Open the great story of Chernobyl in our small group tour — just maximum 6 people in a group.

A special program to experience the main locations of the Chernobyl Zone detailed and explained.

 

The golden rule of visits to the Zone is as less people you have, as more you will see. If your budget or time is limited, our group tour is the perfect solution.
We will go together to the places, that cannot be compared to anything else. Learn absolutely new and get brand new vision to usual things.

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

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Features & Itinerary

  • A small group means really small — just 6 people maximum.
  • We will make this tour even if you will be the only visitor registered for.
  • Main sights of Chernobyl zone — detailed and explained from various aspects.
  • We take care of all legal paperwork for permits and arrangements.
  • Transfers with reliable and fully equipped vehicles — Nissan H1 minivan or Suzuki SX4. Driver is one of legends of the Zone, who is a former inhabitant of Pripyat.
  • Pick-up from a convenient point in Kyiv.
  • Data: pictures, archive footages and hours of stories.
  • Dinner or lunch (depending on availability).

 

Detailed itinerary

Kyiv

We pick you up in Kyiv at designated meeting point 8-00 in the morning and make passport check-up, after that we start driving to Chernobyl Zone. It takes approximate 2 hours to get to the main checkpoint of the Zone, located at the village of Dityatky, 110 km north from Kyiv. On approximately 10-00 we enter the Zone and our adventure begins!

Zalissya village

We drive to the town of Chernobyl via main highway, passing a bridge over Uzh river, then the village of Cherevach, some abandoned agricultural fields and then make a stop in Zalissya village to walk along one of its streets. This village is the biggest in Zone, as it was a home for more than 2800 residents and a host of huge collective farm called "Druzhba" (eng. "Friendship") that was integrated in supply system of Chernobyl NPP and provided meat for stores in Pripyat and canteens of NPP. This part of our program aims to give you an understanding of history and living conditions of the Chernobyl region in pre-NPP period.

Town of Chernobyl

Chernobyl is an ancient town — there is no clear information about its age, however first known historical records mention it on 1193. Being a center of Chernobyl district of Kyiv region, it was regular neighborhood with approximately 13700 residents that, contrary to popular beliefs, was never related to Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. However, it gave its name to NPP as the closest town existed in 1970, when the construction started.

Before the disaster the town was an important port on the river of Prypiat. After the evacuation in 1986, Chernobyl has been converted to an administration center of Chernobyl Zone and currently is a home for many organizations and facilities of it. Nevertheless, it did not change very much, being a perfect example of a typical Soviet town.

We drive around the town and make stops near entrance sign of the city, its central square and exhibition of real robotic equipment that was used during initial cleanup of structures of Unit 4. Here we explain about manned and unmanned methods of decontamination, radioactive waste disposal sites and works that being performed in the scope of clean-up nowadays.

After that we drive to inner, so-called 10-km Zone, that separated by an additional checkpoint, named Leliv after nearby abandoned village. On the way we make a short introduction to radioactivity and explain with what types of contamination do we deal in the Zone.

Kopachi Village

This village, along with villages of Chystogalivka and Yaniv had a sad fate — being built of wood, it faced extreme contamination, so during the decontamination works 99% of structures were bulldozed and buried underground. Therefore, the area looks like a chaotic forest with lots of small hills over the sites of initial structures. 

After decades, levels of radioactivity there lowered significantly, but it is a very good point to see for the first time how to measure radioactive emission properly. So we make here a short stop.

Around Red Forest, Chernobyl NPP industrial site and New Safe Confinement of Unit IV

Shortly after Kopachi, we enter the former Red Forest site and the industrial area of Chernobyl NPP. Here we drive along the cooling channel, passing the unfinished cooling tower of Units V and VI, the storage for spent nuclear fuel #2 and unfinished Units V and VI (so-called Phase III, cancelled shortly after the accident).

Once we come closer to Phases I and II — main facilities of Chernobyl NPP, we stop at panoramic view of the power plant. Here we explain how organized the NPP's compound, about design of reactors, Shelter object and New Safe Confinement. Next, we drive around the NPP and stop at the observation point of the New Safe Confinement (the Arch) — the superstructure that on November 29, 2016 covered Shelter Object (the Sarcophagus) for 100 years.

