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.
Great tour by a great company.
The driver went out of his way to pick us up from our airbnb, which they dont normally do. The minibus was modern and clean and the guide was great. We were told in detail what the tour involved and what was required of us. We watched a documentary on the bus on our way and made a pitstop at chernobyls cafe for food. We visited reactor 4 and got really close and then went on to pripyat itself where we visited all of the places you would be familiar with. Ive wanted to see that ferris wheel for 15 years and now i got to see it. We got a lot of information during the tour by a very knowledgeable guide. We went into an apartment block and saw it all from the inside. There are a lot of dogs there, which can be fed, but we were advised not to pet them, even though they had rabies jabs, they still may hav3 been a risk due to them hanging out with the wolves!!! We also visitet the Duga radar (russian woodpecker) and learned about the conspiracies behind it and the disaster itself. It is HUGE!!! if you go with any tour operator, go with solo east!
Fantastic guide, fantastic experience
Igor, our driver and guide, definitely took this trip from ordinary sightseeing to an insightful, entertaining and spectacular tour. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in an authentic experience of these ruins; in learning the history behind the place and where it’s going in the years (decades) to come. Tips: * Bring a camera with spare batteries. There are some amazing sights here that a phone camera would struggle to capture well. Some sights are better recorded and some are better photographed. * Bring gloves, scarfs, and wear at least 3 layers including a thick outer jacket. It gets cold in winter. * Bring some cash/a card for the shop in Chernobyl! Don’t bother with tourist kiosk outside the exclusion zone – there’s cooler and cheaper stuff inside from authentic, genuine shops! (means you’re supporting the locals too!) * Buy a panini or two at the convenience stop early on! The lunch is filling and delicious, but the tour is a full day and you don’t wanna be hunger! Ukraine is cheap to western tourists, so this is hardly gonna dent your pocket! * Allow yourself to be immersed in this tour. It’s an amazing and unique experience. Finally: If you’re lucky enough to get Igor as your guide, have a chat with him! He is hilarious and very knowledgable.
Solo East Travel
Amazing experience. I would recommend the 2/3 day tour as there is so much to see. Our tour guide Alex was brilliant. Very welcoming and extremely knowledgable of the area.
Great Tour! Awesome Guide!
I just came back from the 1 day Chernobyl tour from Kiev and loved every minute. My guide Igor was a fountain of knowledge and really took me to all the interesting spots as well as ( and this was the highlight) to meet some old resettlers in the zone. Drinking moonshine with the babushka was the highlight. Great Tour, great guide, great company! Will go again 100%!!reat Tour! Awesome Guide!
An incredible day out
If visiting Kiev this is an excursion well worth spending a day on.It is a long day leaving Kiev at 08.00 and not returning back until 21.00.However the day is jam packed with stops ,,all of which are fascinating in their own way.the highlight is the abandoned town of Pripyat ,although other stops included abandoned villages.The trip gets close to the reactor and included a meal at the workers canteen-an experience in itself.The two guides were excellent,very knowledgeable and able to answer most questions.
Wow! Interesting, educational and more than I had hoped for
This company really knows how to host an amazing tour. Oleg was knowledgable and passionate about showing us lots of areas around the Exclusion Zone. I am not sure I can say enough about how good this tour was and how my expectations were exceeded. There is so much to see and experience – this is definitely a must see and SoloEast is definitely the group to see it with! First; the van. It was clean, it was comfortable and every seat had a USB plug to charge our phones. On the way towards Chernobyl they played clips from the HBO series and other documentaries to give us an overview of the sites and reason for the explosion. The can was at the pick-up early so that, being cold outside, we could wait inside if we wanted to! Also the driver was great! Second; the guide. Oleg was informative and honest. He let us know what was save and pointed out hot-spots (there are very few). He also gave us time to explore a little which was nice. We were running ahead of schedule so Oleg mixed up the itinerary giving us more time to see stuff (like the Russian Woodpecker). Third; the time of year. Go in the late fall. There was no one there (well, almost no one) so it was easy to get pictures with no one in them, it was quite and the check-points were quick. Plus, since you have to be fully covered, cool weather means you are not overheating in long tops and pants. Finally, the damp air and leaves result in less dust in the air. Less leaves on the trees also means that you can see lots of the abandoned buildings along the roads and the views of the reactors are not obscured by trees. The tour is a little shorter because of the length of the day, but this is made up for because you are not waiting in line or competing with other people for the best photos. Four; lunch. This is one of the few tours that includes lunch, which is really handy since you cannot eat outside. We had a good filling hot meal at the (only) restaurant in the old town of Chernobyl. This also means a stop to wash hands before eating and plumbing! There is a lot to take in in one day and I would be tempted to go back and do the two-day tour. I am told you visit the same places but get to spend more time everywhere. Note that you are no longer allowed into the buildings – they are dangerous as they have had no maintenance in over 30 years. This tour is brilliant. And it is safe. At no point was I fearful or worried about radiation. Oleg was great at explaining the risks and ensuring that we didn’t touch or do anything that could endanger us!
