From the Neanderthals to the Soviets, Ukraine has always been at the forefront of Europe’s political history, even in the 21st century.
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. Further along the Crimean coast, Yalta with its beautiful palaces and scenic coastline not only has a long historic lineage, but has also played a significant role in modern history. Delve into the depths of this frontier nation with Exeter International to uncover its wealth and wisdom.