Young Pioneer Tours

Chernobyl Independent Tours

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See our Two Day Independent Tour here.

The Chernobyl exclusion zone and its ghost city of Pripyat was once a gem in the crown of the Soviet Union, today they stand as an eerie reminder of the consequences of nuclear disasters. Despite being an irradiated shell of its former glory, Chernobyl is beautiful, fascinating and unique in regards to its flora and fauna. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and surrounding areas are safe to visit. The levels of radiation on guided tours are very small; radiation levels in most places are less than those of a trans-atlantic flight.

Reserved for the most adventurous of travellers, the exclusion zone boasts the chance to experience a Soviet world trapped in 1986, it’s inhabitants now replaced with the animals of Chernobyl who have slowly taken over the abandoned areas and found a radioactive paradise for themselves. Inside you can explore shipwrecks, abandoned military bases and cities and gigantic radar systems which once acted as a safeguard against nuclear warfare during the cold war and much more. Chernobyl today is now the poster child for what is often termed “dark tourism”.

We have been safely taking people into the Zone for over eight years. We understand that a visit to Chernobyl is a bucket list travel item for many clients and we ensure an experience that doesn’t disappoint. We work together with trusted local contacts who have been guiding tours around the zone for almost a decade and know it inside and out. Their stories from life around Chernobyl never fail to fascinate. We tailor make all of our trips and ensure the ultimate, isolated, nuclear wasteland adventure that you won’t get on generic group tours.

All travel to Chernobyl begins in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, and all of our many group tours make the most of this, by not only seeing the best sites but also taking you on a few crazy nights out in Kiev including the infamous hospital bar. All of our group tours to Chernobyl offer the opportunity to visit the breakaway unrecognized country of Transnistria, or if our dates do not match yours, then let us tailor make the perfect independent trip to Chernobyl. For those with a specialist interest in nuclear power and the Chernobyl disaster, we can arrange private tours from one to five days long with our private guide focusing on specific areas of your interest. We can also arrange permits to enter inside one of the Chernobyl reactors, the layout of which is identical to that of the infamous reactor 4 where the original meltdown occurred.

All tours include:

Lunch at the Chernobyl workers restaurant

Overnight hotel on our two day tours

Professionally trained, English Speaking Guide appointed by the Ukrainian government

Return transport

Obligatory Insurance

Registration and Permits for the exclusion zone