Immerse into the world of Chernobyl — during the best season.

Main locations of the Zone in one day — detailed, rich, and breathtaking.

 

We are not going to make a fancy-wrapped offer, that will end in stupid entertaiment. So no words like "incredible adventures at mysterious ghost city of Pripyat". Instead, we will go different way.
Let's a make a trip you will never forget. Go together to the core of the site of greatest nuclear disaster. See, think and talk. Learn absolutely new and get brand new vision to usual things.

All of this with experienced guide, industrial-standard equipment and our data we collected on location during years of our own research.

Read reviews on TripAdvisor

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Nuclear Fuel Transportation

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant now performs railway transporting of the spent nuclear fuel between ISF-1 and ISF-2 storages, which will take multiple years to complete. Therefore, the 10-km subzone with the site of the Chernobyl NPP, city of Pripyat, Chernobyl-2, and other locations within may be closed on business days approximately from 09:30 AM to 1:00 PM without further notice or announcement. 

This means, that the timing of tours is adjusted based on this. We strongly advise considering an overnight extension on the day before the tour in order to make your experience better (and more rich — as overnight programs are longer).

Itinerary with an overnight stay
Itinerary without an overnight stay

Detailed itinerary (WITH an overnight stay before the tour)

Key features:

  • It is the first one-day tour, that features a really long program in Pripyat — nearly 5 hours!
  • A comfortable overnight stay before the tour with an evening transfer from Kyiv.
  • An extended information package, discussions and assistance. Hundreds of pictures in our databases and hours of stories.
  • We optimize the program based on the available daylight depending on the season.
  • Main sights of Chernobyl zone — detailed, very flexible and with no speed runs.
  • We take care of all legal paperwork for permits and arrangements.
  • Transfers with reliable and fully equipped vehicles — Nissan H1 minivan, Mercedes Vito, VW Transporter, or a Mercedes Sprinter.
  • Our team speaks English, Slovak, Ukrainian, or Russian.
  • You can request that one of our special experts or advisors accompany you.

Day 1 — Evening transfer and an overnight stay

Kyiv — Hotel STALKER

We pick you up in Kyiv near your hotel or at the desired meeting point at 06:00 PM in the evening and transfer with a comfortable vehicle to the village of Dityatky, where the main checkpoint of the Zone is located. In two hours, we arrive at the STALKER hotel complex, where you meet our team. The hotel's name refers to the A. Tarkovsky eponymous movie, based on the Roadside Picnic novel. In Ukrainian, the word stalker exclusively means a person, who explores the Zone. 

We check you in and have dinner together. After this, we have an introductory briefing, give safety instructions, check the documents, and set up the plan for the next two days.

After this, you can have a good rest — as you will need a lot of power the next day.

Day 2 — Exploring the Zone.

Hotel STALKER — Checkpoint Dityatky

At 07:30 in the morning, we have breakfast, and after we move to the checkpoint Dityatky — the main gate of the Chernobyl Zone, which is 1.5 km away from the hotel. You get your personal dosimeters, sign a paper that you are acknowledged with rules and regulations. Then we pass the entry control, enter the Zone and our adventure begins!

Checkpoint Dityatky — Bypass road of Chernobyl — Checkpoint Leliv  — PRLRW Red Forest

We take the main highway towards the Chernobyl NPP. It is a long road that takes around 40 minutes and one more control at the checkpoint Leliv of the 10-km subzone for operations with radioactive materials. On our way, while we pass few abandoned villages, neglected fields, and dense forests, we give you an introductory overview of the area, its history, and modern life. 

Shortly after the Leliv checkpoint, the landscape changes, and from time to time on the sides of the road, you will notice radiation hazard signs standing in the grass. This is the original way to Pripyat — the one, which now is in the Red Forest. It is a territory, that faced extreme contamination from the western fallout track. Being an old and dense forest, it mostly had pine trees, which naturally have a high level of radiosensitivity. After fallout covered them, few zones of damage were formed — from minimal to lethal. In the lethal zone, all the trees and undergrowth died and got a distinctive rusty color, that gave a modern name for the area. During the winter of 1986, original trees were bulldozed and then buried in the ditches on site, and the new forest was planted.

PRIPYAT welcome sign in the red forest

Since then, the area is a major research spot of ecological processes. After a couple of forest fires in recent years, many modern trees got practically the same look as the original — so although it is not related to irradiation anymore, it allows us to imagine, how did the original Red Forest look like.

