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St. Sophia’s is Kiev’s oldest Orthodox cathedral, commissioned in 1037 by the scholarly Prince Yaroslav the Wise to give thanks for a military victory that lead to peace in Ukraine and a period of great cultural flowering. With 13 domed cupolas, all topped with green and gold, the cathedral was built next to his palace and had an interior of incredible lavishness, covered with Byzantine frescoes, mosaics and gilded ornamentation. As well as being a place of worship, it acted as a political meeting place for diplomatic negotiations and hosted the first school and library of the fledgling Kyivan Rus, a loose political federation of today’s Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Much added to and altered over the centuries, the complex survived fires and political unrest; the magical turquoise, white and gold bell tower was added in 1752 and the cathedral exterior underwent a Baroque facelift in the mid 19th century. Under Soviet occupation the cathedral was nearly torn down and replaced with a memorial park but miraculously those plans were scrapped. Amazingly the original 11th-century interiors and frescoes have remained largely intact and among the Biblical scenes portrayed on the walls are portraits of Prince Yaroslav’s family as well as secular images of jugglers, musicians and acrobats.

Now UNESCO World Heritage-listed, St. Sophia’s and its grounds are one of Kiev’s most impressive visitor attractions; a small museum of Ukrainian history is found in the 18th-century refectory, where highlights include models of the medieval city and fragments of mosaic from the cathedral.

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Fri–Tue 10am–6pm; Wed 10am–5pm
Volodymyrska Street, 24, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, 01025
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Must-see sights in Kiev by car

Must-see sights in Kiev by car

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You'll explore all must-see places in Kyiv with a personal guide by comfortable car, optimizing your precious time and savings. Best attractions and picturesque sights of our adorable city at your service. We always treat tourists as our own guests, in person and friendly. Kyiv is huge and stunning, so let's discover its most famous and off the beaten track.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.77
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Highlights of Kiev Private Sightseeing Tour

Highlights of Kiev Private Sightseeing Tour

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See all of Kiev's highlights in a single private sightseeing tour. This excursion is a great option for first-time visitors or those travelers with a tight schedule, enabling you to see the landmarks and attractions on three different routes: the Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery, St. Andrew's Decent, and a comprehensive city tour of Kiev. Along the way, listen to commentary from a guide, letting you in on hidden facts and less-known stories about the Ukrainian capital.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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Private Kiev City Tour

Private Kiev City Tour

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Discover the top sights and monuments of Kiev on a private 3-hour tour. The flexible tour is offered on foot, by private car, or via minibus. You're also free to choose a start time that works for you. However and whenever you decide to see the city, your private guide is with you every step of the way.  The comprehensive tour takes you to St. Andrew’s Church, Hrushevskyi Street, and much more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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Kyiv Combo: Private Sightseeing Tour and Visit of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

Kyiv Combo: Private Sightseeing Tour and Visit of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

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If you want to see everything that Kiev has to offer but are limited on time, a 5-hour private tour is the way to go.  Round trip private transportation takes you and your guide to all of the Ukrainian capital’s major attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kiev Pechersk Lavra.  While the tour is comprehensive, you set the pace and can customize the itinerary to suit your interests.
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  • 5 hours
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$100.72
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Kyiv in One Day: Private Tailor-Made Sightseeing Tour

Kyiv in One Day: Private Tailor-Made Sightseeing Tour

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Experience Kiev your way on a 100% customizable private day tour. Beginning with pickup at your desired time and place, where you go depends on your interests. Choose from a long list of attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kiev Pechersk Lavra, and your private guide will create a custom itinerary. The duration of the tour can range from four to 10 hours, depending on your time restrictions.
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  • 4 to 10 hours
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$82.95
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Tour Of Central Kiev With Natalia

Tour Of Central Kiev With Natalia

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GREETINGS! My name is Natalia. I am a certified tour guide with 5 years’ work experience. I hold a TOUR GUIDE CERTIFICATE from Kiev University of Law, Economics, and Tourism. If you want to have a truly enriching experience in Kiev, feel free to book my one-of-a-kind TOUR OF CENTRAL KIEV. We'll start our tour in Kiev's main square - Maidan - which is packed with Kiev's iconic monuments like the MONUMENT TO THE FOUNDERS OF KIEV, PECHERSKI GATE, INDEPENDENCE COLUMN, to name a few. We'll then walk to ST. MICHAEL’S CATHEDRAL famed for its architecture and golden domes. Close to it stands ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH which tops Kiev's most adorable street - ST. ANDREW’S DESCENT. A few blocks away is the STATUE of the chief of Ukrainian Cossacks’ Army BOHDAN KHMELNYTSKYI. The highlight of our tour is Ukraine's oldest standing church and a UNESCO world heritage site - ST. SOPHIA CATHEDRAL. Hello! In Oct 2020, MY TOUR OF CENTRAL KYIV WAS AWARDED A BADGE OF EXCELLENCE BY VIATOR- the TripAdvisor's arm.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kiev Best Sights Private Half-Day Tour

