Private tour

Kyiv: St Andrew's Church & Museum of the History of Ukraine

Kyiv: St Andrew's Church & Museum of the History of Ukraine

From £51.54 per group up to 3

Explore the history of Ukraine by visiting the National Museum of the History of Ukraine and the famous Saint Andrew's Church.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Ukrainian, English, German, Russian
Pickup included
You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel or accommodation in Kyiv.
Private group


  • Enjoy the company of a private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Get a great overview and history of the city
  • Experience the beautiful architecture of St. Andrew's Church
Full description

Saint Andrew’s Church was built by architect Rastrelli in 1767. Its original icon-stasis has survived. It has a crimson color (art historians define it as “wild strawberry red”) as Empress Elizabeth wished it.  The interior, as well as exterior of St. Andrew’s, was designed by Italian architect Rastrelli. He also built the famous Winter Palace (or Hermitage) in St. Petersburg. Originally, St. Andrew’s was built with tiles on its roof. Both tiles and bricks of St. Andrew’s were made in Kyiv by Italian workers. St. Andrew’s is supported by a two-level building below. It was used to accommodate three more churches, St. Zachariah, St. Elizabeth and St. Sergius of Radonezh.            The tour of the National Museum of History of Ukraine will cover all highlights starting with its mammoth and Greek heritage  Further exhibits are on the lifestyle of nomadic tribes in the steppes of Ukraine, illustrating how true was the description of their customs by Herodotus. Most interesting is the history of Scythians and Sarmatians and their contacts with ancient Greeks. Next, exhibits will illustrate the history of Kyivan Rus, the introduction of Christianity “by sword and fire” in 988, and the Mongol-Tatar invasion 1240. Next door in the scale model of the oldest school of higher learning in Ukraine known as Peter Mohila academy and numerous exhibits showing cultural development of Ukrainians in the 17th-18th centuries including a Baroque-style coach presented as a gift to Kyiv archbishop by Empress Elizabeth. Other exhibits include the Poltava Battle and the embellishment of the Cossack dome by Catherine II. Next are exhibits on the 19th-century history of Ukraine. You will have the option of visiting the collections of magnificent crystal objects produced by the Kyiv factory and Ukrainian coins and banknotes. 

  • Private guided tour
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation by private car or by minivan or minibus (except for walking tour)
  • Please note the operating hours of Sunday - Monday from 10am till 5pm for your visit to the Museum of the History of Ukraine
  • Entrance fees for you and your guid to the museum (about $2 USD per person)
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation in case of walking tour
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel
  • In this case confirmation will be received within 24 hours, and is subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Entrance fees, food, drinks and your guide to the museum (about $2 USD per person) are not included
  • Please note the operating hours of Sunday - Monday from 10 am till 5 pm for your visit to the Museum of the History of Ukraine
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