Kyiv is the capital and most advanced city of Ukraine. However, in this tour you will see not only its current appearance, but also historical one: ancient – since the founding of the city and the Kyivan Rus in general, and recent – 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Besides, you have Chornobyl ahead of you – a place where history has literally frozen.
What you are going to see:
- St. Andrew’s Descent;
- St. Sophia of Kyiv Cathedral (UNESCO);
- the Golden Gate;
- the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square);
- Kyivan Rus park;
- Chornobyl and Prypiat;
- The secret Soviet radar Duga (The Arc).
Upon arrival to Kyiv an individual transfer to the hotel Park Inn (Silver package) or 11 Mirrors (Gold package) awaits you. After checking into the hotel, you will go to dinner at the restaurant Kureni. The restaurant is stylized as a small ancient village: Zaporizhian Cossacks called small villages where each inhabitant knew each other ‘kureni’. Kureni specializes in traditional Ukrainian cuisine.
After dinner, a private transfer to the hotel awaits you.Day 2:
After breakfast at the hotel you will enjoy a private sightseeing tour of Kyiv in a comfortable business class car. You will see the most interesting architectural sights of the city, as well as the beauty of its nature – a variety of green parks and the majestic Dnipro.
Also you will visit the Golden Gate and Sofia Kyivska, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, walk along Khreshchatyk and see Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square).
And after the tour you will go for lunch to the restaurant Ostannia Barykada (The Last Barricade) of the famous Ukrainian restaurateur Dima Borysov. It is a gastronomic and cultural space, where you can taste national dishes, listen to folk songs and help yourselves of drink from the first Ukrainian bar (infusions, liquors), enjoy performers playing bandura, reading poems and presenting books.
After lunch, you have free time.Day 3:
After breakfast at the hotel, you are waited by one of the most popular tourist destinations of Ukraine – Chornobyl.
In the tour you will see the city of Prypiat, the Ferris wheel, a kindergarten, a school, the city swimming pool, a marina with a flooded berth, a police station with a pre-trial detention centre and the building of the City Executive Committee, abandoned by residents more than a quarter of a century ago.
You’ll see the abandoned villages of Zalissia and Kopachi and the decontaminated Red Forest.
You will also visit the first emergency response headquarters, the hotel Polesie, where there was an observation point to adjust helicopter operations over the ruins of 4th reactor, the hospital that received the first victims of the accident and its liquidation. And, of course, the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant itself: you will see the memorial near the administrative building, the sarcophagus (observation deck), feed catfish (if season allows), and also visit the secret Soviet radar Duga (the Arc).
You will walk through the city of Chornobyl, where you will see an exhibition of equipment and robots involved in the elimination of the accident.
During the break of the tour, you will have the most unusual lunch of your life – in the canteen of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
After the excursion you will return to the hotel in Kyiv.Day 4:
After breakfast at the hotel you will go on a walking tour of Podil and Andriivskyi Uzviz (St. Andrew’s descent). This is one of the oldest streets in Eastern Europe. Artists, photographers, craftsmen and souvenir sellers are settled down on Andriivskyi Uzviz. Many famous scientists, writers, composers, sculptors and artists lived and worked here. Now Andriivskyi Uzviz is a museum street. Theatres, art galleries and exhibitions work here.
St. Andrew’s Descent is one of the most picturesque streets of Kyiv, which is figuratively called the “Kyiv Montmartre”. It was even a cooperation agreement signed between the French Republic Montmartre syndicate and Kyiv non-governmental organization “Initiative for St. Andrew’s Passage”. Since then, the grapes from Montmartre have been growing on St. Andrew’s Descent, and a mini-copy of the fairy-tale cat from the Landscape Alley has been installed in the most popular area of Paris.
After the walk, you’ll have lunch at the restaurant Kanapa.
Kanapa is a joint project of Ukrainian restaurateur Dima Borysov and Oleh Skrypka, frontman of the Ukrainian band VV. Kanapa is a new Ukrainian cuisine on an old Ukrainian street. The restaurant is housed in a wooden building of the XIX century, near the house where the great Ukrainian writer Mykhailo Bulgakov lived and worked.
After lunch, you will have some free time.Day 5:
After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel through time to ancient Kyiv, to Kyivan Rus park.
This project recreated the cultural and architectural images of Kyivan Rus of 5-13th centuries. Ancient Kyiv for Eastern Europe is like Rome for Western one. These ancient cities are considered to be the starting points for the development of entire civilizations. There are horse-trick theatre, competitions in ancient martial arts, tournaments of foot and horse archers and other similar bright shows in Kyivan Rus park every weekend.
After the tour, you will have lunch in a picturesque restaurant in Kyivan Rus park.
After lunch, you will head off to a hotel in Kyiv.Day 6:
Your journey to Kyiv has come to an end. After breakfast at the hotel, you will get an individual transfer to the airport and a flight home.