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Ukraine, Lviv Opera House.

Kulich’s individual itineraries and small-group tours to Ukraine explore the major cities of Lviv, Kyiv, and Odesa, along with visits to Chernivtsvi, known for its culture and architectural styles, and villages in the Carpathian Mountains.

The Ukraine recently made history by electing its first Jewish president, Volodymyr Zelensky, notes Sophia Kulich, president of Sophia's Travel. Ukranian-born Kulich, who specializes in heritage travel, sees the emergence of a Jewish president as a hopeful sign for increased heritage tourism to her home country.

"This signals that the country is open to welcoming Jews and other nationalities," she notes. "Ukraine as a destination for the heritage traveler is poised for growth," says Sophia, who, in 2018, saw her sales to the country increase by 45%.

Kulich explains that various ethnic groups traditionally cohabited peacefully until the early 20th century with the rise of Pogroms, followed by the Nazi and Soviet occupations. Since 1991, when Ukraine declared independence from the USSR, the country has enjoyed a new openness. This is nowhere more evident than in the streets of Kyiv, which are alive with bustling cafes and cultural life, says Kulich.

Kulich’s individual itineraries and small-group tours to Ukraine explore the major cities of Lviv, Kyiv, and Odesa, along with visits to Chernivtsvi, known for its culture and architectural styles, and villages in the Carpathian Mountains.

Lviv
Many of Kulich’s tours start out in Lviv in Western Ukraine, some 44 miles from the Polish border. Founded in the 13th century, the city boasts an elegant opera and ballet theatre, ornate Catholic and Orthodox churches, a Jewish and Armenian quarter, the Golden Rose Synagogue Memorial Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to the 16th century, coffee cafes, and a bustling market square.

Kyiv
Kyiv, the capital city, is known for its Monastery of the Kyiv Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Travelers will also find cafe-lined boulevards and the gold-domed St. Michael’s Monastery, the round-domed St. Sophia Church, as well as the nearby infamous killing grounds of Babi Yar, where the Nazis massacred 150,000 local Jews and prisoners. 

Odesa
Odesa, by the Black Sea, combines international influences in culture and architecture including Greek, French, and Italian traditions. Among sights are the legendary Privoz Market, the impressive Potemkin Stairs, the Baroque Opera House, tree-lined Derybasivska Street with its many cafes and restaurants, and Primorsky Boulevard which leads to the port. Of historic interest are the catacombs, some of the longest in the world, used by Soviet Partisans during World War II.

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