Tours of a Kyiv you’ve never seen

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - WITH NATALIYA TRACH

For those who are tired of all the old, well-trod­den city tours, the Kyiv Post has ex­plored some un­usual and in­trigu­ing ad­ven­tures that show the Ukrainian cap­i­tal from fresh an­gles. The fol­low­ing ex­cur­sions will be of in­ter­est to both long-term res­i­dents and new­com­ers to the city.

Ex­plor­ing cat­a­combs

Those who like risks and tin­gling nerves will like the city’s un­der­ground tours. Roam­ing mys­te­ri­ous ne­glected cat­a­combs, walk­ing along the Klov, Kyiv’s most beau­ti­ful un­der­ground river, and dis­cov­er­ing un­fin­ished Kyiv sub­way sta­tions – through which trains pass ev­ery day with­out stop­ping – will give you a break from ev­ery­day rou­tines and pro­vide some fresh ex­pe­ri­ences. English-speak­ing tour guides are avail­able, and cost a mod­est Hr 200-250 per per­son. Tourists can also hire waders to help keep dry while un­der­ground.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit: www. another.kiev.ua.

Rid­ing in a tram-café

A leisurely trip in an old tram con­jures up the at­mos­phere of the city in late 19th cen­tury, with tourists en­joy­ing the most pic­turesque Kyiv streets from the tram’s win­dows and lis­ten­ing to a tour guide’s amus­ing sto­ries about the cap­i­tal’s history and the past lives of its in­hab­i­tants. Dur­ing the two-hour trip you can or­der cho­co­late, fruit, and pas­tries, as well as co­gnac and cham­pagne – right on the tram! City tours in English or Ger­man take place on week­days only. The price of a ticket is Hr 100 per per­son, while a tour guide ser­vice costs an ad­di­tional Hr 500. You can even hire the whole tram (with seat­ing for 21 per­sons) for Hr 1,250.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit: tram­vaj-kafe.kiev.ua.

Kyiv Night Tour

Night owls will ap­pre­ci­ate an evening walk­ing tour that delves into the se­crets of Podil, one of Kyiv’s old­est and col­or­ful dis­tricts. Tourists will have the chance to learn all of the le­gends and myths of some lit­tle-known spots in the neigh­bor­hood. The tour also in­cludes a pic­nic and city quests in the mid­dle of the night. The jour­neys start at 10.30 p.m. and end at dawn. It costs Hr 150-200 per per­son to join a group tour. In­di­vid­ual night tours are avail­able for Hr 1,500.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit: kiev­code.com.ua.

Fortress cy­cling tour

A breath­tak­ing cy­cling tour of the Kyiv’s 19th cen­tury city fortress, the big­gest earthen for­ti­fi­ca­tion build­ing in Europe, is sure to leave you with last­ing im­pres­sions. Dur­ing the seven-hour tour, sight­seers will learn of the fortress’s history and its ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures. Vis­its to its mu­seum, prison, tow­ers and caponiers (for­ti­fied walls with fir­ing po­si­tions) will please even the most cu­ri­ous of tourists. The tour costs Hr 300–350 per per­son.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit: www. in­teres­niy.kiev.ua.

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