CernoFantastic tour! Highly recommend
Tour was absolutely amazing today. Our tour guide, Andrew was full of knowledge and went out of his way to make sure we had a great time. Highly recommend booking with these guys.
Incredible experience with a fantastic tour guide
Honestly exceeded all of our expectations, from the first moment our guide Vika was nothing but welcoming, helpful and informative. Throughout the day she vividly told the story of what happened here, and made what would have been a decent tour into a moving, surprising and educational day. The buses are comfy, and the lunch served was exactly what was needed (for December anyway!!). Very much worth the money.
Day Trip to Chernobyl
Very good company and excellent organisation. Communication was very easy via WhatsApp and Skype. Convenient pick up at the Independence Square. During the trip, very informative videos about the Chernobyl disaster were played for a better understanding and what to expect. The 12 hour trip was made more pleasant thanks to the tour guide Andrew who made his best to entertain us and give us all the details about the power plant and near abandoned town. Highly recommended!
Cernobyl with Vika
We where there with friends this November. It was cold outside but our friendly tour guide Vika help us keep smile at our faces 🙂
Learned so much!! And will go back!
I had this dream for so long to visit Chernobyl, so we booked a trip with SoloEast Travel and it was great!! We were a rather small group (8 people) including the guide (she was great, her name was Anastasia – kudos to you in case you read this!). Perfect organization, everything on time, new bus, quite ok food in Chernobyl. Anastasia knew a lot about the Ukraine in general and about this horrible accident, you could tell that she is in love with what she does so her knowledge is not just learned by heart but she truly is interested in all this and teaching / educating tourists. Absolutely great value for money. You will learn and see a lot, I am not going to spoil here WHAT you will see bring a camera and sneakers because you will be walking quite a bit but be not worried about anything. SoloEast takes great care of you.
Amazing experience you should do at least once in your life
While the 2-day trip is quite expensive compared to the 1-day trip, I truly recommend it. You get a lot more time to explore things in a smaller group and get to see more of the region, which has a lot to offer. There is no fixed schedule, meaning the group can partially decide which things to see and explore. The organisation of SoloEast travel was excellent. Our guides (Igor and Tanya) were amazing. The only negative point I have is the food we had at the canteen where nuclear plant workers eat as well. The meat was disgusting, but I guess it’s part of the experience. At least you get to eat in the same canteen (and the same food I guess) as the employees, which is a special experience as well. If you consider going to Chernobyl, I really recommend the 2-day tour. Yes, you’ll end up paying a lot more compared to the 1-day tour, but you’ll get so much more for that. Thank you for this amazing trip!
Informative, Safe and Photogenic Tour
Decided to travel to the Ukraine and venture into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone…dragged the wife along too…well she always says i never take her anywhere. Being the tender age of ten when Reactor 4 went up in a cloud of toxic smoke this really was boy hood bucket list territory. Done some research on-line for a reputable tour company offering a pick up/drop off in Kiev, all paper work took care of for check points, knowledgeable guides…the whole package really. Solo East kept on popping up and did not fail to deliver the ‘complete package’. Our tour guide was on the ball from the off. She ensured the group understood what the day held, took care of official check points, made sure the group was aware of what it takes to be safe inside the Exclusion Zone, and took us to all the Chernobyl highlights you’d expect. Driver wasn’t too bad at his job either. I won’t go into detail about the tour itself…i’ll leave that up to yourself: get out to Kiev and visit. Very photogenic. What I will say is if you do decide to do the Chernobyl day tour i’d recommend Solo East 1st and foremost.
Excellent service and really good experience
I was nervous that a trip to Chernobyl would be a botched up tour. Researched several operators on line before settling on SoloEast. Glad I went with them. Meeting point was easy to find near a big hotel in Maidan square. Communication with them was great- they sent clear emails about what was needed and responded promptly to questions. Van was comfortable with not too many passengers. Guide very knowledgeable. Don’t need to rent the dosimeter because the guide gives you regular readings in every spot from the one he carried.
Perfect tour !
One of the most impressive day tours I’ve ever done. An unforgattable, apocalyptic, sad experience. Very good English speaking guide who knew a lot about the whole disaster. If we had questions, he always had answers, sometimes with a funny sarcastic twist. Felt very secure though. Unique experience !
The coolest thing i've ever experienced!
Our guide’s name was Igor and he made our trip! Best guide ever! Never let him go! The experience was exrtemely cool and also very humbling. We came home with memories for life. And great photos.
Great day out!
This day trip was amazing! Our bus had about 15 people on it, so it was a nice, small group to do the tour with; obviously you come across other groups during the day but we never felt like we were on top of one another! Our rep Tania was friendly, warm, funny and very knowledgeable. She is clearly passionate about her job and passing on information to others. You get a tasty lunch, I’m vegetarian and my meal was really nice; my boyfriend had chicken but said he’d probably gone for the veggie option because it looked delicious. I would definitely recommend Solo East, everything was taken care of, and we felt like we were the only tourists that ever mattered 🙂 thank you Tania and Team Solo East
Tour is well organized. The guide and driver were friendly and helpful. The guide told us a lot of facts. During the driving to Chernobyl we watch two documentaries in the bus. The lunch was very nice. You have to book in advance and you have to use a whole day. We started at 8 am and finished just before 8 pm.
