Small-group tour to Chernobyl


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

Small group — just 6 people max. Maximum locations. And a very special price for Spring 2017.

 

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 semi-private group tour (6 people max) 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 really small.
6 people max — so you will see more than others.
•  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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Kyiv

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 (and, honestly, Chernobyl-2 is much more rich in the scope of internals, so we prefer to go there).

Way back to checkpoint

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

Zalissya

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.

Dinner

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.

Notices: 

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 5 more people. No hidden fees and charges.

Price per 1 visitor:
€140 / $155
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