Chernobyl Tour experience
I was recommended SoloEast through a YouTube video at the time I’d recently watched and as I’ve always been curious about Chernobyl I decided to give it a go. I contacted Igor from SoloEast and he was very helpful in explaining the different packages they offered and providing me with links etc, he also gave me advice (which he didn’t need to) on where to visit in Kiev the city not just to do with the tour. My tour guide for the trip was named Alex and he couldn’t of been more informative, whilst also coming across as a great bloke, I highly recommend them both. The meeting point is easy to find, the tour itself is hard to put into words, with the awe of the distasteful and the sheer magnitude of it not realised until you’ve experienced it. I couldn’t recommend Alex enough! I will definitely be returning for a future tour there is so much to see! One of those opportunities you have to experience in your life time! SoloEast thank you for a wonderful experience and Alex and Igor in particular Дякую!
(PT) Experiência inesquecível
Nosso tour foi logo após o Natal, e quando planejamos a viagem pensamos que não haveria disponibilidade por conta das datas. Não só o tour aconteceu, como foi incrível. O transporte era muito confortável, e o motorista (acho que o nome dele era Sergei) dirigiu com muita prudência. A nossa guia (acho que o nome dela era Lena, mas pode ser Liana também) nos deu várias informações importantes e, ao mesmo tempo, nos permitiu explorar bem as cidades abandonadas. Pesquisamos muito antes de finalmente decidir qual companhia iríamos contratar e agora que a viagem já acabou posso dizer que escolheria a Solo East novamente sem qualquer problema.
Amazing tour, great guide.
We did the two day group tour on new years day and the day after, and were practically alone , wich was an amazing expirience! We visited chornobyl,pripyat, babushka Maria,whitnessed a local church service, the abandonned radar… Tour was well organized, the van was comfortable, and as promised we could direct the tour in our interests!
We had Igor as a guide, wich was the icing on the cake! Incredible knowledge,knows all the inns- and outs of chornobyl & pripyat, great sense of humor (he’ll get you with a praktical joke every one in a while) , and he speaks verh good English.
Also, as expected SoloEast provided a real good experience, wich i mich prefer over the ready-to-eat, mass tourist tours the competitors offer.
If you’re in doubt wheter or not you should go, don’t hesitate any longer and go for it!
Stunning and unforgettable experience. It will haunt you (in a good way!) forever!
This was one of the most incredible experiences of my life – one I will genuinely never forget. Igor, our guide, picked us up on time and drove us to Chernobyl, sharing his vast knowledge during the 3 hour journey. He helped us navigate the seemingly endless bureaucracy of entering and moving around within the exclusion zone. We first did a 2 hour tour of the nuclear power plant itself. Fun fact: this is not a dead, abandoned building. 7,000 people continue to work there as the plant still functions as a distributor of energy (not generator!). We got to go into the control room of Reactor 4 where it all happened, as well as other key locations… I actually was stunned by how much access we were given as tourists – I have a feeling this would never be allowed somewhere like the UK. I felt very privileged to visit these eary locations within the plant. After an OK lunch in the Soviet-style canteen of the plant, Igor drove us to visit Pripyat, the abandoned town. For me personally, this was the real highlight of the trip. We saw a town frozen (literally, as we were there in Dec) in time, full of Soviet propaganda. For a history lover, this is truly the experience of a lifetime. We visited the main square, the hospital, the school, the nursery, the community centre and took selfies at the famous amusement park (which was due to open a week after the disaster so was never used). I loved every minute of this incredible day and could not recommend Igor and this trip any more… Absolutely stunning and unforgettable!
Brilliant Chernobyl Region Daytrip
Amazing trip to Reactor Number 4 , Pripyat , exclusion zone villages and the Duga Radar Station. Really interesting to walk through the abandoned villages in the Chernobyl region and through the city of Pripyat. Our guide Tanya was really friendly, knowledgeable and answered any question you asked. When we got back to Kiev she took me and my friends on the subway to our hotel as we were unsure of directions. I would recommend this trip as it’s well worth the money. Only 12 people in the group and in a luxury minibus with a nice lunch supplied. Departed Kiev at 8am and returned around 21.00.
