definitely a place you should visit once.
I don't think i'll be coming back but not because the tour was bad, it was excellence, there isn't much to see twice.
here are what i'd say is the most memorial attractions for me:
-Ghost town of pripyat: the sight of highrise apartment building surrounded by overgrown foilage and tree is both errie and fascinating. the insides of these buildings are straight out of horror movies, and yet you will still feel the urge to explore.
-the tour will also take you to surrounding area, the Duga radar site stands out most. Words can't describe how massive it is. Even picture wont capture it all, you'd need a really wide lense.
Amazing and well organized tour. The guide was knowledgable in history of the zone, power plant, Russian woodpecker antenna, Pripyat and other landmarks inside the zone. The tour included short visit at the Russian woodpecker antenna, power plant from different angles, Pripyat, Chernobily, Kopachi village and others.. We got lunch at the city of Chernobily with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Very thoughtful. Overall, I highly recommend this tour to anyone intested to see the zone.
I do not think that there is anything that would have made the trip better.
An obvious concern is exposure to radiation, however we never got anywhere close to dangerous levels of radiation. Just next to the powerplant Geiger counter showed 4µSv and it was lower anywhere else with an exception in one room in the hospital where a mask of one of the firefighters showed 100µSv. To put these numbers in perspective, your regular dental xray is 10-20µSv. A harmful dose is 100,000x this amount.
TIP1: Proper shoes/boots are required. There is a lot of mud, shattered glass and water poodles in the city of Pripyat. It is a good idea to throw your shoes away immediately as the most risk of exposure comes from radioactive dust on the ground.
TIP2: Bring flashlight.
I really enjoyed this trip. Sad but fascinating. Its a longer day excursion but absolutely worth it.The documentaries shown on the drive out were an informative introduction to the visit. We stopped first at a community centre, a missile-detection facility one of the strangest constructions I have ever seen, a park, and a kindergarten. Had a tasty lunch. Afterwards, visited the reactor site. I am amazed by the scale of the efforts necessary to still manage the radioactive waste. Also visited Pripyat. Saw the amusement park, a coffeeshop, small stadium, gymnasium with basketball court and a pool. My favorite was the school and was glad to have had extra time to explore the halls, cafeteria, classrooms, etc. Overall the tour was interesting and well-managed. The tour company, and in particular the guide, Sergei, did a great job!
Stunning tour and a must do for any trip to Ukraine! Our guide was incredibly knowledgable and gave us plenty of time to walk around and explore parts of the sight ourselves!
Amazing site with an powerful history!
Fascinating trip which was really well organised. Pleasant and informative guide.
A highly recommended tour. The guide was very nice and knowledgeable about the Exclusion Zone and everything in it. I imagined the zone to be a dangerous place, but if you follow the instructions given there's nothing to be afraid of, as radiation is low in almost all places the tour takes you to, and the guide makes it pretty clear where the dangerous places are. The tour took almost 10 hours, almost 3 of them travelling to/from the Zone, and 30m-1h or so for lunch, and we visited a lot of places:
- Zalissya, one of the 80 deserted villages.
- The Kopachi kindergarten.
- Chernobyl Town.
- The Lenin Statue.
- The 3rd Angel Statue.
- The Bridge right next to Chernobyl with the largest catfishes I've ever seen.
- Chernobyl, from a prudent distance 200m from the sarcophagus of reactor 4.
- Pripyat the amusement park, the pier, etc..
- The DUGA-1 radar.
- A couple of other things I'm probably forgetting.
- Not the Red Forest, definitively not, as it is one of the highest radiated places in the Exclusion Zone.
It was an eye-opening experience. A desolated, dangerous but somehow beautiful place.
Chernobyl tour was very informative, interesting and well organized. I can recommend it to everyone.
I think it's a must when you are in Kiev. It's such a horrible and strong reminder where this kind of catastrophy will lead.
Good tour, very professional and well organised.
Absolutely fantastic tour, one of the highlights of our trip to the Ukraine. The tour guides were engaging with a sense of humour, something necessary in such a place filled with so much sadness. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the tour to anyone visiting Kiev.
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