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From Kyiv: Day Trip to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Prypiat

1. From Kyiv: Day Trip to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Prypiat

Explore the infamous Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and its surrounding abandoned towns and areas on a full-day bus trip from Kyiv. Safely walk through the disused reactor blocks, the empty Prypiat and Chernobyl towns, and see many abandoned sites along your guided tour. Meet your guide in Kyiv, then relax on the 2-hour drive to Dytyatki Checkpoint, the main entry point to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. During your journey, watch a documentary about the Chernobyl disaster, and have a short stop to use toilet facilities, and purchase coffee and snacks. Then, pass the police checkpoint and enter the infamous exclusion zone to visit Chernobyl. See the evacuation memorial, the Lenin monument, the museum of robots, and more, before continuing to the Chernobyl Power Plant. Here, explore the reactor blocks, cooling towers, the new sarcophagus over Reactor 4, and the Prometheus monument. Then head to the Red Forest viewpoint, and visit the abandoned town of Prypiat. Walk through an abandoned amusement park, past an empty school, hospital, and river port. Next, discover the abandoned military base where the Duga Radar Station lies, before passing through radiation control and returning to Kyiv.

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From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Prypiat Day Trip with Lunch

2. From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Prypiat Day Trip with Lunch

Embark on a day trip in a van to Chernobyl and Prypiat from Kyiv to witness the destruction of a nuclear accident. Walk past grand memorials, the famous Duga Radar, and the deserted village of Kopachi, listening to your licensed guide's information. Meet your guide in Kyiv and have you passport details checked before departing. Sit back and relax on the 2hour van ride to the main entrance of the zone, Checkpoint Dytiatky. Here, pass through passport control and begin this tour. Discover the town of Chernobyl, where almost 5,000 people work and live. See the main square in the town of Chernobyl and the Wormwood Star Memorial, where one of the last few remaining statues of Lenin still stands in Ukraine. Move on to the Chernobyl river port with its eery sunken boats and ships. Make a quick stop at the local shop (if needed) before heading to the Memorial to Those Who Saved the World. Then, head to the very overgrown village of Kopachi where almost all the buildings were buried in the ground during the decontamination works of 1986. Stop near the remaining nursery school. After lunch, go to Prypiat, the abandoned town where time stopped on April 26th, 1986, when the entire town had to evacuate following the nuclear accident. Travel back in time and plunge into the communist era. Your professional guide will help you explore and get to understand the town for roughly 2 hours.

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From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Pripyat Full-Day Group Tour

3. From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Pripyat Full-Day Group Tour

Depart Kyiv in the morning and journey towards the Chernobyl exclusion zone to clear the passport control. Walk around the site of the devastating nuclear accident and see important monuments such as the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and Reactor 4. Feed the giant catfish in the cooling water pond, and then enjoy a lunch of 100% clean produce in a genuine canteen from the Soviet era. Visit one of the secret stations in the ghost town of Pripyat, opened to tourism following the success of computer games such as S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Take photos of the abandoned buildings and post-apocalyptic landscapes and keep a lookout for wild animals wandering the deserted streets. Separate the truth from the myths about the 1986 disaster and learn more about its devastating impact on world history.

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From Kyiv: 1-Day Group Tour to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

4. From Kyiv: 1-Day Group Tour to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on a guided day tour from Kyiv. Learn about the infamous 1986 nuclear disaster and subsequent clean up efforts with an expert guide, with permits and photo permission included. Depart Kyiv by bus and set off on the journey to Chernobyl. As you make your way to the Exclusion Zone, learn about the rules of radiation safety and watch specially-prepared video material about the disaster en route to the exclusion zones. Learn how the city, while largely abandoned, is still populated with local workers and policemen along with shops, a post office, and café. See sights such as the museum, St. Elijah Church, the Park of Glory, river port and memorial to the liquidators who rushed to reactor number 4 in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. Visit reactor number 4, where complex engineering solutions are underway designed to transform it into an ecologically safe system. Discover the secret facility of Chernobyl 2 and go to the Soviet over-the-horizon radar station of Duga, where foreign radio stations were blocked and espionage took place. Next, go to the ghost town of Pripyat and see the abandoned amusement park and the Ferris wheel that no child ever got the chance to ride. See abandoned boats and ships in the port, and feed the giant catfish in Pripyat River.

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From Kyiv: Chernobyl Zone and Pripyat Day Trip by Van

5. From Kyiv: Chernobyl Zone and Pripyat Day Trip by Van

Spend a day visiting one of the most famous Ukrainian phenomenons at the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and its surroundings on a day trip in a van. Walk through the abandoned town of Pripyat, learn about the history of the nuclear disaster that took place in 1986, and have lunch in the abandoned power station's canteen. Embark on a unique trip to see the zone where one of the greatest ecological disasters in human history took place: Chernobyl. Listen to your guide recount the consequences for the local population in the model city of the Soviet Union, Pripyat, and the whole region of Ukrainian Polissya. Observe a part of the world that has seen no human alteration in decades. Despite learning what happened here and the scope of the tragedy, you are going to find it impossible to resist certain charms of the zone.  Hear the story preceding the accident on 26 April 1986, learn about what happened that night at the power plant, and about the scope of all the consequences still being tackled today. Then, eat lunch in a different area: In the power station’s canteen. The hearty meal, prepared for employees, includes a variety of dishes made with organic products. 

