About this tour
Excursion “Secret Kyiv” is one of the most popular and unusual city walks.
Every day you run past these places in the centre of Kyiv without noticing them. But once you pass with a native citizen, the City will reveal its secrets to you. You will suddenly discover secret courtyards and unknown entrances, secret foundations, and fauna unusual for the centre of the metropolis, such as ravens, hedgehogs, fabulous cats and many others... and the secret becomes clear.
"Secret Kyiv" is not just a tour through quiet streets that lead to exotic murals, mosaic panels, unusual architectural objects, and cosy courtyards. Our guides turn a walk into an exciting quest that adults and children like.
The route is not tiring. Time will fly by. Good impressions will remain for a long time. You can surprise your acquaintances and friends with the gained knowledge. Families come on the tour, this tour is presented to colleagues, some people bring loved ones if they want to surprise them. We invite you to walk along the routes of "Secret Kyiv".
*The originality of the text is completely preserved by the author of the tour (tour operator)
5 reasons to choose tour
Discover the secrets of Kyiv
Find out about the magicians and witches of Kyiv
Discover secret courtyards and unknown entrances
See unusual architectural objects
Hear interesting stories and legends
On the pedestal you can see not only the Princess but also St. Andrew, the First-Called Apostle (who predicted that on these hills will be a great city), and Cyril and Methodius (they became missionaries of Christianity among the Slavic peoples. They received the title “Apostles to the Slavs”). Olga was the first ruler woman who took Christian tradition, she was baptized in Constantinople. The monument was opened in 1911, the sculptor was Ivan Kavaleridze, but eight years after the Olga’s statue was throw down and it was buried right there on the square. The monument itself should have been a part of a big project called “The Historical Path”. It should have been an alley of statues illustrating the centuries-old history of Kyiv. Olga returned to her pedestal only in 1996, but not the original one, only her copy made of white Carrara marble. Original Olga you can find on St. Andrew’s descent.
A tree sticking out of a fence
It is one of the secrets in the City. During the construction of the fence, the owner of the estate decided not to cut down the tree, but to cover it with bricks. There is no history of its occurrence. But such an unusual sight as a tree growing from a fence is very worthy to be looked at.
St. Andrew’s Church
Sticking back to the history, the idea to construct the St. Andrew’s church came to Empress Elizabeth, who visited Kiev in 1744, and with her own hand she laid the first stone of the future church. Now the monogram of the sovereign is inscribed on the frontons of Saint Andrew’s Church. The chief-architect of the court was Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who was known for numerous constructions in the baroque style – grandiose palaces and churches in Saint Petersburg. But the Church of Saint Andrew with its modest proportions is perharps the most harmonious and picturesque work he left behind. Saint Andrew’s Church, an outstanding monument of the 18th century, was declared as a museum in 1968.
Sofia Square is the unique oldest architectural monument of Kyiv, its landmark. According to legend, Yaroslav the Wise defeated the Pechenegs in 1036 on the site of Sophia Square, it was a field near the city walls, after the battle he built the Saint Sophia Cathedral on this site, and named the square in front of it Sophia Square. The bell tower of St. Sophia Cathedral and the monument to Bohdan Khmelnytskyi are located in Sofia Square.
Monument to Pronya and Golohvastov
This sculptural composition is dedicated to main characters of a popular movie Za Dvoma Zaitsiamy (meaning “killing two birds with one stone”), screened in 1961. The enamoured daughter of the well-off parents dreamed to ascend the magnificent staircase leading to the Saint Andrew’s Church so that to marry there with her suitor Svyryd Golokhvastov who, in fact, loved another girl that was poor; but he intended to marry a fortune. Starring in this film were the outstanding actors, Margarita Krynytsia and Oleg Borisov. They are depicted in the funny statues created by sculptors V.Shchur and V.Sivko (1999).
What is included?
*From each purchased tour, we transfer 10% to the Ukrainian Refugee Support Fund. All profits from press tours are transferred to the reconstruction of Ukraine.
The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.