First good thing, pricing. Next? It’s a minibus tour, so no more than about 15 people on a tour (we had 14). The guides were informative and very knowledgeable with excellent English skills. They pick you up right on Maidan square so it’s all quite easy. Be sure to pay the few bucks extra and rent a radiation detector for the trip.
One of the most memorable experiences of my life.
I’ve always wanted to visit Chernoybl as there is nothing alse like it and I’m really glad I went with solo east. The tour was really interesting, varied, very sad and thought provoking. The whole thing took 13 hours but the way it was structured was perfect with many different things to see, do and learn. Best thing about the trip was tour guide Viki, Absolutely loved her personality and the way she brought stories makes me wonder if she has some Irish blood. She has a personal connection with Chernobyl which made the trip even more poignant but also has a great sense of humour. Loved the story about her mum eating soup when Viki told her she was going to work in Chernobyl. Alex the driver was great too and navigated the rough roads in the exclusion zone really well. Thanks for an awesome day folks, really appreciate it.
100% Recommend Solo East!
I toured Chernobyl / Pripyat on 28 September 2018 with Solo East. Meeting Point was exactly where it was stated in the emails and took only a few minutes to get my bus / group assignment. Our guide lived on the outskirts of Kyiv so she joined us on the way from Kyiv to the exclusion zone. She had everything taken care of to get us through the checkpoints and there were no issues at any of them. She seemed incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about the disaster and the town itself, offering stories and bits of information at each turn. I feel like we were able to see so many things and go so many places in the time that we were there. Lunch was at the end and was very tasty. I highly recommend Solo East if you’re planning to tour Chernobyl. I went by myself and feel like I received well beyond what I paid for with Solo East. Thank you guys!
The original and best
Having grown up knowing the name Chernobyl and being hugely interested not just in the history of what went wrong, but especially the heroism of those who tried to put it right, this was a fascinating opportunity to visit a place that was off limit for so many years. Of course now it’s a place where many people go, but you’ll still be relatively unusual among your friends for being here. To see how nature is reclaiming the land and how things have changed already in the last 30 years as well as to see the immensity of the recent construction of the second sarcophagus is well worth the visit. Of course you’ll also get the iconic photos in Pripyat, especially around the amusement park and swimming pool. Vika was an excellent guide, bubbly, vivacious and knowledgeable. She was also keen to help us understand more about culture and attitudes locally which weren’t directly related to the zone. All paperwork and checkpoints went without a hitch and the walking tour was particularly good. The radiation you’ll be exposed to on a normal trip is neglible but the company is nevertheless keen to ensure your safety and doses are extremely tightly limited. Vika was great company during the day and gave us excellent recommendations for our time back in Kyiv after our return. Thanks to Vika and to the whole team!
Fantastic two days!
Superb tour, with so much interesting stuff over two days. The guide Igor knew his stuff and shaped the tour around places we expressed an interest in exploring further, alongside taking us to the iconic locations. Everything over the two days was well-organised, we were well-fell, good accommodation. They even threw in the cheesiest, most unintentionally hilarious TV movie to make the initial drive from Kyiv go quickly. Jon Voight has never worked less for a paycheque!
2 day Chernobyl tour
This was simply the best tour I have ever been on. Solo east are the original tour providers to the exclusion zone and their wealth of experience was clearly evident. Our tour guide Nasar was brilliant- spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable about the disaster and the history of Chernobyl. He also had a good sense of humour and was very approachable. We travelled in a very comfortable Mercedes sprinter and we were shown interesting and informative documentaries about the disaster en route to the exclusion zone. I particularly think that it’s worth doing the 2 day tour as there is so much to see – a highlight on the 2nd day was getting to meet people who have resettled in the zone – it gives one a fascinating insight into how life was before and after the disaster. I strongly advise anyone thinking of visiting Chernobyl to book their tours with Solo East. I’m actually thinking of going back when my nephew is old enough to visit as he really wants to go. I know who I will be booking it with. Thank you Solo East and thank you Nasar. 10/10
Chernobyl tour by SoloEast Travel
Me and my friend decided to book a 1-day Chernobyl tour with SoloEast Travel after having read a few reviews here on TripAdvisor. It was the best choice we could have made! Very quick communication in fluent English over emails, good price, easy booking… The tour itself was very well organized, our tour guide Vika was simply amazing – she spoke fluent English, was very knowledgeable and we had a lot of fun with her as well! And not to forget our amazing driver Alex! Thank you very much for this great tour!
