In Feb 2021, we went on the 1-day tour of Chernobyl, with tour guide Igor and envoy officer Andrei. Both Igor and Andrei were extremely knowledgeable about the exclusion zone and Igor had great English. Igor took us to see a lot of really cool places in the zone and was patient and flexible with our questions and requests. He was also the driver for the Mercedes mini-bus, which he drove expertly and safely, despite the unrelenting snow.
If you go in the winter, keep in mind that no one is shoveling paths out there, so you will trek through some deep snow. Bring high, waterproof boots. I also recommend taking some extra clothes to leave in the bus and then you will have dry clothes (pants + socks) to change into for the trip home.
It was a nice experience for me with Diana and Andrey. We had a chance to see many places and spent quite a lot of time in the Zone. They were kind and answered all of my questions. I would like to visit the place later on again, with Solo East Travel. And I suggested my friends both the Chernobyl Tour and the company.
Best time spent in Ukraine
We made the right choice by booking our Chernobyl tour with Solo East as they made all necessary arrangements to make sure our trip was safe, purposeful, and entertaining.
Our tour guide was Diana, she made sure we were aware of all safety measures, had sufficient food and restroom breaks, whilst giving us a well-structured and fun experience at Chernobyl.
She has great historic as well as scientific knowledge about the nuclear power plant and other related aspects. The company Solo East made sure we get sufficient food (as per our preferences).
1 highlight of our tour was the visit to Duga radar.
Our tour guide helped us with amazing pictures, additional information (which is not easily available on the internet), and her driving skills were up to the mark (which actually saved us some time to cover more spots in 1 day).
There were few things that stood out with Diana (vs other tour guides in my personal experience)-
1. She bought real pictures to compare with (before vs after)
2. She gave the tour in form of a story, as in, she started with Zalyssya village to moving to different ruined spots and to finally taking us to a point in Chernobyl from were almost entire Chernobyl was visible (symbolizing the summary view)
3. While showing us the inhabitations she explained to us the human side of the loss which occurred after that incident
4. There were many stray dogs and cats and she carried some food with her to feed them because in this season with lesser tourists they might be hungry for days
5. Last but not least, she was very funny, sporting and entertaining
To summarize, if you book your tour to Chernobyl with Diana, she will keep on talking & talking but that would be worth it.
Très bonne visite Merci Diana !
Très belles visites, excellente guide ! Merci beaucoup à Diana pour les explications ! Rien à dire😌
Tres ponctuel à 8h le matin devant l hotel, très bon repas le midi ! Explication en Français de très bonne qualités !
Je recommande vraiment cette visite avec Diana !
Merci encore pour tout !
Brilliant 5 Stars
Great company, Natalia was very helpful in organising the tour. Very quick in responding to our enquiries. The tour itself was made very interesting by our guide Pasha, very Knowledgeable about the historical events and the surrounding area, excellent spoken English. Even managed a close encounter with a large moose on way out of the Zone, thought I don’t think this is usually on the itinerary! lol!
Thanks all for a great experience.
Fantastic Tour! The transport was comfortable and was shown educational videos on the journey. Igor our guide was very informative and proactive. A once in a lifetime expirence 👍. Thankyou
Thank you Igor for great day in Chernobyl!
The tour lead by Igor was one of my favorite tours yet! The group was small, about 5, so we were able to see a lot more than what was on the given itinerary. The tour was a good pace for seeing so much, nothing felt rushed and if we needed to we could have stayed at locations longer.
Igor was our tour guide, he is very knowledge about Chernobyl and its history and his English great! Igor was able to take us to all the popular sights we wanted to see while giving us the history of each building and road.
If you’re traveling to kyiv I’d highly recommend booking a tour with soloeast and make sure to request Igor through the company’s email/WhatsApp!
Igor was super nice and took us to the train station since it was on his way home. He helped us buy tickets and food and made sure we were on the right train. He was super nice and if you can get a tour with him I’d highly recommend it.
Private Tour of Chernobyl from Kiev on Luxirious Minibus
Had A Wonderful Time!
Great tour:) Everything went smooth from the pick up in the morning until the end of the day. Also luxurious bus whit massage seats was just awesome!!!
10 out of 10 Stars! BEST DAY TRIL EVER - BOOK SOLO EAST TRAVEL!!!
We visited Chernobyl with Pasha as our tour guide. It was the most amazing trip I’ve ever been on, and pasha (son of a liquidator) was incredibly knowledgable about the area and knew ALL of the beat places to go and see the sights.
