Running through the middle of the city, the Dnipro River is the perfect vantage point for taking in some of Kyiv’s most iconic sites. From sightseeing trips with experienced guides to fun boat parties, Kyiv cruise companies offer some interesting routes, exciting entertainment program on board as well as top-notch position for exploring Ukraine’s capital landmarks from different perspective.
«Kyiv Panorama» route along the Dnipro River is a great option to spend your weekend and probably one of the most popular boat routes among tourists and locals. Enjoy the fresh air and cool wind as you travel with comfort on board of the small steamship. «Kyiv Panorama» trip offers to discover all the major Kyiv attractions from the other interesting perspective. During the trip you’ll have a chance to enjoy views over historical Podil area, Lavra golden domes, Vydubetsky and Svyatomykhailivskyy monasteries (the brightest samples of Ukrainian baroque style). Far in the distance the Volodymyr Monomakh monument and Magdeburg Column can be seen.
Boats navigate daily from Kyiv River Station (Pier 7, 8, 10) and are operated by «Riverrest» company and «River Passenger Excursion Bureau» company. The trip lasts for 1 hour. Boats are supposed to run every hour, however, the frequency often depends on number of passengers. «Kyiv Panorama» boat trip costs UAH 100.
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Kyiv Sea trip with river lock passage is another popular boat trip route. If you are boat trip fan, there is a big chance for you to like this trip. After cruising along the Dnipro River and giving the best perspective for observing most popular Kyiv landmarks, the ship sails to the river lock. During the trip passengers can discover how the ship passes the river lock and enters spacious water reservoir called Kyiv Sea. This boat trip last approximately for 3 hours and is taking place on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Two local companies are offering this tour. «Riverrest» company operates this route from Kyiv River Station, pier 7 and 8. The trip costs UAH 320. «River Passenger Excursion Bureau» company sails from pier 8; their tickets for the trip cost UAH 330 and they have a special discount for children - UAH 165.
You may also make an interesting trip on a double-decked boat to Mezhygirya, the former private residence of V.Yanukovych. This former property of the fourth president of Ukraine is now considered to be a Museum of Corruption or Kitsch. The trip takes 7 hours. The boat departs on Saturdays and Sundays from pier 7 of the Kyiv River Station. The price of tickets that may be purchased on boat is UAH 300 and UAH 150 for children under 14 years. Embarkation begins at 10:00 and the boat departs at 11:00. There is a bar on boat, besides you may take some food/beverages with you. Arrival in Mezhygirya is at 13:00. Entrance fee is UAH 50 per person. Embarkation and departure are at 4 PM. The boat returns at the pier 7 at 6 PM.
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Come aboard Kyiv's iconic Dnipro River boats for an unforgettable sightseeing cruise and find yourself face to face with Ukrainian capital’s splendid monuments and landmarks.
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