If you want your trip in Ukraine to be as bright as possible, can’t wait to visit all the important sights and best Ukrainian restaurants and nightclubs, and at the same time want no hassle, you should definitely ask local residents for Kiev Tours. Entrust your valuable time to professional Kiev guides!
Based on years of experience and tastes of tourists, the following Kiev Tours were set:
A guided tour in Kiev that includes all the main sights located in the city center. This is a great legacy of the reign of Yaroslav the Wise: Golden Gates, the main gateway to the city; Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the first Kiev monastery; St. Sophia Cathedral, unique by definition, since it is the oldest stone temple in the Kievan Rus’, which was built in 11th century and has never been destroyed. Also walking around the center of the capital you will get acquainted with the architecture of the 18th century – the St. Andrew’s Church, which was built at the behest of the Russian Empress Elizaveta Petrovna; it is the only church without bells in Kiev. The National Opera of Ukraine was constructed in 19th century; it is beautiful but mysterious building. Perhaps that is due to the murder that was committed in the theater in the beginning of 20th century. Make sure to buy opera or ballet tickets – you will definitely like it.
The Soviet period is represented by Stalinist style buildings on the main street of our city. After the Nazis destroyed the city center, Khreshchatyk was built up with Soviet style skyscrapers; it is fair to say, they harmoniously fit Ukrainian landscape.
Gradually getting acquainted with the history of Ukraine, you will find yourself on the Maidan – in the center of Kiev, where the fate of the whole country was decided. This is the site of 4 revolutions, the place where Ukrainian people become united, and it is the heart of our homeland.
The Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is a huge monastery with an area of 30 hectares, so guides always make visit to the Lavra a separate tour. After all, this unique place was visited by about 50 million people from all over the world. The site consists of more than 20 churches, 6 of them are underground. It is inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List and is the very first monastery in Kievan Rus’. During the tour you will get acquainted with the main sights of the Lavra: the main Dormition Cathedral, Trinity Church, which is the oldest church in the territory of the monastery, and the Refectory church. Your private Kiev guide will show you famous caves (those suffering from claustrophobia are not recommended to attend) that are divided into two complexes – the Near (380 meters) and Far Caves (460 meters). You will also climb the Bell tower (96.5 meters) where you can enjoy stunning views of the city.
Kiev Museum of Microminiatures does not constitute a part of this religious monument. But it is located on the territory of the Lavra and it is absolutely unique and stunning place that is in a must-visit list.
Podil is the oldest and most mysterious area of Kiev, full of legends. The tour begins on the Starokievska Mountain. In the 6th-7th centuries before the adoption of Christianity, it was a meeting point for witches, who performed their ceremonies and rituals here. Even today one can see a special place for sacrifice that is located opposite the History Museum of Ukraine. But the main attraction of the tour is Andreevsky Descent (Andrew’s Descent) with its heap of souvenir shops, restaurants, museums and theaters.
You will see the Castle of Richard, the museum of the famous Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov, and the Museum of one street. And walking down you will find yourself on the Kontraktova Square, where in the old days merchants traded all sorts of things. This Kiev tour is perfect for connoisseurs of secrets and fairy tales, rather than those who like huge pompous buildings.
Mezhyhirya as Kiev public park (to be precise, it is 20 km from Kiev) become open to the public only 3 years ago. Until 2014, it was the residence of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia after the events on the Maidan. The territory of Mezhyhiria is 150 hectares; it consists of a golf course, a zoo and a garage for 70 cars, beautiful 4-storied palace, and much more. Having visited this place, not a single person leaves it indifferent.
However, all this wealth reminds us of the terrible problem of corruption Ukraine is tirelessly struggling with.
After that much of sightseeing, it’s high time for hot spots of the capital. Even if you looked for the best bars and Nightclubs in Kiev on the net and in numerous ads, you will most likely not find places that absolutely suit your taste. Many issues matter: budget, style, people, and in addition, nobody wants to waste his time in vain when in new country. Tell your Kiev Private Guide what places you want to go to, and she will make you a personal tour of the best bars in Kiev.
These are the most popular tours and the main places for tourists to visit in Kiev.
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