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Founding of CHERNOBYLwel.come: The trip that changed my life

This journey started as your journey back in 2008. I was just a tourist, a number, a statistic. Visiting the Chernobyl zone for 2 days was a life-changing experience for me. And it was not as easy as it sounds. My fear was slightly greater than the initial excitement - and for my protection I packed some extra stuff: a respirator and a lead-covered jockey strap. I have to laugh when I mention this to people.

From the moment I got out of the tourist-packed bus in the ghost town of Pripyat, and smelt the winter breeze, felt the atmosphere, I immediately told myself, I need to get back here again, again and again. Establishing a specialist tour company was a dream come true - in order for me to continue to visit the zone and show it's true beauty to others.

Becoming the No.1

And here we are, after 10 years and with over 10,000 customers, it looks like we at CHERNOBYLwel.come did a good job. We grew both in quantity, and more importantly in quality. Introducing on average up to 10 innovations a year to our tours helped us become the no.1 attraction in the Kiev region on TripAdvisor. For the fourth year in a row we have received the award of excellence.

But it is not about the medals and stats. You, dear reader, are not a number on a scorecard for us. Our job is about every minute - from the moment we meet you, until the moment we see you leave, feeling thrilled, surprised, excited, shocked, happy, sometimes even with tears in your eyes, after a CHERNOBYLwel.come tour. And with the hope that you will come again.

Stay in our Chernobyl family

Immediately after one day in Chernobyl I hear people saying ‘I need to come back’. Just like me in 2008. You are welcome to join our Chernobyl family, that usually meets once a year at the CHERNOBYLING festival with a mind blowing program (stay tuned - subscribe to our newsletter). Via the Chernobyl Tour Operator Association you can join our charity works in order to reach even more Chernobyl Babushkas. If you want to wear and carry your glowing ‘Chernobyl adventure’ with you, you will find our apparel in radioPROactive.me shop and again can help the Chernobyl Babushkas with 5% of the price. Thanks to your feedback we have started to brew Chernobeer with a brand new recipe from a well-known Czech brew-expert in two kinds: ALE and IPA. The magic is that this beer is brewed with ‘Chernobyl’ - wormwood herb, as well as absinth, giving it a special taste that you will fall in love with.

Thank you for being the fuel to our passion. We will always stay true to you.

Dominik Orfanus
founder of CHERNOBYLwel.come

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CHERNOBYLwel.come core values

Passion

We want our customers to fall in love with this place as we did, and we share the same level of passion for them

Passion (for Chernobyl and customer)

Warm hearts

We treat customers like a part of our family and we are not just helpful, we always treat them with love and we try not to take things personally

Soft Heart, Sharp Mind

Helpfulnes

We like to share our success with people who had less luck in their lives as we - for example Chernobyl babushkas

Helpfulness

Creativity

We love what we do, we have fun, we find new creative ways to serve more people

Creativity

Growth Mindset

We treat all the obstacles and issues as lessons that help us to be better than yesterday

Growth mindset

CHERNOBYLwel.come guarantee

100% money back guarantee
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CHERNOBYLwel.come statistics of customers served year by year

OUR OFFICES


EU Headquarters - Slovakia
+421 902 654 876 info@chernobylwel.com +421 902 654 876 radioPROactive a.s.

Valachovej 1, Bratislava 841 01, SLOVAKIA
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Kiev Headquarters
+380 (99) 326 05 20 info@chernobylwel.com +380 (99) 326 05 20 CHERNOBYLwel.come
ТОВ “ЧОРНОБИЛЬвел.ком ”

Saksahanskoho str. 147/5 (2nd floor; appertment nr. 18) 
Kiev, 01032 
UKRAINE 
ID NUMBER: 41208586 

UK
0-808-189-1312 TOLL FREE info@chernobylwel.com Chernobylwelcome CHERNOBYLwel.come UK 

CHERNOBYLwel.come UK 
Linon Digital 
Southgate Business Centre 
32 Gillygate, Pontefract 
West Yorkshire 
WF81PQ 
United Kíngdom

Germany
+421 902 654 876 info@chernobylwel.com Chernobylwelcome CHERNOBYLwel.come - Tschernobyl Reisen 

Windscheidstr. 18 
10627 Berlin 
Germany

USA
1 844 55 66 313 TOLL FREE info@chernobylwel.com Chernobylwelcome CHERNOBYLwel.come America 

