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Review of Chernobyl TOUR - Day Trip

Chernobyl TOUR - Day Trip
ul. Bastionnaya, 1, Kiev, Ukraine
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Owner description: The first-hand trips to the Chernobyl zone, Chernobyl nuclear power plant and Prypyat-town. You are welcome to join our CHERNOBYL TOUR®, during which you will see all of the allowed locations in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Professional and friendly guides. Exclusive routes. Dosimeters for rent. An open-eye experience.
Helsinki, Finland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

I went for a day trip to Chernobyl (and Pripyat - the ghost town) with 23 other people. The tour was arranged by our local contact in Kiev (we paid in USD - even though we all are European, grr) and they asked for our passport info and reported it to the organizer, Chernobyl-TOUR(.com). (Remember to take your passports with you on the tour.)

We started at 8 am from the Kiev main railway station, and came back there at 9 pm.
In the bus (AC, TV) we were divided into two groups: Russian speakers and English speakers (the later having people from Finland, Sweden, Ireland and Germany). I can't say much of Dimitry, the first groups guide, but our own Vita was very lovely and extremely professional and knowledgeable.

On the way to the exclusion zone we were shown a documentary on the accident, which was very interesting - and sobering. We were also told how to behave: not to take pics of the security posts (at 30 km limit, 10 km limit and Pripyat itself - although in there we were allowed to shoot the post, but never the guards), keep our hands clean, not to eat or drink anything while within the zone (nor after, until we had washed our hands) etc.

On the way we had a pit stop at Ivankov (half way from Kiev and the power plant), then a stop at the village of Zalesye, where we walked amongst the ruined and inhabitable houses.

Then to the ghost town of Pripyat itself, where we spotted different hot spots (the radiation may increase threefold within a few metres) and saw high rise buildings - some outwardly in good condition, others half collapsed. We saw the hospital, the school (one of many), department store, swimming hall etc.

A short stop at the "sarcophagus" at the destoyed reactor Nr 4, where we had a group picture taken (thanks Vita :-) - you're allowed to take pics only of the sarcophagus and the new one built next to it.

Then back south, first stop being at the 10 km check point, where everybody had to go thru radiation screening (NB: Do NOT try to bring any souvenirs from the zone).
A lunch in town of Chernobyl, where 4400 people live - although not permanently, and further to the check point Dityatki at 30 kms (and another radiation screening).

On the way back we got each an individual certificate of having visited the zone, including our received radiation dose! (The guides had counters with them all the time.)

Oh, the zone is a haven for wild life. We saw Przewalski's horses in there! Also, do NOT step on any droppings you will encounter - they are quite well radiated. Might cause some trouble at the exit screenings...

We were quite tired after the long day, but it was worth every penny!

Also, at the end of the tour we were offered to buy souvenirs (glow-in-the-dark mugs, T-shirts and postcards - which Vita would have posted for us at the Chernobyl post office (unfortunately I was too tired to write any cards, as I had an early flight home waiting for me)).

Visited April 2013
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Tarragona, Spain
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

I did the 2 day tour with chernobyl-tour company and it was AWESOME. I strongly recomend this tour to all my friends and collegues for all the things I saw and experienced.
Our guide, Vita, was fantastic!! She knew all related with the zone, the accident, its history and with many details and technical data! Also the driver help us with everything we need.
Thank you for all!! You are a great team!!!

Visited April 2013
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Bilbao, Spain
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Very Interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

I did the 2 day tour, with workmates, and it was simply awesome. The guides were really nice and professional, and they knew a lot about what happened there, so they gave us a lot of information. I'm thinking about coming back in summer with another friends, because this a "must have" experience.

Visited April 2013
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Barcelona, Spain
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

I did the 2 day tour with chernobyl-tour company and it was really amazing. I strongly recomend this tour, not just because the things you are going to experience (crippled chernobyl NPP, prypiat, cooling towers, abandoned villages, etc), but because of the people who manage the tour (guide, driver, manager, etc), since they were really kind to us, very professional and passionate in what they did during the 2 days. I can only say thank you to them! I'm thinking of comming back in summer.

Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Amazing & Extremely Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

I actually did the two day tour, which I would recommend over a day trip as there is no way you would get to see enough of the Chernobyl exclusion zone in a single day, I was left wanting more after the end of the second and so I think I'll go back and do the 3 day sometime in the future.

The tour itself was extremely well organised and run, our tour guide Vita was just amazing (knowing 4 languages for one thing!) and extremely knowledgeable, approachable and helpful. The amount of information that was conveyed to us over the two days was mind boggling, the opportunity to go into the Zone and experience what had happened and also experience what life was like in Russia in the 80's was something I'll never forget!

110% recommend experiencing this and using Chernobyl Tour as your provider.

Visited March 2013
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