Solo east is a reputable company that provided great service from start to finish
Solo east is a reputable company that provided great service from start to finish. While the prices may seem high at first people considering a trip to Chernobyl should be aware that the bulk of the fees are not the company upselling, but rather administrative taxes and fees that are
(hopefully) reinvested into the zones management.
While this is a cool experience its commercialization in recent years has allowed some companies to craft “tourist trap” experiences solo east is not one of these companies. They will give you an informative authentic and above all entertaining tour of Chernobyl and the surrounding area.
I would highly recommend booking a private tour. The guide can easily make or break your trip thankfully my guide, Igor, was incredible. He went above and beyond to make sure that I enjoyed every minute of my trip and provided me with a once-in-a-lifetime tour.
While there are clearly defined boundaries of what is on and off-limits the zone itself is huge and there are a plethora of secondary areas and attractions to explore depending upon your interests. A private guide gives you that opportunity.
If you go to Chernobyl I recommend you book with Solo east and ask for Igor
Highlight of my year
I had no idea what to expect when going into the tour, but wow was I blown away!
We were picked up from our apartment at 8am by our guide Igor (more on him later), He welcomed us onto the spacious minibus and gave us the full Covid and tour safety debrief.
As we got underway we watched some really interesting videos in the minibus to build up the excitement and heard stories from Igor. We explained to him the types of places we wanted to see and what we wanted to learn about.
Igor knew instantly how to tailor the tour around us. Taking us to so many places in one day it was unbelievable!! It was fascinating to be able to see Duga radar, Reactor 4 safe confinement, Chornobyl town, Red Forrest, Bridge of death, Pryp’yat’,Palace of Culture Energetik, Polissya hotel, the famous fairground, Cinema, Cafe Pryp’yat, the list just went on and on.
Igor himself was a brilliant guide, spoke excellent English, with knowledge on everything and with a fantastic sense of humour. We always felt like we were being taken good care of at all times. Make sure you ask for Igor when booking.
Everyone of us loved the tour and our only regret was not having booked a multiday tour to have seen even more. (Sadly the winter sun can set too soon at this time of year so do bare it in mind if doing a single day)
If I am able to go again, I will definitely be doing a multi day tour with Igor!
Brilliant and informative day out
Excellent day trip out for four of us. The day started with an 8am pickup from outside the centre of Kiev, the minibus was very clean, and comfortable, and more importantly, COVID secure!
Our driver and guide Igor spoke really good English, and seemed really knowledgeable of every aspect of the tour, needless to say, we all learnt a lot and it was an enjoyable experience to see first hand what remains of Duga, Chernobyl, Pripyat and the surrounding area.
The face value of the tour is more expensive than some others, but you have to consider this is first class service, with a sit down lunch in a restaurant, and a private minibus. Even with the fixed itinerary, we saw everything we wanted to see despite the tour taking place in early December (so limited daylight). Our guide did say some elements are flexible so you can change timings to your preference somewhat.
Would thoroughly recommend, and if I ever visit again, I’d rebook with them
Amazing Two Day experience!
My friends and I did the two day tour and we had an amazing time. Diana and Sergey went above and beyond to make sure we saw the landmarks we wanted to see, and even surprised us with some extra stops along the way. Diana was very knowledgeable and explained the history of each of the buildings we stopped at, her English is very good and she had no problem answering our questions. Sergey is a great driver and has a good eye for the wildlife. A few times during our trip he spotted wild horses and deer and stopped the van so we could take photos. Our tour van looked brand new, was very clean, and had WiFi, a TV, leather seats, and charging ports for your phone. The hotel was much more comfortable than we expected for being inside the exclusion zone. All of our meals were home cooked and servings were large, usually a soup or salad, a main course, bread or pastries, juice and water, and coffee and alcohol are available at the bar. If you smoke cigarettes they can accommodate you, there is no smoking in the 10km zone but there are checkpoints where you can smoke, use the bathroom, and feed the dogs. The hotel has a smoking area outside as well.
My advice if you are looking into a Chernobyl tour: wear good boots, bring a good camera, book your tour with SoloEast and do at least a two day tour. We are glad we didn’t book with the other, larger tour companies. We ran into their groups at a few of our stops and the group sizes are much larger and they rush you at each location.
Once in a lifetime experience! (3 day tour)
We spent three days with Diana on a 3 day tour of the zone and power plant. She is very knowledgeable, organized, fun, and just an all-around great person to spend time with! She was very open to our interests and had plenty of suggestions for an itinerary.
