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From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Prypiat Day Trip with Lunch

1. From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Prypiat Day Trip with Lunch

Embark on a day trip in a van to Chernobyl and Prypiat from Kyiv to witness the destruction of a nuclear accident. Walk past grand memorials, the famous Duga Radar, and the deserted village of Kopachi, listening to your licensed guide's information. Meet your guide in Kyiv and have you passport details checked before departing. Sit back and relax on the 2hour van ride to the main entrance of the zone, Checkpoint Dytiatky. Here, pass through passport control and begin this tour. Discover the town of Chernobyl, where almost 5,000 people work and live. See the main square in the town of Chernobyl and the Wormwood Star Memorial, where one of the last few remaining statues of Lenin still stands in Ukraine. Move on to the Chernobyl river port with its eery sunken boats and ships. Make a quick stop at the local shop (if needed) before heading to the Memorial to Those Who Saved the World. Then, head to the very overgrown village of Kopachi where almost all the buildings were buried in the ground during the decontamination works of 1986. Stop near the remaining nursery school. After lunch, go to Prypiat, the abandoned town where time stopped on April 26th, 1986, when the entire town had to evacuate following the nuclear accident. Travel back in time and plunge into the communist era. Your professional guide will help you explore and get to understand the town for roughly 2 hours.

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From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Pripyat Full-Day Group Tour

2. From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Pripyat Full-Day Group Tour

Depart Kyiv in the morning and journey towards the Chernobyl exclusion zone to clear the passport control. Walk around the site of the devastating nuclear accident and see important monuments such as the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and Reactor 4. Feed the giant catfish in the cooling water pond, and then enjoy a lunch of 100% clean produce in a genuine canteen from the Soviet era. Visit one of the secret stations in the ghost town of Pripyat, opened to tourism following the success of computer games such as S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Take photos of the abandoned buildings and post-apocalyptic landscapes and keep a lookout for wild animals wandering the deserted streets. Separate the truth from the myths about the 1986 disaster and learn more about its devastating impact on world history.

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From Kyiv: 2-Day Chernobyl and Pripyat with Overnight Stay

3. From Kyiv: 2-Day Chernobyl and Pripyat with Overnight Stay

Experience the ghost town of Chernobyl and learn about the infamous disaster with this unique 2-day group tour. After meeting your guide in Kyiv and having your passport details checked, set off in comfortable vehicles with Wi-Fi and air conditioning. After traveling through the countryside for 2 hours, you will reach checkpoint Dytiatky, the main entrance to the exclusion zone. Following passport checks and radiation safety rules, your tour will start in earnest.   Drive through the eerie exclusion zone, where nature and wildlife have once more taken over. Keep your eyes open as your travel for foxes, wild boar, deer, moose, and even wolves. Stop in the village of Zalissya, with almost 700 abandoned and uninhabited houses. Continue on to Chernobyl, which is nowadays the busiest part of the zone. Almost 5,000 people work and live there in shifts. See infamous sites such as the statue of Lenin, the river port with sunken boats and the memorial ‘to those who saved the world’.   Following your first day of exploration, check into one of the hotels in Chernobyl town – but keep the 10:00 PM curfew in mind, as the hotel will be locked from this time. After a restful night, get ready for another day of discovery. If your group is interested, you might have the opportunity to visit and speak to local babushkas. Explore the military base, including the command center and secret bunker, full of soviet military propaganda.   After lunch, explore Prypiat in-depth as you visit the fire station, a collapsed school and a police station, with its holding cells and interrogation rooms! Then, it’s time to head back to civilization, once you’ve passed obligatory radiation control at the checkpoint. Sit back and take in the sights as you are transferred back to Kyiv.

