Group tour to Chernobyl, Pripyat and Duga OTH Radar

Immerse into the world of Chernobyl — during the best season.

1-16 people in a group. Maximum locations. And a very special price for Winter & Spring 2018.


The golden rule of visits to the Zone is as less people you have, as more you will see. If your budget or time is limited, our group tour is the perfect solution!

We will go together to the places, that cannot be compared to anything else. Learn absolutely new and get brand new vision to usual things.

All of this with experienced guide, industrial-standard equipment and our data we collected on location during years of our own research.

What do you get with 1-day group tour to Chernobyl with us: 


Small group means small — from 1 to 16 people.
We won't cancel a tour if you even will be the only visitor in the group.
Maximum time in the zone — arrive first, go out last.
Main sights of Chernobyl zone — in one day and well explained.
Transfers with reliable and comfortable vehicle and skilled drivers.
English-speaking expert guide with you.
Pick-up at the center of Kyiv
100% of all legal paperwork on permits and arrangements
Meals — depending on availability, lunch at legendary canteen of Chernobyl NPP or in nice restaurant close to the Zone.
Data. Hundreds of pictures in our databases and hours of stories.
Tons of good emotions and memories!

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We pick you up in Kyiv at meeting point in the center on 8 AM and do passport check-up, after that we start our transfer to Chernobyl Zone. It takes approximate 2 hours to get to the master checkpoint, located at the village of Dityatky, 110 km north from Kyiv. Normally, we can make a 10 min stop on our way to let you buy water, snacks and so.

On approximately 10-00 we arrive to checkpoint, and tour starts.

Town of Chernobyl

First, we drive to town of Chernobyl via main highway, passing the villages of Cherevach and Zalissya.
Chernobyl is an ancient town — there is no clear information about its age, except first historical record dated 1193. Being a center of Chernobyl county of Kyiv region, it was regular town with approx. 15000 residents and, contrary to popular beliefs, was never related to Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. However, it gave its name to NPP as the closest town existed in 1970, when the construction started.

Before the disaster the town was a resort and important port on the river of Prypiat. After the evacuation in 1986, Chernobyl was converted to administration center of Chernobyl Zone and is a home for many organizations and facilities of it. So it still has that Soviet landscape that forever gone.

We drive around the town and make stops near entrance to the city, then its central square, and then go to oldest part, where St. Ilya church (ca. 1800) and former river port are located. Next we drive through abandeoned part of the city, and then make a stop near exhibition of real robotic equipment that was used during initial cleanup of structures of Unit 4.

After that we drive to inner, so-called 10-km Zone, that separate by internal checkpoint called Leliv after nearby village.

Chernobyl-2 (Duga OTH Radar Assembly)

Shortly after checkpoint we turn to the military concrete road and drive approximately 6 kms to Chernobyl-2. This formerly supersecret town is hidden in dense forests and was one of 6 components of Duga (eng. "Arc") over-the-horizon radar complex, designed in 1970s to detect launches of U.S. ICBMs to Soviet Union. 
The main point of interest there is breathtaking antenna array of 2 antennas — 148 x 500 m and 98 x 250 m as well as surrounding facilities. 

Kopachi Village

This village, along with village of Chystogalivka had a sad fate — being built of wood, it faced extreme contamination, so during the decontamination works 99% of structures were buried underground. Therefore, the area looks like a forest with lot of small hills over the initial houses. 

After decades, levels of radioactivity there lowered significantly, but it is a very good point to see for the first time how to measure exposure, learn about contamination, etc. So we make here a short stop.

Cooling Pond and Fish Research Radiological Facility

We enter industrial area of Chernobyl NPP and make a stop close to its cooling pond — a 26 sq. kms reservoir created for passive cooling of reactors 1-4. Since this pond was all-the-year warm, it was used for raising fish. After the disaster, the dedicated facility was converted to research lab to study radioactivity effects. It was in operation aproximately up to 2000.

Around nuclear power plant and New Safe Confinement of Unit IV

We drive along the water intake channel and pass storage for spent nuclear fuel #2 and unfinished units 5 and 6 (so-called Phase 3, cancelled in 1986), and come closer to Phases 1 and 2. In warm period of year we may stop near administration building of NPP to go over the railway bridge and feed the giant catfish that lives in the channel.
Next, we drive around NPP and stop at the observation point of New Safe Confinement (the Arch) — the superstructure that on November 29, 2016 covered Shelter Object (the Sarcophagus) for 100 years.

Red (Rusty) Forest Site

We make a stop on the road near famous enrance sign of city Pripyat, located at the ground zero of so-called Rusty Forest. Once this area was an old and dense pine forest, that was covered with intensive contamination shortly after disaster. Since pine-trees are particulatly vulnerable to irradiation, they died and became dry in few months, getting the rusty color. The forest was almost totally demolished in 1986, making visible the so-called Forest Village, created in 1970 to house first builders of NPP. However, few of that trees still stand...

We stop at the safe point on the road, which is good for observation. 

City of Pripyat

Shortly after Rusty Forest we come to city of Pripyat — the satellite town of Chernobyl NPP, established in 1970 and 16 years old only at time of disaster. Designed for ~50000 residents it consists of 5 districts and more than 180 structures. As it faced very intensive decontamination, the levels of radioactivity there generally not high except minor small hotspots. 

