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  • All inclusive (permits, accommodation, transportation, insurance, dining and maximum safety)
  • Over 50 stunning locations
  • Friendly, professional guides with perfect English
  • Small groups (5-12 people)
  • Skilled drivers and comfortable vehicles (AC, wifi, TV)
  • One night in Chernobyl
  • 36 hours of unique experience

2 day group tour gives you a unique opportunity to feel the postapocalyptic and empty atmosphere as you explore Prypiat in depth at your leisure and what is even more - stay overnight in Chernobyl and talk to local babushkas. This is truly an eye opening experience. We will make your life easy and take care of all paperwork, permits, transportation, insurance and dining. You just come and discover something you will never forget.

2-day tour to Chernobyl - Gamma Travel

Don’t worry,

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!

Dear comrades,
Don’t miss an opportunity to experience Chernobyl even for a better price.

2-day tour to Chernobyl for 340€ 279.00 €

Limited time offer. + 10% discount for a group 3+ people.

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2-day tour to Chernobyl
2-day tour to Chernobyl

Recommend Gamma-Travel to everyone who wants to see the Zone

Had a two day tour with Nikolai in July 2018 and throughly enjoyed it. 
He spoke excellent English and he was happy to answer questions and discuss anything further. 
Only advice I would give is bring insect repellent. The are so many annoying mosquitos in the zone.
I would recommend Gamma-Travel to everyone who wants to see the Zone.

Julian Müller

2-day tour to Chernobyl

Can't recommend enough

This is one of the most memorable tours you'll ever do and to have someone do knowledgeable, interesting and friendly as Nikolai showing us around was incredible. Having been twice, I'd recommend à multi-day tour, there's plenty to see, explore and learn. Can't recommend enough.

Jamie Anderson

2-day tour to Chernobyl

ITINERARI

7.30 a.m. - we meet in Kyiv and check your passport details.

8.00 a.m. - depart Kyiv in comfortable vehicles.

Our vehicles have AC, wi-fi on board, so you are always safe and in touch with the world even in the middle of nowhere.  Or skilled drivers will make the journey safe and sound. You have an opportunity to watch a documentary and get very basic information about the zone.  We make a stop at the last petrol station before The Zone, so you can get your morning coffee, buy water and snacks. It is the last civilization on our way.  It takes around 2 hours to get to the main entrance of the zone –check point “Dytiatky”, where we pass passport control, sign radiation safety rules and the tour starts. 

FIRST DAY

  • Nature is taking over the place. Wildlife is truly great in the zone. There are foxes, hares, wild boars, deer, wolves, moose and herds of Przewalski horses and other species. You should keep your eyes open and look around on your way from the checkpoint to the town of Chernobyl. We see wildlife very often, but no 2 headed animals, monsters and zombies!
  • Stop in the village of Zalissya with almost 700 abandoned houses (uninhabited)
  • Discover the town of Chernobyl – the busiest part of the zone nowadays. Almost 5000 people work and live there in shifts. Radiation background in the town of Chernobyl is lower than in Kyiv.
  • The main square of the town of Chernobyl/memorial “The Wormwood Star”
  • Statue of Lenin (one of the few remaining in Ukraine)
  • Abandoned Synagogue
  • Chernobyl river port with sunken boats and ships
  • Quick stop at local shop (if needed)
  • Memorial “To those who saved the world”
  • Exhibition of original, remotely controlled robotic machines used during cleanup
  • Check in to one of the hotels of Chernobyl town. We do our best for you to stay in a new hotel called “Desiatka”, but it may be fully booked on the days of the tour. In such case, you will stay in the hostel “Polissia”, but have breakfast/ dinner in Desiatka”. Keep in mind, this is Chernobyl so don’t expect a 5 star hotel, but that’s not what the trip is about. (Attention! There is a 10 p.m.curfew, at which time the hotel is locked. You are also not allowed to walk around Chernobyl without your guide.  The hotel in Chernobyl is twin accommodation. If you require a single room, please let us know in advance. Single room supplement is 40$ extra.)
  • Leliv checkpoint, entrance to the 10km zone
  • The village of Kopachi where almost all the buildings were demolished and  buried  during the decontamination works in 1986. The area is very overgrown now. We stop near the remaining nursery school. Here you can face and measure radiation for the first time and learn more about contamination. We highly recommend you rent a personal dosimeter-radiometer Terra-P for 10$, so you can see the readings at any time.
  • Industrial site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
  • Cooling towers of the Chernobyl NPP 3rd generation (pass by)
  • Unit 5, unfinished reactor of Chernobyl NPP (pass by)
  • Panoramic view of CHNPP
  • New Safe Confinement (“Arch”) – visitor`s site at  250 m distance
  • NPP cooling channel (feeding giant catfish – available May to September)
  • Memorial “Life for Life” in front of the main administrative building of NPP
  • Prometheus statue, which was evacuated together with Prypiat citizens
  • Lunch (included) 13.30-14.00 (vegetarian meal available upon request): Ukrainian cuisine, all products are delivered from Kyiv.
  • Prypiat welcome sign and decontaminated Red Forest area
  • Bridge of death
  • Prypiat – the ghost town
  • Time stopped there on April 26th 1986 and you now have a unique opportunity to travel back in time and plunge into the Soviet era. Our professional guides have expert knowledge of the area and will help you explore the town on foot for roughly 2 hours. Please note, it is officially forbidden to enter buildings in Prypiat as it is unsafe.
  • You may cover the following locations (depends on the weather condition and preference of the group).
  • Prypiat  hospital 126
  • Prypiat  ferry terminal and riverside café with amazing, laminated stained glass windows
  • Prypiat  town hall –after 1986 – main headquarters for military and liquidators
  • Hotel “Polissia”
  • Main square of the ghost town
  • Palace of culture “Energetic”, the biggest entertainment center of Prypiat
  • Supermarket building
  • Restaurant building
  • Propaganda room with Soviet flags, portraits and banners
  • Bumper cars in the amusement park which was never opened
  • Iconic ferris wheel, the most famous spot in the entire Chernobyl zone 
  • Prypiat stadium “Avangard” which is slowly turning into forest
  • Swimming pool “Azure”, which was still in operation until 1996
  • Middle school of Prypiat
  • Mandatory radiation check at 10km zone checkpoint
  • Dinner in the town of Chernobyl 18.00-19.00 (vegetarian meal available upon request)

