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St. Sophia’s is Kiev’s oldest Orthodox cathedral, commissioned in 1037 by the scholarly Prince Yaroslav the Wise to give thanks for a military victory that lead to peace in Ukraine and a period of great cultural flowering. With 13 domed cupolas, all topped with green and gold, the cathedral was built next to his palace and had an interior of incredible lavishness, covered with Byzantine frescoes, mosaics and gilded ornamentation. As well as being a place of worship, it acted as a political meeting place for diplomatic negotiations and hosted the first school and library of the fledgling Kyivan Rus, a loose political federation of today’s Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Much added to and altered over the centuries, the complex survived fires and political unrest; the magical turquoise, white and gold bell tower was added in 1752 and the cathedral exterior underwent a Baroque facelift in the mid 19th century. Under Soviet occupation the cathedral was nearly torn down and replaced with a memorial park but miraculously those plans were scrapped. Amazingly the original 11th-century interiors and frescoes have remained largely intact and among the Biblical scenes portrayed on the walls are portraits of Prince Yaroslav’s family as well as secular images of jugglers, musicians and acrobats.

Now UNESCO World Heritage-listed, St. Sophia’s and its grounds are one of Kiev’s most impressive visitor attractions; a small museum of Ukrainian history is found in the 18th-century refectory, where highlights include models of the medieval city and fragments of mosaic from the cathedral.

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Fri–Tue 10am–6pm; Wed 10am–5pm
Volodymyrska Street, 24, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, 01025
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Kiev Open Tour - History & Modern Life in 3 hours

Kiev Open Tour - History & Modern Life in 3 hours

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Get a quick and thorough overview of Kiev’s main attractions on a private 3-hour tour. The comprehensive itinerary is perfect for visitors who want to get the lay of the land or travelers short on time. See the National Opera House, Golden Gate, Andriyivskyy Descent, and much more. You can also try traditional black caviar at Besarabsky Market. Along the way, learn about contemporary culture in Ukraine from your local guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$44.45
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Highlights of Kiev Private Sightseeing Tour

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Highlights of Kiev Private Sightseeing Tour

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See all of Kiev's highlights in a single private sightseeing tour. This excursion is a great option for first-time visitors or those travelers with a tight schedule, enabling you to see the landmarks and attractions on three different routes: the Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery, St. Andrew's Decent, and a comprehensive city tour of Kiev. Along the way, listen to commentary from a guide, letting you in on hidden facts and less-known stories about the Ukrainian capital.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.64
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$108.49
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Know Kyiv from Ancient times till nowadays

Know Kyiv from Ancient times till nowadays

You will pass over the main historical areas of Kyiv city which are Upper Town and Podyl , will know how Kyiv developped , which disasters it survived and how it was revived. You will see not only top historical sights that are must visit for every tourist but also will know about hidden gems of modern city. During this 3-4 hours tour you will know all information about Kyiv city life from ancient times till nowadays
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$108.98
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Kiev Private 6-Hour Tour - Best Sights

Kiev Private 6-Hour Tour - Best Sights

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Discover the top attractions of Kiev at your own pace on a private 6-hour walking tour. The well-rounded itinerary takes you to the Golden Gate, St. Andrew's Church, Khreschatyk Street, and more. You also get time to explore the vibrant Podil neighborhood, which many other tours miss. Midway through your adventure, have a traditional Ukrainian lunch at a local eatery. All the while, enjoy the undivided attention of your personal guide.
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  • 6 hours
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$91.28
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Kyiv in One Day: Private Tailor-Made Sightseeing Tour

Kyiv in One Day: Private Tailor-Made Sightseeing Tour

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Experience Kiev your way on a 100% customizable private day tour. Beginning with pickup at your desired time and place, where you go depends on your interests. Choose from a long list of attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kiev Pechersk Lavra, and your private guide will create a custom itinerary. The duration of the tour can range from four to 10 hours, depending on your time restrictions.
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  • 4 to 10 hours
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$86.67
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Small-Group Sightseeing Driving Tour of Kyiv - Best Introduction to the City

