Chernobyl, Pripyat & the famous Duga with a unique retro-perspective for adventurers who have only one day in their calendar for the Chernobyl experience. CHERNOBYLwel.come has upgraded its official & safe excursions to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone by providing you with a ride in a Soviet style car, contemporary photos of places and streets, Soviet uniforms, Cold War civil defense artefacts and most of all Chernobyl stories that will indeed take you more than 30 years back in time, when the catastrophy happened. All with surprising facts and tales that will give you an insight into a time when the world was just a small step away from a nuclear catalyst.
Duration of the Retro Tour is approximately 12 hours, during which you will visit the exteriors of abandoned buildings, including the famous swimming pool "Lazurnyj", a hospital, where the first liquidators were brought, a school still full of books and other equipment, a mysterious kindergarten, a police station and an amusement park including the (in)famous Ferris wheel or the biggest still-standing soviet secret military radar called DUGA.
Come and listen to all these tales & legends (including many conspiracy theories!), which will be explained by our experienced and friendly guides.
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, non-stop services of our guide and a lunch. 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 travelling to Ukraine and also to Chernobyl.
Travelling 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 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 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: Chernobyl, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant from safe distance, Pripyat)
- 13:30 Traditional Ukrainian lunch
- 14:15 The trip of a lifetime continues (usually: Pripyat, military radar DUGA, ...)
- 18:00 Leaving the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, having the last dosimetric control
- 20:00 Arriving to Kyiv