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From Kyiv: Day Trip to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Prypiat

1. From Kyiv: Day Trip to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Prypiat

Explore the infamous Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and its surrounding abandoned towns and areas on a full-day bus trip from Kyiv. Safely walk through the disused reactor blocks, the empty Prypiat and Chernobyl towns, and see many abandoned sites along your guided tour. Meet your guide in Kyiv, then relax on the 2-hour drive to Dytyatki Checkpoint, the main entry point to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. During your journey, watch a documentary about the Chernobyl disaster, and have a short stop to use toilet facilities, and purchase coffee and snacks. Then, pass the police checkpoint and enter the infamous exclusion zone to visit Chernobyl. See the evacuation memorial, the Lenin monument, the museum of robots, and more, before continuing to the Chernobyl Power Plant. Here, explore the reactor blocks, cooling towers, the new sarcophagus over Reactor 4, and the Prometheus monument. Then head to the Red Forest viewpoint, and visit the abandoned town of Prypiat. Walk through an abandoned amusement park, past an empty school, hospital, and river port. Next, discover the abandoned military base where the Duga Radar Station lies, before passing through radiation control and returning to Kyiv.

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From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Prypiat Day Trip with Lunch

2. 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

3. 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: 1-Day Group Tour to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

4. From Kyiv: 1-Day Group Tour to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on a guided day tour from Kyiv. Learn about the infamous 1986 nuclear disaster and subsequent clean up efforts with an expert guide, with permits and photo permission included. Depart Kyiv by bus and set off on the journey to Chernobyl. As you make your way to the Exclusion Zone, learn about the rules of radiation safety and watch specially-prepared video material about the disaster en route to the exclusion zones. Learn 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. Elijah Church, the Park of Glory, river port and memorial to the liquidators who rushed to reactor number 4 in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. Visit reactor number 4, where complex engineering solutions are underway designed to transform it into an ecologically safe system. Discover the secret facility of Chernobyl 2 and go to the Soviet over-the-horizon radar station of Duga, where foreign radio stations were blocked and espionage took place. Next, go to the ghost town of Pripyat and see the abandoned amusement park and the Ferris wheel that no child ever got the chance to ride. See abandoned boats and ships in the port, and feed the giant catfish in Pripyat River.

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From Kyiv: Chernobyl Zone and Pripyat Day Trip by Van

5. From Kyiv: Chernobyl Zone and Pripyat Day Trip by Van

Spend a day visiting one of the most famous Ukrainian phenomenons at the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and its surroundings on a day trip in a van. Walk through the abandoned town of Pripyat, learn about the history of the nuclear disaster that took place in 1986, and have lunch in the abandoned power station's canteen. Embark on a unique trip to see the zone where one of the greatest ecological disasters in human history took place: Chernobyl. Listen to your guide recount the consequences for the local population in the model city of the Soviet Union, Pripyat, and the whole region of Ukrainian Polissya. Observe a part of the world that has seen no human alteration in decades. Despite learning what happened here and the scope of the tragedy, you are going to find it impossible to resist certain charms of the zone.  Hear the story preceding the accident on 26 April 1986, learn about what happened that night at the power plant, and about the scope of all the consequences still being tackled today. Then, eat lunch in a different area: In the power station’s canteen. The hearty meal, prepared for employees, includes a variety of dishes made with organic products. 

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

6. 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

7. 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

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

9. 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

10. 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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What people are saying about Prypiat

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,281 reviews

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 has been a great experience. Our guide, Jenny, has been really pleasant und helpful. We have spent a good day, knowing a lot of things about the place

Все отлично, несчитая погоды, но тут уже без претензий. Гид Артем многое показал, рассказал, и с юмором и в то же время есть о чем задуматься.

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.