Excursion multi-day tours to the Chernobyl zone (2-7 days)

Excursion trips to the Chernobyl zone and Pripyat-town.

At the numerous requests of visitors to the Chernobyl zone, a program of multi-day (2-3-4-5-6-7-day) trips was developed.

The program of the trip is designed in such a way as to seize the opportunity to take advantage of the nature and beauty of the landscapes of the Zone, to get acquainted with the facilities of the Chernobyl NPP with full completeness (in particular, to visit the observation pavilion of the Sarkofagus). In the process of movement on the area to pass a practical training on radiation, radiation pollution and radiation survival. To get acquainted with the historically important buildings of the town of Pripyat (with the possibility of photo shoots). Explore the ancient town of Chernobyl in detail and spend several nights in a hotel in the town. To get acquainted and communicate with self-residents in several villages, learn about their way of life in the process of helping them. And also visit the amateur museum of folk life of the Chernobyl Polesie.

There are radiation-hazardous places in the Chernobyl zone, of course. However, the routes in the tour program ARE NOT PRESENTED RADIATION HAZARD with clear compliance with the requirements of the escorts.

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The price of multi-day tours to the Chernobyl zone:

from  $ 285 per person

The price includes:

  • accommodation in a hotel in the city of Chernobyl;
  • the maximum allowed time in the Zone (departure from Kiev at 8:00 a.m. arrival at 7:30-9:00 p.m. every other day);
  • extended visit program;
  • escort by the liquidator of the accident or specially prepared guides;
  • radiation survival skills training;
  • medical insurance;
  • comfortable transport with air conditioning system;
  • viewing a selection of documentaries;
  • route maps;
  • personal certificates of visiting the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

 

The program of a multi-day trip to the Chernobyl zone:

Attention!

  1. Changes are possible due to weather conditions;
  2. The route can be adjusted according to the wishes of the group).

2-day Trip Program

Day 1:

  • 7:30 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. registration; 8:00 a.m. departure from Kyiv;
  • a field camp of the 25th brigade of the radiation chemical and bacteriological protection;
  • entrance to a 30-kilometer zone: checkpoint “Dytyatki”;
  • the village of Zalissya with abandoned houses and barns, a shop and the only self-settler Rozaliya Ivanivna;
  • a bypass road to the NPP around the town of Chernobyl, built a month after the accident to facilitate the traffic of military vehicles;
  • the best angle to see Duga (Russian Woodpecker) – a secret over-the-horizon radio locative station;
  • an almost fully buried village of Kopachi with a remaining kindergarten;
  • a concrete-reloading unit, essential for the Sarcophagus erection in 1986;
  • a decontaminated Red Forest at place of the first and worst radioactive fall-out;
  • the town of Pripyat populated by 50 thousand people before the evacuation (without entering buildings inside)
  • the hospital receiving the firefighters and NPP workers, badly affected by the accident;
  • a river port and the most prestigious Pripyat café at the embankment;
  • a town hall – the first headquarters for mitigation of the accident consequences;
  • Polissya hotel, a correction point for helicopters dropping lead bags over the 4th reactor ruins;
  • Energetic Palace of culture, the main recreational site for the Prypyat youth;
  • Ferris wheel in the amusement park which was never opened;
  • a fire station, the crew were the second to extinguish fire at the NPP at night of the disaster on April 26, 1986;
  • Chernobyl NPP:

Sarcophagus: observation platform and excursion to the Observation Pavilion;
study of the northern radiation trace;
fire station of Chernobyl NPP, the crews of which were the first to extinguish the fire after the explosion of the 4th power unit;
park and memorial at the administrative building;
catfish feeding at the intake channel from the Pond cooler;

  • the town of Chernobyl..

heliport;
the parking place of the company of armored radiation reconnaissance vehicles;
an exhibition of equipment and robots that took part in the liquidation of the accident;
a river port with abandoned radioactive ships and steamers at Pripyat riverbank;
memorial “Wormwood Star”;

  • check-in the state hotel;
  • ecologically-clean dinner in a Chernobyl state canteen for the Exclusion zone workers (vegetarian meal available upon request).

