Top attractions in Kiev
Kiev is not only the capital city of Ukraine, but an exciting and historic metropolis. Visitors can get the most from a trip to Kiev by taking guided tours.
The city's Cathedrals are not to be missed. Essential to the city's architecture and atmosphere, they reflect various periods in the history of Ukraine. A tour guide can provide invaluable information on historical and architectural elements.
St. Michael's Cathedral is perched on a bluff in the Upper Town area. The cathedral, which overlooks the Podil neighborhood, dazzles with its elaborate gold domes.
The exterior of St. Sofia Cathedral Ukraine was remodeled in the Ukrainian Baroque style in the 17th century. The interior shows its Middle Ages origins, with eleventh-century friezes and mosaics. St. Sofia was the first Ukraine landmark on the World Heritage List.
Andrew Descent is a long, winding brick path bridging the Upper Town and Podil neighborhoods. Dotted with historic landmarks like the Castle of Richard the Lionheart, Andrew Descent makes its way down to Podil's popular Kontraktova Square.
Independence Square is the main plaza in Kiev. Despite its World War II destruction, the rebuilt square with its fountain and monument combines history, beauty, and modern commerce.
Friendship Arch is another can't-miss attraction. The lovely titanium arch rises above granite statues celebrating the union of Ukraine and Russia. Obolon, Podil, and Troeschina are visible from its observation deck.
A guided tour including the Mother Motherland statue allows visitors to experience the awe of a 62-meter tall statue honoring thousands of war heroes and workers. The Motherland statue sits majestically atop the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in the Pechersk district.
What people are saying about Kiev
I've opted for a two day tour, because I thought one day just wouldn't be enough to visit all the places and take enough pictures. The first thing said by our amazing guide, Johnny, is the same - two days are definitely needed to explore the Exclusion Zone. Johnny has been amazing at managing expectations (don't expect a 5 star hotel, don't expect mint condition german Autobahn roads), while pointing out all key safety measures taken throughout the trip. He has been an attentive and charismatic leader, walking us through places I dreamed of visiting. While the place definitely holds heavy memories and will affect you emotionally (I would compare it to a Dachau visit from this perspective), Johnny has also been a fun and light-hearted beacon throughout the trip. His knowledge of all the Chernobyl-related events and his accurate and flawless English are also key elements to point out. Of course, there are certain places that we didn't visit - but he summarized those locations as well.
Well organised meeting point (easy to find and just up from the station) where you’ll be offered a personal Geiger counter (200UAH) and an optional lunch (150UAH) we passed on lunch as we predicted, correctly that it would be quite traditional Ukranian cuisine, but it that’s your thing then it’s great. Takes about two hours to get to the exclusion zone in your minibus where you are quickly processed by the police who check your passport and you are then joined by your guide who takes you to see everything that you have read about and seen. Truly amazing how close you can get to the reactor and so interesting to actually go into some of the buildings that were deserted. Lunch is in the workers canteen, if you have your own you’re welcome to sit with the others. Can’t recommend it highly enough, such a good value trip to a thankfully unique site.
Our tour to Chernobyl was well worth the money with a spectacular tour guide and an incredible day. We felt very safe and reassured through the checkpoints and didn’t have to worry about procedures as we were briefed well when needed. We managed to eat two vegan meals in the food canteen which was actually really impressive and enjoyable (not luxury food but a good taste of Ukrainian dinner hall cuisine). Chernobyl and Pripyat themselves were a must see. We saw some stunning sights and viewpoints and had plenty of time for pictures throughout the day. We also learned a hell of a lot through our tour guide who also debunked some facts from the netflix movie. Angelina knew a lot of people personally affected by the accident and this made the tour all the more real and touching. Couldn’t recommend highly enough.
I've been traveling Europe for 6 weeks now and this tour was my favourite day of the entire trip. My tour guide Taras was an awesome person, super fun to be around, very chatty and very knowledgeable. He took us to all the most interesting places and even took requests on what we wanted to see (provided we were allowed to visit them). I would definitely recommend this tour to all my friends and family! - Tom from Australia
A tour that stands out for its originality. Dynamic, interactive, with enough detail to be interesting without any unnecessary and tedious blah-blah. Natalia managed the group with skill and made potentially complicated science understandable to the uninitiated, like me. Her clear English commentary concentrated on the human drama in the aftermath of the disaster which made it all the more poignant and engrossing.