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
A very knowledgeable guide. An absolutely outstanding excursion not to be missed. This was the highlight of a brilliant holiday. The organization of the entire trip from start to finish was first class. Would recommend this excursion to anyone who wants to experience something really special. Our grateful thanks to everyone. Christine and Pete Marsden
Really a marvellously interesting experience. The tour had five stops, very different locations and atmospheres, the guides were apparently educated in University and overall a great experience about a terrible environmental disaster, I particularly liked that Ada and Vicky had different viewpoints and perspectives on history and its interpretation.
I thought this was a very well organised and well led trip, with several interesting stops as well as the abandoned power plants and town of Pripyat. As a former engineer in the nuclear industry, I felt completely safe; safety was very tightly controlled all day, probably more than necessary, which is a good thing. Our guide was highly informative and entertaining, told the tragic story without sensationalizing it and as far as I can tell from my previous training about the disaster, was completely accurate (which of course is much more than can be said of the Hollywood movie). We learned lots about the people involved and a good non-technical description of the mechanics of what happened, and about radioactive contamination and radiation generally.
Possibly one of the best tourist excursions I've ever been on. It was easy to book, great communications, easy to find the pick up point, nice clean, modern (irradiated) transport. A pleasant, approachable, guide tolerant of dawdling lingers who could, if not managed, derail the experience somewhat. Great knowledge, well presented. It was well above my already high expectations. I also ordered the optional lunch (there is also a veggie option) and although it doesn't say on the website, it's actually a lunch in the Chernobyl Power plant staff canteen. Not sure if it changes everyday though mine was a small salad, a bowl of Borcht and a Spaghetti and chicken fillet. Worth the price for both the meal, in quantity and the experience. It's necessary and obligatory to wear a long sleeve shirt, trousers on the tour so it's wise to have options in case it's cold, raining or sweltering, as it was for us. There's a fair bit of walking and I was roasting in a jumper that I couldnt take off.
Our guide Alexander was very knowledgeable about the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster and although not much detail was given about the specifics of the accident, he was happy to answer questions on the topic and many other points of interest. His passion for his job and the opportunity to show people around such a unique area was very evident and I think it made a real difference to the experience. While I feel Chernobyl is now becoming a little too touristy, our group was of a good size (about 10 people) and we were shown a good range of places on the full day tour. A really unique place, well worth visiting!