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When the dark winter nights arrive it means the festive season is here, and Kiev’s bars and restaurants are getting ready for their final but biggest events of the year. Bring in 2020 with style and join us on our New Year city break to Kiev, where you can experience a fabulous Ukrainian New Year with a difference!

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Why go?

  • Rich culture, fascinating history and colourful traditions
  • Extraordinary architecture and magnificent churches
  • Visit the atmospheric Old Town
  • Delicious food - and still relatively cheap!

Itinerary

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Welcome to Ukraine! Upon arrival we will transfer to our hotel in Kiev. When evening comes, we can gather together and enjoy a welcome drink with other Solos guests before having dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Accommodation 3 * Premier Hotel Rus
  • MEALS Dinner included

After breakfast we will begin our guided city tour of Kiev, where we will get to know Kiev’s history and learn about the strong spirit of people who fought for their freedom. Our tour will first take us through Podil (Lower Town) - the oldest district of Kyiv - and Kontraktova (Contract Square) in the heart of Podil, before bringing us to the hillside pedestrian street of Andriyivskyy Descent, with its picturesque views over the Dnipro Valley. Sometimes known as the Montmartre of Kyiv, Andriyivskyy Descent is one of the most ancient streets in the Ukrainian capital. In the 19th-20th centuries, mainly artists, musicians and writers lived here; today the numerous artistic salons, galleries, and art-cafes create a special vibe here.

Later on we will visit Saint Sophia’s Cathedral, famous around the world as a masterpiece of architecture, fresco painting and mosaic art. St Sophia’s Square is home to cosy markets and the country’s main Christmas tree, illuminated with myriads of lights.

After our tour we’ll go back to the hotel to freshen up before our New Year’s Eve celebration. To bring in 2020, we will indulge in an unforgettable Gala Dinner in a local restaurant while learning about the New Year celebrations in Ukraine, tasting traditional food and making wishes for the year ahead.

  • Accommodation 3 * Premier Hotel Rus
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast, you can spend the first day of 2020 relaxing, recovering or exploring the beautiful city sitting on your doorstep.

In the afternoon we will gather together to explore Kiev a little bit more, visiting the UNESCO-listed Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, also known as Kyiv Monastery of the Caves, a complex system of narrow underground passages and temples. Today Lavra remains the most important pilgrimage place in Ukraine. On our visit we will learn about asceticism and see beautiful churches, decorated with paintings, monk’s cells and defence towers.

Next we will visit the St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery and the government quarter, admiring its magnificent buildings such as the House with Chimaeras and Mariyinsky Palace. Afterwards, we will take a short stroll through Kiev’s most famous and well-trodden street, Khreshchatyk, and briefly stop at Maidan (Independence Square). In the evening we will gather together for our last dinner.

  • Accommodation 3 * Premier Hotel Rus
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast we will visit the largest open-air museum in Europe: Pyrohovo. Here we will learn about the Cossacks’ traditions, and see churches, factories, farmhouses and windmills. We will also be able to enjoy ancient Ukrainian folk music and learn about what life was like in the Ukrainian village in past centuries. In the afternoon, we will have some time to grab lunch and buy some souvenirs before our transfer to the airport for our return flight home.

  • Accommodation 3 * Premier Hotel Rus
  • MEALS Breakfast included

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.

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

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours 30 minutes

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 2 hours

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What’s included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Kiev & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Single room with private facilities
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast daily & dinner (including New Year Gala dinner)
  • Transfer by coach throughout the excursions
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrances to Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, St.Sophia’s Cathedral, St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery and Pyrohovo Open - Air Museum.
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

 What’s extra:

  • Insurance - see here.
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Any other personal expenses

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 between Kiev Airport and the hotel Premier Hotel Rus 3* is approximately 40 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff of minimum £15.00 per person. 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 % to add on.

Included Programme
During your holiday, we have included a guided tour of the Kiev city and Pyrohovo open-air museum.

Dress Code
Dressing in layers with warm, casual evening wear is recommended with comfortable footwear. Warm waterproof shoes are also essential with warm socks, gloves, hat and scarf. Winters in Ukraine are usually cold. Dress code for New Year's Eve dinner is smart casual.

Please note

A reasonable level of fitness/ mobility is required.

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
30 Dec 2019 02 Jan 2020 3 All Ages £ 896 BOOK

What’s included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Kiev & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Single room with private facilities
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast daily & dinner (including New Year Gala dinner)
  • Transfer by coach throughout the excursions
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrances to Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, St.Sophia’s Cathedral, St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery and Pyrohovo Open - Air Museum.
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

 What’s extra:

  • Insurance - see here.
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Any other personal expenses

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