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.
- 7:30 a.m. – Meeting time and passport check near your accommodation place in Kyiv;
- 7:45 a.m. – We leave for the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone;
- 8:15 a.m. – Coffee stop at a gas station;
- 10:00 a.m. – Arriving at the “Dytiatky” checkpoint – 30 km gate to the Exclusion Zone (passport check by police and entry);
- 10:30 a.m. – We reach the first abandoned settlement – Zalissya village, and take a walk along its abandoned street and look inside some of the buildings, like the Community Hall and private houses;
- 11:00 a.m. – Arrival in Chernobyl town. First stop nearby welcome road sign of the town, next one in the centre of the town, where the Memorial complex “Wormwood star” is. After that St. Ilya Church, the Memorial “To those who saved the World”, photo-stop at the exhibition of a remote-controlled equipment and military vehicles, used during clean-up project;
- 11:30 a.m. – Second passport check on the border of the 10-km zone at the “Leliv” checkpoint;
- 11:50 a.m. – 20 minutes drive to Duga–1 (the former military over the horizon radar system, known as “the Russian Woodpecker”). Sightseeing the radar station 20–30 minutes;
- 12:30 p.m. – 20 minutes drive from the Duga radar to Kopachi village, one of a few villages, which were almost fully buried after the accident. We will make a stop in the village and have a possibility to enter one of the remaining brick buildings – the kindergarten;
- 1:00 p.m. – Next is the industrial site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station (never finished reactors 5 and 6, the unfinished cooling towers, construction site of a new spent nuclear fuel storage, stop at panorama look at the whole Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station’s complex);
- 1:20 p.m. – Sightseeing of the New Safe Confinement (NSC or New Shelter, which covers the destroyed reactor 4);
- 1:40 – 2.00 p.m. – An ecologically clean lunch in the canteen of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station;
- 2:30 p.m. – Stop near the Pripyat town road sign and the Red Forest area;
- 2:45 p.m. – Next is Pripyat ghost town: Lenin Avenue, the main square, cultural centre, “Polissya” hotel, supermarket; Ferris wheel, bumper cars, stadium, school, swimming pool, etc.;
- 4:30 p.m. – We leave Pripyat ghost town and head back for Kyiv. Radiation scanning at the “Leliv” checkpoint;
- 5:00 p.m. – Second radiation scanning at the “Dytiatky” checkpoint (the difference is that “Dytiatky” 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 1-day tour or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email, phone or my social media pages.