Thanks for the great experience!
I had two tour in November with Alex: he’s an amazing guide, he knows so much information concerning history both on a technical and human side. Those have been two magnificent tours that have enriched me with new knowledge towards a story I’m carrying in my heart in my whole life. Thanks for the great service you do.
Great Tour-Ask for Diana
Absolutely great tour with Diana!! She is amazing!! Great conversationalist, guide, and just alot of fun to be around. She knows the area extremely well, and is very knowledgeable about all aspects of the diaster, the clean up, and ongoing efforts to dismantle old reactor #4. If you decide to tour Chernobyl, you will not go wrong with Soloeast, and ask for Diana, she is amazing
Fantastic fun tour
FaAbsolutely amazing tour ran by our guide Alex and driver Alex visited lots of different places upon entering the 30km exclusion zone. Alex brought humor to the group and was extremely informative. It has made me want to come back and do the two day tour. Food was a little bland in Chernobyl Town, we chose the vegetarian option of fried veggies and rice. The other options were a chicken breast and rice or pork chop and rice. Alex took us to extremely cool places and came away with memories and photos for a lifetime.
Outstanding 🙂 Fantastic, Cool... Also good for dog lovers..
If you want to see and learn about ‘Chernobyl’ then these are the people to do it. I even came away with a knowledge of Uranium and its effects relating. SoleEast Travel provided me with a safe, enjoyable, educational, rewarding and informative visit to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. My guides were Tanya and Alex and I have a few mates who will be booking with this company in the springtime. A few highlights being taken up to the monument adjacent to the now covered reactor number 4. A nice meal in Chernobyl Town, educational videos on the journey, a walk around a deserted village in the forest, a walk around the most famous town of Pripyat, safe passage through the 30 and 10 mile exclusion border posts, your own dossimeter and group geigercounters for readings, the massive Russian over the horizon radar known as the woodpecker and other photo opportunities and a central pick up point from Independence Square. And not forgetting to mention lots of beautiful wild but passive friendly dogs around the checkpoints that descend from those left behind in 1986 so PLEASE take some dog and show the love. Once again I had an absolutely fabulous day and highly recomend this trip to the reader.
Interesting day trip with a fantastic guide!
We booked a day trip to Chernobyl on a Wednesday and so glad we did, it was quiet not too many tour buses and once past the first checkpoint we only came across one other group. Solo East Tours were great, the mini buses were very comfortable with a TV showing interesting clips about Chernobyl from a number of documentaries on the 2 hour journey. Our guide Oleg was fantastic, he spoke good english and had so much knowledge about not only Chernobyl but the history of the soviet union. Having a great guide like Oleg really makes the trip more enjoyable! I would certainly recommend booking with Solo East, they have been operating tours much longer than other companies that have simply jumped on the band wagon since the HBO series created a big increase in tourism, and Solo East haven’t increased their prices either as we had planned to book a trip a few years ago until our flights got cancelled. All in all a unique, eerie and very interesting experience I would highly recommend!