Kiev Best Sights Private Half-Day Tour

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Make the most of your limited vacation time and discover the top sights of Kiev in just three hours on a private sightseeing tour. Pick a start time that works for you then follow your dynamic guide to the Ukrainian capital’s highlights. Visit the National Opera House, Independence Square, and more. The tour also takes you to the UNESCO listed St. Sophia’s Cathedral.
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  • 3 hours
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$49.38
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Kiev Open Tour - History & Modern Life in 3 hours

Kiev Open Tour - History & Modern Life in 3 hours

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Get a quick and thorough overview of Kiev’s main attractions on a private 3-hour tour. The comprehensive itinerary is perfect for visitors who want to get the lay of the land or travelers short on time. See the National Opera House, Golden Gate, Andriyivskyy Descent, and much more. You can also try traditional black caviar at Besarabsky Market. Along the way, learn about contemporary culture in Ukraine from your local guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.54
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$42.54
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2 hours Private Walking Tour in Ancient Kiev

2 hours Private Walking Tour in Ancient Kiev

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Ancient Kiev walking tour is the best first acquaintance with the city. In 2 hours, you will see the most famous and hidden parts of the city with the major cathedrals, monuments, where dreams come true and national symbols of Kyiv and Ukraine. The local guide will tell you a lot about Ukrainian history, culture and the modern life of the our beautiful city.
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  • 2 hours
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$44.97
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Kiev Private 6-Hour Tour - Best Sights

Kiev Private 6-Hour Tour - Best Sights

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Discover the top attractions of Kiev at your own pace on a private 6-hour walking tour. The well-rounded itinerary takes you to the Golden Gate, St. Andrew's Church, Khreschatyk Street, and more. You also get time to explore the vibrant Podil neighborhood, which many other tours miss. Midway through your adventure, have a traditional Ukrainian lunch at a local eatery. All the while, enjoy the undivided attention of your personal guide.
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  • 6 hours
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$87.35
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"Ancient Kiev" - walking tour

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I believe that almost every nation in different period of history were in the bloom. Just remember Maya, Roman, Portuguies, Osman Imperia’s..etc.etc… The same happened here – in Kiev! From 10 till 13 century there were a huge state bigger than nowadays Ukraine - called Kievan Rus. With strong and powerful leaders, who’s name’s somehow remember even teenagers (and we all know that young people are not big fans of history only when its Game of Thrones or Tanks) After this tour you will defiantly be shocked about Kiev age and beauty (usually it is not so easy to stay in a good shape after so many years). You will know a little bit of our history, see top 5 places in Old town and have some fun in a good company. What we will see:  Golden Gate  St.Sophia Cathedral  Bogdan Khmelnitsky monument  Old Kiev hill  Andriivska church  St. Michael Cathedral  St.Olga&St.Andrew  Vladimirsky hill  European Square
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  • 2 hours
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$100.00
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Private Kyiv City Tour by Car with Local Guide

Private Kyiv City Tour by Car with Local Guide

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Discover top city attractions in the Ukraine capital with ease on this private 3-hour Kiev city tour. Hop into your private vehicle at your Kiev hotel and travel through the city streets with a guide. Admire famous statues including the Founders of Kyiv Monument and the monument to St Andrew the Apostle. Take in popular landmarks such as Askold’s Grave, the Golden Gates, the National Opera of Ukraine and UNESCO–listed St Sofia Cathedral. Explore bustling Kreschatik Street and Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and admire fine views over the surging Dnieper River.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.25
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$59.25
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Kiev One Day 6-Hour Tour

Kiev One Day 6-Hour Tour

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This tour will give you an overview of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Visit all the big sites and many of the secret ones on this 6-hour tour. Discover the roots of Kiev's past. Experience modern Kiev like a local. Kiev One Day 6-Hour Tour is the best option for the tourists who visit Ukrainian capital in a short period of time and want to see all the essential sights of the city. Your program of this Kiev One Day tour may be all tailored to your requests. You pick the start time of the tour. I design the tour from any central venue.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$91.12
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$91.12
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Kiev in 3 Hours - Main Sights and Hidden Gems

Kiev in 3 Hours - Main Sights and Hidden Gems

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From Saint Sophia Cathedral to the Golden Gate, you’ll cover a long list of top sites on this private, 3-hour walking tour. Exploring with a personal guide means you’ll get stories behind each thing you see, and learn about hidden, lesser-known places as well. It’s tailored to you, ensuring you can discover the city at your own pace, without the fixed schedule of a group tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.51
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Discover Kyiv: The Most Complete 6 Hours Private Sightseeing Tour by car

Discover Kyiv: The Most Complete 6 Hours Private Sightseeing Tour by car

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Experience all that the Ukrainian capital has to offer on a private 7-hour tour. Exclusive round-trip transportation allows you to skip the headache of public transit and complete the comprehensive itinerary with ease. Highlights include the Lavra Monastery, St. Sophia, and the world's deepest metro station. Along the way, your personal guide provides engaging and interactive commentary that you won’t find in a typical guidebook.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$174.83
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$174.83
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3-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Kiev

