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Visited July 2017 

“Great organized tour”

We really enjoyed our tour to Chernobyl. It all started at 8 am on Majdan square and we rode with a comfortable van to Chernobyl. All tour was really well organized, we made a lot of stops in different places (Chernobyl, little abandoned village, Pripjať and also impressive Duga radar). Our guide was really well informed and could answer all of our questions. Also the lunch was even better than we expected! Top moment of the tour was the climbing the 16 floor abandoned house in Pripjať with magnificent view to the whole city and reactor. Me and my friend can totally recomment this tour

eduardkloboucek
Prague, Czech Republic

“Excellent day trip”

A friend and I when visiting Kyiv took a Chernobyl tour with solo east travel and the day was brilliant and definitely exceeded all our expectations! We had a wonderful tour guide, Vika, who was very enthusiastic and had a wide knowledge of the chernobyl complex and incident and also of the soviet period in general.
The day was slick and well organised, there was no unnecessary waiting around, there was also a big, hearty lunch provided (the many sandwiches my friend and I made were not needed! Although you still might want to take some snacks).
It was good value for money, on the minibus we watched a documentary about the incident and at Chernobyl we saw the famous ghost town of Pripyat plus other small and now abandonned communities. All in all a great and super interesting day!

GZoya

“Wow!!!”

What an experience! Very well organized and efficient. The van that took us was nice and comfortable with well timed comfort breaks. Nadia’s commentary and video presentation were very informative and added to the trip. Once we arrived at the 30 kilometer zone the real fun began! Unfortunately for us, the rain started but Nadia made sure it didn’t impede our experience. The tour at Chernobyl and Pryipat was quite extensive and more than satisfied our curiosity! Nadia not only took us to all the key locations but also some special ones!! Lunch provided at the canteen was delicious, authentic and filling. For the life of me I cannot recall the drivers name but he was quite informative as well as personable. At no time during this excursion did we feel unsafe or not looked after properly. Truly a awesome experience, couldn’t recommend SoloEast more highly. Bravo!!

rtopossum
Saint Louis, Missouri

Incredible Day, Great Guides!

I had always wanted to see the Exclusion Zone, and I’m so glad I did, especially with SoloEast. Booking was pretty quick and easy online, and the pickup point was conveniently located right by Maidan. Our guide, Timur, was fantastic. Great level of English, funny, informative…made us all feel safe, while still having us understand the gravity of what we were experiencing. I’m still floored by how close we were able to get to the reactor (or at least to the sarcophagus, which is mind-bogglingly massive), and memories of wandering through Pripyat will stay with me for a long time to come. I absolutely recommend SoloEast.

Sam R
TripAdvisor member since 2013
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Solo East Chernobyl tours

Did just a day tour and really wished I had the time to have done a two day tour. The tour was great and Nadia our guide was very knowledgeable and seemed to have an inherent desire to share all she knew on the subject in an outstanding personable manner. Would recommend the tour in a heart beat.

mart3303
TripAdvisor member since 2010
Cumming, Georgia

“What an experience!”

We had a amazing day trip to Chernobyl exclusion zone. Nastia was a terrific guide with a great sense of humor to boot. Highly recommended!

Beth E
TripAdvisor member since 2015

“Great Trip”
We had a great day in the exclusion zone with Nadia. We saw a lot of hidden spots and the villages were not busy at all.

swalcher
TripAdvisor member since 2013

Visited June 2017 

Dear Solo East Travel,

I would like to express my sincere thanks to your team and in particular Igor for the group 2 day tour last week (12th – 13th June 2017)

Having previously completed the 1 day tour this trip really added to my understanding as to what is, lets not forget, a tragic accident.

Our guide Igor has a deep understanding of the zone but apart from his great sense of humour what I found most touching was the way we were introduced to a resettler and the way he interacted with everyone we came into contact with.

I shall of course write a review on Trip Advisor and share the odd picture on Facebook.

I am now thinking up an excuse to visit again!

Once again, thank you to all,

Kind regards,

Nick

“Above and beyond service with incredibly knowledgeable guide!”

I’m not your average solo traveler. I have celiac disease and a plethora of other allergies and considerations. My review is 2 parts: The actual trip and how they dealt with my special requirements.

Part 1: The Chernobyl Experience: I booked this trip last minute since I had a 22 hour layover in Kiev. I was picked up from the airport and immediately Konstantin, my guide, got right into the history and culture of the Ukraine. No question was off limits to him and he knew EVERYTHING! Konstantin made sure I got my money’s worth for having a private tour! He planned my visit to different places in the Exclusion Zone away from the times of typical tours so it seemed that we were the only people in the area. I was very impressed! He really honed in on my interests and focused our day on things he thought I would like or would want to learn more about. The only reason I took the private tour was for the convenience of airport pick up at my time, but I’d have to say that I’d do it again regardless. It was truly a unique experience from start to finish!

