This short 6-day tour offers the perfect combination of history, natural beauty, and memorable cultural experiences. You'll visit Kiev's most popular attractions as well as those less frequented hidden gems. Discover what it was like to be part of medieval Kiev, the city-state that did so much to shape the modern nation of Ukraine.

Highlights

  • 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

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
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 6 Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kiev

Kyiv at night
Kiev at night

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

Ukraine - Kiev - St. Sophia Cathedral
Saint Sophia's Cathedral

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

Kiev Pechersk Lavra

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

Ukraine - Traditional ukrainian windmill in the museum of national architecture in Pirohiv in a beautiful autumn day before sunset
Count the traditional Ukrainian windmills in Pirohiv

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

View on Chernihiv Collegium - the residence of Archbishops of Chernihiv
Admire Chernihiv's 18th-century Archbishop's residence

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

Aerial view of the Monument Motherland, shrouded in thick fog at dawn
View over Saint Sophia and the Motherland Monument in the distance

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!