Live guide: English
Duration: full day
Dates: every day upon request
Get a unique experience of visiting a mysterious territory of the Chernobyl Exclusion zone, during which you will see abandoned settlements, soviet top-secret military objects and of course the place of a catastrophe itself – half ruined nuclear reactor, covered with the concrete sarcophagus. Moreover, you will see the entire infrastructure around it including the construction site of a new confinement designed to make the station ecologically safe. This tour is a great chance to learn about what happens when human creations get out of control and our civilization gets rapidly taken over by nature.
Note: The application to the tour must be submitted no later than 10 days before the planned date of travel. This time is needed to obtain all the necessary permissions to enter the Chernobyl zone.
Important – to book this tour you need to provide the following information:
Full name, date of birth, passport number, expiry date and country for all participants.
Explore one of the most mysterious places of our country – the Chernobyl Exclusion zone – the place where you will be guided through the events, which predated and followed one of the biggest technological catastrophes ever experienced by human race.
In the beginning of your day trip, our guide will pick you up from any hotel in Kiev and you will have a two hours ride to the Chernobyl zone. You will get some general information about your tour and if you have some specific preferences, concerning the program, you may discuss it with your guide and he will adopt it according to your interests.
Right after you enter the zone you feel shock from seeing abandoned village of Zalecie, which visitors usually notice only after the guide points it our for them. However, as soon as you do see it, you start feeling the spirit of Chernobyl – you see trees growing through the building making Zalecie look more like a horror movie setting than a real settlement.
After driving deeper into the zone you turn on the road made of concrete plates, kind of road built near military bases with a lot of heavy vehicles on caterpillar trucks. This road takes you to what used to be one the most important and highly classified soviet military objects – a gigantic antenna known as “Russian Woodpecker”. Seen from almost every part of the Exclusion zone, this impressive monument of the Cold war period brings us back to the times when hundreds of millions of people lived in constant fear of possible exchange of nuclear strikes and immense resources were spent to watch after “potential enemies” and be able to strike back any moment.
Just 20 minutes after you see the “Russian Woodpecker”, you catch the sight of equally impressive structure – Chernobyl station itself. During the tour around the station, you will learn about plans of soviet government to construct the biggest nuclear power plant in Europe turned into a gigantic failure that many historians call the last nail into Soviet Union’s coffin. You will also see a unique example of soviet engineering – Chernobyl station sarcophagus. Built in limited time, extremely hazardous conditions and without any prepared project it’s a symbol of heroism of ordinary soviet people – fire fighters and medical personnel, construction workers and soldiers all those who sacrificed their health to protect millions of people from dangerous effects of radiation.
After driving several kilometers from the Chernobyl station, you will be able to visit Pripyat – currently the ghost town, which originally was meant to be an example of a successful soviet settlement – both socially and economically. Founded in 1970 and closed for living in 1986 it has an untouched spirit of a soviet city affected only by wild nature, which turned it into a mysterious place where you can walk through the main street thinking that you are treading on the lost forest pathway.
Any time during your private tour around the Exclusion zone you may have a stop for lunch at the nice restaurant in Chernobyl town, which offers rich choice of Ukrainian food with dishes representing various regional canteens from many different parts of our country.
The tour ends with a ride back to Kiev that will give you a chance to ask all the questions about the tour and learn a lot of interesting additional information. After that, you’ll be doped off at your hotel or any other part of Kiev.
Small-group bus tour
Duration: full day
Dates: every day
The most mysterious tour of Ukraine
Group bus tour
Duration: 2 days
Dates: according to the schedule
Discover the ghost town of Pripyat
Price on request
Private tour by car
Duration: 3 hours
Dates: everyday upon request
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