Chernobyl Challenge

The Chernobyl Challenge of Oct 7-10 2016 was a real blast so we are running the next one on May 28 & 29th 2017 and this trip is now fully booked! We are taking bookings for Sept 17 & 18, however.This is a non automotive exploration/photo fest of one of the largest abandoned areas on earth,namely the Exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Ukraine. Places to explore include the abandoned model town of Pripyat including the ferris wheel, Hotel Polisia, Hospital,Kindergarden, Jupiter plant(Soviet military facility). Then Duga 3, the Soviet over the horizon radar facility with its huge array which can be seen from space. The facility could in theory see American ICBM launches as they happened making it a vital Soviet defense facility.A trip to see the destroyed reactor 4 and the new sarcophagus being built over it. Finally a trip into the other reactors where you will see a control room, which is still live although no power is being generated.

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Feel free to stay an extra day in Kiev and see a totally lovely East European capital city. Ukraine is a visa free country for the EU and extremely good value.

Is it safe? In a word: Yes. Radiation levels are actually below those on the flight to Kiev and your guide will have his own Geiger counter,but do bring your own and the roadbook will explain the best ones and the price ranges. It is possible to see hotter areas if you wish but again, doses are within safe limits. the trip is not open to those under 18.

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The 2 day tour includes:
All transport from Kiev to Chernobyl and around the zone.
English speaking guide.
A night at the Chernobyl Hilton(sic) where the beer is almost free.
Breakfasts lunches and supper in the zone,lunches at the Nuclear Power Plant canteen.

Not included:
Your flight to Kiev
Airport transfers(about 2 Euros on the airport bus)
Your accommodation in Kiev.We suggest the bizzare Hotel Salyut from where your trip will begin.

Dates are May 28 to 29, 2017(sold out) and Sept 17 & 18. Price is £250 per person. A number of you guys have done ad hoc trips to Chernobyl before and all Old Hands are entitled to a discount off the standard entry fee. The 2016 guys did not see a live control room but in 2017, this is ‘fingers crossed’ for the second day of the tour.

Schedule: You fly to Kiev Borispol on the Saturday and get the airbus into town and a metro to Hotel Salyut(Or Salute: I prefer the first name) Wizzair fly to Kiev Zulyany but no public transport from here, even though it is in town.We will provide you with a roadbook with full information nearer the time. Beware Zulyany area taxi drivers: a total ripoff.

On Sunday the minibus will pick you up and from now on til Monday night,all your meals and accommodation are covered in the fee. The schedule will vary and the choice of sites in the zone is up to you, but all will want to visit a live reactor and reactor 4,and Pripyat. Hotel in Chernobyl on Sunday night and Monday eve return to Hotel Salyut. Fly Tuesday or whenever you like. No visas needed for EU citizens.


The 2017 May crew who have paid up are:

1Danny Rittchen.

2Juan McGuinness (UIA 26th-30th)

3Chris Davies (BA 25th-31st)

4Robert Garrow (BA 25th-31st)

5Andreas Koch

6Peter Ohse

7Faye Litherland (BA 25th-31st)

8Jonathan Burmhams (BA 27th-4th)

9Gren Thomas(UIA 27th-31st)

10Dave Parkinson(UIA 27th-31st)

11Julian Nowill (already in Ukraine that week)

12Alastair Nowill(UIA 27th-30th)

13Kevin Skelly(UIA 26th-30th)

14Andy Collins (BA 25th-31st)

The September tour bookings are now open and we have:

Garrard Martin

Nick Turvey

Neil Shillabear

Nick Watson


The 2016 crew were:


1 Derek Gemmell Y Air Ukraine Friday

2 Mary Gemmell Y Air Ukraine Friday

3 Jan BauerY   In to Kiev on the 4th and out on the 10th.

4 Andy Bell Y Flying overnight Friday

5 Beverley Mason Y Flying overnight Friday

6 Andy Collins Y

7 Christopher Davies Y Friday’s BA flight

8 David Graaff Y Friday’s BA flight

9 Wayne Cooper Y Friday’s BA flight

10Dave Henderson Y Friday’s BA flight

11Helen Henderson Y Friday’s BA flight

12 Tom WilliamsY

13 Martin Poole Y Friday’s BA flight

14 Tommy Kristensen Y

15 Razmuz Andreazzon Y arriving 15.05 on the 7th

16 Paul Gadson Y BA to Borispol on 7th

17 Steph Copson Y BA to Borispol on 7th

18 Carina Sjutti Y

19 Conny Hjalmarsson Y

20 Eugene Sully Y Air Ukraine Friday