 

Day 2:

  • breakfast in Chernobyl-town (vegetarian meal available upon request);
  • the world’s best memorial “To Those who Saved the World’ to the first victims of the accident, flower-laying ceremony;
  • an amateur zoo at Chernobyl firestation backyard: wild and domestic animals;
  • a motor-tractor station in 10-km Zone with lots of radioactive vehicles including tractors, trucks and obstacle-removing military tanks;
  • the secret soviet object Chernobyl-2 (radar “DUGA-1”). Giant radar antenna “DUGA-1” (Russian Woodpecker), secret town of Chernobyl-2 which provided the efficiency of antennas and horizon tracking of the launching of ballistic missiles.
  • Fish and rodent scientific experimental base;
  • Pripyat river left bank, acquaintance with nature of the river flood plain;
  • cooling towers of the Chernobyl NPP 3rd stage;
  • Yaniv railway station: rusty passanger wagons and locomotives in 1 km from Pripyat-town;
  • Pripyat-town: in-depth program (without entering buildings inside);
  • Paryshiv village, meeting with selfsettlers-samosely;
  • dinner in a state canteen in Chernobyl-town (vegetarian meal available upon request).

 

3-day Trip Program

Day 1:

  • 7:30 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. registration; 8:00 a.m. departure from Kyiv;
  • a field camp of the 25th brigade of the radiation chemical and bacteriological protection;
  • entrance to a 30-kilometer zone: checkpoint “Dytyatki”;
  • Ivankiv town, villages of Sukachi and New-Ladyzhychi (built from scratch for the evacuees of the Chernobyl Zone);
  • Ecopolis recreation base at the bank of Teterev-river: amateur folklore museum (optional, on request of the group);
  • the village of Zalissya with abandoned houses and barns, a shop and the only self-settler Rozaliya Ivanivna;
  • a bypass road to the NPP around the town of Chernobyl, built a month after the accident to facilitate the traffic of military vehicles;
  • the best angle to see Duga (Russian Woodpecker) – a secret over-the-horizon radio locative station;
  • an almost fully buried village of Kopachi: kindergarten;
  • a decontaminated Red Forest exploration – the place of the first and worst radioactive fall-out;
  • town of Pripyat, which had population of 50 thousand before the evacuation – an introductory visit (without entering buildings inside);
  • Chernobyl NPP:

the Sarcophagus and the New Safe Confinement (“Arch”) – an observation point at a 300 m distance and/or pavilion visit;
a fire station at the NPP, the crew arrived the first to extinguish fire at the NPP after explosion,
memorial “Life for Life” in front of the administrative building, there used to be an enormous parking lot in 1986: thousands of people arrived there daily for NPP decontamination, the Sarcophagus construction, etc.;
a NPP cooling pond (feeding giant catfish – depending on the season);

  • the town of Chernobyl:

heliport;
the parking place of the company of armored radiation reconnaissance vehicles;
an exhibition of equipment and robots that took part in the liquidation of the accident;
an evening walk around Chernobyl-town:
a river port with abandoned radioactive ships and steamers at Pripyat riverbank;
memorial “Wormwood Star”;

  • Jewish history of Chernobyl-town: a synagogue, graves of Chernobyl tsaddiks (a place for Hasid pilgrimage from all over the world), Jewish cemetery, a monument for the Holocaust victims.
  • check-in the state hotel;
  • ecologically-clean dinner in a Chernobyl state canteen for the Exclusion zone workers (vegetarian meal available upon request);

Day 2:

  • breakfast in Chernobyl-town;
  • 10-km-zone checkpoint “Lelev”;
  • an abandoned village of Leliv with almost intact private dwellings;
  • Leliv vehicle decontamination (washing) site;
  • a motor-tractor station in 10-km Zone with lots of radioactive vehicles including tractors, trucks and obstacle-removing military tanks;
  • the secret soviet object Chernobyl-2 (radar “DUGA-1”). Giant radar antenna “DUGA-1” (Russian Woodpecker), secret town of Chernobyl-2 which provided the efficiency of antennas and horizon tracking of the launching of ballistic missiles;
  • a village of Kopachi: village hall and collective farms; ancient beehive, made from tree trunk;
  • a photo-stop at Pripyat-town sign;
  • the grave of the antifascist guerillas of World War 2 near the Death bridge;
  • Pripyat-town: extended acquaintance and photo sessions:

main bus station;
barbed-wire fence, built by the liquidators around the town;
the hospital that received the first victims of the accident and its liquidation;

a river port and the most prestigious Pripyat café at the embankment;
Prometheus cinema with a moving monument;
a town hall – the first headquarters for mitigation of the accident consequences;
hotel “Polissya” which was an observation point for correcting helicopter operations over the ruin of the 4th reactor;

Lenin Central Square: House of Culture “Energetik”, supermarket – “Universam”;
Ferris wheel in a park of attractions which was never open;
a unique natural phenomenon – moss as a radiation collector;

debunking of radiation myths: a mutated pine tree;
football stadium: a pitch which has turned into forest in just 20-something years;
the fire station which crews arrived the second to extinguish fire at the Chernobyl NPP on the night of explosion on April 26, 1986;

a police station with cells and interrogation room;

  • visiting the only 2 selfsetllers in the 10-km Zone! at Novoshepelychi village: acquaintance with their way of life, and providing necessary help;
  • dinner in a Chernobyl state canteen (vegetarian meal available upon request);
  • presentation and discussion about Chernobyl and othervradiation accidents, their consequences mitigation and survival.

