Chernobyl is primarily a ghost town today, a small number of people still live there, in houses marked with signs that read, “Owner of this house lives here”, and a small number of animals live there as well.
Independent Travel to Chernobyl
The Chernobyl exclusion zone and its ghost city of Pripyat were once a gem in the crown of the Soviet Union, today they stand as an eerie reminder of the consequence 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.
Reserved for the most adventurous of travellers, the Chernobyl exclusion zone boasts the chance to experience a Soviet world trapped in 1986, it’s inhabitants now replaced with the wildlife who have slowly taken over the abandoned areas. Inside you can explore gigantic radar systems which once acted as a safeguard against nuclear war, shipwrecks, abandoned military bases and cities and much more.
Tour guides in Chernobyl
We understand that a visit to Chernobyl is a bucket list item for many clients and we ensure an experience that doesn’t disappoint. We work together with one local contact, working alongside the Ukrainian government he has been guiding tours around the zone for almost a decade and knows it inside and out. His stories from his life around the zone never fail to fascinate.
Hotels in Chernobyl
On our two day Chernobyl tours we stay overnight in the exclusion zone. The accommodations are safely based in Chernobyl town near the power plant worker accommodation. There are two Soviet style hotels, basic but comfortable and usually with an outdoor area to relax in the evening. Our tour always ensures a stop at Chernobyl’s only store to pick up beer, vodka and snacks for the evening.
Specialist Private Tours to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
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.
Join a Group Tour to Chernobyl
Each year, Soviet Wastelands operate a minimum of five Chernobyl group tours throughout the year at a bargain price. Beginning in Kiev and taking in all the main sights of the zone, the early start on the second day also means we get the entire zone to ourselves for a few hours before any other tour groups appear.