"You know, there is a special road here. That one, that goes to origins."

A comprehensive 2-days trip through Chernobyl Zone — a land, where a thousands years old civilization twisted with a nuclear epoch.

 

This tour is your opportunity to see the real Chernobyl Zone, understand its scale and diversity, and it is well far from any standard touristic experience.
We made a careful selection of locations — so you will visit famous places (though, much deeper) as well as wild outskirts, where human is a guest. And we added some secret sauce of data, stories, knowledge and equipment.

We will work with you as one team. Teach you new. Help to understand details. And decode, like a spiral, this surreal place that cannot be compared to anything else.

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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 daily 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 and overnight stay before the tour)

Key features:

  • really long program in Pripyat — nearly 5 hours.
  • A detailed exploration of the wild Chernobyl countryside, where visitors rarely go.
  • 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.
  • Nearly 200 kilometers in the Zone on rough roads and hours on foot.
  • We take care of all legal paperwork for permits and arrangements.
  • Transfers with reliable vehicles and with skilled drivers. You can also use your own car, but we will need one or two seats for us.
  • Accommodation at hotel STALKER in Dityatky.
  • 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 — A way to origins.

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!

Kyiv — Checkpoint Dityatky

We pick you up in Kyiv near your hotel or at the desired meeting point at 09:30 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 illage

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.

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 — Bridge over the river of Pripyat — Checkpoint Paryshiv-2

Behind the town, we take a road to the east. It was built in 1989 as a new connection to Slavutich — the city, built as a replacement for the abandoned Pripyat. On this way, we will pass an impressive bridge, from which you will be able to see the river of Pripyat with the Chernobyl NPP on the horizon. Shortly after, we arrive at the checkpoint Paryshiv-2. 

Checkpoint Paryshiv-2 — Koshivka — Starosillya — Kryva Hora — Zymovysche — Krasno and back

We pass checkpoint Paryshiv-2 and drive to the north, to the places where not so many people go, but which still retain the authenticity of the Chernobyl region.

These places, located on the left bank of the Pripyat river, are quite special. Being clamped between rivers, endless swamps, and dense forests, for centuries they were a site for ancient neighborhoods. As physical access here was obstructed, a traditional, pretty archaic way of life continued here, making these lands an epitome of Chernobyl Polissya culture, still in the focus of interest of ethnographers and adventure seekers.

Structure in Zymovysche

Our major stops here are villages of Starosillya with its traditional houses; Zymovysche, which used to be a center of a very huge farm — so here is possible to find a lot of neglected agriculture machinery and see an industrialized village; and, of course, Krasno — a tiny village, where among other sights, a gem of traditional architecture located — a majestic St. Michael church, built from wood in 1800.

Church in Krasno

Checkpoint Paryshiv-2 — Chekpoint Leliv — 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.

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.

Chernobyl-2 DUGA OTH Radar

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, fire station, and so on.
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 — Bypass road of Chernobyl — Checkpoint Dityatky

We drive back to the Leliv checkpoint where we pass the first contamination checkup using special automatic radiometers. After that, we take a bypass road around the town of Chernobyl (in the evening time there is an increased chance to see wild animals here) and head to the Checkpoint Dityatky. When we arrive here, we pass once more the contamination check-up (this time — with a stricter treshold)

Checkpoint Dityatky — Museum — Hotel STALKER

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.

In few minutes, we arrive back at the hotel STALKER for dinner and rest. In the evening, it is a good idea to have a free time for talks and drinks. We will be happy to answer your questions and cover some specific subjects you became interested in. You will also have a chance to take a look at various artifacts and documents that we will bring for you from our archives.

Day 3 — A way to the Core.

Hotel STALKER — Checkpoint Dityatky

At 07:30 in the morning, we have breakfast, and after we move to the checkpoint Dityatky, where we pass the entry control.

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. 

Red Forest

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.

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

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, so the program will be very rich. 

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 NPP Unit 4

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

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.

Kopachi buried village

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 — 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. We can have a coffee-break in Chernobyl, after this we drive to the south.

Town of Chernobyl — Zalissya — Cherevach — Rudnia-Veresnia — Kazkovy Pioneers camp

We head to the place, that played a major role in the early post-disaster history — the pioneer's camp of the Chernobyl NPP. On the way, the first place we pass is the Rudnia-Veresnia village, which age estimated to be at least 200 years. In old times, the river Veresnia that passes through the village has been used as a source of bog iron, that was collected for further processing at iron-production manufactures. This specialization of the village is reflected in the word Rudnia that refers to ore in Ukrainian. The lands here are exceptionally sandy, so this neighborhood is relatively low-touched by sprawling vegetation and we find it very picturesque.

Rusnia-Veresnia

Next, we drive to the Kazkovy ("The one from a fairytale") camp. Initially, this camp was built as a summer resort for kids of NPP workers. It features the same architecture style as Pripyat — up to streetlights. After the Chernobyl disaster, it became the first temporary camp for those employees of the power plant who were involved in the liquidation process. We have some archive footages from the times it was still alive — so you will be able to check them out.

Kazkovy Pioneers Camp — Checkpoint Dityatky

We leave the camp and drive to the Dityatky checkpoint, where we pass once more the contamination check-up (this time — with a stricter threshold) and exit the Zone.

