Exclusive to Regent Holidays - this individual holiday stays overnight in the town of Chernobyl, giving an unparalleled insight into one of the most devastating environmental disasters in human history. This tour is a fascinating introduction to Kiev, the pleasant Ukrainian capital, but its main focus is an in-depth tour of Chernobyl, a place ever synonymous with the massive nuclear disaster that rocked the Soviet Union and the world in 1986. To this day, a 30km exclusion zone set in place by Ukraine’s “Ministry of Emergencies” circles the area, and the disaster is still very real for the great number of people who have been, and are still being affected by its after effects.
Spending two days touring inside the “Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Zone,” including one night in Chernobyl itself (in a small hotel built for scientific advisors) we will gain an insight into the complete picture of the Chernobyl story, from the past to the present. This tour also includes a full free day in Kiev for one to explore at leisure.
Arrive Kiev. Transfer to the hotel and check in for 2 nights. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
Today enjoy a full day city tour of Kiev including Kreschatyk, the Golden Gates, the St. Sophia and St. Michael Cathedral and the Chernobyl Museum. After lunch visit the Cave Monastery before heading to the Great Patriotic War Museum. Spend the evening at leisure. (B,L)
After breakfast depart Kiev and drive towards Chernobyl. On arrival at the outer boundary of the exclusion zone go through the control checkpoint, before entering the zone. Enjoy lunch and an introductory presentation on the history of the area and an overview of the itinerary. In the afternoon head further into the zone, visiting the exterior of Reactor No. 4, and take in an extended tour of the ghost city of Pripyat. Explore the ruined city, visiting numerous sites such as the school, sports centre, swimming pool and the fairground (please note that it cannot be guaranteed that you can enter these buildings). Return to Chernobyl for dinner and an overnight stay at the Chernobyl Hotel. (B,L,D)
This morning continue the tour of Chernobyl visiting further sites in and around Pripyat, including the Cooling Reservoir. Meet with some locals who have, despite government warnings and laws, decided to settle inside the zone. Leave Chernobyl (after being checked for radiation exposure!) and return to Kiev. On arrival check in to the Hotel Rus for a 2 night stay. (B,L)
Make use of a free day in Kyiv to
discover the capital’s mix of Soviet-inspired
architecture and grand Kyivan Rus complexes.
Perhaps take a stroll down Andrew’s Descent,
(Andriyivsky uzviz) where souvenir stalls,
art galleries and restaurants line the quirky
cobblestone streets. Stop to admire the
baroque beauty of St Andrew’s Church, built in
1754 by the Italian architect who designed St
Petersburg’s Winter Palace. At the foot of the
uzviz, the histories of the Descent’s buildings
are told in the Museum of One Street. Make
time to stop for a delicious bowl of borscht
topped with sour cream for an authentic
taste of Ukraine. Perhaps take in an evening
performance at the State Operetta Theatre or
National Philharmonic Hall. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
6 day tour, from £960 per person
- Return flights in economy class with Ukraine International from London Gatwick
- All airport taxes & security charges
- Accommodation in 3-star Rus Hotel in Kiev and guesthouse in Chernobyl
- Meals as specified (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- All transfers and transportation
- Sightseeing as specified with English-speaking guide
- Travel insurance
- Meals/services other than those mentioned
There is no single supplement on this group tour.
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