Kyiv is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Eastern Europe and a real gem of the area, but tourists can’t visit it now due to the Russian-Ukrainian war. That’s why I invite you to see online tours around Kyiv guided in real-time. How does it work?
It’s difficult to travel to Ukraine now but you can enjoy my online tours and learn lots of interesting information about Kyiv and Ukraine. During the tours, don’t hesitate to ask me any questions about Ukraine and I’ll do my best to acquaint you with memorials of the past as well as modern life. Here is a list of my tours in Kyiv:
- St. Michael Square
St. Michael Square is one of the symbols of Kyiv that keeps the memory of different historical periods and the energy of modern life. Archangel Michael was a heavenly patron of Kyiv since the Middle Ages. You will see here features of medieval architecture, Ukrainian Baroque, Soviet monumental style, and modern architecture. We will visit the monastery which was founded in the 12th century but destroyed in 1935 by the Soviet regime. When Ukraine got independence, the monastery and statues were rebuilt and played an important role in modern Ukrainian history.
- A Walk Through Old Town in Kyiv
Kyiv is an ancient and new city. Andrew’s descent is one of a few streets that keeps the charm of the old city. We will see St. Andrew’s church built in the 18th century in Baroque style. Then we’ll go see the historic heart of the city – Old Kyiv hill, the place of the foundation of Kyiv. According to legends, Kyiv was founded on seven hills so we can admire many panoramic views of the city and the Dnipro River.
- Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Monastery
The Holy Dormition Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is one of the most remarkable monasteries of Orthodox Christianity. Founded in 1051 in the catacombs, it became the biggest Orthodox monastery in Europe. Lavra was a place of pilgrimage for all believers for ages. We’ll see an outstanding architectural ensemble, and learn about the history and modern life of the clergy.
- Old History and Street Art
Old Kyiv hill is a place of foundation of the city. In the 9th century, a big fortress was built on a high hill near the Dnipro river. Kyiv was the capital of the great medieval state Kyivan Rus. Old fortress didn’t come to these days. It was destroyed by the Mongols in 1240. We’ll walk through a historical park and learn about old history. Modern life is going on so there are a lot of modern statues and street art in this area.
We’ll see and admire beautiful panoramic views, street art, interesting and funny statues. Kyiv keeps the spirit of ancient history and modern life so the atmosphere is very positive here
- Andrew’s Descent: the Charm of the Old City
Andrew’s Descent is one of the oldest streets in Kyiv that keeps the spirit of old times. It was given the name of Apostle Andrew the First-Called. We’ll walk down the street, admire the nice panoramic view of the city, and talk about legends and funny stories. This street is a souvenir market and exhibition in the open air of paintings of Ukrainian artists.
- St. Sophia Cathedral – UNESCO World Heritage Site
St. Sophia Cathedral, or Holy Wisdom of God Cathedral, is a monument of Ukrainian architecture and monumental painting, and one of the main Christian shrines in Eastern Europe. The cathedral is one of the few surviving buildings of the Kyivan Rus’ time. We’ll see unique mosaics and frescos of the 11th century, real masterpieces of medieval art. Then we’ll learn about its ancient history which is closely connected with modern life.
- Taras Shevchenko Park
- Welcome to one of the most beautiful parks in Kyiv! Strolling along paths, we’ll learn about Ukrainian history and education, see the amazing red building of Taras Shevchenko University, and take a photo with an old lady and lovely flowers. Then we’ll move toward St. Volodymyr Cathedral built in 1896, an example of the new-Byzantine style in Kyiv.
- Contract Square
- The square got its name Contract because it was the main trade center of old Kyiv for many centuries. Lots of trade fairs took place here, and merchants from all over the world came to Kyiv to do business. The first university in Eastern Europe named Kyiv Mohyla Academy was founded here in 1615. It’s one of the best universities in Ukraine now. We’ll also see many old churches built in the 18th-19th century.
