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.
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.
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
Further optional extras with a quote available on request include:
Translator or guide in another language
Trip to Slavutych
More than 5 day trip
Soviet vehicles for photoshoot/transport
1 day trip to Chernobyl and a tour around Kyiv I went on a 1 day trip to the zone with Contamination Zone. The guide was very professional with plenty of knowledge! I also used them for a 1 day tour around Kyiv. They took me around the city showing me it’s beautiful landmarks and taught me a lot of its history! I will 100% recommend them!
3 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 !
Definitely want to come back again Best day of my life.
I was very afraid to go, but it was definitely worth it.
I was given a good briefing and safety rules were followed very well so I relaxed and enjoyed the excursion. I have never met such an interesting guide ready to answer all questions. Thank you very much, Maria. It was exciting and very informative.
I will 100% recommend this tour operator to everyone I know.