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Amazing experience with an amazing Guide

November 15, 2018

Such a fantastic eye opening experience seeing what devestation can be caused by humans. I did this tour alone and was made to feel included the entire time, my guide Andrew was so good, he met me and and the others on time and we set off on our journey on a clean comfortable mini bus. Andrew was bursting with enthusiasm and knowledge that he was very keen on sharing with us which was exciting to be a part of and really captured my interest. Along the way we stopped for toilet breaks and if our next one wasn’t for a while Andrew would let us know. We visited many memorials across two passport/security checkpoints, stopping off for photo opportunities, high radiation areas (red forest etc) and of course the site of Reactor 4 and Prypiat then last a stop at the jaw dropping HUGE Soviet radar Duga! As mentioned above Andrew was full of knowledge and could tell us pretty much anything and everything, he also made us laugh and made sure we were all ok and told us that if we had any questions to not hesitate to ask. I would highly recommend this company as they provide me with such a professional yet friendly and fun day. Thank you Solo East and a big thanks to Andrew.

Charles E Stevens

Chernobyl two day tour

November 10, 2018

I highly recommend this company. Firstly I requested to change from one day trip to two days and the office staff was very helpful and sorted it immediately. The tour guies were Tania and Igor made this trip into and unforgettable experience. The information they gave could not have been any better which had been obtained from experience and talking to the locals. The guides were also so friendly and made the group get on well together. They even joined us chatting after the dinner. The time that our flight was leaving meant that time was very thight to get to the airport but one of our guides kindly arranged a taxi for us so we could get to the airport on time. We cannot thank this company enough for an amazing experience and would highly recommend them! They are the best

Beata K

Great guided tour

November 3, 2018

Tour from Kiev Excellent tour with guiding from Vika and driving from Alex, video in the bus to show us the history and what was happening prior to us getting there, took us through the day providing the right level of guidance, both informative and entertaining where appropriate. Food in the restaurant was good. All round a very good trip.

Stuart P West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Tania and Nazar, wonderful day!

October 23, 2018

Our tour was Oct 16th. This is something we both had been looking forward to for a long time. Tania was a great host! Nazar was a great driver, and very helpful. The tour was timed very nicely, the lunch was amazing. Victor in the office was very helpful, as we had to reschedule our first date the week before. Highly recommend SoloEast!

joelletendre

Unbelievable

October 19, 2018

I went to Chernobyl with my friends not for the first time. But this time it was so amazing. We had a lot of fun,specially with our tour guide Vika. Ask for her.! We have been there for two Days and still not seen everything we like to see. Next year we will go again with her. I can’t wait:D

Wylerrico Canton of Thurgau, Switzerland

Facinating excursion with good tour company

October 10, 2018

First good thing, pricing. Next? It’s a minibus tour, so no more than about 15 people on a tour (we had 14). The guides were informative and very knowledgeable with excellent English skills. They pick you up right on Maidan square so it’s all quite easy. Be sure to pay the few bucks extra and rent a radiation detector for the trip.

choppes1 Eugene, Oregon

Exceeded my expextations in every way

October 7, 2018

We went to Kiev to see Chernobyl. We booked at Solo East because of the good reviews and are very very satisfied with everything. The booking process was smooth, almost impossibile to miss important information as adding your passport number to your reservation and they were very clear about the pick-up place. We were picked-up at 8:00 by Vika and Alex in an very modern Mercedes sprinter, it looked brand new and was very comfortable. We were with a group of 17 people in total. The trip to the zone is long, but they show some documentaries that make time go faster. They also stop at a gas station, very convenient because you can get some snacks there and use the bathroom. Entering the zone feels like entering a movie. We had lunch (not just a sandwich, but soup, chicken (or port or vegetarian) and even a small dessert! We were advised to use the bathroom at the lunch spot because there are only 3 stops during the whole day with ‘nice toilets’, meaning non-Soviet style (believe me, you don’t want the Soviet bathroom experience). Our excellent tourguide Vika showed us the nursery, powerplant, prypiat (including an awesome visit to a rooftop of district 5) and the duga. She knew so much about the area and the disaster and was happy to tell you all about it. This way: thanks again Vika, you were awesome! We now booked a 1 day tour and this exceeded our expectations in every way. If we ever are planning to go again, we would go for the 2-day tour. It was a very long day and due to the traffic jam on the way back, we were back in Kiev at 20:30. But! Go and see this, you’ll never forget it. Thanks Solo East!

