Vibrant and lively, travel to the Ukraine is ideal for anyone who is looking for an authentic off-the- beaten-path experience, or for tracing Jewish family heritage.
Ukrainians are rightly proud of their history and their influence on the world: it is the birthplace of Russian Orthodox Christianity, which spread from here across the region.
Kiev is one of the oldest known cities in Eastern Europe. One of the main outposts of Slavic development, it rose to its greatest heights under Yaroslav the Wise, who also ordered the construction of St. Sophia Cathedral – a UNESCO World Heritage monument. Kiev cultivated an active Jewish community and in the post Soviet era, the Central Synagogue has been beautifully restored to become an important city landmark.
With its gorgeous location on the Black Sea, Odessa became an inspirational retreat for the Jewish intelligentsia. Greek, Ottoman, Tatar and Imperial Russian influences are evident in the richness of its culture – starting with its gorgeous Opera House. Delve into the depths of this frontier nation with Exeter International to uncover its wealth and wisdom.
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Today, Kiev is also a hotbed of urban creativity, full of street art, hipster street food fairs and film festivals.
Odessa, now the summer capital of Ukraine, is located on the northern shore of the Black Sea and built on the order of Russian Empress Catherine the Great in 1794.
Lviv, in Western Ukraine and just 70 miles from Poland, miraculously stayed intact through both of Europe’s great wars. Lviv is today recognized as the Ukrainian cultural capital. Due to shifting borders, it has a wide range of architectural influences from Italian to Austrian and Slavic.
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The Ukraine is rich in Jewish heritage, many of our travelers visit Lviv, Kiev and Odessa to research their ancestry. Let us take you back to your familial roots and connect you with the best genealogy specialists to uncover as much as possible about your ancestry. Chances are you may discover a new meaning behind your name or find your family’s long lost home you only know from stories.
Kiev combines perfectly with Moscow, St. Petersburg or both. There are direct flights between Kiev and both Russian cities. Despite the political issues between the Ukraine and Russia, travel continues between the two countries.
Due to sanctions on Crimea, we do not offer travel to this region at the present time.