We visited Kiev and took a trip to Chernobyl on the Sunday. We were picked up from near McDonalds in the city centre by Igor. Our bus was a small bus which was great, during our trip I seen busses that heald maybe 20-30 people, the good thing about this trip was that there was only 9 of us, it was very personal. We were driven to Chernobyl and watched a documentary on the bus on the way there. We were taken through security by Igor who explained everything to us and made sure we were dressed appropriately. (Make sure you check your documents as to what is acceptable to wear as you won’t get in if you are dressed inappropriately). We were taken through the green and amber zones, had a couple of stop points to take photos and visit buildings, we had lunch in a hotel which was included in the price and was a lovely meal. From there we headed to the red zone, we were taken to a hospital, Kindergarten, School, block of flats and to reactor 4. This trip was so interesting and to be honest, it was our guide Igor that made the whole experience! he is so knowledgeable about Kiev and Chernobyl itself. We were taken to Pripyat too and details of the disaster were explained to us. Igor is so professional, he speaks really good English and you can tell he really loves his job and wants to give you the best experience possible. Im so glad we took this tour with this company and had Igor as our guide rather than a tour with a different company with more people on each trip. I really felt like everything was explained to us, the history, the background and the aftermath of the disaster. I would really recommend this tour and hope you get Igor as a guide. 100% worth doing if you’re in Kiev. Hopefully i’ll go back one day. Thank you so much Igor!!
Private Day Tour
Had a fantastic day tour with SoloEast to Chernobly. Picked up from my hotel and driven to the zone by my expert guide Pasha, he was first class. Its a long day, about 12 hours including travel there and back. A very good quality lunch is included in the price and we ate at Chernobyl`s only privately run hotel. Having initially booked a group tour, I decided to change it to the private one. It was about $300 more expensive than the group tour, but Chernobly is a place you tend to visit only once in your life. We were very lucky and avoided the crowds, that morning 306 people were booked to do tours.. I got to visit the amusement park, NSC New Safe Confinement over reactor number 4, hospital, Doga radar station, the hotel, supermarket and other incredible places. If you visit Chernobyl in the summer, take LOTS of water and insect replant, you will need them both. It was one of the most incredible days of my life. Thanks to Pasha and SoloEast for making this happen 10/10 from me 🙂
Amazing day trip
I did the day tour with Solo East tours, Kiev. It was absolutely fantastic. The amount of places we were able to visit was incredible and the whole day was run with pin point efficiency. The price included a modern, comfortable mini bus and and a tasty and generous hot lunch. The sights and locations alone are of course great, but what really elevated the day to the next level was our tour guide Alex. He was funny, spoke brilliant English and was great at working with our group on what we wanted to do / gave us options for how long we wanted to spend at each location. What I liked most about Alex was that he wasn’t scared to give his unbiased and honest opinions about the events and politics surrounding the incident and everything associated with what is still generally still a sensitive subject in this part of the world. He also gave us a good overview and understanding of Ukrainian history and it’s people, which was very informative and I wouldn’t have learnt otherwise. Highly recommend
Chernobyl 2 Day Tour
Probably one of the coolest experiences I have ever been on! I am very glad I did the 2 day vs the 1 day tour as the group was very small, and we had plenty of time to explore everything. There were only 6 of us, and that gave us a little more latitude on what we did, how long we stayed at a particular place, etc… Igor went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time! He even made a video for us that he sent at the end. I couldn’t recommend this tour and this company enough! The only down side was the food at the hotel in the zone. There was zero choice on what we got, and they happened to serve the one food I won’t eat (cucumbers) at every single meal. Also just a warning the hotel has community bathrooms. It is what it is though, it was worth it to get to stay in the zone!
The best tour i have ever experienced, would highly recommend it
Myself & my brother booked a two day Chernobyl tour with Solo East tours, i would recommend anyone who wishes to visit Chernobyl to do the two day tour, there is some much to see & learn, & i believe a one day tour would not do it justice. Our guide was Alex Liudvikovskiy, in my opinion solo east tours are very lucky to have Alex on their payroll, i can not express enough the professionalism of this young man. Alex was extremely knowledgeable about the Chernobyl disaster, his english was perfect, & answered so many questions with ease. Alex also has great sense of humour which made our tour very enjoyable. Alex also had photos of what the old buildings looked like before the explosion, it provided a envision prior to 1986 disaster. The tour was very well organised. Chernobyl was a experience i will never forget, i would suggest anyone who has interest in visiting do so before the buildings fall down, they are not maintained so its only a matter of time before they are all gone. Pripyat is the biggest abandoned town & its like a time capsule from the Soviet era. It also feels very apocalyptic, the silence is so eerie, the buildings are so run down & old, paint peeling off the walls. When i looked up at the so many private apartments it gave me a great sense of loss to think that at one time that was once a family home, now completely deserted, & personal items looted many years ago. It also felt terribly sad that so many people who had hopes & dreams were forced to abandon it all, the average age was 26 years, & almost all of its nearly 50,000 residents had some connection to the nuclear powerstation, three kilometres away. It was also so sad that so many people feel ill due to the radiation, & criminal that the Soviet government did not evacuate the population immediately. The saddest ending has to be firefighters & liquidators who not only risked their health, but also their lives to make not only the USSR at that time, but also Europe a more safer place, without their braveness i can not bear to think what kind of world we would be living in today. We had many stops at different locations, eg abandoned villages, Radio Duga, abandoned trains, docks, memorials, bridge of death, cooling towers, the amusement park with its famous ferris wheel that was never used, view of the red forest, & of course reactor number 4 with its huge new sarcophagus. The hotel we stayed in Chernobyl was very nice, clean & the food was lovely. Our tour bus was modern, clean & comfortable, we could even charge our phones. Chernobyl hits all emotions, sadness, feel angry, loss, curiosity, eerie feelings, time capsule, & the hope that a accident like that will never happen again. All in all, i’m so glad i did the Chernobyl experience.