Merel v Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Seeing the true scale!

September 25, 2018

Was very sceptical about visiting Chernobyl but had an excellent adventure, history lesson and got to see first hand the devastation caused not just by the accident but the attempted remedial work thereafter! Our guide Anastasia was superb and provided us with all the information we needed or wanted. Visitors will have differing experience of sadness at what happened but also awe at how the people are striving to make things work again. All round great trip and although not everyone’s cup of tea I struggle to see that most will not at least enjoy some part of the tour!

andywardell Skegness, United Kingdom

Just wow....

September 18, 2018

Went to Kiev on a lads weekend away and this was one of the activities we decided to do….it did NOT disappoint!!! Igor, our tour guide, was friendly and welcoming not to mention the absolute ton of knowledge he has about the place! It was without a doubt one of the most interesting things I have ever experienced and is something to tick off the bucket list! If you go to the Ukraine, this is a MUST!!!!

Brad R

Fantastic Trip!!!

September 14, 2018

I visited Chernobyl on this one day trip, which I booked in advance online. I travelled alone, but joined six others on the bus. Our guide was excellent. She spoke good English and was very knowledgeable in answering questions and showing us highlights around the various stop off points in and around the exclusion zones. The collection and drop off was exactly as described. The mini bus that took us to Chernobyl was very new and in great condition. It also included an informative video of the incident that took place, which gave a great insight into the history of the activities that occurred at the time and the efforts to make the site safe since then. This also helped pass the 2-3 hour journey time from Kiev. Altogether a very well organised trip, which I would highly recommend.

salehaullah Birmingham, United Kingdom

Exciting and well organised

September 8, 2018

Chernobyl Two-Day Group Tour from Kievю I was very happy with this tour. The company were very professional and the guide Vika was very adventurous and interesting and one of the best tour guides I’ve met. I really enjoyed the tour and found the place to be fascinating. Travel and hotels were fine too, and they were very fine with my being a vegetarian for food purposes.

Ian M Stockholm, Sweden

Different adventure

September 5, 2018

First of all I would like to say that SoloEast Travel is the best choice for the trip to Chernobyl. The services are very good, our guide, Tania, answered all our questions and the lunch was great. Going in bigger groups than 10 persons can be annoing at some point because some guys can be very rude and behave very stupid in a place that happened a national tragedy. Personally if i would choose to go second time at Chernobyl I would choose the 2 days tour ( to have more time to explore the area) and I would do that on winter or late fall, because when it’s green, Prypiat is not so ghostly 🙂 But definetly I would choose the same travel agency. You guys are doing a great job!

Alex and Marius

Life changing experience

August 30, 2018

Chernobyl, Pripyat, Duga and overall the Zone have unique atmosphere. Today we finished our One Day Trip. It was great, just amazing. Tania was our guide, or stalker we can call her 😀 10/10 just amazing trip

BimbawZ S , Slovakia

Fantastic experience

August 22, 2018

The tour went really well. Igor took me to the most incredible places. He picked me up on time and show me around longer than any other tour guide that we saw on the way. He is full of knowledge and he showed me some secrets than you only see with a private tour. I definitely recommend Igor.

Alexisintheair

Top class tour

August 15, 2018

This tour was everything I had hoped for. Really did not expect it to be this good! Our guide, Tania, was just perfect! Really good English, amazing knowledge about everything – every question got a thorough answer! We saw a lot and got a good overview of the zone. Would’ve even wanted to stay longer and see even more but this time we had to do one-day trip. MUST DO tour when in Ukraine, would even like to do it again one day although Pripyat is disappearing into the nature more and more every day and not really sure what’s left of it after 10 years. Thank you SoloEast for top quality tour and professionalism! We really enjoyed it!

