A once in a lifetime experience guided to perfection!
After 5 years of talking about it, I finally booked my tour to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Right from the beginning of the idea for this trip, I always planned to use Solo East Travel, and I’m so glad I did. They were amazing from start to finish. Any question I had before the trip, no matter how big or small was answered extremely quickly via email in brilliant English, with the option to call via Skype if I needed more information. But the information was always enough. We chose to book a private tour, rather than a public tour. I have no doubt that a public tour would be equally as excellent, but from my experience of a private tour, I couldn’t recommend this option enough, it was truly amazing. And a large reason for this was our guide, Igor. He was brilliant. Igor’s knowledge of the accident, the zone and all associated events was incredible. And to mention his very good humor on the drive to and from Kyiv, and within the zone. Being in such a small group, we were able to ask Igor whatever questions we wanted, and every answer was given with a smile and lots and lots of information. Igor’s knowledge of the zone was amazing, he navigated the zone, the roads and Pripyat as if he’d lived there all of his life. He was able to point out radiation hotspots, invisible to the eye, as if they were signposted, and could even very accurately predict the µSv/hr with close accuracy without a Geiger Counter(his knowledge and experience is that good). And when we checked with our counters, he was right! I’d highly recommend hiring a Geiger counter as part of your tour. Whilst not necessary to enjoy the experience, for the minimal cost, it’s a brilliant tool (even if only for photographs!). The click of the counter from your pocket is a constant reminder of where you our and the danger of radiation. Generally, the counters remained quiet throughout large portions of the day, until we put them where Igor expertly guided us to, and they go wild! It truly was incredible. Igor, if you read this. Thank you so very much for such an incredible day. You made our experience truly once in a life time. I’d have absolutely no hesitation to recommend that people ask for you as their guide, you were brilliant. And thank you to all of Solo East for your hospitality. I have already recommended Solo East to so many people when they saw my photos on Facebook & Instagram and asked how they could do the same. Thank you for a once in a life time trip, and if I ever do return, I will definitely use Solo East again, and hopefully Igor too. Thank you, Michael & Chris (UK)
To Chernobyl by train
Travelled to Kiev by airplane and stayed the night as usual. Was well placed on a train to Slavutycv and had a great trip. Had a very interesting conversation with a Ukrainian on most of the trip. Spent the night at Slavutych Hotel, highly recommendable, and then travelled to Chernobyl power plant by train, crossing the Dnepr river was just one of the experiences. The following days offered experiences as; VIP tour at the powerplant, 5 hour visit at the DUGA radar installation, Pripyat and surrounding areas. Just fantastic …. Our guide, Igor Bodnarchuk, holds a great deal of credit for this amazing trip. Not only knowing his way around the area, but also a highly knowledgeable person about the history of this area. And furthermore, a very kind person, taking his time to visit the elderly, and often lonely, resettelers in the area, ‘off duty’. Thank you SoloEast and Igor for an unforgettable trip ! We will meet again !
Incredible Chernobyl experience
Three of us visitied Chernobyl in April, the tour more than lived up to expectation and was without doubt a travel highlight for us. Our guide Nazar was incredible, very knowledgable, funny, and timed everything perfectly to avoid other groups and give us a real Chernobyl experience. I cannot recommend Soloeast and Nazar highly enough, it’s a trip that will stay with us for years to come.
Captivating tour of Chernobyl with excellent tour guide, Tania!
The Chernobyl tour with solo east is one of the most capitvating and engaging tours I’ve been on – I highly recommend! Our guide, Tania, was fantastic. She was super informed on the range of technical and political issues surrounding Chernobyl. With over 300 Chernobyl visits under her belt, Tania had a lot of experience to share with us. Tania spoke excellent english and was easily able to answer our many questions. In a place like Chernobyl, safety is always on your mind, Tania made us feel really comfortable and at ease, giving us great tips to make sure we wouldn’t have to leave our pants behind (it’s happened before!). Overall, the tour kept a good pace, giving us enough time to see various interesting places, including abandoned kindergarden, sports complex, ferris wheel and the not-so-secret Soviet missile radar.