We drive by the old road here, without stops and open windows, passing the Torch of Prometheus — a monument, that once was a welcome sign of the Chernobyl NPP, and eventually stop near the famous entrance sign of Pripyat. From this spot, you will be able to see the Forest Village, created in 1970 to house the first builders of NPP. 

PRLRW Red Forest — City of Pripyat

We arrive at our major destination, the city of Pripyat — the satellite of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, established in 1970 and 16 years old only at the time of disaster. Designed for ~50000 residents it consists of 5 districts and more than 180 structures. As it faced very intensive decontamination, the levels of radioactivity there generally are not high except for minor small hotspots. Approximately up to 2000 some facilities in the city were used by many organizations and companies of the Zone. Few facilities still operate in Pripyat.

Pripyat

Pripyat

We leave our car at the central square and explore the city on foot for 4-5 hours — it is the best practice to walk there, not drive. We may take any route you would like, or go from oldest part to newest, covering major sights. 

An average list of locations includes (depends on actual constraints, such as the size of the group, weather conditions, and how much you can physically walk):

  • Avenue of Lenin, the central street of Pripyat, where we stop near one of I. Litovchenko's monumental mosaics.
  • Yards of District 2, that represent typical architecture and urban planning technics of the 70-s
  • The grocery store of the District 2
  • Liquor and furniture stores of District 2
  • School of the District 2
  • Kurchatova street
  • Voskhod (Sunrise) store
  • The "White House", an apartment complex where lived the highest staff of the NPP, including Victor Brukhanov.
  • School of the District 1
  • Hospital complex
  • Riverport and cafe Pripyat
  • Prometheus movie theatre and the music school
  • Hotel Polissya
  • Governmental office, where the government task force (in which participated Valery Legasov and Boris Scherbina) has been deployed
  • The central square of Pripyat
  • Palace of culture 'Energetik', a multifunctional community center for leisure and sports
  • Central Park and the infamous Ferris wheel.
  • Shopping center, which was one of the very first soviet supermarkets.
  • Central Stadium
  • Kindergarten in the District IV
  • Unfinished part of Pripyat
  • Left behind vehicles
  • Firefighters station.

Please note, that especially in Pripyat it is officially forbidden to go inside structures, as after 35 years of it is really unsafe and some collapses happened, often unexpected. However, a lot of buildings are well-exposed (like on the pictures below), so the program will be very rich.

Pripyat

Pripyat

City of Pripyat — Chernobyl NPP industrial site

We drive to the industrial site and make a stop just 200 meters from the infamous Unit IV, which nowadays is covered with the New Safe Confinement (the Arch). You will stand in front of the biggest moveable structure created on this planet, which (it is not an overestimation) covers the most complex structure ever built — the Shelter Object (the Sarcophagus). We will show you some breathtaking archive shots and explain the design of both isolation structures. 

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Then, we drive farther from the main compound of the Chernobyl NPP to stop at the turn of the road for an impressive panoramic view. From this place, you will be able to see all four operated units, the switchyard, the Island with the unfinished units V & VI, and the cooling towers of Phase II. 

Chernobyl NPP industrial site — PTLRW Kopachi

Do you remember, how hours before you noticed radiation warning signs appearing around the road? It is hard to believe, but this place once was densely populated. A field with some randomly growing trees is all that remained from Kopachi village. It, along with the villages of Chystogalivka and Yaniv had a sad fate — it faced extreme contamination, so during the decontamination works 99% of structures were buried underground.

Apart from remained kindergarten, there is not much to see, but very much to think about. In that, now not even recognizable hills rest everything, what belonged to inhabitants — including their houses. Now, for them, there is no place to return to remember the past, and to the name of their village is added the acronym PTLRW — Polygon of Temporary Localization of Radioactive Waste.

PTLRW Kopachi — Chernobyl-2 Duga OTH Radar Site

We return to the main highway and drive to the south. At some point, we turn to the military concrete road and drive approximately 6 km to Chernobyl-2. This formerly supersecret town is hidden in dense forests and was one of 6 components of Duga (eng. "Arc") over-the-horizon radar complex, designed in the 1970s to detect launches of U.S. ICBMs to the Soviet Union.

Duga OTH Radar

This place is the only, where you can see such a huge antenna installation straight in front of you. Moreover, being a relic of the Cold War, a visit here is a superior opportunity to learn about this period of history from the side of the USSR, Soviet military, and computer technologies of the Socialistic Block.

When we come to Chernobyl-2, we leave the car near its checkpoint and go on foot to visit antennas. As the Chernobyl disaster caused a contamination of Chernobyl-2, being followed by end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fate of the Duga project was dark — it was canceled and all the components destroyed, except the array of Chernobyl-2. 

