This is THE tour, the flagship among all Chernobyl tours, the ultimate experience.
Included is the ‘mandatory’ exploration of the secrets and history of the ghost city of Pripyat, the mysterious secret military radar Duga as well as a visit close to the ‘well-known’ Chernobyl nuclear power plant. On top of the ‘must haves’ you might also meet some of the Chernobyl babushkas (it's not 100% guaranteed, but highly probable - depending on the situation) who returned to live in the Chernobyl exclusion zone after the evacuation. You will have a chance to peek into the hidden parts of the ghost town Pripyat, even into it’s still operational parts or departments. Unfinished cooling towers, abandoned fish laboratory, farm, mysterious Jupiter factory, bus station, police and fire departments… there are unlimited places to discover and this tour adjusts to your preference.
The tour starts and ends in Kiev. The price of the trip includes transfer from Kiev to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and back with comfortable van (Mercedes-Benz Sprinter) with Wi-Fi and A/C, official permit for entering the zone, overnight accommodation, full pension & non-stop services of our professional guide. Flight ticket to/from Kiev is not included in the price.
TIP: Usually, when you buy a flight ticket in advance, the price is in tens of euros. Check our FAQ for more info how to get to Kiev, Ukraine from your country.
You can arrive to Boryspil Airport (approx. 30 km from Kyiv) or Kiev International Airport - Zhuliany (directly in the city) and take a Skybus or Uber (just dial toll-free # 9988*) to your accommodation. It is possible to secure a transfer from/to airport for you by CHERNOBYLwel.come, in case of interest please contact our Customer Care.
For a trip to Ukraine, most of the tourists don't need visas, just valid passport. Before booking the tour, please check if your passport is still valid. Don't forget to take your passport with you when traveling to Ukraine and also to Chernobyl.
Traveling to Ukraine is completely safe these days. National departments of foreign affairs warn about these three areas - Donetsk, Luhansk and Crimea. All other parts of Ukraine are safe, just as your country where you come from. Our trip starts in Kiev and continues to the north, towards borders with Belarus. Bear in mind these areas are as far as 1,000 km from the Donetsk and Luhansk & even further from Crimea. In addition to that, you will find Ukrainians very nice and hospitable by nature.
Please mind the fact that in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, for your own safety, you need to always wear sturdy shoes & clothes that cover your whole body (also in the hot days in summer). A Geiger-Muller counter, respirators and a multiple dosimetric controls during the tour are provided by CHERNOBYLwel.come and are all included in price. For children under 18 years of age, entry to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is forbidden. Also, entering buildings in Pripyat has unfortunately been prohibited since 2012. Read more about safety here.
- 07:30 Boarding the bus on a meeting point in Kyiv (Google Maps link)
- 08:00 Leaving Kyiv, heading to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
- 08:45 Short stop on Gas station (refreshment, WC)
- 11:00 Arriving to the checkpoint of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, passport control
- 11:30 The trip of a lifetime starts (usually: visiting Chernobyl, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant from safe distance, Pripyat)
- 13:30 Traditional Ukrainian lunch
- 14:15 The trip of a lifetime continues (usually: Kopachi village, Pripyat, military radar DUGA, ...)
- 18:00 Transfer to accommodation (via van to Chernobyl city, or via train to Slavutych city)
- 19:00 Dinner
- 07:00 Breakfast (depending on where you stay overnight)
- 08:00 Exploring Pripyat (usually: Ferris wheel, stadium, post office, ...)
- 12:30 Traditional Ukrainian lunch
- 13:30 Exploring the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (usually: Jupiter plant, unfinished cooling towers, cooling ponds, ...)
- 18:00 End of the tour, last dosimetric controls
- 20:00 Arriving to Kiev