Ukrainian SIM card with internet that works in the zone for free + airport transfers for free (may inform later) + one Geiger counter for the duration of your trip
it’s safe to go there now! Radiation exposure during one full day in the zone is equal to a 1 hour flight and 3000 times less than a CT scan!
Trip cost depends a lot on the number of people going on the tour (more people are going –the lower price you get).
Attention! The price includes: a full package of documents allowing visits to the exclusion zone, permission for photo/video shooting, transportation Kyiv-zone-Kyiv, English speaking guide, accommodation in the town of Chernobyl (the nights before and after the tour are not included in the tour cost as you stay in Kyiv), insurance, dining and maximum safety. However, some options, such as single rooms, interpreter etc. may increase the cost.
Could hardly be any better.
Could hardly be any better. Nikolai is clever, creative, understanding, and very reliable. His English skills are way above average (would guess Cambridge level C1 or even higher), so even communicating pretty tricky details is easy with him. We have seen many awesome non-standard places and things in the zone with him, and I can therefore truly recommend him as guide - especially if you are a little more curious and adventurous than the average visitor. It will really pay off.
PS: as he knows a hell lot of photography himself he has an amazing understanding of perspective and light. Hence, whatever your preferences are, Nikolai will be able to guide you to the right spot at the right time to get whichever awesome shot you are after.
Nikolai was an amazing guide! I booked a 3 day tour with him in the zone and had an awesome time. We visited Pripyat as well as some of the outer farm villages. As a photographer he allowed plenty of time for me to get the shots! I plan on returning next year and I will definitely be using Gamma Travel again!