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St. Sophia Cathedral Tours

St. Sophia Cathedral
St. Sophia’s is Kiev’s oldest Orthodox cathedral, commissioned in 1037 by the scholarly Prince Yaroslav the Wise to give thanks for a military victory that lead to peace in Ukraine and a period of great cultural flowering. With 13 domed cupolas, all topped with green and gold, the cathedral was built next to his palace and had an interior of incredible lavishness, covered with Byzantine frescoes, mosaics and gilded ornamentation. As well as being a place of worship, it acted as a political meeting place for diplomatic negotiations and hosted the first school and library of the fledgling Kyivan Rus, a loose political federation of today’s Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Much added to and altered over the centuries, the complex survived fires and political unrest; the magical turquoise, white and gold bell tower was added in 1752 and the cathedral exterior underwent a Baroque facelift in the mid 19th century. Under Soviet occupation the cathedral was nearly torn down and replaced with a memorial park but miraculously those plans were scrapped. Amazingly the original 11th-century interiors and frescoes have remained largely intact and among the Biblical scenes portrayed on the walls are portraits of Prince Yaroslav’s family as well as secular images of jugglers, musicians and acrobats. 

Now UNESCO World Heritage-listed, St. Sophia’s and its grounds are one of Kiev’s most impressive visitor attractions; a small museum of Ukrainian history is found in the 18th-century refectory, where highlights include models of the medieval city and fragments of mosaic from the cathedral. 

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Volodymyrska Street, 24, Kiev. Open Fri–Tue 10am–6pm; Wed 10am–5pm. Admission adults 50 UAH, students & children 25 UAH; bell tower only adults 10 UAH, students & children 6 UAH; grounds only 3 UAH. Take the metro to Zoloti Vorota.
Address: Volodymyrska Street, 24, Kiev, Kiev Oblast 01025, Ukraine
Hours: Fri–Tue 10am–6pm; Wed 10am–5pm
Admission: adults 50 UAH, students & children 25 UAH
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Kyiv Combo: Private Sightseeing Tour and Visit of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

Kyiv Combo: Private Sightseeing Tour and Visit of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

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If you want to see everything that Kiev has to offer but are limited on time, a 5-hour private tour is the way to go.  Round trip private transportation takes you and your guide to all of the Ukrainian capital’s major attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kiev Pechersk Lavra.  While the tour is comprehensive, you set the pace and can customize the itinerary to suit your interests.
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  • 5 hours
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Kiev Private 6-Hour Tour - Best Sights

Kiev Private 6-Hour Tour - Best Sights

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Discover the top attractions of Kiev at your own pace on a private 6-hour walking tour. The well-rounded itinerary takes you to the Golden Gate, St. Andrew's Church, Khreschatyk Street, and more. You also get time to explore the vibrant Podil neighborhood, which many other tours miss. Midway through your adventure, have a traditional Ukrainian lunch at a local eatery. All the while, enjoy the undivided attention of your personal guide.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$90.21
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Discover Kyiv: The Most Complete 6 Hours Private Sightseeing Tour by car

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Discover Kyiv: The Most Complete 6 Hours Private Sightseeing Tour by car

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Experience all that the Ukrainian capital has to offer on a private 7-hour tour. Exclusive round-trip transportation allows you to skip the headache of public transit and complete the comprehensive itinerary with ease. Highlights include the Lavra Monastery, St. Sophia, and the world's deepest metro station. Along the way, your personal guide provides engaging and interactive commentary that you won’t find in a typical guidebook.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Kyiv City Tour by Car with Local Guide

Private Kyiv City Tour by Car with Local Guide

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Discover top city attractions in the Ukraine capital with ease on this private 3-hour Kiev city tour. Hop into your private vehicle at your Kiev hotel and travel through the city streets with a guide. Admire famous statues including the Founders of Kyiv Monument and the monument to St Andrew the Apostle. Take in popular landmarks such as Askold’s Grave, the Golden Gates, the National Opera of Ukraine and UNESCO–listed St Sofia Cathedral. Explore bustling Kreschatik Street and Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and admire fine views over the surging Dnieper River.
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  • 3 hours
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US$61.18
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Kiev Best Sights Private Half-Day Tour

Kiev Best Sights Private Half-Day Tour

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Make the most of your limited vacation time and discover the top sights of Kiev in just three hours on a private sightseeing tour. Pick a start time that works for you then follow your dynamic guide to the Ukrainian capital’s highlights. Visit the National Opera House, Independence Square, and more. The tour also takes you to the UNESCO listed St. Sophia’s Cathedral.
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  • 3 hours
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Tour Of Central Kiev With Natalia

