The growth of Chernobyl tours in the past decade has moved quicker than anyone could have expected. This was accelerated by the release of the HBO series Chernobyl in 2019 which grippingly dramatized the horrific events of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. There are few nationalities as interested in the urban exploration of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone as the good old Brits. In this article, we’re going to explore our Chernobyl tours from the UK.
The Chernobyl disaster was caused by a nuclear accident that occurred on Saturday 26 April 1986, at the No. 4 reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat in the north of the Ukrainian SSR. Following the disaster, a thirty kilometer exclusion zone was set up around the meltdown site. This exclusion zone encompassed towns, villages, and entire cities such as Pripyat.
Today, the eerily abandoned exclusion zone is an example of what the world would look like if humans disappeared. The once-bustling city of Pripyat has now been reclaimed by animals and nature. The schools, once filled with the laughter of children, lie empty with books full of Communist propaganda still on the desks. Chernobyl is for sure a destination like no other.
Whilst the Chernobyl exclusion zone may seem a world away from the leafy streets of Britain, Chernobyl tours from the UK are actually a very popular excursion especially when run through an established company such as Young Pioneer Tours or Soviet Wastelands.
Due to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone being located 110 km north of Kiev, all tours to the area begin from there. Additionally, there are no direct flights to Chernobyl, British tourists commonly use the following route: UK to Kiev via plane and then join an organized tour to Chernobyl from the capital which is encompassed by a short two hour bus ride to the border of the exclusion zone.
Travellers commonly book their own accommodation inside Kiev, which has an abundance of hotels ranging from budget to five star. If you book an overnight or multi-day trip inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone, your accommodation will consist of a comfortable Soviet-era hotel. This is booked and arranged by us.
Since the Chernobyl exclusion zone first opened over a decade ago, YPT has been one of the first companies pioneering travel there. Our Chernobyl tours from the UK have been tried and tested over many years and are today some of the very best on the market. Don’t hesitate and book your chance to witness the eerily magical world of the Chernobyl exclusion zone.