The customer service from start to finish was fantastic, and Victoria even advised us and helped rearrange a different day for our day trip when it was not so busy!
I would recommend booking a day trip to see Chernobyl with Solo East Tours.
We really hope to return one day in the future in a different season.
We would rebook for Pasha again as our tour guide, he is a very friendly person and was very accommodating.
Thank you so much again, lots of love from the U.K.
10 out of 10 Stars! BEST DAY TRIL EVER – BOOK SOLO EAST TRAVEL!!!
fantastic day with a fantastic guide
My husband and I went on this tour last week, and it far exceeded our expectations. our guide, Igor (don’t know how to spell his name) was immensely helpful and was a fount of information and knowledge. He was accommodating, patient and highly skilled in explaining everything to us along the way. He also drove the minibus and his driving was very smooth and safe. all the paper-work is done by him at the checkpoints, and we had minimum contact with anyone at said checkpoints. Igor took us to some of the most amazing places in Pripyat, and for anyone who has seen the HBO series of Chernobyl, he brought the series to life. For myself, and my husband, this trip was beyond excellent, and I would recommend visiting Kiev purely for the Chernobyl tour.
But really think about taking a multi-day tour
I originally booked my Chornobyl tour with Solo East because I found their pricing to be better then their competitors. Little did I know that I would be satisfied most with the overall quality of the tour. Our driver was Sergei who provided a comfortable and prompt ride through the traffic of Kyiv onto the bumpy roads out of the city and through the zone. On the way to Chernobyl we watched documentaries, which at first I thought I wouldn’t be interested in since I thought I was already well researched, but I found that I was shown an entire side to the liquidators that I had not learned when it came to the size and length of their works.
Entering the zone was stress free and well organized thanks to our guide Alex. As someone having teaching experience myself, I must say that Alex was gifted in delivery of large amounts of memorable information. His preparation was apparent in both a huge book of pictures that he had made himself that he uses to illustrate his information, and also his discernment when it comes to the truth in the events of Chornobyl as well as what was false. He provided a huge amount of information that I have never seen before. This information wasn’t just fun facts either. This information has put me into deep thought regarding my worldview, beliefs, and the liquidators. Alex also has family history in the zone making him part of it in a very positive way.
When it comes to the zone itself there is no way to comprehend what it is without actually going there, so I won’t try to explain it. If you are worried about safety don’t be. You will be given a dosimeter to measure the radiation you will receive throughout your time in the zone. We received about the same as we would have on a hour and a half flight or a little over a normal day in Kyiv. Our guide also knew the zone very well and kept us in safe areas.
You will see so many things over a one day tour, but really think about taking a multi-day tour. After seeing how vast the zone was this became the only thing that I wish could have been different, yet I was limited on time. In the future I may fly back to Kyiv solely for the purpose of taking a multi-day tour, not just for fun, but in-order to experience and reflect on what this place it. Also, if you are a photographer this is the best place ever. The shots just throw themselves at you.
Where do I even begin!
Where do I even begin! Igor, our guide, absolutely blew our minds. Not only was he probably the best tour guide I’ve ever had the pleasure of receiving a proper guide from, he’s one of the coolest, kindest gentlemen that had plentiful of information on the Chernobyl site. He was beyond open and receptive to any questions or concerns on our parts. He made us feel safe and included, and made us question the depth of the Chernobyl site. My friend and I were able to ask him a plethora of questions on Soviet History, Chernobyl history, and Ukrainian history.
Please make this guy your lead tour guide! He was even on Bald and Bankrupt!!!
Igor was a great guide. He showed us useful videos on the drive up and back. He showed us many interesting places in the Exclusion Zone towns on the way in. He took us to see the immense Duga over-the-horizon radar array. Of course, he took us to reactor number 4, now entombed in the new covering. He showed us the hot spots in the Red Forest. And he took us through the various interesting places and buildings in town of Pripyat. An unforgettable trip, filled with Igor’s useful information.
I recently went on a day tour to Chernobyl, with SoloEast Travel. What should have been a group tour, felt more like a private tour with our wonderful and experienced guide Diana.
No stone was left unturned by our tour guide, it was a really eye opening experience, and a little sad at times, because of the lives that were lost in this tragedy, and all the people that were affected by what happened.
A tour that I will always remember.
Thank you Diana, and SoloEast Travel for the experience, and emotions that were felt.
