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Highlights of Ancient Kyiv. 1000 Years of History Are Hidden here. Golden Gates and St Sophia Cathedral.

(51 reviews)
Downtown of Kyiv. Area of Golden Gates and St Sophia Cathedral., Kyiv, Ukraine
50 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

On this fascinating walking tour, you will discover the unique landmarks of one of the oldest cities on the planet. Together we’ll travel through history and learn about: Golden Gates Ancient city fortifications of the 11th century You will learn why they are called Golden and if they have ever been conquered. Monument to Prince Yaroslav the Wise The era of the reign of Yaroslav the Wise was the era of the blossom of Kievan Rus. St. Sophia Cathedral A magnificent Kievan Rus temple was built in the 11th century. If walls could talk, they might tell us about plunders and the everyday lives of the first rulers of this world. The cathedral has stunning mosaics and frescos that were created back in the 11th century by Byzantine masters. You will find out answers to the questions: What is the “Indestructible Wall” in St Sophia Cathedral? What surprised historians when they opened the sarcophagus of Yaroslavl the Wise? What are they still looking for in the dungeons of St Sophia cathedral? Monument to Bogdan Khmelnitsky You will learn about Ukrainian Cossacks and the symbol of hetman’s authority.


Meet your local guide

Olga

Olga is an enthusiastic and energetic guide. Being an avid traveler herself, Olga knows the best ways to show Kyiv as a hidden gem of Europe in a fun and engaging way. Her passion for culture, history, languages led the way to this amazing tour guiding calling. She is a professional tour guide in Kyiv, licensed by the Ukrainian Tourist Guide Association, speaks English, Russian and Ukrainian. She provides a bespoke, immersive experience that makes your tour in Kyiv truly memorable. Olga likes to enter the ancient churches or climb to the secret places for great views of Kyiv. Her unique collection of old traditional Ukrainian recipes makes her an expert in cooking Borsch, Varenyky (filled dumplings), and Chicken Kyiv.

Olga has been guiding since Jan 2017


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Kyiv with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 50 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Kyiv. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.


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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

Irene ( Scotland) G.

09 April 2021

Magnificent architecture and a lovely trip with you to see it Olga. Thank you

Ros F.

09 April 2021

Lovely to stroll through This beautiful and historic part of Kiev with Olga who is a very engaging and informative guide. Have already booked up to take another of her tours.

Rita T.

08 April 2021

Very friendly and informative

Meghan M.

08 April 2021

Very enjoyable tour with a gracious and welcoming guide. I'm really hopeful her other tour with the other cathedral can run again soon as I missed it the first time and I'm desperate to see it inside, other people's photos look amazing. Thank you Olga.

Ann W.

08 April 2021

Never been to your country before Olga in real life or virtually - and i loved my first visit. I will definitely visit with you again. I loved the stroll around the outside of St Sophia's Cathedral and the interesting history you gave us about the building. Thank you for the music at the end and for the quote of the day! These light hearted touches added to an already enjoyable tour. Thank you.


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