Tour Of Central Kiev With Natalia

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GREETINGS! My name is Natalia. I am a certified tour guide with 5 years’ work experience. I hold a TOUR GUIDE CERTIFICATE from Kiev University of Law, Economics, and Tourism. If you want to have a truly enriching experience in Kiev, feel free to book my one-of-a-kind TOUR OF CENTRAL KIEV. We'll start our tour in Kiev's main square - Maidan - which is packed with Kiev's iconic monuments like the MONUMENT TO THE FOUNDERS OF KIEV, PECHERSKI GATE, INDEPENDENCE COLUMN, to name a few. We'll then walk to ST. MICHAEL’S CATHEDRAL famed for its architecture and golden domes. Close to it stands ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH which tops Kiev's most adorable street - ST. ANDREW’S DESCENT. A few blocks away is the STATUE of the chief of Ukrainian Cossacks’ Army BOHDAN KHMELNYTSKYI. The highlight of our tour is Ukraine's oldest standing church and a UNESCO world heritage site - ST. SOPHIA CATHEDRAL. Hope to see you soon in Kiev!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private 3-Hour Kiev Walking Tour

Private 3-Hour Kiev Walking Tour

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Get a comprehensive overview of Kiev on a private walking tour of this historic city. Discover major attractions such as Saint Sophia Cathedral and Saint Volodymyr's Cathedral as your private guide provides an informative introduction to the city.
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US$120.00
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Kiev in 3 Hours - Main Sights and Hidden Gems

Kiev in 3 Hours - Main Sights and Hidden Gems

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From Saint Sophia Cathedral to the Golden Gate, you’ll cover a long list of top sites on this private, 3-hour walking tour. Exploring with a personal guide means you’ll get stories behind each thing you see, and learn about hidden, lesser-known places as well. It’s tailored to you, ensuring you can discover the city at your own pace, without the fixed schedule of a group tour.
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  • 3 hours
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US$47.11
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Private driving tour around the must-see places in Kyiv

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Private driving tour around the must-see places in Kyiv

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Compact, lively, energetic, agile and essential tour to the city's main venues. With a local insider by your side you won't miss any of the must-see spots in Kyiv. This private driving and walking tour offers a quick yet thorough glimpse of the city. Get answers to all your questions—ideal for a solo traveler or individual group. Do not forget that from the beginning of our acquaintance to the end of your journey, everything is for you in the best and unique way!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Highlights of Kiev Private Sightseeing Tour

Highlights of Kiev Private Sightseeing Tour

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See all of Kiev's highlights in a single private sightseeing tour. This excursion is a great option for first-time visitors or those travelers with a tight schedule, enabling you to see the landmarks and attractions on three different routes: the Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery, St. Andrew's Decent, and a comprehensive city tour of Kiev. Along the way, listen to commentary from a guide, letting you in on hidden facts and less-known stories about the Ukrainian capital.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$108.49
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Small-Group Sightseeing Driving Tour of Kyiv - Best Introduction to the City

Small-Group Sightseeing Driving Tour of Kyiv - Best Introduction to the City

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Enjoy breathtaking views over Ukraine’s capital on this 3-hour small-group Kiev city tour. Hop into your vehicle at your Kiev hotel, then travel through the streets with a guide and gain insight into Kiev’s rich history. Along the way, take in top attractions including the Golden Gates, the National Opera of Ukraine, St Volodymyr’s Cathedral and UNESCO–listed St Sofia Cathedral. Explore winding cobbled streets through the Old Town — home to St Michael’s Cathedral and St Andrew’s Church. Explore Kreschatik Street and Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and gaze over the Dnieper River.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$37.65
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Kyiv in One Day: Private Tailor-Made Sightseeing Tour

Kyiv in One Day: Private Tailor-Made Sightseeing Tour

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Experience Kiev your way on a 100% customizable private day tour. Beginning with pickup at your desired time and place, where you go depends on your interests. Choose from a long list of attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kiev Pechersk Lavra, and your private guide will create a custom itinerary. The duration of the tour can range from four to 10 hours, depending on your time restrictions.
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  • 4 to 10 hours
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US$85.65
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5-Day Small-Group Tour of Kyiv Highlights

5-Day Small-Group Tour of Kyiv Highlights

Maximize your time in Kiev on a 5-day small group tour. The comprehensive adventure begins and ends with convenient private airport transportation.  In the middle, you’ll enjoy four nights of accommodation, plus breakfast, at the hotel class of your choosing. Follow your guide to Kiev’s best attractions, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites Kiev-Pechersk Lavra and St. Sofia Cathedral.
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  • 5 days
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US$690.26
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Kyiv by Night

Kyiv by Night

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Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour of Kiev under the moonlight. This nighttime tour leaves the day free for other activities and lets you see the city's top landmarks lit up for the night. Highlights include the Lavra Monastery, Paton Bridge, Maydan Nezalezhnosti, and Khreschatyk.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$53.85
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US$53.85
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Full Day Kiev Private Tour

Full Day Kiev Private Tour

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All Kiev must-see sights on private 6-hours city tour that includes Old Kiev, the Motherland Monument, Lava monastery. You can choose walking tour with public transportation or car /walking tour. Our guide pick you up from your hotel/apartment. During the first 3,5 hours you are going to see the main Kiev attractions such as Golden Gate, St. Sophia Cathedral, Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery and explore Andriyivskyy Descent market. Your guide explain you the Soviet life and introduce modern as well nearby President administration, mystical House with Chimeras and Parliament. Second part of the tour is dedicated to Lavra monastery. You will be lead through non touristic beautiful monastery yard. Some steps down the road and you find yourself inside ancient labyrinths. Together with monks and pilgrims go to beautiful churches on the hill where evening service just started. Finish the tour besides the statue of Motherland with panoramic overview. Back by taxi to your hotel.
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  • 6 hours
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US$128.21
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Panoramic Kyiv by Night Driving Tour with Private Guide