A fantastic tour
This tour left no wish unfulfilled. We visited not only the main spots but also additional places that we were interested in. Diana is an awesome tour guide who knows everything about the place itself and the rules you have to follow. I appreciate that Diana actually asked what we wanted to see and put this into the tour on the go. I highly recommend the tour!
Incredible 2-day private tour
We booked a 2-day private tour for two with SoloEast before Corona.
Since we would have flown during the quarantine, we had to rebook. Communication in English by email was always very friendly and absolutely uncomplicated.
We were able to reschedule the tour flexibly and finally were able to take it in the end of August.
Our guide Pasha was very friendly and nice. His English was very good and he was able to answer all of our questions and always cared so much that we could take good photos 🙂 He also showed us a lot of hidden places and did everything to make it the best possible experience.
For the night we didn’t stay in the Chernobyl Hotel but in the cottage outside the exclusion zone, which can be booked for an extra charge.
The cottage was very luxurious and to our surprise even had a jacuzzi! 🙂 Was really nice to have some spa time after a long day in the exclusion zone.
We are still absolutely thrilled and 100% recommend SoloEast and especially Pasha.
Also, we don’t regret booking the more expensive private tour for a second, because it was worth every penny.
We couldn’t have imagined it better and we definitely want to do another multi-day private tour with SoloEast to the exclusion zone after the pandemic.
Hopefully again with Pasha or Igor, who we also met a few times with his private tour 🙂
Thank you SoloEast for this amazing trip.
I done a private tour which I would highly recommend. My driver/guide Pasha was easy to talk to, very knowledgeable generally fun to be around. I was picked up at my hostel and started the journey to Chernobyl which was a conversation about Chernobyl, Kyiv and other interesting facts about Ukraine. On entering the exclusion zones he always clear instructions on what to do/expect (what not to take photos of, how to use the radiation scannner). He was always asking if I had any questions because I didn’t ask to many because as I would think of the question he would usually answer it in the next sentence. We arrived back in Kyiv early because of the lack of crowds which was a bonus. Excellent day and would recommend to everyone! Also this trip was done during Ukraine’s lockdown so there was not many people there which made it more enjoyable to walk around but doesn’t reflect my review as it was the 5 star service provided.
Great Chernobyl tour!
We had an amazing experience using SoloEast for our tour of Chernobyl. They were super helpful in figuring out a tour and getting drone permissions (which some other tour companies won’t do.) We had Igor as our guide, who was super nice, knowledgeable, and gave us a great experience in Chernobyl. We learned a lot while we were there, Igor explained a lot of the history of the town and the reactors, and got to see interesting sites. I would highly recommend going for 2 days, there is so much to see and 1 day doesn’t sufficiently cover it.
Chernobyl may be the most interesting place I’ve been – it’s so unique to visit a place that was once growing and over 50k people and is now completely abandoned. Igor and SoloEast did a great job of showing it to us and ensuring we had a great experience visiting the exclusion zone.
Dark Tourism to Chernobyl
I loved, loved, loved the tour so much. This place is unbelievable and terrifying. Something you would never ever forget. It stays with you. It comes back to you with memories. It actually makes you want to come back. Time stopped in that place. I will create a short movie of my trip and post as well. Thank you SoloEast Travel team: my super special thanks to our tour guide Konstantin, our wonderful driver Sergey and manager Victoria.
(ES) Inolvidable e increible
La mejor agencia para ir a Chernobil, un viaje inolvidable, te llevan a sitios que ninguna otra agencia va, puntualidad total, el guía, Constantine fue increíblemente bueno, te explican todo, se esforzó muchísimo, la dirección de la empresa es atenta y está en constante contacto con el cliente, gracias Natalia y Victoria. La comida incluida estuvo bien. Salimos a las 8 de la mañana y llegamos a las 20h, vimos muchísimas cosas, increíble. Para repetir, una experiencia increible, volveré pero con Soloeast.
También nos organizaron la entrada en Ucrania, los test covi, los transfer de ida y vuelta al hotel. En continuo contacto con el cliente, preocupación absoluta por todo, educación, seriedad y muy puntuales, si pudiera dar más nota lo haría.
Unforgettable Tour with Solo East
Viktoria organised my trip via WhatsApp and Diana was the tour guide. Both were very professional and always there to help you. Diana was a great tour guide who was full of knowledge and enthusiasm for Chernobyl and the surrounding areas. As we went during COVID, the tour even went ahead with just 3 people (making it like a private tour). Diana was very accommodating and always asked you about your preferences before deciding the format for the day. Her pace suited the group and we managed to see a lot even if it was just a day trip. For these reasons, I think it’s best to go with a smaller outfit like Solo East as opposed to the big popular tour groups.
