It was a great day tour with SoloEast. Igor was our driver and tour guide, he showed us many places with a different angle. He explained the accident and history detailedly, welcome to answer our questions. I will not forget the entire trip. Thank you SoloEast and thank you Igor.
Amazing tour of Chernobyl!
From start to finish, the trip was amazing. Our guide Nazar was very helpful and kind and answered every question we had. I’ve been wanting to visit the exclusion zone for years and the trip exceeded every expectation I had.
Best trip ever
This trip to the Chernobyl zone was absolutely amazing. Tania was our guide, she tells tons of interesting stories about the zone. Alex our driver brought us there safely during heavy snowy conditions. Do not hesitate and book this trip with soloeast. They provide luxurious vans and a great guide. You’ll see all the hotspots Chernobyl has to offer. It’s very nice, especially when there is snow.
Deeply moving, interesting and well worth it
We had an incredibly memorable time on a day tour here in January. The conditions were very cold and snowy, but this did not mar the tour at all. Picked up on time, eveything explained clearly by Tanya our guide who was very friendly and knowledgeable. The tour took us to to lots of poignant sites including a nursery, the generator itself, pripyat (swimming pool, ferris wheel, schools, etc.), Woodpecker early warning system and more. All in all an incredible and highly recommended day tour. Even the drive there included some really interesting videos about the disaster.
Chernobyl day trip with solo east
I had a wonderful trip with Anastasia and our driver Sergey. Chernobyl is well worth visiting. A poignant reminder of a past regime and the fragility of life. The ghost town of Pripyat is particularly moving. Seeing abandoned school classrooms with old textbooks and homework was very sad. How people’s lives can change overnight. I would advise anyone to visit with SoloEast. They were well organised and Anastasia is so informative and friendly. Ukraine is an amazing place to visit with such a rich culture and kind people.
Trip defining tour
Can’t miss tour to Chernobyl, with a knowledgeable guide. Our guide was Igor and he showed us many of the famous sites up close, snapped candid photos of us on the tour, and even showed us locations less known to the public. He had an answer to every question we were curious about, and was very friendly to the Chernobyl dogs
A surreal experience
At the recommendation of my hotel in Kiev, Ibis City Centre, I booked this trip as its been something Ive wanted to do for a while, having seen many documentaries etc on TV. The cost proved to be very reasonable. I was collected from my hotel at 07.30 by Nazar, who was the driver and guide for the day – he was superb, extremely knowledgeable personable and entertaining. He really made the trip so worthwhile. There was a total of 4 in the group a small number which I think helped the day. Details of what the visit covers are documented and all that was seen was meaningful. Lunch was included and I arrived back at my hotel at around 20.00 after negotiating the early evening Kiev traffic. This was an experience that will always live with me – surreal in a kind of way, but totally unique and something ticked off my bucket list. A truly great day made so good by Nazar – so a big thanks to him. Should I return to Kiev, I’ll do the trip again.
Amazing day tour to Chernobyl with guide Vika
I had an amazing day tour to Chernobyl with Solo East Travel on January 1st! Our guide for the day, Vika, was so knowledgable and enthusiastic to show us around the exclusion zone of Chernobyl. Giving us so much information, Vika certainly made our day very informative and exciting! Thank you Vika! I would certainly recommend Solo East Travel to my friends and family!
Excellent tour with an outstanding guide!
My day trip to Chernobyl with SoloEasy could not have been any better. The bus was punctual and clean. Our tour guide, Tanya, was exceptionally knowledgable and very friendly to all our guests. She took time to answer all questions from all guests and my whole party was delighted with her. I would recommend her as a guide to any friend thinking of visiting Chernobyl and Pripyat! This trip was the highlight of my trip to Ukraine. High recommended. Thank you SoloEast and thank you Tanya!
I will probably take this tour again as it was so enjoyable.
A look at Chernobyl and its history This is an excellent tour at a reasonable price. Tickets can be purchased from kiosks in Kiev, or online at their website. I took the full day group tour that includes a visit to a former Soviet missile tracking base, and the full tour of Chernobyl, the Reactor sites and cooling towers, Pripyat and the amusement park that is ghostly and never opened. The staff and guide we’re very knowledgeable and helpful. And the lunch was quite good Expect to walk several kilometers over the day, about 8 hours, and dress with long sleeves, long pants and sturdy comfortable shoes. I will probably take this tour again as it was so enjoyable.
