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“Excellent way to appreciate the real Kiev”
Review of Kiev Guided Tours

Kiev Guided Tours
Ranked #48 of 148 Tours in Kiev
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

This was our first visit to Kiev in October 2013 and as we only had a few days to explore the city we decided to book two walking tours. So glad we chose KievTours.com. We did the XXL tour one day and the following day went to the monastery and the Great Patriotic War museum. Our guide Katja was very friendly, amusing and gave us an extremely informative history of this beautiful city which has experienced such a troubled past. She tailored the 2days to suit our requirements and brought the city to life. The arrangements were dealt with very professionally and helpfully by Yana at the office. After just two days it felt like we were saying goodbye to a friend when the tours ended. I would totally recommend this company and would suggest that if you explore the city on your own you will miss so much. Thank you Katja and Yana.

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Reviewed 8 August 2012

I booked two guided tours with KievTours.com whilst in Kiev recently. This was done over email, and a deposit was requested via Paypal (no dodgy bank transfers requested, etc.). One tour was the Chernobyl Tour, and the other was the 'XXL' walking tour of Kiev.
I enjoyed both immensely. The guides on both trips were very knowledgeable and spoke a variety of languages well; I preferred English and had absolutely no problems. They were both willing to answer any and all questions, even if asked over and over for the same information. Overall they served as good ambassadors to their country, and helped make my trip extremely fun.
Clear instructions were provided by the booking firm - in one case I had to meet a group at a different hotel to my own - and regular email contact was kept, even providing me with the mobile numbers of the guides in case of emergency.
Overall, I would highly recommend the firm and the guides they use. One thing I would note is to agree the final payment amount in the currency you will be providing; I noticed a few people who had apparently negotiated a dollar price in advance, and then were paying in the local currency, causing some confusion between the wholesale rates obtained via iPhone and the realistic rates obtained locally. I stuck to USD the entire time and had no issues whatsoever.

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Reviewed 22 May 2012

We booked the driven Communist Kiev Tour through kievtours.com and it was great! Our guide Aljena spoke very good English, had a good sense of humor and provided personal anecdotes from her own family relating to WWII in Ukraine through the fall of communism and the Chernobyl disaster. She had great timing and coordianted the car to meet us perfectly after each site (even dealing with traffic). Even though it was the communist sites that our tour covered, she pointed out and provided information on other sites too as we walked or drove along.
I would also like to mention her flexibility! One hour before the start of our tour we had to leave the apartment we rented due to safety reasons and move to a hotel. Aljena, our guide, adjusted things and arrived on-time at the hotel to start the tour. It was fantastic!

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Reviewed 9 December 2011

Emerging from the Kiev metro at "Zoloti Vorota" (Golden Gate), you will see the ancient fortress from the 1,000-year-old Kyivan Rus empire. Follow the street to the right slightly uphill (admiring the beautiful European architecture) to Sofiyivska sobor (St. Sophia's cathedral). Sophia's elegant bell tower arises on your left, opening onto a large plaza with the unmistakable statue of Cossack leader Bogdan Khmelnitski on horseback. Looking f=down the street towards the river is the majestic St, Michael's cathedral, bathed in blue. Either take the funicular railway downhill to the river (behind St. Michael's) or veer several blocks left where you will find the turquoise St. Andrew's cathedral at the top of Andriyivski Uzviz, one of the most charming streets in Kiev. It winds downhill, lined with the most extensive assortment of Ukrainian arts & crafts you will find anywhere. This is a great place to buy souvenirs (make sure to bargain), especially if you want Russian "matrushka" dolls. If you're hungry, a French-style restaurant called "Vernissage" is one of my favorites.

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