Yough Pioneer Tours

One Day Independent Tour

One full day tour that, starting at 8:15am, driving you from Kiev (picked up at your hotel) to the exclusion zone, walking around Pripyat (the ghost town), getting close to the Reactor No. 4 and back to Kiev around 6:00pm. This is your tour, so even if you are only one person you still get a guide, and transport. No one will be added to your group.

Bookings ideally need to be done more than 11 days in advance for us to receive your Chernobyl permit. This is a restricted area.

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For groups of larger than 10 please get in touch  for a group discount quote. Meals are €8 extra per person.

One Day Tour

  • Around 8am, you will be met at your Kiev hotel or a destination of your choice in the city by our Geiger carrying Chernobyl guides and comfortable minibuses.
  • We then head out of Kiev and stop at a gas station/supermarket en-route to pick up snacks and supplies. After around two hours, we reach the outer checkpoint of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, if we are lucky, there will be a Soviet tank on guard. When entry procedures are complete and the Ukrainian army checks our passports, we will be granted entry to the zone.
  • We will visit the eerie abandoned Kinder Garden in Kopachi Village and the Summer Camp.
  • Drive through various abandoned villages on the outskirts of the exclusion zone.
  • See the incredible Duga-2 radar system, a sight to behold as it dominates the skyline and stretches for miles, it is surrounded by a former Red Army base which we will also explore.
  • We then have lunch at the cafeteria used by the Chernobyl workers, the food is great and wholesome and don’t worry, no produce is grown on site.
  • We will visit Pripyat Town and take in the Amusement Park, Main Square, walk around streets seeing the supermarkets, hotels and other important sites.
  • Tour the Chernobyl Industrial Zone taking in the view of the new roof covering the Reactor Nr.4.
  • We will drive along the cooling channels before walking along the railway lines to see the ruins of the Unfinished Cooling Tower of Reactors 5 & 6.
  • See the bridge with giant catfishes sometimes appearing in the water below.
  • We then board our minibus, bid farewell to Chernobyl and drive back to Kiev.