Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, with unique historical traditions and unique culture with a European-style of life.
The mother of all cities private guided tour of Kiev, as known by the Ukrainians.
It is classed as one of the most beautiful cities of the world that picturesquely spreads over onto the Dnipro river hills.
As with other old towns, Kyiv has no exact date of beginning. However, legend states Kyiv was founded more than 1,600 years ago by three brothers Kyi, Schek, Khoryv and their sister Lybid.
The city was renamed after the oldest brother Kyi.
In the 10th century, it became the capital.
Christmas and new year in Kiev is a magical time, with much celebration and fun with twinkling lights and a festive atmosphere, they certainly know how to party!
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The Cultural City Sightseeing Tour That Is Kiev
Since then, Kiev has become an important partner of Eastern Europe attracting foreign businesses and investors.
The cultural city sightseeing tour that is Kiev
The streets are filled with well-dressed Ukrainians, and there doesn't seem to be an economic crisis here.
Considering the population of Kyiv is among the ten largest cities in Europe.
Its traditional path is related to the significant political and cultural events held in Europe.
With over 110 museums 35 theatres and theatres-studios 55 cultural buildings 143 libraries, 22 concert organisations you can see why Kiev makes for an ideal cultural holiday.
A sightseeing tour of the real Kiev is a must whilst visiting Ukraine.
Top 10 Things to Do in Kiev
An unusual attraction of mummified bodies of the ancient monk's with their religious relics and icons in the caves. The monks are still active here, and you can see them praying and chanting. Beautiful gardens around the caves and monastery. You need to cover up before entering the caves, and there are free cover-ups available. Your tour guide will keep you informed.
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Saint Sophia is the original cathedral and not a reconstructed building. It serves as a museum now, and no pictures are allowed to be taken inside. It is fascinating to see parts of the frescoes, mosaics and original flooring. The amazing collections and tiled walls and floors. The enormous chandeliers and columns. The views from the top of the bell tower are breathtaking. A guided tour here is a must !
Great Patriotic War Museum
If you are a war history enthusiast, this is a significant landmark with three museums inside to see on a guided tour. It also has a great outdoor vintage WWII weaponry exhibition. The museum itself is well put together with endless facts and figures and well documented. Lots of photographs and personal belongings of the people who lost their lives fighting the Third Reich. Sombre and moving.
Such a fantastic place to walk along and view this historic and beautiful city, and the centre of this amazing country!! Take multiple walking tours, share in the celebrations as the street Kreshchatyk is closed to vehicles on weekends, the boutique and trendy stores are phenomenal. Take a seat in the many bars and cafes and watch the locals go about their day.
Certificate of Excellence National Opera House of Ukraine
The orchestra and the dancers are incredible. The Opera house was old but stunningly beautiful. I would highly recommend going anytime when you are in Kiev on a private tour. Even, if you are not a big fan of ballet, you will still enjoy going to see the ballet here and especially at Christmas time seeing the Nutcracker. The symphony performs the live music orchestra. It is an incredible opportunity to be part of the dance ballet show in such an old theatre.
A lot of interesting statues and sculptures and impressive buildings from the beginning of 20th century surrounded. Lovely place to visit, fabulous statues. This is good in the summer for photos, and you can take some interesting pictures and check out the local street vendors selling souvenirs and other local treats. Great view of the houses down the street in various colours. Very different and exciting place to visit while in Kiev.
Walking tour of Kiev City
The only way to truly explore the wonderful city of Kiev is by a walking tour. This way you get to take in the enjoyable ambience found in the city. Stroll around the Besarabsky Market and pick up a few souvenirs while on this tour. Admire the architecture and learn about the older buildings from your expert tour guide. The tour guides have a great way of making even the most boring thing into something exciting and fun.
The Tunnel of Love Tour
If the reason for your visit is romance, then you must take a private tour to the Tunnel of Love. This is among the most romantic and fantastic attractions found in all of Ukraine. It is located a couple of hours from Kiev, but with a well organised private tour, the travel adds to the romance. The atmosphere found here is incredible and the optical illusions make the tunnel look endless in a beautiful archway of leafy trees.
St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery
An impossible building to miss when on a city tour of Kiev is St. Michael’s Golden Domed Monastery. The striking gold of the domes and the blue walls make this monastery an impressive vision. There is a fascinating history attached this building and on a guided tour of the museum located in the Monastery’s bell tower, you will learn the majority of it. The monastery is as impressive inside as it is outside.
Maidan Nezalezhnosti / Independent Square
The central square of Kiev is called Maidan Nezalzhnosti or Independent Square. It is somewhere you will pass through or around many times on city tours or walking tours of Kiev. Within the square, there is the Independence Column, six fountains and even an artificial waterfall. At different stages, throughout the year there are concerts, parades, colourful festivals and other public occasions held here.
Travel Tips for Kiev
Best Time To Visit Kiev
My favourite time of the year would be Christmas when the snow is lying on the ground; the Christmas lights are twinkling all over the cities, and much festivities are happening. The markets are lining the squares selling the many types of food and drink you would expect at this time of year. Its cold but fabulous at the same time. If this doesn't tickle your fancy springtime and autumn are also lovely times to visit.
Typical Costs in Kiev
Cost per day would only be around 30$ that includes food, drinks and transport to get you around. A holiday here can be done on a very tight budget as long as you book your accommodation and flights in advance. Lots of cheap cafes and restaurants selling an excellent selection of food and drink. Try and pre-book your guided tours before you go as it works out a lot cheaper. You will find you can holiday here without burning a hole in your pocket.
Know Before Visiting Kiev
The only downside of Ukraine is the pickpockets, but as like many large cities it is the same everywhere, keep all valuables including your passports in your hotel safe and only take enough cash or a bank card with you for the day. Only change your money in legal change offices, your hotel will advise the best one. Just be aware of your surroundings and go with what you embassy recommends where to visit.
Weather in Kiev
Travel to the Ukraine is quite possible all year round; however, the best times to go are springtime, when the trees are blossoming a maybe early autumn when the weather is still warm and dry. In summer it can be sweltering on the Black Sea coast, and very busy with the locals sunbathing on the many beaches. Winter is obviously cold, but Christmas and the new year is spectacular, in particular, it looks fabulous under a layer of snow!