List of sites we visit & itinerary for our Chernobyl tour

THE FIRST DAY IN THE ZONE INCLUDES:

  • First Day:
  • 07:45 a.m. – SoloEast personal will meet you in front of the Kozatskiy, hotel on Maidan (Independence Sq). Transport for the tour is equipped with, seatbelts, free Wi-Fi on board (where the service allows) and multiple USB ports that can be used to charge your electronic devices (self-phones and cameras) if needed. Our drivers are instructed to drive our passengers safely and comfortably.
  • 08:15 a.m. – Departure. (May be earlier if everyone arrives on time and we check all the documents).
  • 09:00 a.m. – We stop at a gas service station for a break, there you can use a restroom or teke a smoke.
  • 10:15 a.m. – Arriving at the 1st checkpoint “Dytiatky” (restrooms and a smoking area available).
  • 10:30 a.m. – Here we sign a safety briefing, receive dosimeters and go through the passport control.
  • 11:10 a.m. – Discovering an abandoned “Zalissya” village.
  • 11:45 a.m. – Arrival to the town of Chernobyl, where we walk through the soviet town where the clock stopped. During the walk thought old Chernobyl streets you will be able to photograph the best locations and get the soviet experience learning historical and scientific facts about the area. On our way we stop at:
    • 1. Road sign of Chernobyl;
    • 2. Wormwood Star Memorial situated in the central park of Chernobyl;
    • 3. Alley of «Memory and Hope»;
    • 4. Statue of Lenin;
    • 5. The operational church in Chernobyl;
    • 6. Stop at the river port of the town of Chernobyl
    • 7. Abandoned Synagogue;
    • 8. Memorial to Liquidators (if available).
    • 9. Exhibition of original, remotely controlled robotic machines used during cleanup.
  • 01:00 – 01:45 p.m. – We drive to the canteen in Chernobyl town to have lunch (there are restrooms and a smoking area).
  • 02:00 p.m. – Stop at the exposition of the original robotic machines that participated in the operation of the decontamination of the exploded reactor 4.
  • 02:15 p.m. – Passing through the second checkpoint “Leliv”.
  • 02:30 p.m. – Visiting buried village of Kopachi and its kindergarten.
  • 03:00 p.m. – Exploring the area of CNPP (Chernobyl Power Plant) which includes:
    • 1. Panoramic view of the reactors # 1,2,3,4 and 5;
    • 2. Statue of Prometheus in front of the main entrance to the plant;
    • 3. Memorial «Life for Life» in front of the main administrative building;
    • 4. Feeding giant catfish in the cooling canal;
    • 5. Viewing the “Sarcophagus” (aka Arch, Shelter) from the distance of 200 m.;
    • 6. Tank (Self-propelled artillery unit).
  • 04:00 p.m. Departure to Pripyat town and on the way, we check:
    • 1. Pripyat road sign;
    • 2. Red Forest;
    • 3. Bridge of Death (as seen in HBO).
  • 04:15 p.m. – Arriving at the checkpoint to Pripyat town (restrooms and a smoking area are available).
  • 04:30 p.m. – Exploring Pripyat:
    • 1. Boulevard of Lenin;
    • 2. Central Square;
    • 3. The soviet shopping center «Rainbow» (Legavos used to live in the same building);
    • 4. City Council with propaganda room with Soviet pamphlets, banners and posters;
    • 5. Hotel «Polyssya»;
    • 6. The palace of culture «Energetic»;
    • 7. Almost untouched supermarket;
    • 8. Restaurant;
    • 9. Amusement park with its iconic Ferris Wheel.
  • 06:00 p.m. – Leaving the town of Pripyat with a stop at the checkpoint.
  • 06:30 p.m. – Passing mandatory radioactive contamination test at the checkpoint “Leliv”.
  • 06:45 p.m. – Quick stop at a local grocery store (meeting locals and friendly Chernobyl dogs).
  • 07:00 p.m. – Hotel check-in (one of the hotels at the territory of Chernobyl town).
  • 07:30 p.m. – Dinner at a canteen.
  • (the accommodation and meal options may vary and will be confirmed before the tour. There is 10 p.m. curfew rule in Chernobyl, all the hotels lock their doors at this time)
  • Second Day:
  • 07:45 a.m. – Breakfast in a canteen in Chernobyl.
  • 08:30 a.m. – Departure from the hotel.
  • 09:00 a.m. – passing the 2nd checkpoint “Leliv”.
  • 09:30 a.m. – Arriving at the checkpoint of «DUGA» - Soviet Over the Horizon (OTH) system  (soviet restrooms and smoking areas are available).
  • 10:00 a.m. – Discover the site of so called “Russian Woodpecker”, checking the following:
    • 1. Headquarters for militaries;
    • 2. Barracks;
    • 3. Ammunition warehouses;
    • 4. Main antenna;
    • 5. Back up antenna.
    • 6. Cable tunnel;
    • 7. Control center;
    • 8. Garages;
    • 9. Driving school;
    • 10. Water supply station.
