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Visited September 2017 

 

“Amazing tour with an amazing guide”

We came from Turkey to join this tour. The tour was awesome. The tour guides Anastasia and Tanja are great people that are full of information with fluent English. We highly recommend Solo East Travel to whom thinking to take Chernobyl tour.

elifesku
Izmir, Turkey

“Top day with lovely people!”

I arranged for pickup from my AirBnB, just having arrived late the previous day in Kiev. Driver Nazar had a little trouble finding my place, which is not well served by Google Maps, but eventually did, and he really set the tone for the day … relaxed, friendly, and professional.

The essentials re passports and paperwork were handled quickly and efficiently, and we headed out of the city in a comfy mini-bus. Toilet and snack stop along the way was good.

Once in the exclusion zone area, Anastasia and the other lovely guide (whose name I’ve forgotten, damn it) were just wonderful at setting the scene and explaining what we were visiting. We stayed just long enough at each spot to get a good look and feel. The guides were great with taking photos of/with us visitors, at lots of places. And they told the story of the incident, the places, the people, the effects … really well.

And at the end of the day, I was the last passenger on the bus, and they took me back to my apartment … which was just really sweet of them. A longer day for all of them, than for any of us visitors, and it was really appreciated.

Just a wonderful day. Thanks guys 🙂

Tony C

“Once in a lifetime”

Literally the best tour I’ve ever been on. Fascinating, well-organised, packed with sights, experiences and surprises. Our guide Nazar was patient, knowledgable, informative and witty (struck a perfect balance between telling us of the full tragedy yet somehow ‘keeping it light’). I expected great things and got even more. I really can’t recommend it highly enough.

Tagois
TripAdvisor member since 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark

“Surreal, fascinating, sad- but definitely worth it!”

If you’re worried this will be ‘touristy’… it won’t. You get right in there, right up close, and it’s definitely a genuine experience.

Wear good shoes- you’ll be walking on glass and rubble.

SoloEast guides were people genuinely fascinated with the place themselves- they’ll take you where others won’t.

evamland
TripAdvisor member since 2009
Madrid

“SoloEast 1 day Chernobyl trip”

A 5 star trip! Everything about the trip fantastic. The guides (Nadia & Tania) were great, especially Nadia’s humour! They couldn’t have packed any more into the day, there was not a wasted minute. I knew about what to expect on these tours and this tour delivered everything I wanted to see. It was a good mixed group, I was expecting all middle aged men (like me!). Great value, thank you SoloEast for a memorable day.

Nick (UK)

“One in a Life Time Experience”

Visiting Exclusion Zone of Chernobyl with SoloEast Travel was a great and one in a life time experience. Nazar who was both our driver and guide, was very informative, knowledgeable and kind. Not only did he take us to all interesting places but he also tried his best to answer all questions from the group. So I would totally recommend SoloEast Travel and Nazar.
A bit more about the tour: Entering the 30km exclusion zone requires some bureaucratic work and Sunday is a popular day for the tour so expect some waiting while entering the zone. We were on a van (small bus) with a total of 17 people so it did not take long. The reason why I had chosen SoloEast was that they guaranteed small buses and they kept their promise. Be careful with other tours since you can end up with a big bus (which we saw on the site) and long waiting periods.
Nazar paid special attention not to encounter with other groups and he was really good at that. Most of the day we were like the only group to visit the sites although there were several groups. Nazar showed photos of the sites before the accident while visiting by which you understand what time and nature can do.
The tour started at 8:15 and we returned to Kiev at around 7:15 so be prepared for a long day. The dress code is not very strict and you can smoke during the day. If there are not any officials or police (which is the case for most of the time), you can visit the buildings in Pripyat inside as well, although it is stated as forbidden.

Kaan R
TripAdvisor member since 2013

“A must do!”

This trip was one of the main reasons I wanted to visit Kiev. Our tour guide Nazar picked us up at our hotel and I was immediately impressed with his friendliness. A 2 hour drive and we arrived at the 30km exclusion zone which is the start of the tour! From there you drive in toward the reactors and then to Pripyat. All I can say is that it’s amazing! Very surreal and incredibly interesting. Nazar showed us pictures of Pripyat as it was in the early 1980s and the contrast is incredible.

The famous Ferris wheel emerges from the forest!

The tour ends with a stop at an old Soviet missile detection installation, which was impressive!

