I had an earlier post, but now have some updates.
As this tends to be a controversial issue, out of respect for the RS forum and in an effort to prevent this from being taken down, comment all you want on the topic (but the topic does not include discussing the war if you dont mind) but PM me if you have serious questions or if you want some more information so you can make informed comments.
I have a visit I designed and the guide can accommodate up to 5. I am posting here to: find a way to share the cost and provide some comfort in numbers which I think is the purpose of this RS forum category. I have two interested parties at present. I suspect only 1 of the 2 will go forward because of timing and dates. The guide is selling this, not me.
Still flexible. The interested parties will decide when it is comfortable for the group to go. I suspect late March to late April. We travel with about 3 weeks notice.
Fully guided and escorted by a Ukrainian licensed guide who has traveled the same route on a number of occasions since February of last year.
I suspect we will spend some time with a local family or two and maybe get some home cooking.
I have asked the guide to make it 50% sites (historical and current importance) and 50% culture and spending time with people in the places we visit.
Still, it's a substantial trip. A lot of walking and a couple of long overnight train rides. Traveling light will be helpful. If you do this as a part of a longer trip I can arrange luggage storage in Budapest.
Itinerary (rough as things can change quickly, but in general):
Saturday: We meet in Budapest for dinner and discuss the days to come. Why Budapest, the crossings from Poland are the principal crossings for supplies right now and as a result are a bit chaotic. The Hungarian border is more manageable.
Sunday: Private transfer to the Ukrainian border where we are met by the guide/escort. Overnight train to Kyiv with two bed compartments.
Monday: Full day guided visit of Kyiv. Four Star hotel near Maidan which we keep for the duration of the time in Kyiv.
Tuesday: Full day guided visit outside of Kyiv.
Wednesday: Full day guided visit of Kyiv.
Thursday: Full day guided visit outside of Kyiv.
Friday: Half day guided visit of Kyiv (this is a large city with a lot to take in, so it will not be boring). Night train to the Hungarian border.
Saturday: Private transfer to Budapest. We should be in Budapest by late afternoon.
Sunday: Departure day (or hang around Budapest).
Independently, by myself, it's a bit of a stretch, but with four it is amazingly affordable because 75% of the cost is in the guide. PM and I will give you the numbers.
*So far the interest is:
3 RS Members
1 Travel Writer (fascinating individual)
Still room for one more solid and one on standby.
Odds are 2 RS members with a very high likelihood and the travel writer with a very high likelihood.
So I think we have a quorum
Date is still anyone's guess, but my hope would be Friday, 14 April through Friday, 21 April as that would put us in Kyiv for Orthodox Easter Sunday and Mass. But any date after 1 April, if conditions permit, would be fine with me.*