Contamination Zone no longer has any Tour Guides – here’s why

Contamination Zone was started by people who think different. We have always done things differently to other tour operators and we take pride in this.

The last few months, I’ve been thinking about our own use of the word “Guide”, along with the way the wider Chernobyl community uses this word.

A Tour Guide is a person employed to show tourists around places of interest.

Oxford English Dictionary

The definition of a Tour Guide is someone who just shows tourists interesting places. While other companies tell their Tour Guides that their responsibility is to arrive at the meeting point at a set time, show the tourists a pre-planned route through the Exclusion Zone, and return them to the meeting point, our staff do so much more than this.

Many of our trips to the zone are with people who have visited Ukraine just to enter Chernobyl. It’s not a simple tour that is part of their trip, the time they spend in Chernobyl is their trip. Many of our clients do not come to Chernobyl just for a tour, they come here as photographers, videographers or researchers with specific projects and goals in mind.

Our staff keep permits and permissions up to date, they ensure your safety in a radioactive exclusion zone, liaise with military personnel and police whilst in the zone, dealing with all admin at checkpoints, and much more.

They make contact with our guests before they even arrive in Ukraine, often meeting before and after their trips, picking up things such as sim cards or memory cards, even tripods and other equipment.

Our staff become friends with our guests, often meeting up and keeping in contact after the trip.

Our guides constantly keep up to date on the safety rules for different parts of the Exclusion Zone, they keep up to date on the constantly changing permit permissions and restrictions, and they do this is a totally seamless and professional way meaning that most people have no idea whatsoever of how much work goes on behind the scenes to make your trips run smoothly and faultlessly.

The Exclusion Zone is 3 times bigger than Berlin. Our team has explored almost every last corner of this place, every small village, town, the city of Pripyat, and they have a huge knowledge and will always be able to take you somewhere that will be related to your interests or your project.

With this huge range of roles, the massive responsibility and the unbelievable knowledge – I feel they are so much more than a “Tour Guide”.

These people are the interface between us and you – they are not just representing themselves, but they are representing all of the good work we do, and all of the charitable causes we support. We only let the absolute best people work for us, and as a result of that, I would like to introduce you to our Trip Managers, Alexandra and Mariya;

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Since you’re here…

Contamination Zone is a group of people who are united by our love for the Chernobyl Zone. We are a non-profit organisation and every year we raise thousands of euros for good causes in the Chernobyl Zone, such as firefighting equipment, monument restoration, animal welfare and more.

If you are planning or thinking about a trip to the zone, please check out our trips, or our Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have unanswered questions, contact us below!

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