Hop-on, hop-off bus of­fers a 90-minute tour of Kyiv for $9

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - BY TOMA I STOMINA [email protected] Hop-on hop-off bus

Kyiv, eight times larger in area than Paris and slightly smaller than New York City, is too large to ex­plore on foot in one or even two days.

But there is a way to see all of its main sights in just 90 min­utes. Ev­ery morn­ing a red dou­ble-decker, an open-top bus picks up tourists in the cen­ter of Kyiv to show them around the city in just one trip.

The hop-on, hop-off bus is run by the City Sight­see­ing tour op­er­a­tor, which or­ga­nizes bus and pedes­trian ex­cur­sions all over the world, de­parts from near the Maidan Neza­lezh­nosti Square — the ex­act ad­dress is 7/11 Khreshchat­yk St.— ev­ery hour start­ing from 11 a.m.

On its route, the bus passes by the most fa­mous sights in Kyiv, in­clud­ing the coun­try’s main Or­tho­dox Monastery — Kyiv Pech­ersk Lavra, or the Monastery of the Caves, founded in 11th cen­tury. The monastery, along with Kyiv’s Saint Sophia’s Cathe­dral, which is another stop on the bus route, is on the World Her­itage List com­piled by UNESCO.

The dou­ble-decker also rides past two green ar­eas — Shevchenko Park and Mari­in­sky Park. In Mari­in­sky Park, tourists can visit a view­point that gives a beau­ti­ful view on Kyiv and the Dnipro River, the fourth long­est river in Europe.

Tourists also get to see the im­pres­sive build­ing of the Na­tional Opera of Ukraine and the Mu­seum of the His­tory of the World War II, lo­cated in­side the base of the 102me­ter Ro­d­ina Mat (Moth­er­land) statue.

The op­er­a­tor pro­vides each visi­tor with a map of the route with all the sights marked, and a pair of head­phones to lis­ten to the au­dio guide, avail­able in English, Ger­man, Span­ish, Ital­ian, Ukrainian, and Rus­sian. The recorded ex­cur­sion gives informatio­n on the his­tory of sights, their founders, Ukrainian tra­di­tions and cus­toms.

The au­dio guide is not just a list of facts — it’s a lively com­men­tary of the trip with a cou­ple of jokes. There are pauses to give tourists the time to look around and take pic­tures, with­out miss­ing any informatio­n.

The tour has two fixed stops — Maidan Neza­lezh­nosti Square and Kyiv Pech­ersk Lavra — where the tourists can get off and walk around, but the driver will also stop to let peo­ple on and off on de­mand. If some­one wants to spend some time at one of the sights, the tour guide on the bus will in­form the next bus on the route to pick that per­son up in an hour. Tourists just have to be sure to re­tain their ticket to be al­lowed to hop on the next bus.

This bus tour is not just a great op­por­tu­nity for tourists to get ac­quainted with city — Kyiv res­i­dents, who some­times for­get what a beau­ti­ful city they live in, could also make use of the ser­vice. De­parts ev­ery hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 7/11 Khreshchat­yk St. near the Dnipro Ho­tel. No ad­vance book­ing is re­quired. Hr 250 ($9.42)

A good way to see Kyiv’s sights is to catch the hop-on, hop-off bus, which leaves ev­ery hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. out­side 7/11 Khreshchat­yk St., near the Dnipro Ho­tel. (Volodymyr Petrov)

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