Lunch was also included in a small hotel in Chernobyl town.

If you’re in Kiev, you simply must do this tour. I’d give it 6 stars if I could.

DLL23
Belfast, United Kingdom

“My amazing day in Chernobyl with Vika ”

As soon as I met Vika at check in she was amazing , she was happy and humerus and made it easy for me. From then on she was very knowledgeable and explained everything, answered any questions we in the group had and showed us some amazing places and things. I am extremely happy with my tour with her and soloeast , and I recommend them and Vika to anyone, you won’t be disappointed
Ps, don’t call her the violet pyjama

E4720JZmattm
From Brisbane, Australia

“Great tour to Chernobyl, don´t miss it.”

We went to Chernobyl and Pripyat 2/9 and it really exceed my expectations.
Anastasia the guide we had was just great, good english speaking and most of all, she felt passioned and really engaged ( five stars ).

Maria B
TripAdvisor member since 2008

Visited Аugust 2017 

 
“Fantastic experience with SoloEast”

I travelled a lot, but Chernobyl is absolutely unique destination. I choosed SoloEast and it was great choice. Victoria (Vika) was a brilliant tour guide – clearly very passionate and knowledgeable. Highly recommended, safe and very informative.

Segodnya1
TripAdvisor member since 2013
Jacksonville, Florida

“Brilliant”

Fantastic day with Anastasia our guide, who was very knowledgeable and passionate..and knew some great spots to show us….it’s safe to visit (not all guides/tours are the same), but I would take good shoes, long sleeves and long trousers ad a good dose of water in the summer…oh and a good camera…it’s very photogenic. Would certainly book with solo east again. Lunch was brilliant too!

Adomski99
TripAdvisor member since 2009

“Fantastic experience, made better by the facilities and knowledgeable guide – Many thanks!”

I visited with friends after wanting to go here since the exclusion zone opened to tourists in 2009 – we immediately settled on SoloEast to book our tour following great reviews on TripAdvisor.

Words can’t describe the experience of walking through the abandoned city, and I could flood this site with thousands of pictures taken during the tour.

We were picked up promptly, and allocated a coach, with air conditioning & wifi to travel to the zone, we stopped about 1 hr away for a comfort break and to pick up snacks.

Entry to the zone was quick and hassle free

We visited the Chernobyl town, various monuments, the site of the power station, DUGA-3 Radar and township, and finally Pripyat (the holy grail for me). We spent maybe 1hr 45 or so within the town and got to explore almost all of it (bar the swimming pool & palace of culture).

Discussing with my friends after, we felt we would opt for a private tour next time, whilst the group was only 18 or so, it made getting photos without other people standing in (or walking into frame) quite difficult – so I had to hang back to get my photos – apologies for everyone who had to wait for me….

Our guide, Nadia was very knowledgeable about the disaster, (despite likely happening well before her time) the repercussions and effects on the local wildlife and populace, and made no secret of the fact that a lot of this was hushed up at the time under the former Soviet regime. Nadia and the other tour guide (also operated by Solo East) spoke excellent English, and were able to answer questions at length about the tour.

Whilst the tour was quite a long day, walking was maybe restricted to an hour or so at any time – so hardly too tiring) the hours were about 8am from pickup to to 8pm (drop off – we arrived back in Kiev about 9ish following a short breakdown – unforeseeable, but a bit of help from the tourists got it back up and running and we were able to carry on without incident.

This was a fantastic experience, one I will definitely repeat within the next 20 years, and I urge anyone who is interested in the disaster to attend, very well done SoloEast, and Nadia in particular!

Andy F


“Amazing experience in Chernobyl”

Our private tour for three persons was amazing. Kostya knew the history and area and took us every place we could imagine. The pick up was exactly on time at our hotel in Kiev and the 12 hour day was spent seeing and learning about the disaster. We were so thrilled with the experience that we booked another SoloEast guide, Anna, for a 4 hour walking tour of Kiev the next morning. Highly recommend this travel agency for anything to do around Kiev.

katejumps
TripAdvisor member since 2011
Copenhagen, Denmark

“Beyond great experience!”

We went on a private tour with Soloeast 25.08.2017. The booking process was smooth, and we got picked up as agreed on our hotel.

We were met by our guide and the driver and they checked that we had the necessary equipment and papers.

