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  • Kiev: 6-Hour Private Sightseeing Highlights Tour

    1. Kiev: 6-Hour Private Sightseeing Highlights Tour

    Enjoy a Kiev city tour as the first part of your 6-hour tour. See the most interesting sights of the city, including the Golden Gate, Vladimirskiy Cathedral, St. Michael’s Square, St. Michael’s Domed Monastery, Bessarabskiy Market, the Kiev Funicular, Post Office Square, St. Alexander’s Catholic Church and Mariinskiy Park and Palace. Stop to enjoy lunch at a Ukrainian restaurant (cost not included). After lunch head to the hill where St. Andrew’s Church is situated and begin the second part of the tour. Travel by metro to the Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the Kiev Metro and visit the deepest metro station in the world, at 346 feet.

    We got to see the most beautiful sights in Kiev. Due to traffic problems, we were late arriving from the airport but, still, the tour guide Elena and the driver were quite efficient and we managed to see almost everything in a very short time. Alex from Argotour was good at communicating and working with us to reorganize things at the last minute.

  • Kiev: Ancient Kiev Private Walking Tour

    2. Kiev: Ancient Kiev Private Walking Tour

    Discover Kiev, the capital of Ukraine and one of the world's most beautiful cities, scenically spread along the banks of the river Dnipro. Kiev traces its roots back to ancient time with a history spanning 1,500 years.   On this tour, visit the Volodymyr Cathedral, the red building of the University of Saint Volodymyr, the Golden Gate, the former KGB building, Sofia's Square and Saint Sophia Cathedral, the monument to Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Michael Square and Michael Monastery with the renewed Michael's Cathedral. See the Princess Olga Monument, Old Kiev Mountain, the first palaces and the first stone church.   You will also see Andrew's Church, the old lime tree, the pagan idol temple, and the landscape alley, as well as the monument to Gogol's nose and the monument of the most famous Ukrainian literary characters. Learn about the history of Kiev, and the medieval empire of the Kievan Rus ...

  • Kiev in 180 Minutes City Sightseeing Private Tour by Auto

    3. Kiev in 180 Minutes City Sightseeing Private Tour by Auto

    If you have only one day to visit Kiev, or even if you have only 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 centre in a comfortable car or minivan. The detailed program and schedule of the tour may be agreed 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 Kiev-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. 

  • Kiev: St. Sophia Cathedral and St. Michael’s Monastery

    4. Kiev: St. Sophia Cathedral and St. Michael’s Monastery

    Meet your guide in front of the main entrance to St. Sophia Cathedral to begin your fascinating tour, where you will learn about the history and culture of Ukraine. The cathedral was built in the 11th century, and was the first site in Ukraine to gain UNESCO heritage status. This city symbol is a cradle of Slavic culture and attracts travelers from all over the world. See authentic frescoes and mosaics from the 11th century and a 6-meter Virgin Orans in the main altar of the cathedral. Learn about the Kievan Rus and east Slavic culture before heading to the top of the Bell tower to admire the view of the Sofiivska square and its Monument to B. Khmelnitsky. You may also visit the House of Metropolitan, where temporary exhibitions are held. During the second part of the tour, you guide will show you the splendid St. Michael’s Monastery. Discover the Princess Olga Monument, with statues ...

  • Kiev: Customized Private Tour

    5. Kiev: Customized Private Tour

    If you want to get the maximum out pf your visit to Kiev in one day, this customized private tour is an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the city and visit the most significant tourist attractions. This tailor-made tour has a lot of advantages as the program and the duration of the tour are flexible. You may choose any attractions you’d like to visit and modify the duration according to your schedule. It is possible to start the tour either from the airport or from your hotel. An experienced guide and a comfortable vehicle will make your tour enjoyable and relaxing. Kiev has boundless possibilities for delightful pastimes. You might want to visit the most famous and stunning tourist spots. Your knowledgeable guide will show you St. Sophia Cathedral, the Golden Gates and Kiev Pechersk Lavra, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can visit an ancient Cave Monas...

    Excellent tour guide. Very knowlegable. Good insights also into recent Ukrainian history

  • Kiev: 3-Hour Private Transport Sightseeing Tour

    6. Kiev: 3-Hour Private Transport Sightseeing Tour

    This 3-hour private tour of Kiev provides a good opportunity to see all the most important sights of Kiev 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 Kiev. Travel back more than 1,500 years to the city’s birth and discover landmarks that represent Kiev through the ages. Go to Old Kiev 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), mother cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. See the churches of St. Andrew and St. Michael, the monastery of Kiev Pechersk Lavra, also...

