CHERNOBYL POWER PLANT AND PRIPYAT TOUR (2 DAYS)

"I've always dreamed of going inside the Chernobyl Power Plant, and I was able to do just that on this tour. I've visited the exclusion zone twice now, and I don't think any other tour..."

The only group tour taking you inside the power plant

Power plant

Explore hidden parts like labs, shooting range or dancefloor

Secret places of Pripyat

Free respirators, dosimetric control twice a day and free loan of Geiger-Muller counters (dosimeters)

Super safe

From pickup to drop off, no additional costs

Full service

Final price per person:
429 €
Next tour date: 27.08.2019
The only group tour taking you inside the power plant

Power plant

Explore hidden parts like labs, shooting range or dancefloor

Secret places of Pripyat

Free respirators, dosimetric control twice a day and free loan of Geiger-Muller counters (dosimeters)

Super safe

From pickup to drop off, no additional costs

Full service

1

Power plant tour on the inside

1:1

Comparison of Soviet cities

2

Unforgettable days

17

Hours of sightseeing

SILENCE, HOPE AND A COMMUNIST ATMOSPHERE

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 (*groups may stay overnight also 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!

USEFUL INFORMATION
The tour starts and ends in Kyiv. The price of the trip includes transfer from Kyiv 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 Kyiv 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 Kyiv, Ukraine from your country.

You can arrive to Boryspil Airport (approx. 30 km from Kyiv) or Kyiv 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. 

SAFETY
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 Kyiv 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 Dosimeter, 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

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • 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


DAY 2

  • 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 Kyiv

Due to actual constraints or weather conditions in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, CHERNOBYLwel.come keeps the right to change the program of the itinerary. But thanks to the experience of our guides, prepare to be amazed and mesmerized on a trip of your lifetime!

IS IT SAFE?

Our trained guides, Geiger-Muller counters (dosimeters) and Dosimetric control at least twice a day will ensure that you stay safe during your whole stay in Chernobyl. The radiation level in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is on average only slightly higher than natural background radiation. The radiation level at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is higher than in the rest of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, and includes a very limited amount of beta radiation. During the 3 hour excursion you will receive less than 1 microsievert of radiation. The total dose of radiation received over 2 days spent in Chernobyl, Slavutych and Pripyat will not exceed 8 microsieverts (4% per day of daily nuclear power plant safety norms in EU), which is equivalent to around 7 hours on an intercontinental flight.

Besides our maximum safety measures, CHERNOBYLwel.come will take care of all documents, permits, transport, insurance, dining, qualified guides and some surprises. Furthermore, we will provide the most in-depth, most photogenic, and most adventurous trip to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Guaranteed.

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You are helping

 1% of the tour price goes directly to support the Chernobyl Babushkas. Learn more about our charity efforts. Read more
 For every Tripadvisor review we plant a tree in the Chernobyl zone. Together we are helping the zone recover. Read more
 With your help we support children with cancer, via charity Dobry Anjel. Many Thanks! Read more

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Meet your guides

Nataly believes a life without adventure is a life without meaning. From a young age she had a passion for exploring which even led her to journey through Chernobyl by herself as a stalker. Her excitement increases with each excursion as every visit reveals new secrets and stories which have been kept hidden. Fortune favours the bold and Natalie’s braveness has left her with valuable and insightful knowledge that she wishes to share with others.

Nataly Lady Adventure

She is one of those people whom you meet and feel like you've known for years. Your trip would seem as though you‘ve met a very good friend who you haven't seen for a while. She is very cheerful, adventurous, creative and open minded. She fell in love with Chernobyl in 2016 and since then their love has been mutual.

Tanya Tanya Sunshine Guide

He will immerse you into the depths of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, take care of you and provide mental and emotional perception, atmospheric character, uniqueness and unforgettable of every yours day in a place, where time has stopped its course. BTW, don't be afraid of his third eye. It's definitely not the result of visiting the Zone!

Max Max Immersion

This girl got inspired by the abandoned places of Pripyat and the nature in the exclusion zone. Having visited these places for the first time with CHERNOBYLwel.come, she was looking for the opportunity to spend more time in the zone to reveal all it‘s secrets. The best way to do it was to become a Chernobyl tour guide.

Lara Lara Radioactive Blonde

At first sight, Olya looks like a smiling little girl with that kiddo expressions in her face. But don't be fooled, she's one of our most experienced guides with a lot of knowledge about the Zone. She's super-fascinated by the radiation and sometimes declares herslef as a radiation hunter. Maybe that's why she has time for guiding tours in English, Czech and German. She's our little superhero!

Olya The most radioactive one

Alex is always "hunting" new cool places in the Zone, so if you are going to the Zone for the second or third time, for sure ask for Alex. He knows all the special places thanks to which you'll have a new experience from the "same place". Alex is very skilled and friendly guide who will make your trip unforgettable.

Alex The Hunter

Julia is the one who loves people and getting to know them. She loves exploring the zone and is also addicted to share it all with you. She loves to tell the stories about the zone and make you feel like you're wandering with an old friend, as she's very caring and friendly guide with who you'll feel like you know each other for years.

Julia The Caretaker

Once had seen "Chernobyl Diaries" her heart was frozen in fright. She totally couldn't sleep, eat and live. Those secrets must be found! Inspite of being filled with horror at the thought of going to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Halina made a leap in the dark. She is waiting for you to open new mortal places together.

Halina Horror Lover

Helga is like a Viking - she has no fear, no worries and she's full of enthusiasms for exploring, sharing the information with you and showing all incredible places. During her tour you’ll see and know how it was to live in Soviet times, feel this unique atmosphere of ghost city Pripyat, you’ll be impressed by gigantic Russian Woodpecker (Duga) and, of course, you’ll visit the most famous place – Amusement Park. It won’t be usual excursion, it will be a great adventure! Also, if you're a photographer, Helga will take you to all her favorite places with great photo-opportunities!

Helga The Viking

Inspired by her mother's feat, she always felt the call of the Zone. She will take you the atmosphere of beauty, heroism, and honor. She will make your trip unforgettable, emotional and safe. 

Alina The liquidator's daughter

This girl is obsessed with sharing her knowledge and emotions with people. She knows exactly how to make you feel the spirit of the Soviet Union and the horror of the Chernobyl disaster. First-time Yulia saw wildlife of the exclusion zone, it made an unforgettable impression on her vision of life. So be sure, with her help you'll be stunned by the superiority of nature over man.

Yulia Emitter of emotions