Part 2: My food experience for other celiacs/those with allergies:
Since I needed additional care with regards to my food, Konstantin found a time when other tours weren’t eating and we ate then. This way, we could speak with the chef, make sure there was time for the kitchen to get it right. He took great care in ensuring that my food was safe for me and even phoned ahead and asked clarifying questions before I ate. Since I had such a short time in the Ukraine and needed food for dinner and the plane, Konstantin took me to the grocery store on the way home. I didn’t ask for this, but it was exactly what I needed! This is what I mean by a truly above and beyond experience.

I would recommend Konstantin and Solo East Travel to absolutely anyone!

CeliacTraveler2015
TripAdvisor member since 2007

“A must-do experience”

This was the 2nd time with SoloEast I went to Chernobyl to show a friend and it was a great experience. I’d like to thank Tetiana, she knows very well about the place and she showed us some impressive views of the accident area in Pripyat. If you’re going to Ukraine this is a company I certainly recommend you.

Felipe N
TripAdvisor member since 2017
Neuchatel, Switzerland

“Fascinating trip with thoughtful guide.”

On a short visit to Kiev, a friend and I wanted to visit the site of the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Solo East was recommended to us as a tour company by other friends, so we booked with them. We were not disappointed!

Communication about payment and passport details before the trip was friendly and professional. You can pay the balance of the trip before before you arrive, which saves a bit of time in the morning. On the day, the buses and guides were waiting at the appointed time, in an easily reachable part of central Kiev.

After a quick name check, we were off. The drive to Chernobyl takes about 2 hours, and during this time, an informative video is shown on the minibus. The minibus itself was modern and comfortable. Upon arrival at the barrier to Chernobyl, the guide deals with all of the formalities, and visitors can take photos of the small shrine and surrounding area.

Once the visit proper commences, the tour takes in multiple sites around the exclusion zone, including the abondoned village of Zilesia, Pripyat and the power station itself. Our guide, Viktoria, was excellent. She explained everything in detail, and with a very empathetic manner. She allowed plenty of time for photos, and even added in little details, like bringing crackers to feed the catfish.

The excluding driving, the trip lasted for seven hours, and included lunch. We had the vegetarian option, which was a potato soup, followed by grilled vegetables and chips, with sweet pastries and apples for pudding. Apart from the restaurant stop, there is no opportunity to obtain food inside the exclusion zone, so I would recommend bringing snacks and water with you, as the day involves a lot of walking.

It was a fascinating trip. I was worried beforehand that it seemed a bit “ghoulish” to visit the site of such a massive disaster, but I am pleased that I went as it has given me a greater understanding of the effect that it had on the lives of the people of the region. Our guide was very thoughtful throughout.

On a practical note, at no point were we afraid of radiation. Our guide carried a Geiger counter the entire time, and in many places, the background radiation was lower than in central Kiev.

I have no hesitation recommending Solo East’s Chernobyl tour. It was a really good day trip.

Joe-Eric
TripAdvisor member since 2011
London, United Kingdom

“Would have given 6 stars if possible! Amazing!”

A year ago I have booked a two day tour to Chernobyl with SoloEast. Just a couple of days before we were about to go, we had to cancel due to family circumstances. An immediate reply from SoloEast told us not to worry. After a couple of months, we decided again to go, informed SoloEast about our new plans and got confirmed again. The price of the tour had lowered in the meantime; I didn’t notice – SoloEast did and refunded the price difference. Many companies could learn from this attitude!

So finally, we arrived at Kiev. At the time expected we were welcomed by two SoloEast minivans and their guides. As we were on the two day tour, Igor B was our guide for these days. Igor knows an amazing lot of things about the area, the history, and the spots you would definitely want to see. The way he brings the information was perfectly clear in English and with a good sense of humor 🙂 As photographers, we were very happy to find out that Igor was pointing out interesting views and things you wouldn’t have noticed when just passing by on our tour. For anyone who is into photography: definitely take the two day tour. There is so much to see that you wouldn’t be able to see on a one day tour!

The entire tour was so much impressive and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested. No need to fear (as I hear a lot about, around me)!

Thanks a lot SoloEast and especially Igor for our amazing experience on visiting Chernobyl/Prypjat and Duga!

Mark v
TripAdvisor member since 2012

“A truly unique experience”

Our private guide, Timur, was very knowledgeable and great fun to spend the day with!

We had the chance to see the Duga radar station, the outside of Reactor 4 as well as the ghost town that is Pripyat.

