I’m an official private guide and I have been organizing and leading tours to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for many years. Private trip is the best way to see things. Everything depends on you – if you want to spend more time somewhere you will have that time. The trip itself will be based on your interests and places you want to see. The best option is two or more days, especially if your interest is photography!
Below is an indicative one-day tour to the Chernobyl Zone itinerary and it can be changed according to your plans and wishes.
- Drive to the “Dytiatky” checkpoint (about 2 hours) – the entry checkpoint of the 30–km Exclusion Zone. On the way we will make a stop at the gas station to use toilet, grab some snacks and water for the day and then you will be watching a documentary about the Chernobyl accident and works done to clean-up of the area as of 1986–87.
- Arrival to the “Dytiatky” checkpoint. Passport check and entry to the Exclusion Zone.
- First destination in the Exclusion Zone is Chernobyl town (about 20 km away from the checkpoint). On the way we will drive through few abandoned villages.
- Arrival to Chernobyl town. First stop near the concrete road sign of the town, next one in the center of the town where the Memorial complex “Wormwood Star” is. Next is the Memorial “To those who Saved the World”, photo stop at the exhibition machinery and military vehicles used during clean-up project.
- Another passport check on the border of the 10–km zone at the “Leliv” checkpoint.
- After that checkpoint 10 minutes’ drive to Kopachi village – one of few villages which were almost fully buried. Stop in the village and a possibility to enter one of the brick made buildings (the nursery building).
- Then we will enter the industrial site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station and see never finished reactors 5 and 6, unfinished cooling towers, construction site of a new spent nuclear fuel storage, panoramic view of the whole Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station’s complex.
- Sightseeing of the New Safe Confinement (The New Sarcophagus).
- Next stop is near the Pripyat town road sign and the “Red Forest”.
- Sightseeing Pripyat town: Lenin Avenue, the main square, the cultural center, Polissya hotel, supermarket, Ferris wheel, stadium, school, swimming pool etc.
- On the way back from Pripyat drive through so called “Western Radioactive Trail”.
- An ecologically clean lunch in the canteen of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant between 13.00–14.30 p.m.
- After lunch we drive to Duga-1 (a former military over the horizon radar system, known as “The Russian Woodpecker”). You will be shown few interesting videos about Pripyat town before the accident on the way.
- Sightseeing the radar system and turn back to Chernobyl town.
- Radiation check at the “Leliv” checkpoint.
- 5–10 minutes stop at the local shop of Chernobyl town (to buy some souvenirs or water and snacks for the road back to Kyiv)
- Second radiation check at the “Dytiatky” checkpoint (the difference is that “Dytiatky’s” scanners are 5 times more sensitive than “Leliv’s”.
- Drive to Kyiv.
- Arrival to Kyiv around 7 p.m.
If you want to book a tour or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email, phone or my social media pages.