What a spectacular trip. The driver,Sergei,drove us safely there and back. SoloEast had everything organised well. The highlight of our tour was our guide, Nazar. He is a book of knowledge about history and it made the visit more meaningful knowing many of the facts behind this disastrous event in our modern day history. Nazar looked after everybody and made sure we were fully aware of the procedures for the visit. He was patient,kind and professional. Thanks to SoloEast, Sergei and Nazar for an amazing, memorable trip to Chornobyl.
Very impressive experience
This trip was a mindblowing experience! We did some research in advance, but the excursion exceeded our expectations. Everything was very well organised. Nazar was an excellent tour guide, with a lot of knowledge about the area and a good sense of humour. Overall well worth the price and we can definitely recommend SoloEast.
Great tour with guide and driver Igor
Had a great day with an awesome tourguide, Igor. He made sure we got to see all the highlights and gave lots of information. A big pluss was that he tried to go to the places where no one was so we were the only group to explore the place.
Wonderful tour to one of the most unique places on the planet
We had our tour with Anastasia, and it really was an excellent trip! Both guide and driver were friendly and super helpful. We got some fabulous insights and information about Chernobyl, highly recommend!
Very well organised. Didn't disappoint!
Very well organised. Didn’t disappoint! Superb trip, taking you round what you hope to see and more. Decent bus, almost enough loo stops and forewarned when the next one will be. Tour guide spoke excellent English and was clearly knowledgeable. Thoroughly recommend.
The tour was excellent and the guide was really great! Also communication with SoloEast before the trip was really smooth. Highly recommended.
Amazing and interesting tour!
The Chernobyl tour of this interesting place was amazing! our tour guide Anastasia, was so lovely and very informative about the whole day, I would definitely recommend! this day out tour if you’re in Kyiv, it was absolutely wicked
Our guide Anastasia was extremely knowledgeable and professional. She went the extra mile at very possible turn. Everything went as scheduled. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience Date of experience: March 2019
Amazing experience, amazing guide!
Loved my Chernobyl tour through SoloEast, the bus is very comfortable and has internet onboard. The movie they show on the way to the exclusion zone is very informative. Our guide Tania was amazing, she was very knowledgable and willing to answer any questions we had. She was very engaging and went out of her way to made sure we were all enjoying the trip. Well worth the price to have this once in a life time experience!
Excellent communication, great tour and competent guide
I was planning to visit Chernobyl for the last 3 years and finally made it. I was in constant communication with the agency since I was looking for individual trip but finally took the regular one day visit. Tania was our guide and she was perfect- competent, positive and answering all the questions. It is safe to visit Chernobyl if you follow the instructions. The trip went smooth and nice. It is unbelievable what a bad design and human mistakes can do to the nature and other humans. Should be remembered forever. Date of experience: February 2019
SoloEast Tschernobyl Tour with Vika
We went to a Tschernobyl Tour with SoloEast 2 Days ago. The Tour was really impressive! Excellent background informations, lot of places to see, everything helps to understand what happend there. Special Thanks to our Guide Vika for answering every Question and good knowledge about everything! Regards from Germany!
Fantastic Chernobyl experience
We booked with Solo East Travel on their Chernobyl tour as the reviews were great. We were so glad we did – communications before going were good and we came prepped with dog treats for the many grateful strays. The meet point was also easy to find. Tania was our guide for the day – she was excellent – very knowledgeable, personable, and good to check with the group for need of breaks, etc. The tour itself goes to abandoned villages, Chernobyl town in the 30km exclusion zone, lunch, then more exclusive sites in the 10km zone such as the reactor site (from outside) and the evacuated town set up to home the reactor workers (Pripyat) which has the iconic fairground. Highly recommended! David
Great tour, fantastic value for money
We were a group of 4 amateur photographers. Our guide was Igor. He guided us around Chernobyl town, Pripyat town, reactor 5, train station and a lotof other locations. During this 2 day tour, Igor was flexible enough to accomodate our requests, within the safety limits. Its was 2 days full of great photo opptys and history.
