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Monday
19 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Tuesday
20 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Wednesday
21 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Thursday
22 August
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Friday
23 August
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Saturday
24 August
9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday
25 August
10:00am - 4:00pm
St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery

After famously hosting the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Kiev is a fabulous city with bucket loads of intriguing history, buzzy neighbourhoods and great atmospheric bars and restaurants.

Uspenskyi Soboris the main cathedral of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

Captivating Kiev

Experience one of Eastern Europe’s oldest cities. With our base in the heart of the city close to Khreshchatyk Street and the Palatsu Sport Metro station we can explore bright palaces, culture spots and even the odd golden domed church.

Captivating Kiev - Chernobyl

We have the opportunity to take a full day tour to the nuclear disaster site of Chernobyl. Following an introductory briefing, we head past a Checkpoint and into Chernobyl town and visit the secret Duga military radar station, see landmarks including the power plant, Kopachi Village and its abandoned kindergarten and Reactor #4. Head to Pripyat town which is now a silent and see collapsed schools, run-down hospitals, and derelict cinemas.

Please see our Useful Information section for further details and ‘do’s and dont's’ on this tour.

Captivating Kiev - Our itinerary 

Following our welcome drink and dinner on the 1st evening, we head off the next morning for our token guided walking tour. We will see the main street which stretches from European Square though to Maidan and Bessarabaska Square, St Michaels Golden Done Cathedral and S. Sophia Cathedral and the Golden Gates. Our guide will be able to recommend a couple of restaurants for lunch after which we may like to discover the city in our own time. Alternatively why not take a tour to Mezhyhirya to see where the corrupt former president Yanukovich used to live or head to the Kyevo-Pechersk Lavra monastery and caves, Motherland Statue and Great Patriotic War Museum.

Premier Hotel Rus ★★★

Our hotel is located right in the centre of Kiev. Clambered upon a hill, it’s nestled in the heart of the business and tourist districts of the capital. The famous street - Khreshchatyk - is just few steps away. Palats Sportu metro station is also nearby, and the hotel offers brilliant views of the Olympic Stadium - the main sports arena in Kiev. The hotel is a great base for exploring the shops and restaurants of Khreshchatyk.

Facilities Include

At Premier Hotel Rus there is a restaurant serving Ukrainian, American, Asian and European cuisines as well as three bars.

Rooms Include

Standard rooms include satellite channels, air conditioning, free WiFi, telephone, safe, refrigerator, bathroom, radio and wardrobe.

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours 30 minutes

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Jan -5°C, Feb -3°C, Mar 02°C,
Apr 08°C, May 15°C,
Jun 18°C, Jul, Aug 19°C,
Sep 14°C, Oct 08°C,
Nov 2°C, Dec -2°C

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What's included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Heathrow/Kiev with British Airways & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • ½ day guided tour of Kiev
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Solos Board: Breakfast daily & 1 dinner in a local restaurant

What’s extra:

  • Insurance see here
  • Optional Excursions:*
    Day trip to Chernobyl – currently £122. Must be pre-booked 7 days prior to departure
  • Lavra Monastery and Motherland Statue tour
    *subject to availability

Please note:
We would not recommend this city break for those with walking difficulties due to its steep streets.

Temperature:
Average Daily Maximum:
23°C Aug

Useful Information

Visas

British citizens are allowed to enter Ukraine without a visa for visits of up to 90 days within a 180 day period. Otherwise, you’ll need to get a visa. For more advice on entry requirements contact the Ukrainian Embassy in London or Consulate General in Edinburgh.

You don’t need to complete an immigration card. Immigration officials may require you to scan your fingerprints as part of biometric data collection at border crossing points. For more details, visit the website of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Proof of financial means

You may be asked to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to support you during your stay. The Ukrainian authorities accept the following as a proof of sufficient funds: cash, bank cards along with bank statements, accommodation bookings, tourist vouchers, a letter from the person or company you’re visiting stating that they will cover your expenses, a return ticket or onward travel ticket. You can find more information on the websites of the Ukrainian Embassy in the UK and State Border Service of Ukraine.

Passport validity

If you’re travelling without a visa, your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. If you’re applying for a visa, your passport may need to have an additional period of validity. Check with the Ukrainian Embassy in London for further details.

