Over 30 years ago on the warm night of 26th April 1986, the history of mankind was completely changed. Pripyat was abandoned the following day, and ever since there have been unique ‘genius loci’ in this Soviet state-of-the-art city which you can experience. During these specially designed 2-days of walking the streets, which are now just pathways in a forest, you will be amazed at how nature has taken back it’s territory from man. On this tour, you also visit the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which stands next to this ‘City of Ghosts’, and get a thorough understanding of what happened that night over 30 years ago.
Besides hours and hours spent wandering and exploring the Pripyat city streets, you'll also have the chance to see the secret military radar called Duga, or the mysterious factory Jupiter. You will spend the night at a 3* hotel in ‘new Pripyat’ - the more recently built ‘satellite’ city of Slavutych, just 50 kilometres away (*in winter, groups may stay overnight in Chernobyl city). Slavutych was constructed for the evacuated inhabitants of Pripyat. To get there, you will enjoy a train ride through Belarus!, together with the employees of the power plant who commute via this train everyday. It is not only a genuine experience, but also a chance to chat and feel like one of them.
During the 3-hour long tour inside the Power Plant, you'll be safely exploring the still functional parts of the power plant. This mind blowing experience includes the control room, hydraulic pump system (Reactor 3), underground control centre, safety control room, new safe confinement (from a safe distance), and the visitors centre with a detailed explanation of the current status and future plans of the power plant. You will be able to see and touch the famous AZ5 button, which was pushed too late by the operators of Reactor 4!
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 and the power plant, accommodation, full pension & non-stop services of our 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. Also, during the tour in the power plant, you'll be provided with the special protective clothes, shoe covers and gloves for free, to be even safer. 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)
- 09:00 Excursion inside the CHNPP
- 12:30 Traditional Ukrainian lunch
- 13:30 Exploring the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (usually: Pripyat, Jupiter plant, unfinished cooling towers, ...)
- 18:00 End of the tour, last dosimetric controls
- 20:00 Arriving to Kiev