On our way to Chernobyl, we got lots of information from an extremely knowledgeable and likable guide. She put on several interesting information videos, and the 2 hour drive went fast. The car was also equipped with portable WIFI, so we could use the Internet.

At the 30 km exclusion zone checkpoint, we gave the other travellers and guards a good laugh when we revealed our “slightly overkill” equipment consisting of tyvek hazmat dresses and protective boots…

The guide and driver wore regular clothes, and the guards and police seemed to find our group quite amusing: 9 guys in hazmat suits led by a good looking female guide who wore regular clothes…

From the 30 km exclusion zone we went to several checkpoints and our guide told jokes and gave us information all the time. We learned a lot during this trip, but we also had a great time as our guide and driver were extremely likable people.

We got too see the reactor up close, we saw the fish in the cooling channel. We spent a long time in pripyat and at the “duga-3” installation. In between we visited several other sights with the kindergarden, the robots, signs etc. We also had a nice lunch inside the 30 km exclusion zone.

Safety:
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We felt safe after getting the necessary information, and we also felt good about being scanned several times when passing the checkpoints.

Summery:
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We learned more that we had expected, we saw much more that we could have imagined and we had an overall “beyond great” experience.

Severin877
TripAdvisor member since 2014
Harstad, Norway

“Two day Chernobyl Tour with SoloEast”

I cannot believe Chernobyl is not a globally popular destination! I travel around a lot and this has probably been the best experience of my life! Millions travel to see the holocaust attractions while this one is almost forgotten. The trip is pretty safe!

I travelled with SoloEast, I have had the best experience with them, throughout planning the trip until it actually happened. We have exchanged emails over 40 times in order to make my drone plan work. They were there on time in Maidan on the day of the trip. I was with a great tour guide, Igor, with a lot of knowledge, great spirit, funny and an excellent English language. He loves what he does and it shows. He took us to every corner in Pripyat, was patient with our photography requests, and cleared all our doubts. He made the trip to Chernobyl not only informative, but fun!

The food was good enough, the hotel rooms were basic but clean, and lets be honest, on your 2 day tour, would will just sleep and sleep and sleep when you get to your hotel room. I was also allowed to fly my drone since we planned this in advance, Igor was very patient and even suggested to me where I should be doing it for the good shots.

As a bonus for our already awesome trip, Igor took us to meet one of the self-settlers, this was really really cool.

This was the best experience of my life, mainly because it’s Chernobyl and partly because it was with a good tour company ‘SoloEast’ and it was well planned.

A small advice, if you have time, go for the 2 day tour, it’s worth it.

No doubt I will be doing this again…

Ahmad A
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

“Fantastic experience! ”

I was planning to go there for quite some time. Finally with group of friends we’ve decided and booked a one day tour. And it was great. Our guide Nadezdha was informative funny and super friendly. Me and my friends were always staying behind mesmerised by all the environment. Thanks for not leaving us behind! Hah

So,we’ve spent the first part of the day in the surrounding villages, and had a lunch. Then alongside with visiting the Duga-3 radar my jaw just dropped. It’s impossible to explain in words how big is it. You have to see it for yourself. After seeing couple more cool places like reactor no.4 we’ve finally stopped in Prypiat.
And my god how good it was!
Being able to see with our own eyes the Ferris wheel, swimming pool, other amazing abandoned buildings, great panorama of the city from a top of the roof..
Simply awesome!
I recommend one day tour for people visiting Zone for the first time as it gives you an idea and sort of feeling for this place.
We’ll definitely be back this time for a private tour to immerse ourselves even deeper!

Pablopicass

“Excellent trip”

Booked the one day Chernobyl tour. We were locked up in central Kiev in a modern air con minibus with Wi-Fi. Excellent tour guide Vika who was very knowledgeable. It’s about a two hour drive to the exclusion zone. There we drove round the site with numerous stops for photos. Then toured the abandoned buildings of pripiyat. Derelict and abandoned so wear tough shoes. Saw all the sites, swimming pool, amusement park etc. Dinner was provided at a cafe at about 3pm. First class trip, highly recommended.

ikcdab
TripAdvisor member since 2009
Taunton

“Amazing tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide”

We met in central Kiev for the 1 day group tour. Our guide for the day was Nazar, who spoke excellent English. The drive to Chernobyl was about 2 hours, with a quick stop at a services to get some food/water. There was a lot of video documentaries on the drive which were extremely informative and entertaining.

