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“The Way of Tzadiks” Grand Tour

Uman, Odesa

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:

  • 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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Free time, overnight in Kyiv

Tuesday – Kyiv Jewish Heritage tour (continue)

Breakfast at hotel. 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

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Saturday – Shabbat in Odessa

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

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Sunday – Odessa Jewish Heritage tour

Breakfast at hotel. Odessa Jewish Heritage tour with a Kosher lunch:

  • Jewish museum “Migdal-Shorashim”
  • Holocaust museum
  • Jewish Community Center
  • Khassidic synagogue
  • Brodskaya synagouge
  • Old Jewish cemetery
  • The Holocaust Memorial
  • Jewish Memorial of 1905
  • Kanatnaya Street
  • Jewish Street
  • Ekaterininskaya Street
  • Prokhorovskiy square
  • Myasoedovskaya Street
  • Tolbukhina Street

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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:

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

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St. Sophia Cathedral Fine Arts Museum Parliament Mykhailivsky_Cathedral

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

Airport Boryspil

Khreschatyk Hotel 4* in Kyiv, Medzhybizh Castle Hotel 4* in Medzhibozh, Vita Park Aquadar Hotel 4* in Uman, Londonskaya Hotel 4* in Odessa
Hotel Khreschatyk 4*
Medzhybizh Castle Hotel 4*
Aquadar Hotel 4*
Londonskaya Hotel 4*

Khreschatyk Hotel 4*, Prestige Twin room/BB
Medzhybizh Castle Hotel 4* – Medzhybozh, Standard room
Aquadar Hotel 4* – Uman, Standard room
Londonskaya Hotel 4* – Odessa, Standard room

  • 4-9 pax – $ 1713.00
  • 10+ pax – $ 1259.00

* 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

Supplements:
+ $ 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

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.