The Best Spine-Tingling Tour for Groups in Ukraine

The hugely popular and chilling HBO series “Chernobyl” put the old plant and the abandoned town of Pripyat firmly on the must-visit map. With the passing of time, and the construction of the New Safe Confinement sealing the devastated (and devastating) reactor site, it is now possible to take a trip into the Zone of Alienation in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – and even stay the night. You and your group can see for yourselves the ground-zero of the reactor and the remnants of a town left as it was when it was evacuated in a day, some 35 years ago.

You bookend your two-day visit (one night stay) to the Zone in Kyiv/Kiev where you can continue the history with a visit to the Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum, and with insight to the series on a guided tour of locations around the great city – as well as enjoying much more besides Kyiv has to offer.

The two days of adventure – and adrenaline – starts and ends in Kyiv with you setting off  around 09:00 for the trip of around 140 kilometres to Chernobyl.

Withing 30 kilometres of the former reactor you hit the Zone of Alienation. Your very first stop is CCP (Control Check Point) “Dytiatky” – where your documents and transport are all checked to make sure you have the authorisation to enter the Zone. Note that for children up to 18 years old, entry is strictly prohibited.

You will check in either at the hotel “Rektan” in Chernobyl town or the Soviet style hotel “Pripyat”  so you and tthe group get the full two days’ experience there.

While you will ave time to take in your new – and surreal – surroundings for yourself, over the days, you’ll all be given the guided tour to take in the following sites:

  • The village of Zalissya,
  • The main square of the town of Chernobyl
  • The “Fukushima” memorial,
  • Statue to Lenin,
  • The only active church in the zone,
  • The abandoned Synagogue
  • The docks and the local shops,
  • The Monument to the Firefighters
  • Display of the remotely operated machines used to fight the disaster
  • The site of the buried village of Kopachi
  • The abandoned Kindergarten of Kopachi
  • The new sarcophagus, sealing in the destroyed reactor forever
  • Stone road sign of the Bridge of Death, Lenin Street
  • The main square of Prypiat, and its deserted supermarket, amusement park, swimming pools and schools
  • The cooling towers on the side of the unfinished reactors 5 and 6,
  • Abandoned checkpoints
  • The Tree of Friendship

The eerie atmosphere of towns left in just one day, many years ago, in sight of the site of such a catastrophic disaster, and since portrayed in an multi-award winning and much seen mini-series will give memorable photos and leave a lasting imprint on all those who visit it.

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