Easter in Kiev

Description

To discover the city cradle of Slavic culture, capital of the first Ukrainian state; "the RUS" of Kiev.

Kiev is rich in its great past history and its incredible current modernity, often unsuspected.

Kiev is a charming city at Easter time. You will attend the paschal service during which you will receive a traditional basket including Easter bread, decorated painted eggs (Pyssanka), black winter radishes, salt, butter and an embroidered napkin). In addition, you will take an egg painting course (Pyssankas).

You will visit the following major tourist sites in particular: the Pechersk Lavra Monastery, the Cathedrals of Saint Sophia and Saint Michael, the Saint Andrew's Church, the Saint Andrew's Descent, the long Kreshatyk Street and the Independence Square: Maidan. As well as the Opera, the Ethnographic Museum in the open air and the Miniature Museum

For all group trips in Ukraine, Vacanture offers:

- a choice of modern and designer hotels, located in the city centre, with a range from 3-star to 5-star hotels (in line with international standards of comfort, hospitality and aesthetics).

- a choice of modern restaurants, with a designer decoration, and a high quality service. They offer a revisited authentic Ukrainian cuisine, designed to satisfy a demanding international clientele.

- transfers in modern, air-conditioned buses that meet strict international standards for comfort and safety. Highly qualified personnel for bus driving.

- optional activities for evenings

The detailed program of the stay
4 days / 3 nights
Kiev


Program (4 days / 3 nights)

  • 1

    Kiev

    Reception at the international and modern airport Boryspil in Kiev.

    Departure for the guided tour of Kiev, during which you will discover its main monuments: the University of Mohyla, the Golden Gate, the Cathedral of Saint Michael the Golden Domes and the Cathedral of Saint Sophia.

    Transfer to the hotel. Installation in the rooms

    Dinner at the restaurant

    Optional: attend a performance at the Opera House

  • 2

    Kiev

    Breakfast.

    Visit of the Pechersk Lavra Monastery, splendid and millenary. With immense religious importance in the history of Orthodox Christianity.
    Visit of the miniature museum
    Visit of the treasure museum "l'or des Scythes".

    Lunch at the restaurant

    Visit to the Khanenekiv Fine Arts Gallery Museum.

    Visit to the Taras Shevchenko Museum, the greatest Ukrainian romantic poet

    Return to the hotel.

    For those who wish, participation in Mass.
    Traditionally, the whole family goes to church with the basket filled with traditional food and covered with beautiful embroidery. You will be enchanted by the ambient colours and carried away by the liturgical songs. For those who wish, you will be entitled to baskets to actively participate in the tradition. They will contain: the paska (Easter brioche) which symbolizes wheat (to have good harvests), pyssanky and krachanky (painted and cooked eggs), horseradish which makes you cry when you grate it (to remind you that life is not always sweet and pleasant), the salt of life (because you can't live without it), butter, a symbol of good health and prosperity, sausage and pig's fat.

    Return to the hotel.

    For those who wish, participation in the Easter Mass.
    Traditionally, on Easter night, before the religious ceremony, the boys lit a large fire in front of the church. This sacred fire was supposed to purify the air and earth of the village and keep away evil spirits. Everyone took a brandon to purify their house.
    Easter ceremonies last all night until dawn. When the Easter liturgy is over, everyone gathers in the square and embraces each other with a "Xrestoss Voskrèss" (Christ is risen). People buy pyssanky and krachanky. The children are having fun.

    Dinner at the restaurant

  • 3

    Kiev

    Traditional breakfast. On this exceptional morning, families share the food that was blessed the day before.

    Easter is said in Ukrainian Vèlékden' - the great day.
    On Easter Day, when two Ukrainians meet, the first one says Krystos Voskres! (Christ is risen), and the second answers Voyistynou Voskres! (Truly he is risen)

    Departure for the museum village of Pyrogovo. With a visit to the open-air ethnographic museum presenting all the artistic and traditional treasures of the Kiev region.

    Return to Kiev and lunch at the restaurant

    Walk along the picturesque Descente Saint-André, the oldest district in Kiev, where many painters, artists and craftsmen offer their craft creations.

    Visit of the remarkable St. Andrew's Church, in Baroque style, with its terrace overlooking Kiev

    Dinner at the restaurant

  • 4

    Kiev

    Breakfast.

    Visit of the cathedral of Saint Sophia.

    Lunch at the restaurant
    Transfer to the airport and assistance with boarding formalities

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