SECOND DAY

  • Breakfast in the town of Chernobyl 8.00-8.30
  • Quick stop at the local shop – meet the local, friendly dogs!
  • Visiting local babushkas(upon group request)
  • Leliv checkpoint , entrance to the 10km zone
  • The secret Soviet object Chernobyl-2
  • Giant radar array “DUGA-1”
    • Exploration of the military base:
    • Command center
    • Soviet military propaganda
    • secret bunker
    • fire station
    • school
    • cinema
    • gymnasium.
  • Cooling towers of the Chernobyl NPP 3rd generation (visiting inside)
  • Fish farm and scientific base near cooling towers
  • Cooling pond of CHNPP
  • Lunch (included) 13.30-14.00 (vegetarian meal available upon request)
  • Prypiat (in-depth program)
    • School #1, one of the collapsed buildings of Prypiat
    • Fire station of Prypiat
    • Police station with holding cells and interrogation rooms
    • Vehicle graveyard next to the police station
    • The claw, radioactive machine used in 1986
    • Music school
    • Post office
    • Piano shop
  • Mandatory radiation check at 10km zone checkpoint
  • Final stop at Chernobyl road sign, last pictures
  • Obligatory radiation control at 30km zone checkpoint
  • Arriving back to Kiev  at 18.30 – 20.00

IMPORTANT!

You should be least 18 years old to enter the zone. Tour itinerary may change due to weather conditions and upon request of the group!

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For those who don’t like being in a rush, running between spots, risking to miss something really interesting. 2 day tour to Chernobyl will show the most important places in a calm pace. Chernobyl two day tour offers you a wonderful chance to see the location where the infamous nuclear disaster occurred and feel the post-apocalyptic empty atmosphere of Prypiat with its surroundings.   

What should I expect on a 2 days tour in Chernobyl:

First of all, you will be going in a small group (5 to 12 visitors), which means you will get more comfort for yourself during the day. This journey is operated in small minivans, equipped with AC, TV, USB chargers and, of course, WiFi connection. You can charge your devices on the way, take as many pictures as you want, and even immediately post them to your social media! 

This tours’ list of locations is considerably bigger than on a full day tour and includes:

  • Chornobyl town (city center, Lenin statue, river port with sinking boats, old streets with Jewish houses and half-abandoned buildings, the town’s museum)
  • Panoramic view of the power plant and the cooling towers. Reactor 4, Chernobyl’s most famous part, will be only around 200 meters away! By the way, it is really safe in 2020 to stand so close to it, because a New Safe Confinement was finished just a year ago and is now protecting the outside world from the tonnes of radioactive particles.
  • Abandoned villages and a visit to self-settlers (unique people who came back to their houses despite all warnings and measures). Another name these settlers have is: “Chernobyl babushkas”. It is a really amazing experience to visit them and see how they live in those conditions that they have. It makes you value your life so much more!
  • Soviet secret military base with a huge antenna – the monument to a silent so called “cold war”.  Soviet government kept it as a top-secret object and to keep it this way they even built the whole town in the middle of the forest, just for those people who worked on this base.
  • The mysterious ghost-town of Ukraine - Pripyat city, you get to see more than 10 different locations in it – let these be a small surprise.
  • Staying at Chernobyl town in one of the three hotels. Would you dare?

Sounds great, right? 

What am I paying for? 

