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Ukrainian Ties- Our Flagship Program
  Interested?  Contact us and let us know when you’d like to travel.

Private or Semi-Private Travel

 

 

UKRAINIAN TIES HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Offers a comprehensive, meaningful, fun itinerary where all activities are optional so you can do the things important to YOUR family.
  • Is staffed by:
    • A Ties group leader, who creates community, builds bridges and deals with details. This enables you to focus on your family and the profound meaning of the journey.
    • An adoption professional who is available to support your family  as you discover the message of the journey, prepare to connect with significant people and places important to your family, and explore how you can weave the experiences you’ve enjoyed into your life story.
    • An English-speaking guide who will share lifestyle, custom, humor and warmth.
  • Includes our signature “Connect & Chat” for kids and “Talk Times” for parents, both of which are optional. These informal gatherings give you a chance to reflect on the journey as the journey unfolds.
  • Gives you opportunities to visit people and places important to your family, in a supportive environment.
  • Prepares your family logistically and emotionally for the journey.
  • Invites your participation in Project Kindness—Ukraine

 

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Ukrainian Ties Itinerary

  • Arrive in Kiev, where Ties staff will meet you and provide transportation to the hotel. Ukrainian Ties families stay in moderate, clean hotels, where after a day out experiencing many new tastes, smells, sights and sounds, families can relax.
  • Gather for an orientation meeting, a chance to connect with the other families, and discuss the journey ahead.
  • Tour Kiev, where you will stroll on vul Khreshchatyk, the city’s wide boulevard that becomes a pedestrian mall on the weekend, and observe everyday life while at the city’s most popular plaza, Maydan Nezalezhnosti.
  • Stand in awe of the mosaics and frescos inside St. Sophia’s Cathedral.
  • Shop for typical Ukrainian crafts on St. Andrew’s Descent
  • Join a local family in Kiev for lunch and a delicious glimpse into Ukrainian cuisine.
  • Visit an SOS Children’s Village, where you will see children being cared for with dignity. Most SOS children LOVE to play soccer. Game on!
  • For most families, Kiev will be the jumping off point for the “Centerpiece of your Adoption Homeland Journey” as they travel to their child’s region of birth.
    • Travel arrangements and the services of a guide / translator will be arranged for by The Ties Program.
    • Visit your child’s orphanage and meet caregivers.
    • Visit places remembered from your previous journey to Ukraine.
    • Bask in the messages of the journey as The Ties Program oversees transportation and translator arrangements.
  • Reunite with the group in Lviv  where you’ll visit the UNESCO-listed Old Town through active riddles and fun challenges.
  • Travel to Kolomyia in the Carpathian Mountains where you’ll attend an egg-painting master class.
  • Participate in fun and games with youngsters at a local scouting camp.
  • Experience Hutsul daily life with residents of Kosmach as they tend their sheep, make cheese, cook local dishes and create traditional crafts.
  • Visit Schevechenko Open Air Museum and attend an exciting master class of traditional Cossack martial art – hopak.

Relax. Savor. Reflect.

 

PRIVATE OR SEMI-PRIVATE TRAVEL

While we believe strongly in the support a group provides, we know there are times when individual family travel is a better fit. We are happy to work with individual families or small groups of families. Please email us your request.

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