Book your 1-day private tour to Chernobyl


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

Main locations of the Zone in one day — detailed, rich, and breathtaking.

 

We are not going to make a fancy-wrapped offer, that will end in stupid entertaiment. So no words like "incredible adventures at mysterious ghost city of Pripyat". Instead, we will be honest.

Let's a make a trip you will never forget. Go together to the core of the site of greatest nuclear disaster. See, think and talk. 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 private tour to Chernobyl with us: 

 

•  Longest stay on location — up to 8 hours.
We take the maximum from limited daylight in winter.
•  Geiger counter for you and military-class device with us.
•  Main sights of Chernobyl zone — detailed, very flexible
and with no speed runs.
•  Transfers with reliable and comfortable vehicle and skilled drivers.
You can come with your own car too!
•  Guiding in English, or native — Slovak, Czech, Ukrainian or Russian. •  Different options of pick-up and drop-off points —
Kyiv or master checkpoint Dityatky
•  100% of all legal paperwork on permits and arrangements •  Meals — dinner in Chernobyl or our beloved place in Ivankiv
•  High flexibility of program on location.  •  You can ask one of our special experts or advisors to go with you
•  Data. Hundreds of pictures in our databases and hours of stories. •  Tons of good emotions and memories!

 


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Review plan of the tour


 

Kyiv / Checkpoint Dityatky

Depending on your choice, we pick you up in Kyiv near your hotel or desired meeting point 8-00 in the morning and do passport check-up, after that we start driving to Chernobyl Zone. Or we meet you at master checkpoint Dityatky at 10-00.

It takes approximate 2 hours to get to the master checkpoint of the Zone, located at the village of Dityatky, 110 km north from Kyiv. 

On approximately 10-00 we enter the Zone and our adventure begins!

Town of Chernobyl

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, however first known historical records mention it on 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 stops are near monument for heroic firefighters, and 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.

When we come to Chernobyl-2, we leave the car near its checkpoint, and go on foot to visit antennas, cabling tunnel, go around data processing center and other facilities, like vehicles service depot.
As Chernobyl disaster caused a contamination of Chernobyl-2, being followed by end of Cold War and collapse of Soviet Union, the fate of Duga project was dark - it was cancelled and all the components destroyed, except array of Chernobyl-2. 

Once we return to car, we take the direction to NPP.

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 NPP 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 Nuclear Power Plant, 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. Approximately up to 2000 this city was mostly used in pretty the same way like Chernobyl now — as a host for many organizations and companies of the Zone. Few facilities still operate in Pripyat.

We leave our car at the central square and explore the city on foot for 1.5 - 2 hours — 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 (and, honestly, Chernobyl-2 is much more rich in the scope of internals, so we prefer to go there).

The list may be changed depending on your wishes and availablity of time — we are very flexible with this.

Way back to Chernobyl and lunch

We drive back to Leliv checkpoint where we pass first contamination checkup using special automatic devices. After that we arrive to Chernobyl and have a coffee stop (if you wish).

Zalissya / Rudnia-Veresnia village

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.

If you're more interested in landscape photography, we can go instead to Rudnia-Veresnia village. If Zalissya is jungles now, that one is almost not touched with vegetation.

Checkpoint Dityatky, dinner and transfer back

We arrive to Checkpoint Dityatky, pass secondary contamination checkup, and exit the Zone. After that we drive to Kyiv back, where we will arrive approximately on 20-00. On the way (cca. 20 minutes from checkpoint) we stop in nice restaurant for dinner.

Notices: 

If you need help with airport transfer or booking your hotel, let us know.

Inorder to maximize the time, the dinner pushed to evening. We can stop to buy snacks on our way to the Zone.

Normally, it is needed at least 7 days to issue the entry permit for a trip. It is legal procedure that normally cannot be shortened. In order to issue a permit, we need your full and accurate passport information and all details discussed before that time.

 

When, who and how


E.g., 29.06.2017
Please select appropriate options of transportation.
Price per 1 visitor:
€489 / $500
The price depends on a number of visitors — as more visitors go with you, as lower the price.

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