There is no need to pay any extra charges or hidden commissions because in Gamma Travel tours everything’s included in the price. The Chernobyl tour cost includes the following: 

  1. Perfect English speaking Chernobyl tour guide who can not only tell you lots of stories about the zone and Ukraine but is ready to answer any queries.
  2. Paperwork for Chernobyl zone
  3. Transportation in a modern minivan with facilities: TV, WIFI, AC, USB charges
  4. Health insurance: we value your safety and comfort!
  5. Lunches (both days) in the old soviet style canteen where power plant workers used to eat back in 80s
  6. Breakfast and dinner at the hotel where you’re staying
  7. 1 bed in a twin room in Chornobyl hotel (single room is available for extra price)

Basically you’re only required to have a bit of cash for the souvenirs in case you want to buy them, water, snacks, etc. 

What do I need to bring with me on a Chernobyl tour from Kiev

In brief: a passport, good clothes and good mood is required. All other things are optional. We promise to take care of all other concerns on your 2-day Chernobyl zone tour.  

In full:

  1. The passport (not an ID, not a driving license, not a student card) that you used when applying for a permit (instructions will be given on your email once required)
  2. Clothes that cover all parts of your body (also keep in mind that Ukrainian winters can be extremely cold, as well, our summers can be scorching). No shorts, dresses, sandals, etc. You will be denied to enter the zone if you don’t follow this rule. However, it will be possible to buy a special costume in the souvenir shop, but it’s not very comfortable or cheap, though it looks cool on the pictures ☺
  3. Comfortable shoes (definitely not high-heels, likewise white colour isn’t a great idea)
  4. Money for the tour (unless you paid the full amount online) and other expenses

Phone chargers, clothes, bath supplies – everything you need for an overnight stay (please keep in mind: it won’t be a luxury hotel, it’s an area where things are kind of frozen in time, including the hotel interior. It is fair to say though, that it has retro appeal). There will be some shops on the way for wet wipes, water or snacks, so no worries. 

When can you tour Chernobyl?

Seasonal restrictions about visiting the zone do not exist – it is open for the visitors whole year round. There’s one day in the year when you cannot visit - 26th of April. It’s the anniversary of the tragic event. That’s why former region citizens come to honour the memory. Also some government officials visit on this day as well.  

As for the season when it is better to visit – not for us to say. Summer weather is considerably warmer, with longer days, that’s why on the other hand there are more tourists. During spring the trees are “bald” and you can see more buildings that can be totally covered behind greenery in summer. The “Golden” autumn is an amazing time of year in Polissya (area of Northern Ukraine). Every part of the year has its advantage, so it’s for you to decide. 

FAQ

What is Chernobyl like today?

The town of Chornobyl is a half-abandoned extended village with about 3000 people (workers) who are not allowed to permanently live here, but stay on shift 15 days of 30. There are 3 shops in town, a few hotels, and one bar. On a 2 day tour you will stay in one of these hotels. There’s a curfew in town and you are not allowed to leave a hotel without your guide. 

Where did Chernobyl happen

Chernobyl nuclear power plant, to be exact – reactor number 4. If you’re asking about the country – the answer will be not in one word. At that time, this was in the former Soviet Union, but now this land belongs to modern Ukraine. 

What is the Chernobyl disaster exactly?

This is the name of the nuclear explosion that took place in the Soviet power plant in 1986. Not only was the explosion per se dangerous to the world. During the next few months a lot of land in ex-Soviet Union (and not only) received a big amount of radio nuclides. There is some land that is considered to be forever contaminated. Thousands of people got cancer related diseases and died shortly after the accident. 

When did Chernobyl explode?

On the 25th of April 1986 a safety test took place on the power plant. For this reason the reactor for slower down, and it was the beginning – when the things went wrong. Technically, on the next day the explosion happened. No one can say the exact time though, because even the workers of the control room cannot recall – to be rough it was at night, on the 26th, between 1.20 and 1.30 am.   

Where is Chernobyl located?

Northern Ukraine, Nearly 2 hours’ drive from the capital, Kyiv. There is no public transport to the Exclusion zone. If you are a foreigner who wants to visit this territory the best option for you is to book a tour. Gamma Travel offers a big variety of options for each taste. 

How safe is Pripyat?

Humans can never live here, but visiting is allowed. It is completely safe on a tour if you don’t try to get into the buildings (it is forbidden to go inside) and follow your guide at all times. Every visitor agrees with these rules before coming into the zone with Gamma Travel. Areas with a very high radiation are not visited by tourists. Even the red forest is passed by with our transport without making a stop. 

How long is Pripyat uninhabitable?

The following day after the accident a full evacuation took place. People were told that they will be back soon but it never happened. The liquidators, however, stayed here up to 1997 (not in the whole town, but in some central buildings). Since then, no one have been or will be able to live here. 

How long will Pripyat be uninhabitable?

Estimated answer is 24 000 years – the amount of time needed for the half decay of Plutonium. This is one of the elements that is still wandering around the streets and objects of Pripyat and surrounding areas. Not only is the radioactive part the reason. The buildings have not been maintained for several decades and now they are in a horrible condition because they have been taken over by nature. 

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