Spend 3-5 days with me exploring the hidden secrets of Kyiv and the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
Chernobyl and Kiev Photography Tour
Are you all set to journey the post-apocalyptic world?
Relish the post-apocalyptic world in this 1-day memorable expedition. This entire day experience is focused mainly on exploring the ghost town of Pripyat and the secret military radar Duga, which stands merely a few kilometers away from reactor number 4. The tour company we use has upgraded it’s most popular tour to give you even more time spent in Pripyat (abandoned city) and it’s surroundings. Getaway from the day-to-day grind and enjoy roaming the neighborhoods of the deserted city, which was actually a home for 50 000 men and women prior to the accident.
During this excursion, you’ll explore the outsides of abandoned buildings, including the mystical medical facility, where the first liquidators were brought, a school still full of publications and other hardware, a kindergarten with toys waiting to be played with, a police headquarters and the famous amusement park consisting of the Ferris wheel. The cherry-on-a-cake would most definitely be the visit to one of the biggest still-standing soviet secret military radar called DUGA.
Come and listen to all of these stories & tales (including many conspiracy theories!), which will be explained by our skilled and friendly guides.
The excursion begins and ends in Kyiv. The cost of the trip includes transfer from Kyiv to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and back within a comfy vehicle (Mercedes-Benz Sprinter) with Wi-Fi and A/C, official permit for entering the sector, non-stop services of our guide and lunch. Flight ticket to/from Kyiv is not included in the price.
TIP: Usually, when you purchase an airline flight ticket in advance, the cost is around £60. Check our FAQ for more info on how to get to Kyiv, Ukraine from your country.
Its best to fly from Stanstead to Boryspil Airport (approx. 30 km from Kyiv) or Kyiv International Airport – Zhuliany (directly in the city) and take a Skybus or even Uber
To enter Ukraine, the majority of the tourists do not need visas, merely a valid passport. Before booking the excursion, please check if your passport is still valid. Don’t forget to take your passport with you, when traveling to Ukraine and also to Chernobyl.
Traveling to Ukraine is completely safe nowadays. National departments of foreign affairs warn about these three areas – Donetsk, Luhansk, and Crimea. All additional parts of Ukraine are safe, equally as your country where you come from. Our trip starts in Kyiv and continues to the north, towards borders with Belarus. Keep in mind these places are as far as 1,000 km from the Donetsk and Luhansk & even further from Crimea. You will find Ukrainians very nice and hospitable by nature.
For your personal safety and security, you will need to wear sturdy footwear and keep all limbs covered, (also in the hot days of summer). A Dosimeter, respirators and multiple dosimetric controls during the tour are provided by the tour operator and are all included in price. Children under 18 years of age are not permitted to enter the exclusion zone.
Visiting The Chernobyl exclusion zone is perfectly safe from radiation. A few hotspots do remain but we will not be visiting any area with levels of radiation that will cause any harm. The most radioactive part of the exclusion zone is the Red Forrest which we pass the outskirts but are not permitted to enter.
07:30 Boarding the tour bus at a meeting point in Kyiv (Google Maps link).
Leaving Kyiv, moving to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
A shortstop at a Gas station (refreshment, WC).
Arriving at the checkpoint of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, passport control.
11:30 The trip of a lifetime starts:
The city of Chernobyl.
The city of Pripyat.
Villages of the Zone.
Panorama view of the Power Plant.
New Safe Confinement (New Sarcophagus).
Pripyat – Boulevard of Lenin.
Rainbow shopping center.
Palace of Culture “Energetic”.
Traditional Ukrainian lunch.
17 – 18:00 Leaving the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone + second dosimetric control.
19 – 20:00 Arriving back in Kyiv.
Kyiv City Photography Tour
I will personally guide you around the city of Kyiv, walking the streets and showing you all the best photography locations to capture stunning buildings and experience the Ukrainian lifestyle. We will walk approx 20km at a nice slow pace starting in the northeast of the city winding our way through “Old Kyiv” down towards the south side of the main shopping street. Making our way up to Independence Square ending the tour at the Motherland Monument.
We will also be offering a days model shoot in the city concentrating on off-camera flash and lighting using the backdrop of Kyiv city.
Cost of living
Accommodation along with food and drink is extremely cheap in Ukraine. The hotel we recommend can be had for as little as £15 per night. An average 3-course meal will cost around £3. Beer from 29p per bottle and cigarettes £1.20 a packet.
I run this Tour four times a year in the spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The next tour is FEB 2020 20-25th
the cost of the tours doesn’t include flights and accommodation, but I can arrange this for you at no extra cost.
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