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Chernobyl Tour

Chernobyl is a unique site located in the Kiev oblast of Ukraine. Situated 130 kilometers north of the capital Kiev, its name is synonymous with one of the worst disasters in history. On April 26, 1986, a massive explosion at the nuclear plant in nearby Pripyat destroyed the complex’s fourth reactor. This incident is remembered as the largest nuclear disaster ever. Vast quantities of radioactive materials were released into the environment following the disaster people who lived in the area were forced to leave their homes and to resettle elsewhere. In total more than 100 thousand people were relocated from within a 30-kilometer radius of the explosion. Now this is an abandoned area where only the presence of decaying buildings shows that human life once flourished here.

Our visits to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone are risk-free and are guided by experienced tour operators. Radiation levels do not exceed the safety norms that are established for visitors and power plant workers. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone has been designated by Forbes Magazine as the most extreme tourist destination on the planet.

Some Facts about Chernobyl:

1. The new sarcophagus that covers the fourth reactor weighs 31,000 tonnes, or as much as three Eiffel Towers. Almost all the metal used for its construction was made in Italy.

2. About 50,000 residents of the City of Pripyat were evacuated in the course of three days after the disaster, and another 300,000 residents were evacuated from a 30 kilometer radius around the reactor during the first month.

3. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone covers 2,600 square kilometers, equal to the surface area of Luxembourg.

4. The gigantic Duga-1 Radar, better known as “Woodpecker”, was part of the air defence system of the USSR. It stands 150 meters high and measures 450 meters from end to end. But an average mobile phone today has more receptive power than this entire radar!

5. Located two hours drive north of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, the accident at Chernobyl spread radioactive dust across Europe and poisoned the surrounding area

6. Workers have had to fit over 500,000 specially manufactured bolts

ONE DAY GROUP TOUR

From $89*

Tour program:

  • Day 1
  • Return trip from Kiev to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
  • Dytyatky checkpoint: the official gateway to the Exclusion Zone
  • The villages of Zalissya and Kopachi;
  • Memorial “Life for Life”;
  • The ghost town of Pripyat;
  • The hospital that treated the firefighters and NPP workers;
  • The Polissya Hotel;
  • The Palace of Culture (“Energetic”)
  • The Ferris wheel in the amusement park;
  • The Chernobyl NPP;
  • The Sarcophagus and the New Safe Confinement structure;
  • The world’s best memorial: “To Those who Saved the World’;
  • A secret Soviet installation: Chernobyl-2 (radar “DUGA-1”);
  • Dinner in Chernobyl.

Information about trip:

Only for persons over 18 years old!

Travel to the exclusion zone takes about 2 hours. On the way there we will give an introductory briefing about the accident and Chernobyl, and review the rules and regulations for the tour.

DON’T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT (without it you won’t be admitted to the zone). You don’t need any special gear – just your usual clothes. However short sleeves, skirts, shorts and open shoes are prohibited). We will arrive back in Kiev at approximately 8 PM. This tour is only for persons 18 years or older!

*Important information:
Tours booked more than 30 days in advance cost $89 per person
30 to 15 days in advance – $119 per person
15 to 7 days in advance – $149 per person
7 days and less – $189 per person

The tour program might be changed due to the length of daylight hours, weather conditions, and directions of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone administration without refundings. 

In case of a no-show, the trip fee is not refundable!

TWO DAY GROUP TOUR

From $310

Tour program:

Day 1

  • Departure Kiev to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
  • Dytyatky checkpoint: the official gateway to the Exclusion Zone
  • The villages of Zalissya and Kopachi;
  • Memorial “Life for Life”;
  • An exhibit of transport vehicles and robots used in the 1986-clean up
  • The ghost town of Pripyat;
  • The hospital that treated the firefighters and NPP workers;
  • The Polissya Hotel;
  • The Palace of Culture (“Energetic”)
  • The Ferris wheel in the amusement park;
  • The Chernobyl NPP;
  • The Sarcophagus and the New Safe Confinement structure;
  • The world’s best memorial “To Those who Saved the World”;
  • Dinner in Chernobyl

Day 2

  • Breakfast in Chernobyl
  • Pripyat: an in-depth visit
  • A secret soviet installation: Chernobyl-2 (radar “DUGA-1”)
  • A helicopter pad;
  • Memorial “Wormwood Star”;
  • Yaniv railway station;
  • The village of Paryshiv
  • A motor-tractor station within the10-km Zone, featuring lots of radioactive vehicles including tractors, trucks and obstacle-removing military tanks;
  • Visit to the left bank of the Pripyat River
  • A former parking lot of armored vehicles that were used for radiation reconnaissance;
  • Dinner in Chernobyl