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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: 6-Hour Private Sightseeing Highlights Tour

2. Kyiv: 6-Hour Private Sightseeing Highlights Tour

Enjoy a Kyiv city tour as the first part of your 6-hour tour. See the most interesting sights of the city, including the Golden Gate, Vladimirskiy Cathedral, St. Michael’s Square, St. Michael’s Domed Monastery, Bessarabskiy Market, the Kyiv Funicular, Post Office Square, St. Alexander’s Catholic Church and Mariinskiy Park and Palace. Stop to enjoy lunch at a Ukrainian restaurant (cost not included). After lunch head to the hill where St. Andrew’s Church is situated and begin the second part of the tour. Travel by metro to the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the Kyiv Metro and visit the deepest metro station in the world, at 346 feet.

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From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Prypiat Private Day Tour

3. From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Prypiat Private Day Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Kyiv, and then journey by van to the site of one of the world's worst nuclear accidents to explore Chernobyl and the abandoned town of Pripyat in complete safety. Create your own itinerary of the poignant attraction and see only what you want on a fully personalized experience. Get access to the Exclusion Zone of the decommissioned Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, built by the USSR military soon after the disaster in 1986. See the remains of the nuclear reactors and the abandoned buildings of the ghost town of Pripyat. Discover the site of the secret Duga radar system, and visit the New Safe Confinement structure, built to contain the remains of reactor No. 4. Talk to some of the people that now live in the exclusion zone and get more information than you could ever get on the internet.

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Kyiv: 3-Hour Orthodox Private Tour

4. Kyiv: 3-Hour Orthodox Private Tour

During this religious and cultural Orthodox tour, you will visit the majestic Saint Sophia Cathedral, listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site; Saint Michael's Monastery and discover the history and the intricate story of these landmarks of Christianity. In addition, you will visit Saint Andrew's Church designed by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Enjoy the beauty of Orthodox culture while taking a entertaining guided cultural walk.  This is a walking guided tour with a pick-up transfer. Start the tour from St. Sophia Cathedral after your pick-up. Entrance tickets are included in the price as well as transfer from your location to the tour starting point.

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Chernobyl and Pripyat: Full-Day All inclusive Private Tour

5. Chernobyl and Pripyat: Full-Day All inclusive Private Tour

Meet your guide and begin a private full-day tour of Chernobyl and Prypiat. Customize your tour to see the maximum amount of locations at your own pace on a date of your choice.  Whether you are visiting for photography, research, or personal interest, this private tour will allow you to explore sites of interest in depth. An experienced guide who knows the area intimately will show you around the abandoned towns and off-the-beaten-track locations that are impossible to forget. 

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Kyiv: Customized Private Tour

6. 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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From Kyiv: Chernobyl & Pripyat Private Day Trip with Lunch

7. From Kyiv: Chernobyl & Pripyat Private Day Trip with Lunch

Depart Kyiv and journey to Chernobyl to explore the infamous site of the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in April 1986. Benefit from a complimentary lunch, pre-arranged permits to enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zones and the services of an expert guide exclusive to you. See the impact of the disaster 30 years after the event. From the moment you enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, you will experience an almost post-apocalyptic world. Explore the now almost abandoned site, and learn how the residents were evacuated in the aftermath of the tragedy. Pass the deserted village of Zalecie and see half-destroyed buildings hidden behind trees. Go to the Cold War defense antenna of Duga 1, known as the "Russian Woodpecker" for the noise it used to make. Stroll the streets of the ghost town of Pripyat, built in 1979 for the people who worked at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and their families. Learn how they were evacuated following the explosion in reactor number 4. See the ghost-like amusement park and its Ferris wheel, a former house of culture and a derelict swimming pool. Safety will always be uppermost during the day, but your guide will show you everything you need to see and acquaint you with dramatic statistics connected to the disaster. Before you leave the Exclusion Zone, pass the security control to check for radiation levels on your clothes. Return to Kyiv for a drop-off at your hotel at the end of the tour services.

