- Marvel at Kiev's religious architecture, like Saint Sophia's golden-domed Cathedral
- Discover Stone Village, a natural point of interest outside of Kiev
- Step back in time with a visit to the open-air Folk Architecture museum in Pyrohiv
- Explore the tunnels of Anthony Caves and the 11th-century churches of Chernihiv
|Day 1||Arrive in Kiev||Kiev|
|Day 2||Walking tour of Kiev's historic center||Kiev|
|Day 3||Discover Kiev Pechersk Lavra, House of the Weeping Widow and Stone Village||Kiev|
|Day 4||Folk museum in Pyrohiv and Kieval Rus Park||Kiev|
|Day 5||Day trip to Chernihiv||Kiev|
Day 1: Arrive in Kiev
Welcome to Kiev! Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation. Check into your hotel and depending on the time and your energy levels, go out and explore the neighborhood.
Day 2: Walking tour of Kiev's historic center
Today you will join a walking tour of Ukraine's capital, starting in the historic part of Kiev's city center. You will visit some of the city's most beautiful treasures, including the Golden Gate, Saint Sophia's Cathedral, and the Church of St. Andrew. Breaking up the sightseeing with a stop for lunch to sample traditional Ukrainian fare. Afterward, continue your tour with a stroll along famous Khreshchatyk Street—the shortest and widest main street in the world. Find your way to Maidan, the square where all of Ukraine's revolutions started.
Take the rest of the evening to venture out on your own.
Day 3: Discover Kiev Pechersk Lavra, House of the Weeping Widow and Stone Village
Start your day with a visit to Kiev Pechersk Lavra, a historic UNESCO-protected monastery, before finding your way to the Motherland Monument and The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War complex. From there you will pass by imposing administrative buildings, stopping along the way to see the House of a Weeping Widow, and the aptly-named Chocolate House in the wealthy Lypky district, as well as the Red Castle. You will also have the chance to discover Ukraine's version of the Stonehenge, Stone Village, just outside of the city.
Day 4: Folk museum in Pyrohiv and Kieval Rus Park
Half an hour south of the city center is Pyrohiv, home to the sprawling National Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine. This outdoor museum exhibits over 300 pieces of traditional buildings and structures sourced from all across Ukraine. The museum's main focal point is its windmills, start there and then work your way through each segment of the park as each section parallels the traditional architecture and culture from a specific region of Ukraine. Some of the buildings, like rural farming homes and wooden village churches, contain authentic items representing everyday life.
A short distance further south is the historic Kyivan Rus Park—a cultural center of the Kievan Rus'. Here you will gain added insight into medieval Kiev with this reconstruction of Kiev's old citadel.
Day 5: Day trip to Chernihiv
Today you will travel the short distance to Chernihiv, one of Ukraine's oldest cities, for a look into its storied past. Many of its popular attractions date as far back as the 11th century and are considered to be masterful works of art. Begin in Chernihiv's Red Square for a look at the many cultural institutions. From there head southeast to Dytynets Park for encompassing views of Boldyna Hora, the gold cupolas of St. Catherine's Church (as well as a number of other equally impressive churches and cathedrals), and stop for a bite to eat at one of the park's restaurants offering traditional Ukraine cuisine.
Next, pass through the Boldyna Hora park and head to the caves of St. Anthony and explore four levels of underground passages leading to historic religious relics, before checking out the Trinity Monastery.
After a full day of sightseeing, return to your accommodation in Kiev.
Day 6: Depart
Say farewell to Kiev and its stunning religious architecture and monuments. If there's time before your flight home, complete any last minute souvenir and gift shopping!