Book your 2-day private tour to Chernobyl


"It is that huge, that they call it "The Island of Chernobyl"

This is our speciality. Deep, tough and hardcore trip through all the Chernobyl Zone — pretty far from tourist routes.

 

This tour is your opportunity to see real Chernobyl Zone, understand its scale and diversity, and it is well far from any touristic experience.
We made a careful selection of locations — so you will visit famous places (though, much deeper) as well as wild outskirts, where human is a guest. And we added some secret sauce of data, stories, knowledge and equipment.

We will work with you as we are one team. Teach you new. Help you perceive and understand. And find the answer, why within the Zone the lands outside it often called "The Great land".

Yes, it is expensive, but good things cost good price. How good will be the result? Check below at TripAdvisor.

 

Let us give you some details: 

 

•  Nearly 200 kilometers in the Zone by hell bad roads and hours and hours of walking. •  Geiger counter for you and military-class device with us. And we will teach you how to use it.
•  2 full days of maximized visits and exploration. •  Transfers with reliable vehicle and skilled drivers.
BTW, you can come with your own car too, but 1..2 seats for us will be needed.
•  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. Insurance included. •  Accomodation in Chernobyl or in guesthouse in nearby village.
•  Data. Hundreds of pictures in our databases and hours of stories. •  Meals — dinner, breakfast, coffee 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
•  Possibility to extend this program for 3 and more days. •  Tons of good emotions and memories!

 


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Review plan of the tour


 

Day 1 — Central Zone.
Kyiv

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.

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.  Normally on our way we stop at gas station for snacks and coffee.

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

Zalissya / Rudnia-Veresnia village

We take the main highway of the Zone, and pass bridge over Uzh river and Cherevach village. Shortly after, we make our first stop in Zalissya village. 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.

Town of Chernobyl

Shortly after Zalissya, starts the town of Chernobyl.
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, covering its major landmarks.

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

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 the rest of the day — 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 depends on actual constraints, but normally we have time to cover as famous locations as well as completely non-touristic places. We are flexible with this very much.

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). Anyway, in fact in Pripyat there are numerous places where you can perfectly see internals even without entering them.

Way back to Chernobyl.

We drive back to Leliv checkpoint where we pass first contamination checkup using special automatic devices. After that we arrive to Chernobyl. If we spend overnight at Chernobyl, we have dinner here (just for case — all the food in Chernobyl being supplied from Kyiv, so it is safe. Of course, our chef can roast you a local boar, but it will be very expensive... just kidding!). If we stay outside the Zone, we can have here coffee, and then drive to master checkpoint, and have dinner shortly after we exit.

Day 2 — To the West.

We have breakfast, check-in from the hotel and continue our exploration — so we again drive to north.

Paryshev village

Once we passed Chernobyl, we turn right and take the road that was built in 1989 to connect the Zone with Slavytych — the town that was build as a replacement for abandoned Pripyat.
We pass the bridge over the river of Pripyat, and pass one more checkpoint to come soon to Paryshev village.

Contrary to Zalissya, this village is a classic example of neigborhoods of the left coast of Pripyat. If the right coast featured more modern lifestyle as for USSR reality, here is a reservation of traditional folk culture — just look to these traditional houses.

Next, we drive to 10-km Zone again.

Chernobyl-2 (Duga OTH Radar Assembly)

Shortly after 10-km Zone 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. All together, it is few hours of detailed walking and exploring one of the most spectacular sites of the Zone.
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 Chernobyl.

Korogod village

On huge crossection we take direction to the west, to drive nearly 50 kilometers through all the Zone. Our first stop will be very huge village of Korogod, that was established in XVII century and was a home for nearly 1300 people. Today is is abandoned and became nice place to walk inside the houses and landscape photography.

Then, we continue our way...

Razyezdzha village

As more far we go, as more wild places we approach. On Polissya dialect name of this place means 'crossection' — it is true, because it is located in the crossroad of the way to Chystogalivka and Glynka villages. In 1992, Razyezdzha was burned completely because of forest fires, and now only remains of farms and memorial cross remain.

Illyintsy village and Ilya river

Ilyntsy located nearly 30 kilomters away from Chernobyl. This village was estabished in 1783 (however, there are many opinions, it is much older). This area was damaged by forest fires few years ago, but still there is enough buildings to visit.

Shortly after the village we can stop over the water flow control dam over the river of Ilya, which is perfect place for photography.

Polisske

We continue our way towards Polisske, and after passing few more checkpoints, we come to the town.

This place has long and hard history — being established around 1215, it passed multiple wars, changes of states, periods of raise and fall. The soviet rule was a disaster to the town — in the beginning on 30s of XX century it degraded from developed industrial neigborhood to nearly completely agricalture-specialized village. After establihing the Zone in 1986, Polisske was yet not included into it. So it became one of the master evacuation points after disaster; moreover, much investments were done in years after. However, pretty soon appeared, that this area is also contaminated — so in 1993 Poliske was evacuated. Despite it looks somehow alike abandoned Chernobyl, it resembles completely different epoch — 90s in already independent Ukraine.

Way back to Kyiv

We exit the Zone and drive towards Kyiv. On the way make a stop in Ivankiv in restaurant for afterparty dinner. In around one hour after we arrive to Kyiv to initial pick-up point.

Notices: 

  • If you need help with airport transfer or booking your hotel, let us know.
  • In the price included: processing of all documents, accomodation, meals (dinner on the 1st day, breakfast and dinner on the second), guiding in English, obligatory insurance, transfer from Kyiv, within the Zone and back, tons of good emotions and nice experience :)
  • Acomodation type is a subject of availability. Normally, we can offer either accomodation in Chernobyl in original hotel of the town, or outside the Zone in nearby village in private guesthouse. Second option is more comfortable and not a subject of Zone's curfew after 20-00.
  • In order to maximize the time for exploration, we have meals in the evening. It is always possible to buy snacks in Chernobyl. If you stay outside the Zone overnight, we can provide much better meals that available by cafe in the Zone.
  • This program can be extended with NPP internal visit, to 3 or 4 days with more locations. Contact us, if you are interested.

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., 24.07.2017
Please select appropriate options of transportation.
Price per 1 visitor:
€1000 / $1022
The price depends on a number of visitors — as more visitors go with you, as lower the price.

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