Unique private tour
Unique private tour with Alex
We booked the tour three days in advance and i have to say that everything perfect. Even better than expected. We picked up our tour guide Alex with our private car. At first I have to say that we were super lucky with Alex. He knew literally everything about the happenings of Chernobyl/Pripyat.We went to the exclusion zone and he told us all important facts and showed us videos which gave us all the necessary information of the incident. We went together to all the main spots and it was really a great adventure. In addition to that we have learnt about ucranian and sowjet history. All in all i would highly recommend to book a tour with SoloEast travel and especially with Alex.
Awesome trip - can highly recommend
Booked the Chernobyl Day Trip and everything was perfectly well organised by SoloEast.
After meeting at 8am we drove to Chernobyl in a Van where they showed video documentaries.
Igor was our perfect guide being very dedicated, very kind and very informative. He showed us all the best parts you can see in Chernobyl and Pripyat and explained everything very well. We got back to Kiev at around 8pm. Altogether I can highly recommend the trip.
Special thanks to Igor
The tour itself is a unique experience that should be on your list if you are in Ukraine. SoloEast deserves 5 stars as they provide excellent service, with their extensive experience allowing them to offer a quality tour as expected.
For my tour, I had Igor as the guide and honestly I would go again just because he is an awesome guide. He did his best to run everything as per schedule, to answer all the questions I had, to show unique spots in the Chernobyl area, and to entertain us.
Igor is a very nice person in general and then an excellent tour guide, the perfect combination.
Thank you again for the experience!
I had an amazing trip. Even going alone is still fun because you will meet people on the trip. We had a great guide Igor who was very helpful and really knew what he was talking about.
Absolute blast of a tour with SoloEast's Diana!
We (2 people coming from Germany) took a two-day tour to Pripyat and Chernobyl with SoloEast in July. We had booked the tour well ahead of COVID lockdowns and stuck to our booking throughout in hopes of relief. After Ukraine had opened its borders for entry again, we double checked with SoloEast that the tour was still going to take place. The e-mail communication with the company was smooth and timely, perfect in our opinion.
The COVID situation turned out to our advantage as well, as my mate and I were the only ones on the tour, literally making it a private one. Talking about the good side to everything. 😉
Our guide and driver was Diana. She was convincing in both roles, getting us safely in and out of Kiev, and around the Exclusion Zone, while providing us with information and insight about everything with a great sense of humour. Our “working language” was Russian, since my mate’s English is not enough for an easy communication and my Russian is okay. We agreed upon me translating important stuff into German as I see fit. However, Diana’s command of English is absolutely fine and would be sufficient to conduct the tour and all talking.
SoloEast kindly offered to collect us at our apartment, thus saving us the “fun” of Kiev’s Metro in the morning hour. The car arrived on time and Diana was waiting outside our apartment. After sorting out financial side, we were ready for take-off. Diana was well accustomed to driving on the local roads (which can be quite challenging at times) and handled her comfortable VW Golf with ease. 130 km to the Zone were anything but boring and we had a great time chatting about the days ahead and getting acquainted with the code of conduct in the Zone.
One of the advantages of a private tour is that you get to “pick the cherries” and try and see and do more off the beaten track, which we did. I am strongly advised not to talk about any “not coordinated or potentially illegal” activities, but I can tell you this: two days and an undivided attention of your guide let you see a (and do) lot. Several rules, however, must be followed while inside the Zone, and if you do, you’re up for a fantastic experience. Be prepared to do a fair amount of walking, to face ruthless mosquitoes and for generally quite a rough terrain in some corners of Pripyat. You will see a lot if you can and are willing to walk a lot. We recommend a Giger counter that you can borrow (at extra cost) from SoloEast so that you can have fun discovering radioactivity around you as you go.
We also highly recommend getting some basic information on Chernobyl and the disaster of 1986 prior to coming there, especially if you are a part of a larger group. The guides know their way around town and will provide you with tons of background details but they won’t be able to give you all the numbers or answer every question. On the other hand, Diana gave us information bits that would be hard to find on Wikipedia.
