Kiev, Ukraine, has seen some things over the past 16,000 years. Originally a small group of settlements clustered around the Dnieper River, it helped introduce the East to European civilization in the 9th century, was conquered by the Mongols in the 13th century, and got taken over by the Russian Empire in the 18th century. Today, though, Kiev stands independent, free, and full of interesting sights to discover. Gold-domed cathedrals. A bevy of museums. All sorts of recurring festivals. No wonder Kiev vacation packages are perennially popular!
Travelers cannot be bored during a vacation in Kiev. Learn about Ukrainian independence by visiting Maidan Nezalezhnosti, a square that has seen countless protests during the city's long political history. Kyiv Pechersk Lavra shows off Kiev's religious side; it's a gilt monastery that draws as many tourists and devotees. The Andriyivsky Uzviz also provides a peek back in time. Supposedly prophesied about by the Apostle Andrew, it's one of the oldest sections of Kiev and great for self-directed walking tours. Later, while you're strolling around the city, make sure to pick up some roshen (a meringue-smothered, hazelnut-studded sponge cake) so friends and family back home can share a taste of your Kiev vacation.
If you want get in on some of the best recurring Ukrainian festivals, make sure to book a hotel in Kiev during early fall. That's when you'll get to enjoy events such as the Kiev Music Fest, a state-backed gathering that has run for over two-and-a-half decades and is dedicated to national classical music. For those who prefer gustatory to aural pleasures, the Kiev Beer Fest takes place during roughly the same time and features over one hundred types of brews that you can sample.
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So you've dropped off your suitcase and you're feeling a little tired after your flight — what do you do? Catch forty winks? No way... getaways are about one-off experiences and extraordinary adventures! (Besides, you can always put your feet up when you arrive back home.)
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