Chernobyl Tour From Kiev

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Overview

The way the tours are run now is a result of our 15-year history of developing the tours, negotiating and persuading the government institutions to bring them to the level where the comfort for the visitors and accessibility to the major sites don’t conflict with the safety and security regulations.
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Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Excellent value for money
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Treat a loved one on a special occasion
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Your tour begins by meeting your tour staff at the departure point where they will check your passports and dress code. 
Drive to Chernobyl with passing Dytyatky checkpoint (on the border of the 30-km Exclusion Zone). You will see an informative and stunning documentary during the 2-hour ride.

Entry to the 30km Exclusion Zone. Meeting your guide (if a guide doesn't come with you from Kiev).

Arrival to Chernobyl. Introductory briefing on the Exclusion Zone administrative division and regulations, RAW disposal, etc.

Sightseeing Chernobyl town.

Entry to the 10 km Zone by passing Leliv checkpoint.

On the way to the Power Plant you stop at almost fully buried Kopachi village and check its kindergarten which we can enter.

Sightseeing Reactor #4 from a 270m distance and construction site of a new sarcophagus.

Stop near the Red Forest and Pripyat road sign.

Sightseeing Pripyat town: Lenin Street, the main square, the palace of culture, Polissya hotel, supermarket; Ferris wheel, the stadium, school, swimming pool, hospital, etc.

Drive through the tiny part of western radioactive trace.

Passage through Leliv checkpoint. Radiation control before the lunch.

Lunch at the Chernobyl canteen - all ingredients are brought from the outside and ecologically clean. A vegetarian meal is available upon request.

Important -Duga 3 (so called "Russian Woodpecker", military over the horizon radar and it?s base called "Chernobyl 2")

Final check out at Dytyatki checkpoint. Compulsory radiation control.

Return to Kiev around 7pm
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Inclusions for Chernobyl Tour From Kiev

  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
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Exclusions for Chernobyl Tour From Kiev

  • Compulsory medical insurance (US$10.00) has to be purchased by every visitor to the zone on the day of the tour
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 18 years (the age limit can be discussed in each case)

Any booking made within 6 days prior to departure is unlikely to be confirmed.

Dress code is important - no sandals, no shorts, no sleeveless T-Shirts.

Bring your passport - visitors without a passport won't be allowed on the tour.

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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41 reviews by the users

  • My phone now charges when I hold it in my hand after this tour and I no longer need a flashlight for camping! :P Just Kidding

    Nazar was perfect. Meeting up in the morning was very smooth. Bring 10 USD or 500 Hryvnia Ukraine currency for the insurance, they accept both. There is also a McDonalds at the meet up spot for bathroom and breakfast before you depart.
    Lots of info as we went along but not an annoying amount. Nazar was very kind, helping older people and the ladies jump from ledges or get across floors that have broken down. The attention to your safety is very high. ANY concerns you have they will address. Lots of walking on this tour, so bring a comfortable pair of shoes. Broken glass and debris everywhere in the buildings, mostly from the vandalism unfortunately. Rain jacket as well, you are outside all day. Maybe a flashlight as well, some of the side rooms can get pitch black dark on a cloudy day.
    The pit stops were sufficient. Get what you need from the gas station WAG that you stop at, for the day. The roads are bad, lots of pot holes or bumps, its just the nature of the trip.
    All I can say is nature is an amazing thing. Life goes on.

    Thanks again TripAdvisor and Nazar for the great tour.

  • Ridiculously interesting tour!

  • This tour was first class. The pick up in central Kiev went smoothly and the video shown during the drive out to Chernobyl was essential to understanding fully what we were about to see. The site itself was fascinating and the commentary provided by our very knowledgeable guide, Vika, was excellent.

  • Best trip ever. Guides were very knowledgeable with good English. Plenty of comfort breaks. 12hr day but worth the effort.

  • Great tour. Something you have to do while in Kiev. Tour was very long and was fun but one building looks like the next. Food on the tour was traditional and great. They also have souvenirs to buy at lunch didn't know
    Also important check with tour company as you may need to take your passport security gates i wasnt told and almost missed the tour. Had to get into cab and fly back to hotel.

  • This is the best tour I've ever been on. Fascinating, well-organised, packed with sights and experiences. Our guide Zadar was patient, informative and witty. I can't recommend it highly enough!

  • Excellent tour. Our guide Nadia was very knowledgeable without overdoing it. Process was exactly what I'd hoped for minibus on time, registration all carried out in a professional and friendly way. Highly recommend this tour.

  • The tour was wonderful. Natasha and Vlad were great guides. The presented lots of background and facrs, very interesting and educational. We visited so many great spots and seen some amazing sights. Chernobyl is a must do, and this tour was everything you want for in visiting the historical sight.

  • This has to be one of the best day trips anywhere in the world, but be prepared to feel sad for the people who suffered and annoyed at how the authorities dealt with it.

    Very well organised right from the beginning, good friendly English speaking guide and English speaking driver from Solo-East Travel.

    WiFi in the mini bus worked well, although it can't always pick up the required 3G signal for the whole journey.

    It was good to have a comfort break at a petrol station on the way there and back, it's over 2 hours each way. The roads are poor in places and the mini bus rarely gets over 45mph.

    It's a long day, 8.15am till nearly 8pm when we got back to Kiev. My iPhone says I walked 6.5 miles.

    The videos on the journeys are well worth watching, lots of information I hadn't seen before.
    I can't believe how close they get you to the reactor, although in hindsight it would have been best to visit last year before the new sarcophagus was moved into place in November 2016.

    Expect some delays for old Soviet style beaurocracy and paperwork, all dealt with efficiently by the guide. Lunch was good, but for me a bit rushed due to these previous delays.

    You must take your passport and wear suitable clothes which cover arms and legs, no hats required it was already quite hot in early April so choose clothes carefully. There was no need to throw away clothes and footwear afterwards if you follow the advice of the guide. Probably best to wear boots as there is a lot of broken glass and debris everywhere, especially if is wet.

    I found the amount of time spent at the DUGA-3 radio tracking station and at the abandoned city of Pripyat too long, enabling us to return to Kiev by the published 6.30pm time.

    It's a shame there has clearly been so much vandalism over the past years, as it seems the original explosion didn't physically damage many of the buildings to the extent you now see.

  • Excellent on all counts - left on in fact before time. Nice coach with a very professional driver.
    Guide was excellent - worked hard and kept us informed. He had very good attention to Health and Safety matters: some of the guests were less relaxed about this issue than I was, but the guide was able completely to allay their fears: ones radiation exposure on this tour is truly minimal: WAY below that incurred on a single tran-Atlantic flight!
    The included lunch, in a former workers' canteen in the Chernobyl site, was surprisingly good - a four course meal with a drink.
    The places visited were all really interesting - and the guide kept things well paced. Pripyat was an extremely atmospheric place to visit - it showed how quickly nature reclaims man-made structures.
    Seeing some informative videos en route was both fascinating and very efficient.
    In short, this is a very interesting albeit long day out - my understanding of how serious an incident this could have been was greatly enhanced by this tour. I would recommend it without reservation - on this occasion, I went with my son but I am seriously looking into a further visit to Kiev later this year with my partner: and taking this tour again would be the prime focus of this return visit!!

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USD 111.55