Given the time and enthusiasm, we covered many places, both in the centre of Pripyat and surrounding areas. Starting at the central square we have worked our way through the sights of interest, ending up at Duga, which was our last stop on the second day. In Chernobyl itself we have visited several monuments and a church but did not spend much time at it as our focus was on Pripyat. We could have possibly seen even more these two days, but we’d rather come again. 🙂
If you are going to the Zone for a couple of days, chances are that you will stay at Chernobyl’s Hotel “Desyatka”. This is the place to be if you are into Post-Soviet charm – with plenty of green and empty houses all around the area. Beware of the dogs though, that are chilling on many corners and seem to have a vivid interest in tourists. 😉 It may be important to know that alcohol is only sold at the bar of the hotel from 7 to 9 pm so it might be a great idea to stock up in town before you return to the hotel. Meals at “Desyatka” may be challenging and could by no means count as haute cuisine, so you might want to bring something with you to please yourself. It is also forbidden to eat while walking around the Zone, keep in mind.
All in all it was a great experience and we give 5 star rating for SoloEast’s tour organisation, our tour guide Diana and her way to conduct raids around the Zone. You will have a massive fun, be stunned and possibly creeped out and will return with tons of pictures and memories.
Thank you to the whole SoloEast crew and a special thank you to our guide Diana.
Private solo last minute tour of Chernobyl
Review of: Chernobyl Private Tour (SHORT NOTICE BOOKING)
The private tour attention and just walking around exploring the areas with my guide Victoria who is also an excellent driver.
Amazing guide Igor and company
With Igor we had the most amazing tour today and I would wish anyone a Day with him in Chernobyl.
He took his time to explain everything and anything and knew what he was doing. The tour was very save, educational and above all we had a lot of fun.
The compact Solo East was great too. Very flexibel, fast and friendly communication.
Anyone who likes An adventure I can recommend this tour!
Chernobyl Private Tour from Kiev
Date of experience: July 2020
If you want to see Chernobyl I would highly recommend going with SoloEast. It was very easy to organise via email and they were very accommodating helping me along the way with a few issues I had.
The private tour was definitely worth it, Pasha my guide was extremely knowledgeable and could answer any questions I had. He took me to visit all the spots I had always wanted to see and then a few more I didn’t even know existed. If you are interested in Chernobyl book a tour with these guys.
I’m not a big photographer, but if you are booking the private tour will be worth the extra money.
Top notch tour with Diana
Our tour with Diana into the exclusion zone exceeded our expectations. She is very knowledgeable and knew just the spots to make our Geiger sing. It was so nice to have a guide with such good English speaking skills. We thoroughly enjoyed each and every site we visited but Pripyat was my favorite.
A walk on history
We’ve had a great and unforgettable experience yesterday. The tour was a good mix of overgrown ruins, info related to the NPP accident and visits at special places. If you like dogs, bring some treats! 🐶
We can highly recommend our tour guide- ask for Igor!- he has over 10years experience and a good ear for individual interests!
if u are looking for a tour, you just book soloEast. guide was supercool, they show you everywhere on route with a photos. Thank you.
Excellent exciting exclusive trip in the exclusion zone!
The group was supposed to be 4 people but the two others didn’t show up so I went on the trip only with my friend and with the guide Pasha in a car.
He met us up on time on Majdan, showed us an interesting documentary on Ipad while on the road.
we made a short coffee break halfway.
He told us a lot of interesting things about Soviet times, Chernobyl, there was literally nothing he couldn’t answer regarding Chernobyl.
Crossing the checkpoint went smoothly, then he treated us with lunch.
We walked around in an abandoned village in the exclusion zone. Everything was completely overgrown by nature, so the word “abandoned” got a new meaning for us that day.
We saw the sarcophagus, the abandoned town directly next to it with the famous fun fair.
He showed us a lot of exciting details, then we finished the tour at the enormous Duga radar.
Go on this trip with Solo East, because both the price and the knowledge of the guides is definitelt worth it! Thank you, Pasha! 🙂
What a day. First of all, igor was great. He arrived on time at 8am and was extremely welcoming to me and my friends. Our day in Chernobyl was amazing – getting so see stuff we could have only dreamed of. The Pripyat part of the tour was a highlight. Igor was very insightful, describing greatly the history of the place and taking us to places which told the true story. We also enjoyed his dry humour in the journey. If you are going to book this fantastic tour make sure you do with Igor. Brilliant day. Thanks
Fantastic tour with a great guide!
This was a great tour that I recommend anyone visiting Kyiv or Ukraine take!