Top stuff in chernobyl
Would defo recomend this tour to anyone looking to explore the chernobyl exclusion zone, Lunch was amazing. Lovely tour guide vika who was very knowledgable! If you have the chance defo do this tour!!!!!
First good thing, pricing. Next? It’s a minibus tour, so no more than about 15 people on a tour (we had 14). The guides were informative and very knowledgeable with excellent English skills. They pick you up right on Maidan square so it’s all quite easy. Be sure to pay the few bucks extra and rent a radiation detector for the trip.
One of the most memorable experiences of my life.
I’ve always wanted to visit Chernoybl as there is nothing alse like it and I’m really glad I went with solo east. The tour was really interesting, varied, very sad and thought provoking. The whole thing took 13 hours but the way it was structured was perfect with many different things to see, do and learn. Best thing about the trip was tour guide Viki, Absolutely loved her personality and the way she brought stories makes me wonder if she has some Irish blood. She has a personal connection with Chernobyl which made the trip even more poignant but also has a great sense of humour. Loved the story about her mum eating soup when Viki told her she was going to work in Chernobyl. Alex the driver was great too and navigated the rough roads in the exclusion zone really well. Thanks for an awesome day folks, really appreciate it.
100% Recommend Solo East!
I toured Chernobyl / Pripyat on 28 September 2018 with Solo East. Meeting Point was exactly where it was stated in the emails and took only a few minutes to get my bus / group assignment. Our guide lived on the outskirts of Kyiv so she joined us on the way from Kyiv to the exclusion zone. She had everything taken care of to get us through the checkpoints and there were no issues at any of them. She seemed incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about the disaster and the town itself, offering stories and bits of information at each turn. I feel like we were able to see so many things and go so many places in the time that we were there. Lunch was at the end and was very tasty. I highly recommend Solo East if you’re planning to tour Chernobyl. I went by myself and feel like I received well beyond what I paid for with Solo East. Thank you guys!
The original and best
Having grown up knowing the name Chernobyl and being hugely interested not just in the history of what went wrong, but especially the heroism of those who tried to put it right, this was a fascinating opportunity to visit a place that was off limit for so many years. Of course now it’s a place where many people go, but you’ll still be relatively unusual among your friends for being here. To see how nature is reclaiming the land and how things have changed already in the last 30 years as well as to see the immensity of the recent construction of the second sarcophagus is well worth the visit. Of course you’ll also get the iconic photos in Pripyat, especially around the amusement park and swimming pool. Vika was an excellent guide, bubbly, vivacious and knowledgeable. She was also keen to help us understand more about culture and attitudes locally which weren’t directly related to the zone. All paperwork and checkpoints went without a hitch and the walking tour was particularly good. The radiation you’ll be exposed to on a normal trip is neglible but the company is nevertheless keen to ensure your safety and doses are extremely tightly limited. Vika was great company during the day and gave us excellent recommendations for our time back in Kyiv after our return. Thanks to Vika and to the whole team!
Fantastic two days!
Superb tour, with so much interesting stuff over two days. The guide Igor knew his stuff and shaped the tour around places we expressed an interest in exploring further, alongside taking us to the iconic locations. Everything over the two days was well-organised, we were well-fell, good accommodation. They even threw in the cheesiest, most unintentionally hilarious TV movie to make the initial drive from Kyiv go quickly. Jon Voight has never worked less for a paycheque!
2 day Chernobyl tour
This was simply the best tour I have ever been on. Solo east are the original tour providers to the exclusion zone and their wealth of experience was clearly evident. Our tour guide Nasar was brilliant- spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable about the disaster and the history of Chernobyl. He also had a good sense of humour and was very approachable. We travelled in a very comfortable Mercedes sprinter and we were shown interesting and informative documentaries about the disaster en route to the exclusion zone. I particularly think that it’s worth doing the 2 day tour as there is so much to see – a highlight on the 2nd day was getting to meet people who have resettled in the zone – it gives one a fascinating insight into how life was before and after the disaster. I strongly advise anyone thinking of visiting Chernobyl to book their tours with Solo East. I’m actually thinking of going back when my nephew is old enough to visit as he really wants to go. I know who I will be booking it with. Thank you Solo East and thank you Nasar. 10/10
Chernobyl tour by SoloEast Travel
Me and my friend decided to book a 1-day Chernobyl tour with SoloEast Travel after having read a few reviews here on TripAdvisor. It was the best choice we could have made! Very quick communication in fluent English over emails, good price, easy booking… The tour itself was very well organized, our tour guide Vika was simply amazing – she spoke fluent English, was very knowledgeable and we had a lot of fun with her as well! And not to forget our amazing driver Alex! Thank you very much for this great tour!
