Georgia is an ancient land which has long always been situated on the far borders of various empires. Through that time, it has managed to simultaneously preserve ancient traditions and its language while incorporating influences from other cultures. This is what makes Georgia, in its food, drink, music, landscape, and language, an impressive and unique country. Above all, it is Georgia’s tradition of hospitality which will ensure that you, as a guest, will never go hungry.
Ukraine is a fascinating and huge country which has long been a centre of power in Eastern Europe. Its capital, Kiev, is a beautiful ancient city which today is home to millions of people as well as plenty of museums, old districts, and monastery complexes. Ukraine has a rich and at times turbulent history, having been part of several empires and diverse language, ethnic, and religious groups. A firsthand understanding and experience of Ukraine cannot be underestimated!
We will take you to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In Kyiv, you will see the stunning St. Sophia Cathedral, from the time of the Kievan Rus. When in Georgia, we will take you to the beautiful old capital at Mtskheta, built in the 5th century.
In Ukraine, you will learn how to make Ukrainian classics like borscht (beet soup) and vareniki (Ukrainian dumplings). In Georgia, you can try your hand at making khinkali (Georgian dumplings), suluguni (cheese), and churchkhela (a nutty snack).
Georgia is now officially recognised as the birthplace of wine. With over 500 grape varieties and unique production methods, Georgia produces all sorts of wines. In Kakheti, we will take you to a wine factory and you will get to try some!
We will visit Khevsureti in Northern Georgia, on the border with Chechnya (Russian Federation). It is a historically autonomous area with its own power systems. You will visit the region’s village fortresses, where you will spend the night.
Jews have played an important role in Ukraine and Georgia and have contributed much to both countries. In Kiev, we will visit the site of the Babiy Yar massacre, and in Tbilisi we will go to the old synagogue. These will be accompanied by lectures.
An understanding of modern Ukraine and Georgia has never been more important, with both countries going through rapid changes in both politics and society. When experiencing these countries, you will learn that they both have very much to offer.
Program costs include all scheduled events, pre-departure materials, local orientation, double accommodations in hotels or guest houses, round-trip airport transfers, in-country travel while on program, at least two meals per day, all transport costs in and between Ukraine and Georgia, and in-country support. If you need to purchase emergency health insurance for overseas travel, contact us.