Kyiv is known as the cradle of the ancient Kyievan Rus. Today Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine. Kyiv is more than 1,500 years old city. It is one of the most ancient and the most beautiful cities in Europe. You will be enchanted with Kyiv’s wide boulevards lined by chestnut trees and poplars. There are magnificent buildings of different architectural styles in our city. So Kiev’s elegance can’t be unnoticed. During its long history Kyiv was attacked and destroyed many times. But it has been rebuilt every time. Kiev has always managed to retain its unique appeal.To get acquainted with our city we invite you to take the Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine tour.
The tour of «Mother of Rus Towns» is dedicated to the one of the oldest cities of Europe, the capital of the big state named Kievan Rus, the rival of Constantinople, the rich and flourishing city of the 10th–13th century.
Kreschatik is one of the most known central streets of the world. The center of commercial, political and cultural life of Kiev has been bustling here for two centuries. Kreschatik is famous as the site of the first Kiev telephone, telegraph, electric tram, plumbing and sewage system, gas and electric illumination.
We are going to see the absolutely different Kiev. That’s Kiev in twilight. That’s Kiev drowning in neon light. Any unnecessary details are hidden from our sight in twilight. Nothing will distract our attention from the main things. And the main things are the picturesque sites of the ancient and eternally young Kiev.
Kiev is a mysterious city. That’s the fact. Kiev historians and such Russian literary geniuses as Gogol, Pushkin and Bulgakov wrote about it in their books. Kiev is the capital of Ukraine. But there are some evil forces in our capital city. You can feel it when you look at Kiev coat of arms. Archangel Michael is the only saint with arms in his hands. And Archangel Michael is the patron saint of our city. He is intended to protect our city against evil forces.
Podil (the Lower Town) can reveal a lot about Kyiv Rus period owing to archaeological excavations before Kyiv Metro ( subway) construction. Unlike the Upper Town with its beautiful palaces Podil was the working area where craftsmen, fishermen ,merchants lived and worked. Visiting the Hetmanate Museum you can learn more about Cossackhood times in Ukraine.
The Holy of Holies for Orthodox believers, half the Vatican in size. Founded in 1051 by two monks Antoniy and Feodosiy. It consists of two parts: the Upper Lavra (more a museum), the Lower Lavra – an active monastery (over 100 monks and novices). Of particular interest is a cave part of the monastery where our experienced guides will take you to see holy incorruptible relics of Lavra’s saints.
St. Andrew’s Street is the most known street of Kiev except Kreschatik. It is the most «Kievan» street in our city. Matter of fact it is one of the eldest streets in Eastern Europe. We will follow the footsteps of Prince Igor, writer Bulgakov, artist Ivan Kavaleridze and dozens of other famous personalities.
The 400 acres big National Museum of Folk Architecture and Lifestyle of Ukraine is the biggest open air museum in the Eastern Europe! It is often called Pirogovo museum after the near-by village. Here you can feel the «real Ukraine».
Pechersk was named after Kiev Pechersk Lavra and Lipki – after the gorgeous lime tree alley, which was laid for Klovskiy Palace along present-day Lipskaya Street in the 17th century. But mansions of Kiev grand people, which were actively built at that time, eventually pressed the sweet “special appeal” of Pechersk. Up to the beginning of the 18th century Pechersk upland consisted of backwoods; there were no city constructions there.
The history of Jewish community of Kiev is the integral part of the history of the capital city of Ukraine. The influence of Jewish community can be traced in many spheres of city life of Kiev.
Warrior-Temple, the guard of north-western roads to Kiev — St. Cyril`s Temple has been rising in distant outskirts of Kiev since the 12th century. Even wall paintings of Saints are dressed in armors there. It is the second temple in Kiev after St. Sophia`s Cathedral, which has been preserved in its genuine walls since the times of Kievan Rus. The temple contains 800 square meters of wall paintings of that time inside of it. There are wall paintings of famous Mikhail Vrubel nearby — swansong, the masterpiece of modern epoch.
The tour includes one of three museums dedicated to the Ukrainian Nation’s genius: the National Taras Shevchenko museum (in a beautiful residence building of the Tereshchenkos, sugar manufacturers of Kyiv in the 19th – early 20th centuries), The museum-house of T. Shevchenko (Shevchenko lane near Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) and the House on Priorka museum.
