtsi, dinner at the Synagogue, overnight in Chernivtsi

Wednesday – Vizhnytsia & Khotyn

Breakfast at hotel. Trip to Vyzhnytsia, former center of Vyzhnytsia Hassids dynasty (100% population was Jewish till 1940’s). You will see former Main synagogue, Youth synagogue, Mikvah, Jewish houses on Romana Shukhevycha street, Rabbi’s Temple (former Palace of Vyzhnytsia Hassidic dynasty).

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Lunch-box en route to Khotyn, one more Jewish small town in Bukovyna, former residence of Tzaddik Rabbi Mordechai Israel Tverskiy (since 1925) and center of Karaites. Visit Jewish cemetery and former synagogue.

Khotyn

Return to Chernivtsi, dinner at the Synagogue, overnight in Chernivtsi

Thursday – Kamyanets-Podilskyi

Breakfast at hotel. Check-out. Trip to Kamyanets Podilskyi, one of the most beautiful Ukrainian cities and important center of Jewish life of Podillya. You will see the Old Town and Kamyanetska Fortress, Big Artisan Synagogue, Old Jewish cemetery, New Jewish cemetery, Munitions depot mass grave. Lunch-box in Kamyanets Podilskyi.

Old Syangogue Kamyanets Podilskyi

Return to Chernivtsi. Dinner at the Syanagogue. Transfer to the Railway Station for trip to Kyiv (train #118, departure on 18:18). Overnight in train.

Friday – Kyiv Jewish Hertige tour (continue) & Kabbalat Shabbat

Arrival to Kyiv (08:03), transfer to the synagogue for a breakfast. Kyiv Jewish Heritage tour (continue) with a Kosher lunch:

  • Karaite kenassa (now the House of Actors)
  • Sholom Aleikhem’s Museum
  • Monument to Sholom Aliekhem
  • Brodsky synagogue
  • Visit to aristocratic district Lypky to see Jewish houses of sugar king Liberman, patrons Poliakov and Brodsky, builder Ginzburg

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LibermanHouse PoliakovHouse

Check-in at hotel. Free time. Transfer to the synagogue and preparing for Shabbat. Dinner at the synagogue. Kabbalat Shabbat. Return to hotel by feet, overnight in Kyiv

Saturday – Shabbat in Kyiv

Shabbat activities at the Kyiv synagogue. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the synagogue. Havdalah. Transfer to hotel, overnight in Kyiv

Brodsky_synagogue

Sunday – Tzadik Nachman’s tomb in Uman

Breakfast at hotel. Tour to Uman’ (09:00) to visit a Rabbi Nachman’s tomb, praying and to put a note asking for the Holy Tzadik. Lunch. Visit to Sofiyvka Park, the pearl of Ukrainian park architecture.

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Transfer to Kyiv. Dinner at synagogue, overnight in Kyiv

Monday – Kyiv City tour

Arrive to Kyiv (08:09). Kyiv City tour with breakfast:

  • Khreschatyk
  • Volodymyrska str.
  • Golden Gate
  • St. Sophia Catheral
  • St. Mykhaylo Cathedral
  • Andrew’s Descent
  • Parliament
  • Chimeras House

Khreschatyk Golden Gate Chimeras House Andrew's Descent
St. Sophia Cathedral Fine Arts Museum Parliament Mykhailivsky_Cathedral

Transfer to the Boryspil Intl. Airport (KBP) or Zhuliany Intl. Airport (IEV). Departure

Airport Boryspil

George Palace 4* in Chernivtsi, Khreschatyk Hotel 4* in Kyiv
George Palace Hotel 4*
Hotel Khreschatyk 4*

George Palace Hotel 4* – Chernivtsi, Standard room
Khreschatyk Hotel 4*, Prestige Twin room/BB

  • 4-9 pax – $ 1898.00
  • 10+ pax – $ 1400.00

* Price per 1 pax in dbl room, USD

Inclusions: accommodation (Chernivtsi – 2 nights, Kyiv – 3 nights, night train – 2 nights), breakfasts, Kosher lunches and dinners, 7 excursion days, guide, entry tickets, two way transfer to/from airoport, transportation Chernivtsi-Vizhnytsia-Khotyn-Chernivtsi and Chernivtsi-Kamyanets-Chernivtsi, 1st class tickets to night trains Kyiv-Chernivtsi-Kyiv (twin sharing), Shabbat activities
Exclusions: extra services, visa assistance

Supplements:
+ $ 788 for Single accommodation

This tour has to be booked for at least 4 persons 30 days prior to the check-in date.

Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian, Hebrew

Cancellation Policy:

For reservations of 4 to 10 people:
– Cancellation prior to 7 days of arrival date: Deposit only.
– Cancelation within 7 days: 50% (Deposit plus 35% of reservation total.
– No show on the day arrival 100% of reservation total.

For Groups of 10 people or more:
– 14 days prior to arrival – Deposit loss only
– 13-10 days prior to arrival – Deposit loss + 15% of reservation total.
– 9-7 days prior to arrival – Deposit loss + 25% of reservation total.
– 6-4 days prior to arrival – Deposit loss + 50% of reservation total.
– 3-1 days prior to arrival- Deposit loss + 75% of reservation total
– Less than one day or no-show – Deposit loss + remaining balance of reservation total.

Changes of dates to your reservation will never incurr cancellation charges as long as we are notified at least 5 days in advance.