Panoramic Kyiv by Night Driving Tour with Private Guide

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Experience Kiev in the moonlight on a two-hour private sightseeing tour.  Beginning with hotel pickup, your private guide will take you to see the city’s major attractions illuminated in all their splendor.  Drive past the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kiev Pechersk Lavra and more. Then, enjoy a nighttime stroll around the city center while your guide narrates.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$42.83
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Must-see sights in Kiev by car

Must-see sights in Kiev by car

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You'll be taken to all must-see places in Kiev with personal guide by car, optimizing your time and savings. We always treat our guests in person and friendly. Best attractions and picturesque sights of our adorable city at your service. Kiev is huge and stunning, so let's discover its most famous and off the beaten track.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$150.77
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Customized Full-Day Tour of Kiev by Luxury Vehicle

Customized Full-Day Tour of Kiev by Luxury Vehicle

See all of Kiev on a private, chauffeured tour; make sure you get to all the sights if you have a limited time in the city. On this full day excursion, you visit the city’s main attractions, and enjoy Ukraine’s national cuisine at one of Kiev’s finest restaurants. Customize the tour to your must-see locations and enjoy personalized service. Enjoy round trip transportation from your accommodation in a private vehicle.
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  • 4 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$351.40
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US$351.40
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Private Kiev City Tour

Private Kiev City Tour

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Discover the top sights and monuments of Kiev on a private 3-hour tour. The flexible tour is offered on foot, by private car, or via minibus. You're also free to choose a start time that works for you. However and whenever you decide to see the city, your private guide is with you every step of the way.  The comprehensive tour takes you to St. Andrew’s Church, Hrushevskyi Street, and much more.
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  • 3 hours
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US$79.62
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US$79.62
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Kiev Open Tour - History & Modern Life in 3 hours

Kiev Open Tour - History & Modern Life in 3 hours

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Get a quick and thorough overview of Kiev’s main attractions on a private 3-hour tour. The comprehensive itinerary is perfect for visitors who want to get the lay of the land or travelers short on time. See the National Opera House, Golden Gate, Andriyivskyy Descent, and much more. You can also try traditional black caviar at Besarabsky Market. Along the way, learn about contemporary culture in Ukraine from your local guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$43.93
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US$43.93
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3-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Kiev

3-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Kiev

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Experience Kiev in all its splendor from the comfort of a private car.  In just a few hours, you’ll get to appreciate all of the city’s most important landmarks spanning 1,500 years of history. Step inside the cathedrals of St. Sophia and St. Vladimir and explore the charming historical center. You’ll take in Old Kiev Hill, the imposing Golden Gate, and more and still have time to visit the famous Monastery of Kiev Pechersk Lavra.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$170.00
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US$170.00
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3-Day Small-Group Highlights Tour of Kyiv

3-Day Small-Group Highlights Tour of Kyiv

Plan a stress-free escape to Kiev with a 2-night tour that coordinates ground transport, pre-booked hotels, and a half-day tour of Kiev highlights. It's an itinerary that takes care of logistics while still leaving you the flexibility to discover the city on your own terms: you’ll be free to explore the city on your own, whether you’re sampling Ukrainian cuisine, strolling by the Dnieper River, or checking out Kiev museums.
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  • 3 days
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US$313.76
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Sightseeing City Tour

Sightseeing City Tour

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This tour includes top 10 must see sightseeings in Kyiv. It's the best way get to know ukrainian history and to see modern life. With your private guide you'll have no-hassle and rush. Spend as much time as you want discovering each sight. Make a stop for taking nice photos and buying souvenirs, enjoy tasty coffee while your guide will answer your questions and sharing stories about Kyiv. So what we gonna see? Of course Golden Gates and St Sophia Cathedral, Monument to Hedgehog in Fog and "Chasing two hares", Old Kyiv Hill ( place where Kyiv was founded) St Andrew's Church with andrew's descent Kyiv funicular (let's have a ride up to request) St Michael Golden Dome Monastery and much more hidden spots from real Kyiv insider guide!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$39.54
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US$39.54
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Private City Tour of Kyiv

Private City Tour of Kyiv

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Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private sightseeing tour of Kiev's highlights. With a guide in the lead, listen to commentary on the vibrant city's culture and history while exploring highlights such as the Golden Gate, Old Kyiv Hill, St. Sophia's Cathedral, and the Mikhailovskyi cathedral. Private round-trip transportation completes this seamless, relaxing experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$64.34
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US$64.34
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What are St. Sophia Cathedral hours of operation?
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St. Sophia Cathedral hours of operation: Fri–Tue 10am–6pm; Wed 10am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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