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From Kyiv: Day Trip to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Prypiat

1. From Kyiv: Day Trip to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Prypiat

Explore the infamous Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and its surrounding abandoned towns and areas on a full-day bus trip from Kyiv. Safely walk through the disused reactor blocks, the empty Prypiat and Chernobyl towns, and see many abandoned sites along your guided tour. Meet your guide in Kyiv, then relax on the 2-hour drive to Dytyatki Checkpoint, the main entry point to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. During your journey, watch a documentary about the Chernobyl disaster, and have a short stop to use toilet facilities, and purchase coffee and snacks. Then, pass the police checkpoint and enter the infamous exclusion zone to visit Chernobyl. See the evacuation memorial, the Lenin monument, the museum of robots, and more, before continuing to the Chernobyl Power Plant. Here, explore the reactor blocks, cooling towers, the new sarcophagus over Reactor 4, and the Prometheus monument. Then head to the Red Forest viewpoint, and visit the abandoned town of Prypiat. Walk through an abandoned amusement park, past an empty school, hospital, and river port. Next, discover the abandoned military base where the Duga Radar Station lies, before passing through radiation control and returning to Kyiv.

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From Kyiv: 1-Day Group Tour to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

2. From Kyiv: 1-Day Group Tour to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on a guided day tour from Kyiv. Learn about the infamous 1986 nuclear disaster and subsequent clean up efforts with an expert guide, with permits and photo permission included. Depart Kyiv by bus and set off on the journey to Chernobyl. As you make your way to the Exclusion Zone, learn about the rules of radiation safety and watch specially-prepared video material about the disaster en route to the exclusion zones. Learn how the city, while largely abandoned, is still populated with local workers and policemen along with shops, a post office, and café. See sights such as the museum, St. Elijah Church, the Park of Glory, river port and memorial to the liquidators who rushed to reactor number 4 in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. Visit reactor number 4, where complex engineering solutions are underway designed to transform it into an ecologically safe system. Discover the secret facility of Chernobyl 2 and go to the Soviet over-the-horizon radar station of Duga, where foreign radio stations were blocked and espionage took place. Next, go to the ghost town of Pripyat and see the abandoned amusement park and the Ferris wheel that no child ever got the chance to ride. See abandoned boats and ships in the port, and feed the giant catfish in Pripyat River.

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Kyiv: Chernobyl Helicopter Tour

3. Kyiv: Chernobyl Helicopter Tour

Get an unforgettable view of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone from the air with a unique 3-hour helicopter tour. See the site of the world's worst nuclear accident in history and the ghost city of Pripyat. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime flight over the nuclear power plant and the exploded reactor.  The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that occurred on Saturday April 26, 1986, at the No. 4 nuclear reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat in the north of the Ukrainian SSR. This private helicopter tour is designed for people who value their time, hate missing anything interesting, and appreciate when inconveniences like bumpy roads or traffic jams can’t spoil their trip. Enjoy this fantastic experience and view the zone from a Robinson 44 helicopter window. An English-speaking guide will be ready to answer all related questions.

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From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Pripyat Private Helicopter Tour

4. From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Pripyat Private Helicopter Tour

Meet your guide at your hotel and head to the helicopter pad where your thrilling adventure begins. Get onboard a private helicopter and take off to one of the most mysterious places in the world — the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  From the comfort of a private helicopter flight, listen to the comprehensive commentary of your expert guide. On the way to Chernobyl, fly over Kyiv and take in the scenic views of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, the Motherland Monument, Dynamo Stadium, and the Dnieper River. Moreover, fly above the Mezhyhirya Residence and learn interesting facts about the so-called “Museum of Corruption.” The highlight of the tour is a breathtaking flight over the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Take a look at the astonishing Duga radar, discover the famous abandoned amusement park of Pripyat with its Ferris wheel still standing, and see from a distance a new safety confinement over the notorious Reactor No. 4. of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. One of the main advantages of the tour is that you’ll be accompanied by an expert private guide who will enlighten you of the tragic events of the Chernobyl catastrophe that happened in 1986. At the end of a breathtaking experience, return to Kyiv where your driver will drop you off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,553 reviews

Great trip and Matthew the tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable, seems to really enjoy his job and had respect for the disaster zone! Don’t know what he gets paid, but deserves a pay rise, he’s a credit to the tour company.

It has been a great experience. Our guide, Jenny, has been really pleasant und helpful. We have spent a good day, knowing a lot of things about the place

Все отлично, несчитая погоды, но тут уже без претензий. Гид Артем многое показал, рассказал, и с юмором и в то же время есть о чем задуматься.

Great guide - very informative and considerate to everyone in the group.

An amazing experience, I couldn't reccomend it enough