We will walk along the city parks during the tour. We will enjoy the main thing about Kiev. And that’s its amazing landscape. There are 100 meters high green hills in the center of the capital of Ukraine. Time after time you cannot realize that you are still inside of that huge megalopolis.
From time immemorial men of letters were inspired by our city. They wrote about Kiev in their works, in their letters to their friends. During the tour we will visit two museums, we will see Writers’ House and the monument to Oles Gonchar. These are the gems of Literary Kiev. Though there are many more sites dedicated to Ukrainian literature in our city.
The past and the present of any city are reflected in masterpieces of city architecture. Kiev is extraordinarily rich with its architectural masterpieces. Any architectural style of the last millennium can be found here starting with the austere temples of Kievan Russ and finishing with constructivism and Stalin’s empire style.
The history of St. Flor’s convent is connected with one of the richest women of Russian Empire Natalia Dolgorukova who spent many years at the convent. Having abandoned palaces and glory for the sake of her husband she endured all severities of an exile and after his death she retreated to the holy Kyiv land.
During the tour the information about all the bridges over the Dnieper River in city limits of Kiev will be provided to you. You will hear about the existing bridges and about the bridges under construction. You will be amazed with their artistic style. You will enjoy the unique panorama of our city. And no doubt you will be impressed with the mighty waters of the Dnieper.
During the tour you will hear about the events that took place in Kiev during World War II. The heroic defense of the city lasted 73 days from July till September 1941. Thus the plans of Hitler\'s "blitzkrieg" were frustrated. The entire plan "Barbarossa" was destroyed. But those events also were also the prologue to one of the most tragic pages in the history of the Red Army, as 630 thousands Red Army soldiers were trapped in the vicinity of Kiev.
That fortress was built on the high hill in the southern outskirts of Kiev in the Kievan Rus epoch. It was a real stronghold. Attackers had to break through five defensive lines while storming the fortress. And some remains of those fortifications have been preserved to present day!
In ancient times Kiev was compared to Jerusalem. That was the level of our city as the Christianity had been introduced for local people there. And later Kiev was known as a very important Christian center. And at present time our city is still considered to be the outstanding religious center very important for the numerous pilgrims. There is a saying like that in our days – no need to have a map if you go to Kiev. Any time any one has been eager to show pilgrims the way to Kiev.
Feofania is a picturesque area in the southern outskirts of Kiev. There are holy springs, a cascade of lakes and mighty oak groves in the vicinity of the famous Orthodox nunnery. The unique St. Panteleymon’s Cathedral was constructed in the traditional Russian style. All visitors are amazed with its elegance and beauty.
During the tour we will tell you about the culture and religions of different nationalities living in the capital of Ukraine. You will also know how their places of worship were constructed in Kiev.
Tserkovshina – Feofania – Kitaevo – Goloseevo – that is the route of the excursion. From time immemorial Kiev was famous as the Sacred City. And each of the city’s cloisters has its history, its Saints, its secrets. We invite you to the excursion about roundabout Kiev monasteries.
There are many sites of Polish heritage in Kiev. And there is a good reason for this state of things. The history of the Polish community in Kiev has been started in the epoch of Kievan Rus as the Polish king Boleslav the Brave married a daughter of Kievan Grand Prince Svyatopolk.
There are not many cities in the world with such a vast and accessible expanse of water as the Dnieper in the Kiev city centre. There is no better way to cool off than to spend some time on the river on steaming-hot summer days. You will definitely enjoy having your time on board of our boat while watching breathtaking banks of the Dnieper River with the golden domes, parks and modern parts of our city.
No tram means no Kiev. The history of electric tram in our city is intertwined with the history of city of Kiev. Will you please have your comfortable seat in the tramcar arranged as a café!
The Reception Hall of President of Ukraine is located there. You will see marble grand staircase, the walls trimmed with alder, refined parquet, majolica, mother of pearl and of course the fancy decorations in the form of trophies and mystical creatures during your visiting the Gorodetsky’s House. Don’t miss this unique visit! The opportunity to visit the most unusual Kievan mansion is limited. So hurry up to Prime Excursion Bureau office!