Gogol and Ukraine
Gogol is known to the world as one of Russia's classic writers. However, the settings of most of his novels, written in Russian, are near his dear Poltava in the heart of Ukraine. The Inspector-General, Taras Bulba, Dead Souls, and Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka. Nicolay Gogol was an ingenious yet enigmatic figure. Gogol was a constant resident of a mystical world, deprived of peace of mind. His characters - blacksmith Vakula, Cossack Taras Bulba, landowner Chichikov and petty clerk Hlestakov, have all become incarnations of human flaws and virtues, immortalising their creators. This alone qualifies him for the honour of being a Ukrainian classic as well. Therefore, I invite you to take a trip to these sites to see with your own eyes where the author drew his inspiration.
Our journey starts with a visit to the town of Mirgorod, which gave its name to a well-known collection of stories by Gogol. It seems that everything around here is permeated with the magic of the writer's works. Next, we make our way to the village of Velyki Sorochyntsi, where the literary genius was born 200 years ago. Then we'll head for Gogol's Dikanka, another village he immortalized with his"Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka" stories.
While travelling around Gogol's places, you cannot skip a trip to the region's capital, Poltava. Poltava took its place in world history because of the battle between the Russian army led by Tsar Peter the First and the Swedish army of Charles XII that took place in 18th cent. . We leave Poltava and travel further to the village of Gogolevo, where the writer grew up. There is now a park-museum named after him. The rooms of his parents' house as well as the annex are home to an exhibition that sheds light on Gogol's times, and tells stories from the life of the great writer
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Kyiv, Central railway station, Boryspil airport. I can arrange the proer transportation and pick you up at any placeyou are comfortable with.
End location: Same as the meeting location or any upon your request
Duration: 3 days
The best way to get to Poltava is taking daily express train from Kyiv or renting a car. The distance is 343 km. In Poltava and in the region we will be using taxi and walking.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
600 USD - Transportation- daily train (the best way to reach Poltava is from Kyiv (343 km)by daily trains), transportation in Poltava and in betweeb the villages. Accomodation- 2 nigts at the hotel in Poltava and meals and souvenirs for three days. These are only estimated costs. There might be changes.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and drive