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Ukraine: Soviet Nuclear Missile Tour

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*This experience runs daily between February & November 2019  
*The price of this tour is calculated on a case-by-case basis, and depends on the group size  

1 day exploring a once top-secret location!

Visiting 1 country: Ukraine

 

Jump on this chance to tour a once top-secret location that not so long ago was the nightmare of the US and the whole world! Here, at the base of a twelve-story underground shaft, you will see a version of the famous “Red Button” that was capable of launching intercontinental ballistic missiles starting a full-scale nuclear war on the planet!

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Jump on this chance to tour a once top-secret location that not so long ago was the nightmare of the US and the whole world! Here, at the base of a twelve-story underground shaft, you will see a version of the famous “Red Button” that was capable of launching intercontinental ballistic missiles starting a full-scale nuclear war on the planet!

In the course of this excursion you will get to see models of Soviet missiles, examine launch silos, descend into the underground command center that was “hardened” to withstand a direct hit of a nuclear missile, and explore a further range of fascinating sights!

How the Tour Works

Adventure Tours offers you hassle-free transport to the Museum and back. The tour of the Museum is led by former service personnel from the base: this guarantees that all the information you get will be first hand!

The tour lasts approximately three hours. During this time, you will learn how the base was founded, and hear many interesting facts. You will view the principal sights of the Museum, and have time to walk around, pose for photos and chat with former service personnel. If needed, Adventure Tours can provide you with a local English-speaking guide.

The Nuclear War was an ever-present threat only a few decades ago. When you visit the Museum of Missile Forces you will access the very Sanctuary of Soviet military might, the most classified location in the former USSR from which that Nuclear War could have started!

Register for this tour and bring your friends; see with your own eyes the secrets that were sought after by West European and American spies!

Points of Interest

    – The Museum’s Exhibit Halls house displays devoted to World War Two and the Cold War. Detailed models of the launch silo and the underground command post will be of particular interest.

    – The RS-20 “Voivod” Rocket, also known as the SS-18 “Satan”. According to NATO classification, this was the USSR’s most fearsome weapon during the Cold War. This monster-missile measures 34 meters in length and weighs 211 tons. According to experts, the warheads contained in three of these rockets would have been sufficient to wipe out a medium-sized country like France or Poland.

    – The Underground Command Center, accessible through a system of communicating tunnels, buried three meters underground, which are in working order to this day. The Command Center itself is made up of a capsule divided into twelve stories. This structure is capable of surviving a direct hit of a nuclear missile. All its components are preserved exactly as they were during the days of the USSR.

    – The “Red Button”: this is a figurative name for the command system that launched nuclear missiles and now is open to visitors.

    – Replica and vintage rocket engines, mobile launchers, accessory technology and impressive missile silos.

  – Remember the Cuban Missile Crisis? You will see a genuine model of the R-12 rocket – the rocket which was detected by American spy planes over Cuba in 1962. Tracking this rocket triggered the famous crisis!

Visitors to Chernobyl have seen the Duga-1 radar, which was part of the USSR’s early warning system. Now at the Museum of Strategic Missile Forces, you can see the kind of missiles that this system was built to warn about! This museum does not feature your typical dusty exhibits under glass. Everything you will see was in use not so long ago.

It’s a genuine decommissioned military base whose guides are former service personnel who were stationed here during the Cold War! Specifically, this base was home to the now disbanded 309th Regiment of the 46th Division of the 43rd Strategic Missile Military Force of the USSR, and the call sign of this Regiment was “Taimen”.

On this tour you will see a full battery of missiles, including the most powerful weapon in the USSR’s arsenal, the R-36M2 “Governor” missile, also nicknamed “Satan” which not so long ago threatened the US and much of the world.

Your tour guides will tell you about the history of their missile unit and the development Soviet nuclear weapons. You’ll visit a fighting position, and peer into one of the underground silos where rockets from the 46th Missile Division stood ready for launch. Among other models, you will view specimens of the famous R-12 rocket that the Soviet Union installed in Cuba in 1962, triggering Cuban Missile Crisis. Later in the tour, you can feel like a cold warrior as you descend the silo into the Base’s command post, forty meters underground. You’ll have the chance to sit at the control panel and press the combination of keys that back in the day would have triggered the real launch of a nuclear missile! Once you “launch” the missile you’ll hear the eerie wail of sirens which are part of the command post’s original electronic apparatus. You will also have the opportunity to view the soldiers’ living quarters, and imagine the on-duty life of the service personnel who remained sequestered in the underground silos of the Strategic Missile Forces Base for several days at a time.

Tour schedule (full day):

  • 8:00 AM: Departing from Kiev
  • 11:30 AM: Arrival at the Museum of Strategic Missile Forces, start of tour
  • 3:00 PM: Lunch (optional).
  • 4:00 PM: Start of return trip to Kiev
  • 7:00 PM: Arrival back in Kiev

Additional information

Duration

1 Day

Travel Style

EPIC JOURNEYS: ADVENTURES & EXPEDITIONS

Country

Ukaine

Inclusions

This tour includes:

  • English-speaking guide
  • Comfortable vehicle
  • Lunch and beverages

additional info

  • The Museum is situated ±300 km away from Kiev, so be prepared for a lengthy drive.
  • The duration of the tour may vary somewhat due to road and weather conditions, but generally doesn’t exceed the mentioned time frame.
  • When we go 30 m below, it will get chilly, so bring something warm even in summer.

price variation

Full-day trip to the Missile Base

1 person – €225
2 person – €180 / person
3 person – €160 / person

Duration: 8 AM – 6 PM (10 hours)**

*The cost of the tour is calculated per person, and varies according to group size. This means that the more people come, the less each person pays!

**The duration of the tour may vary somewhat due to road and weather conditions, but generally doesn’t exceed the mentioned limits.