We felt safe throughout the entire day and weren’t in any way worried about radiation.

It was a truly unforgettable day which provided incredible insight and photos that made friends incredibly jealous.

Many thanks for SoloEast and Timur for making it happen.

Richard M
TripAdvisor member since 2014
Bournemouth, United Kingdom

“Extraordinary”

Nadia was our tourguide, superprofessiional and supernice!
we were travelling on a new mercedes bus, also very comfy – the tour was mindblowing, very strange place!
the organisation was perfect – I recommend!

jucylucy l
TripAdvisor member since 2012
Frankfurt, Germany

“Amazing experience ”

Amazing experience. Respectfully executed while being informative and incredibly interesting. Lunch was fantastic. Our driver and guide were fantastic! They were entertaining, friendly and had a lot of knowledge. Would definitely recommend.

Olivia L
TripAdvisor member since 2013
Brussels

“Friends weekend”

Me and my friends enjoyed a day tour with Tetiana and we liked it allot.The tour was well balanced with enough alternation to keep the attention of the group and the female guide was giving us a lot of information in the right way so we didn’t got overwhelmed by all the information and impressions. What led us to a successfull day

Ongeregeldzootje
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Amazing Tour of the Exclusion Zone.”

My wife and I took a tour with Solo East of the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl NPP, due to a change of our original plans we were booked for a 1 day tour but I wanted to see more so I asked if I could change our booking to a 2 day tour. This was absolutely no problem with Solo East and I’m so glad I did that change. I would really honestly recommend the 2 day tour over the 1.

On the first day we visited the Duga Array which is an amazing soviet structure, originally built to look for missile launches from the US and other countries, but it fell out of use when the Chernobyl plant blew up. The sheer scale of the structure is awe inspiring and an amazing example of cold war technology, especially if you’re a nerd like me. Among other roadside stops we made our way to the Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) and ‘Pripyat’ (the abandoned town).

The NPP is fascinating, from a physics point of view and from the sheer enormity of what happened and the subsequent construction project built to protect the future of the area. The New Safe Containment unit is quite something to see, I only wish I’d visited earlier when the original Sarcophagus was still visible. You can get really quite close to the plant, just don’t take photo’s of a few specific things (i.e. the Guards) and you’ll be fine. You get to stop at the other end of the plant and feed the Catfish too, which sounds silly but everyone loves seeing the huge (not 3-eyed) catfish coming up for bits of bread.

Pripyat is an amazing place, it has to be seen to be believed, nature is very rapidly reclaiming this part of the zone, you could be walking along the main street or through a forest, it’s only when you take a few steps left of right that you see the front door of an apartment block or shop front appear in front of you. Unfortunately a lot of (most of) Pripyat has been vandalised and looted over the years, but what remains is a fascinating insight into what life was like there in 1986. Murals, soviet paintings, building styles all serve as testament to the Pripyatian way of life.

All of this wouldn’t mean very much without the guides who deserve a mention all of their own, guides are supposed to be good but these guys are like walking encyclopedias with built in GPS. Just as adept at pointing out something minor like a signpost on the main street as they are scrambling through forested areas and describing how the town grew and pointing out things you’d never expect to see such as a kids play area complete with MIG fighter jet climbing frame!

On the second day we got a chance to really take a little more time, while this isn’t a ‘Whistle-stop’ tour, the first day is fairly brisk and sometimes you might not get to look through that door, or take a photo of that flower or something else. Our group left early (8am) on the second day was only 3 people + the guide so we were asked if there was anything we’d like to see, there was of course and we were bussed to wherever we wanted to go, we revisited the DUGA for more photo’s and exploration of the area. Back to Pripyat and we were able to take a little more time, seeing things in more detail, visiting the Port with it’s amazing stained glass windows, the Hospital where the firefighters were taken, the Fairground etc etc, the list goes on.

Overall I’d recommend taking this trip, and if you’re thinking of doing it, do it soon because although it will always be there, time and weather are taking their toll on the area, not to mention illegal visitors continuing to loot and trash the area.

Other advice is either buy or loan one of the Geiger counter dosimeters that SoloEast uses, not because you need to be particularly careful of the areas, but because it helps you get a real feeling for how the contamination has affected the area and actually, how clean certain areas are where you’d think would actually be dangerous. they aren’t expensive to loan and adds another element to the trip and plenty of photo opportunities.

Dave M
TripAdvisor member since 2013
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

“Amazing!!!!”

