From a place of nuclear disaster to incredible zone full of life
It all started back in 1998, when Chernobyl tourism slowly started. In 2002 western journals published a report which stated that most of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is safe for a short stay. After this message, some tourists started to visit Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. In 2008, CHERNOBYLwel.come was established, as one of the first travel agencies offering tours to Chernobyl. Then, years later, Forbes named Chernobyl Exclusion Zone the most exotic place for tourism in the world & even more tourists rushed into the Zone. That year (2009), almost 7 000 tourists visited and since then, the Zone hosts yet still growing number of tourists from all over the world.
As the place started attracting more and more travelers, it became incredibly popular. So popular that even people who did not think about visiting started to google Chernobyl. And Chernobyl is not only about radiation, nuclear disaster, or the ghost town of Pripyat. It is full of interesting, sometimes heartbreaking stories. Did you know, that more than 150 self-settlers (mostly babushkas) still live inside the 30 km perimeter of the Zone? These are the witnesses who came back to live in their houses after being evacuated in 1986.
On our tours, you'll also meet few of the 3 000 workers who partially live in the Chernobyl village and are working in or around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Even though they look that they are always busy, they are willing to answer all your questions. For example, on their way back from their day-shift on the train to Slavutych.
Chernobyl is about the special moments you experience during your stay. We remember such special moment. One of our customers surprised us with a question: “Is it possible to do a wedding in Chernobyl?” And we thought - Hell yes! Why not?! Everything is possible, especially on such a special place. And so, we've managed a wedding in Pripyat, even though an unofficial one. But hey, it was a wedding, with original bride and original groom. Fully dressed in wedding dresses. How cool, right?
We are constantly trying to bring back life to Chernobyl. Of course, not by building new houses and moving people to Chernobyl, but in another way. We’re trying to encourage the natural interest of people to visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. And that’s why we’ve done thousands of tours, few of them very special; the wedding or helped to organize the adventurous race called CATrophy, which finish line ended in the Zone. Because every visitor has his own idea of how the tour should include. And if it is in our power, then why not to do it?
As you see, Chernobyl is truly for everyone. For firemen or policemen who want to pay tribute to their colleagues, for photographers who want to catch magical moments, for backpackers and travelers who want wander the empty streets of Pripyat, for all the game-freaks who want to relive the moment from their favorite games, for journalists who want to share a unique story with their readers, for nuclear power plant employees who want to examine the consequences of the accident, for people with disabilities (yes it’s possible to visit Chernobyl if you are deaf, blind or on a wheelchair, don’t worry J) or for regular people like you or me, who is just curious how the nature is taking back one of the most beautiful cities in USSR.
Come and see Chernobyl and don't be shy to ask for your special need. We will try to manage everything for your satisfaction - even a wedding or a helicopter flight above Pripyat. Because everything is possible if you choose a right partner for your trip of a lifetime.