Excursions and tours in Kiev and Ukraine
It’s a well known fact that Kyiv is the most beautiful and an extremely green city in Europe. Firstly, its parks are amazing because of the variety of flowers and trees. Secondly, the number of lakes and rivers is incredible. In addition, the capital of Ukraine is famous not only for its stunning nature, Kyiv is the cradle of the ancient Russian state of Kyiv Rus. It’s not a surprise that Kyiv is a historical and cultural heart of Ukraine.
On the territory of Kyiv there are many historical monuments, museums and even more installations and cultural spots.
We will show you Ukraine and its capital from the perspective that you are interested in. If you are fond of churches and monasteries, we will arrange a tour around the main shrines of Ukraine. If you want to know more about the traditions and culture of the people, we will take you to national parks and museums.
The advantage of touring with us is that you can make up your tour by choosing excursions and trips YOU prefer. The other option is to book a package tour in Kyiv (Ukraine)
1. Kyiv Cable Car
The oldest transport of Kyiv is a cable car which is connecting the upper town with its historical part Podol. For this reason, the underground station “Poshtova ploshcha” and River port are near the cable car station.
It’s noticeable, that this kind of transport is unique and you won’t find anything like it anywhere else.
Though cable car is not fast and modern but it’s a living reminder of how Ukrainians lived before.
2. Saint Sophia’s Cathedral
Included in the World Heritage Site, Saint Sophia’s Cathedral is Kyiv oldest surviving church that has architecture and ornamentation dating back to the 1000s.
It is remarkable that it is one of the Ukraine’s Seven Wonders.
The cathedral famous for its 13 golden domes, was built in 1037 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise.
Surprisingly enough, medieval frescos and mosaics that have survived since the cathedral was built are amazing. You keep on walking around the church hearing history talking to you.
By the way, in the monastery nearby there’s a museum showing medieval artefacts from the cathedral and the model of Kiev before Mongols attacked it in 1240.
3. Open Air Museum Of Folk Art and Ukrainian Culture
The largest of the museums in Kyiv with an area of more than 133 hectares was opened in 1976.
Initially, an Open Air Museum of Ukrainian Culture is a huge village with wooden houses brought from all over Ukraine. Here you can get acquainted with the ethnographic and architectural features of every region of Ukraine. Actually, there are ancient houses, water and water mills, a forge, a school, a unique church built with no nails and stunning nature.
Easter, Christmas and other national holidays celebrations take place here. If you are lucky you’ll meet a famous Ukrainian old man playing dulcimer, a national musical instrument.
4. World War 2 Museum
Everyone can see the Motherland Monument from all over the city. They say when the monument was erected its sword was higher than the highest cross of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra so they decided to cut off a part of the sword.
The museum is gigantic, telling the story of the Second World War from Ukraine’s perspective with more than 300,000 objects. Among the exhibits which show the horror of war you can find weapons, maps, uniforms, archive photographs as well as gloves made of human skin in Germany and soap made of human fat.
You’ll see the marble plaques for the city’s 11,600 fallen soldiers and 200 workers, a “Flame of Glory” in a giant bowl surrounded by military hardware from the war.
There is an “Alley of the Hero Cities”, where Soviet cities that offered stiff resistance to Nazi Germany are honored.
5. Russian Drama Theater
Founded in 1926, the theater has many important plays of Russian and Ukrainian drama. Its repertoire consists of plays by famous playwrights such as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Mikhail Bulgakov, Lesya Ukrainka, Lev Tolstoy and others.
Many current movie actors have started their career in the theater. Regarding this most of famous Ukrainian actors act on its stage.
It is noticeable, that all the plays are in Russian which is a great opportunity for Russian learners to watch some and practise their skills.
6.The Kyiv History Museum
The museum was founded by the order of the Council of Ministers of the USSR in 1978. The museum funds contained the items transferred from the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. The first exhibition opened on May 26, 1982 in honour of 1500th anniversary of Kyiv.
At that time the museum had 36,000 original items. Today the museum collection consists of 250,000 exhibits, including archaeological materials, ethnographic collections, a collection of icons, old postcards, household items etc.
Absolutely exciting exhibition is on the top floor of the museum. It’s a wonderful collection of money from different periods of Ukraine
5. State Aviation Museum
Not far from Zhuliany Airport hidden from a tourist path there is an absolute gem of a museum, with lots of Soviet aircraft and missiles on display.
Not only staff are helpful and friendly, but they also do their best to understand your attempts to speak Russian or Ukrainian language.
A must see for anyone visiting Kiev to get the chance to sit at the controls of some of these war veterans. The atmosphere is absolutely amazing. Suddenly you find youself in Soviet times and you can feel the power of the metal birds which surround you.
To sum up, if you are lucky you can even get inside the plane and become a pilot for a few munites.