It was mixture of surrealness, while getting to know the area, history, people, and country, presented to us in a very experienced and down-to-earth manner. We were quite in awe of the entire time spent there.
I would highly recommend Diana, she is a terrific guide and a wonderful person. Natalia, from the main office, was also a delight to work with in organizing this.
Amazing 3 Day Tour ! (NEW!)
Fantastic 3-day tour of Chernobyl. Our guide, Pasha, was incredibly informative and knowledgeable about Chernobyl and the surrounding areas. We were lucky to have been taken to some fantastic places over the three days. A highlight of the trip was also visiting a local old lady in her home who was evacuated but later returned back to the area.
The pick-up and drop off from and to Kiev was easy and stress-free. The transport was comfortable and the AC was a welcome treat. Pasha was incredibly friendly and no question seemed silly. 10/10 would recommend.
(DE) Interessante, sichere Tour
Ich hatte meine Tour letzten Montag mit Guide Tania und Fahrer Sergej – natürlich habe ich keine Vergleich zu anderen Touren, aber ich habe mich hier echt gut aufgehoben gefühlt. Die Tourgruppe war angemessen respektvoll gegenüber der Geschichte des Ortes und der Sicherheitsregeln, Tania hat uns einige Dinge erzählt die ich auch trotz intensiver Lektüre noch nicht gehört hatte und durch die kleine Gruppengröße (10 Personen) war die Erfahrung ziemlich gut. Wir bekamen jeweils zwei Dosimeter, so dass man sich am Ende auch sicher sein konnte wie viel Strahlung man nun wirklich abbekommen hat.
Tipp: Für Besuche im November sehr warme Sachen mitnehmen, in Pripjat ist man gut zwei Stunden zu Fuß unterwegs und es wird sehr kalt!
Sehr positiv: Auf der Buchungsplattform hieß es, dass das Essen bzw eine Krankenversicherung separat bezahlt werden müsse – tatsächlich war dann aber alles im Preis inklusive.
Exceeded my expectations -- SoloEast is the only way to visit Chernobyl.
SoloEast provided one of the best tourist experiences of my life. I am not exaggerating. I have travelled a lot, and booked a lot of tours, and the one-day Private tour to Chernobyl was in my top three favorite travel experiences of all time.
The company is very professional. Our guide (Pasha) was exceptional (Shout out to Pasha, who was an amazing guide, extremely knowledgeable, friendly and gave us an insider peek into many aspects of Chernobyl). The lunch in the Chernobyl town was delicious. We had TONS of time in Pripyat and explored literally all over the abandoned city. The visit to the Duga Radar was exceptional. And of course, the visit to the Chernobyl plant itself was very memorable.
The transport to the Exclusion zone was comfortable, Pasha took care of all the paperwork, and we had an adventure of a lifetime. Our SoloEast private tour to Chernobyl EXCEEDED my expectations and will be a memory I will never forget.
Possibly the best thing I’ve ever done
It has always been a dream of visiting Chernobyl and this
tour certainly did not disappoint. Sergei our driver got us
there quickly and safely. Diana our guide went above and
beyond to take us to all the sights we wanted to see,
along with others we couldn’t think of. She also provided us with detailed facts about everything we saw. There were times when I thought the trip couldn’t get any better, but it certainly did. My only disappointment was being unable to do the two day trip due to a cancellation from another tourist, however I am confident I will return here one day to see more. This trip is amazing for visiting Chernobyl and I cannot recommend it enough. One of the best decisions I ever made and the highlight of my short trip to Ukraine
Wonderful Personalized Experience
I was a solo female traveler who booked a last minute trip to Ukraine with the main goal of visiting Chernobyl. I had a wonderful experience with SoloEast with Diana as our tour guide and Sergey as our driver. They were both knowledgeable, personable, and tolerated my bad puns and jokes. 😛
I loved how communicative, easy, and smooth the booking process was. When we arrived to Chernobyl, I felt really lucky that our group was a smaller group. We did not feel rushed, compared to other larger companies. Diana took the time to ask each of us our reasoning for visiting Chernobyl and what we were interested in seeing. As a result, she was able to tailor the tour to our specific interests and it made the experience very special and personalized. Sergey was a wonderful, knowledgeable, and safe driver – he spotted and pointed out specific wildlife that were flourishing at the site, a view that we would have otherwise missed because we were so focused on Chernobyl itself.