It was a great day tour with SoloEast. Igor was our driver and tour guide, he showed us many places with a different angle. He explained the accident and history detailedly, welcome to answer our questions. I will not forget the entire trip. Thank you SoloEast and thank you Igor.
Amazing tour of Chernobyl!
From start to finish, the trip was amazing. Our guide Nazar was very helpful and kind and answered every question we had. I’ve been wanting to visit the exclusion zone for years and the trip exceeded every expectation I had.
Best trip ever
This trip to the Chernobyl zone was absolutely amazing. Tania was our guide, she tells tons of interesting stories about the zone. Alex our driver brought us there safely during heavy snowy conditions. Do not hesitate and book this trip with soloeast. They provide luxurious vans and a great guide. You’ll see all the hotspots Chernobyl has to offer. It’s very nice, especially when there is snow.
Deeply moving, interesting and well worth it
We had an incredibly memorable time on a day tour here in January. The conditions were very cold and snowy, but this did not mar the tour at all. Picked up on time, eveything explained clearly by Tanya our guide who was very friendly and knowledgeable. The tour took us to to lots of poignant sites including a nursery, the generator itself, pripyat (swimming pool, ferris wheel, schools, etc.), Woodpecker early warning system and more. All in all an incredible and highly recommended day tour. Even the drive there included some really interesting videos about the disaster.
Chernobyl day trip with solo east
I had a wonderful trip with Anastasia and our driver Sergey. Chernobyl is well worth visiting. A poignant reminder of a past regime and the fragility of life. The ghost town of Pripyat is particularly moving. Seeing abandoned school classrooms with old textbooks and homework was very sad. How people’s lives can change overnight. I would advise anyone to visit with SoloEast. They were well organised and Anastasia is so informative and friendly. Ukraine is an amazing place to visit with such a rich culture and kind people.
Trip defining tour
Can’t miss tour to Chernobyl, with a knowledgeable guide. Our guide was Igor and he showed us many of the famous sites up close, snapped candid photos of us on the tour, and even showed us locations less known to the public. He had an answer to every question we were curious about, and was very friendly to the Chernobyl dogs
A surreal experience
At the recommendation of my hotel in Kiev, Ibis City Centre, I booked this trip as its been something Ive wanted to do for a while, having seen many documentaries etc on TV. The cost proved to be very reasonable. I was collected from my hotel at 07.30 by Nazar, who was the driver and guide for the day – he was superb, extremely knowledgeable personable and entertaining. He really made the trip so worthwhile. There was a total of 4 in the group a small number which I think helped the day. Details of what the visit covers are documented and all that was seen was meaningful. Lunch was included and I arrived back at my hotel at around 20.00 after negotiating the early evening Kiev traffic. This was an experience that will always live with me – surreal in a kind of way, but totally unique and something ticked off my bucket list. A truly great day made so good by Nazar – so a big thanks to him. Should I return to Kiev, I’ll do the trip again.
Amazing day tour to Chernobyl with guide Vika
I had an amazing day tour to Chernobyl with Solo East Travel on January 1st! Our guide for the day, Vika, was so knowledgable and enthusiastic to show us around the exclusion zone of Chernobyl. Giving us so much information, Vika certainly made our day very informative and exciting! Thank you Vika! I would certainly recommend Solo East Travel to my friends and family!
Excellent tour with an outstanding guide!
My day trip to Chernobyl with SoloEasy could not have been any better. The bus was punctual and clean. Our tour guide, Tanya, was exceptionally knowledgable and very friendly to all our guests. She took time to answer all questions from all guests and my whole party was delighted with her. I would recommend her as a guide to any friend thinking of visiting Chernobyl and Pripyat! This trip was the highlight of my trip to Ukraine. High recommended. Thank you SoloEast and thank you Tanya!