Very interesting trip to Chernobylin and Prypjat. Our guide (young lady, unfortunately forgot her name) was really friendly and had a lot of knowledge even for not your typical questions. Lunch was provided and we had enough time to visit all interesting places. Prypjat is definately the main destination and it was almost unreal to see the former city being taken over by nature when we climbed on the roof of 9 storey building. Would absolutely recommend this tour.
Fantastic experience on two day private tour
We decided to book a private two day tour through SoloEast based on their many positive reviews. Our experience was no different – we thoroughly enjoyed our time touring the Exclusion Zone. We chose a private tour because we did not want to be at the mercy of other people on the tour. I believe this was the right choice. You are able to see much more than with a group. I was torn between one day and two – I ended up booking two so that we could stay overnight. I will say, I think two full days is too much for the average tourist. If you are a professional photographer you will blow right through two days. It just depends on your individual needs. We elected to leave the zone several hours early as we had our fill of dilapidated buildings and pictures. I still think we made the right choice staying more than one day – it was not quite enough. I would definitely recommend our tour guide, Igor, for your private tour. He was accommodating for the things we wanted to do and pictures we wanted to take. He was pretty insistent upon visiting “the people” of the Zone so we went to visit an elderly woman who lives by herself. We were indifferent to this part of the experience, but it was interesting to see the government reports on her produce. I can’t remember all of the elements on the sheet – there were maybe 5 – but the only two that had levels above acceptable were strontium-90 and caesium-137 (not surprising given their long half-lives). Wish I had taken a picture of her form, but it felt awkward to ask. One thing that surprised me was the amount and variety of wild fruit growing in the area. There are apple trees EVERYWHERE. We also saw blackberry bushes, cherry trees, nuts, lignonberries, etc. I wasn’t expecting copious wild produce. I also live in a big city so that is probably part of it. Officially you can’t eat any of it which is really too bad because those apples looked good!! **comment on staying overnight – no reflection on SoloEast – general experience summary so you know before you go** There are a multitude of stray dogs in the Zone. According to Igor, the state did a mass neuter/spay on them. Not sure how successful that was. You don’t see tons and tons but enough to make you sad. You can hear them barking and fighting at night. I’m big into dog rescues so this was disturbing for me. Feel free to reach out. I had a lot of questions before I went that I couldn’t find answers to on the open web.
Very good and safe tour
Our guide, Anastasia was very good and informative about the tour. She was very humorous too trying to make lots of jokes. I like this tour because it is really a small group (about 12 people) and most importantly is inclusive of lunch unlike some other travel agents. They also offered free pick up as we just arrived 1 night earlier and we did not know where are all the places. So another plus point for it.
2 day tour
We had two very, very full days and saw a lot. Had wondered (1 vegan 1 vegetarian) whether the included meals would be an issue and enquired a couple of weeks before – we were told to let our guide know when he picked us up and indeed he just phoned ahead and everything was OK. Very glad we went for the 2 day tour. It was everything we hoped for and more. Guide (Nazar) really worked hard to ensure we got the most out of it. Don’t book anything taxing for the day after – you’ll be knackered!
Full day private tour to Chernobyl
We had a great day visiting Chernobyl. Igor was a first rate guide and was very patient as we took photographs. He also made some great suggestions for particular pictures. We decided to take a private tour to give us more time at the various sites. I would recommend this to other visitors as we ended up seeing get much more than the larger groups.