Chernobyl-2 Duga OTH Radar Site  — Checkpoint Leliv — Town of Chernobyl

We head to the town of Chernobyl. First, we arrive at the Leliv checkpoint, where we pass contamination check-up using automatic beta-radiometers.

In few minutes after we come to the town of Chernobyl. It is an ancient town — there is no clear information about its age, however, the first known historical records mention it in 1193. Being a center of the Chernobyl district of the Kyiv region, it was a regular town with approximately 14000 residents which, contrary to popular beliefs, was never related to Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. However, it gave its name to NPP as the closest town that existed in 1970 when the construction started.

Before the disaster, the town was a resort and an important port on the river of Prypiat. After the evacuation in 1986, Chernobyl was converted to the administration center of the Chernobyl Zone and is a home for many organizations and facilities. Its regime life did not change its original Soviet look.

Town of Chernobyl. Shipwrecks.

We make few stops here at the major landmarks:

  • Exhibition of real robotic equipment, that was in use during clean-up operations on NPP rooftops.
  • Monument to Those, Who Saved the World near the operating firefighters' department. We participated and coordinated the restoration of the monument in 2020.
  • Bay of ChREB (Chernobyl Vessel Repair Plant), where we can see original cargo ships that were used to transport construction materials for Shelter Object. If you played S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, then it will be in particular interesting, as this location was a prototype of Zaton with Skadovsk and Shevchenko vessels.
  • Jewish district — as Chernobyl had a massive Jewish diaspora in the past.
  • Central square with the Wormwood Star memorial and a large concrete map of the Zone.
  • Welcome sign of the city and restored Soviet police checkpoint.

(Optional) Zalissya village

If you wish and if we have time left, we make an optional stop at the village of Zalissya. This village is the biggest in Zone, as it was a home for more than 2800 residents and a host of a huge collective farm called "Druzhba" (eng. "Friendship") and is a good example of a typical Soviet village from the 70-s-80-s.

Zalissya — Checkpoint Dityatky — Museum

We head to the exit. At the Dityatky checkpoint, we pass an already familiar contamination check-up. After this, we arrive at our secret museum — a carefully restored radiation control outpost from the Ilovnitsa village that operated in 1986-87, during the active phase of liquidation of consequences of disaster at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Here you can see various artifacts, operating equipment and immerse into the atmosphere of that time.

Dinner at STALKER restaurant & grill bar

We move to the STALKER hotel complex to have a dinner and a summary talk at the restaurant.

Dityatky — Transfer to Kyiv

After that, we drive to Kyiv back, where we will arrive approximately at 07:00...08:00 PM.

Detailed itinerary (WITHOUT an overnight stay before the tour)

Key features:​

  • Main sights of Chernobyl zone — detailed, very flexible and with no speed runs.
  • We take care of all legal paperwork for permits and arrangements.
  • Transfers with reliable and fully equipped vehicles — Nissan H1 minivan, Mercedes Vito, VW Transporter, or a Mercedes Sprinter.
  • Different pick-up and drop-off options — Kyiv or the main checkpoint of Dytiatky.
  • Data: hundreds of pictures in our databases and hours of stories.
  • Our team speaks English, Slovak, Ukrainian, or Russian.
  • You can request that one of our special experts or advisors accompany you.

Kyiv — Checkpoint Dityatky

We pick you up in Kyiv near your hotel or at the desired meeting point at 09:30 AM (on weekends — on 08:00 AM) in the morning and transfer you with a comfortable vehicle to the village of Dityatky. In two hours, we arrive at the main checkpoint of the Zone is located. You get your personal dosimeters, sign a paper that you are acknowledged with rules and regulations. Then we pass the entry control, enter the Zone and our adventure begins!

Checkpoint Dityatky — Cherevach — Zalissya

We take the main highway towards the town of Chernobyl. On our way, while we pass few abandoned villages, neglected fields, and dense forests, we give you an introductory overview of the area, its history, and modern life. Eventually, we stop in the village of Zalissya. This village is the biggest in Zone, as it was a home for more than 2800 residents and a host of a huge collective farm called "Druzhba" (eng. "Friendship") and represents a typical Soviet village from the 70-s-80-s.

Zalissya — Town of Chernobyl

In few minutes after we come to the town of Chernobyl. It is an ancient town — there is no clear information about its age, however, the first known historical records mention it in 1193. Being a center of the Chernobyl district of the Kyiv region, it was a regular town with approximately 14000 residents which, contrary to popular beliefs, was never related to Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. However, it gave its name to NPP as the closest town that existed in 1970 when the construction started.


