Discover your shtetl (Western Ukraine)


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, Museums / Culture, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 2



English (advanced), Hebrew (advanced), Polish (fluent), Ukrainian (fluent)

2-day heritage tour

This is two-day version of my "Discover your shtetl (near Lviv)" tour.

Small town somewhere in Western Ukraine, it might be Kremenets, Rivne or Kamianets-Podilskyi. . . a place where your ancestors came from. Long ago, far away.

With me it's easier than you think. I'll help you to discover the place where your ancestors lived once. I'll arrange for you the most convenient (or adventurous, whatever you wish) transportation, tell a story of your shtetl, lead you right to the places you need: your ancestors' house, school where they learnt. And always help you to communicate with local people. Older people—especially in smallest towns and villages—can still remember your family members! We will check together what happened to local Jewish cemetery and synagogue.

We can go together to any town/village placed up to 8 hours from Lviv. If you are not sure where to go exactly I can do for you the professional archival research (see my other tour).


1. Lviv (city centre)
2. Your town (your ancestors' home, synagogue, cemetery, other interesting places)
3. Night in hotel (may be in nearby town)
4. Your town
3. Lviv (city centre)

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: City centre (your hotel or train station)

End location: City centre (your hotel or train station)

Duration: 2 days


We need to rent a car or to take public bus/train. It depends on our destination and your preferences.

What’s Included

Pre-research (localisation of the places of interest, historical sources), navigation, interpretation, personal assistance, integration with local people.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

500 UAH - Hotel may cost 300 UAH ($40) per person.

What’s Extra

Transportation (public or private — please contact me to arrange it according to your requirements and estimate the price).
Meals during the day.
Museum admissions.
Hotel costs for me and possibly driver.

A Recent Review of this tour

Tomasz enabled connections with my family history I could never have made alone. His skills are to engage with a range of people to draw out local knowledge, "village memory". His fluency in languages, his skills in interpretation and his willingness to take my search to heart ensured the success of the trip. He also digitally recorded a number of valuable documents which I now have in my safekeeping. I not only discovered my ancestors' past but was privileged to experience Ukrainian rural culture today.
Penelope Collet

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