2 days tour to Chernobyl and Prypiat, visiting the Power Plant and control room 3.-
This is my fourth time visiting Chernobyl and Prypiat, but this time me and my friend booked a 2 days tour, and also visiting the Power Plant and control room of reactor 3, etc… I always ask for Igor Bodnarchuk as guide, and this tour is becoming more exciting everytime! He always shows me different things and a lot of them, giving me a very detailed information about the accident, causes, consequences, life in Prypiat then and now a days, etc… Both Soloeast and Igor are truly recommendable and this tour, everytime, worth it time and cent.
Memorable experience. Highly recommended!
This was perhaps the best tour I have ever taken. SoloEast communicated clearly from the time of booking, and on the day of the tour it was not difficult to find the buses. Our guide, Tania, did a great job of sharing fascinating information about Chernobyl and the exclusion zone, complemented by a quite sardonic sense of humour that was entertaining without being over the top. We saw numerous places affected by the disaster (the amusement park at Pripyat is particularly haunting) and also enjoyed a tasty Ukrainian lunch. Would definitely recommend; I would like to do it again!
Turn the clock back
This is my second tour with SoloEast to Chernobyl. This tour was much better than the first one, mainly down to the tour guide. We went into so many interesting places and were allowed plenty time to take photos and soak up what we were viewing. We took friends from Kiev and they had a great day. Well worth going and very well organised. Its a full day tour from 8 till 8 so you really get your monies worth.
We booked the Day Trip to Chernobyl, and we had the most exciting experience! The tour was organised well and we were able to see all of the important spots in Pripyat. Our guide Nazar was excellent and was able to give us a lot of information on-site. I definitely recommend visiting Chernobyl with SoloEast!
Group day trip to Chernobyl
I would definitely recommend this trip – the staff were great! Thanks Anastasia & Nazar! Very professional.
Absolutely worth it
Visiting Chernobyl and Pripyat has been on my bucket list for years. It’s even more fascinating in real life. We met our Solo East guides in Kiev and boarded our mini bus for the 2 hour drive to the exclusion zone. On the way we watched a couple of documentaries about the new enclosure and about the liquidators that had to clean up the power station. We did the one day tour and got to see a lot of sites. The kindergarten, a small village, town signs, lunch in Chernobyl town, Pripyat, the power plant and the duga-3 radar. It was a jam packed day and Nazar, our driver and guide was friendly, informative and had a great sense of humour. He went out of his way several times to make sure we got into and out of the zone as soon as possible. (We visited on a very busy day and the queue at the checkpoint was pretty long). I would definitely recommend this trip. I wish I’d done the two day tour but I’ll save that for next time.
Unique and fulfilling experience
The tour was amazingly complete and detailed. Not only did we visit all the iconic and obvious locations of the abandoned town of Pripyat, but also the less known and alive town of actual Chernobyl. We also had some other stops along the way, such as outside the actual power plant, an abandoned kindergarten and an old radar station. Our tour guide, Anastasia, was just amazingly nice and motivated us along the whole way, with her charismatic Russian accent. I highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting a different and enriching kind of experience into a sad moment of Ukraine’s history, but also a great photographic excursion.
We had a wonderful tour with the best, funniest and coolest tourguide Vika ❤️ The tour was very exciting and educational! My boyfriend and I overslept but they organised a driver for us that picked is up at the hotel and took us to Chernobyl, we could enjoy a very good lunch and the man part of the awesome tour. I really recommend this tour!
One day tour to the exclusion zone
My Chernobyl experience with SoloEast was really good. We met in the centre of Kiev and they took us to the Chernobyl exclusion zone with comfortable Mercedes van. Our guide was Vika and she gave us a lot of information about the exclusive zone and about history. She answered all my questions and the day was perfect. From my point of view she is the best Ukraian guide ever! I’m not going to describe all the places that we have visited, I just want to say that the organization of SoloEast was perfect, we spend as few time as possible at the checkpoints and also our lunch was prepared on time. Thanks for amazing experience. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g294474-d2372209-r597356657-SoloEast_Travel_Chernobyl_Day_Trip-Kiev.html#
Superb two days tour! Guide Anastasia has been fantastic!
