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“Mezhyhirya and Lavra Tours are AMAZING with Kyiv Friendly Tours!!!!”

Kiev Friendly Tours
Ranked #16 of 157 Tours in Kiev
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Kyiv Friendly tours are a mix of engaging adventure and cultural experiences. Wide variety of walking and driven city tours with English speaking guides. Our mission is to make you fall in love with Kiev!
Reviewed May 17, 2016

We booked Kyik Friendly Tours based on a recommendation – and we were not disappointed. We took two tours with Slava (owner/operator) – the Mezhyhirya and Lavra Tour. Both were wonderful experiences. Slava is a delightful tour guide, with lots of information and she is able to give you a level of comfort during your tour that you are seeing the important things, and knows how to navigate both the location and the system. Mezhyhirya is the private residence of former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych – it is the epitome of opulence and decadence if not good taste and restraint. While we visited the compound, there were countless other visitors BUT our group was one of only 2 small groups that were allowed access inside the house and spa. Access is very restricted and hard to acquire – but Slava got us in there. Being in the house reminded me of being inside a scaled-down modern-day Versailles or Winter Palace. I don’t think the tour would have been nearly as impactful had we not had the opportunity to go into the Yanukovych’s private quarters – how often does that happen on one’s travels? I should note too, that the grounds alone are most impressive when you factor in the guest houses, the boat bar, the golf course, the car museum, the zoo, and the rest. The Lavra Tour was also quite interesting. I would not have known where to start had we attempted to see this area on our own. It was very reassuring and efficient to have Slava leading us through the unlit caves (candles in hand – kinda spooky when you are standing next to the glass coffin of a saint), the numerous churches and the overall practices and customs. We were very fortunate to visit the Lavra on Palm Sunday so we even got to have our picture taken with one of the Orthodox priests. Although the churches are spectacular and rich with history I still found the highlight of the tour to be the micro miniature museum. I had minimal expectations of this museum but the miniatures are truly microscopic – they are mind-blowing. It is unfathomable how these masterpieces were created. We just missed the artist by minutes – darn!!! The museum is a MUST SEE!!! Again – having Slava with us was most helpful in getting some extra information as the museum staff didn’t really speak much English. Further to the great tours that we had I must add that Slava was very flexible in the start time, pick-up/drop-off locations and impromptu side trips (like an Easter market and the Motherland Statue) for our tours. Slava really is focussed on giving her clients an exceptional experience in Kyiv, she loves the city and wants to showcase this interesting destination – and she achieves that goal. We would recommend Kyiv Friendly Tours for all the things you should see in and around Kyiv.

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KyivFriendly, Владелец at Kiev Friendly Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2016

Guys, it was a pleasure to have you on my tours! Thank you for your warm comment! Hope you are coming back to Kyiv one day! There's still a lot to see ;)

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Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

An excellent and professional tour with a genuinely good tour guide. Highly recommended. Very good communication and experience.

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KyivFriendly, Владелец at Kiev Friendly Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2016

Dear Richard,
Thank you much for a comment! You are always welcome in Ukraine!

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Reviewed May 4, 2016

We were looking for tour to Mezhyhirya with option to visit Honka, private residence of former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. After checking numerous websites and calls contacted Kyiv friendly Tours. Slava, tour owner and a guide made an extra effort to accommodate our group on a short notice. She picked us up from our place, arrived on time in nice non- smoking car and drove us to Mezhyhirya. Tour took 4 hours. Because of Slava's special access we were able to see inside of astonishing Honka house.Slava's broad knowledge of history and recent events as well, her excellent English and genuine friendliness made this day very special.
Thank you Slava!

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KyivFriendly, Владелец at Kiev Friendly Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2016

Thank you so much for a warm comment! Anytime you are in Kyiv - give me a call! Would be great to meet again ;)

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Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

Kyiv friendly it's more then tour guide .y do old town tour and night live tour.y had amazing time at kiev thanx Kyiv friendly .but if you need help with something at stranger country you never be. than slava from Kyiv friendly best person to help you.y can not wait to book my next tour at kiev next time.

Thank Sebastiaan K
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KyivFriendly, Владелец at Kiev Friendly Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2016

Dear Sebastian, thank you much for your comment! Your light house souvenir is a warm reminder of you! Hope to see you back again!

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Reviewed May 3, 2016

Hello fellow travelers- If you are coming to the Ukraine and want to have some great fun visiting interesting places in the Ukraine, just take a minute and book a tour with Slava at Kyiv Friendly Tours. I can assure you that she will do her very best to make your journey to the Ukraine a pleasant one; just like she did for me! I would recommend her services to anyone who wants to have a wonderful time.

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KyivFriendly, Владелец at Kiev Friendly Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2016

Thank you so much for your comment! Hope to see ypu back again!

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