KYIV 5 DAYS
Group size 10 Start Kyiv
Countries 1 End Kyiv
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
Situated on the banks of the Dnipro River, the city of Golden Domes is famous as cradle of Slavic nations. During our tour you will closely get acquainted with Kyiv history and contemporary life, get to know new people and feel the special atmosphere of the city that throughout its whole history has been fighting for its freedom. Welcome to Kyiv!
- 4 x nights: 4 x Premier Hotel Rus 3* (or similar) in Kyiv.
- All-route English-speaking guide.
- Transfer by modern coach throughout the whole trip.
- Meals: HB.
- Kyiv city tour: Podil, government quarter, old town.
- Entrance + guided tour: sacred buildings according to program; Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, St. Sophia’s Cathedral; Historical Treasures Museum, National Museum “Memorial to Holodomor victims”; Open Air Museum Pyrohovo near Kyiv.
- Other highlights: Dnipro Boat Trip.
- Visa Fee
- Travel Insurance
- Single Supplement
- Any meals not mentioned
- Any transfers not mentioned (e.g. first and last day)
- Any expenses of a personal nature
- Camera/video permits
- Tips to the guide and driver
Welcome to Kyiv
This tour will give you the opportunity to discover the capital of Ukraine – Kyiv. Situated on the banks of the Dnipro River, the city of Golden Domes is famous as one of the greenest cities in the world. During our tour you will closely get acquainted with its history and contemporary life, get to know new people and feel the special atmosphere of the city which throughout its whole history has fought for its freedom. You check in to the hotel in Kyiv, have a dinner and relax after the road. Time permitting, you could still have a walk around the city.
Cradle of the Eastern Slavic cities
Today we take a walk through Podil (Lower Town) the oldest district of Kyiv and on the hillside pedestrian street Andriyivskyy Descent (Uzviz) with picturesque views over the Dnipro Valley, also see located in a very picturesque area, 18th century St. Andrew’s Church, House of the writer Mihail Bulgakov, House of Tsar Peter I. You visit the government quarter and admire its magnificent buildings such as the House with Chimaeras and Mariyinsky Palace. Afterwards, we take a short stroll through Khreshchatyk – admire the city ’s pedestrian boulevard with overcrowded monumental buildings in the confectioner style, and stop for a brief moment on Maidan (Independence Square).
The city of golden domes
Today we continue our acquaintance with Kyiv. Impressive 300 churches embellish the cityscape of Kyiv. Among other things, we visit the Saint Sophia’s Cathedral, famous around the world as a masterpiece of architecture, fresco painting and mosaic art; built in the 11th century it is the place where the princes of Kievan Rus’ have found their rest. We visit the St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery, built around a century later, and see the Golden Gate – the entrance to the medieval city. The absolute highlight of Kyiv sacral life and multitude of culturally significant churches, monasteries and museums is Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as Kyiv Monastery of the Caves. Nowadays, as it was almost a thousand years ago, Lavra remains the most important place of pilgrimage on the territory of Ukraine. In this place you find not only seclusion and asceticism, but also beautiful churches, decorated with paintings, monk’s cells, defence towers and other buildings that have arisen over the past centuries. Lavra Caves is a complex system of narrow underground passages with temples along the way and buried relics of sacred ascetics. There are also some museums and exhibitions on the grounds of the Lavra Monastery. We highly recommend you to visit the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine. Among other things it houses a rich collection of unique artworks of the ancient Scythians, including the famous golden pectoral from the megalithic tomb. Not far from Lavra is located the memorial to the National Museum “Holodomor victims Memorial”, a sad symbol of Stalin’s extermination of the Ukrainian population during 1932-1933.
In times of the Cossacks
On this day you visit the largest open-air museum in Europe “Pyrohovo” constructed to resemble the Cossack village in 17th-18th c. We dive into everyday life of the Ukrainian countryside and the Cossacks’ traditions, see churches, factories, farmhouses and windmills. You enjoy ancient Ukrainian folk music and learn a lot about life of the Ukrainian village in past centuries. In the shady tent we meet to taste specialties of traditional Ukrainian cuisine during the lunch. At the end of the day, we take a one-hour Dnipro boat trip to admire the golden domes of the numerous Kyiv churches from the water.
In the morning you can buy souvenirs or send postcards from the Ukrainian capital to your friends. You take back home unforgettable impressions and the great feeling of having experienced something special. You have spent your time in Kyiv eventfully and learned lots about Ukrainian culture and traditions. We hope that we have managed to persuade you to come here once more in the future and of course plan your next trips with us!of the numerous Kyiv churches from the water.