Before the disaster, the town was a resort and an important port on the river of Prypiat. After the evacuation in 1986, Chernobyl was converted to the administration center of the Chernobyl Zone and is a home for many organizations and facilities. Its regime life did not change its original Soviet look.

Town of Chernobyl. Shipwrecks.

We make few stops here at the major landmarks:

  • Exhibition of real robotic equipment, that was in use during clean-up operations on NPP rooftops.
  • Monument to Those, Who Saved the World near the operating firefighters' department. We participated and coordinated the restoration of the monument in 2020.
  • Bay of ChREB (Chernobyl Vessel Repair Plant), where we can see original cargo ships that were used to transport construction materials for Shelter Object. If you played S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, then it will be in particular interesting, as this location was a prototype of Zaton with Skadovsk and Shevchenko vessels.
  • Central square with the Wormwood Star memorial and a large concrete map of the Zone.
  • Welcome sign of the city and restored Soviet police checkpoint.

Town of Chernobyl — Checkpoint Leliv — PTLRW Kopachi

We arrive at the Leliv checkpoint, where we pass one more control and enter the inner, 10-km subzone. Shortly after the Leliv checkpoint, the landscape changes, and from time to time on the sides of the road, you will notice radiation hazard signs standing in the grass. It is hard to believe, but this place once was densely populated. A field with some randomly growing trees is all that remained from Kopachi village. It, along with the villages of Chystogalivka and Yaniv had a sad fate — it faced extreme contamination, so during the decontamination works 99% of structures were buried underground.

Apart from remained kindergarten, there is not much to see, but very much to think about. In that, now not even recognizable hills rest everything, what belonged to inhabitants — including their houses. Now, for them, there is no place to return to remember the past, and to the name of their village is added the acronym PTLRW — Polygon of Temporary Localization of Radioactive Waste.

PTLRW Kopachi — Chernobyl NPP industrial site

We drive to the industrial site of the Chernobyl NPP and take a road that follows the exhaust channel — the one that connected the power plant with the cooling pond. A view from the window reveals the massive scale of the site, as we pass the various facilities. Eventually, we stop at the turn of the road for an impressive panoramic view. From this place, you will be able to see all four operated units, the switchyard, the so-called Island with the unfinished units V & VI, and the cooling towers of Phase II. 

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Then, we drive around the power plant and make a stop at the observation point. It is just 200 meters from the infamous Unit IV, which nowadays is covered with the New Safe Confinement (the Arch). You will stand in front of the biggest moveable structure created on this planet, which (it is not an overestimation) covers the most complex structure ever built — the Shelter Object (the Sarcophagus). We will show you some breathtaking archive shots and explain the design of both isolation structures. 

Chernobyl NPP industrial site — PTLRW Red Forest

To enter Pripyat, we need to pass the Red Forest eastern part. It is a territory, that faced extreme contamination from the western fallout track. Being an old and dense forest, it mostly had pine trees, which naturally have a high level of radiosensitivity. After fallout covered them, few zones of damage were formed — from minimal to lethal. In the lethal zone, all the trees and undergrowth died and got a distinctive rusty color, that gave a modern name for the area. During the winter of 1986, original trees were bulldozed and then buried in the ditches on site, and the new forest was planted.

PRIPYAT welcome sign in the red forest

Since then, the area is a major research spot of ecological processes. After a couple of forest fires in recent years, many modern trees got practically the same look as the original — so although it is not related to irradiation anymore, it allows us to imagine, how did the original Red Forest look like.

PRLRW Red Forest — City of Pripyat

We arrive at our major destination, the city of Pripyat — the satellite of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, established in 1970 and 16 years old only at the time of disaster. Designed for ~50000 residents it consists of 5 districts and more than 180 structures. As it faced very intensive decontamination, the levels of radioactivity there generally are not high except for minor small hotspots. Approximately up to 2000 some facilities in the city were used by many organizations and companies of the Zone. Few facilities still operate in Pripyat.

We leave our car at the central square and explore the city on foot for 1.5-2 hours — it is the best practice to walk there, not drive. We may take any route you would like, or go from oldest part to newest, covering major sights. 