I will probably take this tour again as it was so enjoyable.
A look at Chernobyl and its history This is an excellent tour at a reasonable price. Tickets can be purchased from kiosks in Kiev, or online at their website. I took the full day group tour that includes a visit to a former Soviet missile tracking base, and the full tour of Chernobyl, the Reactor sites and cooling towers, Pripyat and the amusement park that is ghostly and never opened. The staff and guide we’re very knowledgeable and helpful. And the lunch was quite good Expect to walk several kilometers over the day, about 8 hours, and dress with long sleeves, long pants and sturdy comfortable shoes. I will probably take this tour again as it was so enjoyable.
Vika our tour guide was awesome
We could not have been more happy with our guided tour to Chernobyl. Our tour guide VIKA was absolutely fantastic. She shared so much information with us, in an extremely sensitive and appropriate way, and it was a very moving and incredible experience to be there. Thank you so very much for a very unforgettable experience.
Excellent Group Trip
Our tour was very organised and we felt completely at ease the whole time. We had a great guide who was informative and funny at the same time. We were lucky to be in a group of 5 so we had ample opportunity and time to explore the different stops on the trip. The lunch was very tasty. The experience was at times was overwhelming to see such devistation at what occurred and what was avoided. It is well worth the trip here if your travelling through Europe.
Haunting tour, truly unforgettable experience
Most fascinating two days I’ve ever spent. Incredible tour guide (Igor), clean and comfortable accommodations, surprisingly great food, and sights that will haunt you. Initially, we had booked a one-day group tour but wanted to upgrade to a two-day tour. Upgrading was a smooth process, handed quickly and professionally by Natalia. We were also able to add a geiger counter rental last minute without any issue. Our guide, Igor, was phenomenal. Starting with a snowy drive from Kyiv to the exclusion zone and from wandering around in the snow to inside dilapidated buildings, Igor ensured our safety during every step of the way. Radiation was not a concern. He was incredibly knowledgeable, providing a great background on Soviet history to being able to explain even the most minor of details. This tour was a fantastic blend of science, history, and culture, made even better by his sense of humor. This was an experience that will stay with me for a long time, and is one that I’m afraid that has ruined future travels for me, because I’m not sure anything can top this. There was plenty of time for photos, and Igor let us choose which sites we wanted to see. On the off chance that you do have the fortune to visit a self-settler in the zone, it’s good to have some cash on hand so you can help purchase basic supplies like sugar, oil, milk, etc. to bring (and also so you can tip your tour guide). If visiting in winter, also make sure you layer up! Overall, would highly recommend. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Private Tour with Pasha
Did a one day private tour with Pasha in early January. Everything went extremely smoothly, Pasha was very professional and had a wealth of knowledge about Chernobyl. I was able to see a lot more then I expected and Pasha catered to everything I wanted to see. If you are interested in doing a private tour and have specific sites you want to see, I can’t imagine a better company or person to go with then SoloEast and Pasha.
Life Enhancing Experience! If in any doubt, just do it...
I travelled to Kiev with a friend and we booked the two day tour as we wanted as much time as possible to experience life inside the exclusion zone! Our tour guide Vika, was extremely knowledgable and was able to answer any questions the group had, she was also very funny and great company over the two days… I won’t go into specifics or post any photos as you cannot beat the actual experience of being there! We were kept very busy for two days, there was a lot of background information and visits to countless locations inside the exclusion zone! At all times on the two day tour I felt that we were kept interested, I also felt very safe inside the zone. The whole experience is quite surreal, so much destruction and devastation, yet the place has a real air of tranquility to it… I am writing this review in December as I will be booking to come again next year and I cannot wait! Thank you to all at Solo East!
Fantastic tour. Saw the reactor from 300m away. Toured the abandoned town of Pripyat, including a disused apartment building, a theme park, an orphanage, a football stadium which is now a small forest. Said hi to the numerous friendly dogs. Didn’t see any mutants!
Fantastic 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!
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