Open the great story of Chernobyl in our small group tour of 6.

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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Key features:​

  • It is a group tour with maximum 6 visitors in a group.
  • Main sights of Chernobyl zone accessible within one day.
  • 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.
  • Pick-up and drop-off in Kyiv.
  • Data: hundreds of pictures in our databases and hours of stories.
  • Guiding in English.
  • You can request that one of our special experts or advisors accompany you.

Kyiv — Checkpoint Dityatky

We pick you up in Kyiv at the meeting point at 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.

Chernobyl
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.

(Optional) 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.

The price and what is included:

3300 Hryvnas per person (approximately 110 Euros).  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
  • Transfer from Kyiv, within the Zone, and back by a minivan with a skilled driver that knows the Zone well.

Possible extensions:

  • The program is available as a private tour as well.
  • We can provide you with industrial-grade professional dosimeters (no cheap devices for home use).
  • Meals are extra. There is a fantastic selection of meals at Stalker Grill Bar, and they are much higher quality than those inside the Zone.

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. 

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