Pripyat

An average list of locations includes (depends on actual constraints, such as the size of the group, weather conditions, and how much you can physically walk):​

  • The "White House", an apartment complex where lived the highest staff of the NPP, including Victor Brukhanov.
  • School of the District 1
  • Hospital complex
  • Riverport and cafe Pripyat
  • Prometheus movie theatre and the music school
  • Hotel Polissya
  • Governmental office, where the government task force (in which participated Valery Legasov and Boris Scherbina) has been deployed
  • The central square of Pripyat
  • Palace of culture 'Energetik', a multifunctional community center for leisure and sports
  • Central Park and the infamous Ferris wheel.
  • Shopping center, which was one of the very first soviet supermarkets.
  • Left behind vehicles
  • Firefighters station.

Please note, that especially in Pripyat it is officially forbidden to go inside structures, as after 35 years of it is really unsafe and some collapses happened, often unexpected. However, a lot of buildings are well-exposed (like on the pictures below), so the program will be very rich. 

Pripyat

Pripyat

City of Pripyat — PTLRW Red Forest — Chernobyl-2 Duga OTH Radar Site

We exit Pripyat and take the road that was used for evacuation of the city. We drive without stops and open windows, passing the Torch of Prometheus — a monument, that once was a welcome sign of the Chernobyl NPP. Through the dead trees, you will see the power plant once more — for many, this was the last look on it, as they never returned back.

We return to the main highway and drive to the south. At some point, we turn to the military concrete road and drive approximately 6 km to Chernobyl-2. This formerly supersecret town is hidden in dense forests and was one of 6 components of Duga (eng. "Arc") over-the-horizon radar complex, designed in the 1970s to detect launches of U.S. ICBMs to the Soviet Union.

Duga OTH Radar

This place is the only, where you can see such a huge antenna installation straight in front of you. Moreover, being a relic of the Cold War, a visit here is a superior opportunity to learn about this period of history from the side of the USSR, Soviet military, and computer technologies of the Socialistic Block.

When we come to Chernobyl-2, we leave the car near its checkpoint and go on foot to visit antennas. As the Chernobyl disaster caused a contamination of Chernobyl-2, being followed by end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fate of the Duga project was dark — it was canceled and all the components destroyed, except the array of Chernobyl-2.

Chernobyl-2 Duga OTH Radar Site — Checkpoint Leliv — Checkpoint Dityatky

We head to the exit. First, we arrive at the Leliv checkpoint, where we pass contamination check-up using automatic beta-radiometers. After that, we need around 30 minutes to arrive to the Dityatky checkpoint, where we pass one more (this time — stricter) contamination check-up and exit the Zone.

Checkpoint Dityatky — Museum

We arrive at our secret museum — a carefully restored radiation control outpost from the Ilovnitsa village that operated in 1986-87, during the active phase of liquidation of consequences of disaster at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Here you can see various artifacts, operating equipment and immerse into the atmosphere of that time.

Dinner at STALKER restaurant & grill bar

We move to the STALKER hotel complex to have dinner and a summary talk at the restaurant.
The hotel's name refers to the A. Tarkovsky eponymous movie, based on the Roadside Picnic novel. In Ukrainian, the word stalker exclusively means a person, who explores the Zone. 

Dityatky — Transfer to Kyiv

After that, we drive back to Kyiv, where we will arrive approximately at 07:00...08:00 PM.

Possible extensions:

  • The program can be extended to more days and locations, including those inside and outside the Zone (as there are many Chernobyl-related places too).
  • On-demand, you can meet our experts on history, radiation, dosimetry, nuclear energy, or wildlife or have them join you while you are in the Zone.
  • We can provide you with industrial-grade professional dosimeters (no cheap devices for home use).

The price and what is included:

The price per person heavily depends on the number of visitors, so please enquire using the form above. There are no hidden charges, we discuss everything beforehand. The price will include:

  • Processing of all documents for the required permits.
  • Payment of all the required fees for the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone visit.
  • Individual dosimetry control 
  • Guiding in English based on the itinerary above
  • Accommodation for 1 night for the itinerary with an overnight stay (hostel rooms, or, by extra charge — hotel rooms or a cottage). 
  • Meals. Variety of meals available (plus by menu), and they are much higher quality than those inside the Zone.
  • Transfer from Kyiv, within the Zone, and back by a minivan with a skilled driver that knows the Zone well.

Notices:

  • A state permit is required for a visit to the Chernobyl Zone. We need your full and accurate passport information and all details discussed before document submission.
  • All visitors must be 18 years old. 
  • We work only in private tours format and do not offer group tours, because we do not want to lower the quality of our programs. 

Request now


E.g., 13.06.2021
Let us know to make mailing easier.