  • 11:15 a.m. – Exploring the military town “Chernobyl-2”:
    • 1. Hospital;
    • 2. Fire department;
    • 3. Playground;
    • 4. Secret school #3 that never officially existed;
    • 5. House of culture.
  • 12:15 p.m. – Return to the checkpoint (restrooms and smoking areas are available).
  • 12:45 p.m. – We stop to check what is known as a “Stalkers bus”.
  • 13:15 p.m. – Exploring the side of unfinished reactors 5 and 6 visiting:
    • 1. Cooling towers;
    • 2. Fish farm;
    • 3. Cooling pond area.
  • 14:00 p.m. – traditional Ukrainian lunch in the canteen of the Chernobyl Power Plant, where the personnel have meal as well (restrooms and smoking areas are available).
  • 14:45 p.m. – End of lunch, departure to explore the area.
  • 15:00 p.m. – Visit the railway station «YANIV», where you still can find some almost untouched soviet trains.
  • 15:15 p.m. – Arriving at the checkpoint to Pripyat town (restrooms and smoking areas are available). Our Pripyat exploration includes:
    • 1. Middle school #1;
    • 2. Greenhouses;
    • 3. Kindergarten;
    • 4. The gym;
    • 5. Laundry;
    • 6. Hospital and morgue;
    • 7. River port and café “Pripyat” (the one with stained glass windows);
    • 8. Palace of Prometheus with the Cinema “Prometheus”;
    • 9. BWC and barbershop;
    • 10. Music school and school of arts;
    • 11. Town Hall;
    • 12. Hotel “Polissya”;
    • 13. Community Centre;
    • 14. Stadium «AVANGARD»;
    • 15. Repaired by «stalkers» kindergarten;
    • 16. Abandoned school №3 with the gas masks;
    • 17. Swimming pool «Lazurniy»;
    • 18. Police station;
    • 19. Fire station;
    • 20. “Jupiter” factory.
  • 06:30 p.m. – Measuring reading near the original “Claw”, which participated in the operation of the decontamination of the exploded unit.
  • 06:45 p.m. – Leaving Pripyat with a stop at the checkpoint (there are restrooms and a smoking area).
  • 07:00 p.m. – Mandatory check for the radioactive contamination at the checkpoint “Leliv”.
  • 07:15 p.m. – Quick stop at the local shop.
  • 07:30 p.m. – Dinner in the canteen in Chernobyl town.
  • Third Day:
  • 07:45 a.m. – Breakfast in the canteen in Chernobyl.
  • 08:30 a.m. – Hotel check-out.
  • 08:45 a.m. – Passing the 2nd checkpoint Leliv.
  • 09:00 a.m. – We stop to check what is known as a “Stalkers bus”.
  • 09:30 p.m. – Arriving at the checkpoint of Pripyat town (restrooms and a smoking area are available)
    • In the ghost town of Pripyat, we stop at:
    • 1. Library;
    • 2. The shop of musical instruments;
    • 3. Post and telecommunications office;
    • 4. Laboratory;
    • 5. Pharmacy;
    • 6. The monument «Tree of Friendship»;
    • 7. Former bus terminal;
    • 8. Dental clinic and laboratory;
    • 9. Yacht-club;
    • 10. Maim Pripyat cemetery;
    • 11. Abandoned soviet vehicles near the town of Pripyat.
  • 11:15 a.m. – Leaving the town of Pripyat with a stop at the checkpoint (restrooms and smoking areas are available).
  • 11:45 a.m. – Check for radioactive contamination at the checkpoint “Leliv”.
  • 12:00 a.m. – Lunch in the canteen in Chernobyl town (restrooms and smoking area are available).
  • 12:45 a.m. – Drive to one of the remote villages of the exclusion zone:
    • 1. Crossing the bridge over the Pripyat River (stop for a panorama picture of the New Safe Confinement and reactor #5 and 6 – if the weather allows).
  • 01:00 – p.m. - Passing the checkpoint Paryshiv and the collective farm.
  • 01:30 p.m. – We visit well preserved village of Krasno, where we can explore almost untouched local buildings and the abandoned church maintained by the former inhabitants of the village.
    • 2. Post office and Bank in one building;
    • 3. Church;
  • 02:00 p.m. – arriving to the village Maseho to explore the abandoned and almost untouched soviet school.
  • 03:15 p.m. – Buying products for self-settlers.
  • 03:30 p.m. – Drive to the inhabited village of Kupovate.
  • 04:15 a.m. – We visit a self-settler home in Kupovate, we listen to the first-hand stories of the Chernobyl zone inhabitants.
  • 06:15 p.m. – The final scanning for contamination at the checkpoint “Dytiatki” and departure for Kiev.
  • 07-00 -08:00 p.m. – Arrival back to the meeting point.
  • The number and the order of visits to the sights can be changed by the tour guide due many factors: e.g. temporary restrictions because of the transporting nuclear fuel, due to the daylight hours or the weather conditions. The group also has the right to adjust the program but only if there is a full consent. Otherwise the tour will be run according to the original schedule.