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Kyiv: Urbex Underground and Bunker Tour

6. Kyiv: Urbex Underground and Bunker Tour

The first part of your tour will be a visit to the city's underground river/drain tunnel system. This will involve 1.5 to 3 hours of walking through underground tunnels, equipped with special flashlights and Soviet military rubber gumboots. With your experienced guide, you will learn everything there is to know about Kyiv's underground world, feel what it's like to be in absolute darkness, and experience the city in a totally new way. Then, for the second part of this combo tour, explore one of the abandoned Cold War bunkers, forgotten since the USSR times. Get the chance to open a massive Soviet hermetic blast door in an abandoned fallout shelter, and feel what it would be like to live in an era in which people live in constant fear of a nuclear attack. In this 1-hour guided tour, you'll touch one of the hidden pages of Ukrainian history, see real civil equipment frozen in time, and learn about survival after a nuclear war.

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Kyiv: Private Tour of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

7. Kyiv: Private Tour of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

Enjoy a tour of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra with a knowledgeable guide. Founded in the 11th century, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is one of the most sacred places in the Orthodox world. This UNESCO-listed  Historical and Cultural Reserve is one of the symbols of the city and a must-see for all travelers. Your tour starts from its oldest part – the Caves. Walk through the cryptic underground labyrinths and see the holy relics of Lavra Saints, explore the man-made cells and discover the underground churches. Not far from the Caves, you will find Wells of Saint Anthony and Feodosy, famous for its healing properties. Later, proceed to the upper part of the complex and explore its highlights, including the restored Dormition Cathedral and Refectory Church. You will see the main building of the Lavra Bell Tower that rises 96.5-meters above the monastery. If you wish, you may climb to the top and admire a bird’s-eye view of Kyiv.  Your guide will show you the splendid Gate Church of the Trinity, famous for its ancient paintings and beautiful iconostasis. Moreover, you may visit a unique exhibition of Micro Miniatures and discover the incredible creations of N. Syardystyi.

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From Kyiv: All Inclusive 2-Day Group Tour to Chernobyl

8. From Kyiv: All Inclusive 2-Day Group Tour to Chernobyl

Depart Kyiv and travel to the city of Chernobyl, famous as the site of the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986. Watch a film about the tragedy before arriving at the Dityatki checkpoint, where you will go through passport control and listen to important information from your local guide before you proceed. Enter the "30-kilometer" exclusion zone and investigate how the city, while largely abandoned, is still populated with local workers and policemen along with shops, a post office and café. See sights such as the museum, St. Elias Church, Park of Glory, river port and memorial to the liquidators who rushed to reactor number 4 in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. Look at the new confinement from the viewing platform of reactor number 4, and explore the complex engineering solutions designed to transform it into an ecologically safe system. You might even get the chance to communicate with the plant employees. Travel to the abandoned village of Zalessie, where the population of 2,000 people before the accident has dwindled to the few dozen who chose to return. Look at the abandoned huts, schools and livestock complex, and see the monument to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. Visit the village of Kopachi, just 4 kilometers from the site of the accident. A once thriving village, Kopachi suffered radiation damage during the disaster and a decision was taken to bury the entire village under layers of earth. Discover untouched monuments, such as the monument to soldiers, a kindergarten and a machine-tractor station, along with mounds marked with radiation warning signs. Go to the “Black Pearl” of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, and walk the abandoned streets of Pripyat. See the abandoned amusement park and the ghost-like Ferris wheel. Visit the pool of Lazurnyi, where the first victims were brought. Other highlights of this haunting location include the building of the executive committee, Hotel Polesie and a secondary school. Journey to the site of the Red Forest, where the full extent of the radiation was felt. Authorities took the decision to cut the forest down and, while trees have started to grow again, you will look at it from a safe distance as the radiometer shows the impact of the damage. Return to Kyiv, stopping at the Dityatki checkpoint to check the radiation levels on your clothes before you proceed.

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From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Prypiat Private Day Tour

9. From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Prypiat Private Day Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Kyiv, and then journey by van to the site of one of the world's worst nuclear accidents to explore Chernobyl and the abandoned town of Pripyat in complete safety. Create your own itinerary of the poignant attraction and see only what you want on a fully personalized experience. Get access to the Exclusion Zone of the decommissioned Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, built by the USSR military soon after the disaster in 1986. See the remains of the nuclear reactors and the abandoned buildings of the ghost town of Pripyat. Discover the site of the secret Duga radar system, and visit the New Safe Confinement structure, built to contain the remains of reactor No. 4. Talk to some of the people that now live in the exclusion zone and get more information than you could ever get on the internet.

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Kyiv: BRDM-2 Driving and Gun Shooting Experience

10. Kyiv: BRDM-2 Driving and Gun Shooting Experience

Don't miss the opportunity to drive a BRDM Soviet tank and fire some guns. Fire weapons such as the Kalashnikov AK-47, the Glock-17, a shotgun, and others, depending on your preference. After getting picked up from your hotel, drive to the tank driving range located 10-15 kilometers from Kyiv. The instructors will be waiting for you there, and after a short meet and greet you will be prepared to be taken on an exhilarating ride. After driving the tank, sit down to an authentic Ukrainian lunch of borsch, varenyky, deryny, salo, and of course, vodka. Following lunch, head to the outdoor shooting range, the largest of its kind in Europe. With the help of an experienced instructor, learn how to handle the guns and shoot right in the bulls-eye before heading back to Kyiv.

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What people are saying about Kyiv

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,139 reviews

It has been a great experience. Our guide, Jenny, has been really pleasant und helpful. We have spent a good day, knowing a lot of things about the place

Все отлично, несчитая погоды, но тут уже без претензий. Гид Артем многое показал, рассказал, и с юмором и в то же время есть о чем задуматься.

I would return for sure. Would like to go inside a building next time.

The experience was amazing and unique however we did not get lunch.

Was a great and unique experience. Would definitely recommend.