It was simply amazing!
It was my second time I’ve visited the Abandoned Zone. I’ve arranged a very nice package through Solo East with airport transportation, 2 overnights in the Orane Cottage (very very cosy!), a visit to the power plant itself and the most amazing part of the tour, a 4 private visit to the Zone itself. To be short … it was simply amazing! Together with a friend we’ve visited lots of locations that resulted in lots of pictures (nearly 1400!) . I definitely recommend going with Solo East if you are planning a trip to Chernobyl. Make sure to ask the staff of Solo East to have Igor as guide. He is a very nice man that knows a lot about the Zone and can tell everything in a nice and comprehensive way. He can also show you some incredible places that you don’t see on regular visits.
We booked a private tour for 6 of us for a one day trip to Chernobyl. Our group size was just about right. Too many more people would have limited the amount we could see in the time we had. Our tour guide Alex Liudvikovskiy was brilliant. We were very well looked after and his knowledge of the Chernobyl disaster and surrounding area was extensive. Alex supplemented our tour with his own collection of photos where we were able to compare the places or buildings we were looking at with original pictures. His passion for his job made our trip that much better. The food was nice with either meat or a vegetarian option. Fruit, pudding and bottled water was included. The canteen was crowded and may not be right for everyone but, this is only a stopping point from the main event. The facilities were clean and quite pleasant. I would thoroughly recommend this tour and Alex as your guide. I would certainly go again in the future as the area is so vast and there is so much to see.ivate tour
Chernobyl tour 10/6 2019!
Picked up at the Hotel in Kiev for a full day of worldclass urban exploring with our kameras of the Chernobyl area with the best guide for the job Igor. Igor kept us constantly finding new amazing places to take pictures of and got all the stories behind them. We got much more out of our trip there than we hoped for and his knowledge of the Pripyat area and the other places was just pure gold. I think we in my group of 8 people did the right thing by taking the private tour and not a big group. It made moving around so much quicker and thats is important, It’s a huge place and lots of things to see! There’s so much more to write but i gonna let that be a suprise for when you finally get there like it was for us on our tour with Igor! Don’t miss out on this and treat the area with respect, There’s no other place in the world like it. /Jon Gorder
Chernobyl Private Tour - Excellent!
We had an excellent Private Tour to Chernobyl with Solo East Travel on 29th August. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel. Our guide Diana was excellent, very knowledgeable and made the day about the parts we particularly wanted to see and how long we could spend there. Our driver Vladimir was very good. A nice lunch was included. We would thoroughly recommend Solo East Travel, Diana and Vladimir for your Chernobyl experience, it was excellent!
Sharon W Amazing Trip - Exceeded All Expectations
My sister and I did a 2-day trip to Chernobyl last week with Tania who was the best tour guide. We had an amazing time and would definitely recommend Solo East to anyone planning a trip to the Chernobyl site. I’d recommend the two day trip as you get to see so much and you aren’t rushing from place to place. Group sizes are about 12 which means its not overcrowded and the bus comes with WiFi and usb charging points too (helpful when you take a lot of photos). Tania was an amazing guide – so enthusiastic, friendly and helpful and made our trip to Chernobyl really memorable. The company were quick to respond to any emails and kept us up to date. Overall, really pleased we booked this trip.
