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Cheap Flights, Holidays and City Breaks to Kiev, Ukraine from Ireland

The Ukrainian capital city of Kiev is one city in particular that you have to visit, and we have great deals on flights, holidays and city breaks to Kiev from Ireland at the lowest available rates.

Kiev is one of the oldest cities in Europe and it’s located in the north central part of the Ukraine on the Dnieper River.

Kiev as a holiday or short city break destination is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It was founded 1500 years ago and today Kiev is the bustling capital of the newly independent Ukraine. With a population of three million people, Kiev is well known for its rich architecture and its cultural life.

Kiev started as a commercial centre as early as the 5th Century although it was entirely ruined in 1240 during the Mongol invasion, where the city lost its influence for centuries to come. Kiev prospered once again during the Russian Empire’s Industrial Revolution in the late 19th Century. During the Second World War, Kiev yet again suffered substantial damage but it quickly recovered in the post-war years, remaining the third largest city in the Soviet Union. Following the downfall of the Soviet Union in 1991and the Ukrainian Independence, Kiev remained capital of Ukraine.

City breaks to Kiev are a must for any adventurous traveller who wishes to see fascinating parts of the world. It is world-renowned for its horse-chestnut trees which line the streets of Kiev.

There are so many attractions that you have to see during your trip to Kiev. This picturesque Ukrainian city is known as a green city with two Botanical Gardens and numerous large and small parks. You will also find the Second World War Museum here, which offers visitors both indoor and outdoor displays of military history and equipment surrounded by verdant hills that overlook the Dnieper River.

Another place that you have to visit is St. Sophia Cathedral, which was founded in the 11th Century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise. The Saint Sofia Cathedral or ‘’St. Sophia of Kiev,’’ is one of the oldest monuments in Kiev. This stunning cathedral is under the patronage of UNESCO. You will find some 260 square metres of mosaics and 3,000 square metres of unique frescoes have been preserved to this city. The cathedral of St. Sophia was used as a Royal necropolis and it still houses the tomb of Yaroslav the Wise.

The National Museum of Ukraine History, which overlooks the old Kiev Hill (Starokyivska Hill), is definitely worth a visit, so check out our deals on flights, holidays and city breaks to Kiev from Ireland today.  During your tour of the National Museum of Ukraine History, you will come across over 80,000 items on display including ethnography, archaeology, numismatic collections, manuscripts, weapons, paintings that illustrate various aspects of Ukrainian History that spans from pre-history right up to the present day.

On your holiday or short city break, a trip to Andrew’s Descent (Andriyivskyy Descent) should be on the cards. It is one of the best-known historic streets in Kiev and it is a major tourist attraction. This steep and winding cobblestone street is known for its open-air market and its festivals. You are sure to find galleries, museums, bars and restaurants. Here is where you will be able to purchase paintings, traditional Ukrainian crafts produced by local artists and Soviet memorabilia. 

No holiday to Kiev is complete without a trip to Kiev’s Golden Gate and The Museum of the Great Patriotic War. It is the historic gateway in the ancient city’s walls. This gateway was one of three constructed by Yaroslav the Wise, in the 11th Century. It was modelled on the Golden Gate of Constantinople from which it took its name. In 1982, the gate was completely reconstructed for the 1500th Anniversary of Kiev.

The Museum of the Great Patriotic War is a memorial complex, which commemorates the Great Patriotic War located in the hills on the right bank of the Dnieper River in Pechersk. It was ceremonially opened on the 9th May 1981, Victory Day, by the then Leonid Brezhnev. It is one of the largest museums in the Ukraine with over 300,000 exhibits, and it’s centred around the 62-metre tall Motherland statue. It became one of the landmarks in the city. Over 21 million visitors have visited the museum. It is an amazing place to visit during your city break in Kiev. 

During the summer months, Kiev’s city centre (Khreschatyk Street and Independence Square) becomes a large outdoor party venue.

Kiev was recently voted third in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel: Top Ten Countries for 2012. Kiev boasts two magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites and it is fast becoming a major cultural destination for Europe, especially for those who are interested in travelling to destinations off the beaten track.

Enjoy Kiev’s phenomenal sights and its cultural experiences. Kiev is an Eastern European city that is big, diverse and largely undiscovered. So, get here now and experience it all, Kiev style.

If you'd like to visit other parts of the Ukraine, we also offer cheap Donetsk flights and holidays or you could plan a Helsinki holiday during your stay in Kiev.

For cheap flights, holidays and city breaks to Kiev from Dublin, Cork and Shannon, call us today.


Information & Facts

Activities

Kiev Guided Tours

Open Kiev (Kyiv) Bus Tours

Kiev City Tours

Cycling Ukraine - Kiev Escape

Climate

Kiev has a humid continental climate. The warmest months are June, July and August with mean temperatures of 13.8 to 24.8 degrees Celsius. The coldest are December, January and February, with mean temperatures of -4.6 to -1.1 degrees Celsius.

