Our itinerary for our two day overnight stay in Chernobyl can be seen lower down the page.
Our upcoming group dates are:
|2-day Tour dates||Tour name||Price|
|11-12 May 2019||Duga3, Prypyat and Chernobyl tour||399 €|
|24-25 August 2019||Duga3, Prypyat and Chernobyl tour||399 €|
We can add airport transfers and accommodation in Kiev on request.
We can also arrange private overnight stays in the zone. Please email us for current prices.
The price to join a one day group tour is 149€ per person.
This is inclusive of all permits, insurance, transport, guides and meals. We run these tours almost every day of the year. Please email us with your preferred day of departure and we will advise you of availability.
For a one day group tour which also includes two nights (private apartment) accommodation in Kiev and airport transfers the price is 269€*.
For three nights it will be 299€*.
To stay in a 3 star hotel instead of a private apartment, it will be the lower cost of 249€* for two nights or 285€* for three nights. The price also includes airport transfers and the Chernobyl day tour.
*per person and based on two sharing. If travelling alone please add 42€ per night for hotel or 52€ per night for apartment.
- English speaking guidance!
- For extra nights accommodation in Kiev please add 52€ per person per night for the apartment or 42€ per night for a hotel.
- Full Kiev weekend package prices are per person, based on 2 sharing. Please add 52€ per night for sole occupancy in an apartment or 42€ per night in a hotel.
- Please allow at least 8 working days before your planned departure to allow us enough time to process your permits. If less than this then there will be a late permit fee surcharge
- Please note that you will have slightly less time on the bigger sized group tours due to a more lengthy process at the exclusion zone checkpoints. Group sizes are small in Winter but larger in Summer.
- The zone is a restricted area and as a result we cannot give 100% guarantees on the tours taking place.
- In summer 2011, the zone was suddenly closed by the government causing all tours to be cancelled. All government issues are now resolved and we don't expect the zone to close again but if it ever does then we will give 100% tour refunds.
*Please note we require a minimum of 8 working days to process permits for the zone. If less than 8 days then we are sometimes able to apply for a late permit for an additional £10-£30 (depending how close to the date).
*As of the 12th April 2012 there is officially no longer access to the inside of buildings on the tours. However, we are generally able to go inside some of the buildings on the majority of the tours (dependent on military presence on the day!)
We will meet in Independence Square at 8.15. Our representative will check your passport details before you board the minibus. Along the way we will play a video explaining the background to Chernobyl with some haunting footage filmed at the time of the accident.
Over 100km later we enter Dytyatky (on the border of the 30km Exclusion zone) and undergo document checks by the military. You will also meet your government appointed guide for the day here.
We drive onwards to Chernobyl and meet with the management of the Chernobyl Interinform Agency to give us a rundown of the days events and history of the site at the museum.
On the way we will stop in Kopachi village, to walk around the abandoned kindergarten.
A tour of Chernobyl town follows, before heading to the canteen for a 3 course lunch.
After lunch we head towards the Power Plant, passing the 10km border and check point.
We view the abandoned building work of the unfinished 5th and 6th reactors and cooling towers and pass the monument to the firemen that lost their lives following the disaster.
We soon later reach reactor number 4 and are allowed photograph opportunities for a short time at a distance of 100m.
We then drive through the Red Forest and onto the visit the dead town of Prypyat, the town which housed the workers of the power plant and their families.
Walk around the main town square and view the town hall and theatre. Walk further around the town and see the swimming pool and afterwards the school where leftover books, half marked registers, and toys left behind.
Visit the fairground that was due to open days after the disaster, and view the famous Ferris wheel.
We then walk around more of the city past apartment blocks and the Prypyat Hotel.
After Prypyat we will return to Chernobyl and check into our hotel before heading out for dinner. Evening spent in the Chernobyl hotel!
We arise for an early breakfast before heading out to abandoned villages. Photographs of past residents can be found in some houses.
We then venture out to Duga 3, also known as 'Chernobyl Two'. Duga 3 was a behemoth of a radar system used by the Soviets during the Cold War. At a gigantic 150 metres high and 1km long, it was at the time suspected to be used for mind control and was referred to as the 'Russian Woodpecker' due to the high pitched repetitive tapping signal it transmitted which could be picked up on short wave radios. We will be allowed access right up to the structure, inside the control room and the surrounding administration buildings. Duga has always previously been off limits and we have only recently secured permission to visit.
We will then return to Prypyat to visit some of the lesser seen areas such as the police station, fire station and cinema.
Finally we head for lunch before driving back to Dytyatky Control Point to measure our radiation levels before exiting and returning to Kiev for around 6pm.
Please note: Duga 3 is a very sensitive area and there remains the possibility that permission to visit may be revoked at any time. If this is the case then the tour will instead visit other seldom visited areas within the exclusion zone.
What does the price include?
The price includes travel to Chernobyl, an English speaking guide, permit to enter the exclusion zone, tour around Prypyat and a 3 course meal on the general tour. The tour upgrade also includes flight transfers and 2 nights accommodation in a private apartment in the centre of Kiev (with double bed, sofa bed, TV, kitchen and bathroom). The overnight Chernobyl tour includes accommodation in the Chernobyl hotel as well as supper and breakfast.
What does the price not include?
The price does not include flights to the Ukraine. However, on request we can help you arrange this. For example flights from the UK to the Ukraine start from as little as £90. Insurance and visas (if needed) are also not included. Please email us for further details.
Is Chernobyl safe?
The levels of radiation, even though higher than normal levels are now considered safe. You will be exposed to no more radiation than on a Transatlantic flight or undergoing an X-Ray.
Why visit Chernobyl?
People have many different reasons for visiting Chernobyl. From scientists and ex residents of the area through to photographers and people simply interested in learning about the disaster. Whatever your reasons may be, please remember the devastation that the accident caused and is still causing today. We advise you to visit the Chernobyl museum in Kiev prior to your trip to fully appreciate the extent of the horrors caused by the explosion.
How long is the tour?
We arrive at Chernobyl around 11am and leave at approximately 4pm. Those travelling in larger groups will have slightly less time as the bigger the group, the longer it will take to pass through the checkpoints.
What time is checkout from the apartment?
Checkout is at 12.00 on day of departure. If your flight is the evening then you can leave your luggage at our partners' offices in Kiev. You just need to head back here later to pick up your bags and also be met for your transfer back to the airport.
Is Chernobyl featured in Call Of Duty 4?
Yes, the town of Prypyat is featured in the computer game Call Of Duty 4. Many gamers, mainly due to their age were unaware of the Chernobyl accident and have been surprised to learn that one of the levels of the COD game is actually a real place designed exactly to scale of Prypyat itself.