It was an unforgettable experience for sure! The van ride out you get to see old news clips from April 1986 when it happened and prepares you for what’s to come. The sacrifice people made to stop this event and the beautiful community that is now lost forever. Tragic, scary, and eye opening. This is a MUST do if your in the Ukraine.

intrepidgirl2015
Tacoma, Washington

“Unforgettable experience with top class guide”

We booked the Chernobyl day tour online months before our trip and were excited ever since. We went on the 16th of June which turned out to be a day with perfect weather. The tour left from the Maidan square close to the Mcdonalds. It was very easy to spot the minibusses that would bring us to the site. We were assigned Timur as our tour guide and honestly we could not have wished for a better guide. He was wonderful in explaining to us the history and context of the situation in Chernobyl. He was very open to questions from the audience and went the extra mile to make sure everyone was enjoying their excursion to the utmost. The arrangements made by Soloeast were very good as well. The mini bus was comfortable and waiting times at checkpoints were kept to a minimum. Also the lunch that was served to us in the exclusion zone was very filling and kept us going for the rest of the day. Thanks to Soloeast and Timur we got an unforgettable day in Chernobyl/Pripyat. Personally I found the price we paid on the rather high side (90 euro p.p.) but nonetheless I would recommend anyone planning to go to Chernobyl to take Soloeast.

Thomas C
Level 3 Contributor
TripAdvisor member since 2014
Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

“Unforgettable”

Everything very well organized, good meals, good bus and comfortable stay at hotel but most of all incredibly valuable guides, Nastya and Nazar! They really gave us everything for the best possible experience, being relaxed, humorous, friendly and very knowledgeable.

Saskia B
TripAdvisor member since 2012

“Just wow”

This was one of the best tours I have been on. The guide was fantastic, she was not only lovely and very personable but extremely knowledgeable and answered every question thrown at her. She made sure the tour was suited to everyone in the group (one had been before) and kept us to the schedule. She truly was fantastic! I cannot fault the tour, we saw a huge amount, were very informed and educated and had a lot of fun along the way in a location that could have been very sombre. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone travelling to Kiev, I would do it again In a heartbeat! Thank you soloeast!

Amesshep
TripAdvisor member since 2011
Bristol, United Kingdom

“Best tour guide ever”

Obviously, visiting Chernobyl is one of those “once in a lifetime” opportunities. No matter how you slice it, the price of the Soloeast one day tour including lunch is incredible value. Beyond that, I really felt that our guide Timur invested a lot of himself and his energy to ensure that everyone had an amazing experience. He answered questions, and let us vote on how we wanted the tour to go. He ever so slightly bent the rules so that we could all have the most amazing tour. Timur also shared his own experiences of living in the USSR, which were interesting. His sense of humor made the trip less somber that it could be. The lunch was adequate and the price was right, even if it wasn’t the best meal you’ll evereat. With this kind of tour, it is essential that you feel safe. Soloeast was very efficient and organized from beginning to end, so no one had to worry about anything. I don’t want to give too many details of the tour itself, but it was a real highlight of our trip.

Joshiewoshie
TripAdvisor member since 2009
Toronto

“Interesting day”

Would recommend this company. Well organized and was a fascinating day. Guides (particularly Nadia) knew a lot about this history of the event and took us to some very interesting locations. Very interesting to see and learn more about Chernobyl and will remember for a long time

bishop13
TripAdvisor member since 2011
Wellington, New Zealand

“Great tour Cherynobl ”

Went on a tour of the Cherynobl exclusion zone with a couple of friends. Our tour guide was Viktoria. On the ride from Kiev to Cherynobl we watched a couple of videos to give us the background of Cherynobl. Once we arrived in the exclusion zone Viktoria did an outstanding job with the tour. She was very knowledgeable and provided a wealth of information.
Highly recommend the tour and with Viktoria if possible.

JPOscar04
TripAdvisor member since 2017

“2 days tour”

Amazing trip! The 2 days ill well worth it! Something unique and. Really interesting.:)
My guide was professional and knowledgable, i totally recommand it:)

nancy88t
TripAdvisor member since 2007
Montreal, Canada

“Very high quality tour”

Firstly, thank you to our amazing guide Timur and driver Pasha who were wonderful, informative, humorous (when appropriate) and helpful answering my many questions (I’m fascinated with this part of the world so always try to dig deeper). Timur was willing to share personal reflections and his knowledge about all of Ukraine’s history made the day really valuable for me.

The day was professional, informative and organized from start to finish. The bus was very modern, clean and comfortable and I appreciated that on our way there an excellent documentary was played to provide context for what we were about to see. That it included a lot of pre-disaster footage was extra-interesting for the comparison.

