Day 1: Arrival to Kiev. Welcome to Kiev! We will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel. This evening is saved for you to rest, but your hotel is in the very heart of the city, so you can explore the surrounding area, if you are not tired.
Day 2: St. Sofia and Kiev-Pechorskaya Lavra
Kiev is one of the oldest cities of the ancient Russ' and its two most famous landmarks are both almost one millennium old - St. Cathedral and the Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra. Both sights are religious complexes and both of them are in the list of World Heritage Sites. We will spend this day exploring these wonderful places in-depth. For this evening, we have planned a dinner with a folk show. St. Sofia Cathedral: St. Sofia Cathedral (1037 AD) is an outstanding architectural monument of Kievan Rus'. Originally the cathedral was a burial place of the Kievan rulers, but after the pillaging of Kiev dukes of Vladimir-Suzdal in 1169 and then by the Mongols in 1240, the cathedral fell into disrepair.
The Soviet rules called for destruction of the cathedral, but thanks to the efforts of scientists and historians, this national heritage has been preserved. Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra: Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra was the center of Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe for many centuries, until the seat of Russian Orthodox Church was moved to the Novodevichiy Convent in Moscow. The Kiev Pechersk Lavra contains numerous architectural monuments, ranging from belltowers to cathedrals, from underground cave systems to strong fortification walls. Lavra is aslo the burrial place of many of the rules of the ancient Russ. Today, it is one of the largest museums in Kiev.
Day 3: Andreevsky Izviz. Today we will explore the "Old Kiev" - the Andreevsky Descent Street. Andreevsky Izviz is one of the best known historic streets and a major tourist attraction in Kiev that is often compared to the Montmartre. Some of the Kiev's most interesting historica sights can be found here, including the Castle of Richard Lionheart; the St Andrew's Church; Mikhail Bulgakov's house. The street also has a galore of gift shops and art galleries, great restaurants and museums, making it popular among the locals and the tourists alike.
Day 4: Free Day and Maidan Nezalejnosti. This is a free day in the city. We recommend you to visit Maidan Nezalejnosti - the central city square and the site of the recent "Orange Revolution". If you would like guided services for this day or to arrange a special program, please ask your tour manager.
Day 5: Departure. This is the last day of your tour. Your driver will take you to the airport or the train station depending on your next destination.
Note: If you are interest in our extension to southern Ukraine, to Simferopol and the Crimea, please ask your tour manager.
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