Very interesting trip to Chernobylin and Prypjat. Our guide (young lady, unfortunately forgot her name) was really friendly and had a lot of knowledge even for not your typical questions. Lunch was provided and we had enough time to visit all interesting places. Prypjat is definately the main destination and it was almost unreal to see the former city being taken over by nature when we climbed on the roof of 9 storey building. Would absolutely recommend this tour.
Fantastic experience on two day private tour
We decided to book a private two day tour through SoloEast based on their many positive reviews. Our experience was no different – we thoroughly enjoyed our time touring the Exclusion Zone. We chose a private tour because we did not want to be at the mercy of other people on the tour. I believe this was the right choice. You are able to see much more than with a group. I was torn between one day and two – I ended up booking two so that we could stay overnight. I will say, I think two full days is too much for the average tourist. If you are a professional photographer you will blow right through two days. It just depends on your individual needs. We elected to leave the zone several hours early as we had our fill of dilapidated buildings and pictures. I still think we made the right choice staying more than one day – it was not quite enough. I would definitely recommend our tour guide, Igor, for your private tour. He was accommodating for the things we wanted to do and pictures we wanted to take. He was pretty insistent upon visiting “the people” of the Zone so we went to visit an elderly woman who lives by herself. We were indifferent to this part of the experience, but it was interesting to see the government reports on her produce. I can’t remember all of the elements on the sheet – there were maybe 5 – but the only two that had levels above acceptable were strontium-90 and caesium-137 (not surprising given their long half-lives). Wish I had taken a picture of her form, but it felt awkward to ask. One thing that surprised me was the amount and variety of wild fruit growing in the area. There are apple trees EVERYWHERE. We also saw blackberry bushes, cherry trees, nuts, lignonberries, etc. I wasn’t expecting copious wild produce. I also live in a big city so that is probably part of it. Officially you can’t eat any of it which is really too bad because those apples looked good!! **comment on staying overnight – no reflection on SoloEast – general experience summary so you know before you go** There are a multitude of stray dogs in the Zone. According to Igor, the state did a mass neuter/spay on them. Not sure how successful that was. You don’t see tons and tons but enough to make you sad. You can hear them barking and fighting at night. I’m big into dog rescues so this was disturbing for me. Feel free to reach out. I had a lot of questions before I went that I couldn’t find answers to on the open web.
Very good and safe tour
Our guide, Anastasia was very good and informative about the tour. She was very humorous too trying to make lots of jokes. I like this tour because it is really a small group (about 12 people) and most importantly is inclusive of lunch unlike some other travel agents. They also offered free pick up as we just arrived 1 night earlier and we did not know where are all the places. So another plus point for it.
2 day tour
We had two very, very full days and saw a lot. Had wondered (1 vegan 1 vegetarian) whether the included meals would be an issue and enquired a couple of weeks before – we were told to let our guide know when he picked us up and indeed he just phoned ahead and everything was OK. Very glad we went for the 2 day tour. It was everything we hoped for and more. Guide (Nazar) really worked hard to ensure we got the most out of it. Don’t book anything taxing for the day after – you’ll be knackered!
Full day private tour to Chernobyl
We had a great day visiting Chernobyl. Igor was a first rate guide and was very patient as we took photographs. He also made some great suggestions for particular pictures. We decided to take a private tour to give us more time at the various sites. I would recommend this to other visitors as we ended up seeing get much more than the larger groups.
2 days tour to Chernobyl and Prypiat, visiting the Power Plant and control room 3.-
This is my fourth time visiting Chernobyl and Prypiat, but this time me and my friend booked a 2 days tour, and also visiting the Power Plant and control room of reactor 3, etc… I always ask for Igor Bodnarchuk as guide, and this tour is becoming more exciting everytime! He always shows me different things and a lot of them, giving me a very detailed information about the accident, causes, consequences, life in Prypiat then and now a days, etc… Both Soloeast and Igor are truly recommendable and this tour, everytime, worth it time and cent.
Memorable experience. Highly recommended!
This was perhaps the best tour I have ever taken. SoloEast communicated clearly from the time of booking, and on the day of the tour it was not difficult to find the buses. Our guide, Tania, did a great job of sharing fascinating information about Chernobyl and the exclusion zone, complemented by a quite sardonic sense of humour that was entertaining without being over the top. We saw numerous places affected by the disaster (the amusement park at Pripyat is particularly haunting) and also enjoyed a tasty Ukrainian lunch. Would definitely recommend; I would like to do it again!
Turn the clock back
This is my second tour with SoloEast to Chernobyl. This tour was much better than the first one, mainly down to the tour guide. We went into so many interesting places and were allowed plenty time to take photos and soak up what we were viewing. We took friends from Kiev and they had a great day. Well worth going and very well organised. Its a full day tour from 8 till 8 so you really get your monies worth.
We booked the Day Trip to Chernobyl, and we had the most exciting experience! The tour was organised well and we were able to see all of the important spots in Pripyat. Our guide Nazar was excellent and was able to give us a lot of information on-site. I definitely recommend visiting Chernobyl with SoloEast!
Group day trip to Chernobyl
I would definitely recommend this trip – the staff were great! Thanks Anastasia & Nazar! Very professional.
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