Chernobyl: Private excursion from Kyiv

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Checkpoint Dytyatky: Enter the zone

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Duga: Explore huge secret radar facility

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Duga: Extended Duga visit & in depth tour

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Discover nature: Wildlife has taken over

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Kopachi: Abandoned village kindergarten

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Summer camp: Discover what the trees are hiding

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Reactor 4: Up close and personal

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Chernobyl Port: Boats abandoned since 1986

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Pripyat: 50,000 people used to live here

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Urban jungle: Explore the city, see what we find

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The Lab: Used for research after the disaster

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The Claw: See equipment used in the liquidation

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Police Station: Jail cells

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ATX-2: Vehicles used in clean-up operations

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Jupiter Factory: Find out what was really being produced here

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Kindergartens: Thousands of toys left behind

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Hidden gems: Discover what the trees are hiding

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Pripyat Amusement Park: Never opened

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Azure Pool: The most famous abandoned swimming pool in the world

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Sailing Club: Many abandoned boats

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Pripyat kindergartens: Fifteen in total

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Dentist: See how fast everything was abandoned

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Maternity ward: Children were still being born here the day after the explosion

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Pripyat Shopping: People would come to the city from all around for the wide range available

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Cafe: View the stunning glass artwork

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Soviet throwback: Communism never left

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Hairdressers: Slowly decaying

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Milk store: Once a busy shop, now it is empty

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Piano store: Used for storage after the disaster

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Post office: Beautiful Soviet murals

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Lunch: One of the options for lunch is in the Power Plant canteen

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Golden Corridor: Links the ChNPP control rooms

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Control Room 2: See how the reactors worked

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Control Room 3: Identical to unit 4 pre-disaster

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Control Room 4: See where it all happened in 1986

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Control Room 5: Never completed 5th reactor

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Cooling towers: Planned for future reactors that never happened after the disaster

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Distribution room: Still in use for the Ukrainian National Grid

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Animal testing facility: Used to see how radiation affects animals

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Protection Bunker: In case of attack on ChNPP

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Pump hall: Each reactor had a room like this

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Reactor 3: Stand on top of a nuclear reactor

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Reactor 4: Memorial to Valery Khodemchuk

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Checkpoint Dytiatky: Entrance to the zone

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Checkpoint Dytiatky: Radiation scan before leaving the zone

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Checkpoint Leliv: Entry to 10k zone

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Abandoned pride: Someone used to love this boat

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Vehicle graveyards: Thousands of vehicles abandoned here after the disaster

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Shipwrecks: Huge boats left here after the accident

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Slowly decaying buildings: One day all the information contained here will be lost forever

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School classrooms: Discover the education culture of the USSR

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School classrooms: Discover the education culture of the USSR

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Duga: Control room

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Duga: See Soviet military propaganda

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Restoration: Restored Soviet style checkpoint

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Military barracks: More remains of Soviet propaganda

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Restoration: Restored Soviet style checkpoint

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PMK-169: Discover why this small village was built so close to Pripyat

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Remote propaganda: See how even small villages had the same level of Sovietism.

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Fire service: Meet and learn about the huge team of firefighters that still work here

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A private trip to Chernobyl is the ultimate way to experience the zone. With just yourself, or you and your friends/colleagues you will be able to plan an exact route with one of our highly experienced trip managers to get the best out of your trip to Chernobyl and Pripyat. Private tours include options to go inside Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, to fly drones, and to do other unusual things like ride the staff train from Slavutych to Chernobyl.

 

 

5 Stars - Based on 62 Reviews

 

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Why book a private tour?

Unlike public tours, a private tour can provide a much more specialist and taylormade experience. 

This type of tour is a favourite with both individual and small groups of photographers, videographers, vloggers, drone pilots and also with small and large groups of friends who simply want a private experience.

On a private tour the schedule is very flexible, what we personally recommend you do is check out the various location pages of this website and make a list that you can send to us before the trip to pass to your guide. This will help them plan the trip in the most efficient way possible.

Another helpful tool is the calculator below to work out roughly how many days you should book. 

