Historical Kyiv


Kyiv (or Kiev) is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe. Archaeological excavations show that the settlements in the Kyiv area date back 15-20 millenia. In ancient times Kyiv was the capital of the formidable Kievan Rus – the confederation of the Slavic city-states, whose heyday falls on the reign of Saint Vladimir «The Baptist» (960-1015 AD), who brought Christianity to the then pagan Kievan Rus. Later Vladimir’s son, Yaroslav «The Wise» (978-1054 AD), furthered his father’s cause and has literally put Kievan Rus on the map of Europe.

See Kyiv’s most spectacular sights of that epoch, which became a symbols of Ukrainian capital.

  1. The Golden Gate
  2. The St. Sophia Cathedral
  3. The St. Michael's Monastery
  4. Starokievskaya mountain
  5. Andriyivskyy descent
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What can you expect of Historical Kyiv tour:
You'll see:


  • The main roadway to the XI century Kievan Rus capital – The Golden Gate;
  • The monument to Prince Yaroslav «The Wise» (father of Anne de Russie – French queen);
  • The St. Sophia Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage object) – rarest of the rare architectural gem, one of the very few landmarks from the XI century Byzantium school of architecture;
  • The mysterious “Zbruch idol” – an embodiment of the haunting memory of the city’s pagan past;
  • The St. Michael’s Monastery;
  • The «Kyiv Acropolis» – the holy Starokievskaya mountain with its shrines and ancient pagan temple.
You will find out:


  • What were the origins of the Russian land and Kievan Rus;
  • Why was the city’s main gate named “The Golden Gate” and where in Kyiv was the Golden Street;
  • What was the secret that Yaroslav «The Wise» had hidden away from everybody;
  • In which direction does the mace of The Great Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky point;
  • What were the facts that have brought the St. Michael’s Monastery to its ultimate demise and ensued its destruction;
  • What is the connection between Kyiv and St. Andrew;


You will see the hills where the ancient Kyiv city started fifteen centuries ago, visit the location of the first stone-built church of Kievan Rus – The Church of the Tithes near the Princess Olga tower, rest in the shade of the enchanted linden on top of the Starokievskaya mountain (prepare to make a wish!) and walk down the Andriyivskyy descent – which is considered a local Monmartr.

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What's included?
  • Excursions

Duration: 3 hours


  • 1 person – 120$
  • 2 persons – 60$

Special offers for groups. Contact us to get your price.


  • professional guide service,
  • excursion.

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our Customer Reviews

Kristina, London

We had an amazing trip to Kyiv thanks to Wonders & Holidays team. This place is not to be missed- it’s magical we will be back! We had such a great driver Vladimir who knew exactly how best to navigate around Kiev with fantastic local knowledge. And Daria our guide was exceptional speaking multiple languages and making our trip interesting and fun. And big thanks to Nick who put this tailored made programme for us the way we wanted and accommodated us on every wish we made to be fit for a little child. We have amazing memories of our 3 days in Kiev! Thank you!

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!

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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