I definitely recommend a two day tour – we were able to explore the site in a more comprehensive manner, rather than being rushed through the main points of attraction.
In all my travels, this has been my most memorable experience. I felt safe the entire time, which is a big deal to me when traveling alone. Thank you SoloEast, Diana, and Sergey!!
A great experience
I decided to go to Ukraine because I absolutely wanted to visit Chernobyl and Pripyat.
I searched for long time info around, many agencies… The team of solo east is very efficient, they reply to the mail very fast, I also called them and they reply to all my questions…Then on my guidebook I also read a very positive review about them so I decided to go!
I was in doubt if to do the one day tour or the 2 days tour..the 2 days tour is indeed expensive but then I thought: ok I go there once and I want to be sure that I see everything and that it’s not rush. So I decided for the 2 days tour. We were a small group of 5.
Our guide was Igor.
If I would choose it again? YES, YES, YES!
It was a great experience, very emotional from an historical point of view. We saw a lot of places, and received a lot of info. Very interesting.
I am very happy I joined this tour.
Brilliant experience on three-day Chernobyl tour.
My friend and I just returned to Kyiv after a three-day tour of Chernobyl and Pripyat, and it was a brilliant experience. Our guide was Diana, and she did an absolutely wonderful job of getting us to the places we requested, and with making us feel comfortable and welcome. I personally have not taken many such tours in my life, but if the ones I do in the future are half as enjoyable, I will be satisfied. Both Diana and SoloEast are highly recommended.
Fantastic tour with brilliant guides
Arranged a two day tour to Chernobyl and Priyat from Kiev using Solo east tours, our Guide Dianne was an absolute delight, nothing was too much trouble and she ensured that we got to see everything that was on our list, she was pleasant with a fantastic sense of humour, TOP MARKS, our driver Sergei was safe and we all had a comfortable trip, even when an Elk ran out into the road and almost wiped us out, he skilfully avoid the animal and made us feel safe. Would definitely recommend in a heart beat.
When visiting Kiev, I couldn’t skip going to the Chernobyl zone and it was an unforgettable experience. Tanya, the tour guide, was great and I loved hearing her witty jokes during the tour. Sergei, the drive, made sure everything went smooth. Visiting Pripyat and getting close to Reactor 4 was a remarkable experience. Now I want to get back there for the 2 day tour 🙂
Amazing tour, absolutely fantastic guide (Igor), if you're debating on if it is worth it I can only say YES IT IS!!
I can’t begin to express how fantastic this tour was. Everything I built it up to be in my head was completely surpassed in every way imaginable. Our guide Igor 100% helped make this trip everything I could have ever wanted. He was extremely knowledgeable about every question we had and went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable at every point of our 2 day excursion. He took us along an amazing route that really highlighted the beauty this place has to offer. I had told him I was planning on proposing to my gf and he even went the extra mile to bring us somewhere extra special to pop the question. To which she said yes. I could go into incredible detail but my words would never do this place justice, and I can only highly recommend it to anyone considering. Thank you Igor for the amazing experience we will never forget, I truly hope we get to return and have you take us back again into the Zone ☢❤
Must Do Trip
A must-do trip, because there is a little bit less left of Pripyat every year.
As every earlier review already mentioned, it truly is an impressive and unforgettable experience.
The tour is very well-organised and everything is taken care of. At no point are you rushed and the guide was outstanding.
Most surprising part was the bonus visit to the Russian Woodpecker.
For the full fun and terrifying experience rent your own geigercounter.
Many thanks to guide Tanya (and wingman Sergey) for all the background information (stalkers!), without you the experience would have been half as impressive. Especially loved your sense of humor 🙂
We did everything!! (3-day tour)
Had such an amazing 3-day tour!! It seemed like we visited every single site possible. Our guide, Prasha, was very knowledgeable and very accommodating to our group’s interests.
We ended up talking to tourists from another company, and they said their guide was rushing them through the sites, so I’m really glad I chose SoloEast. Our group was only 4 people!