Excellent tour and guide
My husband and I were interested in exploring Chernobyl but weren’t 100% sure what to expect during the tour. Alex our guide was brilliant, he had so much knowledge and made the day really interesting. He was able to offer personal stories and photographs which made the day so much more fascinating. We would highly recommend this tour if you have an interest in the history of chernobyl. Be prepared to do quite a bit of walking and wear comfortable shoes.
Fantastic experience from start to finish!
We booked a private tour with Tanya as our guide and it was a truly unforgettable experience. Tanya was knowledgeable, friendly and was fantastic throughout the tour. The driver too was brilliant taking us in and out of the exclusion zone. Even though it is more expensive than a group tour, a private tour is a much better option considering you get a more personalised experience than on a group tour. If you’re interested in going to Chernobyl, then I fully recommend SoloEast and Tanya as your guide to this fascinating place.
Awesome experience and great tour guide
My son and I visited Chernobyl in late August on a one day tour with SoloEast. It was without a doubt one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. The tour was so well organised and professional. Not much to see at the Nuclear Power Station because of the new sarcophagus, if anything, it looks like a large aircraft hanger. The best part is definitely- Pripyat it was impressive to see how the vegetation has reclaimed the city so quickly. Also enjoyed visiting the abandoned radar site, the scale of it is impressive Our tour guide Anya was a laugh and kept us all entertained. She added her own personal touch to the tour which was an incredible experience. Anyone who gets to experience the tour with her as their guide is guaranteed to have an amazing time. Definitely 10/10 from myself and my son I have no complaints about the tour, just positives and memories to last a lifetime. Would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Ukraine.
Chernobyl in a day
Bus 4 with Victoria as guide and Igor driving. Victoria talks *a lot* but she’s fun, friendly and knowledgable about the trip (not sure about the terrible Ukrainian jokes!!) We were given an outline of the day before we set off in the minibus – 14 passengers. Sit on the left and not at the back if you can. Wow the roads are in poor shape, I think Igor found a few potholes on the way. There are plenty of bathroom stops with the first one being at a petrol station which also has a shop where you can buy provisions for the day – I’d recommend plenty of water especially on a hot day which ours was. Plenty of photo stops where Victoria told us more about the history of Chernobyl. Lunch was filling and plentiful and then it was on to reactor no 4 and Pripyat where we saw so much (no spoilers). The Russian Woodpecker was our final stop, awesome due to the sheer size of it. A long day arriving back in Kyiv around 8:30 but so worthwhile. Thank you to Victoria and everyone else who helped me up and down the steep bits and some dodgy steps. Thoroughly recommend.
Daniel and Chris Chernobyl tour review
Recently went on the Chernobyl tour on the 5th of September, the tour was everything I expected and more our driver Sergey and guide Diana both made us feel more that welcome, had a very pleasant drive there and back from Chernobyl complements of Sergey good driving made us feel very safe we where very impressed by Diana’s in-depth knowledge and ability to answer any question you asked and the charisma in which she delivered the tour made ours and our groups day much more memorable we could not have had a better person to show us around this astonishing place thank you Diana. I would highly recommend going on this tour and if you have the pleasure of being on Sergey and Diana group you won’t be disappointed 10 out of 10 well done guys
We took a one day tour to Chernobyl with Anya as our guide and Sergiy as our driver. It was one of the best travel days of my life! Anya is so well informed, funny and patient, and answered all our questions fully. We saw more than we ever anticipated, with a few surprises as well. Not one single thing could have made our day better, it was fantastic. We went on a Saturday, and were told that up to a thousand people would visit that day, but despite that fact, we were able to take the most amazing pictures, and felt truly alone at times. Sergiy was also interacting with our group, and told us interesting things as well! I would recommend this tour to any one, any day!
Fascinating trip and excellent guide
Tanya was our guide and Sergei was our driver. Both were fantastic Small 15 seater air conditioned mini bus was waiting exactly where they said it would be on the ticket. Tanya welcomed us on board and checked our passports – correcting an error made on my part. It’s a 2 hour drive to the exclusion zone. There’s a quick stop at a petrol station just outside Kyiv to purchase drinks and snacks and use the toilet. Make sure you purchase water and some snacks – it’s a long day! On the way you watch a couple of documentaries. Tanya then explained in fantastic English how the day would work and how to pass through the checkpoints and the rules etc. Despite this being a hugely popular trip our experience never felt crowded. We skilfully navigated our way around other groups. Tanya has fantastic knowledge about the area and provided really interesting facts about each area where we stopped. The food was really tasty at lunchtime. A small salad, chicken, rice and veg, a cake and an apple along with a bottle of water. The whole experience is fascinating and sad at the same time. I would highly recommend this tour. Sergei navigated the bumpy roads with skill too!