Vika our tour guide was awesome
We could not have been more happy with our guided tour to Chernobyl. Our tour guide VIKA was absolutely fantastic. She shared so much information with us, in an extremely sensitive and appropriate way, and it was a very moving and incredible experience to be there. Thank you so very much for a very unforgettable experience.
Excellent Group Trip
Our tour was very organised and we felt completely at ease the whole time. We had a great guide who was informative and funny at the same time. We were lucky to be in a group of 5 so we had ample opportunity and time to explore the different stops on the trip. The lunch was very tasty. The experience was at times was overwhelming to see such devistation at what occurred and what was avoided. It is well worth the trip here if your travelling through Europe.
Haunting tour, truly unforgettable experience
Most fascinating two days I’ve ever spent. Incredible tour guide (Igor), clean and comfortable accommodations, surprisingly great food, and sights that will haunt you. Initially, we had booked a one-day group tour but wanted to upgrade to a two-day tour. Upgrading was a smooth process, handed quickly and professionally by Natalia. We were also able to add a geiger counter rental last minute without any issue. Our guide, Igor, was phenomenal. Starting with a snowy drive from Kyiv to the exclusion zone and from wandering around in the snow to inside dilapidated buildings, Igor ensured our safety during every step of the way. Radiation was not a concern. He was incredibly knowledgeable, providing a great background on Soviet history to being able to explain even the most minor of details. This tour was a fantastic blend of science, history, and culture, made even better by his sense of humor. This was an experience that will stay with me for a long time, and is one that I’m afraid that has ruined future travels for me, because I’m not sure anything can top this. There was plenty of time for photos, and Igor let us choose which sites we wanted to see. On the off chance that you do have the fortune to visit a self-settler in the zone, it’s good to have some cash on hand so you can help purchase basic supplies like sugar, oil, milk, etc. to bring (and also so you can tip your tour guide). If visiting in winter, also make sure you layer up! Overall, would highly recommend. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Private Tour with Pasha
Did a one day private tour with Pasha in early January. Everything went extremely smoothly, Pasha was very professional and had a wealth of knowledge about Chernobyl. I was able to see a lot more then I expected and Pasha catered to everything I wanted to see. If you are interested in doing a private tour and have specific sites you want to see, I can’t imagine a better company or person to go with then SoloEast and Pasha.
Life Enhancing Experience! If in any doubt, just do it...
I travelled to Kiev with a friend and we booked the two day tour as we wanted as much time as possible to experience life inside the exclusion zone! Our tour guide Vika, was extremely knowledgable and was able to answer any questions the group had, she was also very funny and great company over the two days… I won’t go into specifics or post any photos as you cannot beat the actual experience of being there! We were kept very busy for two days, there was a lot of background information and visits to countless locations inside the exclusion zone! At all times on the two day tour I felt that we were kept interested, I also felt very safe inside the zone. The whole experience is quite surreal, so much destruction and devastation, yet the place has a real air of tranquility to it… I am writing this review in December as I will be booking to come again next year and I cannot wait! Thank you to all at Solo East!
Fantastic tour. Saw the reactor from 300m away. Toured the abandoned town of Pripyat, including a disused apartment building, a theme park, an orphanage, a football stadium which is now a small forest. Said hi to the numerous friendly dogs. Didn’t see any mutants!
Fantastic tour! Highly recommend
Tour was absolutely amazing today. Our tour guide, Andrew was full of knowledge and went out of his way to make sure we had a great time. Highly recommend booking with these guys.
Incredible experience with a fantastic tour guide
Honestly exceeded all of our expectations, from the first moment our guide Vika was nothing but welcoming, helpful and informative. Throughout the day she vividly told the story of what happened here, and made what would have been a decent tour into a moving, surprising and educational day. The buses are comfy, and the lunch served was exactly what was needed (for December anyway!!). Very much worth the money.
Day Trip to Chernobyl
Very good company and excellent organisation. Communication was very easy via WhatsApp and Skype. Convenient pick up at the Independence Square. During the trip, very informative videos about the Chernobyl disaster were played for a better understanding and what to expect. The 12 hour trip was made more pleasant thanks to the tour guide Andrew who made his best to entertain us and give us all the details about the power plant and near abandoned town. Highly recommended!
Cernobyl with Vika
We where there with friends this November. It was cold outside but our friendly tour guide Vika help us keep smile at our faces 🙂
Learned so much!! And will go back!
