|26 Oct - 01 Nov||26 Oct - 01 Nov|
Join this Small Group Tour for a fascinating introduction to travel photography led by our very own photography specialist - Jonathan.
Jonathan brings 10+ years of photography and travel industry knowledge with him, and a dream to combine these passions and help travellers take images they can enjoy for years to come.
During your trip, explore Kyiv, home to a myriad of colourful, domed churches before heading north to Chernobyl for our longest tour in the area yet.
Spend four days exploring inside the “Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Zone", and gain an insight into the complete picture of the Chernobyl story from past to present. Visit the infamous abandoned city of Pripyat, the top secret military base containing the Duga 3 early warning missile radar station, take a tour of the actual reactor control room where the events of that day took place, and experience many other less explored areas of this infamous destination. All the while learning from Jonathan how to best use your camera equipment to capture the scenes around you and bring home some fantastic images to share with friends and family.
"For those looking to kick start a passion for photography and just learn how things work, my role is to help teach you about your camera and how best to use it. For those a little more advanced, I will be on hand to help you think about composition to push your skills further and hopefully unlock the next chapter of your photographic journey. There is also optional drone flying available for those looking to capture Chernobyl from a unique perspective." - Jonathan
Arrive in Kyiv. Transfer to your accommodation and check in to the Hotel Rus for 2 nights. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure getting to know your fellow travel companions.
Today enjoy a three-hour introductory tour of Kyiv including the main street of Kreschatyk, the Golden Gates, St Sophia and St Michael Cathedrals. In the afternoon explore on your own or book additional excursions to visit the Cave Monastery (Pechersk Lavra) or the Great Patriotic War Museum. Spend the evening at leisure. (B)
After breakfast, depart Kyiv and drive towards Chernobyl. En route, your guide will give an introductory presentation on the history of the area and an overview of the itinerary. On arrival at the outer boundary of the exclusion zone go through the control checkpoint, before entering the zone.
Visit Zalissia, the first of the abandoned villages, before heading further into the zone to the city of Chernobyl, home to around 1000 inhabitants. Here, admire frescos of the Starwood Memorial and stop at Lenin’s statue. After lunch, drive over the Bridge of Death to the ghost town of Pripyat, the closest town to the nuclear power plant. Time will be given to take lots of photos with Jonathan on hand to advise. Return to Chernobyl to check in to the Chernobyl Hotel for 3 nights. (B,L,D)
Today visit further sites in and around Pripyat including the abandoned village of Kopachi and its derelict school. After visiting the village, continue to Reactor 4 and its infamous control room made famous in HBO’s recent TV adaptation of the events of Chernobyl and by Ben Fogle, who visited here whilst filming for Channel 5. Closed for over 32 years, it is now permitted ,when fully suited up, to step into the most epic part of the Chernobyl story. It was here that all the major decisions were made when on the 26th of April, Reactor 4 (located some 30 metres away) exploded. The entire story and understanding of Chernobyl cannot be completed without a visit to this area, the most radioactive place you can legally visit in the Chernobyl zone.
After visiting the Reactor room, head to the fish farm, which was used as a base to study the effect of radiation on the giant catfish living in the Chernobyl cooling pond. Visit the cooling towers before returning to the hotel before curfew begins. (B,L,D)
After breakfast travel to some of the less visited areas of the restricted zone, visit the abandoned villages of Krasne and Mashevo, and speak to some of the residents who came back to live in the zone after its evacuation. Explore the pioneer camp “Fairytale” set amongst pine trees on the banks of the Uzh River some 10 miles from the city of Chernobyl. See where the radioactive equipment was buried during the original clean-up of the site before heading back to the hotel for dinner in the canteen. (B,L,D)
This morning, the tour visits the massive wall of antennae known as the “Russian Woodpecker" (aka the Duga Radar system). It was built in secret during the dying days of the Cold War, and operated as an early warning detection system to listen out for NATO and U.S. ballistic missiles.
After, explore the abandoned military base and the secret closed town of Chernobyl 2. Visit a local shop and the inhabited village of Kupovate, before departing the zone (after being checked for radiation exposure!) and return to Kyiv. Overnight in the Hotel Rus. (B,L)
Should the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO - formerly Foreign & Commonwealth Office), advise against all but essential travel to a destination; or restrictions put in place by the destination itself prevent the fulfilment of the trip within 30 days of your departure, then we will offer to postpone your trip, or offer credit against any future departure, or refund all monies paid.
|Itinerary Dates||From Price||Single Room Supp.|
26 Oct 2021
01 Nov 2021
26 Oct 2022
01 Nov 2022