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Kyiv: Private Tour of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

1. Kyiv: Private Tour of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

Enjoy a tour of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra with a knowledgeable guide. Founded in the 11th century, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is one of the most sacred places in the Orthodox world. This UNESCO-listed  Historical and Cultural Reserve is one of the symbols of the city and a must-see for all travelers. Your tour starts from its oldest part – the Caves. Walk through the cryptic underground labyrinths and see the holy relics of Lavra Saints, explore the man-made cells and discover the underground churches. Not far from the Caves, you will find Wells of Saint Anthony and Feodosy, famous for its healing properties. Later, proceed to the upper part of the complex and explore its highlights, including the restored Dormition Cathedral and Refectory Church. You will see the main building of the Lavra Bell Tower that rises 96.5-meters above the monastery. If you wish, you may climb to the top and admire a bird’s-eye view of Kyiv.  Your guide will show you the splendid Gate Church of the Trinity, famous for its ancient paintings and beautiful iconostasis. Moreover, you may visit a unique exhibition of Micro Miniatures and discover the incredible creations of N. Syardystyi.

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Kyiv: Customized Private Tour

2. Kyiv: Customized Private Tour

If you want to get the maximum out of your visit to Kyiv in one day, this customized private tour is an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the city and visit the most significant tourist attractions. This tailor-made tour has a lot of advantages as the program and the duration of the tour are flexible. You may choose any attractions you’d like to visit and modify the duration according to your schedule. It is possible to start the tour either from the airport or from your hotel. An experienced guide and a comfortable vehicle will make your tour enjoyable and relaxing. Kyiv has boundless possibilities for delightful pastimes. You might want to visit the most famous and stunning tourist spots. Your knowledgeable guide will show you St. Sophia Cathedral, the Golden Gates, and Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can visit an ancient Cave Monastery and learn its rich history. Moreover, you will discover such attractions in Kyiv as a cobblestone Andreevsky Descent, where you can buy memorable souvenirs; Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square and Khreschatyk Street; Kyiv Opera and Ballet Theater; St. Michael’s Monastery; and St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral. If you want to try delicious Ukrainian cuisine, your guide will advise you on the best Kyiv restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy local food and beverages in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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Kyiv: Private City Bike Tour

3. Kyiv: Private City Bike Tour

Once your driver picks you up at your hotel and takes you to the starting point of the tour, your fascinating private bike trip will start. The bike route goes along the separate cycling path in the park zone, allowing you to avoid the traffic. The first attraction you are going to see is an elegant Mariinsky Palace, situated in the cozy Mariinsky Park. The tour continues to the observation deck in Khreschatyi Park. You will pass Love Bridge, where couples in love put locks as a manifest of their feelings. Moreover, you will see a fairytale-like building of the Puppet Theater that is reminiscent of Disney's Castle. Continue your adventure by crossing the Dnieper River through the picturesque Pedestrian Bridge and enter a spacious recreation zone of Trukhaniv Island. A stunning view of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra opens from that point. Enjoy cycling the winding paths of the island with beautiful nature around you. After the end of the tour, your driver will take you back to your hotel. This bike tour is an excellent way to spend time in Kyiv in a healthy and joyful way.

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Kyiv: Private Guided Helicopter Tour

4. Kyiv: Private Guided Helicopter Tour

Your tour starts with private pickup from your hotel or apartment in the city center. From there your driver will take you to the helicopter pad located in the park zone of Hydropark Island. Following some short safety guidance, you’ll board your helicopter together with your guide to begin your breathtaking experience. There are three options for this tour, which consist of a standard 12-minute flight, or extended 24 or 42-minute flights. During the standard flight over the Dnipro River, you’ll enjoy aerial views of the city's main attractions. These include Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, the Mother Motherland Statue, the Arch of Friendship, and the Pedestrian Bridge. The extended 25 and 42-minute flights include all of the sights mentioned above, as well as a bird’s-eye-view of the Mezhyhirya Residence. At the conclusion of your scenic flight, you'll return back to the ground before being taken back to your accommodation by your guide.

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Kyiv: Dnipro River Boat Cruise & Private Podil Walking Tour

5. Kyiv: Dnipro River Boat Cruise & Private Podil Walking Tour

Meet your local guide at Poshtova Square and enjoy a combined walking tour of Podil followed by a 1-hour panoramic Dnipro River cruise.  Discover attractions of Podil such as Kyiv Funicular during the walking part of the tour. Pass by Kontraktova Square with a Ferris Wheel, Andriivsky Descent, and Samson Fountain. Experience Podil neighborhood which is a harmonious blend of rich history and modern vibe. It’s a popular place for citizens of Kyiv and its guests. Return to Poshtova Square after the walking tour and board a panoramic cruise boat for a 1-hour river ride. Sail along the Dnipro River, discover famous riverfront landmarks of the city, including the Arch of Friendship, Vydubitsky Monastery, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, and Mother Motherland Statue.  Pass by Trukhaniv Island and Hydropark and glide under Pedestrian and Metro Bridges. Listen to the stories and facts your guide can share about the city.  Finish the tour, once the boat returns to the River Station.