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From Kyiv: All Inclusive 2-Day Group Tour to Chernobyl

4. From Kyiv: All Inclusive 2-Day Group Tour to Chernobyl

Depart Kyiv and travel to the city of Chernobyl, famous as the site of the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986. Watch a film about the tragedy before arriving at the Dityatki checkpoint, where you will go through passport control and listen to important information from your local guide before you proceed. Enter the "30-kilometer" exclusion zone and investigate 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. Elias Church, Park of Glory, river port and memorial to the liquidators who rushed to reactor number 4 in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. Look at the new confinement from the viewing platform of reactor number 4, and explore the complex engineering solutions designed to transform it into an ecologically safe system. You might even get the chance to communicate with the plant employees. Travel to the abandoned village of Zalessie, where the population of 2,000 people before the accident has dwindled to the few dozen who chose to return. Look at the abandoned huts, schools and livestock complex, and see the monument to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. Visit the village of Kopachi, just 4 kilometers from the site of the accident. A once thriving village, Kopachi suffered radiation damage during the disaster and a decision was taken to bury the entire village under layers of earth. Discover untouched monuments, such as the monument to soldiers, a kindergarten and a machine-tractor station, along with mounds marked with radiation warning signs. Go to the “Black Pearl” of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, and walk the abandoned streets of Pripyat. See the abandoned amusement park and the ghost-like Ferris wheel. Visit the pool of Lazurnyi, where the first victims were brought. Other highlights of this haunting location include the building of the executive committee, Hotel Polesie and a secondary school. Journey to the site of the Red Forest, where the full extent of the radiation was felt. Authorities took the decision to cut the forest down and, while trees have started to grow again, you will look at it from a safe distance as the radiometer shows the impact of the damage. Return to Kyiv, stopping at the Dityatki checkpoint to check the radiation levels on your clothes before you proceed.

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From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Prypiat Private Day Tour

5. From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Prypiat Private Day Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Kyiv, and then journey by van to the site of one of the world's worst nuclear accidents to explore Chernobyl and the abandoned town of Pripyat in complete safety. Create your own itinerary of the poignant attraction and see only what you want on a fully personalized experience. Get access to the Exclusion Zone of the decommissioned Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, built by the USSR military soon after the disaster in 1986. See the remains of the nuclear reactors and the abandoned buildings of the ghost town of Pripyat. Discover the site of the secret Duga radar system, and visit the New Safe Confinement structure, built to contain the remains of reactor No. 4. Talk to some of the people that now live in the exclusion zone and get more information than you could ever get on the internet.

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Kyiv: BRDM-2 Driving and Gun Shooting Experience

6. Kyiv: BRDM-2 Driving and Gun Shooting Experience

Don't miss the opportunity to drive a BRDM Soviet tank and fire some guns. Fire weapons such as the Kalashnikov AK-47, the Glock-17, a shotgun, and others, depending on your preference. After getting picked up from your hotel, drive to the tank driving range located 10-15 kilometers from Kyiv. The instructors will be waiting for you there, and after a short meet and greet you will be prepared to be taken on an exhilarating ride. After driving the tank, sit down to an authentic Ukrainian lunch of borsch, varenyky, deryny, salo, and of course, vodka. Following lunch, head to the outdoor shooting range, the largest of its kind in Europe. With the help of an experienced instructor, learn how to handle the guns and shoot right in the bulls-eye before heading back to Kyiv.

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Chernobyl and Pripyat: Full-Day All inclusive Private Tour

7. Chernobyl and Pripyat: Full-Day All inclusive Private Tour

Meet your guide and begin a private full-day tour of Chernobyl and Prypiat. Customize your tour to see the maximum amount of locations at your own pace on a date of your choice.  Whether you are visiting for photography, research, or personal interest, this private tour will allow you to explore sites of interest in depth. An experienced guide who knows the area intimately will show you around the abandoned towns and off-the-beaten-track locations that are impossible to forget. 

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From Kyiv: Chernobyl & Pripyat Private Day Trip with Lunch

