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It was a very amazing and enjoyable tour with Alex who has a big amount of knowledge related to the... read more

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A very moving and unique experience. Nature is reclaiming this site so quickly that there will be... read more

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Reviewed January 1, 2020

A full day tour from Ukraine, when booked I was concerned that the trip would not run if there were not enough bookings, how wrong I was, the company I booked with, Chernobyl Tours, operated 3 x 45 seat coaches plus a 16 seat minibus that day! On reaching the exclusion site there were so many vehicles waiting at the check point, where ID checks were carried out and Dosiometers issued, then into the restricted area. I had opted to rent a Geiger Counter for the day and it was soon beeping at our first stop, an abandoned village. Further stops at a Kindergarten, 'red' forest viewpoint, then on to Pripyat town. 50,000 people lived here until the reactor explosion, now it is empty except for researchers and security personnel. Very eerie walking around, football stadium which was due to open on 1st May 1986, one week after the explosion, it was never used, the pitch is now a mini forest of mainly birch trees. Lunch was taken in the works canteen, approx a thousand people still work here, decommissioning the site. The people who previously lived in Pripyat enjoyed a privileged lifestyle, every family had someone who worked at the power station. One incident and the whole area is now sterile, the rector which exploded now has a concrete sarcophagus with a design life of 100 years, the worst affected areas are expected to remain radioactive for over 20,000 years!! How can they forecast this far ahead? The nuclear reactor which exploded was one of four at the site, with another two under construction. If the first explosion had triggered a chain reaction a huge part of Northern Europe could have been flattened and left uninhabitable for thousands of years, a very sobering thought. Countries which have nuclear power stations are generating nuclear waste which is currently stock-piled until some way of neutralizing it is found. In the meantime another "accident" could wipe out all life on the planet. In my opinion politicians form all countries with nuclear facilities of any sort should visit to learn first hand the consequences of a nuclear accident.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Marco77Traveller
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Reviewed December 20, 2019

Picked up outside rail station, 2 hour drive to deserted village, the massive duga radar, power station and pripyat.
Cold day but well worth the money and time.

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank jontrip2014
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Reviewed December 2, 2019 via mobile

Visited with my partner, booked with Get Your Guide. Picked up by bus and our tour guide was brilliant from start to finish.
Hired a geiger counter for the day... Never going to be able to say that again!
Lunch was provided as part of the tour in the canteen. Not great food but as the guide said, it will fill you up!
We really had an amazing day. Saw so much and learned so much. Visited reactor 4, Pripyat town, the woodpecker, and Chernobyl. The only little comment was that when we visited the woodpecker we felt it was very rushed. But we guess not everyone was as interested as us in that bit.
Lastly, if you're going to do the tour, listen to your guide! Ours spent a lot of time asking people not to do stuff they should have known better about. Don't pick anything up... Means... dont pick anything up! Dont make the guy repeat himself and don't ruin the day for everyone else. At some points it was like he was hearding cats not a group of adults. Didn't spoil the day but just frustrating.

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank Rachel E
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Reviewed November 23, 2019

Chernobyl area is huge, there are the 30km and the 10km exclusion zone. Most interesting thins are in the 10km radius.
No matter what tour ( two days, one day or private ) the guide will take people to the 10km exclusion zone. The programs include the amusement park, the stadium, the kindergarten ( where we can enter ), red forest ( not through it ), duga radar, the swimming pool and the reactor 4.
entering the buildings is forbiden since 2017 but the guides always manage to take the group to some safe buildings specially the swimming pool.
During the tour the group can arrange with the guide to go to some less visited áreas. During my trip I asked to visit the Crane claw, one of the most radioactve thing in Pripiat and it was very good and safe.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Ricardo R
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Reviewed November 12, 2019

I took the a tour from Kiev to Chernobyl and Pripyat with Chernobyl Exclusive Tours. The journey is about 2 hours drive from Kiev to the exclsuion zone. The vehicle used for the journey was a newish Mercedes Sprinter and the journey was confortable.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank alanBrocklehurst
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