Highly recommend them, and will definitely come back for the nuclear reactor tour
Incredible Chernobyl private tour
Me and a friend had a private one day tour with Igor. He picked us from our hotel in Kiev, throughout he was a warm and friendly guide. What struck me about Igor was how incredibly knowledgeable he was, explaining all key points of history of the Chernobyl incident, highlighting the locations where those events occurred. Also he had an amazing working knowledge of how the whole Chernobyl exclusion zone operates today, which really helped because he knew the times of closures of certain zones, and inside info of when to go to the various locations. He also showed us pictures of life in those locations before the incident, which helped to put things into perspective.
The experience of being at Chernobyl itself? Absolutely mind blowing. To be where such a historical event occcured, to be there in person, and to have an expert tour guide explain it all was just incredible! For anyone interested in Chernobyl, look no further!
Chernobyl and Pripyat in a wheelchair? Yes, absolutely!
What an amazing experience. We had the private tour from Kiev and my husband is in a wheelchair so we were afraid the tour would not be possible but not only it was possible but Soloeast Travel also created an itinerary where we managed to see pretty much everything in Chernobyl and Pripyat. We booked an extra guide to push my husband and him (Constantin), together with the driver (Sergei) were always so helpfull. Being in a wheelchair is not a problem, SoloEast Travel will make all the necessary arrangements and will make it work for you. About the places we visited, it is something you have to see for yourself at least once in your life time. Constantin and Sergei know so much about the places we visited, a big thank you to them.
If you are thinking of visiting Chernobyl, no matter your physic limitations, contact SoloEast Travel and they will make it work for you in a safe way.
2 day trip with a great company and fabulous guide
What a fabulous experience. We were lucky enough to have Diana as our tour guide and also lucky enough to have her all to ourselves even though we’d booked a 2 day group tour.
The whole thing went a bit like this – I’d get excited at each place we visited and take tons of photos whilst my wife rolled her eyes and Diana patiently indulged me, though Helen ended up enjoying it almost as much as I did in the end. We failed, however, in our quest to catch Diana out with the most dumb ass question we could think of (but we had fun trying all the same).
The area around Chernobyl and Pripyat is truly fascinating and I think benefits from spending a couple of days to see – if, like us, you’re fortunate enough to get a guide who always brings everything to life in the most informative and entertaining (often hilarious) way, then it makes for a really memorable trip.
Also recommended is a visit to Valentina, a Chernobyl self-settler – she’s lovely and has the most bizarre ‘spinning’ dog which has to be seen to be believed….
With the best guide IGOR
Specially requested Igor as he has been the star in multiple YouTube A – Lister videos! And he did not disappoint!
On our one day private tour we saw so much! Still can’t believe that It actually happened! It’s all a bit surreal!
BOOK ONLY A PRIVATE TOUR – I would have been dissatisfied with a group tour! If you want proper adventure go private!
Regret not booking a 2/3 day tour ! So much still to explore will definitely be back!
1 day tour review
The one day tour to Chernobyl with Alex guide was really nice !
We were in a small bus (14 in total) which is great comparing with the big buses coming in the area.
We spent a nice day, stopping by the most famous spots in the 10km zone ! His English was really fluent and he knows a lot about the history of the place. We had a wonderful day from the beginning until the end.
I would recommend without hesitation !
Thanks a lot 🙂
Claire from France
Excellent Experience - Great Guidance
I am VJ from the United Kingdom, I had an excellent Chernobyl tour experience (including a visit to the Nuclear Power Plant and meeting a lovely resettler) with Igor. Igor is one of the most fantastic, friendliest, knowledgeable tourist guides whom I have ever come across. Igor understands, what is required specifically for the tourist, and he tailors the plan suited to the visitor to the perfection.
In any two days private trip, every single thing matters. Igor made sure that every moment is convenient and enjoyable. He, in fact supported me to the fullest to get the best video shots (along with his narration – details to the core information) for preserving the memories of my visit. Thanks to Igor, my YouTube Channel (Thendral UK) subscribers will have the visual treat of Chernobyl.
For any female solo traveller, comfortability, safety and convenience are the most important factors, I have always felt safe and secure during my entire exploration of Chernobyl. Igor made sure that, enough toilet breaks are provided during my exploration. Igor is very sensible, accommodative and understanding to any culture.
I was presented a book about Chernobyl by Soloeast’s Manager Victoria and it was a lovely gesture from Soloeast.
To all, and particularly for solo female travellers, I would absolutely recommend SoloEast and Igor to make your Chernobyl visit the most memorable one.
