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Chernobyl & Kiev Long Weekend

From £949 for 4 days
Trip Overview
  On the night of 26th April 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant experienced the world's worst nuclear meltdown. More recently, following the runaway success of HBO’s miniseries, the tragic history of Chernobyl's nuclear disaster has been brought back to the spotlight. Our new comprehensive weekend-tour ventures deep into the heart of the abandoned Exclusion Zone, which seems to have remained frozen in time with eerily empty amusement parks, homes, hospitals and schools dotting the vast wasteland area. Our expert guide will lead us safely around the nuclear disaster site and the town of Pripyat, telling the story of how the disaster unfolded and the consequences it had on the people, villages and countries around. This is no ordinary tour however as, unlike many of the standard Chernobyl excursions available elsewhere, we include a permit to enter the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and visit some impressive buildings such as the imposing nuclear control room. We will be also spending the night within the Exclusion Zone – the restricted space, 19 miles in radius, which surrounds the blast area – and conclude this memorable, once-in-a-lifetime travel experience with a visit to Kiev’s city highlights.
Essential Info
Starts: Start Kiev.
Ends: Morning Kiev city tour including UNESCO Lavra Monastery; end Kiev.
Ages: Min 18
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: EAWC
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Ukraine
What's Included


Ukrainian cuisine stems from peasant dishes based on the plentiful grains and vegetables grown in the country


2 nights 3-star hotel (rooms en suite) and 1 night basic hotel with shared facilities Sightseeing on foot


Trip Highlights

•    Visit the ghost town of Pripyat and the disaster site Reactor No. 4 

•    Includes special permit to enter the Nuclear Power Plant

•    Spend one night within the abandoned Chernobyl's Exclusion Zone 

•    See Kiev's main heritage sites including UNESCO Lavra Monastery

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Departing: 28th May 2020
Returning: 31st May 2020
Availability: Good
Departing: 11th Jun 2020
Returning: 14th Jun 2020
Limited Availability
3 spaces
Departing: 23rd Jul 2020
Returning: 26th Jul 2020
Availability: Good
Departing: 20th Aug 2020
Returning: 23rd Aug 2020
Availability: Good
Departing: 10th Sep 2020
Returning: 13th Sep 2020
Availability: Good
Departing: 24th Sep 2020
Returning: 27th Sep 2020
Limited Availability
3 spaces
Departing: 22nd Oct 2020
Returning: 25th Oct 2020
Fully Booked
Itinerary & Notes
This trip starts in Kiev, Ukraine's mighty and fast-evolving capital city. A sightseeing tour of Kiev will be offered on the last day of the trip before departure but those wishing to spend more time exploring this eclectic city and its many interesting heritage sites such as the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, may wish to extend the trip by a day or two. After check-in, we meet our local tour leader for a welcome briefing and group dinner. Overnight in Kiev.  
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We had an long weekend in Ukraine visiting Pripyat and the Chernobyl nuclear facility. The excursion into the control room and wreckage of reactor #3 (#4 is the one that blew up) was very special and, frankly, I am amazed that we were allowed such extended access inside the plant. I'll post some pictures to give you a flavour of the trip. Wandering around the 'ghost town' of Pripyat was also something of an epic experience. As you spend the previous night nearby in Chernobyl, you're one of the first visitors to arrive and have a really atmospheric experience before the crowds arrive (And they do!). The huge radio antenna is also somewhat overwhelming.
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