ACCOMMODATION :

Tourist hotel "Rektan" in Chernobyl town, Soviet style hotel "Pripyat" and hotel "Polissya" or Luxury cottage in Orane (at the doorstep to the zone)

OUR GUIDES' TEAM

It is our pleasure to propose you the services of our guides. Young, knowledgeable and with a great sense of humor, they will answer most of your questions regarding Chernobyl

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Modern fleet of own minibuses!

For the comfort of our clients we use our modern minibuses Mercedes Sprinter and VV Crafter (they are almost identical) which have been a clear step ahead of its class, especially in terms of safety. The trip to Chernobyl covers over 330 km on the roads which are not the best. That’s why we at SoloEast pay lots of attention to our drivers training and maintaining our vehicles in the excellent technical condition. All our minibuses meet European standards for the passenger transportation including dual wheel rear axle. All vehicles are air-conditioned and equipped with the seat belts, wifi routers and USB charges for the passengers. The speed and location is controlled via our GPS monitoring system to make sure our guests have a safe and pleasant ride along the route.

Information for those who are going on a two (or more) day tour.

If your tour includes overnight stay in the zone, we usually accommodate in one of the hotels - "Pripyat"(2), "Polissya"(3) or "Rektan (Desyatka)"(1). All three hotels are quite old. Rektan is a bit better but we have next to no control on accommodations inside the zone. Since all three hotels have no stars *- you can expect a typical soviet era attitude from the personal (along with clean sheets though). Please be aware that meals in the zone are basic - just a source of carbs and protein. Those with special meal requirements can bring their own food. People who like more comfort can stay in our privately owned cottage with air-conditioned rooms only 5 min from the first check point. You can either cook your own meals or order meals from our house keeper.

Read about Luxury cottage in Orane (at the doorstep to the zone)

Luxury cottage in Orane (at the doorstep to the zone)

We offer fully serviced luxury with all modern day conveniences. Our Room suites are air-conditioned and they are equipped with a fully fitted Kitchen, Dining Area and Living Room. Along with washer/dryer,and ironing equipment. Kitchen: fridge/frezer, ice maker/water dispenser, expresso coffee machine, dishwasher, gas counter top elements, dishes and pot/pans. Guest can relax in the Living room area with fireplace or in Outside BBQ Hut or in the hottub with a spectaular view of Teterev river and forest. Activities: - Meet people in a little village and experience their daily life including shopping (going to Ivankiv to bazar on our famous yellow Lada), cooking in a stove traditional Ukrainian meals, make a shurpa on the open fire or shashlik on the Barbecue. We can also teach you to plant or dig potato, weed the garden or you can learn The Art of Cutting Hay By Hand. You can fish in our pond and cook your fish, ride quads or bikes. All rooms are serviced daily.
Tourist hotel "Rektan" in Chernobyl town, Soviet style hotel "Pripyat" and hotel "Polissya" or Luxury cottage in Orane (at the doorstep to the zone)

Chernobyl canteen

The meals inside the Exclusion zone is offered in two main canteens - one is located in Chernobyl town in “Desyatka hotel” and the second one is canteen #19, located near the Chernobyl Power Plant.
All food supply is from outside of the Exclusion zone (in accordance with the Ukrainian regulations). SoloEast Travel has no financial interest in providing meals to the visitors of the Exclusion zone. SoloEast can’t control food preparation or guarantee the availability of certain meal options. According to the 90% of the visitors their experience with the Chernobyl Zone dining was either great or good.

Flexibility in our itinerary

For our 2-day Chernobyl tour we limit the group size to maximum 12 participants! This gives us great flexibility in our itinerary and we can adjust our tour depending on the group interests. IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE than a tour of the reactor site, SoloEast can assist you with professional development programs, tertiary level education modules or special interest programs to whatever standard and with whatever content you require. We can work within your time frame and your budget.

Do you need a Geiger counter?*

Personal radiation dosimeters and Geiger counters are two different things. PRD are provided by authorities to measure the radiation exposed to an individual during the tour (they are mandatory and included into the cost). But the data from those dosimeters can be read on a special equipment (there is no gauge or display). While Geiger counters show actual levels of radiation on a digital display in micro sieverts (they are optional and cost $8 per day).

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Dron (UAV) Use Permission

You have a unique opportunity to capture a bird's eye view of the exclusion zone. During a multi day tour (even group two-day tour), we have enough time to ride, walk and fly. There are places with the flight restrictions (e.g. over the nuclear facilities) but most of the locations it's OK to fly. We would need your drone model and number to get the permit.

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