(DE) Perfect Experience - private Tour Tschernobyl
Wir hatten über SoloEast am vergangenen Samstag eine private Führung nach Tschernobyl gebucht. Absolut empfehlenswert!!! Das Ganze war zwar etwas teurer, als die Basisvariante mit dem Bus, aber der Aufpreis hat sich definitiv gelohnt! Letztlich ist man flexibler, da individuell auf Bedürfnisse eingegangen werden kann sowie zusätzliche Stopps eingelegt oder auch die Aufenthaltszeiten an den verschiedenen Spots angepasst werden können. Unser Guide Konstantin sprach perfekt Deutsch und Englisch und besaß ein absolut umfangreiches Wissen zur Geschichte sowie den technischen Hintergründen! Auch zwischenmenschlich hat alles perfekt gepasst und wir fühlten uns bestens aufgehoben. Würden wir auf jeden Fall wieder so machen!!!! Herzlichen Dank an das Solo-East Team für diese professionellen, tollen und tiefen Eindrücke!
Great tour, better memories!
What a great tour! My family and I did the one day Chernobyl Tour with Solo East and I would HIGHLY recommend! Our driver Sergio and tour guide Constantine were so sweet and informative. Constantine was so funny and answered all of our questions without hesitation. We saw so many different areas of the Chernobyl town, and as sad as it was, the experience was life changing. I would recommend buying a Geiger to gage your radiation and order the lunch that they offer! Thank you Solo East for a wonderful tour and we hope to return someday soon back to Ukraine!Great tour, better memories!
A must-do trip!
The trip was awesome! We were super lucky to have Victoria who was seriously amazing. She was funny, had loads of energy and was really informative, able to answer any questions. She made what could have been a long day so entertaining. Our driver Sergei was great and we were never waiting around at any point. We also had a ‘Junior Tour Guide’ called Helayna who was really good and had lots of information about the USSR and Soviet rule. I was also really impressed with the food which is normally poor on these sort of trips but this was in a restaurant! The bus was really comfy and overall the trip was an amazing experience.
It was a great experience!
We were picked up at 8 in the morning and went to Chernobyl in a very modern shuttle bus. It was clean and there was AC. Considering we went there during COVID and summer, both of those qualities were highly appreciated. Our driver was Sergei and we had a very comfortable trip thanks to him.
When we arrived to Chernobyl, our tickets, passports and outfits were checked by the soldiers since it’s a military zone. (You must wear long trousers and long sleeves.) After that the tour began.
The tour included visits to Zalissya village, Chernobyl city center, Kopachi village, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Pripyat and Duga radar.
Throughout the trip, our guide Alex gave us very valuable information about the exclusion zone and the situation of the USSR at the time of the events so we can have a historical background as well in an objective point of view. He is very passionate about his job and he takes it seriously. He answered all our questions, and was very fun and helpful.
Would definitely recommend them!
We had an amazing never forgetting life experience with Chernobyl one day trip
Thanks to the solo East travel .
Learned a lot from our lovely guide Mr Constentain ,he has explained each and everything about the places ,history ,events regarding Chernobyl and Pripyat in a nice way .would recommend him to others for sure ,he is funny too 🙂
Our driver sergi was good too ,he drove carefully and safely entire trip .
An overall fantastic tour!
My friends and I took the day tour to see Chernobyl and the cities close by and it was an overall fantastic tour. The Solo east tour company was recommended through a friend and they did not disappoint! We were able to see a lot of different parts of Chernobyl and I have learned so much I did not know prior about the history of Chernobyl and have a greater appreciation for this place. The 1 day tour was 100% worth it and it was a great day with a great tour!
Best Tour of my life!
Ten years ago I watched a documentary about Chernobyl and thought it was pretty interesting. Fast forward to 2019 and HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl. After watching it, I knew I had to go to Chernobyl. I’ve been planning this trip for 2 years. Now that travel restrictions were lifted I decided it was finally time to make my way over to Kyiv to check out Chernobyl. I booked a Solo East private tour.