Small-Group Sightseeing Driving Tour of Kyiv - Best Introduction to the City

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Enjoy breathtaking views over Ukraine’s capital on this 3-hour small-group Kiev city tour. Hop into your vehicle at your Kiev hotel, then travel through the streets with a guide and gain insight into Kiev’s rich history. Along the way, take in top attractions including the Golden Gates, the National Opera of Ukraine, St Volodymyr’s Cathedral and UNESCO–listed St Sofia Cathedral. Explore winding cobbled streets through the Old Town — home to St Michael’s Cathedral and St Andrew’s Church. Explore Kreschatik Street and Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and gaze over the Dnieper River.
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  • 3 hours
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$38.10
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Kyiv by Night

Kyiv by Night

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Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour of Kiev under the moonlight. This nighttime tour leaves the day free for other activities and lets you see the city's top landmarks lit up for the night. Highlights include the Lavra Monastery, Paton Bridge, Maydan Nezalezhnosti, and Khreschatyk.
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  • 2 hours
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$53.85
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Private Kyiv City Tour by Car with Local Guide

Private Kyiv City Tour by Car with Local Guide

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Discover top city attractions in the Ukraine capital with ease on this private 3-hour Kiev city tour. Hop into your private vehicle at your Kiev hotel and travel through the city streets with a guide. Admire famous statues including the Founders of Kyiv Monument and the monument to St Andrew the Apostle. Take in popular landmarks such as Askold’s Grave, the Golden Gates, the National Opera of Ukraine and UNESCO–listed St Sofia Cathedral. Explore bustling Kreschatik Street and Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and admire fine views over the surging Dnieper River.
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  • 3 hours
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$61.91
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Full Day Private City Tour of Kyiv

Full Day Private City Tour of Kyiv

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Get under the skin of Kiev on a comprehensive 6-hour private city tour. Traveling by foot, bus and metro, hear about Kiev’s history and years under Soviet rule. Witness must-sees such as the frescoes of St Sophia’s Cathedral, the Golden Gates, and Independence Square, the setting of recent, history-changing political events. Explore the underground Kiev Cave Monastery; visit Podil, the old merchants’ quarter; and stroll along Andrew Descent. Break for lunch at a local café, and finish at the World War II memorial complex, famous for its Motherland statue.
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  • 8 hours
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$174.36
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Kyiv Combo: Private Sightseeing Tour and Visit of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

Kyiv Combo: Private Sightseeing Tour and Visit of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

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If you want to see everything that Kiev has to offer but are limited on time, a 5-hour private tour is the way to go.  Round trip private transportation takes you and your guide to all of the Ukrainian capital’s major attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kiev Pechersk Lavra.  While the tour is comprehensive, you set the pace and can customize the itinerary to suit your interests.
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  • 5 hours
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$105.24
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Kiev Best Sights Private Half-Day Tour

Kiev Best Sights Private Half-Day Tour

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Make the most of your limited vacation time and discover the top sights of Kiev in just three hours on a private sightseeing tour. Pick a start time that works for you then follow your dynamic guide to the Ukrainian capital’s highlights. Visit the National Opera House, Independence Square, and more. The tour also takes you to the UNESCO listed St. Sophia’s Cathedral.
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  • 3 hours
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$51.59
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3-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Kiev

3-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Kiev

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Experience Kiev in all its splendor from the comfort of a private car.  In just a few hours, you’ll get to appreciate all of the city’s most important landmarks spanning 1,500 years of history. Step inside the cathedrals of St. Sophia and St. Vladimir and explore the charming historical center. You’ll take in Old Kiev Hill, the imposing Golden Gate, and more and still have time to visit the famous Monastery of Kiev Pechersk Lavra.
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  • 3 hours
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$170.00
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5-Day Small-Group Tour of Kyiv Highlights

5-Day Small-Group Tour of Kyiv Highlights

Maximize your time in Kiev on a 5-day small group tour. The comprehensive adventure begins and ends with convenient private airport transportation.  In the middle, you’ll enjoy four nights of accommodation, plus breakfast, at the hotel class of your choosing. Follow your guide to Kiev’s best attractions, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites Kiev-Pechersk Lavra and St. Sofia Cathedral.
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  • 5 days
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$698.47
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Kyiv Old Town Private Walking Tour

Kyiv Old Town Private Walking Tour

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Take in the historic highlights of the Ukrainian capital on this private 3-hour walking tour of Kiev. See landmarks including the Golden Gates, St. Michael’s Golden Domed Cathedral, and the Princess Olha Monument; explore the atmospheric Old Town and learn how it was built by Prince Vladimir the Great; and marvel the UNESCO-listed St. Sophia Cathedral.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.34
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Full Day Kiev Private Tour

Full Day Kiev Private Tour

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All Kiev must-see sights on private 6-hours city tour that includes Old Kiev, the Motherland Monument, Lava monastery. You can choose walking tour with public transportation or car /walking tour. Our guide pick you up from your hotel/apartment. During the first 3,5 hours you are going to see the main Kiev attractions such as Golden Gate, St. Sophia Cathedral, Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery and explore Andriyivskyy Descent market. Your guide explain you the Soviet life and introduce modern as well nearby President administration, mystical House with Chimeras and Parliament. Second part of the tour is dedicated to Lavra monastery. You will be lead through non touristic beautiful monastery yard. Some steps down the road and you find yourself inside ancient labyrinths. Together with monks and pilgrims go to beautiful churches on the hill where evening service just started. Finish the tour besides the statue of Motherland with panoramic overview. Back by taxi to your hotel.
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  • 6 hours
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$168.00
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3-Day Small-Group Highlights Tour of Kyiv

3-Day Small-Group Highlights Tour of Kyiv

Plan a stress-free escape to Kiev with a 2-night tour that coordinates ground transport, pre-booked hotels, and a half-day tour of Kiev highlights. It's an itinerary that takes care of logistics while still leaving you the flexibility to discover the city on your own terms: you’ll be free to explore the city on your own, whether you’re sampling Ukrainian cuisine, strolling by the Dnieper River, or checking out Kiev museums.
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  • 3 days
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$317.49
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Full-Day Private Guided Kiev City Tour by Car

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Full-Day Private Guided Kiev City Tour by Car

Fully customizable guided city tour of must-see places with a licensed tour guide from the company that redefined the industry in Ukraine. Are you ready to discover Kyiv? All you need to do is select a language and relax, we will deal with the rest. Our guides speak English, Hebrew, German, French, Polish, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Chinese, Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian and will customize this tour according to your preferences. It seems like magic due to years of expertise, no matter if you want to learn history, reach the best scenic viewpoints, discuss modern-day lifestyles, talk about art and architecture, or combine the car tour with a dive into the Kyiv metro to see the deepest station in the world. There are no limits to your imagination! Our priority is to make you fall in love with the city, stir emotions and ensure warm memories. See you on our tour! Note: English, Russian and Ukrainian included in the quote. Other languages need to be negotiated separately.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$229.56
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$255.06
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Private Tour: Temples Churches and Monasteries of Kyiv

Private Tour: Temples Churches and Monasteries of Kyiv

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After your guide picks you up from your hotel in private transportation, you’ll set off on a day-trip to explore Kiev’s monasteries, churches, and temples.  Visit the city’s major places of worship, including St. Sofia Cathedral and Podil Synagogue, at your own pace, stopping for photos whenever you like. Listen as your guide provides detailed narration at each location on an interactive tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$64.34
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Panoramic Kyiv by Night Driving Tour with Private Guide