Awesome trip! Great organization and the perfect guide, Tanya! She gave excellent information in clear english and showed us around Chernobyl and Pripyat. Only the wheater was really, really hot but that was not only in Chernobyl. Worth the money and worth the time!
Interesting Day Out
SoloEast gave us a fantastic day out, in comfortable transport with a very good driver. Solo East meet up at Independence Square and not the Train Station so ideal for those staying in town as it’s a 7.30 start. Our guide Alex was excellent too I think everyone else makes it clear what you see on this trip so I don’t need to go over it again, but they do take your safety very seriously and look after you well on the trip
One day private tour
Booked a one day private tour for four people. Had a wonderful day with our guide Igor. Picked up on time, smooth checkpoints, all-around good organization. Igor was friendly and very knowledgeable about the Zone, its history and technical details. We loved the dry humor as well. We’ll probably be back one day for a multi day trip, seems to be worth it, so many more things to see.
Super tour! Go for 2 days but SKIP the powerplant tour
This tour was really great and definitely worth the money! our guide, Alex L. was a really enthusiastic and trustworthy guide who gave no fake stories to increase the drama, compared to some tourist guides sometimes does. Definitely go for the 2 day tour as you will miss a lot otherwise! However, skip the power plant tour – it is managed by another firm and was way over priced, overcrowded, stressed, didn’t leave time for questions. We all wished that we would have stayed with the SoloEast guide instead of going to the plant.
Highly recommend to anyone in the Kyiv area. Katya was our guide and she was truly so well versed and knowledgeable in the history. What an experience. This tour by SoloEast was recommended to us by a number of people. Felt safe at all times. You will not regret it!! Thank you Katya for the day, we will never forget and will never stop talking about!!!!
Fernando and Lorena from Argentina
We enjoy all excursion. VIKTORIA and VADIM the best. Viktoria was nice with us all moment because my language is Spanish but she spoke very clearly. Viktoria have a lovely mood , she has full battery all day!!! This is good because the tour is almost 12 hours. All persons in SOLOEAST was kind with me and my wife . All they say in the internet page is true. I want to congratulate and thank Viktoria and SOLOEAST COMPANY for the best experience that my wife and I have lived. I will tell my story in Argentina for bring more people to know This experience.
Alex best guide and humbling experience
We booked before leaving UK through here but would have been cheaper elsewhere about £80 each. We were at pick point early and 6 mini buses left at 8.15 with stop at services for drink and toilet arriving exclusion zone 10.05. After passport check and given radiation monitor we were off. Mini bus had 14 people english, Canadian, swedish and was conducted in English by Alex our guide. First stop a deserted village With kindergarten and houses. Alex showed difference in contamination of ground, moss and trees. Next the main town, areas and wonderful meal at 12 in main canteen. Ordered in advance veggie pork or chicken. We had chicken savoury rice, water, bread and salad all brought in from Kiev. It’s was wonderfully tasty and I now know it’s also where workers eat. We went to the red forest area and all 5 reactors. Very interesting the history and plenty of photos. Next to the ghost town Pripyat which I was most interested in. I have been fascinated by the disaster from when it happened and have researched it extensively. The way nature has claimed the area back, the horses, ladies whom moved back but the town fascinated me the most. Alex provided some excellent facts, the football ground, supermarket the Ferris wheel never used. It was very moving walking around and picturing how it was. Would have liked to go to hospital so that’s next time. But saw school apartments and pool. Alex gave you time to reflect and answered all the groups questions, we had all bonded by now lol. Then the final part which was a true eye opener and the catalyst for the town and reactors. Long bumpy ride back to check point and back kiev 20.15. Thank you Alex for a truly memorable experience and your professional attitudes, your laughter and your personal insight to thus areas and event. I have a 49 year old campervan so know the weekend upkeep Will be back and hubby now has a true insight into something, he would not watch the HBO series but hopefully will now. Thank you for a fab group and mini bus with wifi, air con and videos just please sort the suspension out. I disabled with limited mobility in my feet and hands so was exhausted next day and struggled with some of the steps and rough terrain but wanted to do that before being further immobile, so wear good boots or trainers and get fit
Great Company to Tour Chernobyl