My guide, Diana was simply incredible. She made this tour something I will never forget. She showed up at the hotel to pick us up and was there on time. Our tour covered everything I wanted to see in Chernobyl (and then some)! Diana was professional, extremely knowledgeable and just an all around awesome person to spend the day with. I really wanted to feed some of the dogs in Chernobyl. She went above and beyond to make this happen. Diana also showed me some of the catfish in Chernobyl. This wasn’t planned and was something I very much enjoyed. I’ve traveled to 12 counties and have taken countless tours. Diana was the best tour guide I have had in any of my experiences anywhere in the world.
Solo East’s private tour of Chernobyl is simply incredible. However, an amazing guide like Diana made it even more enjoyable. The people of Ukraine are incredible, extremely welcoming and very kind. Thank you to Diana of Solo East for one of my best travel experiences to date! If you are thinking about doing this tour, don’t hesitate. Just book it and be sure you request Diana.
Solid Gold Chernobyl from Kyev Tour
Awesomazing Chernobyl Experience. Can I just say that it was one was one of the coolest, superb and informative trips we had in Ukraine? I bet.. YES!
We had our Chernobyl Trip from Kyev last 18th of July. A trip that we never knew that will hits us differently. I could vividly recall the moments when we were stressed out, planning and searching for a good tour in Chernobyl. We came across with tripadvisor’s suggestion and never think twice, booked it.
It was magnificent Olga who was assigned to our group. My friends and I really loved her. The way she explains everything it was coming from her core. Her eyes tells how painful it had been for the locals when disaster had happened. Whenever she speaks about a certain place.. we could feel the agony that took place during that time.
She knows how to explain everything relative to the event. A very good speaker, very patient and pretty too. She has the resemblance to Katy Perry. ☺️ Olga is really superb. Plus our driver was super as well. Hats of their duo and the whole team!
The overall experience from this tout was beyond perfect. We really had a wonderful time. This one is for the books.
We are pleased to say.. People, traveller of the world, SoloEast and Olga is a solid gold standard.
This trip is AK, Arthur and Edmon’s approved.
Till we meet again!
Best Tour of Chernobyl
I’ll start off by saying Alex and Sergei were awesome. Alex really loves what he does and is so informative. He took time to talk to us and answer questions. It was more than just a tour, it was a true educational experience. Our group was small (only 12 people) compared to other tours I saw of 20+ people, which means we had more time to ask questions and the whole time it felt like it was more personal than business. I definitely highly recommend this tour if your are in Ukraine.
We just finished our private tour at Chernobyl and Pripyat, such an amazing experience! We had our personal guide Anya and our driver Sergei, they where honestly the best. They showed us all the highlights where you wouldn’t normally go in group tours and Anya told us everything to know about the places we went to. If I would able to give more than 5 stars, I would! Definitely recommend!
Another great experience with SoloEast
My friend and I booked a 1 day private tour to Chernobyl on 3 July 2021. I had previously taken the group tour in 2018, but I wanted a different experience for my friend who was visiting for the first time.
We were assigned Pasha (I apologize if I misspelled his name) and could not have been happier with our guide. He was very knowledgeable of not only the exclusion zone, but in the surrounding areas and even how the Chernobyl events impacted the rest of the areas all the way to Kyiv. He was extremely accommodating if there were any specific areas that we wanted to visit or skip.
We went to some new areas that we didn’t visit when I did the group tour, which was an added bonus. The smaller private tours are able to visit some sites where the larger group tours are not allowed.
I cannot recommend SoloEast enough. I would suggest a multiple day tour if you have the chance. If you have previously visited Chernobyl with a group tour, I’d recommend that you visit again with a private tour.
Thank you SoloEast for another memorable experience!!!
‘Solo east’ - the best experience ever !!!!!!
I booked a 2 days tour with ‘solo east’, and Igor was my guide. After traveling for 23 years, I can say that this was by far the best experience I’v Ever had. Igor is the best guide you can ask for: reliable, very experienced, very knowledgeable and so freakin cool 😎 Victoria also was a sweetheart and very helpful. This is number 1 agency! Very recommend !!!
Excellent day trip to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant site
A visit to Chernobyl is a must if you’re in Ukraine – and I highly recommend booking with Solo East to ensure it’s an unforgettable experience.
Thank you to Olga for a fascinating tour of the Chernobyl site and the surrounding areas. Olga is super knowledgeable, friendly and capable and an excellent tour host. Overall I was really impressed with Solo East and their level of professionalism from their web booking from, right until end of the tour.