Day 3:

  • breakfast in Chernobyl-town (vegetarian meal available upon request);
  • Fish and rodent scientific experimental base;
  • Pripyat river left bank, acquaintance with nature of the river flood plain;
  • cooling towers of the Chernobyl NPP 3rd generation;
  • the secret soviet object Chernobyl-2 (radar “DUGA-1”). This object is open for visiting until March 2014;
  • Yaniv railway station: rusty passanger wagons and locomotives in 1 km from Pripyat-town;
  • western sector of the Zone: nature, peculiarities of contamination;
  • an abandoned village of Krasne with a vandalized St Michael orthodox Christian church;
  • ChNPP and town of Pripyat: final photo sets;
  • Paryshiv village, meeting with selfsettlers-samosely;
  • dinner in a state canteen in Chernobyl-town (vegetarian meal available upon request).
  • quick “decontamination shot” at “The Hunter’s hut” restaurant (optional, on request of the group);
  • for three-day trips: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – arrival in Kyiv.

4, 5, 6, 7-day Trip Program

Day 1-3:

  • described above;

Day 4-7:

  • breakfast in the town of Chernobyl;
  • profound visit of new locations and repeated visit of the listed above locations, according to group wishes;
  • lunch in the town of Chernobyl;
  • for the last day of the tour: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – arrival at the main railway station in Kyiv.

 

Trip schedule:

Departure from Kyiv – boarding the bus at 7:30 a.m., departure without delay at 8:00 a.m.;
Meeting place – Kyiv, railway station, opposite the exit from the Southern Terminal, Petrozavodskaya Str.;
Return – at 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in two or three days (depending on the format of the trip);
The bus is modern, comfortable, with air conditioning;
Accommodation – in a hotel in the town of Chernobyl;
Meals – from pure imported products (costs $ 5-9 per person);
Equipment – clothes during the trip should be marching in order to move freely: a lot to walk and even climb. OBLIGATORILY trousers, long-sleeve shirt/T-shirt and closed rugged shoes, preferably on a thick sole. Depending on the weather, you may need: a hat, jacket, sweater, rain cover, spare socks.
In the Zone, it is CATEGORALLY FORBIDDEN: shorts, breeches, skirts and dresses, open shoes.

 

A trip to the Chernobyl zone requires:

  • PASSPORT! – without it you will not be allowed in on the border of the zone;
  • rain cape / umbrella; spare socks in case of dew;
  • snack at your discretion and water;
  • personal first-aid set.

In order to better understand and feel the special thing that gave rise to the Chernobyl zone – namely radiation – we recommend you additionally order of personal Terra-P dosimeter-radiometer on your trip. It will constantly inform you about the radiation level of the area where you are located, and at the end of the day will show the exact value of dose you received per trip. As Sergey Mirny says, “Going to the Chernobyl zone without a dosimeter is like going to a regular tourist trip, blindfolded myself.”

The rental price of the Terra-P dosimeter is $ 10 per day.

 

Entry into the Zone is permitted only upon reaching the full age of 18.

All participants will be acquainted with the rules of conduct in the Chernobyl zone. And also will sign a document confirming the completion of instruction, absence of medical contraindications for the trip, absence of claim against the organizers of the trip and the administration of the Chernobyl zone for for change in state of health that may arise during or after that trip.

Contraindications for health reasons are: diabetes, cancer and other serious diseases.

It is worth recalling that the Zone is a place not intended for a person to stay, with many buildings in an emergency condition, an unusual environment for an ordinary person. You are solely responsible for visiting the Zone and the possible risks associated with the trip.

 

Persons under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs, as well as a hangover, are not allowed to travel to the Zone. Complaints are not accepted, registration fee is not refundable.

 

Note:

In one day of a full tour to the Chernobyl zone you will receive a dose of radiation equal to one hour of flight in the aircraft. This is 160 times less than the dose received during fluorography, as well as 3 600 times less than in one examination of CT scan of the whole body!


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