Chernobyl Tour from Kiev - Reviews

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Brian G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

A fascinating tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, animated, and courteous. He worked extra hard to make our visit enjoyable and worthwhile. I'd give this tour 5 stars.

Kim W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Excellent tour. Our guide was very knowledge and friendly. Walking around Chernobyl and Pripyat in the snow was a very special experience indeed. Highly recommended.

Luther L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

A truly great tour that was well organized and very, very informative. Our driver/guide, Nadir, shared his extensive knowledge of the area in a way that was always interesting. He also shared some history about a few out of the way locations (from a distance of course). Highly recommend this tour.

John L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

not an every day place, very interesting to hear the history.

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

My phone now charges when I hold it in my hand after this tour and I no longer need a flashlight for camping! :P Just Kidding

Nazar was perfect. Meeting up in the morning was very smooth. Bring 10 USD or 500 Hryvnia Ukraine currency for the insurance, they accept both. There is also a McDonalds at the meet up spot for bathroom and breakfast before you depart.
Lots of info as we went along but not an annoying amount. Nazar was very kind, helping older people and the ladies jump from ledges or get across floors that have broken down. The attention to your safety is very high. ANY concerns you have they will address. Lots of walking on this tour, so bring a comfortable pair of shoes. Broken glass and debris everywhere in the buildings, mostly from the vandalism unfortunately. Rain jacket as well, you are outside all day. Maybe a flashlight as well, some of the side rooms can get pitch black dark on a cloudy day.
The pit stops were sufficient. Get what you need from the gas station WAG that you stop at, for the day. The roads are bad, lots of pot holes or bumps, its just the nature of the trip.
All I can say is nature is an amazing thing. Life goes on.

Thanks again TripAdvisor and Nazar for the great tour.

Renwick R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Ridiculously interesting tour!

Colin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Best trip ever. Guides were very knowledgeable with good English. Plenty of comfort breaks. 12hr day but worth the effort.

Ken C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

This tour was first class. The pick up in central Kiev went smoothly and the video shown during the drive out to Chernobyl was essential to understanding fully what we were about to see. The site itself was fascinating and the commentary provided by our very knowledgeable guide, Vika, was excellent.

sonofapreacherman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

This is the best tour I've ever been on. Fascinating, well-organised, packed with sights and experiences. Our guide Zadar was patient, informative and witty. I can't recommend it highly enough!

Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Excellent tour. Our guide Nadia was very knowledgeable without overdoing it. Process was exactly what I'd hoped for minibus on time, registration all carried out in a professional and friendly way. Highly recommend this tour.

Stephen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

The tour was wonderful. Natasha and Vlad were great guides. The presented lots of background and facrs, very interesting and educational. We visited so many great spots and seen some amazing sights. Chernobyl is a must do, and this tour was everything you want for in visiting the historical sight.

Philip D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

This has to be one of the best day trips anywhere in the world, but be prepared to feel sad for the people who suffered and annoyed at how the authorities dealt with it.

Very well organised right from the beginning, good friendly English speaking guide and English speaking driver from Solo-East Travel.

WiFi in the mini bus worked well, although it can't always pick up the required 3G signal for the whole journey.

It was good to have a comfort break at a petrol station on the way there and back, it's over 2 hours each way. The roads are poor in places and the mini bus rarely gets over 45mph.

It's a long day, 8.15am till nearly 8pm when we got back to Kiev. My iPhone says I walked 6.5 miles.

The videos on the journeys are well worth watching, lots of information I hadn't seen before.
I can't believe how close they get you to the reactor, although in hindsight it would have been best to visit last year before the new sarcophagus was moved into place in November 2016.

Expect some delays for old Soviet style beaurocracy and paperwork, all dealt with efficiently by the guide. Lunch was good, but for me a bit rushed due to these previous delays.

You must take your passport and wear suitable clothes which cover arms and legs, no hats required it was already quite hot in early April so choose clothes carefully. There was no need to throw away clothes and footwear afterwards if you follow the advice of the guide. Probably best to wear boots as there is a lot of broken glass and debris everywhere, especially if is wet.

I found the amount of time spent at the DUGA-3 radio tracking station and at the abandoned city of Pripyat too long, enabling us to return to Kiev by the published 6.30pm time.

It's a shame there has clearly been so much vandalism over the past years, as it seems the original explosion didn't physically damage many of the buildings to the extent you now see.

Manisha R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

Excellent on all counts - left on in fact before time. Nice coach with a very professional driver.
Guide was excellent - worked hard and kept us informed. He had very good attention to Health and Safety matters: some of the guests were less relaxed about this issue than I was, but the guide was able completely to allay their fears: ones radiation exposure on this tour is truly minimal: WAY below that incurred on a single tran-Atlantic flight!
The included lunch, in a former workers' canteen in the Chernobyl site, was surprisingly good - a four course meal with a drink.
The places visited were all really interesting - and the guide kept things well paced. Pripyat was an extremely atmospheric place to visit - it showed how quickly nature reclaims man-made structures.
Seeing some informative videos en route was both fascinating and very efficient.
In short, this is a very interesting albeit long day out - my understanding of how serious an incident this could have been was greatly enhanced by this tour. I would recommend it without reservation - on this occasion, I went with my son but I am seriously looking into a further visit to Kiev later this year with my partner: and taking this tour again would be the prime focus of this return visit!!

Graham B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

This has to be the best tour I have ever been on. Our guide was very informative, the overgrown and abandoned city was hauntingly quiet and strangely beautiful. Well worth the time and money!

Briony D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

OMG what an experience!!! I stayed in the hotel that the tour departed from so I just went downstairs and jumped on the bus which was warm and comfortable. During the trip out to the site, we stopped at a rest stop which was very welcomed as it is a long drive out. The tour guide Dasha and the driver were very informative and friendly and had no issues answering any questions. We were taken all over the area and were able to get out and walk though the areas not just see them from the bus.
The lunch was served in the worker's canteen and it was simple but good and there was a lot of it so no one went hungry.
I totally recommend this tour company and thank them for making the whole experience safe, easy and unforgettable.

Big K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

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.

Eriks K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

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.

pwisken

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

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!

Dave G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

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!
Loved it!

Vlad G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Fascinating trip which was really well organised. Pleasant and informative guide.

keimevo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

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.

Martin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Great trip....

Laura I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

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.

kingkandonia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Good tour, very professional and well organised.

Annie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

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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