3-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Kiev

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Experience Kiev in all its splendor from the comfort of a private car.  In just a few hours, you’ll get to appreciate all of the city’s most important landmarks spanning 1,500 years of history. Step inside the cathedrals of St. Sophia and St. Vladimir and explore the charming historical center. You’ll take in Old Kiev Hill, the imposing Golden Gate, and more and still have time to visit the famous Monastery of Kiev Pechersk Lavra.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.00
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$170.00
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Kyiv by Night

Kyiv by Night

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Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour of Kiev under the moonlight. This nighttime tour leaves the day free for other activities and lets you see the city's top landmarks lit up for the night. Highlights include the Lavra Monastery, Paton Bridge, Maydan Nezalezhnosti, and Khreschatyk.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.85
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Private Full Day Tour Of Kyiv with Hotel Pickup Walking or By Car

Private Full Day Tour Of Kyiv with Hotel Pickup Walking or By Car

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Is it your first time in Kyiv and you are not limited in time? Then this tour is perfect choice for you! Kyiv is over 1500 years old, and it is one of the largest and greenest cities in Europe! In 6 hours you will visit must-see sights of the cities, some of which are on the UNESCO list, and see life of locals. You will taste local Ukrainian cuisine and drinks, have time for coffee brakes and photo shoots. During this tour our local guide will take you to a secret hidden spot which known only by locals! Tips: ✔︎ Make sure you have some local currency (for buying drinks, snacks etc.) ✔︎ Comfortable shoes
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.87
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$88.87
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Full Day Kiev Private Tour

Full Day Kiev Private Tour

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All Kiev must-see sights on private full day city tour. This tour is created by guide-historian and blogger and provided by guides with historical background. Our guide pick you up from your hotel/apartment. During the first 3,5 hours you are going to see the main Kiev historical attractions such as Golden Gate, St. Sophia Cathedral, Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery and explore Andriyivskyy Descent market. Ride by a car from the city to the Motherland statue. 102 meters figure of a woman with a shield and a sword is one of the visiting cards of Kyiv. Enjoy by fantastic panoramic overview besides the statue. Lunch break at one of the best Kyiv traditional Ukrainian restaurant with old countryside interior. You can treat you guide or enjoy your meal alone. Second part of the tour is dedicated to Lavra monastery. You will be lead through non touristic beautiful monastery yards and ancient labyrinths Back by taxi or public transport to your hotel.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$82.00
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$82.00
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Small-Group Sightseeing Driving Tour of Kyiv - Best Introduction to the City

Small-Group Sightseeing Driving Tour of Kyiv - Best Introduction to the City

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Enjoy breathtaking views over Ukraine’s capital on this 3-hour small-group Kiev city tour. Hop into your vehicle at your Kiev hotel, then travel through the streets with a guide and gain insight into Kiev’s rich history. Along the way, take in top attractions including the Golden Gates, the National Opera of Ukraine, St Volodymyr’s Cathedral and UNESCO–listed St Sofia Cathedral. Explore winding cobbled streets through the Old Town — home to St Michael’s Cathedral and St Andrew’s Church. Explore Kreschatik Street and Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and gaze over the Dnieper River.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$36.46
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$36.46
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Kiev walking tour

Kiev walking tour

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We invite you to visit the Old (Upper) town tour, where Kyiv originates from. If this is your first time in the capital, then this excursion is for you! During the walk, you will learn about foundation of the city, about the princes and shrines of Kyiv; see the Golden Gate, St. Sophia and St. Michael’s Cathedrals, and Dytynets; as well as walk along St. Andrew’s Descent – another Montmartre in Kyiv. Additionally, you can visit the historical museum, one-street museum or Bulgakov Museum.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.57
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Private driving tour around the must-see places in Kyiv

Private driving tour around the must-see places in Kyiv

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Compact, lively, energetic, agile and essential tour to the city's main venues. With a local insider by your side you won't miss any of the must-see spots in Kyiv. This private driving and walking tour offers a quick yet thorough glimpse of the city. Get answers to all your questions—ideal for a solo traveler or individual group. Do not forget that from the beginning of our acquaintance to the end of your journey, everything is for you in the best and unique way!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.54
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$67.54
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Private 3-Hour Kiev Walking Tour

Private 3-Hour Kiev Walking Tour

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Get a comprehensive overview of Kiev on a private walking tour of this historic city. Discover major attractions such as Saint Sophia Cathedral and Saint Volodymyr's Cathedral as your private guide provides an informative introduction to the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00
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Private City Tour of Kyiv

Private City Tour of Kyiv

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Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private sightseeing tour of Kiev's highlights. With a guide in the lead, listen to commentary on the vibrant city's culture and history while exploring highlights such as the Golden Gate, Old Kyiv Hill, St. Sophia's Cathedral, and the Mikhailovskyi cathedral. Private round-trip transportation completes this seamless, relaxing experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.34
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What are St. Sophia Cathedral hours of operation?
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St. Sophia Cathedral hours of operation: Fri–Tue 10am–6pm; Wed 10am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book St. Sophia Cathedral tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Sophia Cathedral can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit St. Sophia Cathedral 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Sophia Cathedral costs USD 17.77. Guided St. Sophia Cathedral tours start around USD 17.77 per person.
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