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From Kyiv: Private Tour of Chernobyl

8. From Kyiv: Private Tour of Chernobyl

Depart Kyiv and journey to Chernobyl, world-renowned as the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Benefit from flexible arrangements that allow you to stay in the exclusion zone from 1 to 5 days, either alone, with friends or with an organized guest. Save money on tours with more friends: the more you take the cheaper the cost per person. Take the worry out of your pre-trip arrangements, with transportation, guides and permits taken care of in advance. Plunge into the story of the tragedy and its aftermath, and get information about the past, present and future plans for the site. Enter the "30-kilometer" exclusion zone and investigate how Chernobyl is still populated by local workers and policemen. See shops, a post office and café, along with sights such as the museum, St. Elias Church, the Park of Glory, river port and memorial to the liquidators who rushed to reactor number 4 immediately after the explosion. Take photos and videos of the ghost town and look at the construction of a new confinement from the viewing platform of reactor number 4. Explore the complex engineering solutions designed to transform it into an ecologically safe system. Get the chance to chat with the plant employees. Next, travel to the abandoned village of Kopachi, located just 4 kilometers from the accident site. A once thriving village, Kopachi suffered radiation damage during the disaster and a decision was taken to bury the entire village under layers of earth. Discover untouched monuments, such as the monument to soldiers, a kindergarten and a machine-tractor station, along with mounds marked with radiation warning signs. Explore the “Black Pearl” of the exclusion zone as you walk the deserted streets of Pripyat. See the abandoned amusement park and its ghost-like Ferris wheel. Visit the pool of Lazurnyi, where the first victims were brought, and see other highlights of the haunting location such as the building of the executive committee, Hotel Polesie and a secondary school. Then, journey to the Red Forest, where the full extent of the radiation was felt. Authorities took the decision to cut the forest down and, while trees have started to grow again, you will look at it from a safe distance as the radiometer shows the impact of the damage. The day has no time limits as the program will be discussed with all group members to determine the route and tailored itinerary.

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From Kyiv: 2-Day Private Tour to Chernobyl with Hotel

9. From Kyiv: 2-Day Private Tour to Chernobyl with Hotel

A private tour is the best way to experience the atmosphere of abandoned area, hear the silence, and plunge into the post apocalypse world. Visit the maximum number of locations at your own pace, based on your own preferences, and on a date that is good for you… just you, your friends/colleagues, and your guide. This tour will cover all your needs (urbex , photography, media, research etc.) and grants you a unique opportunity to explore Prypiat in depth. With experienced guides that know the area perfectly, tour through the exclusion zone and see breathtaking places that are not possible to see on a group tour. You are guaranteed a real adventure, true emotion, and an experience you will never forget.

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Kyiv: 3-Hour Restaurant Crawl

10. Kyiv: 3-Hour Restaurant Crawl

This is a super tasty and interesting tour for people who appreciate good quality food and are looking for authentic tastes when visiting a foreign country. This 3-hour tour aims to introduce you to Ukrainian food and drinks, show you some really cool places, some of the more traditional ones and modernized restaurants in design and quality service.  The itinerary comprises of visiting a restaurant and tasting a dish at each one. The total number of restaurants will be 4. Your guide will accompany you through this gourmet path and share the traditions, story and culture with you. Besides, you will see the city, learn something new and enjoy a delicious walking tour for a real gourmet.

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What people are saying about Kyiv

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 113 reviews

We went with a 5 person private tour, which was genuinely excellent. It was slightly more expensive to do it privately, but we all agreed it was worth it as it allowed us to do a more detailed exploration of the sites, and meant we were able to avoid the bigger groups. A special thank you to our guide Elena; it was fascinating hearing her first hand experience of living through the disaster whilst she was celebrating her graduation, and she took us to some really interesting locations around Pripyat. Highly recommended.

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!

Svana was an excellent guide! It was 6 hours jam-packed with information about the city of Kyiv. It was great as an introduction to Kyiv. Thanks very much!

Very knowledgeable guide who could tell us so much about history and myths around the city. She also spoke excellent German.

Nice day and I see everything in Kiev and good guide with me thank you very much for everything