- transportation (Kyiv ⇒ Chernobyl Exclusion Zone ⇒ Kyiv in a comfortable car, or a minivan, or a bus with air conditioning and a TV set);
- meals (lunch in the canteen of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station during 1–day tour and complex including breakfast/lunch and lunch/dinner, except for alcohol drinks, on multi-day tours);
- perfect guiding;
- 1 Geiger counter to measure radiation background on a tour;
- helpful service and friendly atmosphere during the entire visit;
- hotel accommodation in case of a few days’ trip.
3, 4, 5–day tours are designed mainly for photographers and people, who require much more time at each location. During such tours, we visit the most mysterious and unbeaten tracks of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Overnight in one of Chernobyl hotels is included during multiday trips. Rooms are mainly twin-share, shared shower room and toilet, free Wi-Fi access – rather slow but good enough to send messages and some photos to your friends. Single rooms supplement upon request and depend on the availability of rooms in the hotel (cost is extra $40).
Extra fee for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant tour:
- “BASIC program” – $150 per person (the Golden Corridor, the main circulating pumps hall of the reactor 3, the Valerii Khodemchuk memorial, the control room of the reactor 2 or 3 plus look into the observation pavilion with the model of the destroyed reactor 4).
“BASIC program”: available every day.
- “BASIC PLUS program”– $200 per person (the Golden Corridor, the main circulating pumps hall of the reactor 3, the Valerii Khodemchuk memorial, the control room of the reactor 2 or 3 plus look into the observation pavilion with the model of the destroyed reactor 4 + CONTROL ROOM OF THE REACTOR 4 AND THE REACTOR HALL OF REACTOR 3).
“BASIC + program”: starting February 2020 available on weekdays (exceptions are national holidays of Ukraine).
Tour inside the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station must be prebooked and fully paid 3 weeks prior to the date of the visit.
Extra fee for the transfer from the Boryspil International Airport to your accommodation place/hotel in Kyiv or an opposite way for $40 (on demand).
Must-know things before going to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
- Only being a member of an official tour group and be accompanied by an official representative of the Exclusion Zone (licensed tour guide) allows you to enter the Exclusion Zone territory.
- Only if you have your passport on you, you can go for Chernobyl trip (any other documents like ID card or driver licence do not meet the requirements). You will not be allowed to participate in a tour and enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone without a valid passport.
- You must be at least 18 years old to enter the territory of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
- There is a curfew time in the Exclusion Zone – it is allowed to drive and walk around the area only from 7 a.m. and until 8 p.m.
- You should make sure you have your own insurance policy.
- It is not allowed to take photos and film of checkpoint facilities and police guards.
- Tripods are allowed in the Exclusion Zone.
We usually have lunch in the canteen of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station between 1.00 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. on a one-day tour.
During multi-day tours, dinner and breakfast are also included. All food has been imported to the Exclusion Zone from outside and is radiation-free. For those who want to try some radioactive food, it costs extra . Inform me in advance .
It is possible to take drones to the Exclusion Zone and use them, following certain rules and ask your tour guide about that (* distance limit – it is allowed to use drones 5000 meters and further from the industrial site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station).
- Long sleeve shirt (no tank tops or short sleeve shirts).
- Pants (no skirts, leggings or shorts).
- Closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip-flops).
- You will be walking through lots of glass and debris so I would advise you to put on some appropriate shoes for that.
- Please, take into account that there are no drug stores in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
- If you are allergic to something – please, tell me in advance. Please, consider to bring your own medicines with you (if needed).
WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR TOUR BOOKING:
- Choose the desirable date/dates of your tour.
- Contact me to agree on dates. Once agreed, send me the following:
- 1 Passport data
- Photo of your passport (required to arrange necessary permit papers to enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone territory, especially if you want to do a tour inside the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station. Due to a restricted regime of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone all passports are scanned by police guards at the entry checkpoint and before you go inside Chernobyl nuclear power station).
(NO PASSPORT - NO GO!).
- 2 Deposit
- The amount of the deposit depends on the number of guests and the tour program (you will be informed about the amount of the deposit in the process of booking).
If your tour program includes a tour inside the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, the cost of it (visit inside the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station) must be paid in full in the amount of the deposit.
Please, bring the remaining amount of money in cash and hand it to me when we meet in Kyiv on a day of a tour.
I am forced to ask for a bank transfer due to the fact, that PayPal does not work in Ukraine. One of the best and cheapest programs for the money transfer to Ukraine is TransferWise or you can always use Western Union.
- 3 Accommodation place
- Please, inform me about the address of your accommodation place in Kyiv (once you know it) to arrange a pick up/drop off for the tour.
I do understand that there are different situations in our lives, and sometimes our plans are changed, or they just can't come true.
Therefore, if you warn me about the cancelation of your tour no later than 14 days before the date of the tour, I will refund 50% of your deposit. Although, unfortunately, if you cancel your trip to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone less than 10 days prior to the tour, your deposit will not be refunded.
In case you are wondering, why can't I pay you back a full deposit? Explanation: once we agree everything and you send me your passport’s data, I am starting to do my work concerning arrangements of all the necessary permit papers, transportation services, guiding, etc. In case the tour is cancelled, all my work is wasted and I do not get paid, that is, from my point of view, quite unfair. So, I hold 50% of the deposit as a payment for my work.
10 days prior to the tour, I pay in full all the necessary fees to the government office, to obtain the permit papers, required to enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone territory. Once payment is done, I can't get it back. This is the policy of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone authorities and I can't do anything about it.
Thank you for your understanding!
*NOTEOccasionally, in case of emergency situations, such as natural disasters (wildfires, snowstorms) or some other situations like: national guards military training, radioactive waste transportation works, etc., the Ukrainian authorities can totally close the access to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone territory for all visitors (due to safety reasons), because your safety plays the most important role for us all. So there is a possibility, that a tour could be cancelled by the decision of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone authorities (from my personal experience it happened 3 times within 9 years).
In this case, I contact the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone authorities and, if they agree to pay back all the funds, that have been paid in advance, I will return your deposit in full.
If they do not agree to return funds, the only option is – we can discuss with you another date and postpone your Chernobyl tour.
I am absolutely honest with you and thanks a million for your understanding!
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.