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Go Post-Apocalyptic at Chernobyl

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*This experience runs daily between February & November 2019  
* Due to security reasons this tour requires you sending us a copy your passport in advance

1 day exploring the world’s most extreme travel destination!

Visiting 1 country: Ukraine

 

Take courage to go on a thrilling and blood-chilling journey to Chernobyl! The Forbes magazine states that this world’s most extreme travel destination meets its brave guests with penetrating silence and eerie scenes of post-apocalyptic urban landscapes. Entering the Zone will make You feel like an infiltrator (“Stalker”, in Ukrainian!), and of course You will access the ghost city that still keeps many of its secrets from outsiders even after more than thirty years!

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Take courage to go on a thrilling and blood-chilling journey to Chernobyl! The Forbes magazine states that this world’s most extreme travel destination meets its brave guests with penetrating silence and eerie scenes of post-apocalyptic urban landscapes. Entering the Zone will make you feel like an infiltrator (“Stalker”, in Ukrainian!), and of course you will access the ghost city that still keeps many of its secrets from outsiders even after more than thirty years!

Radiation levels in this abandoned place do not exceed safety standards set for humans, but nearness to the legendary sarcophagus covering Unit No.4 will send shivers down your spine!

During the tour you will visit many interesting places and will learn stories of the Chernobyl accident with our English-speaking guides.

Join us on a full-day tour for a complete immersion journey throughout the Zone and an unforgettable experience of this mysterious location.

We will visit many fascinating places and, of course, the famous ones, listed below, will not be omitted:

  • Pripyat – the ghost city. It was a young but a very fast-growing population center. Almost 50 000 people of 25 nationalities lived there by the night of the accident. Today it’s a maze of deserted streets and crumbling buildings.
  • The amusement park and the legendary Ferris wheel – a gloomy landmark that everyone wants to photograph.
  • The Power Plant itself. Following a massive accident inside Unit 4 and a series of other accidents, Chernobyl Power Plant was shut down completely on December 15th, 2000.
  • The huge New Safe Confinement which was installed over Unit 4 in November 2016. It weighs 36,200 tons and can easily cover the Colosseum in Rome.

Why go for a tour to Chernobyl?

  1. See it with your own eyes: learn more about the biggest accident in the history of nuclear energy, and the tragedy that affected the USSR and other countries.
  2. Enjoy full program: visit numerous fascinating restricted-access sites, and head home with a lifetime’s worth of impressions.
  3. Stay safe: our tour is conducted by experienced English-speaking guides who will instruct you on all safety protocols. Radiation at all locations visited is at acceptable levels, which you will be able to check personally, using a Geiger counter.
  4. Explore history: We offer a standard full-day tour, with a full course lunch included, as well as other treats. We also offer private tours if you want only your friends around or in case you have something special in mind regarding places you want to visit.
  5. Benefit from our experienced English-speaking guides: This is one trip that will keep you on your toes!  Everything around you will help immerse yourself in the history of this grim yet exciting location.
  6. Opt for a private or group tour: Let us know whether you’d prefer to visit Chernobyl with random new acquaintances or just with your friends. Would you prefer just a standard trip or a unique route with any specific places you wanted to visit? Do you want to see a bit of everything or focus on any certain location for most of the day? We’ll find an option that suits you best!

(!) Please note that access to the Zone and any separate locations on its territory can be altered due to weather conditions and orders of Chernobyl Exclusion Zone administration!

Here’s some general info just to get you started. Below we offer a short list of relevant facts about the Zone that would make your journey even more immersive:

  1. Chernobyl disaster took place on the night from April 25th to 26th, 1986. Among countless other consequences it resulted in the evacuation of roughly 600,000 people, because of an explosion inside Unit 4, and long-term contamination effects to surrounding lands.
  2. The town of Pripyat, located two kilometers away from the Power Plant, is one of ten most environmentally contaminated cities on Earth, according to Blacksmith Institute. Today only tourists and “Stalkers” (illegal thrill-seekers) go there.
  3. Nearly all metal components for the “New Safe Confinement” (the second sarcophagus) were produced in Italy. Structure includes around 500,000 special bolts.
  4. Chernobyl Exclusion Zone covers around 2,600 square kilometers, an area comparable to Luxembourg.
  5. Disaster of 1986 lead to radioactive fallout not only on the territory of the Soviet Union, but across Central and Western Europe.
  6. There is a secret military installation in the Zone, known as “Duga-1”. This gigantic radar was part of USSR’s nuclear strike defense system. It measures 700 meters across and 148 meters tall in its tallest point!
  7. In 2017, Polish extreme adventurers manually span the Ferris wheel at the amusement park in Pripyat, first time in 32 years, and turned on lights in certain buildings.

To conclude

Almost everyone heard chilling stories about that disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, but to appreciate the full scale and consequences of this disaster there is nothing like visiting sites that still bear the imprint of those events, even over thirty years on.

Whether you’re motivated by a passion for delving into history, or by a longing for extreme adventures, this Chernobyl tour will just make you want to keep going. We guarantee you will come back with a great deal of impressions that will last a lifetime. Register now!

IMPORTANT:

Access to the Exclusion Zone is only allowed for visitors 18+ years old.

Public Group Tour Consists of up to 20 people, and has to be booked at least two weeks in advance.

In the course of the Regular Group Tour, guests visit the city of Chernobyl, the abandoned city of Pripyat, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, and the legendary fourth reactor, which is now contained under a new safe sarcophagus. In addition, the Regular Group Tour takes visitors to “Chernobyl-2”, a famous, formerly off-limits Soviet military town. The main feature at this site is a towering installation known as “Duga”-1”, a 150 meter-high, 800 meter-long antenna which was used as an early warning device to detect intercontinental missile launches from US territory.