I had this dream for so long to visit Chernobyl, so we booked a trip with SoloEast Travel and it was great!! We were a rather small group (8 people) including the guide (she was great, her name was Anastasia – kudos to you in case you read this!). Perfect organization, everything on time, new bus, quite ok food in Chernobyl. Anastasia knew a lot about the Ukraine in general and about this horrible accident, you could tell that she is in love with what she does so her knowledge is not just learned by heart but she truly is interested in all this and teaching / educating tourists. Absolutely great value for money. You will learn and see a lot, I am not going to spoil here WHAT you will see bring a camera and sneakers because you will be walking quite a bit but be not worried about anything. SoloEast takes great care of you.
Amazing experience you should do at least once in your life
While the 2-day trip is quite expensive compared to the 1-day trip, I truly recommend it. You get a lot more time to explore things in a smaller group and get to see more of the region, which has a lot to offer. There is no fixed schedule, meaning the group can partially decide which things to see and explore. The organisation of SoloEast travel was excellent. Our guides (Igor and Tanya) were amazing. The only negative point I have is the food we had at the canteen where nuclear plant workers eat as well. The meat was disgusting, but I guess it’s part of the experience. At least you get to eat in the same canteen (and the same food I guess) as the employees, which is a special experience as well. If you consider going to Chernobyl, I really recommend the 2-day tour. Yes, you’ll end up paying a lot more compared to the 1-day tour, but you’ll get so much more for that. Thank you for this amazing trip!
Informative, Safe and Photogenic Tour
Decided to travel to the Ukraine and venture into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone…dragged the wife along too…well she always says i never take her anywhere. Being the tender age of ten when Reactor 4 went up in a cloud of toxic smoke this really was boy hood bucket list territory. Done some research on-line for a reputable tour company offering a pick up/drop off in Kiev, all paper work took care of for check points, knowledgeable guides…the whole package really. Solo East kept on popping up and did not fail to deliver the ‘complete package’. Our tour guide was on the ball from the off. She ensured the group understood what the day held, took care of official check points, made sure the group was aware of what it takes to be safe inside the Exclusion Zone, and took us to all the Chernobyl highlights you’d expect. Driver wasn’t too bad at his job either. I won’t go into detail about the tour itself…i’ll leave that up to yourself: get out to Kiev and visit. Very photogenic. What I will say is if you do decide to do the Chernobyl day tour i’d recommend Solo East 1st and foremost.
Excellent service and really good experience
I was nervous that a trip to Chernobyl would be a botched up tour. Researched several operators on line before settling on SoloEast. Glad I went with them. Meeting point was easy to find near a big hotel in Maidan square. Communication with them was great- they sent clear emails about what was needed and responded promptly to questions. Van was comfortable with not too many passengers. Guide very knowledgeable. Don’t need to rent the dosimeter because the guide gives you regular readings in every spot from the one he carried.
Perfect tour !
One of the most impressive day tours I’ve ever done. An unforgattable, apocalyptic, sad experience. Very good English speaking guide who knew a lot about the whole disaster. If we had questions, he always had answers, sometimes with a funny sarcastic twist. Felt very secure though. Unique experience !
The coolest thing i've ever experienced!
Our guide’s name was Igor and he made our trip! Best guide ever! Never let him go! The experience was exrtemely cool and also very humbling. We came home with memories for life. And great photos.
Great day out!
This day trip was amazing! Our bus had about 15 people on it, so it was a nice, small group to do the tour with; obviously you come across other groups during the day but we never felt like we were on top of one another! Our rep Tania was friendly, warm, funny and very knowledgeable. She is clearly passionate about her job and passing on information to others. You get a tasty lunch, I’m vegetarian and my meal was really nice; my boyfriend had chicken but said he’d probably gone for the veggie option because it looked delicious. I would definitely recommend Solo East, everything was taken care of, and we felt like we were the only tourists that ever mattered 🙂 thank you Tania and Team Solo East
Tour is well organized. The guide and driver were friendly and helpful. The guide told us a lot of facts. During the driving to Chernobyl we watch two documentaries in the bus. The lunch was very nice. You have to book in advance and you have to use a whole day. We started at 8 am and finished just before 8 pm.
Top stuff in chernobyl
Would defo recomend this tour to anyone looking to explore the chernobyl exclusion zone, Lunch was amazing. Lovely tour guide vika who was very knowledgable! If you have the chance defo do this tour!!!!!
First good thing, pricing. Next? It’s a minibus tour, so no more than about 15 people on a tour (we had 14). The guides were informative and very knowledgeable with excellent English skills. They pick you up right on Maidan square so it’s all quite easy. Be sure to pay the few bucks extra and rent a radiation detector for the trip.
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