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.
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.
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.
Amazing eye opening and professional tour of one of the most unique and #39;man made and #39; areas on the planet.. like a 20th century pompeii with a communist flavor. If you have even only a slight desire to see Chernobyl and Pripyat then do it... and soon because it is starting to feel the effects of time.
Amazing and sad. Sergey, our guide was fun, funny and informative. Don't worry, it's safe.
This tour was the highlight of my trip to Kiev. Very powerful place! Visit the town of Chernobyl and the once secret now abandoned Soviet base dubbed Chernobyl 2 OTH Radar site, you spend the most time at the abandoned town of Pripyat as well as get within 300 meters of Reactor 4. Highly recommend this tour if this interests you.
Amazing trip, I got to spend the day ticking off a bucket list item. We got a lot closer to the site than I had expected.
One of the best tours I have ever done! The guide Dariah was lovely and made our tour special.
Very good and well organized tour of the extremely interesting cities of Chernobyl, Pripyat and of the power plant and the Durga-3 radar station. Very nice guide and driver: a highly recommended tour. Only thing, I would suggest that people take the two-day-trip because in one day only you don't get too see everything you would like to see and you're always in a hurry.
This tour is really, really good. The guide knew lots of information and avoided other tour groups in our visit to Prypiat, which is great in case you want your photos to be as they should: without unknown people! Also, the lunch was quite complete (2-courses) and worthy.
Highly recommended tour. Very well organized, from the pickup at the Maidan Square Kiev.
A must do if you are visiting Kiev.
Everything was great, the food on the trip was the best ukrainian food we ate was on our weekend there... in general a well arranged tour!
I had an amazing time. My guide Misha was amazing. Highly recommend
The most fascinating tour I have ever done. The guides were excellent and the coach driver also.
The video on the coach set the scene well.
Beat all expectations. Very well done guides both fun and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
Charles S USA
Tour was beyond my expectation. Driver and guide were both funny and informative. Were able to get up close to everything and walk through deserted buildings. Highly recommend for a day trip.
Fascinating day trip.Just as described by tour company. Collected from Maidan Square Kiev on time,guide picked up en route at check point. Very good lunch provided.Lunch must be taken before or after entering reactor security zone, you choose. Returned to Maidan Square early evening. This tor is a Must do when visiting Kiev, Highly recommend.
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