During the day we managed to visit a large number of locations around Chernobyl, and Nazar was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining with his tour.

I couldn’t recommend a tour of Chernobyl more, and SoloEast would definitely be my recommended provider, the entire day was brilliant.

stuairey
Leeds, United Kingdom

“Great Experience”

Very educational and enjoyable at the same time. SoloEast are extremely well organized and work hard to make this a great day out. Our guide, Timor, was extremely knowledgeable, has a lovely sense of humour and a is very nice person to get to know. I particularly noted that, rather than filling their coaches to capacity and running the minimum number of coaches and guides to maximize their profit, SoloEast ran more coaches and guides so that the groups were small, comfortable and intimate. As a result, there was plenty of room to stretch out on the coaches, it was easy to chat with the other participants, and there was always the opportunity to ask Timor any questions of personal interest. I highly recommend this tour and this tour operator.

usa30
TripAdvisor member since 2005
London, England

“2 private tours, most special place in the world, fantastic experience all round”

Having been once already to the Zone, I booked a private tour with SoloEast for me and my friends in June, and after spending 3 of the most incredible days of my life in the zone, with Nastya and Nazar as our guides, I started planning another private tour as soon as I got back to Kiev. Same amazing guides, new places to explore.

The exclusion zone is a special place: you can see the remains of an extinct empire, the post-apocalyptic display of nature taking back cities, and all in an atmosphere of pure exploartion, without tourist luxuries. It’s my favourite place in the world, here time has stopped for 30 years, and the result is just an overpowering feeling of peace, despite the horrors that the disaster inflicted upon those who lived here.

The amazing thing about going with Nastya and Nazar is the very clear joy and excitement with which they go about their work: it’s not just show and tell, they have their own deep desire to discover more, to learn more, and to convey their love of the place to others. Having guides like this, who explore with you, rather than just stick to a set itinerary, makes a huge difference when visiting a place like the Zone. Highly recommend this company and these guides to anyone I meet. Thanks for delivering two amazing tours to us!

Francis F

“Once in a lifetime experience. Great company to work with.”

I had an absolute blast. Relative to other things in Ukraine the trip seems expensive, but it is really worth every penny. Anastasia, the guide we had, was well informed and had a wicked sense of humour. She also had a good eye for the area and was able to take us to places which were less visited. The process seems a bit intimidating on paper, but it’s really not once you get there. The rules are simple and if you follow them you’ll emerge perfectly fine. The transport was very comfortable and the payment process was clean and easy.

Tyler B
TripAdvisor member since 2007
Ottawa, Canada

“Awwesome”

The trip was awesome. It is, in my opinion, a “MUST DO” activity for visitors to Ukraine. It is relatively expensive (when you first see the price) but it is worth every cent. The organisation is first class. You can choose to be collected from your hotel or you can meet at a central pre arranged location. The vehicles used to transport the team are modern & well equipped. The written briefings received prior to departure were very informative. Igor – the local manager was like a well oiled machine organising the various groups into the vehicles at the start of the day. Our driver (Nazar) was really good. He had huge knowledge of the history of the disaster & the local area. He really made the trip come alive. Thoroughly recommended!!


Anthony C
Christchurch, New Zealand

“Best trip ever! ”

Very interesting, adrenalin trip! I saw everything what i wanted to see! Power plant, pripjat, chernobyl, willages, duga radar… And very good microbus with movies about disaster there..

lenka0072016
Zlin Region, Czech Republic

“Just awesome”

This was a one off, awesome experience. Our guide was Nadya & she was fantastic.
The customer service at SoloEast deserves a mention first of all – it was absolutely first rate, very professional but also very friendly.
We arranged transport from and to our hotel for a small extra charge as it was our first day in Kiev & we weren’t sure of how far the pick up point was.
The trip itself was amazing, I remember it happening & never imagined I would see the place first hand…
They show a film on the journey which is fascinating-sad but fascinating & then you get to see all of the places…
I learned so much that day – don’t forget your passport, and don’t forget your camera! Make sure you wear proper footwear & have clothing to cover your arms & legs.
This experience will live with me forever, from standing next to the iconic Ferris wheel in Pripyat to feeding the giant catfish near the reactor – totally unforgettable.
Lunch was also included & Nadya makes sure you know where is safe/unsafe to tread, where there are rest rooms and also has some amazing ‘before’ pictures to compare.
Word of warning – there are lots of bugs & I got bitten a few times…but it was sooo worth it!
Highly, highly recommended if you are ever in the area.

