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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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Kyiv: Customized Private Tour

3. 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: Pechersk Lavra Monastery Private Tour

4. Kyiv: Pechersk Lavra Monastery Private Tour

Explore one of the most famous attractions in Kyiv at a time to suit you on a private guided tour of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Monastery complex, founded in the 10th century by monks to help spread Christianity. Learn more about the main monuments of the complex, now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear about the underground living quarters of the Near Caves and Far Caves. See the Classical style Church of the Saviour at Berestove and the Gate Church of the Trinity atop the Holy Gates. Marvel at the highest bell tower in Ukraine at the Great Lavra Belfry and admire the golden domes of the restored Dormition Cathedral. Get stunning views of the city on the banks of the Dnipro River and upgrade your experience with a visit to the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine and the Mykola Siadrystyi Micro Miniatures Museum.

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Kyiv: Private City Bike Tour

5. Kyiv: Private City Bike Tour

Once your driver picks you up at your hotel and takes you to the starting point of the tour, your fascinating private bike trip will start. The bike route goes along the separate cycling path in the park zone, allowing you to avoid the traffic. The first attraction you are going to see is an elegant Mariinsky Palace, situated in the cozy Mariinsky Park. The tour continues to the observation deck in Khreschatyi Park. You will pass Love Bridge, where couples in love put locks as a manifest of their feelings. Moreover, you will see a fairytale-like building of the Puppet Theater that is reminiscent of Disney's Castle. Continue your adventure by crossing the Dnieper River through the picturesque Pedestrian Bridge and enter a spacious recreation zone of Trukhaniv Island. A stunning view of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra opens from that point. Enjoy cycling the winding paths of the island with beautiful nature around you. After the end of the tour, your driver will take you back to your hotel. This bike tour is an excellent way to spend time in Kyiv in a healthy and joyful way.

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Kyiv: Private Guided Helicopter Tour

6. Kyiv: Private Guided Helicopter Tour

Your tour starts with private pickup from your hotel or apartment in the city center. From there your driver will take you to the helicopter pad located in the park zone of Hydropark Island. Following some short safety guidance, you’ll board your helicopter together with your guide to begin your breathtaking experience. There are three options for this tour, which consist of a standard 12-minute flight, or extended 24 or 42-minute flights. During the standard flight over the Dnipro River, you’ll enjoy aerial views of the city's main attractions. These include Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, the Mother Motherland Statue, the Arch of Friendship, and the Pedestrian Bridge. The extended 25 and 42-minute flights include all of the sights mentioned above, as well as a bird’s-eye-view of the Mezhyhirya Residence. At the conclusion of your scenic flight, you'll return back to the ground before being taken back to your accommodation by your guide.

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Kyiv: Dnipro River Boat Cruise & Private Podil Walking Tour

7. Kyiv: Dnipro River Boat Cruise & Private Podil Walking Tour

Meet your local guide at Poshtova Square and enjoy a combined walking tour of Podil followed by a 1-hour panoramic Dnipro River cruise.  Discover attractions of Podil such as Kyiv Funicular during the walking part of the tour. Pass by Kontraktova Square with a Ferris Wheel, Andriivsky Descent, and Samson Fountain. Experience Podil neighborhood which is a harmonious blend of rich history and modern vibe. It’s a popular place for citizens of Kyiv and its guests. Return to Poshtova Square after the walking tour and board a panoramic cruise boat for a 1-hour river ride. Sail along the Dnipro River, discover famous riverfront landmarks of the city, including the Arch of Friendship, Vydubitsky Monastery, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, and Mother Motherland Statue.  Pass by Trukhaniv Island and Hydropark and glide under Pedestrian and Metro Bridges. Listen to the stories and facts your guide can share about the city.  Finish the tour, once the boat returns to the River Station.

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Kyiv: City Exploration and Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Tour

8. Kyiv: City Exploration and Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Tour

Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing trip around the city and a visit to Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. Visit a beautiful park, named after Taras Shevchenko, and the main building of Kyiv University. One of the greatest architectural monuments, Saint Volodymyr’s Cathedral, is located nearby. Enjoy the beauty of the National Opera and Ballet Theater and discover interesting facts about one of the most recognizable symbols of Kyiv – the Golden Gates. Take a short walk to the heart of the city, Saint Sophia Square, where the UNESCO-listed Saint Sophia Cathedral faces the incredible Saint Michael’s Monastery. Wander around the most charming street, Andreevsky Descent. Admire the stunning architecture, including the famous Saint Andrew’s Church and an open-air souvenir market. Check out the central Khreschatyk Street and Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square, favorite places among tourists and locals. During the second part of the tour, visit Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. The unique monastery complex and the historical-cultural sanctuary are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a comprehensive tour of the lavra and visit the most significant places, including an ancient cave monastery founded in the 11th century. Enjoy picturesque views from the observation deck.

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Kyiv: Private City Sightseeing Tour by Car

9. 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

10. 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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What people are saying about Kiev Pechersk Lavra

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 124 reviews

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!

Interesting tour, the guide was very professional and informed and had an answer to every question. The cave monasteries are a must when visiting Kiev.

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.