If you are someone who came here to learn more about the Chernobyl-Pripyat tour operation, you are in the right place. The link/button below will take you to a very informative page that explains in great detail everything you need to know about the Chernobyl-Pripyat tours before you make your final choice.
Read on and find out more about the best time of the year and day(s) of the week for your Chernobyl tour, size of the group to join, regular versus private tours, one- versus multi-day trips, visiting the ChNPP control rooms, tour program and rules, worst booking mistakes not to make, how to get the best possible deal, etc.
Hundreds of thousands of people who visited the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone have produced millions of touching pictures and videos that can be viewed on the Web. It's really difficult to add something really new to that. But still our small gallery provides another look at those most iconic places, views, and things that can be experienced on our Chernobyl-Pripyat tours.
In 2014,we took the Pink Floyd filming crew to the Chernobyl zone and facilitated shooting of video materials which were later used for the anniversary edition of the famous Pink Floyd instrumental piece called Marooned. Make sure to check that amazing instrumental video on our gallery page.
We are a seasoned company that has been dealing with the Chernobyl-Pripyat tour operation since 2003. You can find a lot of great reviews of our services all over the Internet. Or you can just check our customer review page.
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The Chernobyl-Pripyat tour is obviously one of the - if not the - biggest attractions in (the Kyiv region of) Ukraine. However, if you can spare a day or two for something else, we can offer you a range of other exciting activities:
Military experience (firearm shooting range, tank driving/riding, full-day complete military experience packages).
City tours of Kyiv (Kiev), Lviv, and Odessa (private or group, pedestrian or auto).
Day tours of the former Soviet nuclear ballistic missile base.
We do encourage you to first "play" with our Chernobyl tour calendar and hopefully find what you are looking for and successfully finalize your booking online. However, if you feel that you cannot find a clear answer to some of your questions and could use a bit of human expert assistance or wish to ask for a better deal, just do not hesitate to contact our dedicated customer service via the online form, email, telephone, chat, call back request, Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, etc.
We love to communicate with our valued customers. Ask your questions about the tour and visiting of the reactor control room, inquire about discounts or coupons, etc. and you will definitely be rewarded for trying. We are often able to offer special discounted deals otherwise not advertised/presented on this website.
Our one-day Chernobyl trip is by far the most popular event on this tour operation. It's informative, compact and provides a great value for your money. A good majority of our guests opt specifically for the one-day trip (as opposed to a multi-day tour). On this trip, you will see the most important things the Chernobyl-Pripyat exclusion zone has to offer.
Having said that, when looking at the tour program below, please keep in mind though that it represents a typical one-day event. Your actual day trip may slightly differ from it, as we always have to adjust to the current situation inside the Chernobyl Zone and the changes the Zone administration imposes from time to time. Other words, look at it rather as the bottom line and do not take it too literally. Besides, on private one-day tours, we can always discuss with you some customization of your tour program/itinerary.
1-DAY TOUR PROGRAM:
Duration of our standard Pripyat-Chernobyl tour: 12 hours; we will leave Kyiv at 7:45 (Kyiv time) in the morning and will return from the trip back to Kyiv at around 7:30 in the evening. Transfer: Kiev - Dytyatky, your first check-point prior to entering the 30-km Exclusion zone. Arrival at and sightseeing of the town of Chernobyl. Transfer to the village of Leliyov to pass the 10-km zone check-point/border. Transfer to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station and sightseeing of Reactor 4 of ChNPP. Visit to Pripyat (Prypiat), the highlight of your trip. Sightseeing of "The Dead (Ghost) Town" - its swimming pool area, amusement park with its Ferris wheel, river boats, abandoned buildings, school, hospital, etc. Stop nearby the "Red Forest". Return to Chernobyl. Lunch*. (Food is clean, it is delivered from outside of the Exclusion zone. Vegetarian meals can be arranged on a request.) Visiting the Paryshiv village, meeting with "re-settlers", people who have moved back to their villages after evacuation (optional; time permitting). Visiting "Duga" ("Russian Woodpecker") antenna array (radar). Passage through the Dytyatky check-point. Checking the radiation, deactivation. Return to Kiev at around 7 - 7:30 p.m. Taking pictures and filming video is permitted during the entire Chernobyl-Pripyat excursion.
Multi-day tour program
We also offer 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-day Pripyat-Chernobyl tours. Our two-day events are the queen and king of this tour operation. You will see everything that you would see on a day trip, except at much slower, relaxed pace, with more time for photography, video, and contemplation. Your penetration of the ghost town of Pripyat will be more thorough. In addition, you will see some abandoned villages, meet re-settlers, do some other things not included on a day trip.
What an experience, for example, it is to spend a night inside the Chernobyl Zone at a local hotel! What a treat it is to visit a deserted town of Pripyat early in the morning when the crowds of day visitors are still far away covering the one hour and forty minute long haul from Kyiv to the Chernobyl zone . One word, if you can afford (both budget-wise and time-wise) one extra day to let your experience all these extra amenities, just go for it – do not hesitate a moment.
