Visit February 2017
“Unforgettable experience with superb staff – highly recommended!”
What a day! We did the 1 day tour which began around 8am and finished around 7:30pm. A long day, but it flew by.
The booking process was so simple and the company kept us all informed throughout the booking right up until the day we visited Chernobyl.
Nadia was amazing as were all the members of staff, driver, etc. So helpful, amusing, great sense of humour, organised, etc. Just fantastic.
We visited so many sites including the reactors, the sarcophagus, Pripyat etc. but two things were extra special for us.
We met a self settler and sat with him in one of the deserted homes which he chose to return to. I will never forget listening to him talking about his life in such a place.
We climbed to the very top of an abandoned tower block in Pripyat and stood on the roof so we could see how nature has taken over the town.
Everything else we saw blew my mind too of course, the fairground, the pool, the shops, school, etc., but the 2 events above were incredible.
I cannot thank SoloEast or Nadia enough – and I will never forget the experience.
TripAdvisor member since 2017
“Everything ran perfectly.”
We booked and paid on line and were given full details via email. We arrived at the easy to find rendezvous and the mini buses were new and clean. The two hour journey was made easier by an informative video which explained the horror that had taken place in 1986. We arrived and the English speaking guide too us on a tour of an abandoned village, the reactor and then the abandoned city. Lunch is average by Western standards but typical by Ukrainian ones. We saw everything we wanted to see, had plenty of opportunities to get out and explore and take snaps. Perfect for a one day trip, we felt very safe with Solo East and have no hesitation in recommending them.
TripAdvisor member since 2008
“Two day trip ”
I was visiting Budapest and had a few days to spend in Europe, so I decided to visit Chernobyl in conjunction with my birthday. Booked the two day tour and there was a total of four tourists, so it was more of a private tour.
There snow was on the ground and there were no leaves on the tree – we had a good view of the area and our photos looked great.
The basics – accommodation was better than expected, very clean with internet and hot showers. Food was ok,my belly was full. The lunch in the workers canteen is interesting, just expect typical Eastern European food. Food at the hotel wasn’t too bad. Our tour guide Igor (I think) was a good driver, thankfully, a welcome change from the dangerous local drivers.
On the two day tour you visit lots of deserted buildings, get shown around the area and get to spend a night at a “hotel” in the area. If you like to take photographs I would recommend the two day tour. I’m not sure of the exact differences of the tours because I wanted to do the two day tour, but at the very least it’s a great story to tell your friends that you stayed in the exclusion zone for the night!
Without giving too many details away, it was good to experience the area over two days as I had a greater understanding of communism and a snap shot into life 30 years ago. If you go on the two day tour you can give input into areas you want to visit and we visited a very old resident who was “invited” back to the area after the accident.
The area isn’t preserved in any form for tourism, as tourism is definitely not the focus of the area – it’s a working nuclear plant. You will visit lots of deserted buildings and you will be shown a few videos, and of course the guide will give you information. I kinda liked this aspect of the tour – felt very unique and less sanitised than my previous tours.
There is zero risk to your health, you get checked, but don’t tell your friends! You want to show them how bad you are to be near the biggest nuclear accident in history. My attitude probably shows why the Ukraine government hasn’t promoted tourism to the area 😉
If you have an interest in visiting the area I would go sooner rather than later. I can’t deny or confirm that we perhaps visited areas we weren’t supposed to, but I would bring a sturdy pair of shoes.
SoloEast were exactly how other reviews have described the company – fast to reply to emails and easy to pay for the tour. Everything ran smoothly.
On a side note we stayed in Independence Square on the anniversary of the troubles in 2014. We were not able to drive to our AirBnB accommodation and had to walk past a police/army check point. I was able to have a greater understanding of Ukrainian history.
Visited February 2017
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