City of Pripyat

We come to the city of Pripyat — the satellite town of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, established in 1970 and 16 years old only at time of disaster. Designed for ~50000 residents it consists of 5 districts and more than 180 structures. Approximately up to 2000 this city was mostly used in pretty the same way like Chernobyl now — as a host for many organizations and companies of the Zone. Few facilities still operate in Pripyat.

We step out of our van at the central street and explore the city on foot for 1.5 hours — believe, it is the best practice to walk there, not drive. We take a balanced route, that features sights of various types. This allows to go way deeper than regular sightseeing — we try to cover different aspects of life here, as well as soviet reality as a phenomenon.

An average list of locations includes (depends on actual constraints):

  • Avenue of Lenin, a central street of Pripyat, where we stop near one I. Litovchenko monumental mosaics.
  • Yards of the District 2, that represent typical architecture and urban planning technics of 70s
  • Grocery store of the District 2
  • Liquor and furniture stores of District 2
  • School of the District 2
  • Kurchatova street
  • Voskhod (Sunrise) store
  • Shopping center, which was one of the very first soviet supermarkets
  • Central square of Pripyat
  • Palace of culture 'Energetik', a multifunctional center for leisure and sports
  • Central park and infamous Ferris wheel.
  • Hotel Polissya
  • Governmental office, where after the accident has been deployed governmental commission in which participated Valery Legasov and Boris Scherbina
  • "White house", a luxurious apartment complex, where lived highest staff of the NPP, including Victor Brukhanov.

Please note, that especially in Pripyat it is officially forbidden to go inside structures, as it is really unsafe (33 cycles of freezing-unfreezing in a humid climate is not a joke thing). So the route is planned in the way that you may perfectly to see internals without entering damaged buildings.

Lunch

We return to NPP site, drive to the island of the Phase II and stop for lunch at Canteen 19 of Chernobyl NPP. This canteen historically was designed for Unit V employees; later it became a main canteen for contractors, that once per day also services visitors.

Chernobyl-2 (Duga OTH Radar Assembly)

After lunch, we drive in direction towards Chernobyl. At some point we turn to the military concrete road and drive approximately 6 kms to Chernobyl-2. This formerly secret town is hidden in dense forests. It was one of 6 components of Duga (eng. "Arc") over-the-horizon radar complex, designed in 1970s to detect launches of U.S. ICBMs. 
The main point of interest there is breathtaking array of 2 antennas — 148 x 500 m and 98 x 250 m as well as surrounding facilities.

When we come to Chernobyl-2, we leave the car near its checkpoint, and go on foot to visit antennas, go around the data processing center and other facilities, like vehicles service depot.
As Chernobyl disaster caused a contamination of Chernobyl-2, being followed by end of Cold War and collapse of Soviet Union, the fate of Duga project was dark - it was cancelled and all the components destroyed, except the array of Chernobyl-2. 

Way back to Kyiv

We drive back to Leliv checkpoint where we pass first contamination checkup using automatic radiation monitors. After that, we continue driving towards exit checkpoint, where we arrive in around 30 minutes. there we pass secondary contamination checkup, and exit the Zone.

Museum

We arrive to 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 consequenses of disaster at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Here you can see various artifacts, operating equipment and immerse into atmosphere of that times.

Transfer

After that we drive to Kyiv back, where we will arrive approximately on 20-00 depending on the road situation.

Notices:

  • Exact sequence of locations is a subject of actual constraints, e.g. how many other tour groups are on site (you surely would not like to walk in crowds). So or so we visit all what listed.
  • If you want to customize your tour program or want to focus on some specific subjects or locations, please consider one of our private tours. This group tour is a light-version of our private programs.
  • A state permit is required for a visit to Chernobyl Zone. In order to obtain it, we need your full and accurate passport information and all details discussed before document submission.

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Price per 1 visitor:
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