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Kyiv: Dnipro River Boat Cruise & Private Podil Walking Tour

1. Kyiv: Dnipro River Boat Cruise & Private Podil Walking Tour

Meet your local guide at Poshtova Square and enjoy a combined walking tour of Podil followed by a 1-hour panoramic Dnipro River cruise.  Discover attractions of Podil such as Kyiv Funicular during the walking part of the tour. Pass by Kontraktova Square with a Ferris Wheel, Andriivsky Descent, and Samson Fountain. Experience Podil neighborhood which is a harmonious blend of rich history and modern vibe. It’s a popular place for citizens of Kyiv and its guests. Return to Poshtova Square after the walking tour and board a panoramic cruise boat for a 1-hour river ride. Sail along the Dnipro River, discover famous riverfront landmarks of the city, including the Arch of Friendship, Vydubitsky Monastery, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, and Mother Motherland Statue.  Pass by Trukhaniv Island and Hydropark and glide under Pedestrian and Metro Bridges. Listen to the stories and facts your guide can share about the city.  Finish the tour, once the boat returns to the River Station.

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Kyiv: Private City Sightseeing Tour by Car

2. Kyiv: Private City Sightseeing Tour by Car

If you have only one day to visit Kyiv, or even if you have only a couple of hours, this tour is ideal for you. Your guide will meet you at the airport or your accommodation and drive you to the city center in a comfortable car or minivan. The detailed program and schedule of the tour may be agreed upon with the guide before the journey so that you can be sure that you'll see everything that you are most interested in. Hear the fascinating stories about the Ukrainian capital and see the magnificent Dnieper river and golden domes of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra monastery. Visit St. Sophia Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have a thousand-year view of the ancient city and its symbols: Golden Gates, St Volodymyr’s Cathedral, Besarabsky Market, European Square, old Podil. See the aristocratic mansions and memorable historical places. 

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Kyiv: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Transport

3. Kyiv: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Transport

This 3-hour private tour of Kyiv provides a good opportunity to see all the most important sights of Kyiv with a private guide in a comfortable car. Cover all the city sights in a time frame that would be impossible by walking. Whether it is your first time in the city, or you are simply short of time, you will get a comprehensive overview of the city with a professional guide who knows and loves Kyiv. Travel back more than 1,500 years to the city’s birth and discover landmarks that represent Kyiv through the ages. Go to Old Kyiv Hill, where the city originated. Visit the famous Golden Gate, the former gateway to the fortress city. Peek inside St. Sophia Cathedral with its onion-dome roof, and St. Vladimir Cathedral (St. Volodymyr's Cathedral), the mother cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. See the churches of St. Andrew and St. Michael, the monastery of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, also known as the Kyiv Monastery of the Caves. Admire the temples of Podil and the aristocratic mansions of the Pechersk district. Walk through the historic city center and learn about its humble origins dating back to the 9th century, making it one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe.

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Kyiv: Private Dnipro River Guided Boat Tour

4. Kyiv: Private Dnipro River Guided Boat Tour

Take a joyful private Dnipro River boat trip and contemplate picturesque waterfront sceneries in the company of a friendly local guide. No trip to Kyiv in the summertime will be complete without this tour. Once your driver picks you up from your hotel, you’ll arrive to the river station where the boat cruise will begin. The Dnipro River is without a doubt one of the symbols of Kyiv. It divides the city into the right and left banks, and you will also pass two large islands along the route – Truhaniv Island and Hydropark. Moreover, you will glide under several bridges and discover interesting facts about them. Parkovy Pedestrian Bridge will appear first on the waterway. It connects Podil district with a famous recreation zone of Trukhaniv Island. Next, the boat will continue gliding under the Metro Bridge. Built in 1965, it was the first bridge in Kyiv that had a metro line and a highway. After that, you’ll see a legendary Paton Bridge on the water route. Built in 1953, it is the oldest and the longest bridge in Kyiv. Being over 1500 meters long, Paton Bridge was the longest welded bridge at that time. Besides the bridges, you will contemplate such waterfront Kyiv attractions as an imposing statue of Mother Motherland, the People’s Friendship Arch in Kreschatyi Park and a breathtaking ensemble of the UNESCO listed Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. A beautiful panorama of the right bank of Kyiv covered with green trees will definitely hypnotize you. An amazing tour along the Dnipro River will bring you unforgettable impressions. When the tour is over and the boat returns to the river station, you will have some free time in the city.

