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Kyiv: 6-Hour Private Sightseeing Highlights Tour

1. 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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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 Sightseeing Tour by Car

3. Kyiv: Private City Sightseeing Tour by Car

If you have only one day to visit Kyiv, or even if you have only a couple of hours, this tour is ideal for you. Your guide will meet you at the airport or your accommodation and drive you to the city center in a comfortable car or minivan. The detailed program and schedule of the tour may be agreed upon with the guide before the journey so that you can be sure that you'll see everything that you are most interested in. Hear the fascinating stories about the Ukrainian capital and see the magnificent Dnieper river and golden domes of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra monastery. Visit St. Sophia Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have a thousand-year view of the ancient city and its symbols: Golden Gates, St Volodymyr’s Cathedral, Besarabsky Market, European Square, old Podil. See the aristocratic mansions and memorable historical places. 

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Kyiv: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Transport

4. 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: Ancient Kyiv Private Walking Tour

5. Kyiv: Ancient Kyiv Private Walking Tour

Discover Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine and one of the world's most beautiful cities, scenically spread along the banks of the river Dnipro. Kyiv traces its roots back to ancient times with a history spanning 1,500 years.   On this tour, visit the Volodymyr Cathedral, the red building of the University of Saint Volodymyr, the Golden Gate, the former KGB building, Sofia's Square and Saint Sophia Cathedral, the monument to Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Michael Square and Michael Monastery with the renewed Michael's Cathedral. See the Princess Olga Monument, Old Kyiv Mountain, the first palaces and the first stone church.   You will also see Andrew's Church, the old lime tree, the pagan idol temple, and the landscape alley, as well as the monument to Gogol's nose and the monument of the most famous Ukrainian literary characters. Learn about the history of Kyiv, and the medieval empire of the Kyivan Rus with its center in Kyiv. Even after being devastated by the Tatars in the 1240s, Kyiv remained the center of the Kyivan principality. Learn where the Kyivan Rus originates from and more.

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Kyiv: Tour to the Golden Gate & St. Sophia's Cathedral

6. Kyiv: Tour to the Golden Gate & St. Sophia's Cathedral

Travel back in time to the original Kyiv. The old town, or the city of Volodymyr, Yaroslav, and Iziaslav-Sviatopolk, has seen some of the most important events in Ukrainian history and is home to some of Kyiv's oldest temples, foundations, and majestic views. Walk into a history that stretches back almost 1,500 years. You will see The Golden Gate, the Yard with the Ravens, St. Sophia's Cathedral, St. Michael's Golden Domed Monastery, the 400-year-old Linden, The Old Kyiv Hill, The Altar, the foundations of the Princes’ Palaces, and much more. Allow your guide to regale you with mysterious tales from Ukraine's history. The private tour is suitable for single travelers, groups, and families alike. 

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Kyiv: St. Sophia Cathedral and St. Michael’s Monastery

7. Kyiv: St. Sophia Cathedral and St. Michael’s Monastery

Meet your guide in front of the main entrance to St. Sophia Cathedral to begin your fascinating tour, where you will learn about the history and culture of Ukraine. The cathedral was built in the 11th century and was the first site in Ukraine to gain UNESCO heritage status. This city symbol is a cradle of Slavic culture and attracts travelers from all over the world. See authentic frescoes and mosaics from the 11th century and a 6-meter Virgin Orans in the main altar of the cathedral. Learn about the Kyivan Rus and East Slavic culture before heading to the top of the Bell tower to admire the view of the Sofiivska square and its Monument to B. Khmelnitsky. You may also visit the House of Metropolitan, where temporary exhibitions are held. During the second part of the tour, you guide will show you the splendid St. Michael’s Monastery. Discover the Princess Olga Monument, with statues of Andrew the Apostle on one hand and Cyril and Methodius on the other. The monastery was destroyed in the 1930s by the Soviet regime, but it was completely restored in the late 1990s. Nowadays, it is an active orthodox male monastery. 

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Kyiv: Ancient Kyiv Walking Tour

8. Kyiv: Ancient Kyiv Walking Tour

Discover the history of Medieval Kyiv on a guided walking tour of Ukraine's capital city. Discover the city's role in global history, why it was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit Saint Sophia’s Cathedral, the oldest surviving church in the city.  During your tour, admire the city's Byzantine and Baroque-style architecture. In the Podol neighborhood, discover the beauty and grace of this glorious city. In the company of your local guide, you will visit sights such as St. Vladimir's Cathedral, the Golden Gate, St. Michael's Cathedral, Ancient Kyiv Hill, St. Andrew’s Church, and St. Andrew’s Descent.

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Kyiv: 3-Hour City Tour by Foot or Private Vehicle

9. Kyiv: 3-Hour City Tour by Foot or Private Vehicle

See the sights of Kyiv on a 3-hour city tour, either on foot or by private transportation. Learn more about the Slavic tribes of the ancient Kyivan Rus civilization as you explore the city’s wide boulevards and beautiful parks. Marvel at the different architectural styles at monuments such as the Golden Gate, Kyiv Opera House and St. Sophia’s Cathedral. Admire the colorful façade of Vladimirskiy Cathedral and the golden domes of Mykhailivsky Zolotoverkhiy Monastery. Discover the site of a Soviet necropolis at Mariinskiy Park and look at the Monument to Bohdan Khmelnytskyi on Sophia Square. Pass the landscaped gardens of Shevchenko Park and get a feel for everyday life at Bessarabskiy Market. Go to Independence Square, where many political rallies have been held since the start of the independence movement in 1990. Visit the residence of the President of Ukraine and many other government and religious buildings.

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Kyiv: Small-Group Highlights of the City Tour

10. Kyiv: Small-Group Highlights of the City Tour

Starting with a hotel pick-up, start your fascinating 3-hour small-group tour of Kyiv. During this tour, you will discover the most popular travel attractions of the city and learn interesting facts from your local guide. Kyiv is a city that harmoniously combines centuries-old history with the modern way of life. You will see an elegant building of the National Opera and Ballet Theater and an impressive main building of the Shevchenko University. Then, you’ll visit the splendid St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral, famous for its beautiful interior. Your guide will show you the relics of St. Barbara that are housed there. Then, explore the ancient Golden Gates, surrounded by a cozy park. Not far from it, there is a UNESCO-listed St. Sofia Cathedral and a monument to B. Khmelnitskiy.  You'll then see the Arc of Friendship situated in the Kreschatiy Park and admire a stunning view of the Dnieper River.  Finally, you’ll walk through the central part of Kyiv – Kreschatik Street and Maidan Nezalezhnosti. This tour is perfect for the first-time visitors of Kyiv as it gives a complete overview of the most popular travel attractions. At the end of the tour, your guide will give you tips about some good places for shopping and places to eat where you can try the best of the national cuisine!

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What people are saying about Saint Sophia's Cathedral

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 41 reviews

We got to see the most beautiful sights in Kiev. Due to traffic problems, we were late arriving from the airport but, still, the tour guide Elena and the driver were quite efficient and we managed to see almost everything in a very short time. Alex from Argotour was good at communicating and working with us to reorganize things at the last minute.

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!

Excellent tour of Kiev! My guide Slava was absolutely delightful. I learned so much about the city and it was a great afternoon. Highly recommended!

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