Hiking tour of Chernobyl, from Kiev

Hiking tour of Chernobyl, from Kiev
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Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level: Beginner
  • Spoken languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian
  • Fitness level: Beginner
  • Minimum age: minimum 18 y/o
  • Duration: 11 hrs
  • Cancellation policy: 
    moderate1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Symona Petlyury Street 28 (Old Comintern). Meet in the parking lot near the ″Stolichniy″ service center.
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Explore the abandoned nuclear disaster zone of Chernobyl on a tour from Kiev and experience first hand the destruction created by the 1986 disaster. Tour includes; travel from Kiev, entry permits to nuclear exclusion zones and more.

During the trip you will learn about:

- The entire history of the nuclear disaster.

- What became of the local people that stayed behind.

- Rules on radiation safety, and current radiation levels

You will visit the entire disaster area and city of Chernobyl, which includes sights such as the museum, St. Elias Church, the Park of Glory, reactor number 4, as well as discovering a secret facility of Chernobyl 2. 

Then to the ghost town of Pripyat to see the abandoned amusement park and Ferris wheel that no child ever got the chance to ride. After-which, you will visit the port of Chernobyl, viewing the abandoned boats and ships as well as feeding the giant catfish in Pripyat River.

Itinerary

07.50 — 08.00: Meeting our team

28 Simona Petlyury street at the parking area of the Stolychnyi Department Store close to the Central railway station in Kyiv, Ukraine. Panoramic View on Google Maps Passport control. Taking seats in our comfortable van.

08.30: Leaving Kyiv to reach the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and the Zone of Absolute (Mandatory) Resettlement

The drive from Kyiv to Dytyatky 30-km Zone Checkpoint takes around 2 hours. In order to use the time efficiently, we suggest watching the specially selected videos on the Chernobyl catastrophe. Pit-stop at the gas station is planned on the way. You may take a coffee, have a snack, visit the WC.

10.30 — 10.45: Dytyatky 30-km Zone Checkpoint

- passport control
- safety rules briefing 
- entering the Zone, driving to Chernobyl. Along the way we will be driving through the abandoned villages of Cherevach and Zalissy, and passing by the Uzh river

Chernobyl

Your will see that Chernobyl is virtually a usual Ukrainian small town, where the employees of the power plant and other Exclusion Zone state companies are based. Indeed, being here for the first time it’s hard to imagine that this town has something to do with the catastrophe of 1986. - photo-stop at the Chernobyl sign
- a bus tour 
- visiting the exposition of the robots and equipment which were in use to mitigate the catastrophe consequences
- To Those Who Saved the World monument

Leliv 10-km Zone Checkpoint

Entering the 10 km Zone.

Kopachi village

Visiting the kindergarten which is the only remaining building in the whole village. The rest of the facilities were buried in the ground. Kopachi village is located 4 km from the power plant.

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant industrial site

- photo-stop at the cooling pond фото остановка возле пруда охладителя on the right one can see the unfinished reactors 5 and 6 as well as the huge cooling towers on the left there are nuclear units 1, 2 and 3 and the New Safe Confinement, the so called “Arch”
- visiting the memorial next to the administrative building of the CHNPP
- feeding gigantic cat-fish (depends on weather conditions) 
- SHELTER-2 “Arch” from the observation point
You will see the New Safe Confinement at the distance of some 300 meters!

The abandoned town of Pripyat

- the Red Forest 
- the Pripyat sign on entering the town 
- the Death Bridge 
- stop on the central square of the town, a walking tour 
- Energetic Palace of Culture, Polissya Hotel (observation point) 
- department store
- amusement park 
- the Ferris Wheel (its inauguration day was planned for May 1st, 1986, but …) 
- town hall which became the first headquarters of the governmental commission mitigating the consequences of the accident 
- Prometheus Cinema
- river port, sinking pier 
- kindergarten and school 
- Pripyat swimming pool 
You will take tons of photos, get absolutely unforgettable impressions and feel really exceptional emotions!

Chernobyl-2 Secret Object. DUGA-1 over-the-horizon radar station

DUGA-1 object is one of the most well-known objects of the former USSR. Its exact name is in fact «5H32». The radar was supposed to detect air targets, like launched intercontinental ballistic missiles. The signal emitted by the radar reminded of a woodpecker hammering. For this reason, the object has been nicknamed “the Russian Woodpecker”.

Lunch is preplanned during the tour. Lunch order is optional.

Radiological control

19.00: Coming back to Kyiv

Special terms

Minimum age is 18

According to the Zone regulations, you are to wear a jacket or a shirt with long sleeves; trousers (no shorts, no knee-breeches, no skirts, no leggings); boots or sneakers, which fully cover your feet without fancy openings.

Group Gathers at 7:30 AM - 7:40 AM. Departure time at 8:10 AM, Kiev time.

Included
  • Insurance
  • Transport from Kiev
  • Documentation to visit all zones
  • English & Russian speaking guides
  • Permission to take photos/videos
Excluded
  • Lunch (UAH 170)
Do not forget to bring
  • Camera
  • Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Trousers
  • Boots
  • Ensure you are fully covered
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
Meeting point
Symona Petlyury Street 28 (Old Comintern). Meet in the parking lot near the ″Stolichniy″ service center. Get directions

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