One week ago we have made a two days tour to Chernobyl with Solo East Travel. It has been simply fantastic. We are very happy that we have had two full days to explore such an amazing area and we are sure that we will come back again in autumn, when the leaves of the trees are gone, to take better pictures. Our guide Anastasia has been amazingly good! She was on the one hand well-informed and gave us useful information, but on the other hand she was VERY patient with all of us and gave us enough time to take thousands of pictures. It was a special pleasure to listen to her stories when our group was alone in the area because the one-day excursion groups were gone. Thank you Anastasia! We hope to meet you again!
Amazing tour, highly recommended.
An amazing tour that really brings to life just what happen and a real understanding as to the scale of the accident and the hero’s involved in the immidiate aftermath. Picked up from the hotel, it is a bit of a drive but videos and information help pass that time and prepare you for the tour. Our guide Anastasia was fantastic, full of information and details as well as being funny. This is a must do for anyone visiting Ukraine and Kiev.
We booked the tour for three persons and we had a wonderful time. It is a bit of a long drive, but there is a video and some explanation by the guide. First part of the tour is around Chernobyl, but it’s gets really interesting when you go to the reactor and thereafter Pripyat town. Very impressive to walk around there and to hear the background. A visit to the huge Duga radar, a typical cold war relic, is also included in the tour. Our guide, Tanya, was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. Over the whole day you spent quite some time in the van, but it is totally worth it.
Amazing Trip to Ghost Town of Pryp’yat and Chernobyl
This tour is totally recommended. Comfortable van and knowledgeable guide with so many information about Chernobyl and Pryp’yat, made the long journey to Chernobyl became interesting. Thank you Anastasia…for being a very good guide of the tour 👍🏻😊
Just wanted to say the tour to Chernobyl was a fantastic day. Our guide was brilliant, very knowledgeable, friendly and so welcoming.Seeing Chernobyl was such a surreal experience. Walking through the buildings and seeing the plant, hearing the story of the liquidators and the sarcophagus construction was absolutely harrowing. Thanks for arranging it.
Top day with lots of information!
The tour is well organised and very informative. The video footage shown on the way to exclusion zone really cuts down the journey time as it keeps you engaged. Although the whole day does seem to feel like a lot, you barely scrape the surface of the place as the checkpoints and the journey itself take up a bit of time. Would definitely recommend this to everyone as it gives you an eye opening story of the magnitude of the events that happened and the sacrifices made by people to prevent full blown fallout.
Best company out there !!!
I Book this tour six months in advance. I received an email three weeks before the tour telling me it was canceled because of military maneuvers. All tours from all companies were canceled June 18 19th and 20th. I was in a panic because this was going to be the highlight of my trip to the Ukraine. I called them immediately using the WhatsApp app and they answered right away. They were able to move my reservation from the 19th to the 17th seamlessly. I am so grateful this is such a good company and took such proactive action. The tour bus was comfortable in the guide was outstanding. Lunch in the canteen was adequate a very simple meal with no space. You had your choice of vegetarian pork or chicken. It came with egg salad bowl of chicken soup bread and a dessert. There was bottled water and a glass of Kool-Aid as well. The tour is exactly how it is mentioned on their website there wasn’t one thing that was missed in the guide explained everything perfectly.
Fantastic private three days tour with Igor
The second private Chernobyl tour I booked with Solo East Travel and it was again a perfect tour with amazing experiences I will never forget! Thanks to my guide Igor who is very experienced and knows everything about places in the exclusion zone and history of these places. He showed me everything I was asking for and respond to all my interests. I got a lot of new and amazing impressions! Thank you also Natasha for again organizing every detail of the tour. Everything went pefectly fine, including pick up in Kiew, hotels, food and power plant visit. This three day tour was like the tour last year one of the best and most interesting adventures of my life and I will definitly book another Chernobyl tour with Solo East! Igor, I hope you will be my guide again, maybe next year 🙂 See you next time! Best regards from Hamburg, Janni
Chernobyl day tour
Just the most amazing day tour you will experience. It was so informative and Vika who was our tour guide showed us fantastic site. She was informative and good fun. I will most certainly return and hopefully do the 2 day tour. Thank you Vika for a great day and thank you Alex for your professional driving
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