This tour has already got lots of reviews, so I’d just concentrate more on the practicalities – in terms of the standards though, I’d highly recommend this place. Practicalities – Overall, I thought the one-day tour was just right to cover all the major sights (which this tour does bring one to – the reactor / sacrophagus, a 1h-walk through Pripyat with its abandoned communal buildings, amusement park, stadium and the claw, and the Duga radar) – Whilst there are a few companies visiting Chernobyl, they do seem to make it a point not to bring everyone to the same place at the same time, which we appreciate very very much – having the site to just our tour group made it seem a lot more personal and it retains the atmosphere – We had about 30 people signing up with SoloEast that day, and they split us into 2 buses of about 15 each. My group never really ran into the other group of 15 within the exclusion zone because of the reason above – in fact, it was just us 15 almost all the time – Our guide, Tanya, was very good with her explanations and in keeping the tour interesting. She also showed us some interesting hot spots, where the dosimeter reading shoots up. – Lunch was pretty decent. I was expecting a cold bento box based on general reviews, but it was a plate of hot rice with pork steak, together with a sweet apple bun and salad. – Bus had wifi in it, though within the exclusion zone it does still sometimes get a bit wonky (but hey you’re not there to surf the internet!) All in all, the visit to Chernobyl was really sobering, and one of the highlights amongst not just Ukraine, but all around the world (together with the nuclear missile museum, but that was not with SoloEast but rather done independently – you can check my other review out) Thanks Tanya for the amazing trip!
Everything worked smoothly from the time of the reservation to the actual excursion. Our guide, Tanya, was very knowlegeable also on matters that were not directly involved with the tour locations, but related. We had a great day at visiting the lost village, Pripyat city, the Chernobyl power plant and the Duga 2 radar system. Highly recommended by all of us!
Great tour, organized and studied in detail, Alex our guide was very professional, explaining every detail to perfection. I will definitely come back soon on another tour, See you soon
Amazing adventure with Igor
I did a private tour with Igor in June. It was brilliant!!! I remember hearing about the explosion on the news as a teenager. To be able to see the area and the buildings was surreal. I work as a radiotherapy nurse so I have some understanding about radiation but this accident and the impact to the environment was shocking. I felt Igor showed me all aspects of zone from ordinary citizens homes, schools, community centres and the famous fairground. I chose to do a private tour because I find big groups can slow things down and something gets missed. I also get motion sickness on big buses. I enjoyed the personalised experience. I was exhausted at the end of the day but it was worth it. Igor is friendly, easy going and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him as a guide.
book in advance! private trip is totally worth it!!
This was our 2nd trip to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, both times with SoloEast Travel Chernobyl. The first time we went was a regular group ticket, 1d trip which served the purpose and was great. However, this time we wanted the individual treat so we booked a private tour, and it was WORTH IT. Our guide was Igor, he was super nice and very experienced. He showed us lots of great places and we learned a lot from him. My personal highlight was the visit of the train station and the yacht anchorage place. Visiting Chernobyl still is controversial, at least where we come from in Switzerland. However, this place, whilst it may be dead for humans forever, is such a great place of nature and is fully alive for all sorts of animals. We should respect what happened more than 30 years ago but we should also give this wonderful piece of land a chance. Go there, see for yourself, treat the place and history with respect and be fascinated by the nature. We can highly recommend SoloEast Travel, and if you have the chance to sign with Igor, do so. He is a gem!
Absolute Must Do!
The tour with Alex was such a memorable experience. He kept everyone safe the entire time, gave great information and made sure we moved along at a good pace. I loved every minute of this interesting tour and highly recommend SoloEast as a very organized tour company.
CHERNOBYL ONE-DAY TOUR WE'LL NEVER FORGET
Our friend suggest to join SoloEast agency for the Chernobyl tour and he was right they are really kind and helpful, since the beginning when we were planning the trip. We book a one day private tour, our guide Igor has been great he picksup us from the hotel in Kiev, and drive us to the tour answering all our questions, optimizing time and showing the best spot avoiding to stay in the same spot with other group. We where able to visit Chernobyl, Chernobyl-2 , Prypiat , Chernobyl Plant from outside. We Trully recommend it ….We suggest a two days tour …..there are a lot of things to see, that’s why we are already thinking to plan another Tour! 😀
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