8. From Kyiv: Chernobyl & Pripyat Private Day Trip with Lunch

Depart Kyiv and journey to Chernobyl to explore the infamous site of the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in April 1986. Benefit from a complimentary lunch, pre-arranged permits to enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zones and the services of an expert guide exclusive to you. See the impact of the disaster 30 years after the event. From the moment you enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, you will experience an almost post-apocalyptic world. Explore the now almost abandoned site, and learn how the residents were evacuated in the aftermath of the tragedy. Pass the deserted village of Zalecie and see half-destroyed buildings hidden behind trees. Go to the Cold War defense antenna of Duga 1, known as the "Russian Woodpecker" for the noise it used to make. Stroll the streets of the ghost town of Pripyat, built in 1979 for the people who worked at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and their families. Learn how they were evacuated following the explosion in reactor number 4. See the ghost-like amusement park and its Ferris wheel, a former house of culture and a derelict swimming pool. Safety will always be uppermost during the day, but your guide will show you everything you need to see and acquaint you with dramatic statistics connected to the disaster. Before you leave the Exclusion Zone, pass the security control to check for radiation levels on your clothes. Return to Kyiv for a drop-off at your hotel at the end of the tour services.

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From Kyiv: Private Tour of Chernobyl

9. From Kyiv: Private Tour of Chernobyl

Depart Kyiv and journey to Chernobyl, world-renowned as the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Benefit from flexible arrangements that allow you to stay in the exclusion zone from 1 to 5 days, either alone, with friends or with an organized guest. Save money on tours with more friends: the more you take the cheaper the cost per person. Take the worry out of your pre-trip arrangements, with transportation, guides and permits taken care of in advance. Plunge into the story of the tragedy and its aftermath, and get information about the past, present and future plans for the site. Enter the "30-kilometer" exclusion zone and investigate how Chernobyl is still populated by local workers and policemen. See shops, a post office and café, along with sights such as the museum, St. Elias Church, the Park of Glory, river port and memorial to the liquidators who rushed to reactor number 4 immediately after the explosion. Take photos and videos of the ghost town and look at the construction of a new confinement from the viewing platform of reactor number 4. Explore the complex engineering solutions designed to transform it into an ecologically safe system. Get the chance to chat with the plant employees. Next, travel to the abandoned village of Kopachi, located just 4 kilometers from the accident site. A once thriving village, Kopachi suffered radiation damage during the disaster and a decision was taken to bury the entire village under layers of earth. Discover untouched monuments, such as the monument to soldiers, a kindergarten and a machine-tractor station, along with mounds marked with radiation warning signs. Explore the “Black Pearl” of the exclusion zone as you walk the deserted streets of Pripyat. See the abandoned amusement park and its ghost-like Ferris wheel. Visit the pool of Lazurnyi, where the first victims were brought, and see other highlights of the haunting location such as the building of the executive committee, Hotel Polesie and a secondary school. Then, journey to the Red Forest, where the full extent of the radiation was felt. Authorities took the decision to cut the forest down and, while trees have started to grow again, you will look at it from a safe distance as the radiometer shows the impact of the damage. The day has no time limits as the program will be discussed with all group members to determine the route and tailored itinerary.

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From Kyiv: 2-Day Private Tour to Chernobyl with Hotel

10. From Kyiv: 2-Day Private Tour to Chernobyl with Hotel

A private tour is the best way to experience the atmosphere of abandoned area, hear the silence, and plunge into the post apocalypse world. Visit the maximum number of locations at your own pace, based on your own preferences, and on a date that is good for you… just you, your friends/colleagues, and your guide. This tour will cover all your needs (urbex , photography, media, research etc.) and grants you a unique opportunity to explore Prypiat in depth. With experienced guides that know the area perfectly, tour through the exclusion zone and see breathtaking places that are not possible to see on a group tour. You are guaranteed a real adventure, true emotion, and an experience you will never forget.

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What people are saying about Kyiv

We went with a 5 person private tour, which was genuinely excellent. It was slightly more expensive to do it privately, but we all agreed it was worth it as it allowed us to do a more detailed exploration of the sites, and meant we were able to avoid the bigger groups. A special thank you to our guide Elena; it was fascinating hearing her first hand experience of living through the disaster whilst she was celebrating her graduation, and she took us to some really interesting locations around Pripyat. Highly recommended.

It was a very good and informative day, focusing a lot on social history of the area and of Ukraine in general, as well as the obvious. Although there's more reading to do, many questions have been raised

It was a great exprerience! The guide, Alex, explained everything with facts and stories. The life at that time is told by him lime simulation! I definetly suggest it!

I would return for sure. Would like to go inside a building next time.

The experience was amazing and unique however we did not get lunch.