Howesthat
TripAdvisor member since 2007
Halesowen, United Kingdom

“Excellent tour to the Exclusion Zone”

Really well organised tour. Nazar was our driver and guide and gave detailed explanations and information with a sense of humour. The day went so quickly, and everyone was enthralled by such an extraordinary and disturbing place. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Kiev.

wozza1984
TripAdvisor member since 2007
Adelaide, Australia

“Excellent in everything ”

Chernobyl was really fascinating to visit although hopefully there won’t be many of these attractions in the world. Our tour guides Anastasia and Timur were two of the best guides we ever had in tours. Knowledgeable, interesting with a good sense of humor, answering all sorts of questions related to chernobyl and ussr. Organization wise all was fine. The chernobyl tour is not to be missed if you are in kiev and soloeast is highly recommended for it.

nat2509
TripAdvisor member since 2009
Athens, Greece

Visited July 2017

“Amazing experience with great guides”

Our guide was Nastya and our driver was Nazar, both really great and informative, as well as making sure we were safe and comfortable the whole time. Indescribable trip, cannot recommend more. Learnt a lot over the two days, which felt like so much longer.

Elsa C

““I am extremely happy of my choice, worth every cent””

I ended up booking with Solo Travel after checkin online all the website that were offering the same tour in Kiev. I took into account prices, type of payments accepted and reviews and I finally decided to book with them. It turned out it was a really satisfatory decision as the tour was really well organised in every detail. Our guide Nadia, a tecaher with a deep knowledge about the history of the country and the area, was well prepared and a nice person. She was available for every sort of question along the day during the experience in the exclusion zones and always listened to us with a smile. If go back I would definitely bok again with them. Thanks Nadia and to all the staff, keep up with the great job

Federico F
Budapest, Hungary

“Private tour to Chernobyl”

We had a private tour to chernobyl. The booking and the pick up at our appartement went without any problems. Our tour guide Nadia was super fun and knew all about chernobyl and spoke very good english. We had a great time and saw all the places we wanted to see and even some places that we didn’t expect. I can highly recommend it.

SomeTripAdvis0rUser
Hamburg, Germany

Lifetime experience 5/5

Our guide knew loads of interesting and nice to know stuff about the destination. She spoke very good English also !! We also covered all the major places of The Zone and had plenty of time to take photos and hang around.

Very good price and smooth ride +++

Highly recommended.

Viola M
From Espoo, Finland

A great day out

You meet up in the centre of Kiev at 8.00am. You meet you’re guide, and are quickly put on a minibus. My guide, Tamir, immediately came over as friendly and helpful. There were about four minibuses that day but once you’re on board its not a convoy each minibus makes its own way. There were about 10 on my minibus – a mixture of couples and solos.

If you’ve hired a geiger counter you get it handed out here. Whether you need one is very much personal choice. The guide has one and will always tell you what the radiation level is whenever you ask but I quite enjoyed being able to glance at mine.

Its about a two hour drive to the 30km exclusion zone and one the way there is a brief 10 minute stop at services to pick up drinks and snacks. There is also a video on board – I thought I might find this tedious but it was fascinating and really set up the visit.

First you pass through the 30km check point into the exclusion zone – you have to book and provide passport details in advance. There’s another check point at 10km.

In the morning we visited remote abandoned villages and the town of Chernobyl itself – there’s lots of reviews on here so I won’t go into detail. Lunch was in Chernobyl – better than I’d expected. Basically soup followed by pork chop – vegetarian was available.

In the afternoon there was more of Chernobyl, including a memorial, and some equipment that was used to clear roofs of reactors. Then its off to the reactors themseleves – you get to about 200-300m from the new dome over the reactor that exploded. Finally a visit to Pripyat – the abandoned town closest to the reactor. We spent quite a long time walking through the town – the guide gave us a choice of walking or using the minibus. Really fascinating – and interesting how nature is taking the town back over – in some places its hard to recognise its a town.

On the way back you visit a massive old Russian radar station, get a radiation check, and then back to Kiev. We were back aout 7.30pm. Its a long day but well worth it.

