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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.

Kyiv-Pecherska Lavra Excursion, Ukraine

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.

Regarded by many Russian Orthodox believers as the spiritual home of the Russian Orthodox church, the monastery is flourishing once more today. You will be shown around the beautiful above-ground buildings, as well as the cave complex, where the mummified bodies of the monastery's founders can be seen. The caves can get very busy with pilgrims, with long queues to enter, and the monks sometimes turn tourists away. Also, there is no electric light - you take a candle to light your way.

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Other experiences in Kiev

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.