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From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Pripyat Full-Day Group Tour

1. 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

2. 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: All Inclusive 2-Day Group Tour to Chernobyl

3. 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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Chernobyl and Pripyat: Full-Day All inclusive Private Tour

4. Chernobyl and Pripyat: Full-Day All inclusive Private Tour

Meet your guide and begin a private full-day tour of Chernobyl and Prypiat. Customize your tour to see the maximum amount of locations at your own pace on a date of your choice.  Whether you are visiting for photography, research, or personal interest, this private tour will allow you to explore sites of interest in depth. An experienced guide who knows the area intimately will show you around the abandoned towns and off-the-beaten-track locations that are impossible to forget. 

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From Kyiv: Private Tour of Chernobyl

5. From Kyiv: Private Tour of Chernobyl

Depart Kyiv and journey to Chernobyl, world-renowned as the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Benefit from flexible arrangements that allow you to stay in the exclusion zone from 1 to 5 days, either alone, with friends or with an organized guest. Save money on tours with more friends: the more you take the cheaper the cost per person. Take the worry out of your pre-trip arrangements, with transportation, guides and permits taken care of in advance. Plunge into the story of the tragedy and its aftermath, and get information about the past, present and future plans for the site. Enter the "30-kilometer" exclusion zone and investigate how Chernobyl is still populated by local workers and policemen. See shops, a post office and café, along with sights such as the museum, St. Elias Church, the Park of Glory, river port and memorial to the liquidators who rushed to reactor number 4 immediately after the explosion. Take photos and videos of the ghost town and look at the construction of a new confinement from the viewing platform of reactor number 4. Explore the complex engineering solutions designed to transform it into an ecologically safe system. Get the chance to chat with the plant employees. Next, travel to the abandoned village of Kopachi, located just 4 kilometers from the accident site. 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. Explore the “Black Pearl” of the exclusion zone as you walk the deserted streets of Pripyat. See the abandoned amusement park and its ghost-like Ferris wheel. Visit the pool of Lazurnyi, where the first victims were brought, and see other highlights of the haunting location such as the building of the executive committee, Hotel Polesie and a secondary school. Then, journey to 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. The day has no time limits as the program will be discussed with all group members to determine the route and tailored itinerary.

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Kharkiv: Private Guided Romantic Tour at Night

6. Kharkiv: Private Guided Romantic Tour at Night

Immerse yourself in the romantic atmosphere of Kharkiv after dark on an evening sightseeing tour with a local guide. Marvel at the historic attractions floodlit for the night and hear interesting stories and legends about love along the way. See the golden domes of the Assumption Cathedral on University Hills and discover a controversial masterpiece of urban art at the Monument to Lovers on Architects Square. Be mesmerized by the illuminations at the Mirror Stream Fountain. Then, make a wish as you enjoy a glass of sparkling wine near a model of the Eiffel Tower. Drive back along the central streets to experience the city as it comes alive before drop off at your hotel.

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From Kyiv: Private Shooting Range Tour

7. From Kyiv: Private Shooting Range Tour

Immerse yourself in the world of weapons with a visit to a shooting range in Kyiv. After getting picked up from your hotel, travel to the shooting range where you will meet your instructor and listen to a quick safety briefing. Depending on your chosen option, get the opportunity to shoot between 20 and 80 rounds. Experience the thrill of firearms such as the AK-47, Shotgun pump-action, Glock 17, Steyg AUG sniper rifle, and Beretta 92 FS. Simply select the package which best meets your needs and get ready for a thrilling adventure. It is possible to purchase additional shots from the weapon you like directly at the shooting range for an extra fee. After a fascinating experience, get dropped off back at your hotel in Kyiv.

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Kyiv: Chernobyl Helicopter Tour

8. Kyiv: Chernobyl Helicopter Tour

Get an unforgettable view of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone from the air with a unique 3-hour helicopter tour. See the site of the world's worst nuclear accident in history and the ghost city of Pripyat. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime flight over the nuclear power plant and the exploded reactor.  The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that occurred on Saturday April 26, 1986, at the No. 4 nuclear reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat in the north of the Ukrainian SSR. This private helicopter tour is designed for people who value their time, hate missing anything interesting, and appreciate when inconveniences like bumpy roads or traffic jams can’t spoil their trip. Enjoy this fantastic experience and view the zone from a Robinson 44 helicopter window. An English-speaking guide will be ready to answer all related questions.

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From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Pripyat Private Helicopter Tour

9. From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Pripyat Private Helicopter Tour

Meet your guide at your hotel and head to the helicopter pad where your thrilling adventure begins. Get onboard a private helicopter and take off to one of the most mysterious places in the world — the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  From the comfort of a private helicopter flight, listen to the comprehensive commentary of your expert guide. On the way to Chernobyl, fly over Kyiv and take in the scenic views of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, the Motherland Monument, Dynamo Stadium, and the Dnieper River. Moreover, fly above the Mezhyhirya Residence and learn interesting facts about the so-called “Museum of Corruption.” The highlight of the tour is a breathtaking flight over the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Take a look at the astonishing Duga radar, discover the famous abandoned amusement park of Pripyat with its Ferris wheel still standing, and see from a distance a new safety confinement over the notorious Reactor No. 4. of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. One of the main advantages of the tour is that you’ll be accompanied by an expert private guide who will enlighten you of the tragic events of the Chernobyl catastrophe that happened in 1986. At the end of a breathtaking experience, return to Kyiv where your driver will drop you off at your hotel.

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Kyiv: BDRM-2 Military Vehicle Riding Experience

10. Kyiv: BDRM-2 Military Vehicle Riding Experience

Start your tour at your Kyiv located accommodation where your guide will pick you up. After a short meet and greet with your friendly guide, embark on a scenic drive 30-kilometers away to a remotely located military base.  Once you have reached the military base you will receive a briefing about your military vehicle. Your friendly and professional guides will ensure that you are familiarized with all you need to know and are informed of all safety and security measures. Take a ride with an instructor who will familiarize you with the topography of the location. After your security briefing, get on top of an actual military vehicle, a BDRM-2 APC! Enjoy a 1-hour ride around a specially designed off-road track. After your driving session, you will have the chance to enjoy a spot of lunch at the military base. Over coffee and lunch listen as your instructors entertain you with military stories. After lunch, you will be conveniently transferred back to your accommodation in Kyiv. 

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What people are saying about Kyiv Oblast

We went with a 5 person private tour, which was genuinely excellent. It was slightly more expensive to do it privately, but we all agreed it was worth it as it allowed us to do a more detailed exploration of the sites, and meant we were able to avoid the bigger groups. A special thank you to our guide Elena; it was fascinating hearing her first hand experience of living through the disaster whilst she was celebrating her graduation, and she took us to some really interesting locations around Pripyat. Highly recommended.

Highly recommended. The two day tour gives you the opportunity to see more and is less rushed than doing everything in one day. Our tour guide, Daniel, was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and was flexible if there was anything that we specifically wanted to see. As mentioned in other reviews, the accommodation was rudimentary but still comfortable and better than I was expecting. Food also traditional Soviet era cuisine but I still enjoyed it!

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.

Very interesting tour, and the guide Johnny, was very entertaining and told lots of stories, combined with facts about the accident.

The tour was excellent! The tour guide was very kind and professional, I really recommend this tour, must do!