P.O. Box 8610 
83002 Jackson 
Wyoming, USA

Departments


HR (Happiness Relations)
Tatiana Bezpalko
+380 (96) 999 25 02 tania@chernobylwel.com
Marketing and PR
Michal Krajcir
+421 907 673 554 michal@chernobylwel.com

CHERNOBYLwel.come Team

A proud father of 3 daughters, a passionate ice hockey player and Chernobyl-addicted traveler, Dominik established CHERNOBYLwel.com in 2008, after his first trip to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. His background is in journalism. Yes, the sentences on this webpage have been created by him – with grammar mistakes! :-)

Dominik Slavedriver :-)

Once upon a time…she was a small ball of energy, always smiling. Maja loves globe-trotting and one day back in 2011 she wandered into the Zone. Her heart stayed there. She loves traveling and now, especially Chernobyl. She is known as a person who loves to help out, laughs a lot and likes to capture special moments and places.

Maja Customer Happiness Magician

Responsible for planning, organising and implementing activities to ensure the smooth running and development of CHERNOBYLwel.come. With the soul of a traveler, Martin seeks to discover unusual places. That is why he found Chernobyl the first time, and later, decided to help the Chernobyl community and spread it‘s story.

Martin Managing reactor

Claire is a student of Chernobyl, a teacher of design and a practicing artist who is passionate about the exclusion zone. She is totally and constantly inspired by Chernobyl and Pripyat and bases much of her artwork on this mesmerizing place. She will happily tell you about her many experiences and how great CHERNOBYLwel.come is!

Claire nUKe Ambassador

Martin writes the Radiation Diaries for us, where he explains the physics behind radioactivity and all the ‘science‘ stuff that you have ever wondered about. He is an actual physicist with a doctorate degree in theoretical high-energy physics. So, at least theoretically :) he should know what he is talking about.

Martin Chief Scientist

Juraj, also referred to as Jesus, is our graphic and UX preacher and leader. Most of the marketing team believes that Juraj was sent by God himself and is the awaited Messiah. Although his birthday is not celebrated on Christmas and he wasn't born of a virgin named Mary, he sometimes does perform miracles.

Juraj Personal Graphic Jesus

Michal fell in love with Chernobyl right after his first visit back in 2015. Later, Michal left the muddy waters of PR and drank from a beautiful well full of radioactive water. After that first delicious sip he mutated into the content-hero and works non-stop spitting out texts in our CHERNOBYLwel.come universe. 
 

Michal Atomic Content-man

Ever cheerful and optimistic, she is the fairy of our tour operations in Kiev. Meeting you for your tour with a shining smile, she will radiate you with lots of positive energy to last throughout the whole tour. Nastya is truly devoted to make all the organisational moments go smoothly during your travels.

Anastasiia Operation Mastermind

Adam, once a normal guy, lived a boring life, until he went to the zone and fell right into the old reactor. After a few days, he absorbed a big portion of radiation and mutated into a four-handed freak and joined our team. When it’s really quiet in the office, you can hear him writing and making sounds like the famous DUGA radar.

Adam The DUGA

Moyses came to the company as a total greenhorn of online marketing. His strong growth mindset and passion in exploring customer’s needs through various marketing tools gave him valuable knowledge. When in the zone he loves to discover radioactive hotspots and we believe that this is how he is constantly charged up for new challenges.

Moyses Radioactive Tool hacker

Leaving a legacy


After you visit the zone, it will never be the same again. Both your life, and the Chernobyl zone will change for good. Thanks to you, we can contribute to making the zone a better place. We contribute to the Chernobyl Babushkas, the self-settlers who returned after the evacuation to spend the rest of their lives in very, very simple conditions, but, on their motherland. We organise charity and clean up tours, that you are also welcome to join. Thanks to you we financially support the Chernobyl dog treatment program (run by International Futures Fund), children affected by the Chernobyl aftermath (cancer etc.) in Slavutych city (Ukraine), as well as sick children in Slovakia via Dobry anjel NGO. Thanks to you and your Tripadvisor reviews we can plant trees in Chernobyl zone, and therefore help mother nature to cope with the Chernobyl accident.

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3% of the tour price goes directly to support the Chernobyl Babushkas. Together with your help we provide them with medication, groceries and help them around the house.

Supporting Chernobyl Babushkas

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For every Tripadvisor review we plant a tree in the Chernobyl zone. Together we are helping the zone to recover.

Plant a tree in Chernobyl

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5% of all income is paid to children with cancer through nadation "Dobry Anjel" (Good Angel). Thank you!

Dobry Anjel - Charity

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