- Legends and Stories of Kyiv Hills
According to the legends, Kyiv was founded on seven hills but there are much more hills in the city. We’ll start a tour near the Arch of Freedom of Ukraine, then go across the glass bridge, and walk in the park Vladimir Hill. You’ll admire nice panoramic views of the Dnipro river and the lower town of Podil. We’ll also see St. Alexander Roman-Catholic Cathedral built in 1817 by the Polish community in Kyiv.
- Jewish Places in Kyiv: Babyn Yar Memorial Babyn Yar is a place of memory and reflection, a symbol of Nazi crimes against Jewish people during World War II. Babyn Yar is the old name for a ravine and the area surrounding it on the outskirts of Kyiv.
On the two days of September 29 and 30, 1941, nearly 34,000 Kyiv residents were killed here just because they were Jews. This was one of the most massive civilian massacres committed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
We’ll learn about the history of this tragedy, and see statues and memorials dedicated to thousands of innocent victims of war crimes.
- Kyiv Pechersk Hills
The tour starts near the church of the Savior founded in the 12th century and then rebuilt in the 17th century. Then we’ll learn about one of the biggest tragedies in Ukrainian history – The famine made by the Soviet regime in 1933. It was genocide against the Ukrainian nation. Next is the Park of Eternal Glory dedicated to the history of Ukraine in WWII. This war was glorified in the Soviet Union and modern Russia. But in Ukraine, we consider it one of the biggest tragedies of the 20th century.
- A walk along the Dnieper River in Kyiv
The longest river in Ukraine divides Kyiv into two parts, the right and left banks. It is mentioned in old chronicles and keeps lots of legends. It provides millions of people with drinking water, serves as the water supply of industrial enterprises, and irrigates hundreds of thousands of hectares of arid lands. We’ll see the river port, Post square, a big island in the middle of the river, and admire nice panoramic views.
- The Motherland Statue in Kyiv
Built in 1981 as a symbol of victory of the Soviet Union in World War II, the Motherland statue became one of the most popular statues in Kyiv. Its height is impressive – 102 meters (330 feet). It is part of the big museum complex that consists of several military exhibitions. Now it symbolizes not only victory but the indomitability and stability of Ukrainians. We’ll see the exhibition of military technics in the open air and learn about the history of Ukraine in WWII. Modern reality brings new senses and interpretations to this museum.
- The Museum “Ukraine in Miniature” Welcome to one of the best parks in Kyiv located near the Dnieper river! We”ll see about 80 small copies of buildings, churches, and statues from all over Ukraine. This park is a small architectural fairy-tale where we can admire all of Ukraine in one hour.
- Kyiv Botanical Garden
Let’s enjoy the golden autumn in the main botanical garden of Kyiv! Multicoloured trees, bushes, and flowers bring joy and harmony to busy everyday life. More than 11,000 species grow on the territory of 130 hectares.
We’ll also visit St. Iona Monastery founded in the 19 century and learn about Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine.
- EuroMaidan Revolution 2014
EuroMaidan Revolution, or Revolution of Dignity (2013-2014), is a phenomenon in modern Ukrainian history that changed socio-political movements and geopolitical processes. The success of the revolution was evidence that Ukrainians are ready to defend their rights, democratic freedoms, territorial integrity, and civil society.
We’ll see the main places where protests occurred, and learn about the history of the revolution and its connection to modern life.
- Maidan Square and Khreschatyk Street Maidan or Independence Square in downtown Kyiv is a place where the main events of modern Ukrainian history took place. Three revolutions in 1990, 2004, and 2014 radically changed Ukrainian society. We will look at the memorials, the Trade Union House, and the statue of Independence of Ukraine that remind us these events. At the same time, Maidan is a lively and lovely place where people like to spend their free time. We’ll also see the main Khreschatyk street and know about its history and modern life. Welcome to virtual live-stream tours in Kyiv!