The Chernobyl Challenge of 2016 was a real blast so was the May 28 & 29th 2017 where we got to parts of Duga not seen before and got access to the control room of reactor 3 and ate lunch with the workers in their canteen. I really feel that I offer the best tours as small groups allow us to go places the larger ones cannot and our guide Maxim lets us do things that are not strictly in the rule book!
We are taking bookings for Sept 17 & 18, 2017 however I am afraid there will be a price rise as we no longer can stay in the cheapo Chernobil Hilton (taken over by scientists) but in quite a posh place in Slavutich, the model nuclear town accessed by rail. All who book and pay before July pay £250, a £25 discount on the new rate. This 2 day tour 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.
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. Most fly out Saturday and back on Tuesday, but feel free to stretch things either way.
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.
The 2 day tour includes:
All transport from Kiev to Chernobyl and around the zone.
English speaking guide.
A night at the Slavutich Hilton(sic) where the beer is almost free.
Breakfasts lunches and supper in the zone,lunches at the Nuclear Power Plant canteen.
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 Sept 17 & 18. Also May 2018. Price is £250 per person until July 2017 and £275 thereafter. 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 2017 guys did a live control room but in this is ‘fingers crossed’ for future tours as access is never guaranteed.
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) We will provide you with a roadbook with full information nearer the time.
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 Slavutich on Sunday night and Monday eve return to Hotel Salyut. Fly Tuesday or whenever you like. No visas needed for EU citizens.
NOTE: THE TOUR LIMIT IS 14 SO CANNOT ACCEPT MORE THAN THIS NUMBER. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.
The September tour bookings are now open and we have 4 places left, with the following confirmed:
Robert Golding(paid) UIA Saturday 6PM
Sean & Suzi Edmonds
Tom Dean (paid)
For May 27/28, 2018 we are not taking bookings yet but Mel Holley has expressed an interest.
The 2017 May crew were: