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Kiev: 2-Hour Private Metro Walking Tour

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Explore Kiev’s most beautiful Soviet metro stations on this 2-hour walking tour. Learn how the lavish architecture was designed to express a bright, bold new Soviet future.
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Duration: 2 hours
Starting times 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM
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  • Explore the history of Kiev's metro stations
  • See iconic Soviet-era architecture alongside lavish mosaics, sculptures, marble and ceramic
  • Visit eight of the most intriguing Kiev stations: Khreshchatyk, Dnipro, Arsenalna, Teatralna, Universitet, Vokzalna, Shuliavska, Zoloti Vorota
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Meet your guide at Khreshchatyk Station (entrance Institutskaya Str.) to begin your 2-hour tour of Kiev’s historical metro stations. Then, set off with your metro ticket to visit eight of the most interesting stations. Head inside Khreshchatyk Station named after Khreshchatyk Street, the most central street in Kiev. The station is pylon trivault that features Ukrainian ceramic ornaments framed by metallic grills on the central hall sides of the pylons. White marble is used elsewhere, particularly for the walls and the main pylon frames. Visit Dnipro Station named after Dnieper River. The station consists of a semi-Estacada over the embankment highway, and then continues across the river as part of the Metro Bridge. Arsenalna Station was opened along with the first stage and is currently the deepest station in the world (105.5 meters (346 feet). The escalator ride consists of two separate tunnels linked in-between by a smaller hall. The ride on the escalators itself is one of the longest, up to five minutes.

Next, take in the ostentatious design of Teatralna with its rich red marble adorning thick pylons which separate the platforms from the central hall. The walls are riveted with white marble and the floor is laid with grey granite. Learn more Universytet Station, where the red marbled pylons are adorned with eight white marble busts of famous scientists and Ukrainian literature poets: T.Shevchenko, I. Franko, G.Skovoroda, N.Gogol and etc. Move on to Vokzalna Metro Station. Pylon trivault design with bright white marbled pylons and white ceramic tiles on the walls. The pylons are decorated with 8 bronze medallions depicting the various episodes from Ukrainian and Soviet history. See Shuliavska Metro Station with mosaics of the central hall. The mosaics are 8 meters in length, 4 meters in height and symbolizes the workers of the Soviet period.

Lastly, visit the Pearl of the Kiev’s metro stations, Zoloti Vorota Station located near the city's Golden Gate, from which the station takes its name. Zoloti Vorota features 80 distinct mosaic pieces and images depicting the history of Kievan Rus. In 2011, the station's mosaics were listed as "newly discovered objects of cultural heritage" by the city's Department of Cultural Heritage. The station is regarded as one of the most impressive metro stations in Europe, being placed on a list compiled by The Daily Telegraph in 2013.
  • Professional local guide
  • Private walking tour of Kiev metros
  • Pick-up from a centrally located meeting point
What’s Not Included
  • Metro ticket (about 20 cents USD)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

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Meeting point

Khreshchatyk Metro Station, entrance to Institutskaya Str. inside the building of the station building #6. Guide will be holding a sign with the tour name on it.

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• Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2-days of travel. In this case, confirmation will be received within 48-hours, subject to availability
• Explore the history of Kiev's metros
• Another language speaking guide upon request
• Dress code is formal
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