Ukraine tour, Discover Chernobyl
Fascinating, exciting and moving guided tour around the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone near Kiev, staying in a Chernobyl hotel. Learn stories of tragedy and hope that emerged from the disaster.
Chernobyl Kiev Chernobyl Museum Lavra Reserve Monastery of the Caves Tour Pripyat Guided tour in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Sleep overnight in Chernobyl itself Meet the people who chose to remain
US $1090ToUS $1440 excluding flights
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 18.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 18.
Description of Ukraine tour, Discover Chernobyl
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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel Ė but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. Itís easy to tick off the big sights independently Ė but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
3 Reviews of Ukraine tour, Discover Chernobyl
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 26 Oct 2019 by Muniba MalikGoing to Pripyat was extraordinary. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019 by Richard PayneThe most memorable part of the vacation was the knowledge and professionalism of the guides. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019 by Ken Greger5***** Read full review
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PlanetThe accident at Chernobyl was the result of a flawed Soviet reactor that was being operated by inadequately trained staff. Ukraine's isolation during the Cold War meant that their safety culture was lacking and this was a major contributing factor in the accident.
About 200000 people, known as liquidators, from throughout the Soviet Union were involved in the clean up during the year after the disaster. They all received high doses of radiation. In the years that followed many more liquidators were onsite but the radiation levels were far lower.
In 2010 Belarus announced that it was to settle back thousands of people into the 'contaminated areas' and by 2011 Chernobyl was declared safe enough to be recognised as a tourist attraction. Interestingly in 2015 a major scientific study found that the mammal population in the Exclusion Zone was thriving, despite land contamination, which was contrary to what experts had believed would be the case. The Przewalski's horse was close to extinction, but in areas around Chernobyl their population is increasing. Moose, deer, beavers, owls, brown bear, lynx and wolves have also all been spotted and appear to be prospering.
In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ĎResponsible in everything we doí. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our UK Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. Weíre members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe itís important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.
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PeopleLearning about the country we are traveling to is really important on our trips and Ukraine is a country filled with history. One of the reasons we prefer to use local Tour Leaders is so they can give a real insight into the local culture; anything from learning about the education system, to making sure we donít fall foul of any taboos.
Secondly it is our policy to generate business and employment opportunities in the countries we travel to by employing local people. All our Tour Leaders in Ukraine are locals and weíve personally trained them all too so they are comfortable in their work and you get great service. As well as respecting local people, we also like to be an economic benefit to them. We do this by using locally owned hotels, spreading our business to a variety of local restaurants (which is a great way to sample delicious Ukrainian food) and employing local guides where we can.
After the invasion of Crimea and the Ukrainian revolution in 2014, tourism to Ukraine was hit hard and is only now starting to recover; obviously our priority is always the safety of our groups and that is why we always follow UK foreign Office Travel Advice and are in constant contact with our local suppliers to ensure we know what conditions are like on the ground.
However we also strongly believe that is important that we continue to send groups to Ukraine to help support the local businesses and our local Tour Leaders. Ukraine is a fabulous country and the capital city, Kiev, is full of history, stunning architecture, mouth-watering food, and itís affordable with cost of public transport, food and drinks being some of the lowest in Europe. We will also visit the unique site of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and now is the time to go. Itís been over 30 years since the accident and with each passing year the site further decays and eventually it will become inaccessible. Also tourism is only now beginning to pick up again so itís still relatively quiet here so you can avoid the crowds, especially if you visit in autumn and winter, which is also a great time for photography as you can get a clearer view of the ruins when the leaves arenít on the trees. In Chernobyl our groups visit the self-settlers that live alone inside the Exclusion Zone which helps to give them companionship and much needed food supplies.