Eating Out

Visitors to Kiev are able to choose from a vast range of options of local and international cuisine that rivals many Western European cities. New establishments with new themes are opening regularly as the quality of food, service, and the décor has improved as well. The prices at some of the new and trendy Kiev restaurants are beginning to see a significant rise, but an evening dining out at most places in the city will still your meal cost less than you would expect to pay at home. During the summer months many of the city’s cafes and bars have outdoor seating so you can sit out and see the entire Kiev world pass in front of your eyes.  

Don’t be afraid to sample some traditional Ukrainian dishes. Sure you might as well.

Getting Around

By bus

There are two types of city-run buses available – bus (автобус) and trolleybus (тролейбус) – as well as slow and moribund trams. These can be hailed from assigned stops, which are marked by an inconspicuous sign on a telegraph pole. The buses are often very crowded during peak hours, but the norm is to push your way in. Once on board, you need to get a ticket and validate it by punching a hole with one of the small punchers that are attached to the posts inside the bus. If you can't get near the hole puncher, ask someone to validate your ticket for you. Tickets cost 1.50 UAH and are normally available from a special lady on board (oddly enough, she first sells you as many tickets as you want, then asks you to validate one). Tickets can be also purchased from drivers or in kiosks throughout the city.

By metro

The Metro (Ukrainian: Метро) is one of the pleasures of Kiev. It is a clean, fast subway system, and it is easy to navigate once you realize that all three metro lines (red, blue and green) go through the city centre. In total there are 50 stations, with ambitious plans for extension.

When you enter the Metro, you must purchase an entrance token from the cash desk, Kasa (Ukrainian: каса) or from a special ticket machine. One token is valid for one trip, no matter how far you go. A token is 2 UAH and one needs to slip the token into the turnstile to enter. A note of caution: make sure you walk through the correct side of the turnstile, or you will be hit with a metal gate that will slam shut. You can also obtain an unlimited monthly ticket with a magnetic tape, which is available for sale for 95 UAH during the first week of the calendar month or the thiTrains run every 30 to 150 seconds during business hours, every 5 minutes after 8 PM, and every 10–15 minutes after 10.30PM. Last trains depart from the terminal stations around midnight, so your last chance to catch a train in the city centre is between 12.15AM and 12.25AM (check the timetable of late departures, which is signposted on each station). Trains are often very crowded. Be prepared to push, as this may be the only way you get on the train during peak hours.

Spend some time looking at the stations. The red line features impressive architecture, similar to that seen in the Moscow and Saint Petersburg metro systems. Elaborate mosaics in the Zolotye Vorota station depict rulers and other historical characters of the medieval Kievan Rus.

By Funicular

A scenic way to get from the upper city down to Podil (or, naturally, the other way around) is to catch the funicular from Mykhaylivs’ka Ploscha to Poshtova Ploscha in Podil. You can enjoy views of the Dnieper and left bank on the way down. The cost is 1.50 UAH, and the Funicular runs from 06:00 to 23:00 during summer and 07:00 to 22:00 during winter. As with the Metro, you buy a token and insert it into the entrance barrier.

Kids Attractions

Mariinsky Park

Kiev Academic Puppet Show Theatre

Kiev Zoo

Rid the Funicular

 

Language

Ukrainian

Money

Ukrainian hryvnia

Nightlife

The Ukrainian capital of Kiev certainly comes to life at night. You will find dozens of bars, nightclubs and pubs throughout this Eastern European city. The opening hours are long and Kiev’s alcohol is relatively cheap. Most nightclubs only open or start a program after 10 or 11 pm. Check out the top nightclubs in Kiev, pre-party and after-party hotspots

Pubs and bars in Kiev are much more relaxed. There is usually a food menu available so you can fill up before your party night begins.

There is no need to party every night so chill out and enjoy jazz music.

Well, if you really don't know what to do with your money anymore, a trip to one of Kiev’s many casinos should be on the cards.

Restaurants

Kiev boasts dozens of restaurants, which serve various world cuisines. Whether you are seeking traditional Ukrainian restaurants or restaurants that offer such famous cuisines such as French and Italian, you will definitely discover the most suitable place in the Ukrainian capital.

Shopping

Kiev offers tourists a unique shopping experience. You will discover excellent new shopping centres, bright modern department stores and traditional markets that sell everything you can imagine. Kiev’s shopping landscape has changed dramatically since the late 1990’s. Queuing for scarce basic products in old soviet stores has been replaced with the desire to own the latest designer labels and luxury brands. Kiev has shaken off its Soviet past and the Ukrainian capital has embraced the capitalist shopping philosophy of buying items that you cannot afford and shop for things you may never ever need. 