Panoramic Kyiv by Night Driving Tour with Private Guide

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Experience Kiev in the moonlight on a two-hour private sightseeing tour.  Beginning with hotel pickup, your private guide will take you to see the city’s major attractions illuminated in all their splendor.  Drive past the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kiev Pechersk Lavra and more. Then, enjoy a nighttime stroll around the city center while your guide narrates.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$43.34
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$43.34
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Must-see sights in Kiev by car

Must-see sights in Kiev by car

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You'll be taken to all must-see places in Kiev with personal guide by car, optimizing your time and savings. We always treat our guests in person and friendly. Best attractions and picturesque sights of our adorable city at your service. Kiev is huge and stunning, so let's discover its most famous and off the beaten track.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.77
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$150.77
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Weekend in Kiev (3 days private tour)

Weekend in Kiev (3 days private tour)

Get maximum impressions from your weekend in Kiev! . See the best sights of the Ukrainian capital, try its delicious cuisine and cheap drinks and experience exciting entertainments. And get the maximum attention and care from professional Wonders & Holidays guides. Welcome to Ukraine! . Choose Kiev as your next weekend tour destination. . Take a few hours flight from any European city to the capital of Ukraine and you’ll see the metropolis with a thousand-year history (Kiev was founded in 482) and hundreds of sights worthy of your attention. . Of course, it is not an easy task to visit them all in two days. Therefore, we in Wonders & Holidays have prepared a special program for you to see the most exciting ones and get the best experience during your weekend in Kiev. . If you want to continue your journey, see more Tours in Ukraine that we can offer you.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$191.80
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$191.80
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Customized Full-Day Tour of Kiev by Luxury Vehicle

Customized Full-Day Tour of Kiev by Luxury Vehicle

See all of Kiev on a private, chauffeured tour; make sure you get to all the sights if you have a limited time in the city. On this full day excursion, you visit the city’s main attractions, and enjoy Ukraine’s national cuisine at one of Kiev’s finest restaurants. Customize the tour to your must-see locations and enjoy personalized service. Enjoy round trip transportation from your accommodation in a private vehicle.
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  • 4 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$355.58
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Private Kiev City Tour

Private Kiev City Tour

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Discover the top sights and monuments of Kiev on a private 3-hour tour. The flexible tour is offered on foot, by private car, or via minibus. You're also free to choose a start time that works for you. However and whenever you decide to see the city, your private guide is with you every step of the way.  The comprehensive tour takes you to St. Andrew’s Church, Hrushevskyi Street, and much more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.62
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$79.62
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Kiev Private Guided City Tour by Car - Main Sights, Standard

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Kiev Private Guided City Tour by Car - Main Sights, Standard

Fully customizable guided city tour of must-see places with a licensed tour guide from the company that redefined the industry in Ukraine. Are you ready to discover Kyiv? All you need to do is select a language and relax, we will deal with the rest. Our guides speak English, Hebrew, German, French, Polish, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Chinese, Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian and will customize this tour according to your preferences. It seems like magic due to years of expertise, no matter if you want to learn history, reach the best scenic viewpoints, discuss modern-day lifestyles, talk about art and architecture, or combine the car tour with a dive into the Kyiv metro to see the deepest station in the world. There are no limits to your imagination! Our priority is to make you fall in love with the city, stir emotions and ensure warm memories. See you on our tour! Note: English, Russian and Ukrainian included in the quote. Other languages need to be negotiated separately.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$121.46
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$134.96
$13.50 savings
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$134.96
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What are St. Sophia Cathedral hours of operation?
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St. Sophia Cathedral hours of operation: Fri–Tue 10am–6pm; Wed 10am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Sophia Cathedral can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 66 St. Sophia Cathedral tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit St. Sophia Cathedral 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Sophia Cathedral costs USD 18.57. Guided St. Sophia Cathedral tours start around USD 18.57 per person. See all 66 St. Sophia Cathedral tickets and tours on Viator.
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