During the world’s worst nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, Belarus – 16km from Chernobyl was hit brutally hard by the catastrophic fallout. 66% of the territory of Belarus was contaminated with cesium-137. In response, the Belarussian government set up an exclusion zone around their contaminated territory for decades. Only very recently, they have decided to open it to those holding permits and accompanied by a representative from the Belarussian government.
Inside the exclusion zone is a treasure trove of Soviet artifacts and relics, from abandoned boats and factories to watchtowers and propaganda centres, this is an area truly trapped in 1986!
Luckily, YPT have been pioneering travel to nuclear exclusion zones for the past decade and we can get you inside. Belarus, itself a very closed off country until recently, it now has a visa free entry for a vast number of countries provided you enter and exit via Minsk airport.
Friday 6th October – Minsk
Saturday 7th October – Minsk
Sunday 8th October – Gomel – Belarusian Exclusion Zone
Monday 9th October – Minsk
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
● Twin share room at a hotel
● 24-hour services of a YPT guide and translator
● All transport to complete the itinerary
● All admission fees and additional fees such as tank driving etc
● International airfare
● Lunch & Dinner
● Personal expenses such as souvenirs etc.
● Visa fees (if applicable)
● Single supplement
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.