NoniPoni
TripAdvisor member since 2015

Visited May 2017

“Proffesional guide”

Very good arrangement and very proffessional guide. We were a small group with only 4 persons. The tour was set-up to our requirements. The guide Nadia had good knowledge and took us to well known and less known places. I definitely recommend both the company and our guide Nadia.
Tobias F

“Great Trip and Everything As Expected”

Had a good time with this trip. The bus was right where it said it would be and was easy to find despite 2 people that we had to wait on that were in the wrong location (not sure how that was possible as we all got the emails before the trip and the night before the trip another email was sent out explaining where we were to meet, make sure we have the passports and so on.

So we ended up leaving a little later than stated (No fault of SoloEast). The good thing is SoloEast waited for those people rather than taking off like other companies might have done.

Bus had about maybe 16 of us in it? Can’t quite remember, but it was a fine ride and there was a video we could watch as well on the way.

Got to see all the stuff laid out in the plan so we didn’t skip anything due to time which was great. Had a lunch in the town of Chernobyl which was good, but a little rushed for the amount of food we had. I don’t mind the rushing as more time to see things, but felt bad for having to leave 1/2 my food on the plate. Think they could maybe make the lunch simpler and just have sandwiches or something to make it quick, yet easily able to consume fast.

The actual trip took you to a good number of places (Duga 3, Kopachi, Zilinci (Not sure of the spelling), Pripyat, etc). As well as getting right up close to Reactor #4.

Trip was a good all day event, and we returned back to the center around 7:30pm or so.

Worth the trip, and if I do go back again, I might opt to try a 2 day trip to see even more.

I also went at the end of Eurovision and was expecting it to be packed, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. There was only one other bus we would see from time to time and then a private car we saw more of. So lots of opportunities to get unlimited shots without people in them.

We were given numerous locations that we could freely roam around and explore which was great. That way we weren’t just led from here to here, and instead had a chance to explore areas ourselves as well.

Great time and a really fun time…

warlord
TripAdvisor member since 2007
Denver, CO

“Great tour, well worth the money. ”

I had Konstantin, he’s very knowledgeable, keen to take any questions, and pretty adorable aha. My only annoyance was that I travelled all the way from Canada to see Chernobyl specifically and because of Eurovision there were a lot of people and because of this we didn’t get to explore as much as I’d like. Will definitely be back in the future for a private tour, one day was not enough!

Zoe V
TripAdvisor member since 2015
Halifax Region, Canada

“Incredible”

Recently returned from a day tour of Chernobyl and Pripyat with this company. The trip was incredible and our guide was excellent. He was friendly and informative and really went the extra mile to make sure that we got the most out of our trip. Highly recommended!!

Dan844
TripAdvisor member since 2008
From London, United Kingdom

“Absolutely amazing ”
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile
Our guide Timur showed us around with alt of humor and motivation and this really made our trip absolutely unforgettable!
Livi E
TripAdvisor member since 2016

“Private tour was great!”

My husband and I only had one day to see Chernobyl so to make the most of our time we decided to go with the private tour. Konstantin was a great tour guide and was very knowledgeable about the history of Chernobyl as well as the effects of the accident continuing today. If you only have one day in Chernobyl I’d highly recommend the private tour. We were able to move at a fast pace a see a lot! Also, Konstantin did a great job of diverting us around the crowds so we had everything to ourselves, even the swimming pool and ferris wheel. It was definitely the highlight of our trip!

globaladventures2017
TripAdvisor member since 2016
From Denver, Colorado

“Recommend Private Tour ”

Had a very personal experience from a true enthusiast , Maxim who knew all the nooks and crannies and history
Managed to beat the crowds by perfect timing of the sites

Spooky visit and moving

A grey day added to the atmosphere

Well worth a day out with all its bureaucracy and giga counting picking up the hot spots

jonworld
Level 6 Contributor
TripAdvisor member since 2006
London, England

“An Unforgetable Experience”

This was probably the best day of my life. Pripyat is haunting yet beautiful and is 100% worth visiting.

My guide was Timur who was awesome! Outstanding knowledge of the area of also great fun! Spoke very good English as well which was very helpful.

The whole day at Chernobyl and Pripyat was incredibly special with far too many highlights to list here. I got to meet some fantastic people and this truly is an experience I will never forget.

The SoloEast team where a pleasure to deal with and could not have done a better job. Not only did they organise my Chernobyl tour but they also organised a few other activities for me including a trip to the football! Hope you enjoyed the sweets!!!!

An outstanding tour!
Nigel M
TripAdvisor member since 2017

“A memorable tour that not everyone will want to do”

Initially I wondered what I had let myself in for, but in the end it was not as scary as one might think it would be – so long as one follows the rules!!! Fascinating, but the scary part is not being there but realising the devastation that nuclear power can cause. Really educational. Seeing an entire city abandoned – apartment blocks, school, leisure centre, fairground. A mausoleum to the power of USSR. Unbelievable. Highly recommended.

