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Reviewed May 7, 2019

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We took the metro nr 2 - left at the last station Heroiv Dnipra and than took the small bus (25 hryvien per person - one way). that was located 50 meters away from the metro exit - we simply asked the driver is "he going to Janukovych house?". Those buses leave every 30 minutes. Duration of the trip from Heroiv Dnipra to the mansion - 30-40 minutes.The bus stops just in front of the park entrance (departs as well).

Park:

its possible to pay with card for the entrance 120 hryvien per person. But this is just the entrance fee to the park.

To visit the mansion (a must see) you will have to pay 500 hryvien for a guided tour. Cash only. Unfortunately only in ukraininan. Nevertheless unforgatable experiance.
Duration : more or less 1 hour. Its worth to take a map of the masion becouse its huge - 15 hrivnas.

Getting in to the mansion:

Pretty hard - there is an information card at the front door of the mansion saying you need to call one ukrainian number to arrange the visit. We did - the phone was turned off. As we were told later - the guide turns it off while with a group of visitors.

We were determined to see the mansion - soo we asked the stuff members (the guys with green plaquets on their necks (u can find them next to other paid attractions f.ex the bath complex). One of the stuff members told us he cannot help us and does not understand english - the other - at the bath complex helped us to get in touch with the guide and we arranged the tour.

Mansion meeting point - when you stand in front of the front door to the mansion - on your right side in the back thare is a building were the tour starts. You need to walk to the back of that building until you see a wax sculpture of Janukovych in the window.

Other paid attractions:

After seeing the mansion you will be overwhelmed - but if you are eager to see more you can go to the bath complex (50 hryvien per person), car musuem (50), dog training complex (50).

The galleon was not avaliable to visit from the inside.

The whole park is really big - and there are a lot of 10% slope hils to mount.

You need a least 4-5 hours to see most of it. Really unique experiance.

Date of experience: May 2019
2  Thank Olaf M
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Reviewed May 1, 2019

One of must does in Kiev. You can get there simply by UBER or by metro and marshrutka. Anybody can help you find the direction.
The park around the villa is very nice for a half day walk, or you can just hire a bike or a trolley. Entrance fee to the park is over 3 EUR. Furthermore you can visit a garage with a couple of dozens of cars (entrance almost 2 EUR) and the villa itself (entrance almost 17 EUR). The villa is really worth seeing as one can make an imagination of how greedy people can be, especially those who got their money with almost no effort. It is surprising how many precious things remained there even after the most expensive ones had been taken out with some twenty trucks. One can only think about what else could have been there before, when even after president´s escape things like snake skin coated flower pot remained there.
Unfortunately, the guides speak only Ukrainean or Russian. Another drawback is the entrance fee which makes it inaccessible for many local families.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank valdezCZ
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Reviewed April 30, 2019

If you do not have understanding about the corruption levels in this region- this is a good place to go and see and learn! Unbelievable! Worth of visiting with no questions asked!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank AJ S
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Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

1. Go there with Uber ($10). We did not get any issue to get Uber back also, even though we ordered it to the back entrance, there were several waiting around. Don’t do those expensive tours offered, not worth it, they do not guarantee tour in Honka for which you still would have to pay extra (500hr)
2. Tour in the landmark Honka (yanukovitsh house) - meeting spot no14 on the map (Fock)- posted pictures of both. Reading some of reviews here, we were worried it will be difficult to do this tour but not at all- wait at the meeting spot or call the number on the door to find out what time the tour starts (no English, I communicated with polish)
3. Tour is in Ukrainian/Russian- still worth to see, read some stuff on the internet before.
4. Park is BIG. Prepare for a lot of walking if you want to see everything or simply rent a bike in front of Main entrance
5. There was a toilet next to every landmark

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Estera K
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Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

It’s the best monument of corruption, you simply can’t understand the size of corruption without visiting this place.
Few practical tips:
1. Go there and return with Uber. It’ll cost you around 10eur one way. Expensive but you will not need to worry about finding marshrutkas next to metro
2. On the other hand, it’s quite an experience to catch a driver from Metro station but you must speak at least a bit of russian. We met an old woman who sat us on an old bus and drove there for 150uah directly to the residence. But it was a bit awkward and we didn’t fee safe.
3. 120 uah each person to walk into the park. Card available.
4. 500 uah each to get into the residence. you need to call a number on the main entrance and if you lucky - someone will pick up. We weren’t that lucky so simply waited until someone came outside. After approx 20min, group of people left the residence so we meet the guide. Russian only. We were told to meet in an hour next to yanukovich sculpture which was pretty hard to find. Look for a dirrection to Fock from souvenir shop.
5. You can pay in cash only. We didn’ have so much cash, so payed half price in eur :)))
6. The tour was INCREDIBLE. Best experience of the whole trip. The guide, woman, was wery good, explained lots of unknown details of Yanukovich life, his polical relations, family, etc. I personally don’t like guide tours but it’s the only way to get inside now.
7. Guides don’t speak english!! We understood very limited russian, so she did her best to explain the story in english :)
8. There were 8 of us in a group, it felt nice and personal
9. Tour took around 1,5h.
10. YOU MUST GO THERE! It’s just mindblowing.

Date of experience: March 2019
4  Thank Pociūtė Ū
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