Essential Ukraine

Essential Ukraine

Ukraine is the borderland between Europe and Russia. Explore this resilient region influenced by Polish princes, Cossack hetmen, Turkish khans, Russian communists and Ukrainian poets and nationalists. The cradle of Slavic civilization, Ukraine offers an abundance of cultural treasures, a richness of detail and a largeness of spirit that can make a devotee out of even a seasoned traveler. On this compact journey, explore Western Ukraine’s Lviv, with its European feel, before flying to the glittering capital, Kiev, and then on to the historic port city of Odessa.Read More


Essential Crimea

Essential Crimea

Take a remarkable stroll through history around Ukraine’s lush Crimean Peninsula, hanging like a jewel into the balmy Black Sea. Roam from an ancient Scythian kurgan to Chekhov’s house, from the Tatar palace of Bakhchysaray to the home of the Black Sea Fleet, from a Genoese fortress in Feodosiya to Yalta, where the fate of post-war Europe was decided. Read More


Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova

Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova

Traverse a little-known region that has changed hands from its earliest history. Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova are three of the least frequented and least familiar countries in Europe. Time slowed drastically here after the devastation of WWII, but these beautiful countries are emerging from the shadows. Visit an artist in Kiev, share a meal with a Chisinau family, and take a day trip to the Transdniester region, a narrow strip of Moldovan land where separatists have declared a disputed independence.Our May 5-18, 2019 departure of this tour will feature special host Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, “1,000 Places To See Before You Die.” Read More