Susan R
TripAdvisor member since 2015

Visited April 2017

“Very good tour”

This was impressive. Walking through the effects of human failure. The tour was only accessible for 18+ so the organization took care of our 11 years old son. He also had a great time with friendly people which showed him some of the empty villages by quad. Al in al: fantastic and worth every penny!

Tim P
TripAdvisor member since 2013
Amersfoort, The Netherlands

“great tour of a very interesting place”

We had a 15 hour lay over in Kiev so booked a private tour picked up from the city centre and dropped back at the airport. Absolutely loved exploring the area and combining it with all the human stories and about the mistakes it made for a really different experience.

Our guide Konstantine really made the whole day unforgettable he was really knowledgeable on Chernobyl as well as Ukrainian politics and was happy to answer any questions often with a great sense of humour.

I’d really recommend a private tour since you see far more interesting places than a group tour and ask for Konstantine you won’t be disappointed.

If I’d ever come back I’d think about the 2 day tour as there’s so much to see.

Nick T
TripAdvisor member since 2013
Nottingham, United Kingdom

 

“Great trip.”

This was one of the highlights of my trip to Ukraine. Tour company was great and responsive in communicating with them before hand. Various videos about Chernobyl were shown on the way to the area. Tour guides were great and gave great information on the site. I shopped several tour companies before picking SoloEast Travel and glad I choose to go with them.

Ruben O
TripAdvisor member since 2012
Signal Hill, California

“Great Guide”

This was an awesome experience. Our guide, Igor, really made the trip a lot of fun. We had two days with him, and after the first great day I didn’t believe him when he said the second day would be even better, but it was. I think it wouldn’t have been so great without someone who knew the area well, but he was very good at allowing us to set our own pace while showing us tons of interesting stuff. Bring water and snacks, especially if you’re a picky eater, but otherwise we didn’t have to worry about much.

Ray B
TripAdvisor member since 2017

 

“Most amazing tour, super informative, chilling and fun at the same time.”

Thank you to Natasha in the SoloEast office for excellent communication + responding to my initial emails so quickly. The tour was well-organised from initial query to pick-up and then drop-off.

The Chernobyl tour was one of the most amazing things I’ve done. Lots of jokes before we went about safety, but the truth is you are more likely to be affected by radiation in your daily life. The documentaries shown on the journey to Chernobyl were fascinating any our guide, Timor, was super informative and able to answer all our questions.

There are a number of companies doing these tours and they all follow roughly the same route and arrange lunch at the same place. Chernobyl and Pripyat are absolutely fascinating and the story of how the disaster happened, how it was dealt with and how it’s affected the break up of the USSR and the way we think about nuclear power and nuclear defence were all covered. Many thanks to Timor, our guide; he was very engaging, adding lots of fun to the tour without taking anything away from the chilling reality.

MrsJackRabbitSlim
Level 5 Contributor
TripAdvisor member since 2007
London

“Chernobyl 1 Day Tour”

A very full & stunning day of the wonder of Chernobyl region. The day was warm & sunny and the experience was haunting & melancholy. Our guide Maxim was super pro, full of information, attentiveness & patience. Also thsnks to Vlad & Tatyana. I got good vegetsrian meal at canteen once inotifoed the guide in the morning.
Cover up. I threw my shoes away after tour although it is not necessary. Take water.

Matu K
TripAdvisor member since 2009

“Brilliant hosts a great, well-organised day out”

Tour host was a young man, was brilliant and made lots of stops in mini-bus including for wildlife.

Tour was informative, host guide was great at English

LUNCH ON TOUR WAS LOVELY AND LOCAL.

very very good


Raymondo1983
TripAdvisor member since 2015

“Great quality and intresting trip!”

The trip was amazing, I though it would be more dangerous, but it’s really safe, guide is really responsible, he warns you about and explains everything, he will answer every question you may have. I am really suprised about high quality of trip, it’s entertaining and yet at the same time make you think deeply about disaster. Honestly, I really recomend this trip with SoloEast! And want to give big thanks for guide Timur, who were there for your every need and made this jorney intresting, thank you very much again!

Viktorija S

TripAdvisor member since 2017

“Incredible Day Out!

So very well organised, with great communication beforehand and a straightforward payment process. On the day your tour guide is very friendly and hugely informative (Constantine you rock!), and so long as you listen to them and play by the rules, you might even get a couple of surprises thrown your way too!

Plenty of opportunity for photos and videos along the tour – just make sure you hire a Geiger Counter for the day, you won’t regret it! An experience not to be missed, and you get a cracking Ukrainian lunch out of it as a bonus.