The tour covers most of the highlights of Chernobyl that you can reasonably fit into a day including the power plant, the towering Duga radar station, as well as an extensive review of the abandoned city of Pripyat. There were a couple landmarks that were temporarily unavailable due to renovations – like the Monument To Those Who Saved the World, but I know that this is traditionally available otherwise. We paid a small additional fee to rent a geiger counter for the day, which I’d wholeheartedly recommend. It was very cool to see how the levels of radiation differed throughout various locations in Chernobyl.
A decent lunch is provided, and well-equipped mini-vans transfer you from Kyiv to Chernobyl and back. The overall price is very reasonable in my opinion. The tour groups are still fairly small, which was nice and meant that you were still able to converse with your guide frequently.
I’d also have to make special mention to our tour guide Igor! He was a very experienced tour guide and had tons of information about Chernobyl and its history, as well as the individual landmarks. There were no questions that he couldn’t answer. You can tell that he is very passionate about the site. He’s also very funny and I enjoyed the humor that he added to the tour. His jokes and quips made the 2 hour journey back to Kyiv fun. We were very lucky to have him as our guide, and I’d definitely recommend requesting him if you get the chance!
Day trip to Chernobyl...absolutely amazing!!
We went on the Chernobyl tour on 14/03/20. Our tour guide was Constantine, and our driver was Vadim. Got picked up at 8am but had a delay in leaving as we were waiting for 2 passengers (who never arrived). However we got on our way eventually! We watched 2 documentaries on the way, about the original disaster and the latest sarcophagus installation, which passed the time and built the anticipation! I’ve got to say, Constantine absolutely MADE the trip! His commentary was brilliant, really informative and punctuated with lots of funny anecdotes. He and Vadim could not have been better! The tour itself was INCREDIBLE…nothing will prepare you for what you will see. We walked for miles (my step counter was over 21,000 steps) but you just don’t notice it. Constantine has an album of photos of various places, and when you stand in the spot where the original photo was taken, he holds up the A4 photo so you can see the ‘then and now’… brilliant idea. You can tell he has a real passion for the place and he was unfailingly polite, interested, courteous and enthusiastic. Chernobyl is an experience you will never forget, and we were lucky to have such brilliant people taking us. I can not recommend this company highly enough. Book it as soon as you can!
Tania was our tour guide and the whole experience was amazing! She went into depth and explained everything as we passed it and spoke brilliant english. I definitely would reccomend anyone to go here you will not be disappointed! I learnt so much even when in the bus we had a videos that we watched so the trip there flew by, so glad i chose this company and got the best tour guide and driver! Thanks Tania for such an amazing experience. Laura and Darren
Amazing experience. Tour guide knowledgable
This tour was very professionally done.
There was a toilet stop on the way to the exclusion zone and plenty of toilet breaks once there (something I was concerned about!).
The driver was excellent and very careful. The tour guide had excellent English and was more than happy to answer any questions. She clearly wanted to make sure we had a good day. She was very knowledgable and helpful.
I was collected from my hostel on time and dropped back about 7.30pm after the tour.
Lunch was better than expected and filled me.
Stops included; an abandoned village, chernobyl monument, kindergarten, power plant 4, swimming pool, fairground, swimming pool, stadium and many more.
100% recommend for professionalism, keeping in contact before the tour, sights seen and friendliness.
Excellent and interesting visit!
We had an excellent guide in Yulia. She was efficient, knowledgeable and kind. The tour was well organised with a delicious lunch in Chernobyl. We were surprised at how close we were able to get to the main sites. It was a memorable and moving experience. I highly recommend Solo East if you wish to visit this area. Thank you Yulia! And, of course, our driver!
Amazing tour! Choose SoloEast when booking!
Couldn’t recommend this tour enough. Had a great day. Diana our tour guide and Alex the driver were fantastic. Diana was very knowledgable, showed us as much as she could during the day. Asked us what we were particularly interested in seeing in Pripyat and tried to accomodate us and her English was amazing. Bus ride was comfortable, there were informative videos played throughout the trip. Lunch was good, we had plently of rest room breaks and we stopped on the way for any refreshments. Well worth the money. 5*
We booked this two-day trip with SoloEast after extensive research and recommendations, and it did not disappoint. I would strongly recommend the two day tour over the one day tour, as at some points we could see the one-day-trippers looked rushed and did not have the time to do more than take a picture. We were picked up on time, the mini bus was clean and comfortable, and we were shown interesting documentaries related to the tours theme on the way there. The mini bus also had WiFi and USB charger points which were very useful. There was also room for larger bags in the boot if needed.
