Please, call free on 0800 707 6229 for huge extra savings on Regent Kyiv & Chernobyl Group Tour
This once-in-a-lifetime tour allows you to stay overnight in the town of Chernobyl, giving an unparalleled insight into the incredible abandoned ghost city of Pripyat and surrounding areas.
This tour is also a fascinating introduction to Kyiv, the pleasant Ukrainian capital. However, the main focus is an in-depth tour of Chernobyl, a place ever synonymous with the massive nuclear disaster which was created when the Number 4 reactor exploded back in 1986. You will uncover the complete picture of the Chernobyl story, from the past to the present, including meeting with some locals!
- Small Group tour - minimum 8 persons/maximum 16 persons
- No single room supplement
- Meet locals who have settled in the zone
- Tour the ghost city of Pripyat
- Visit the Cooling Reservoir in Pripyat
- Return flights in economy class with Ukraine International from London Gatwick
- All airport taxes & security charges
- Accommodation in 3-star Rus Hotel in Kiev and guesthouse in Chernobyl
- Selected meals
- All transfers and transportation
- Sightseeing as specified with English-speaking guide
Day 1: Fly to Kyiv
Arrive Kyiv. Transfer to the hotel and check in for 2 nights. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 2: Kyiv
Today enjoy a full day city tour of Kyiv including Kreschatyk, the Golden Gates, the St. Sophia and St. Michael Cathedral and the Chernobyl Museum. After lunch visit the Cave Monastery. Spend the evening at leisure.
Day 3: Kyiv to Chernobyl
After breakfast depart Kyiv and drive towards Chernobyl. On arrival at the outer boundary of the exclusion zone go through the control checkpoint, before entering the zone. Enjoy lunch and an introductory presentation on the history of the area and an overview of the itinerary. In the afternoon head further into the zone, visiting the exterior of Reactor No. 4, and take in an extended tour of the ghost city of Pripyat. Explore the ruined city, visiting numerous sites such as the school, sports centre, swimming pool and the fairground (please note that it cannot be guaranteed that you can enter these buildings). Return to Chernobyl for dinner and an overnight stay at the Chernobyl Hotel.
Day 4: Chernobyl to Kyiv
This morning continue the tour of Chernobyl visiting further sites in and around Pripyat, including the Cooling Reservoir with its giant catfish. Providing the authorities continue to permit it, we will also visit the now abandoned Soviet Duga Radar facility. This military base was constructed as part of a Soviet early warning nuclear missile detection system during the cold war and has 2 radars over 150 metres in height.
We will also meet with some locals who have, despite government warnings and laws, decided to settle inside the zone. Leave Chernobyl (after being checked for radiation exposure!) and return to Kyiv. On arrival check in to the Hotel Rus for a 2 night stay.
Day 5: Kyiv
Make use of a free day in Kyiv to discover the capital’s mix of Soviet-inspired architecture and grand Kyivan Rus complexes. Perhaps take a stroll down Andrew’s Descent, (Andriyivsky uzviz) where souvenir stalls, art galleries and restaurants line the quirky cobblestone streets. Stop to admire the baroque beauty of St Andrew’s Church, built in 1754 by the Italian architect who designed St Petersburg’s Winter Palace. At the foot of the uzviz, the histories of the Descent’s buildings are told in the Museum of One Street. Make time to stop for a delicious bowl of borscht topped with sour cream for an authentic taste of Ukraine. Perhaps take in an evening performance at the State Operetta Theatre or National Philharmonic Hall.
Day 6: Fly to the UK
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK.
Rus Hotel, Kyiv
You will feel as though you have stepped back into the Soviet era with this large throwback hotel. However, the service is friendly and efficient, the room facilities are good and the hotel is well located in the centre of the city, close to the sights, shops and restaurants. It has panoramic views of the impressive Olympiyskiy Stadium located nearby. The Hotel Rus serves a tasty buffet breakfast in the main hotel restaurant, which also serves Ukrainian and European food at lunch and dinner. The hotel has a lobby and sushi bar. We especially like the summer terrace bar - ideal for relaxing over a cold local beer after a busy day sightseeing in the warmth of a Kyiv summer evening.
Chernobyl Hotel, Chernobyl
This hotel was constructed to home foreign scientists and experts working in the area after the Chernobyl disaster. This is basic accommodation but is one of very few options in the area, so a stay here is an experience in itself! Rooms are quite spacious and functional with shared bathroom facilities. There is a bar, but it is generally open for only 2 hours from 7-9pm and there is a 10pm curfew in the Exclusion Zone anyway. The hotel serves a very simple breakfast and evening meal.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
32 Years experience
9.8 out of 10 on Trust Pilot