Kev28319
TripAdvisor member since 2015
Slough, United Kingdom

“Haunting and thought-provoking”

We opted for the one-day version of the tour, which departed just after 8 from Independence Square, near the Kozatskiy Hotel. It was a fascinating day, as our guides, Constantine, Vlad and Pasha drove us out to the Exclusion Zone and showed us all of the key areas of Chernobyl town, the plant and Pripyat, as well as other small villages and memorials in the area.
It’s worth noting that there is an element of risk involved in a trip like this, but it’s minimal – as long as you stick to the paths and do exactly as your guides tell you, you’ll be fine. And what’s life without a little risk?
The nearly-unused Ferris wheel and of course the plant itself are some astonishing spectacles. You’re taken to within 300m of the sarcophagus, which covers the remains of Reactor No. 4. The included lunch (with ingredients sourced from outside the Zone) is quite tasty. The radiation screening at the checkpoint on the way back is simple and unobtrusive, involving a hand scanner.
Please be very careful not to get dust on you when visiting the towns, and don’t sit on the ground or eat anything in the open air. You must also be over 18 to take part in one of these trips, but it’s well worth it for anyone remotely interested in the history of Ukraine, the Soviet Union or nuclear power.
(One last note: cover up, even if it’s warm, and consider wearing older clothes as you might wish to dispose of them afterwards, though that’s not required)

Traveller231192
TripAdvisor member since 2012
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

“Great day tour if you’re in Kiev”

Met up at 8am for the pickup and drive out to Chernobyl. The bus used is very nice, seemed extremely new and was very comfortable. Konstantine was our guide. He has great personality, very easy going, funny and has lots of useful information. Really enjoyed this trip. The lunch provided was very good as well, pork steak and some side dishes. Definitely worth taking this trip, its interesting and fun.


Joe A
TripAdvisor member since 2013
Houston, Texas

“Fantastic day”
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile
Well worth the trip and the guide was great. We got to see all the important sights in one day, including Pripyat.

RoastedTraveller
TripAdvisor member since 2015
Stockholm, Sweden

“Fantastic experience from start to finish!”

I cannot recommend SoloEast Travel enough. The trip was great from getting picked up to being dropped off, thanks to Konstantine our guide. He was very knowledgeable and I learned so much just from listening to him on the journey to Chernobyl. He had a great sense of humour too. The trip was very well organised and we had a decent lunch in the restaurant. The only downside was the lack of toilet facilities during the day so we were advised not to drink too much.

As for Chernobyl, you really must see it for yourself as no amount of pictures or words can explain the feeling. Just make sure you do it with SoloEast Travel.

DancingQueenDee
TripAdvisor member since 2012

“Great tour company and awesome site”

Really fantastic tour, easy going guide and comfortable vehicle. Can highly recommend this company and the pick up location is on the Independence Square.

I would love to have been able to spend lots more time at the sites but no tour company does.

StephEff1
TripAdvisor member since 2010
London, United Kingdo
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“Best Guide in my 25 years of Photography”

I have photographed in over 30 countries over the past 25 years including everywhere from Machu Picchu to Easter Island. I always hire a private guide and Chernobyl was no exception. Being extremely picky in who I select, I did a LOT of research ahead of time and settled on Solo East – they are the oldest and most respected company among the several I considered. I could not be happier with my choice and was 100% satisfied. During trip planning, Natasha created a custom itinerary and then promptly corresponded with me several times until every detail was just right. The team in the Ukraine took care of every single detail from the minute I was greeted at the airport to the time I departed. Unlike any other location I have ever been to, Chernobyl is a labyrinth of regulations (there are 3 guard checkpoints just to get to Pripyat). SoloEast was superb at navigating all of these restrictions and ensuring I got access to EVERY location I wanted to shoot. I cannot stress enough how impressive this was and my guide’s ability to make this happen was critical to the success of my trip. More than just access, my guide, Konstantine, understood that I needed specific light for certain photographs and choreographed the sequence of sites and hours of the day to make best use of my precious time. When I book a private guide I have EXTREMELY high expectations but even by this standard, I got “rock star” treatment. Konstantine, and his supervisor Igor were exceptional. They have been serving international tourists for years and tailored the tour to my specific interests and happily made adjustments “on the fly” which is extremely rare. In sum, the success of your trip is almost 100% dependent on your guide and the team at Solo East was extraordinarily friendly, knowledgeable and eager to make my trip “picture perfect”.

donaldcdoty
TripAdvisor member since 2014

“Wow!!”

