|Òóðû - Around Ukraine|
Week End in Kiev
DAY 1 - KIEV
Arrival to Kiev. Meet & greet at the Borispol airport.
Transfer combined with panoramic city tour of Kiev, which is the capital of Ukraine and also the mother city for all Eastern Slavic peoples. More than 1100 years ago Kievan Rus, a powerful European monarchy, was established on Ukrainian territory. The modern centre & the remains of the old city are both on the hilly west bank of the Dnipro, third largest river in Europe after the Volga and the Danube. Check in & dinner at a hotel.
DAY 2 - KIEV
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the golden-domed Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Monastery. The architectural ensemble (the 11th -19th centuries) of the Upper and Lower Lavra, two underground labyrinths of caves lined with mummified monks, churches and permanent exhibitions of the museum’s collections, the Big Bell Tower are open to public.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Visit to St. Sophia Cathedral & Monastery, enlisted into World Heritage of UNESCO. The main of special value are wall pictures of the 11th century – 260m² of mosaics and 3000m² of frescos, that make up a unique ensemble of the Middle Age of World Culture History.
Continue to St. Andrew’s church located at the northern end of the street & at the top of the charming Andriyivsky uzvis (descent). The church was constructed within 1747-1753 in Baroque style - the traditional Ukrainian five-domed, cross-shaped, by Rastrelli, an architect. The slender curves of its blue, white, gold & green exterior stand out against the skyline, perched up above the Podil district at the crest of the historic Upper Town, at the supposed site where the Apostle Andrew erected a cross. Its richly decorated interior features a three-tiered iconostasis & several paintings from the 18th century.
Dinner with folklore performance.
DAY 3 - KIEV
Breakfast at the hotel. Visiting one of Kiev’s many museums.
Check out & departure transfer to the Borispol airport.