Georg Mirek K Tallinn, Harjumaa

What an amazing trip

August 13, 2018

Our guide, Tania, was impressive. She was a wealth of knowledge and could easily discuss about pretty much everyhting. When she started discussing about history, physics, radio waves, frequency, amplitude and so forth and could answer all my technical questions I decided I wanted to marry her 🙂 Jokes apart, she and the rest of the team were just fantastic. Organisation, schedule, food, safety, information during the trip to the site… all was top class. So, definitely advised to anybody wants to take

Dario C Brussels, Belgium

Amazing experience with professionalism!

August 9, 2018

Super friendly open mind and at the same time professional guide. Had answer to every single question and explained all in a good way. Good environment throughout all the tour of one day. Excellent lunch the transport is just a normal and comfortable mini bus. Great movies shown during the ways to Chernobyl.

André G

Great flexibility and guiding

August 8, 2018

Our flight was delayed so they arranged for a colleague to meet us at the airport and race to the buss so we wouldn’t miss the tour, which indicates great flexibility and a high level of service. The guide was very nice and had a deep knowledge about Chernobyl. Overall a great experience I recommend,.

roynor Stockholm, Sweden

Best tour I've ever been on!

August 4, 2018

We went on a Chernobyl day trip on Sunday the 29th of July and it was great! I’ve been on all sorts of guided tours in a lot of different places and this was definitely one of the best. Our tour guide Vika was super enthusiastic and funny. She knew a lot about the history of the area and the aftermath of the disaster and showed us some great spots in the area, even inside some of the buildings which was great! We had more than enough time at most spots to take some beautiful pictures and walk around and feel the vibe of the area. The driver Pasha drives nothing like most of the Ukrainian drivers I’ve met. He’s very carefull and avoids all the holes in the road so the ride to and inside the exclusion zone is very smooth wich to me is quite an accomplishment. If you have ever driven in Ukraine yourself, you know what I mean. Vika and Pasha also managed to get to every beautiful spot before other tour groups arrived so we were in most spots just with the 13 people that we’re in our group. All in all it was a great experience and a great tour! Thanks Vika & Pasha

Oscar F

Amazing experience

August 4, 2018

I travelled as a solo traveller within a mixed group of travellers most of which were couples. There was around 15 of us in total. The guide was very knowledgable and very humourous. Visiting the different areas of Chernobyl and Pripyat was amazing and totally safe. Ensure you tour with this company as you will definately have an awesome time.

Miguel B Shaftesbury, United Kingdom

Unique and fulfilling experience

August 2, 2018

The tour was amazingly complete and detailed. Not only did we visit all the iconic and obvious locations of the abandoned town of Pripyat, but also the less known and alive town of actual Chernobyl. We also had some other stops along the way, such as outside the actual power plant, an abandoned kindergarten and an old radar station. Our tour guide, Anastasia, was just amazingly nice and motivated us along the whole way, with her charismatic Russian accent. I highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting a different and enriching kind of experience into a sad moment of Ukraine’s history, but also a great photographic excursion.

BrunoCoelhoPT Matosinhos, Portugal

Fascinating!

August 1, 2018

Nazar was an excellent tour guide; friendly, funny and extremely knowledgeable. It’s a long day 08:00 – 19:30 but definitely worth it for such a unique experience.

Mills0 Bristol

Amazing experience

July 28, 2018

I highly recommend this day trip. We travelled in an air conditioned Mercedes mini bus and watched a documentary on the way from Kiev. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The tour includes lunch and is a must for anyone who visits Kiev.

Ronan H

Great tour, very interesting and very good guide

July 24, 2018

I was on this trip with my grown up kids. We had a very good tour with our guide Vica. Everything went smooth. Good simple well prepared food at the very small hotel in the Chernobyl town, soup + main course: pig, chicken or vegetarian. A must go for visitors to Kiev. I would like to come in winter, early spring, or late autumn to see the buildings in Prypiat without leaves on the trees. If you have the time before this trip, visit the Chernobyl Museum with audio guide. Highly recommended tour.

Jørgen S Copenhagen, Denmark

WOW!