(Optional extra) Dinner at STALKER hotel restaurant

If you wish, we can have a dinner and summary talk in 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:

  • really long program in Pripyat — nearly 5 hours.
  • A detailed exploration of the wild Chernobyl countryside, where visitors rarely go.
  • We optimize the program based on the available daylight depending on the season.
  • Nearly 200 kilometers in the Zone by rough roads and hours on foot.
  • We take care of all legal paperwork for permits and arrangements.
  • Transfers with reliable vehicles and with skilled drivers. You can also use your own car, but we will need one or two seats for us.
  • Accommodation in hotel STALKER in Dityatky.
  • 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.

Day 1— A way to origins.

Kyiv — Checkpoint Dityatky

We pick you up in Kyiv near your hotel or at the desired meeting point at 09:30 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.

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 — Bridge over the river of Pripyat — Checkpoint Paryshiv-2

Behind the town, we take a road to the east. It was built in 1989 as a new connection to Slavutich — the city, built as a replacement for the abandoned Pripyat. On this way, we will pass an impressive bridge, from which you will be able to see the river of Pripyat with the Chernobyl NPP on the horizon. Shortly after, we arrive at the checkpoint Paryshiv-2. 

Checkpoint Paryshiv-2 — Koshivka — Starosillya — Kryva Hora — Zymovysche — Krasno and back

We pass checkpoint Paryshiv-2 and drive to the north, to the places where not so many people go, but which still retain the authenticity of the Chernobyl region.

These places, located on the left bank of the Pripyat river, are quite special. Being clamped between rivers, endless swamps, and dense forests, for centuries they were a site for ancient neighborhoods. As physical access here was obstructed, a traditional, pretty archaic way of life continued here, making these lands an epitome of Chernobyl Polissya culture, still in the focus of interest of ethnographers and adventure seekers.

Structure in Zymovysche

Our major stops here are villages of Starosillya with its traditional houses; Zymovysche, which used to be a center of a very huge farm — so here is possible to find a lot of neglected agriculture machinery and see an industrialized village; and, of course, Krasno — a tiny village, where among other sights, a gem of traditional architecture located — a majestic St. Michael church, built from wood in 1800.

Church in Krasno

Checkpoint Paryshiv-2 — Checkpoint Leliv — 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.

Chernobyl-2 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, go around the data processing center and other facilities, like vehicles service depot, fire station, and so on.
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 — Bypass road of Chernobyl — Checkpoint Dityatky

We drive back to the Leliv checkpoint where we pass the first contamination checkup using special automatic radiometers. After that, we take a bypass road around the town of Chernobyl (in the evening time there is an increased chance to see wild animals here) and head to the Checkpoint Dityatky. When we arrive here, we pass once more the contamination check-up (this time — with a stricter treshold)

Checkpoint Dityatky — Museum — Hotel STALKER

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.

In few minutes, we arrive back at the hotel STALKER for dinner and rest. In the evening, it is a good idea to have a free time for talks and drinks. We will be happy to answer your questions and cover some specific subjects you became interested in. You will also have a chance to take a look at various artifacts and documents that we will bring for you from our archives.

Day 3 — A way to the Core.

Hotel STALKER — Checkpoint Dityatky

At 07:30 in the morning, we have breakfast, and after we move to the checkpoint Dityatky, where we pass the entry control.

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. 

Red Forest

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.

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

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, so the program will be very rich. 

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 NPP Unit 4

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

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.

Kopachi buried village

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 — 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. We can have a coffee-break in Chernobyl, after this we drive to the south.

Town of Chernobyl — Zalissya — Cherevach — Rudnia-Veresnia — Kazkovy Pioneers camp

We head to the place, that played a major role in the early post-disaster history — the pioneer's camp of the Chernobyl NPP. On the way, the first place we pass is the Rudnia-Veresnia village, which age estimated to be at least 200 years. In old times, the river Veresnia that passes through the village has been used as a source of bog iron, that was collected for further processing at iron-production manufactures. This specialization of the village is reflected in the word Rudnia that refers to ore in Ukrainian. The lands here are exceptionally sandy, so this neighborhood is relatively low-touched by sprawling vegetation and we find it very picturesque.

Rusnia-Veresnia

Next, we drive to the Kazkovy ("The one from a fairytale") camp. Initially, this camp was built as a summer resort for kids of NPP workers. It features the same architecture style as Pripyat — up to streetlights. After the Chernobyl disaster, it became the first temporary camp for those employees of the power plant who were involved in the liquidation process. We have some archive footages from the times it was still alive — so you will be able to check them out.

Kazkovy Pioneers Camp — Checkpoint Dityatky

We leave the camp and drive to the Dityatky checkpoint, where we pass once more the contamination check-up (this time — with a stricter threshold) and exit the Zone.

(Optional extra) Dinner at STALKER hotel restaurant

If you wish, we can have a dinner and summary talk in the restaurant.

Dityatky — Transfer to Kyiv

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

Notices:

  • If you need help with airport transfer or booking your hotel, let us know.
  • In the price included: processing of all documents, accomodation, guiding in English, obligatory insurance, transfer from Kyiv, within the Zone and back, tons of good emotions and nice experience :)
  • Acomodation type is a subject of availability. Normally, we can offer either accomodation in Chernobyl in original hotel of the town, or outside the Zone in nearby village in private guesthouse. Second option is more comfortable and not a subject of Zone's curfew after 20-00.
  • In order to maximize the time for exploration, we have meals in the evening. It is always possible to buy snacks in Chernobyl. If you stay outside the Zone overnight, we can provide much better meals that available by cafe in the Zone.
  • This program can be extended with NPP internal visit, to 3 or 4 days with more locations. Contact us, if you are interested.
  • A state permit is required for a visit to Chernobyl Zone. In order to obtain a permit, we need your full and accurate passport information and all details discussed before document submission.
  • 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.

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