Transfer Time
The transfer time from Borispol Airport to the hotel is approximately 35 minutes depending on traffic.

Included Programme
During your holiday, we have included a guided tour of the city.

More to Explore
Optional tours may be available to you depending on the time of year and numbers interested. All tours can be paid for in Euros but in cash only. The exact amount will be given at your Information Meeting. Your Tour Leader will help arrange these for you but may not necessarily accompany you. The exact amount will be given at your Information Meeting and your Tour Leader will help arrange these for you but may not necessarily accompany you.

Half Day to Mezhyhirya (5 hours) - approx €47.00 pp
* Subject to availability

Have you ever wondered how corrupted presidents live? Here is one of the examples and it’s a great opportunity to visit the residence where former Ukrainian president Yanukovich lived. This place is now called the museum of corruption, which is stunning by its impressive luxury life, incredibly vast territory and nonsense of human greediness.

Half Day to Kyevo-Pechersk Lavra (4 hours) - approx €39.00 pp
* Subject to availability

A tour to Kyevo-Pechersk Lavra monastery with caves and a Motherland Statue including a visit to to the Great Patriotic War Museum

Pre-Bookable Excursions
Listed below are details of the pre-bookable optional tour available to you. Please note this must be booked at least 1 week prior to departure.

Full Day Tour to Chernobyl
From 08:00 to 20:00. Enjoy your full day to Chernobyl from Kiev. Following an introductory briefing, you will head past a Checkpoint and into Chernobyl town, visit the secret Duga military radar station. You will see landmarks including the power plant, Kopachi Village and its abandoned kindergarten and Reactor #4. Head to Pripyat town which is now silent and see collapsed schools, run-down hospitals, and derelict cinemas. After lunch, visit the secret Duga military radar station.

Please call or visit our website for cost.

Please note:
1) During Chernobyl tour you must have a valid passport with you (perhaps keep in a sealed plastic bag during your visit) and follow your local guide and their instructions at all times.

2) Please do not eat any berries or drink water from open sources such as wells etc. (bottled water is fine), smoke, eat or drink in open spaces.

3) You are allowed to take photographs and videos of everything except at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the checkpoints which are guarded. Your guide will be able to offer full advice on this.

4) Please wear shoes with closed toes (no flip flops or sandals) and with good grip. It is recommended these are shoes that are older and can be easily washed or thrown away afterwards.

5) Please wear full length trousers (no skirts or shorts) and long sleeves avoiding clothes with many zips. We advise to wash your clothes (or throw them away) and shower after the visit.

6) Do not sit on the ground, put your belongings on the ground or touch the vegetation or any objects you find on the ground or take any artefacts you may find on the ground.

7) It is advisable to bring along for the trip: your personal first aid kit, water, sandwiches and /or some snacks to eat in the bus. In the middle of the tour there is a lunch for the participants of the trip. If you need a vegetarian diet, please let us know when getting on the bus.

8) Individuals who are intoxicated with alcohol, or in a state of alcohol /drug hangover are not allowed to enter the Zone. It is forbidden to use alcohol and drugs during a trip. It is prohibited to enter the Zone with any weapon and / whether ammunition.

9) Please, be prepared for a long day, some long drives, walks, and not modern restrooms.


Gratuities
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below.

Your Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection to cover drivers, porters and hotel staff of €15.00. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate add on.

Temperature (Average Daily Maximum ºC)
Aug 23ºC

Dress Code
Casual daytime wear is recommended. Comfortable shoes are a “must” for sightseeing. Smart casual clothes will be ideal for the evenings - the emphasis throughout being informality. Women should bring a headscarf for religious site visits

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What's included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Heathrow/Kiev with British Airways & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • ½ day guided tour of Kiev
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Solos Board: Breakfast daily & 1 dinner in a local restaurant

What’s extra:

  • Insurance see here
  • Optional Excursions:*
    Day trip to Chernobyl – currently £122. Must be pre-booked 7 days prior to departure
  • Lavra Monastery and Motherland Statue tour
    *subject to availability

Please note:
We would not recommend this city break for those with walking difficulties due to its steep streets.

Temperature:
Average Daily Maximum:
23°C Aug

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