The first day was busy but interesting, with lots of time in Pripyat. I would advise comfortable footwear as there was lots of walking, though done at a comfortable pace. I’d recommend boots during the winter months due to the mud and puddles.
The overnight hotel was decent, bathrooms were shared but beds were comfortable and room was warm and clean. The food was good, with the option to purchase extra if you were still hungry. Lunch and dinner were good, vegetarian options were available. There was free WiFi available at the hotel which was half decent.
The second day was just as interesting, with lots of time to appreciate the history and various points of interest along the tour. One thing to note, there are LOTS of very friendly dogs who are more than happy to be stroked and fussed – I wish I had taken some treats or biscuits to give them! Lunch on the second day was not as good as the first day, however plenty to eat and was again, still tasty.
Worthwhile noting that during the two day tour you will need it take some cash with you as there are a couple of shops located in the exclusion zones (mini supermarket and souvenir) and donations for gifts for the re-settled villagers. There is sporadic 3G and 4G available in the exclusions zones.
Leaving the best till last, our guide Igor was fantastic. He was friendly, warm, and extremely knowledgable about the exclusion zones, points of interest, and the history behind them. This knowledge was invaluable, especially as he knew lots of little things such as how the Bridge of Death really got its name. Igor also seemed to really know the re-settled residents personally which made this part of the visit feel special and warm. His English was excellent and he was patient. You could clearly see he was so passionate about leading tours & sharing his knowledge. He sent us a short video afterwards with pictures he had taken.
I would massively recommend you request Igor as a guide, and if we return in the future we will be asking for him.
Really really good day
Booked as it was £20pp cheaper than the others and I figured they will all do pretty much the same. The reviews were good and we had a fantastic time. Pascha was our tour guide and he spoke perfect English knew everything about everything, was really informative.
Lunch was actually a lot better than I expected
On the journey to the exclusion zone there were informative documentaries which were really good as it’s a long drive
Chernobyl power plant itself isn’t that exciting so if you have the time to plan it as it’s booked up until autumn our tour guide said pay the extra to go in the reactor.
Also the general consensus from everyone on our trip was that they would have preferred to skip some of the earlier stops at little villages and had more time in Prypiat.
20 in our whole tour which was a good number and we were amazed it wasn’t that busy which led for loads of good photo’s without bustles of people in the pictures.
Great company to book with and cant fault anything
Truly fascinating day trip to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
What a trip!
We were picked up at 8am in Independence Square by our Guide Globa and our driver Sergei. Globa spoke incredibly clear English and made the tour enjoyable as well as really informative. She is very knowledgeable and answered all the questions we had.
After the 1.5 hour drive to the zone, we explored Chernobyl town, some of the abandoned villages, Reactor 4, had a walk through Pripyat, the town sign, sped past the Red Forest whilst our Decimeters went off the scale and finally the Duga Radar installation.
We then headed back and arrived in Kiev around 7:30pm.
The whole day was amazing. Globa and Sergei were amazing and stopped off to let us get the best pictures and showed us the ‘Hot zones’ where the radiation has pooled over the years.
Would definitely recommended this trip to anyone wanting to go and see the Exclusion Zone. The VW Crafter van even had WiFi, unbelievable!
Tip. Definitely hire a Decimeter, really cool to be able to see where the radiation spikes around you. There are also loads of friendly dogs that wander around the zone, so take some dry food for them, they’re expecting it!
Fantastic tour. 10/10!
With SoloEast we booked a trip to Tsjernobyl during our stay in Kiev. The trip was very well organised and our tourguide Igor made it a great and impressive day we will never forget.
At the agreed time Igor showed up at our hotel in the city center of Kiev. We were happily surprised with the means of transport. An almost new Mercedes Sprinter minivan with enough space for the eight of us. The minivan was well equiped and had even wi-fi on board. After Igor checked our passports in order to ensure a smooth entrance into the exclusion zone, he put on a documentary about the Tsjernobyl disaster in 1986 on the built-in screen. Igor appeared himself in the movie because he was also the tourguide showing around the documentary maker.
The ride to Tsjernobyl took quite some time, approximately 3,5 hours. Before the lunch we drove around in the city of Tsjernobyl and visited the impressive Duga radar installation. After lunch we entered the exclusion zone and we drove to the reactor no. 4. Igor explained a lot during the tour and thanks to his good knowledge of English we were able to ask questions and make conversation during the day. After visiting the sarcophagus we walked through the city of Pripjat which was also very impressive. On our way back we were all full of impressions and Igor drove us smoothly back to our hotel.