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Kyiv: Private Mystical Podil Walking Tour

5. Kyiv: Private Mystical Podil Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour geared toward those interested in the stories and legends of Kyiv. Gain a better understanding of how Kyiv beautifully combines a dark side, consisting of mysterious legends, and a lighter side, such as that found in the cities of early Russ Christianity. In an effort to abandon the classic excursion format, this tour is conducted in an enjoyable pub-crawl format across Podil.  See the St. Andrew’s Church and the inconspicuous house next to it, which is home to many legends. Look into one of the institutions located next to the place where the Holy Doctor once took his patients. Next, marvel at Richard’s Castle and the house of the greatest Kyiv mystic, Mikhail Bulgakov. You will then climb Bald Mountain, taking a walk along Vozdvizhenka and then up the beautiful stairs to the greatest place of power at the foundation of the Church of the Tithes. During the walk, find out why Kyiv witches could fly and how they banished Polish priests from Podil. Hear also stories about werewolves, vampires, chess games with death, and many other well-known and unknown Kyiv legends. Finally, take the opportunity to go through a special ritual on Bald Mountain near the pagan temple, with protective amulets and a bottle of champagne provided — just as the Hussars used to do.

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Kyiv: 3-Hour Andrew Descent & Podil District Tour

6. Kyiv: 3-Hour Andrew Descent & Podil District Tour

One of the oldest streets in the city, connecting Upper Town with Podil (Lower Town), Andrew's Descent was a settlement of merchants and craftsmen and a unique reflection of old Kyiv's lifestyle. Andreyevsky Spusk (English: Andrew's Descent ) is also the city’s most panoramic street. The first settlements were founded there more than 3000 years ago. This street is also known as St. Andrew’s Descent as it leads downhill from old Kyiv Hill to the Lower Town area. The historical name of the descent was Borichev Uzvoz. Uzvoz is Old Russian for the descent. The modern name was provided at the end of the 18th century as St. Andrew’s Church was built there on the order of the Russian Empress Elizabeth.  During this sightseeing tour, you will see St. Andrew's Church, Tithe Church, the Historical Museum, Bulgakov’s relic, the original Richard the Lion Heart Castle, the Fountain of Samson, Kyiv Academy, a lively market for artworks and souvenirs, and many astonishing landscapes. The Podil district is different from the main street Khreschatik which is dominated by the monumental architecture of the Soviet period. A stroll through Podil's narrow, quaint streets will give you a sense of life in old Kyiv. Route: Uptown - St. Andrew’s Church – Art Galleries and Gift Shops - M.Bulgakov Museum - Museum of One Street - Kontraktova Square – Podil.

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Kyiv: 3-Hour Night City Tour

7. Kyiv: 3-Hour Night City Tour

This driving city tour aims to uncover the city at its evening pace with no rush, fewer cars but hundreds of illuminated lights. Take a look at the city when the sun starts to go down and listen to the unknown stories. You will ride through the major landmarks such as Kyiv Pechersk Lavra and the Motherland Monument. Walk through Saint Sophia Square, go through the evening Podil and enjoy the panoramic views at Poshtova Square. The driver and the guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will start the journey. The pick-up and drop-off location will be from your hotel within the city center, please specify when booking.