July 19, 2018

Lena met our group of 12 at the hotel and took us on an incredible day tour of this fascinating area. The 2 hr drive was filled with a couple of moving documentaries explaining the background of Chernobyl and the subsequent clean up efforts. Very interesting! Lena took us to the 30km exclusion zone in Chernobyl where we had our first glimpse of the empty buildings and how mother nature has reclaimed her land. Lunch was in Chernobyl before entering the 10km zone. Pripyiat was the absolute highlight for me- wow….some total desolation and a ghost town now that serves as a reminder of the destructive nature of nuclear power. Whilst some areas seem a little set up, it’s incredible to see what has become of the abandoned buildings over the years with harsh weather and looters. The actual power plant is enormous and you get up quite close. Surprisingly the radiation levels up close are lower than they are in Kiev! The day is fantastic and well worth a visit. You pass through two radiation checks on the way out to ensure you’re safe and radiation free. Some tips: – wear CLOSED shoes….the highest radiation is in the soil/ moss/ organic material – wear long pants/ long sleeves – DON’T touch stuff -take your passport – pay attention to the guide- they have incredible information to share! – don’t panic about the radiation- it’s tiny amounts and for very short periods – ENJOY….and be thankful for where you live!

Kerryn72 Melbourne, Australia

Absolutely excellent trip

July 16, 2018

What a fascinating day. We had Lena as our guide and she was very, very good. Our day included visiting Chernobyl, Pripyat, lunch and getting right up to the reactor number four. You must bring your passport and it is checked a few times. You must go through police barriers at the 30km and then 10km zones. When you leave the zones you are checked twice for radioactivity. To be sure you are safe. We had lunch in Chernobyl which was very tasty. We were able to enter some of the abandoned properties and to see the fun park in Pripyat with the famous Ferris wheel. We got up surprisingly close to Reactor four. On the way there from Kyiv we saw a video that explained about the terrible explosion and some of the consequences. This is a trip your must do.

Weetbix7 TripAdvisor member since 2013

Two Day Private Tour

July 14, 2018

A great tour where we got to see all of the things that we wanted to see and also those we didn’t know we wanted see. A great thanks to the guide Igor for making this tour better than we had imagined. My brother and I will definitely recommend to take a tour with Soloeast and Igor to Chernobyl.

- Rasmus & Christian Holbaek, Denmark

Amazing experience!

July 9, 2018

One of the best places to go if you are interested in history. There is so much more in the Chernobyl area than what people think. A impressive story of sacrifice and effort to solve the problem within the tragedy. The tour guides: Tania and Nazar were simply amazing!! Highly recommend. Regards,

Caio Cavalheiro

A legendary site that becomes real once seen in person

July 8, 2018

SoloEast made booking the tour extremely easy. Online booking and payment by CC meant I could turn up on the day with no worries. The pickup point on the main square is very central and easy to get to as there is a Metro nearby. Our van was new, clean and comfortable. One of the group was in a wheelchair and the van was set up to accommodate him. The trip out to the site was informative as some great videos were played giving very good background to what we were about to see. The actual tour included Chernobyl, Pryrat, the reactors, an abandoned nursery and a few other stops as well. The added bonus was the stop at the radar installation that has to be see to be believed! The driver / guide was very professional, knowledgeable and an excellent safe diver. The price was also very reasonable. I’d highly recommend the trip and the company.

ungl2015 Canberra, Australia

Superb Trip! Worth the price!

June 28, 2018

I had a wonderful visit with my group to Chernobyl with SoloEast Travel. Alex, our driver, and Anastasia our tour guide, picked us up at our hotel at about 8 in the morning. We drove for an hour, stopped at a gas station convenience store for snacks, and then traveled the second hour to Chernobyl. Our sprinter van was clean and comfortable and Alex was a steady and professional driver. He was always near us during the walking portions of the tour so we didn’t have to walk between sights the entire time. Anastasia was amazing!! She is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic and makes the trip extremely enjoyable and was there to reassure us of our safety the entire way. She stayed with us the whole time and gave us plenty of opportunities to take photos and videos along the way. She even offered to take photos for the people on the trip that were solo. She’s an expert guide and gave very clear directions and interacted with the checkpoint patrols for us so that we were not overwhelmed or caught doing anything that was not permitted. I highly recommend SoloEast and would ask for Anastasia again!!

Irishnite Canyon Lake, California