1. Kiev history tour
Kiev is more than 1500 years old, and every corner of the city is rich in history — if you know where to look.
During this History Tour, you’ll see two UNESCO sites, visit ancient caves of 11th century, climb on the bell towers of St. Sophia’s and St. Michael’s Cathedrals and visit the deepest metro station in the world. You’ll also find out why Kiev is known as mother of all Slavic countries — Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
You will be fascinated to see frescos and mosaics of St. Sophia’s Cathedral, learn why there are no bells on St. Andrew’s Church and discover the history of the oldest and biggest Orthodox monastery complex in the Eastern Europe.
Duration: full day
2. Rodina Mat or Motherland statue — observe Kiev from the top!
Motherland — a unique construction higher than the Statue of Liberty! The figure of a woman with a shield and sword in her hands is made of special stainless steel, and assembled with a special crane. It is installed on a conical 40-meter pedestal. The height of the sculpture from the pedestal to the tip of the sword is 62 m, the total height is 102 m and the weight is about 500 tonnes.
Inside the sculpture, there are two unique elevators, one inclined and one vertical. They are used to move people and maintain the structure. At an altitude of 36 m, there are observation platforms for visitors. By special agreement, you can climb the top of the shield (92 m) and feel how it slightly sways in the wind. But don’t be worried: annual geodetic surveys confirm the absence of any deviations in this structure. Leading experts say that the monument “Motherland” will not need repairs until the age of 150 years.
At the same site, you will see the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, the military vehicles and planes/missiles open-air exhibition as well as the avenue of Hero Cities, sculptures and sculptural groups dedicated to war heroes.
Duration: 3 hours
3. Former presidential residence in Mezhyhiriya
Today the territory of Mezhyhirya is known for the President’s villa, but in fact the history of this place goes back centuries. Here there was a huge monastery and porcelain factory, the largest in the Russian Empire. In the Soviet Era, the state dachas of the Bolsheviks were located here.
The former residence of V. Yanukovych will surprise you with the large-scale territory of the reserve. Fairy-tale lawns and beautiful flower beds, full of plants and flowers, amazing clean ponds with fountains and small oases with different compositions will surely amaze you and your loved ones.
Other sights at Mezhyhiria:
– “Honka” — the mansion in which Yanukovych lived and received honorary guests.
This is a 4-story wooden house, standing near the Sea of Kiev.
– Car park. The Museum of Automobiles of the Soviet car industry, from the “Victory” to the first “Zaporozhets” and government “Volga”
– A private zoo
– Debarkader Galleon — a house on the water and much more.
The Mezhyhirye complex spans 140 hectares that include a yacht pier, a horse club, a shooting gallery, a tennis court, a golf course, a SPA center, a farm, a dairy, greenhouses, a zoo, garages, a dining room and a hangar for a helicopter. Find out yourself if there really is a golden loaf and toilet bowl!
Duration: 3-4 hours
4. Chernobyl Tour
Chernobyl – a unique place in Ukraine that the whole world knows!
Forbes magazine recognized Chernobyl as the most extreme and original place on the planet.
Many films have been shot about it, hundreds of books have been written about it, and locations from the Chernobyl exclusion zone can be found in many famous computer games.
The tragic events that occurred here left an unforgettable mark on world history. Time stopped on April 26, 1986 … Now the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and its gem, the ghost town of Pripyat, are safe to visit, but not accessible to the common man in the street. The zone within a radius of 30 km remains closed for national security.
During the tour, you will visit the dead city of Pripyat, abandoned for a quarter-century; the deactivated Red Forest on the site of the western radioactive trail from the first, most powerful outburst from the explosion of Unit 4; the memorial at the administrative building; the Sarcophagus observation deck; the secret facility Chernobyl-2; the giant antennas of the radar “DUGA-1”; and much more.
Duration: 1 day
5. Open air folk museum — Pyrogovo!
Why does the snow ball tree grow in every Ukrainian yard? What does the poppy flower mean in a wreath? What are the wedding customs in Ukraine?
Answers to these questions, as well as many others, you will learn while visiting the open-air museum Pyrogovo.
The Pyrogovo Museum of Folk Architecture and Life is often called “Ukraine in Miniature,” and this is the absolute truth.
Pyrogovo presents the life of the Ukrainian people of the sixteenth to twentieth centuries. On its territory of 150 hectares, you’ll find more than 300 exhibits, many of which are genuine artifacts from Ukrainian history. Other exhibits have been reconstructed and constructed according to drawings and descriptions of that time.
Duration: 3-4 hours
6. German traces in Kiev history
Pechersk — the oldest part of Kiev — is also known as a second German homeland.
Both fountains in the Mariinsky Park and their twin brothers near the Golden Gate and the Ukrainian Drama Theater, the home of the Opera Theater, were designed by German architects Schilla and Schreter. Today we can enjoy such objects as the decorative four-story building on Luteranska Street, an apartment house on Vladimirskaya Street and the Theater of Ukrainian Drama, all thanks to the first Germans who arrived in Kiev in 1765.
You will be fascinated to learn that so many popular places in Kiev have German traces. Parks, palaces, so-called profitable houses, fortifications and the training complex in the heart of the Ukrainian capital will tell you the history and origin of German-Ukrainian culture. During the tour, we will show you popular and secret places created by Germans and will remind about unjustly forgotten poets, composers and doctors who were patriots of our land. Germans have played leading roles in Kiev’s history and social life for at least half a century. Discover a new German Kiev with us.
Duration: 3-4 hours.