We leave our car at the central square and explore the city on foot for 1.5 hours or around — believe, it is the best practice to walk there, not drive. We may take any route you would like, or go from oldest part to newest, covering major sights. 

Average list of locations includes (depends on actual constraints):

  • Central square
  • Yards of District 1
  • Collapsed school of District 1
  • Medical unit 126
  • River port and cafe "Pripyat"
  • Kurchatova street
  • Prometheus cinema
  • Palace of culture 'Energetik'
  • Central park and famous ferris wheel
  • Trade center
  • Backyard of police station where some vehicles from 1986 remained
  • Fire station of Pripyat

Please note, that especially in Pripyat it is officially forbidden to go inside structures, as it is really unsafe.

Way back to checkpoint

We drive back to Leliv checkpoint where we pass contamination checkup using special automatic devices. 


We take the way back to Dityatky Checkpoint and make a stop in Zalissya village we already passed in the morning to walk along one of the streets. This village is the biggest in Zone, as it was a home for more than 2400 residents and a host of huge collective farm called "Druzhba" (eng. "Friendship") that was integrated in supply system of Chernobyl NPP and provided meat for stores in Pripyat and canteens at NPP.

Checkpoint Dityatky

We arrive to Checkpoint Dityatky, pass secondary contamination checkup, and exit the Zone on 17-30..18-00.


On the way to Kyiv, in half an hour we stop for dinner at Ivankiv in small, but good restaurant, where you can try traditional Ukrainian food. We intentionally push the meal after the trip, as it allows to maximize the time in the Zone. After that we drive to Kyiv back, where we will arrive approximately on 20-00.


Sometimes, we can arrange a meal in the Zone. All the meals in the Zone provided by few local service facilities, so options and flexibility with this are limited. Depending on actual availability, it can be hold either at NPP canteen or in Chernobyl after return. We can order vegetarian meal for you. But so or so by default it is after the trip.

The dose of gamma-radiation you get is very small — approximately 2 μSv (0.000002 Sv), which is roughly the same you get during 1 hour of flight on 10000 m height.

We need 7 days to issue the entry permit for a trip. It is legal procedure that normally cannot be shortened.
You'll need you to send us full and accurate passport information (travel documents applicable only) to let us file for a permit. Wait for message from us once you send request using form below.


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Just guide, you and some more people — we do not cancel trips even if you will be the only visitor.
No hidden fees and charges.

Price per 1 visitor:
€110 / $135 / 3900UAH
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Please read: important rules and restrictions that applied to visits to Chernobyl Zone

Dear visitor,

Our position is to disclose every aspect of the offer we're making to you.
Rules below applied to _all_ visits to Chernobyl Zone, regardless who organizes the trip. Therefore we disclose them here, as well as you will see rules again once you come to checkpoint.

Contrary popular beliefs, the Chernobyl NPP Exclusion Zone is not a simply abandoned barren land, but a strictly regulated secured area under the rule of State Agency of Exclusion Zone of Ukraine, where numerous nuclear facilities are still operating. Therefore, you must confirm that you have read and agree with rules described below.

  1. You must provide a complete list of passport data for participants at least 10 days prior to tour in order to match the processing time. There are no way to make entry documents faster.
  2. You must be at least 18 years old in order to obtain a permission.
  3. You take all the risks related to your visit to your own and will additionally sign appropriate written confirmation on arrival to the Zone.
  4. You must follow designed route, orders and recommendations of your guide / envoy officer;
  5. You must follow the rules of nuclear safety regardless of weather conditions:
    • wear long-sleeve clothes that covers your body. Any kind of t-shirts, skirts, shorts are strictly forbidden. You have to wear convenient shoes that cover you feet and have no huge holes (everything close to military boots is the best option, sandals, casual women shoes are forbidden);
    • not drink or eat outside the bus or structures;
    • Smoking within the Zone is not forbidden, but really not recommended in most places;
    • Drinking alcohol beverages during the tour, as well entering the Zone in alcoholic inebriation condition are strictly forbidden;
  6. Please do not take any things ("nuclear soveniers") originated from the Zone, e.g. debris, things from structures, stones, etc. This is illegal and can cause criminal responsibility. However, you can freely take back goods you can buy at the stores at Chernobyl;
  7. It is forbidden to go inside the structures in the city of Pripyat.
  8. Photos and videos are welcome, however, there are some objects or locations that are forbidden for shooting or filming (there are just few of them — checkpoints and so).
  9. Drones are subject to explicit authorization.
  10. If you are reporter, it is extremely important to get authorization from Zone's administration. Please contact us regarding pro exploration or 1-day private tour

Really, keep in mind that place you're going to attend not an amusement park, bur territory under heavy regulations. So violation of these rules in some very rare cases can result even in an immediate tour termination for entire group of visitors (without any refunds), and/or legal responsibility. Your guide will advice and aware you, if something will go wrong.

We really do all our best to make your visit as good as it is possible, but we are not responsible for changes or cancellation of visit or its parts in case of wrong submitted data, or in case of force major situations, that include, but not limited to forest fires, flooding, or regime changes that lead to temporary restriction of access to entire Zone or its parts (such as military trainings, governmental- or other regime activities, etc.).

We collect personal information of visitors only for permit processing purposes, and send it as a part of request to State Agency of Exclusion Zone of Ukraine. We do not store this data after the tour is complete.