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Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) tour

This addition is well worth it, you will see many places including the Control Room of Reactor 4, and other places inside the ChNPP buildings. You will be provided with a white PPE suit to change into, including shoes and gloves/hat/mask. 

This tour takes almost an entire day, so it is recommended to include it only on tours of 2 or more days.

One day of the tour needs to be a weekday (Monday – Friday) if choosing this option.

Administrative Building (AB-1)
The tour begins at the Head Office of SSE Chernobyl NPP. You will receive a pass card and pass the verification of documents and personal belongings.

Defense construction No 1
You will see a unique defense construction intended to protect personnel in emergency situations.

Restricted area
Familiarization with the facilities where nuclear reactors, auxiliary systems for power generation were controlled, and where the Shelter object
state is being monitored:

  • Central Control Room (CCR-1) is the control room for the open switchgear management and plant shift supervisor workplace.
  • Unit Control Room (UCR), from which all major technological processes were controlled during the reactor operation.
  • Skala. A unique electronic computer appeared in 1973 at the Leningrad NPP and was called “SCALA” – Leningrad NPP Apparatus (Reactor) Control System. Later it was also installed at Chernobyl NPP. It was the central information chain unified most of the power unit control systems into a single automated NPP process control system.
  • The central Hall is the power unit reactor hall, the place where technological processes took place.
  • Unit 3 Main Circulating Pumps (MCP),which supplied water to the reactor core.
  • Valery Khodemchuk Memorial plaque – the memorial to commemorate the MCP operator who died during performance his duties, no body was found.
  • Unit 4 Control room (UCR 4) is the premise with partially dismantled Unit control panel equipment at the Unit where the accident occurred.

Lunch (Canteen No 19)
Business lunch according to the standards of healthful and dietary meals, similar to the lunch for SSE ChNPP personnel.

Bridge over bypass channel
You’ll see, and if as chance offers, you’ll nourish the famous Chernobyl catfish with bread.

Liquidators Memorial
You will be told about the first victims of the 1986 accident at Chernobyl NPP and the urgent measures to eliminate the disaster.

SO Observation pavilion
At the unique, detailed mock-up of the Shelter object you will be told the story of the first protective structure construction over power Unit 4, as well as acquainted with the history of New Safe Confinement construction.

 

By default we price our trips in Euro, but upon request we can issue invoices in: EUR, GBP, USD, CAD, AUD, HUF, NZD, PLN, RON, SGD or TRY.

The price you pay when you book includes:

English speaking Senior Tour Guide for the duration

Full paperwork, permits and permissions

Radiation scans for contamination

Geiger Counter per group

Transport to and from the zone

Meals within the zone

Accommodation within the zone

Modern, air conditioned transport

Dosimeter per person

Geiger counters available for hire

Further optional extras with a quote available on request include:

Drone permits

Translator or guide in another language

Trip to Slavutych

More than 5 day trip

Soviet vehicles for photoshoot/transport


Reviews

5 star rating3 days tour : one of the best experiences of my life ! We had a 3-days trip in the Chernobyl zone and it was absolutely amazing. Sacha is a very kind, professional and competent guide and Jim has also been present to check if all went well. We were able to see an incredible amount of places - more than I espected - and even the transport was good in a comfortable van. We had a very good time all together. If I come back to the Zone, I would never choose another company than Contamination Zone !

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Ivan T.

Had a superb 5 day visit to the zone. Everything was amazing.
Sasha the guide was very knowledgeable about the zone, the power plant, the buildings and the history of each of the houses i.e who used to live there etc
Power station trip was honestly the best thing I’ve ever experienced.
The bus for part of the trip was very comfortable and clean, and for the other part a Mercedes car which was unexpected and brilliant.
The driver Sasha was pretty cool, great taste in music and managed to avoid every pothole in the roads 👍
Would recommend 100% booking through this company

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Allen J.

Charlie Tango top man 👌 full of information.

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Mark C.


Meet the team

Charlie Tango
Founder
Alexandra Chalenko
Founding Partner & Chief Guide
Olya Osadcha
Senior Guide
Mariya Olegovna
Senior Guide
Neil Jayaratne
British Trip Partner
Igor Voronov
All-Departments Amazing Guy