Please be aware that there is a dress code for visiting Chernobyl: shorts and t-shirts are NOT allowed. You need to wear long sleeves and pants (trousers) to minimize skin contact with the environment. Also please wear proper, comfortable shoes.

Mandatory insurance is included in this package.

Private tour they can be booked any time up to 24 hours before the tour starts. During a Private Tour, guests are not limited to the standard routes and schedule. The guide can take guests to abandoned places inside the Zone which the group tours don’t access. It is possible to enter certain buildings and access abandoned villages. You can book a trip to the Chernobyl Zone on the date that’s most convenient, and tailor your itinerary to include the features and sites you’re most interested in. We will be delighted to work with you to help design a tour package that’s both educational and remarkable! During your private tour, you will be accompanied by a professional guide, an employee of the Exclusion Zone, and an interpreter (if needed).

For both private and group tours, the booking procedure is as follows: ! We need to receive photocopies of the main pages of the passports of all tour participants. ! When we receive the passport photocopies we will forward them to the Authorities that administer the Exclusion Zone to register the group. ! After the Zone Administration confirms to us that the group is registered, we will deposit money via e- transfer to reserve a tour date. ! After we receive prepayment from the client(s), we will confirm that the tour is booked.

Below is the itinerary for a one day Public Group Tour, including the list of locations you will visit on the tour. Please be aware: changes may occur due to weather conditions and Chernobyl Administration orders!

7:30-7:50 AM: meetup and registration

8 AM: Depart from Kiev

10 AM: Arrival at Dytiatky checkpoint, the official gateway to the Exclusion Zone. Once in the Zone you will view the following locations:

  • The village of Zalissya, with abandoned houses and barns.
  • The bypass road to the Nuclear Power Plant. This was built a month after the disaster to give military vehicles access to the Power Plant without driving through Chernobyl.
  • The village of Kopachi. The village is almost completely buried, but the kindergarten remains above ground.
  • The Concrete-reloading unit. This played a key role in the construction of the first sarcophagus in 1986. • The decontaminated Red Forest, site of the earliest and worst radioactive fallout. The town of Pripyat. It was home to fifty thousand people before the evacuation.
  • The hospital that treated the freighters and Power Plant workers who were critically injured in the disaster.
  • The River Port, with Pripyat’s best café on the embankment. City Hall, headquarters of the first disaster response efforts.
  • The Polissya Hotel, used as a relay point for the helicopters that dropped lead bags over the ruins of the fourth reactor.
  • The Energetic Palace of Culture, formerly the main recreational center for youth in Pripyat. The Ferris wheel in the amusement park which was never opened.
  • The Prypyat Stadium.
  • The “Azure” swimming pool, which remained in operation following the accident.
  • The Fire station, whose crew were second in line to attack the blaze at the Power Plant on the night of April 26, 1986.
  • The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
  • The Sarcophagus and the New Safe Confinement (“Arch”), viewed from an observation point at a distance of 300 meters.
  • The Fire Station at the NPP. The crew of this station were the first on the scene to fight the fire at the Power Plant after the explosion.
  • The “Life for Life” memorial. Located in front of a government building. In 1986 these was a vast parking lot here, and after the disaster this is where thousands of clean-up workers (“liquidators”) arrived daily to carry out the decontamination of the Power Plant, build the Sarcophagus etc.
  • The cooling pond of the Nuclear Power Plant: you can feed the giant catfish here, depending on the season.
  • The third generation cooling towers of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
  • The “DUGA-1” (“Arc 1”) radar. A secret Soviet military installation. It was located in a closed secret military town, Chernobyl-2. This giant radar was designed as part of an early warning system to detect incoming ballistic missiles.
  • The “To those who Saved the World”
  • An open-air exhibit of transport vehicles and robots that were used in the 1986 clean-up.
  • An environmentally friendly, radiation-free lunch at a state canteen that serves the employees of the Exclusion Zone (vegetarian meals are available upon request).

Approximate time of arrival back in Kiev: 7:30-8:00 PM.

Additional information

Duration

1 Day

Travel Style

EPIC JOURNEYS: ADVENTURES & EXPEDITIONS

Country

Ukaine

Inclusions

This tour includes:

  • Pick-up and drop-off to/from any location within Kiev
  • Insurance
  • English-speaking guide
  • Authentic “atomic lunch” at a Soviet-style canteen

additional info

  • You must be 18+ to enter the Zone.
  • Make sure to fill in your FULL NAME and FUL SURNAME into the registration form, just like written in your passport. Include all spaces, all capital letters, special symbols and figures if present.
  • Bring your passport with you. This should be the passport you used to register for tour! You will not be allowed into the Zone without it.
  • Long sleeves, long trousers and closed shoes are mandatory as a safety precaution.

price variation

Full-day Group Tour

Cost: 

From €90 /person *

Duration: 8 AM – 7 PM (11 hours)

The lowest price applies if you book more than 30 days in advance.

(!) The booking cost increases if the tour date is closer.

Book in advance and save up to $100/person!

Full-day Private Tour

Cost: 

1 person – from € 355

2 persons – from € 265/person

3+ persons – from € 260/person

Duration: 8 AM – 7 PM (11 hours)

(!) Advantages:

– It’ll be just you alone or with the people you know.

– You get the ability to alter the route and focus on the places you want to see most!