Back in the USSR


Ukrainian Soviet Republic ceased to exist in 1991. Following the events of 2014 and the beginning of the armed conflict with Russia, the country experienced a new wave of large-scale decommunisation. Many Soviet monuments were demolished and streets and even towns were renamed. However, the Kyiv Soviet heritage is too great to completely disappear or change.

On our tour, you can experience the most ambitious projects of the Soviet epoch, get to know about Kyiv’s growth and the life of its people, visit the deepest and the highest city point. Moreover, you can have lunch at the typical Soviet restaurant feeling like an ordinary Soviet citizen (or an important Soviet party member – you are to choose).

Route
  1. Kreshchatik Street
  2. Governmental District
  3. Arsenalnaya Metro Station
  4. Holodomor Museum
  5. Museum of the Great Patriotic War
  6. Motherland Monument
  7. Stalin's Tunnel
  8. Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh)
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Tour highlights:
Soviet architecture

Kyiv


Most of the Kyiv centre buildings were constructed in the Soviet era. You will spot the best examples of various Soviet architecture styles such as the Kreshchatik Street buildings, the former Lenin Museum (current Ukrainian House), the impressive Ukrainian House of Government, and the Parliament of Ukraine, which is called “a sample of Ukrainian architectural classics.”

World’s deepest metro station

Kyiv


The Arsenalnaya metro station was built in 1960 and is considered to be the deepest metro station in the world. It is 105.5 meters deep. The Arsenal plant is located nearby. It is a symbol of the Soviet revolution (the workers’ uprising broke out here in 1918).

Holodomor Museum

Kyiv


Memorial to Holodomor Victims was opened in 2010. It is dedicated to the tragic page of Ukrainian history – the Holodomor of 1932-1933.

Museum of the Second World War

Kyiv


The museum’s collection features more than 400,000 exhibits, including Soviet military equipment and WWII weapons such as tanks, artillery and mortars, the legendary Soviet Katyusha rocket launcher, and airplanes. Set your eyes on military vehicles that participated in the Soviet wars in the second half of the 20th century. Look into the cockpit of the Li-2 plane, the Mi-24 helicopter and the MiG-23 jet fighter.

One of the world’s highest statues

Kyiv


Rise up to the observation point of the world’s second highest non-religious statue. The Motherland Monument is 102 meters high and weighs more than 500 tons. The viewpoint is at the altitude of 36 meters and is available only in good weather.

Unique tunnel under the Dnieper River

Kyiv


Explore the top-secret Object No.1. 20,000 people were constructing it by Stalin’s order from 1938 till 1941. With the outbreak of World War II, construction was stopped. It has never been finished, and the tunnel remained a monument to the great plans of the Soviet epoch.

VDNKh (the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy)

Kyiv


A huge Stalinist Empire style exhibition complex was built in the 1950’s. Today, it remains one of the few places in Ukraine compactly keeping the completely preserved Soviet era architectural and sculptural monuments.

Soviet lunch

Kyiv


Kyiv still keeps some restaurants with real Soviet atmosphere and cuisine. Don’t miss your chance to have lunch at one of them.

Feel and learn more

Kyiv


Go on a Back in the USSR Kyiv tour in a Soviet vintage car! Get the full experience of a Soviet party leader!

Make your tour even more breathtaking and book our Tour to Chernobyl, where time stopped in 1986.

Additional information
What's included?
  • Transport
  • Excursions
  • Entrance tickets

Duration: 6 hours

Price (per person):

  • 2 persons – $105
  • 3-4 persons – $75
  • 5-6 persons – $45
  • 7-16 persons – $36
  • 16-30 persons – $18
  • 30-45 persons – $12

Inclusions

  • Private guided tour  
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private car, minivan, or minibus
  • Professional tour guide
  • Entrance tickets to the Holodomor (famine) Museum and WWII Museum

Exclusions

  • Entrance tickets to the observation deck of The Motherland Monument
  • Food and drinks
  • souvenirs
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our Customer Reviews

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Aiden, Chicago, USA

We did the beer tour in Kiev. Five beers in five different bars for two of us and our guide. That was a great chance to hang out with some locals, get to know the history and city a bit more, all while enjoying some of the unique local beers you can only find in Kiev. Our guide was very knowledgeable and great company and we had a fantastic evening! Highly recommended!

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Emma, Hamburg, Germany

Highly recommend taking a tour with Wonders & Holidays. I learned so much about Ukrainian history that I wouldn't have on my own and the tour guides feel like friends (rather than just guides). I went on the Kiev in 180 minutes sightseeing tour with Igor and it was such a great experience. He was an excellent guide not only did he explain the history so well, but also answered any related or unrelated questions about Kiev and Ukraine. Both Igor and our driver Gestutas were so personable, accommodating, kind and professional - I hope I get the chance to go back again to take another tour with them.

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