I cannot recommend this tour enough! Visiting Chernobyl was in itself a once in a lifetime experience and SoloEast very much added to the value. Here’s why:
– Value: I believe it is the cheapest tour available and visits all the same sites. Also includes lunch.
– Service: Absolutely OUTSTANDING. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable of Chernobyl and the sites but also of the greater context. He knew the answer to every question that was asked, including the engineering aspect. Also spoke excellent English.
– Group size: Groups are capped at 18 people
– Transit: Fun and interesting; our guide pointed out sites in Kiev as we passed, and several videos were shown on the drive to the exclusion zone

Tips:
– wear comfortable shoes – lots of walking!
– take water with you – it is a full day tour!

Sarah P
TripAdvisor member since 2015
Budapest, Hungary

 

Visited March 2017

“Almost indescribable”
Visiting Chernobyl was the reason my wife and I went to the Ukraine. We took a private one-day tour to Chernobyl and Pripyat. It was totally worth the money! Our guide Maxim was very kind. He taught us a lot that day. We were picked up at 7AM at the hotel and got back to the hotel at 9PM. We’ve seen so many things that day. This was a trip that will never ever be forgotten. Highly recommended! Thanks Maxim and thanks Solo East!

Sarah-David-BE
TripAdvisor member since 2011
Tongeren, Belgium

“Amazing and friendly

The tour itself was well planned, organised perfectly and safety came first. Our tour guide Nadia, was great, really knew the area and great to talk too with loads of insight about Chernobyl. The bus was comfortable and with WiFi (didn’t work this trip, but you really should be checking out Chernobyl, not Facebook so not an issue for me). Thanks again for the amazing and unforgettable experience solo East and Nadia.

Danny w
TripAdvisor member since 2015

“Enriching (pun intended)”

Visiting Chernobyl was part of the reason why I went to Ukraine/Kiev, and SoloEast did a terrific job in showing us around. You start your tour in Kiev with a bit of history about Kiev and Ukraine and on the 2 hr drive to the exclusion zone you’re shown a couple of videos and interviews with Gorbachev and the likes giving their account of what happens. Once in the exclusion zone, you drive through a couple of small towns where you get out and get to peak inside a couple of buildings like a daycare center or a former cultural center. They take you into the mandatory resettlement zone, all the way up to reactor number 4 before you get to spend a couple of hours in the ghost town of Pripyat. Nice add is that you spend lunch in a still operating hotel in the town of Chernobyl. It’s a must see!

You can take some snacks/drinks with you (leave them on the bus once in the exclusion zone) and DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT.

Wout V
TripAdvisor member since 2012
from Ghent, Belgium

“Cheapest Charnobyl tour”

It was definitely the cheapest tour to Charnobyl I found and at the same time the quality of the tour was totally satifiying. We saw all the places we wanted to see. Our guide was a really funny guy, english speaking, with sufficient knowledge about the place. I can trully recommend this company.


Magdalena F
TripAdvisor member since 2016

I wanna genuinely thank

I wanna genuinely thank you and my guide Constantine and driver Pasha for a life changing trip to the zone yesterday. I have always wanted to go to the zone but live far from Ukraine and had never had a chance, but after managing to get to Kiev and doing research I had ever faith that your company would give the best possible experience!
The guide was extremely knowledgeable and very funny which helped relieve any nerves and the bus was extremely comfortable. Thank you for this experience and you can bet I’ll be back, next time with friends!

Darryl Miles, Spain
Facebook

“Positive Reaction to Reactor #4”

My husband and I went to Chernobyl on Thursday the 2nd of March with Kostya, his trainee Timor, and 3 other tourists. The weather was great, and with no leaves on the trees we could see a lot more than in summertime. Nature has truly taken back much of the terrain. Due to the small group size it was more like a private tour, Kostya did an excellent job explaining Soviet political mind-set of the time just before the disaster. The new Quonset style shelter is now in place over reactor #4 however, I think it’s a great visual on its own given its enormous size. Definitely gives some perspective on the size of what they had to cover up.
We highly recommend this tour, it was engaging and an important history lesson that everyone should learn.
I rented a radiation detector that initially seemed to be not worth the hassle, but later in the tour it turned out to be an interesting conversation piece as it would go off on its own after I had forgotten about it in my pocket.
The tour is a solid 10-11 hours, so ensure your camera battery is fully charged or you have extras handy.

Trickygoose
TripAdvisor member since 2009
Ontario, Canada

“Great experience and great guides – a must do if visiting Kiev”

We did the day trip to Chernobyl with Solo East travel and had a very interesting and great day. The day began at 8am and finished at 7pm. We made several stops in the exclusion zone and got plenty of time to take photos

MareeandPeterr
TripAdvisor member since 2008
Brisbane, Australia

 


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