Sightseeing

St. Volodymyr's Cathedral - Kiev's major landmark

Kiev Zoo

Mother Motherland, Kiev

Kiev Pechersk Lavra

Saint Sophia's Cathedral

Golden Gate, Kiev

Maidan Nezalezhnost

Kiev Funiculur

Museum of the Great Patriotic War

Hidropark - Is a landscaped recreational park on the Dnieper River

Vydubychi Monastery - Is an historic monastery in Kiev

Ukraine State Aviation Museum

National Historical Museum of Ukraine

Kiev Fortress

Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum

Kiev in Miniature - Is a park full of miniatures

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Premier Palace Hotel

With 290 rooms, this 100-year-old city hotel has been a pearl of Kiev since 1909. Renovated in 2005, it remains one of the main landmarks of the city. Perfect location and hospitality has made it a desired place to stay in the 21st century. The air-conditioned hotel offers a lobby with 24-hour reception..
Opera (Room Only/ Non-Refundable)

Opera Hotel is a traditional 5-star property offering luxurious accommodation in the heart of Kiev. Highlights include fine Mediterranean dining, a contemporary spa, modern gym, free Wi-Fi and parking and a good location close to Peremohy Square.
Premier Palace (Classic/ Minimum 3 Nights)

Premier Palace Hotel is a luxury 5-star property offering elegant accommodation and personalised services in the heart of Kiev. Highlights include multiple dining opportunities, a spa, a health centre with an indoor swimming pool and an excellent location close to the Russian Art Museum and main thoroughfare..
Premier Palace (Classic/ Non-Refundable)

Premier Palace Hotel is a luxury 5-star property offering elegant accommodation and personalised services in the heart of Kiev. Highlights include multiple dining opportunities, a spa, a health centre with an indoor swimming pool and an excellent location close to the Russian Art Museum and main thoroughfare..
Premier Palace (Classic/ Room Only)

Premier Palace Hotel is a luxury 5-star property offering elegant accommodation and personalised services in the heart of Kiev. Highlights include multiple dining opportunities, a spa, a health centre with an indoor swimming pool and an excellent location close to the Russian Art Museum and main thoroughfare..
Premier Palace (Classic)

Premier Palace Hotel is a luxury 5-star property offering elegant accommodation and personalised services in the heart of Kiev. Highlights include multiple dining opportunities, a spa, a health centre with an indoor swimming pool and an excellent location close to the Russian Art Museum and main thoroughfare..
Opera (Superior)

Opera Hotel is a traditional 5-star property offering luxurious accommodation in the heart of Kiev. Highlights include fine Mediterranean dining, a contemporary spa, modern gym, free Wi-Fi and parking and a good location close to Peremohy Square.
Premier Palace (Premier)

Premier Palace Hotel is a luxury 5-star property offering elegant accommodation and personalised services in the heart of Kiev. Highlights include multiple dining opportunities, a spa, a health centre with an indoor swimming pool and an excellent location close to the Russian Art Museum and main thoroughfare..
Opera Hotel Kiev

The opera hotel is ideally located in the heart of the charismatic city of kiev, walking distance from the opera house, st. Sophia cathedral and the main shopping streets. This boutique 4*deluxe hotel offers 136 rooms each designed as a themed suite designed to reflect world-famous opera from russia,..
Premier Palace

The hotel is located just off the Kiev's main street, Khreshchatyk, and is within easy walking distance of the main shopping areas, the new Olympic national football stadium and the Bessarabian Market.Premier rooms are designed in a classic style that cater to the modern traveler?s every need with a..
Premier Palace (Classic - Room Only)

This 5 star hotel is located in the city centre of Kiev and was established in 1909. It is a short drive away from the St. Vladimit Cathedral and the nearest station is Teatral'naya/ L' va tolstogo.
Premier Palace (Premier-Special Offer)

This 5 star hotel is located in the city centre of Kiev and was established in 1909. It is close to the St. Vladimit Cathedral and the nearest station is Teatral'naya/ L' va tolstogo.
Premier Palace (Premier - Room Only)

This 5 star hotel is located in the city centre of Kiev and was established in 1909. It is a short drive away from the St. Vladimit Cathedral and the nearest station is Teatral'naya/ L' va tolstogo.
Opera (Special Offer) (Ro)

This 5 star hotel is located in the city centre of Kiev and was established in 2006. It is a short drive away from the Botanical Gardens and the nearest station is Universitet.
Opera Hotel

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Premier Palace (Room Only)

Premier Palace Hotel is a luxury 5-star property offering elegant accommodation and personalised services in the heart of Kiev. Highlights include multiple dining opportunities, a spa, a health centre with an indoor swimming pool and an excellent location close to the Russian Art Museum and main thoroughfare..
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Kiev, Europe's Greenest City

Kiev is one of the oldest cities in Europe and it's located in the north central part of the Ukraine on the Dnieper River. Kiev is well known for its rich architecture and its cultural life. World-renowned for its horse-chestnut trees which line the streets of Kiev, this picturesque Ukrainian city is known as a green city with two Botanical Gardens and numerous large and small parks. Kiev boasts two magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites and it is fast becoming a major cultural destination for Europe, especially for those who are interested in travelling to destinations off the beaten track. Kiev is an Eastern European city that is big, diverse and largely undiscovered. Club Travel -- Irish travel agents specialising in holidays and city breaks to Kiev and cheap flights. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for competitions, updates and last minute holiday deals to Kiev.

 

 

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