Ukraine through the Ages: Kyiv and Chernihivshchyna

Duration: 8 days
Location: Kyiv


Kyiv is the capital and the most modern city of Ukraine. But in this tour you will see not only its current appearance, but also its history of XVIII, XIX and XX centuries. In addition, you will see Chornobyl – the place where history has literally frozen. You’ll also see Chernihiv – one of the oldest cities in Ukraine. Here, just 150 km from Kiev, there are unique historical museums, as well as 5 famous churches, built before the Mongol-Tatar invasions. Ancient Chernihiv are numerous temples and monasteries, the Rus and the Cossack Hetmanate, Baroque (Ukrainian and European), Byzantine style, Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau. We present a detailed program on these unforgettable places.

Day 1:

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.

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.

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 to Chernihiv. Chernihiv is an ancient city, first mentioned in 907 as the second largest after Kyiv. It is the northernmost regional centre of the country, from which you can reach the capital in two hours. It occupies the 1st place in the ranking of the most environmentally friendly cities in Ukraine.

World famous monuments of architecture have been preserved here: churches, cathedrals, monastery complexes, unique historical museums, as well as 5 famous churches built before Mongol-Tatar invasions. Ancient Chernihiv is the Rus and the Cossack Hetmanate, Baroque (Ukrainian and European), Byzantine style, Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau.

An animated theatrical excursion is waiting for you with a visit to the most historical place – Chernihiv Rampart (Chernihivskyi Dytynets), Antony’s caves, famous temples, cathedrals and palaces. On ancient Rampart you will be met by a real ghost – monk Onufriy. He will guide you through all the mystical places of the legendary Chernihiv.

And after a meaningful tour, you’ll have lunch at the restaurant Khriak (Boar).

Khriak is a restaurant with an extraordinary meat menu and a large selection of beers from its own brewery. The name Khriak has its own history. The designer was invited to decorate the interior and create his own entourage. He was mailed photographs of the interior, while the name of the future restaurant was just nurtured. A few days later he offered to name the restaurant Khriak after its ‘owner’. It turns out that one of the pictures clearly showed the silhouette of a man with a pig’s head.

It turned out that the photographer took one of the pictures of a ghost living in the house. Naturally, no one was against it. It may be just a beautiful legend to attract clients, but many visitors and staff sometimes note that they are not alone at tables.

After you’ve eaten up, you’ll go to the village of Brech, which is an hour and a half drive from Chernihiv. You will find yourself in the hotel complex Brech, which is one of the top 10 European breeders of Hanoverian horses. Brech is the largest and cosiest hotel and entertainment complex in Ukraine, located in a picturesque, ecologically clean place among pine forests. There is a lot of entertainment: hunting and fishing, riding ATVs or bicycles, walks on a carriage, individual riding lessons under the guidance of professional trainers, etc. After settlement you will have free time.

Day 5:

Horseback riding and other activities to your liking await you after breakfast. And after an active rest, you can lunch at the restaurant Silver, a place filled with the romance of sea travel and pirate adventures, where European cuisine is served.

Then you’ll go to Sokolynyi Khutir (Falcon Hamlet) in Petrushivka village. Sokolynyi Khutir is a pearl of Ukrainian Polesie, with deep history, national colour and picturesque nature. Here you will be greeted with bread and salt as the dearest guests – according to the ancient Ukrainian tradition. You can stay in nine manors in the traditions of the end of XVIII – beginning of XX centuries, as well as in exclusive rooms with 150-years-history. These are two ethnographic estates that have preserved the colour and authenticity of centuries, but are equipped with all the necessary amenities.

After checking-in you will be taken by carriage to the palace and park complex Kachanivka, where a small private museum operates. It shows the history of the region from the period of Tripoli culture to the Second World War. You will have dinner on the hamlet in a tavern with exquisite Ukrainian Cossack dishes, cooked according to ancient recipes from fresh homemade products.

Day 6:

After breakfast, a Cossack bath, performances of the Cossack horse theatre, master classes on blacksmithing, pottery, gastronomic master classes on cooking traditional Ukrainian dishes are waiting for you in the complex. And all this is saturated with national colour.

After lunch it’s time to go back to Kyiv. Accommodation at the hotel Park Inn (Silver package) or 11 Mirrors (Gold package).

Day 7:

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.

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 8:

After a traditional breakfast at the hotel, you will head to the airport.

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