Today arrive in Kiev. Please note this flight is not included in program cost. On arrival in Kiev you will be met by your private driver for the transfer to your hotel located in the center of the city.
Legend says the picturesque town of Kiev was established in the late 5th Century, but the exact facts are obscure even to the modern historians. The oldest city in Eastern Europe and one of the most fundamental in the development of Slavic civilization, Kiev did not reach prominence until around the 11th Century with the reign of Prince Vladimir and the subsequent rule of his son, Yaroslav the Wise.
After time to relax, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at 5:30 PM for an overview walk of the area around your hotel. No far from your hotel, are the St. Sophia Cathedral, St. Michael’s Golden-domed Cathedral, Khreschatyk Street (main street in Kiev) and Independence Square.
Your next stop will be the Golden Gate – one of the few remaining parts of Kiev’s original fortifications from the rule of Yaroslav I the Wise. Completely restored in 2006, the Golden Gate was originally built in the 11th Century to resemble the Golden Gate of Constantinople and was the main entrance into the ancient city.