If you want to book a trip to Tsjernobyl we highly recommend to ask Igor to be your guide.
Probably the best guided tour of my life
First of all I never was a big fan of guided tours, but unfortunatelly there is no other way how to see Chernobyl legally.
To my big surprise this was the first guided tour that I’ve actually really enjoyed. We were lucky that we were part of a group with just 2 other people (5 total) and we got really experienced guide. This brings me to the next part.
The guide. Igor roams around Chernobyl guiding people for around 10 years. Not only he is very knowledgeble about the place and its history in details, he is also fun and time to time he cracks a nice dark joke.
Overall it was beautiful experience and the only thing that bothers me is, that we didnt pick 2 or 3 days trip.
Unrecognisable City brought to life.
My father and I were collected from out hotel in Kyiv city by our tour guide Pasha. The drive from Kyiv to the exclusion zone is about 2 hours with a small stop on the way. Pasha our guide was a really nice guy, and we spoke most of the way about what the 2 day tour ahead would entail. His knowlage was fantastic and when we got to the city he made sure that the tour did not disapoint. from ex military bases to hidden dentist factories he knew where everything was and was able to answer almost every obscure question that came from us. The hotel was a museum to 1986 however was good enough to get some sleep in and the food while I was there (for a big lad) was great. The final day my father and I were discussing what we thought over all. we have to say it didnt just meet expectations but It easily surpassed them. 100% worth visiting and would recommend requesting Pasha as a guide if possible.
Exceptional trip could not recommend more
Me and my partner came to Kiev to do the two day tour with Solo travel. Victoria was our guide for two days and we could not recommend her enough. Her energy and enthusiasm was really refreshing and she was great to be around. The first day was out of this world. Surpassed any expectation I had and we were so lucky we had a small group and just felt like we had the whole of Pripyat to ourselves. We saw some incredible sites and the information Victoria shared was really informative and we learnt so much. The food throughout the trip was great. So I didn’t have high expectations for the food or the hotel but was massively pleasantly surprised. The shower in the hotel was lovely and hot and the rooms were clean and roomy. The second day was spent Roaming more sites. Victoria really went out of her way to show us the best locations. I have traveled the world a lot and this has definitely been the best tour I have ever been on. Thank you so much Victoria and solo travel I would definitely recommend to anyone looking at this tour.
Friendly and efficient communication before the tour and very helpful when I wanted to book transport from my hotel. Pickup was on time and on the return, I was so glad I had booked this as my hotel was quite a way from the drop off point.
Sorry, I can’t remember the driver/guide’s name but he was brilliant as was the whole day. As others have said, use the toilets at the service station as the border ones don’t seem so good but the ones at the restaurant were fine too.
The ride, though long, was fine as they should some of the series and a documentary and coming back, we were all tired. The tour was well placed and the guide told us plenty of information but didn’t overwhelm us.
I am so glad I took this tour and going solo wasn’t a problem at all. Lunch time was a great time to talk to some of the others. The meal wasn’t bad and they provide a bottle of water.
I don’t think you need a personal dosimeter (which I paid for) so I’d save the money,
I can’t recommend this tour and this company enough.
Amazing trip. Highly recommend
Perfect trip with a very good driver and the best tour guide – Alex.
I was made to feel very welcome and Alex made time to speak with me as he knew I was traveling solo.
I got to see all the sites I wanted to including the amusement Park area and the reactor itself – we got surprisingly close to it.
My only criticism is that for the high price I paid I would have expected to have had rental of a dozimeter Included. I was disappointed to have one and for £80 I would expect to have had use of one for the day to have fun checking stuff for radiation.
Once again, Alex was fantastic and I had a great time.
Bizarre, impressive and frightening...
My friends and I made a private tour to Chernobyl with SoloEast on January 5th. We were been picked up from the hostel at 08:00 a.m. and after a two-hours ride we reached the evacuation zone. It was very impressive to see spots that we have just known from TV like the sarcophagus of reactor # 4 of the former nuclear power plant or the once flourishing city of Pripyat that had 50.000 inhabitants and that was evacuated within a couple of hours after the disaster. During our full-day trip we received a lot of information on the 1986 disaster and related topics. The amount of radiation we were exposed to during that trip was comparable with a one-hour flight in an airplane. We felt safe during the trip and it was not made up as a ‘sensation tourism’ tour. Thank you, Alex, for all the explanations during the trip and thanks Sergey for getting us around safely for almost 12 hours.