12 – 19 September 2021 – Escape to Ukraine

850

8 days in Ukraine, 4 days in Chernobyl. 12-19 September. €850 including airport transfers, hotels, Kyiv and Chernobyl tours.

Passport Information

Please ensure these are the correct details for the person going to Chernobyl. If these details are incorrect, the permit to enter the Exclusion Zone will be invalid and no refund will be available.

Description

12 September 2021

Arrive in Ukraine. You can fly to either Kyiv Boryspil or Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) where you will be met at the airport by our driver with a sign. You will be driven to the hotel in Kyiv. Depending on the time of your flight, it is likely that the group will meet for dinner and drinks – however the rest of the afternoon is free time.

13 September 2021

The day starts early, as we will leave to travel to Chernobyl at 07:30 AM at the front of the hotel. We will drive to Chernobyl where we will go through the first checkpoint and enter the 30km zone.

Once in the zone, we will head to Duga for an in-depth tour including Driving School, Control Block, Hospital and School, followed by the Jupiter Factory after lunch with some added locations in the area.

14 September 2021

Today we spend the entire day in Pripyat – we will see many things, including:

15 September 2021

Today we will visit some remote villages, firstly passing Paryshiv Checkpoint

16 September 2021

On our last day in the zone we will see some final cool things in Pripyat and some other villages, alternatively add the ChNPP addon to get to see inside the Nuclear Power Plant locations including Reactor 3 and Reactor 4. In the afternoon we can take a look at Reactor 5 before returning to Kyiv.

17 September 2021

Electric scooter tour of Kyiv

A 10 km electric scooter trip around central Kyiv. This tour will take you to the key city sites of Maidan, St Michael’s and St Sofia’s churches, St Andrew’s descent, Klitschko glass bridge, Friendship Arch, Mariyinski Palace and Khreschatyk Street.

You will be shown the scooter controls and have a short practice ride under the watchful eye of our friendly staff. It’s then time to head out in company with your group and guide for your 2 hour tour.

Your tour starts with a short scoot from our shop along the newly built cycle lanes along to Maidan / Independence square. We will stop to let you contemplate historical events at this site and get some great photos of the Independence Monument, Hotel Ukraine and the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy.

It’s then onto St Michael’s monastery – one of the most photogenic of Kyiv’s churches with sky blue walls and a golden domed roof. From here you can also see the high belltower of St Sophia’s Cathedral, one of the most ancient cathedrals from the ancient times of Kyiv Rus, protected under UNESCO world heritage.

We will now ride on to the top of St Andrew’s descent. On top of the hill you can see the majestic St. Andrews Church, the only church in Ukraine without bells. This pretty cobblestone street leads down to the hip and cultural district of Podil and is lined with cute cafes, street vendors and artists. We detour for a moment to take in some great views over Vozdvyzhenka district. This ornately designed district was completed just as the housing market crashed so most buildings laid empty for several years. Now the buildings are slowly being re-inhabited by shops, cafés and restaurants which provide a great backdrop for a picture.

Our tour turns off from St Andrew’s descent to get one of the best views over the river Dnipro from the observation platform. We then follow the newly renovated pedestrian and cycle route along a chain of and under the funicular railway along to the people’s friendship arch. We will stop to let you stand on the glass walkways of the brand new Klitschko glass bridge if you dare and take in some more great views of the river and city skyline. From here you will catch a splendid view of both banks of the Dnipro river, right – with historical Podil, and left bank – with sleeping districts surrounded by old trees and quiet parks.

We continue through the city parks and along to Mariyinski Palace – the official residence of the president of Ukraine. This stop has some great views and nice riding for our scooters and a romantic Lovers Bridge as well an ancient beautiful fountain hidden between lush greenery in the park.

This brings us to the upmarket shopping street of Kreshatyc. This wide yet short road was mostly destroyed during the second world war and rebuilt in the Soviet neo-classic style. On weekends, the street is closed to traffic although on weekdays we will use the wide pedestrian walkways to scoot along.

It’s then a short ride past the Kyiv city sign at city hall for some final selfies and back to our offices to drop off the scooter and where your tour ends.

If you enjoy the above trip, or like the sound of it, there is a option to extend the scooter trip with the following:

Trip to the motherland

Ride out to the iconic motherland statue

This 15km tour takes you out to the south of the city to visit Kyiv’s 102m high motherland statue. Enjoy a longer ride on our scooters with brief stops at Mariinsky Palace, Perchersk Lavra, and 30 minutes to explore the Motherland Statue. We return via Kyiv food market and the Kyiv governmental district.

18 September 2021

Free time in Kyiv for shopping, exploring, drinking, or discovering the city.

19 September 2021

Final day in Ukraine. Our driver will meet you outside the hotel at the agreed time and take you to the airport.

Included

  • English and Italian speaking trip manager for the tours
  • Meals in Chernobyl
  • Accomodation in Kyiv and Chernobyl
  • Transport to and from Kyiv Airports, and to/from/in Chernobyl
  • One electric scooter tour of Kyiv
  • Full paperwork, permits and permissions
  • Radiation scans for contamination
  • Geiger Counter per group
  • Dosimeter per person

Not included

  • Flights
  • Food and drink in Kyiv
  • Extra food or extra drinks in Chernobyl

Disclaimer

Please note: This plan may change depending on actual restrictions imposed by the authorities of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone or elsewhere, external factors, or by the groups wishes. Our guides are extremely knowledgeable with many years of experience and will never be unable to find something interesting to show you.