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Possible Family Visit to Kiev / Ky'iv & Ukraine

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Some old family friends who are going to be working in Kiev / Ky'iv for a while have invited our family to come visit them there this summer. Initially, I was very excited about the possibility, but then I checked airline fares and discovered that the plane tickets alone would probably cost the four of us around $4800. I've also picked up a guide to the Ukraine, but the sense I'm getting is that Kiev has a limited number of significant historic monuments -- it looks like you could do the major sights in 3-4 days -- and that unlike with London or Paris, there aren't a whole lot of other major attractions within a 50-60 mile radius of the city (most of the guidebooks seem to move on from talking about Kiev to talking about the Crimea or Lvov, which are hundreds of miles away).

My two children would be 11 and 13 this summer, and neither knows much of anything about the history of eastern Europe and the former USSR. Under these circumstances, I'm wondering whether a trip like this be worth the cost, or whether it would largely be lost on children of this age. I'd be interested in the thoughts of people who know more about Kiev than I do.

Also, is there anything I'm missing about the cost of flying to the Ukraine -- i.e., is there any way to do it for a bit less money?

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