Ḥasidism is a religious movement which was born in the eighteenth century in territory of modern Ukraine, and which won over nearly half of the Jewish masses. In its literal meaning the word “Ḥasidism” is identical with “pietism” (“Ḥasid” = “the pious”), and the Ḥasidic teachings resemble the synonymous Protestant teachings in so far as they both assign the first place in religion not to religious dogma and ritual, but to the sentiment and the emotion of faith. Tzadik is a title given to personalities in Jewish tradition considered righteous, such as Biblical figures and later spiritual masters. In Hasidic Judaism, the institution of the Tzadik assumed central importance, combining former elite mysticism with social movement for the first time.
Join our 8 days Grand Tour to learn more about Jewish heritage and roots of Hasidism in Ukraine as well visit the places where Tzadiks lived and buried.
Arrivals: every Mon.
Monday – Kyiv Jewish Heritage tour
Arriving to Boryspil (KBP) or Zhuliany (IEV) airport, meet/greet at the airport, transfer and check-in at hotel, freshen up. After Kosher lunch Kyiv Jewish Heritage tour:
Free time, overnight in Kyiv
Tuesday – Kyiv Jewish Heritage tour (continue)
Breakfast at hotel. Kyiv Jewish Heritage tour (continue) with a Kosher lunch:
Free time, overnight in Kyiv
Wednesday – Berdychiv & Medzhibozh
Breakfast at hotel. Check-out. Trip to Berdychiv to visit unique Jewish cemetery and the ohel of Rabbi Levi-Yitzchak.
After lunch-box en route to Medzhybizh. Praying at the grave of Baal Shem Tov (Besht), father of Hassidism. Dinner at the Kosher dining hall. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Medzhybizh.
Thursday – Tzaddik Nachman’s grave in Uman
Breakfast at hotel. Check-out. Tour to Uman’ (09:00) to visit a Rabbi Nachman’s grave, praying and to put a note asking for the Holy Tzadik. Lunch. Visit to Sofiyvka Park, the pearl of Ukrainian park architecture. Transfer to Man’kivka and check-in at hotel. Dinner-box, overnight in Man’kivka
Friday – Kabbalat Shabbat in Odessa
Transfer to Odessa. Check-in. Free time. Transfer to the Odessa synagogue and preparing for Shabbat. Dinner at the synagogue. Kabbalat Shabbat. Return to hotel by feet, overnight in Odessa
Saturday – Shabbat in Odessa
Shabbat activities at the Odessa synagogue. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the synagogue. Havdalah. Transfer to hotel, overnight in Odessa
Sunday – Odessa Jewish Heritage tour
Breakfast at hotel. Odessa Jewish Heritage tour with a Kosher lunch:
Transfer to the Railway Station for trip to Kyiv (train #106, departure on 22:54). Overnight in train.
Monday – Kyiv City tour
Arrive to Kyiv (08:09). Kyiv City tour with breakfast:
Transfer to the Boryspil Intl. Airport (KBP) or Zhuliany Intl. Airport (IEV). Departure
* Price per 1 pax in dbl room, USD
Inclusions: accommodation (Kyiv – 2 nights, Medzhibozh – 1 night, Uman – 1 night, Odessa – 2 nights, night train – 1 night), breakfasts, Kosher lunches and dinners, 7 excursion days, guide, entry tickets, two way transfer to/from airoport, transportation Kyiv-Berdychiv-Medzhibozh-Uman-Odessa, 1st class tickets to night trains Odessa-Kyiv (twin sharing), Shabbat activities
Exclusions: extra services, visa assistance
+ $ 485 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
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.