This tailor made tour is a fascinating introduction to Kyiv, 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.
Our tour starts in the vibrant capital city of Kyiv with a private guided day tour which includes sites such as St Sophia’s Cathedral, Independence Square, the Dnieper Embankment and the upmarket district of Podil.
You will then spend two days touring inside the “Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Zone”, which includes 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, visiting the infamous abandoned city of Pripyat and, if local conditions permit, a tour of the top secret military base containing the Duga 3 early warning missile radar.
Arrive Kyiv. Transfer to the hotel and check in to the Hotel Rus for 2 nights. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
Today enjoy a full day city tour of Kyiv including Kreschatyk, the Golden Gates, the St. Sophia and St. Michael Cathedral. After lunch you can explore on your own or we can offer 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 during which your guide will give you 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. You will visit the first of the abandoned villages before heading 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. If local conditions permit you will also visit the top secret military base containing the Duga 3 early warning missile radar. Meet with some re-settlers who have, despite government warnings and laws, decided to return to live inside the zone. In the later afternoon return to Chernobyl (after being checked for radiation exposure!) and return to Kyiv. On arrival check in to the Hotel Rus for a 1 night stay. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
5 day tour, from £845 per person
(Single person supplement + £125)
- Return flights in economy class with Ukraine International from London Gatwick
- All airport taxes & security charges
- Accommodation in 3-star Rus Hotel in Kyiv/Hotel Chernobyl
- Meals as specified (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- All transfers and transportation
- Private Sightseeing as specified with English-speaking guide
- Travel insurance
- Meals/services other than those mentioned
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