  • Kiev: City Discovery Game

    7. Kiev: City Discovery Game

    Imagine an outdoor escape room where you can discover Kiev's history and hidden secrets using just your phone. Solve riddles to unlock stories, information and local recommendations as you explore the city in an unconventional manner. Begin your challenge at the Golden Gates of Kiev and solve your first riddle in order to advance to the next location. You'll have to solve a total of 13 riddles in order to discover highlights such as The Square of Maidan and the gorgeous St.Sophia Cathedral, as well as street art, mysterious birds and a novel hedgehog statue. Discover spots in Kyiv that most locals don’t even know and see the most popular sights from a different angle, learning about fascinating local history, legends and curious statues that will bring the city of Kiev to life for you. 

    great tour, nicely put together by including local sights and statues. need internet connection to do the tour

  • Kiev: Ancient Kiev Walking Tour

    8. Kiev: Ancient Kiev Walking Tour

    Discover the history of Medieval Kiev on a guided walking tour of Ukraine's capital city. Discover the city's role in global history, why it was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit Saint Sophia’s Cathedral, the oldest surviving church in the city.  During your tour, admire the city's Byzantine and Baroque-style architecture. In the Podol neighborhood, discover the beauty and grace of this glorious city. In the company of your local guide, you will visit sights such as St. Vladimir's Cathedral, the Golden Gate, St. Michael's Cathedral, Ancient Kyiv Hill, St. Andrew’s Church, and St. Andrew’s Descent.

  • Kiev 3-Hour City Tour by Foot or Private Vehicle

    9. Kiev 3-Hour City Tour by Foot or Private Vehicle

    See the sights of Kiev on a 3-hour city tour, either on foot or by private transportation. Learn more about the Slavic tribes of the ancient Kievan Rus civilization as you explore the city’s wide boulevards and beautiful parks. Marvel at the different architectural styles at monuments such as the Golden Gate, Kiev Opera House and St. Sophia’s Cathedral. Admire the colorful façade of Vladimirskiy Cathedral and the golden domes of Mykhailivsky Zolotoverkhiy Monastery. Discover the site of a Soviet necropolis at Mariinskiy Park and look at the Monument to Bohdan Khmelnytskiy on Sophia Square. Pass the landscaped gardens of Shevchenko Park and get a feel for everyday life at Bessarabskiy Market. Go to Independence Square, where many political rallies have been held since the start of the independence movement in 1990. Visit the residence of the President of Ukraine and many other governmen...

    Fantastic tour. Guide and driver were brilliant, knowledge from Guide was second to none and very honest. Can't recommend highly enough

  • Saint Sophia Cathedral and Golden Gate Kiev Tour

    10. Saint Sophia Cathedral and Golden Gate Kiev Tour

    Kiev’s oldest standing church, St. Sophia was built to commemorate the site of a victory of Kievan Rus over the Pechenegs (Asian nomadic tribes) and the glorify Christianity. It was named after the famous St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Constantinople. This majestic 13-cupola sanctuary adjoined Yaroslav’s Palace and become a holy place of worship for Kievites as well as a political and cultural center. You will meet with an interior of rich frescoes and mosaics, many of which are still intact almost a millennium later, the cathedral made a huge impression on the ordinary worshippers of Kiev. The azure and while Bell Tower is 76 m high. The cathedral’s upper Ukrainian Baroque section and gilded cupola were added in 1852. The 18th century refectory houses a museum and contains archaeological artefacts and architectural displays, such as models depicting Kyiv as it looked before being by Mongol ...

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What people are saying about Saint Sophia's Cathedral

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 65 reviews

I made my full day visit of Kiev yesterday with Taya. In addition to the history and the discovery of the different sites, she taught me a lot about the Ukrainian culture, the way of life, the languages...and all this in a passionate way. I highly recommend it! Thank you Taya! I also recommend to do it by walk, a few kilometers but much better considering the heavy trafic.

We got to see the most beautiful sights in Kiev. Due to traffic problems, we were late arriving from the airport but, still, the tour guide Elena and the driver were quite efficient and we managed to see almost everything in a very short time. Alex from Argotour was good at communicating and working with us to reorganize things at the last minute.

Our Guide ( Slava) made the whole experience one we won’t forget. Her knowledge of everything to do with Kiev and it’s long history was amazing and bright it all to life. The guide books for Kiev are all pretty much out of date so it was great to have someone who could bring every detail up to date.

A lovely sightseeing tour to get a good impression of Kiev & its major sights! I strongly recommend this tour!

Thank you, Anastasia. I really enjoyed my tour of wonderful Kiev.