TIP: Summer mosquitos are hungry, so make sure you bring repellent! Also (as per Solo East’s instructions) ensure you wear long pants / long sleeves in almost every part of the Exclusion Zone. Closed-toed shoes are also essential too as you’ll be exploring abandoned buildings covered in deep undergrowth!
Worth every cent!
Awesome time! I got lucky our group only had 5 people so it felt like a private tour. We’ve been taken to all of the main sites and beyond. Igor great tour guide with deep knowledge of the whole exclusion zone and its history. All in all – real professional I wish everyone would have a chance to meet taking a Chernobyl tour.
11 out of 10 guide...and tour!
It was a tour of a lifetime. We had the best guide ever – Diana. She took my buddy Nikola and me on a one-day private tour of the Chernobyl/Pripyat area. We saw all of the amenities that were on our list: Kopachi kindergarten and unknown soldier statue, fish farm and the cooling lake, town of Chernobyl, city of Pripyat, Duga radar in Chernobyl 2, etc etc etc. We booked a visit to ChNPP and she waited for us for 5 hours, but as we finished the tour we jumped back into the AC car and started the real experience with proper pace. Jumping between trees in Pripyat with all of the amenities there (hospital, river port, school, the main square, shopping centre, amusement park, alley of heroes, swimming pool, and all around the Pripyat districts). Later we saw the bridge of death, radiation sparkling red forest from the road. Diana really took good care of us, explained the history of the sites, told us real and fairy-tale stories. If we ever come back again we will ask for our guide Diana again. Thank you for the excellent experience.
A great two-day private tour into Chernobyl
We had a wonderful 2-day private tour into Chernobyl from Kiev. Igor is a great guide, this was alredy my second tour with him. He knows all the places and history of the zone.
As a lot of people I was so exciting to see all what I saw on the movie or video game, and I tried to feel a bit what those people could felt in the moment of this catastrophe.
Thanks to Solo East travel to make it possible, it was better than excepted!
I recommend it definitely!
Amazing tour with amazing guide!
We went there expecting to be the typical tourists but thank to our guide Igor it wasnt like that, it was way better. he explained us the reality behind the things and eevery question we had he not only answered but showed us the answer in the place we were (with pictures of the past, showing the radiation, etc).
It was an awesome experiennce thanks to him!
One of the bests trips of my life
Stunning Tour with the best guide IGOR!
One of the bests trips of my life, I was so amazed by all what our fantastic guide Igor we showed us. He’s the greatest tour guide that I met and without him the experience would be so different. By the help of a lot of documentaries on the path of the departure until Chernobyl he told us a lot of details from his wonderful memory. It was really clear and as I’m already a passioned about this history i was so surprised to heard so many new and impressed facts about this page of European history. Just go in Chernobyl and may God helps you to have the chance to be with Igor!
TOP! TOP! TOP!
I did a group tour with SoloEast Travel. Boking the tour on their online system was really easy. The communication was super fast and almost friendly. I also asked for some special things to organize for bigger groups and the answer was yes we can do is no problem. SoloEast Travel, was the only one, after i asked another 5 Tourprovider who can handle and manage my ideas for bigger groups without problems and fast. I did the tour with Victoria, and she was one of the best tour guides you can get and i think she is a very very big Organizational talent. Lovely, heartful friendly and full with jokes. Thank you for everything it was a great wonderful unforgetable day. Special thanks also to Sergii and the whole Team. And very special thanks to Victoria you do a crazy great job
Perfectly tailored visit
From the booking stage up to the setting up of the 2 day tour arrangements was handled swiftly and professionally. The staff was very reactive and easy to contact.
The tour itself was for great because Igor, my guide has beside an incredible knowledge of the site, the zone and the surroundings also experience of taking video and photographers around and is very flexible and quick to exactly understand what I was interested in focussing on.
It was also very easy to arrange meeting people that live in the zone adding for me an essential human dimension to the visit. I had a better than expected 2 day experience and I am looking forward to return in winter time.
Chernobyl Day Tour
The whole team at SoloEast Travel, from the booking to the end of the trip, were really friendly and helpful. Our tour guide Anya made sure that our experience covered everything that we were interested in hearing about or seeing.
The tour itself was fascinating, and the exclusion zone was a very interesting place to visit.
Many thanks to Anya and all of the team at SoloEast Travel for a great day….