When looking at the tour program below, please keep in mind though that it represents a typical multi-day event. Your actual tour program may slightly differ from it though, as we always have to adjust to the current situation inside the Chernobyl Zone and the changes the Zone administration imposes from time to time.
MULTI-DAY TOUR PROGRAM
Day 1: 7:45 AM: Start downtown Kyiv 10:00 AM::Enter the zone at the Dytiatky check point. Village of Zalissia Town of Chernobyl: the monument, exhibition of machines and robots used for the 1986 clean-up operation Village of Kopachi, kindergarten Red Forest, the place of the first and worst radioactive fall-out (from a distance). Cooling towers. ChNPP (from a distance) The Sarcophagus and the New Safe Confinement Monument of Life for Life Pripyat (amusement park, exploring city, river port) Back to Chernobyl, check-in at the hotel
Day 2: More of Pripyat Visiting ChNPP control room (optional) Duga radar system Exploring more villages Meeting with re-settlers Yaniv train station (subject to permit) Back to hotel for dinner.
2 meals are served each day
Day 3, 4, and 5: Contact us for more info.
While on a Chernobyl-Pripyat tour, you are expected – well rather required – to obey a set of simple but important tour rules. They relate to smoking, alcohol consumption, possessing things, food and drinks, do's and don'ts, etc. It's not like we want to make you uncomfortable. Ironclad safety of the zone visitors has always been our primary goal. Please remember the Chernobyl tour is nothing like your regular river boat excursion. It is a really unique experience. The more carefully you follow the rules above, the safer you will be at the end of the day. So, thank you for your understanding and here you go:
You have to bring your passport / travel document / photo ID with you to the tour and have it on you for the entire duration of the tour. Otherwise you will not be permitted to enter the Chernobyl Zone. Make sure it is the same ID you have used for your tour booking purposes.
There is a dress code in effect designed with your safety in mind. The bottom line of it is that all the parts of your body have to be properly covered at all times. Other words, you have to wear pants (no shorts or skirts), a long-sleeve shirt/top (no short-sleeve shirt or tees), closed-type footwear (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.), and a cap to cover your head. Failure to comply with this code will result in your non-admission to the tour.
Please be smart with the selection of your clothing and footwear. You should keep in mind that this tour is an outdoor activity happening on a pretty ragged terrain - stones, building debris, broken glass, etc.
Be especially thoughtful during the cold/wet part of the year (October through April). Snow (sometimes deep, sometimes slushy), cold and wind (sometimes bitter), and rain (sometimes freezing) will be your outdoor reality. Light running shoes will definitely not cut it. A pair of good WINTER BOOTS or at least heavy hiking footwear is rather a must! Dry spare footwear and pants might prove very useful too. Especially for those booked for 2- or more-day events.
Alcohol / Intoxication zero-tolerance
Those who have been drinking alcohol immediately before the tour or being under influence of other intoxication, will not be permitted on the tour. Consuming alcohol during the tour as well as bringing it into the Zone is prohibited.
Firearms, fireworks, explosives, or cold weapons are not permitted on the tour. Failure to comply may result in criminal prosecution according to the laws of Ukraine.
Visitors are not allowed to smoke tobacco (or anything else) in the open air.
Meals and water
Visitors are not allowed to have meals in the open air. You are not allowed to use or drink water from open water sources (lakes, wells, rivers, etc.)
Seeing is ok, touching is NOT ok
Touching of objects, structures, vegetation, or the ground is not permitted. Sitting on the ground is also not permitted.
Photography / Video
Taking pictures and shooting video IS permitted. However, you have to be very careful and avoid placing your photo/video equipment on the ground.
Taking items away from within the Chernobyl Zone is considered a serious violation of the tour regulations.
Your tour guide
At all times while inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, you will be accompanied and guided by a certified tour guide who works for the Zone administration. It is essential that you strictly follow all the verbal instructions, recommendations, and suggestions.
Drinks and snacks
Feel free to bring your favorite snacks and non-alcoholic drinks with you - this stuff is allowed. We actually think that this is a very good idea. Lunch - for those who have this option included in their deal - is served rather late in the day (at around 2 pm or even 3 pm). So your snacks and drinks will help you reach this point comfortably, without being disturbed by those constant nagging hunger and thirst signals sent to your brain.
Also good to know:
Make sure you have a travel medical (emergency) insurance covering you for the entire duration of your trip to Ukraine. First of all, it’s just smart to have one when traveling - regardless of the country you are going to. Secondly, you can be asked to show a proof of insurance by the border officer at your port of entry to Ukraine or by the security/police officer at the Chernobyl zone entry check-point. You can present it in one of these forms: a wallet size insurance card, printed or electronic (on your smart phone) copy of the insurance agreement, email confirmation from your insurance company, etc - just be prepared to show something relevant on a request. If you already have an insurance policy, make sure, it will cover you specifically in Ukraine, a non EU-country.
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Terms and Conditions
This tour is furnished as it is regulated by the Zone administration, by an arm of the Ukrainian government and the sole and monopolistic operator of this tour.
All bookings are final. The reservation deposit is non-refundable if booking is cancelled by the customer.