Kyiv is a wonderful city to explore. It has a magnificent architecture, great museums, theaters and entertainment. One of the best ways to start you acquaintanceship is to take a sightseeing tour.
The Kyiv travel agencies provide several tours around the city and below are the most interesting ones.
The most ordinary and safe one is a general daily bus tour. This tour includes visiting the most popular historical attractions like Pecherskaya lavra, Andrew’s church and Andrew’s descent, St. Sophia cathedral etc. This tour is perfect for those who have never been to the city and want to get a general impression of it. Bus tour is more comfortable because it allows you to see all the main attractions and save your energy though it is orientated to the elder age category, it is very popular between the youth.
- Average price is 150-200hr (15-20 EURO)
- Hop-on-hop-off bus tours is 200hr (20 EURO)
Another great way to explore Kyiv is to take a tram tour. As Kyiv was the first to build a tram in Europe, trams are very popular means of transport to get around the city. The tram tour is a journey in the tram-restaurant around the ancient Kyiv. It is not only about sightseeing, it is about Kyiv spirit that is perfectly presented by the professional guides.
- Average price is 85hr (9 EURO)
For those who don’t want to be ordinary, Kyiv presents steamship tours which are absolutely magnificent. You may have 1 hour or 4 hours tour that will bring you the Kyiv sea. Kyiv is divided into two parts by Dnepr River, which is very wide and clean. If you order such a tour you will have an opportunity to enjoy a fresh wind, a delicious food and a beautiful Kyiv architecture from the water. These excursions are based in the historical center of Kyiv Podil. They are pretty cheap and usually end with a boat party.
- Average price of 1hour tour is 50hr (5 EURO).
- 4 hours voyage costs 200hr (20 EURO)
The most classical way of sightseeing is on foot. Kyiv is situated on the 7 hills and local people got used to walking a lot. One of the most popular pedestrian tours in called "Back in USSR". During this tour you will visit various buildings and memorials of the USSR epoch and of course a heart of the soviet Kyiv - Lenin's monument.
- Group tour 3 EURO
- Individual tours can reach 20 EURO
For those who like extreme, there is a special night sightseeing tour around Kyiv. This tour is really interesting and unusual. It allows you to go to all mysterious places like Chimaera house, Bold Mountain and of course Andrew’s Descent. Kyiv is especially beautiful during the nighttime when all bridges and monuments are covered with lights. This tour is also interesting as it is usually combined with pub tours where you visit top pubs in Kyiv and try the delicious beer from all over the world. Kyiv is mostly a youth city it is always filled with friendly, singing and dancing people that enjoy Kyiv nightlife so you can be sure that you won't be alone in the city.
- The price depends on the Kyiv travel agencies
There are also some very unusual tours like an underground tour, an air tour and a bicycle or a segway or horseback tours. Tours to Pirgovo and Chernobyl will never leave you indifferent. All these tours are usually organized by the local youth and can be found on the internet.
The last tour to suggest is a friend’s one. Kyivites are very hospitable so don’t hesitate and talk to somebody and maybe after a beer or two you will get a free tour by a Kyiv resident.