The guide was superb – laid back, happy to talk and answer questions – and always making sure we happy. Excellent Englsih.

For those woried about radiation levels most of the trip the radiation levels are normal levels. Close to the reactor and around Pripyat I recorded levels about 6/7 times normal levels generally although it varies and this was the upper end. There are some ‘hot spots’ but they very localised and you have to bend down onto the ground to record significantly higher levels – about 150 times normal. Overall they say you get less total radiation then a long haul flight.

My tip would be to take some insect repellent. Insects aren’t always a problem but there one or two locations where they were a nuisance.

I’m not sure if the tour always follows the same order. Although there were quite a few minibuses at check points they don’t all follow each other.

One of the best tours I’ve ever done.

swanboy01
Level 6 Contributor
TripAdvisor member since 2010
From UK

“Excellent private tour in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone”

Our private tour with SoloEast was a great experience. Our guide, Konstantin, was a very pleasant and knowledgeable conversationalist with excellent English.
The process of booking the tour and the communications leading up to the trip were very good.
The trip began with a pickup by Konstantin at our hotel at 7:30 (the time was our choice). The drive to the 30km exclusion zone took about 2.5 hours with a quick stop for a coffee on the way.
We visited the Duga first (highly recommended! – and make sure you explore the buildings near to the Duga – there are lots of cold war artefacts still there).
Then off to a deserted kindergarten, not far from Chernobyl. Konstantin showed us some of the “hot spots” of radiation in the ground with a Geiger counter.
We also elected to visit the incomplete cooling tower of Unit 5 – this is highly recommended and great for photographs.
With a quick stop near the destroyed Unit 4 (now covered with the impressive “New Safe Containment”) we headed off to the deserted town of Pripyat, a couple of miles away. Visiting Pripyat is a unique experience. It is essentially a frozen (but now decaying) snapshot of a Soviet model town from the 1980s that was evacuated within a matter of hours.
A very pleasant lunch was provided in the town of Chernobyl.
All in all, we were both very impressed with this guided tour. We saw perhaps four other people throughout Pripyat. We weren’t sure whether this was because there was nobody else there or that Konstantin had done a great job of avoiding the crowds. Either way, Pripyat is best experienced alone!
Some points to note:
– Follow the guidance offered by the guide on where to avoid, etc.
– Bring a camera – this is a once in a lifetime experience.
– The entrance to the zone is rigorously controlled. Ensure you double-check passport numbers, etc.
With regards safety, the maximum background radiation that we measured was about the same as that measured on the flight over!
Highly recommended.

Michael R
Bristol, United Kingdom

Really really interesting – totally worth it!

Debated whether to visit Chernobyl or not (in terms of ‘safety’) but so glad we went to see it – the trip was my favourite day during our stay in Kiev – it was super informative and educational. Really eye opening and Timur had a fantastic sense of humour throughout which made it very enjoyable.

jazifiz
TripAdvisor member since 2014
London, United Kingdom

“We spent Interresting day on the Chernobyl Day Trip”

Very nice quide and driver. Long day 12h. Seen very many interresting places, could not been better in 12 hours. I only hope that I had time for two days trip…

Pentti K

“Once upon a time… ”

Let me tell you all something. Forget anything and everything else you’ve read or heard about Chernobyl and listen to me: book with SoloEast and make sure you get Nadia! That’s it. I don’t want to hear your excuses; just go!

The level of detail, organization, and care for the customers is something I have never seen in over 50 countries I have been to. Nadia was extremely knowledgeable, kind to the local animals, and always taking care of her guests. She was simply the best!

She took ample time to show us everything and engaged with us we truly felt special. Just book it. They will take care of you!

rebazagroup
Miami, Florida

Nice Guide, Best driver ever, awesome tour!

We booked this Tour only two days prior to departure, but the repräsentative in the phone (Victor) was very understanding and offered us Tickets right away. He spoke fluent English and was even helping us with technical payment issues.

On the morning oft departure, we met our tour guide Nastia, who was very charming and seasoned the tour with a plethora of interresting facts about the exclusion zones.

After a short busride, which was accompanied by a screening of media footage of the disastrous nuclear incident, we arrived at the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

Nastia not only explained to us the events that led to the nuclear meltdown, but also showed us places that stood as an example of the horrific changes this event imposed upon the local landscape as well as the inhabitants.

