My friend and I are looking to visit the Ukraine to see a music gig on the 30th January 2019. We are very interested in visiting Chernobyl and would be interested in staying over night. Please could you provide me with some information on itinerary, prices and availability.
I look forward to hearing back from you.
I spent a few days in Ukraine in August, which included a 2-day overnight tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone with ChernobylWelcome.
I'd highly recommend their 2-day tour!
And if possible, ask for the tour guide "Alex" - he was brilliant.
Communication with the tour company leading up to the visit was excellent.
You'll stay in a really basic "hotel" in Chernobyl town (on the outskirts, about 5kms in from the zone border) - it was comfortable.
The whole experience was unbelievable, and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in that side of modern history.
Certainly not for the feint-hearted though. I'd suggest you be prepared physically (you'll be moving, a lot).
Pro-tip; avoid referring to the country as "The Ukraine" when you're there. When translated, the "the" prefix implies/suggests that it's still a territory - i.e. "The Ukrainian SSR" from the Soviet Union days.
We did something similar, used Chernobyl.wel and stopped in hotel lybid. Most accommodation is cheap (sub £80) tours are reasonable cost and are totally worth it. They also show you the real history and take you to all the spots, including the tourist hot spots, but do it when they are quite. They give you a real adventure and adrenaline filled experience sneaking around the officials!
Hi! I was in Kiev last month and went to Chernobyl with CHERNOBYLwel.come, the tour was really awesome and with a really fair price, i did the Retro Tour, they go to a lot of 'less touristic' places and explain about all the history of Chernobyl and Pripyat. And i stayed in the Kiev Royal City Hotel, really nice rooms with a good price :)
I highly recommend Chernobylwel com. They are all fantastic people and the best guide company offering tours to Chernobyl. You only ever go there for the first time once, and the guides of Chernoblwel com will ensure that you'll truly experience this place, rather than just visit it.
The easiest itinerary for you (in my humble opinion) would be to stay at the Hotel ibis Kiev Railway Station. It's a business hotel, reasonably priced located at Kiev Central Railway Station. This has a number of advantages: firstly, you will be able to get the Sky Bus from/to Kiev Boryspil Airport directly there for 100 UAH; the hotel is right next to Vokzalna metro station, which means that you'll be able to get to your gig (and anywhere else in the city) easily and cheaply. Also, Chernobylwel com's office is a stone's throw away and your guide will be able to meet you right there.
Probably best to keep all this as convenient as possible, as it will be very cold (I just got back yesterday) and also the taxi drivers are notorious for ripping off westerners.
You'll have a great time. Best of luck.
We dit a three days private tour with Chernobylwel. It was a very nice tour but sometimes you get the feeling they are just interested in your money. One day after we booked this tour I got my copy of Lonely Planet in which SoloEast Travel is recommended. I might visit Kiev again next year and I think I would give them a chance as well... Try to avoid the hotel in Chernobyl !
Hello! We went with a private tour that cost a bit more but was totally worth it, get such a good treatment and I think so much more information since you are alone with the guide. It cost 1000 euro (for 2 people) and you get everything (food, room at the hotel in chernobyl, gifts). They are really helpful once you go on the site and sign up (chernobylwel. com). We did miss the tour into the reactor but we will go back for a 4 day tour they are starting next year. They are really fast at answering email and easy to call if you need to ask something. Hope you go and have a wondeful trip!
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