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Kyiv: 3-Hour Podil District Private Walking Tour

8. Kyiv: 3-Hour Podil District Private Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the foot of St. Andrew's Church at the top of Andriivs'kyi descent and start a joyful 3-hour walking tour of Podil – both ancient and modern at the same time. Podil is one of the oldest areas in Kyiv that will impress you with magnificent churches, fascinating monuments, and inner patios. Moreover, Podil is well-known as the center of trade and commerce. Discover many interesting facts about the history and present-day of these places from your private local guide.   On Kontraktova Square, you will find such worthwhile attractions as the Monument to Hetman P. Sahaidachniy and the monument of the Ukrainian philosopher G. Skovoroda. Moreover, one of the most prestigious Ukrainian universities – the Kyiv Mohyla Academy, founded in 1659, is located here. You will also visit one of the most significant Orthodox churches of Kyiv, Florovsky Convent, founded in the 16th century. This place will amaze you with its peaceful atmosphere and perplexing history. Discover the Madonna Pyrogoshcha Dormition Church, which was ruined during Soviet rule and rebuilt at the end of the 20th century. Then, walking through the picturesque and vivid Sagaidachnogo Street, you will enter Poshtova Square, where you will admire the Church of the Nativity of Christ. Moreover, the most engaging places situated on Poshtova Square are Kyiv River Station and Kyiv Funicular. In the summertime, there is a beautiful fountain operating on Poshtova Square. At the end of the tour, you may either ride the funicular and get to the Upper Town or stay at Podil and visit one of the cozy cafés near the Dnieper River.

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Kyiv: 3-Hour Jewish Community Tour

9. Kyiv: 3-Hour Jewish Community Tour

Visit Lvivska Square in upper Kyiv, the site of the Jewish Gate and learn about Jewish life in medieval Kyiv. Follow the way from Lukyanovka to Baby Yar Ravine. Visit a bronze monument to victims of the Holocaust. This monument was built in 1976 just after President Nixon’s (37th President of the US) visited Baby Yar. The Soviet-era monument at Baby Yar is comprised of 11 sculptures two of which are especially moving. One depicts a mother with her baby at her breast while her hands are tied, symbolizing Ukraine being enslaved by the Nazis and the other a granddaughter mourning over her dead grandfather. Other monuments at Baby Yar are more recently such as Menorah (1991) and a children’s monument (2001). The bronze Menorah depicts Abraham, Isaak and a human procession. Its inauguration ceremony was attended by President Bush’s brother in 1991. The children’s monument was built to remember the 15,000 children and babies killed by the Nazis at Baby Yar during WWII. Next visit Podil (lower Kyiv) where Jews lived in the olden days and its synagogues from the late 19th century. The aristocratic Lipki area has a few lovely mansions built by wealthy Jews just next to the tsar’s palace. Now, these mansions are used mostly by Ukrainian authorities. Finally, visit Choral Brodsky Synagogue (1898) and the adjacent area. Golda Meir and Sholom Aleichem once lived here. Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of Labor and Foreign Minister. Visit Solom Aleichem Museum to learn about his Ukrainian birthplace in Pereyaslav and members of his family. Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich, better known under his pen name Sholem Aleichem (March 2 [O.S. February 18] 1859 – May 13, 1916), was a leading Yiddish author and playwright. See the Golda Meir memorial plague and the Solom Aleichem statue. Also, visit the Bessarabsky roofed market (1911) built by Brodsku’s money. To see objects of Jewish worship such as silver, Torah crowns, shields, pointers, etc. (18th to 19th centuries ) visit the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine.

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Kyiv: Podil District Walking Tour

10. Kyiv: Podil District Walking Tour

Meet your guide and discover the historic creative district of Podil, in the center of Kyiv. Hear about the history of the district which dates back to the Middle Ages, when it was a hub for merchants, traders, and artisans. Today, explore the administrative, business, and creative hub of the city. Visit notable sites such as Kontraktova Square, Samson Fountain, Contracts House, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Pyrohoshcha Church, Pokrova Church, and the Florivskyi Monastery. Wander down Sahaidachnyi Street and along the Dnieper river, and enjoy fantastic views of the entire city.

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What people are saying about Podil

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Our tour guide Yana was super pleasant girl. She shared a lot if interesting and funny stories and showed us very fine places. Drinks should be emphasized tho! :) Highly recommended! With love from Tbilisi

Very open minded guide Anna. Got an interesting tour of the old city, an a crash course of Ukrain history :)

Very very interesting and informative tour! Super personable guide! Great, highly recommended!

Very nice walking tour around this old part of Kyiv. Quite a long walk but plenty to see.