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chernobyl independent tours

From our office in Kiev we can arrange independent travel to any of our Soviet Europe destinations. Whether you want a journey on the Trans-Siberian railway, a holiday in Chernobyl, to hire Tito’s train in Serbia or visit Ceausescu’s grave in Romania, we can design the dream itinerary for you!

If our group tour dates to Chernobyl don’t fit your plans, then you can go an independent tour at any time. We generally need ten days to organise the relevant permits, and there is a choice of day trip or overnight trip. See more here: http://www.youngpioneertours.com/chernobyl-independent-tours/

Likewise, if you want to travel on the Trans-Siberian/Mongolian Railway but can’t join us on the Eurasian Adventure, you can still get train tickets through YPT. If you want to break up the trip in Irkutsk or Novosibirsk, then you can get train tickets to fit your specific plans.

YPT can also offer visa support for Russia and Belarus, and you can get in touch if you have any other specific visa related issues. See here for more info on Russian visas: http://www.youngpioneertours.com/russian-visa-support/

Is it safe to visit Chernobyl?

Yes, it is perfectly safe to visit Chernobyl. The famous quote is that you will get less radiation from a day tour to Chernobyl than you will from taking a long-haul flight. Parts of the Chernobyl exclusion zone are closed to visitors however, for this very reason.

Can we visit reactor number 4?

No, the reactor where the main explosion happened is off limits to tourists, and in general, we cannot wander around away from the tour group in Chernobyl.

Can we stay the night in the exclusion zone?

Yes, on a YPT group tour to Chernobyl you will spend one night in the exclusion zone at Chernobyl Hotel. For independent tours, you can go on a day trip from Kiev or do an overnight trip staying in the hotel.

Can you help with the Russian/Belarusian/Ukrainian visa?

Yes, YPT will provide you with visa support for any country on any tour we go to. We will help with a letter of invitation if you need one for Russia, Ukraine or Belarus though there is an extra cost for this. If you are not on one of our tours but still want visa support this is something we can also help with.

Can you book tickets for the Trans-Siberian/Mongolian train?

Yes, YPT can book tickets on the Trans-Siberian/Mongolian railway to suit your exact travel plans.

Can I cross from South Ossetia into Georgia?

Not really. It’s not impossible, but from our experience it is not something worth trying and definitely not something to plan a trip around.

Can I enter North Korea from Russia?

Yes, YPT can book Air Koryo flights from Vladivostok to Pyongyang and you can also cross the land border by train if you join our DPRK Scuba Diving tour.

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  • €795

Birobidzhan Soviet Zion Tour

Birobidzhan Soviet Zion Tour

  • Start Date : August 21st 2017
    End Date : August 28th 2017
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €495

Transnistria National Day & Gagauzia Tour 2017

Transnistria National Day & Gagauzia Tour 2017

  • Start Date : August 29th 2017
    End Date : September 5th 2017
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €695

Irkutsk and Lake Baikal Tour

Irkutsk and Lake Baikal Tour

  • Start Date : October 29th 2017
    End Date : November 3rd 2017
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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  • €2995

Eurasian Adventure Tour

Eurasian Adventure

  • Start Date : October 31st 2017
    End Date : December 10th 2017
  • Duration: 40 nights, 41 days
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  • €795

Belarus: Back in the USSR Tour

Belarus: Back in the USSR

  • Start Date : November 3rd 2017
    End Date : November 10th 2017
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €690

Chernobyl and Transnistria Tour (November)

Chernobyl and Transnistria

  • Start Date : November 10th 2017
    End Date : November 17th 2017
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €790

Chernobyl and Transnistria (Easter) Tour

Chernobyl and Transnistria (Easter)

  • Start Date : March 30th 2018
    End Date : April 8th 2018
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €1540

Caucasus Unrecognised Countries Tour

Caucasus Unrecognised Countries Tour

  • Start Date : April 30th 2018
    End Date : May 13th 2018
  • Duration: 12 nights, 13 days
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  • €695

Georgia Soviet Vertigo Tour

Georgia Soviet Vertigo Tour

  • Start Date : May 13th 2018
    End Date : May 19th 2018
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €790

Chernobyl and Transnistria (Summer) Tour

Chernobyl and Transnistria (Summer)

  • Start Date : July 27th 2018
    End Date : August 5th 2018
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €1095

Chechnya and Northern Caucasus Tour

Chechnya Uncovered Tour

  • Start Date : July 30th 2018
    End Date : August 8th 2018
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €1495

South Ossetia Tour

South Ossetia Tour

  • Start Date : August 8th 2018
    End Date : August 13th 2018
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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  • €2395

Magadan Soviet Gulag Tour

Magadan Soviet Gulag Tour

  • Start Date : August 13th 2018
    End Date : August 20th 2018
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €1995

DPRK Scuba Diving Tour

DPRK Scuba Diving Tour

  • Start Date : August 27th 2018
    End Date : September 3rd 2018
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €495

Transnistria National Day and Gagauzia Tour

Transnistria National Day and Gagauzia Tour

  • Start Date : August 29th 2018
    End Date : September 5th 2018
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €695

Irkutsk and Lake Baikal Tour

Irkutsk and Lake Baikal Tour

  • Start Date : October 28th 2018
    End Date : November 2nd 2018
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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  • €2995

Eurasian Adventure

Eurasian Adventure

  • Start Date : October 30th 2018
    End Date : December 9th 2018
  • Duration: 40 nights, 41 days
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  • €795

Belarus: Back in the USSR Tour

Belarus: Back in the USSR

  • Start Date : November 2nd 2018
    End Date : November 9th 2018
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €790

Chernobyl and Transnistria (Winter) Tour

Chernobyl and Transnistria (Winter)

  • Start Date : November 9th 2018
    End Date : November 17th 2018
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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