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Ukraine – History and Culture

June 7 – 23, 2018 $2200 tw
17 Day All includsive cruise/land tour

Cruise: Kyiv, Zaporizzhiam, Kherson, Vilkovo-Danube
Delta, Odesa, Lviv plus: Iv Frankivsk, Yaremche,
Iv Frankivsk, Kolomyja River rafting and
Pip Ivan observatory

Ukraine – History and Culture
June 7 – 23, 2018
17 Day All Inclusive Tour
Dr. Adriana Helbig
Associate Professor of Music
Assistant Dean of Humanities
University of Pittsburgh
Tour Director & Lecturer
Tour Description

Ukraine gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. A country with distinct regional histories, languages, religions, and identities, Ukraine has worked to negotiate its differences through political processes such as the 2004 Orange Revolution and the 2013 Euromaidan protests, Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and the proclamation of two independent republics on Ukraine’s eastern border. Ukraine’s economic development has been shaped by global processes including the rise of the Internet and various technological advancements. Religion and language choice influence the way citizens of Ukraine define themselves in the world. Memorial sites and museums relating to events such as the Holodomor (the Forced Famine of 1932), WWII, and the Chernobyl disaster have taken on greater meaning as Ukrainians look to the past to define their future. Traveling throughout central and western Ukraine, you will engage with people who are actively writing the story of Ukraine. No prior knowledge of the region or language(s) necessary. This tour is geared for students and persons interested in the study of culture, history, and politics through an interdisciplinary lens and is organized in cooperation with Manor College, Jennkintown, PA and the Pre Carpathian University of Ivano Frankivsk, Ukraine.

Dnipro River Cruise: Kyiv, Zaporizzhia, Kherson, Vilkovo, Odessa
Land Tour: Verkhovyna, Lviv
Plus: Cheremosh River Rafting, Mt. Climb Pip Ivan or Bukovel Ski Lift Ride, Kosiv, Yaremche, Ivano Frankivsk and Kolomyia

Land Tour cost:
Single suppl:
$2200 Cruise Main Deck + Land rate per person double occupancy
$900
NOT Iincluded:
Travel insurance
International flights
Drinks and personal expenses
Gratuities: $200 (cruise/land)
Arriving:
Departing:
Kyiv
Lviv
FLIGHTS:
We will assist you in obtaining your international flights from your gateway city in USA or Canada.
INTER CITY TRANSPORTATION:
Kyiv/ Odessa Dnipro River Cruise, Odesa/Ivano Frankivsk second class seeper train, Ivano Frankivsk/Lviv AC deluxe bus.
HOTELS:
Cruise Dnipro Princess (Main Deck) , Verkhovyna: Gerdan Camp Yaremche: Edelweiss Hotel ***, Lviv: Lviv Hotel**
SIGHTSEEING and PROGRAM:
As per itinerary including all entrance fees. No extra charges. All off shore cruise excursions have been included in tour price as per program and all lectures are open to all participants.
ESCORT:
Fully escorted from Kyiv throughout the entire itinerary by Prof. Adriana Helbig,and an English-Ukrainian speaking tour director. Bi-lingual guides will be provided at each local destination.
MEALS:
As indicated on itinerary. – three meals daily on cruise and two daily on land portion.
SIDE TRIPS:
If you wish to visit surrounding areas of Kyiv, Kamianets Podilskyi, Yaremche or Lviv on one/two day excursions, this may be arranged at additional cost. Advance confirmation is recommended. Chauffeured cars are available for about $150-$200 per day, and a guide-interpreter is about $10 an hour. No refund will be forthcoming for unused group services.
TOUR DOCUMENTS:
USA and Canadian citizens DO NOT require visas for Ukraine. Persons holding other documents, please check with Scope Travel consultant.
Transportation Itinerary/Excursions

1

June 7

Thu

Depart USA/ CANADA – to Kyiv

2

June 8

Fri

KYIV
Cruise
Arrive between 1 – 5 PM
Captains Cocktail
Lecture on the history of Ukraine
D

3

June 9

Sat

KYIV

Cruise

AM bus City tour incl St. Sofua
Afternoon Lavra Monastery Complex
Trip to the Chernobyl Museum
B/L/D

4

June 10

Sun

Cruise – SAILING

Kecture on Holodomore – Forced Famine
Of 1932-1933
Lecture on the Cossack State
B/L/D

5

June 11

Mon

ZAAPORIZZHIA

Cruise

AM city tour +Cossack Museum 9-2PM
Cossack horse show
B/L/D

6

June 12

Tue

KHERSON

Cruise

AM Boat trip- Dnipro Delta 9-1PM
Race in the Soviet Union and Ukraine
Meeting with resp of African community
B//D

7

June 13

Wed

VILKOVO

Cruise

AM Walking Tour+Delta 8AM-12Noo
Lecture on war in Eastern Ukraine
B/L/D

8

June 14

Thu

ODESSA

Cruise

AM City tour and lecture on Ukraine minorities meeting with local Jewish leaders
PM Tour: Churches of Odessa 2-5PM
B/L/D

9

June 15

Fri

ODESSA (end cruise 10AM)

Bilhorod Dnidstrovsky Esc and lecture on
Contemporary polities in Crimea – meeting with Tartar leaders
Lunch onboard crtsuie ship
Odesa-Frankivsk train # 136 1636/0713
Breakfast/lunch

10

June 16

Sat

IVANO FRANKIVSK – Verkhovyna

Arr 7:13AM transfer to Verkhovyna
by AC touring coach
Lecture on hutsuls and their culture
PM before dinner
B/D

11

June 17

un

VERKHOVYNA

White water rafting on River CHEREMOSH
B/D

12

June 18

Mon

VERKHOVYNA

Mt. climbing onto PIP IVAN – highest
Observatory of Ukraine 3 hrs
B/D

13

June 19

ue

VERKHOVYNA – LVIV

Via Yaremche and Kolomyja incl Pysanka and Hutsul Applied Art Museum 2 hrs
B/L

14

June 20

Wed

LVIV

AM Walking tour of City center and lecture
On Ukraine during WW II
Afternoon meeting with student activists
Breakfast

15

June 21

Thu

LVIV

AM meeting with wounded soilders
Breakfast and lunch

16

June 22

Fri

LVIV

AM summary of course
Free day – Gala Folkloric farewell dinner
B/D

17

June 23

Sat

LVIV – USA or CANADA

Transfer to airport

Hutsuls of the Verkhovyna rejion.

Unforgettable Lviv.