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If your clients want to experience top-notch Jewish Heritage and in-depth culinary and cultural trips, especially to Europe, then Sophia Kulich is the person you want to work with! Sophia was born in Ukraine, when it was part of the former Soviet Union. After leaving Ukraine in 1982, she lived in Western Europe, before coming to the United States. She is now the owner of Sophia’s Travel, the 2016 Travvy Award-winning “Best Small Retail Travel Agency.” She has been in the travel industry since 1993, and was also voted one of Travel Agent Magazine’s Top 25 Travel Agents in 2010.
This is the year to visit the Baltics: Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia; the Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, and explore the once satellite communist regimes, including: Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, and even tiny Moldova. A lot has happened since 1991! These are welcoming, quiet countries, with no issues of terrorism and, for now, a great value.
In fact, Sophia just returned from Georgia and Armenia with a group of travel agents, and she has another trip coming for agents and their clients in 2018. These FAM trips have now become part of her new free Schlepper’s Club ! Join now and find out more!
Regular favorites, such as France, the UK and Italy are still very popular this year, but a Sophia-arranged itinerary offers special elements of Jewish history and culture. For example, at the Vatican in Rome, her guide specifically points out Jewish iconography in Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling.
Sophia’s specialty tours and itineraries include: movies and literature, music, art, architecture, wine and cuisine, and WWII history. In addition, in the last three years Sophia has added new destinations in Africa and Japan. The Japanese itinerary includes both traditional Japan and World War II-related Jewish heritage - both pre-World War II and World War II related.
For the NACTA Seminar at Sea, she arranged a shore excursion to the Normandy Beaches, followed by a wine, cheese and calvados tasting. In Bilbao, she offered 2 days history and art itinerary.
As the founder of the Jewish Travel Agency, Sophia scrupulously stitches together tourism experiences for clients along the themes of once forgotten and thought-to-be-lost family history. She creates heritage enlightenment enhancements for spiritual journeys. With her multi-lingual skills, she provides complex Holocaust research for Jewish travelers – both multigenerational families and synagogue groups. She practically covers the world with her cruise and/or land based Jewish Interest itineraries.