Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Lodging:||3 nights in comfortable hotels|
|Activity:||Cultural Adventures, Walking|
Walking tours, cultural exploration
Visa RequirementsNo visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Ukraine.
Our Trips using this Extension
Russia: Land of the Czars
Choosing the Right Trip
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Kiev is a golden-domed city on the banks of the mighty Dnieper River. Explore its Byzantine cathedrals, walk down charming Andreevsky Street, with its galleries and cafes, people-watch in Independence Square, political hub of Ukraine's Orange Revolution, and visit the 10th century Pecherskayka Lavra Monastery, a World Heritage Site. Note: This extension to our Russia: Land of the Czars journey must be taken PRE-TRIP and must begin on a Tuesday).
Arrive Kiev, Ukraine
Touring today begins with a visit to the Golden Gates, the original city gates to Kiev, and Kiev’s oldest church, the St. Sophia Cathedral, with a richly decorated Byzantine interior whose artistic style was followed by other Eastern Slavic churches for the next 900 years. Continue to the beautiful St. Andrews Church, then visit cobbled Andreevsky Street, which connects the upper and lower parts of Kiev. A descent along this charming street is a delight, with its galleries, cafes, and artists’ studios. After lunch on your own, tour the Chernobyl Museum, illustrating the combined human error and design flawa of the 1986 accident at Reactor #4, only four miles from Kiev. Later explore the Podil District, the historic mercantile and trading quarter of Kiev, with its original buildings from the 17th to 19th centuries. Near the harbor is the single-domed St. Elias Church, said to have been built on the site of Kiev's first wooden church. Also visit the Kiev-Mohyla Academy, established in 1615. Overnight in hotel...B
After breakfast, visit Babi Yar, where in September 1941, Nazi troops massacred 34,000 Kievan Jews in a 48-hour period. From 1941 to 1943, the Nazis operated a concentration camp, Syrets, at this same location. In 1976, the area was set aside as a memorial honoring the over 100,000 people killed here, including Jews, Gypsies, and Partisans. Continue to the World Heritage-listed Pecherskaya Lavra monastery, founded in 1051. The monks dug caves and underground labyrinths, living and studying in them, and their mummified bodies still line the walls. Here the historian-monk Nestor compiled much of the earliest known history of the Slavs, The Tale of Bygone Days. The Dormition Cathedral, built from 1073 to 1089 on the monastery grounds, was Kiev’s second great Byzantine church and the model for the early 12th century churches of Russia’s Golden Ring towns. After an independent lunch, stroll down Khreshchatyk Street, Kiev’s main thoroughfare, lined with neoclassical public buildings, cafés, and upscale shops. On weekends and holidays, it is a pedestrian thoroughfare dedicated to shopping, strolling, people-watching, and street performers. Independence Square, Kiev’s central square on Khreshchatyk Street, is filled with fountains and glass domes. Known as the Maidan, its full name has been Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Independence Square, since August 1991. This is where people camped and demonstrated during the Orange Revolution, and it is still the center of public political activity. Return to the city center for a free afternoon and evening. Overnight in hotel...B
Depart for Moscow
Fly or take the train to Moscow. Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Moscow to begin Land of the Czars trip.
Prices are for 2014
$1695 per person, double occupancy (based on group of 2-3 persons)
$1595 per person, double occupancy (based on group of 4-15 persons)
Flight cost: prices range from $195-280 per person (subject to change) depending on airline (Aerosvit, Aeroflot, Ukraine International or Siberian Airlines)
Kiev-Moscow (either Sheremetyevo or Domodedovo Airport) one way
Extension Cost Includes:
- Accommodation based on double occupancy, including local service charge, and tax
- Breakfast daily
- Services of professional drivers and private vehicles for transport/transfers
- All sightseeing and excursion programs as outlined on the itinerary
- Local English-speaking guide(s) throughout itinerary
- Baggage handling at the hotel
- Bottled/purified water
Extension Cost Does Not Include:International airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meal or beverages not specified, airport departure taxes, optional tipping, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
Only a block off Kiev’s main street, the Premier Palace offers spacious rooms and an open-air rooftop restaurant with amazing views over the city. The breakfast is bountiful, and the hotel’s fitness center, pool, and sauna are inviting. The Premier Palace was built in the early 20th century and is one of Kiev’s architectural landmarks.
Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.