The first day dedicate to the itinerary of the tour ‘Kyiv in One Day’.
It’s better to continue a tour around the Ukrainian capital from The Golden Gates, the unique monument of Old Russian defensive constructions and a museum located inside. Don’t ignore to ascend the Gate Church and spot marvelous views over the city center.
Then follow Vladimirska Street until Taras Shevchenko Boulevard, and don’t forget to set your sight on the splendid National Opera of Ukraine. After that, head towards the Universitet Metro Station and gaze at the monumental St. Vladimir Cathedral. If time allows, go inside to see its main decorations: magnificent murals and frescoes, considered to be its major riches.
Afterwards, go down towards Taras Shevchenko Park and walk along its shady alleys. After, visit The Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko Museum of Arts, that along with National Museum of Russian Art, are famous for having the biggest and best collection of classical foreign art in Ukraine.
Then take a metro and go until Arsenalna Metro Station. Turn right and after 10-minutes walk you’ll be face-to-face with golden dooms of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, set on the picturesque hills of the Dnieper River. The Lavra is a powerful spiritual landmark, the most honored Orthodox Church in Eastern Europe; the latter, it is a unique cultural monument, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While in Lavra, it’s worth seeing the Cathedral of the Holy Dormition, one of the most beautiful churches in Ukraine. Also, don’t pass by the museums located on its territory: Microminiature Museum, whose exhibits are visible only by microscope, and Historical Treasures Museum, which has one of the richest collections of golden art. If time allows, you can visit caves. Don’t forget to stop at Kyiv Pechersk Lavra’s observation deck to spot marvelous views over the city.
You’re now close to the National Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War 1941 – 1945, which is among the largest museums in the country in terms of size, importance, and originality of its collection. Proceed the ‘Alley of Hero-Cities,’ impressive sculptures, the giant ‘Eternal Flame’, a weapons exhibition, and then visit the museum inside the monumental ‘Motherland’ sculpture, the one of the most well-known symbols of the capital. Afterwards, ascend the monument in lifts that go up to two observation decks – one at 36 meters (120 feet) and another at 91 meters (300 feet) and admire striking bird-views of the Left Bank of the Dnieper and Kyiv Pechersk Lavra.