She safely guided us through one of the worlds most contaminated places, while still giving everyone the opportunity to photograph all their desired motifs.

After visiting abbandoned villages in the outer rim, we saw the City of Chernobyl with its still ongoing infrastructure, the actual nuclear power plant with the recently installed NSC and also the Ghost Town of Pripyat with the Amüsement Park and other known places.
At the End, we were driven to a highly secured Area containing secret Soviet spying equipment, which we Werke allowed to inspect.

After this marvellous journey and after passing multiple dosimeter checkpoints, we left Chernobyl and headed back to Kyiv.

Many thanks to Igor, our organizer on scene, and to our driver, who saved our lifes many times from the stupidity of others!
And thanks to Nastia for guiding us through this dangerous place, protecting us from unseen radiation hot spots and sharing the love for the poor exclusion-zone dogs, who constantly accompanied us during the tour.

Thanks and greetings from Germany!

Fabio H

Highly recommended

I thoroughly enjoyed the Chernobyl tour with SoloEast. It was a long day (8am-8pm) but it really didn’t feel that long as there were many things to do and places to see. Konstantin was a knowledgeable guide with a good sense of humour, and the driver Nazar was excellent too.

The videos were also very interesting, giving lots of information about the events of 1986 before venturing into the exclusion zone. It was a very strange experience visiting Chernobyl and Pripryat but something I’m very glad I did. Thanks to Konstantin, Nazar and SoloEast for a great trip!

Lawrie88
TripAdvisor member since 2009
Hong Kong, China

Unforgettable Chernobyl day trip by SoloEast Travel and Nadya

What a day: 12 hours filled with information, history, emotions – and loads of surreal scenes. The tour was very well organized, the vehicle and driver excellent, even the lunch at the Chernobyl canteen was tasty.

Special thanks to our great guide Nadya, who took us to the places we thought it’s not possible to visit! Absolutely un unforgettable, yet bewildering day.

Anu_Ignatius
Helsinki, Finland

“Great organized tour”

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

eduardkloboucek
Prague, Czech Republic

“Excellent day trip”

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

GZoya

“Wow!!!”

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

rtopossum
Saint Louis, Missouri

Incredible Day, Great Guides!

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

Sam R
TripAdvisor member since 2013
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Solo East Chernobyl tours

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

mart3303
TripAdvisor member since 2010
Cumming, Georgia

“What an experience!”

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

Beth E
TripAdvisor member since 2015

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

swalcher
TripAdvisor member since 2013

Visited June 2017

Dear Solo East Travel,

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

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

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

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

I am now thinking up an excuse to visit again!

Once again, thank you to all,

Kind regards,

Nick

“Above and beyond service with incredibly knowledgeable guide!”

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

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

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

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

CeliacTraveler2015
TripAdvisor member since 2007

“A must-do experience”

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

Felipe N
TripAdvisor member since 2017
Neuchatel, Switzerland

“Fascinating trip with thoughtful guide.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joe-Eric
TripAdvisor member since 2011
London, United Kingdom

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

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

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

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

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

Mark v
TripAdvisor member since 2012

“A truly unique experience”

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

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

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

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

Many thanks for SoloEast and Timur for making it happen.

Richard M
TripAdvisor member since 2014
Bournemouth, United Kingdom

“Extraordinary”

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

jucylucy l
TripAdvisor member since 2012
Frankfurt, Germany

“Amazing experience ”

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

Olivia L
TripAdvisor member since 2013
Brussels

“Friends weekend”

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

Ongeregeldzootje
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Amazing Tour of the Exclusion Zone.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Amazing!!!!”

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

intrepidgirl2015
Tacoma, Washington

“Unforgettable experience with top class guide”

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

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

“Unforgettable”

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

Saskia B
TripAdvisor member since 2012

“Just wow”

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

Amesshep
TripAdvisor member since 2011
Bristol, United Kingdom

“Best tour guide ever”

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

Joshiewoshie
TripAdvisor member since 2009
Toronto

“Interesting day”

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

bishop13
TripAdvisor member since 2011
Wellington, New Zealand

“Great tour Cherynobl ”

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

JPOscar04
TripAdvisor member since 2017

“2 days tour”

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

nancy88t
TripAdvisor member since 2007
Montreal, Canada

“Very high quality tour”

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

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

NoniPoni
TripAdvisor member since 2015

 


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