Due to the current political situation between Russia and Ukraine, it is not possible to travel in certain areas of Ukraine at the moment. Also, as flights are not operating between Russia and Ukraine at the moment, we are not currently able to combine these two countries in a trip.

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Kiev, Ukraine

Grandmother of the Russian state, centre of Orthodoxy, home of the Orange Revolution, and centre of Ukranian life, Kiev is a city with many faces.

According to legend, the city was founded by three Slavic brothers and their sister, with the eldest, Ky, giving the city its name (Kiev is the Russian name; Kyiv is the Ukranian name). Since its foundation, the city's fortunes have waxed and waned - from a cultural and political centre to being sacked by Mongol raiders; from Tsarist boom town at the turn of the 20th century to 80% of the population being homeless after the devastation of World War Two.

Today, Kiev is indisputably the capital, with a palpable sense of energy and ambition. It is easy to spend three or four days here, taking in the sights and drinking in the buzzing atmosphere of a place that has a knowing sense of its own importance.

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    Places near Kiev

    Accommodation choices for Kiev

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kiev. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Standard Room, Premier Palace Hotel, Kiev

      Premier Palace Hotel

      First Class

      Located just a short stroll from Kiev's main street, the Khreschatyk, the Premier Palace is well located to explore the beauty of Kiev.

    Ideas for experiencing Kiev

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Kiev, and which use the best local guides.

    • Pecherska Lavra (Caves Monastery)

      Kyiv-Pecherska Lavra Excursion

      Kiev

      Positioned above the Dnipro River, the Kyiv-Pecherska Lavra (monastery) was founded in 1051 and is a stunning site. Initially dug out of a series of caves, the monastery subsequently flourished above ground too, with a stunning collection of gold-domed churches.

    • Chernobyl Museum

      Chernobyl Museum

      Kiev

      This museum is a fascinating overview of the accident and its aftermath. First to the scene of the accident were the firefighters, so it is particularly poignant that the museum is housed in an old fire station.

    • Bohdan Khmelnytsky Square, Kiev, Ukraine

      Kiev City Tour

      Kiev

      This half day tour of the city will take you on a tour of the highlights of this ancient and historic city. See the Golden Gate, site of the cities ancient entrance way, St Michael's Monastery, and Independence Square - headquarters of the recent 'Orange' revolution.