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Kyiv: City Exploration and Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Tour

6. Kyiv: City Exploration and Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Tour

Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing trip around the city and a visit to Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. Visit a beautiful park, named after Taras Shevchenko, and the main building of Kyiv University. One of the greatest architectural monuments, Saint Volodymyr’s Cathedral, is located nearby. Enjoy the beauty of the National Opera and Ballet Theater and discover interesting facts about one of the most recognizable symbols of Kyiv – the Golden Gates. Take a short walk to the heart of the city, Saint Sophia Square, where the UNESCO-listed Saint Sophia Cathedral faces the incredible Saint Michael’s Monastery. Wander around the most charming street, Andreevsky Descent. Admire the stunning architecture, including the famous Saint Andrew’s Church and an open-air souvenir market. Check out the central Khreschatyk Street and Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square, favorite places among tourists and locals. During the second part of the tour, visit Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. The unique monastery complex and the historical-cultural sanctuary are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a comprehensive tour of the lavra and visit the most significant places, including an ancient cave monastery founded in the 11th century. Enjoy picturesque views from the observation deck.

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Kyiv: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Transport

7. Kyiv: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Transport

This 3-hour private tour of Kyiv provides a good opportunity to see all the most important sights of Kyiv with a private guide in a comfortable car. Cover all the city sights in a time frame that would be impossible by walking. Whether it is your first time in the city, or you are simply short of time, you will get a comprehensive overview of the city with a professional guide who knows and loves Kyiv. Travel back more than 1,500 years to the city’s birth and discover landmarks that represent Kyiv through the ages. Go to Old Kyiv Hill, where the city originated. Visit the famous Golden Gate, the former gateway to the fortress city. Peek inside St. Sophia Cathedral with its onion-dome roof, and St. Vladimir Cathedral (St. Volodymyr's Cathedral), the mother cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. See the churches of St. Andrew and St. Michael, the monastery of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, also known as the Kyiv Monastery of the Caves. Admire the temples of Podil and the aristocratic mansions of the Pechersk district. Walk through the historic city center and learn about its humble origins dating back to the 9th century, making it one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe.

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Kyiv: Secrets of Lavra Monastery 2-Hour Walking Tour

8. Kyiv: Secrets of Lavra Monastery 2-Hour Walking Tour

The Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Monastery is the center of Christianity in Ukraine and home to one of the biggest and most incredible cathedrals in Kyiv. It is also home to a network of mystic underground caves that hide mummies of monks and saints, much like the pyramids of Egypt. This fascinating site was voted one of the 7 wonders of Kyiv and is absolutely a must-see for any visitor to Kyiv. Founded by monks in the 11th century and laying on the picturesque Dnieper hills, the Monastery complex is a truly holy place for all Orthodox Christians in Ukraine. It is home to many majestic churches built in the Byzantine and Baroque styles. Within the monastery complex, you will also discover many museums, including the Museum of Historical Treasures and Jewellery, the Museum of Ukrainian Decorative and Applied Art and the Museum of Miniatures. Lavra is also famous for its caves with ancient crypts, which you will explore during your visit.

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From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Pripyat Private Helicopter Tour

9. From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Pripyat Private Helicopter Tour

Meet your guide at your hotel and head to the helicopter pad where your thrilling adventure begins. Get onboard a private helicopter and take off to one of the most mysterious places in the world — the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  From the comfort of a private helicopter flight, listen to the comprehensive commentary of your expert guide. On the way to Chernobyl, fly over Kyiv and take in the scenic views of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, the Motherland Monument, Dynamo Stadium, and the Dnieper River. Moreover, fly above the Mezhyhirya Residence and learn interesting facts about the so-called “Museum of Corruption.” The highlight of the tour is a breathtaking flight over the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Take a look at the astonishing Duga radar, discover the famous abandoned amusement park of Pripyat with its Ferris wheel still standing, and see from a distance a new safety confinement over the notorious Reactor No. 4. of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. One of the main advantages of the tour is that you’ll be accompanied by an expert private guide who will enlighten you of the tragic events of the Chernobyl catastrophe that happened in 1986. At the end of a breathtaking experience, return to Kyiv where your driver will drop you off at your hotel.

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Kyiv: Illuminated by Night Tour with Private Guide

10. Kyiv: Illuminated by Night Tour with Private Guide

Once you have met your local guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel, your wonderful 2-hour evening tour of Kyiv will begin. As you drive across the city, you will discover Kyiv's main attractions illuminated by their evening lights. Admire the most spectacular night views of Kyiv, including panoramas over Kyiv Pechersk Lavra and the Mother Motherland Statue. You will also take in the breathtaking sight of the left bank of the Dnipro River from the Leonid Bykov monument. Another scenic attraction in Kyiv at nighttime is the Pedestrian Bridge, which shimmers with all the colors of the rainbow. Stroll around the city center and discover the magnificent St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral, St. Sofia’s Cathedral, and St. Michal’s Monastery. Pass by the architectural masterpiece that is St. Andrew’s Church and explore the center of the city, including Khreschatyk Street with its many shops and restaurants.

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What people are saying about Kiev Pechersk Lavra

We had a great time with Max - he was both easy going and informative, we felt comfortable and relaxed and he engaged well with us. Visiting the monument I wanted to visit, was the highlight of my holiday - and getting around such a huge city in a private car was fantastic. Would highly recommended this trip

The tour was excellent. The guide was friendly and spoke exceptional English, and his knowledge of Kyiv's history and architecture was very informative. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting.

Very experienced, personable guide. Great timing, interesting background information. Great for getting an overview and seeing some of the city's absolute highlights. Definitely try it out!

Interesting tour, the guide was very professional and informed and had an answer to every question. The cave monasteries are a must when visiting Kiev.

The tour was very well planned and the guide Dmitry was happy to respond to my wishes, but also had very interesting suggestions of his own.