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Fascinating and interesting tour - great organization

May 13, 2019

We booked a private tour for four guest with SoloEast and we absolutely loved it. The travel manager Natalia is very responsive. Organizing the tour with her was easy. Our tour guide Diana was knowledgeable and fun to be with. She did a great job avoiding the larger crowds and was able show us some amazing hidden places. It was an unforgettable day for all of us.

thomas_o_steiner New York City, New York

Incredibly interesting tour with fantastic guide

May 8, 2019

I would highly recommend the private tour (we did it with 4 people) with SoloEast and would ask for Nazar as your tour guide, he was fantastic. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and the disaster and was able to answer all of our questions (we had a lot being a bunch of science nerds). It’s a long day but they serve you a good lunch and the van we had was very comfortable and Nazar stopped whenever we need so that was great. You also see a lot and it’s nice to be with a small group to really learn about the area and the impact of the disaster on the Ukraine.

Suzanne L Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Chernobyl and surroundings

April 27, 2019

Just got more than I have expected with this tour. It was worth every penny. Our tour guide Pasha was an amazing guide and driver. He was pretty keen to explain all the detail of the Chernobyl disaster, how it affected nature, people lives and what they have learnt from the disaster. In fact, there were things that were included in this tour that I wasn’t expecting. I would give a 5 stars to this tour. I truly recommend it

SergioSandes London, England, United Kingdom

SoloEast and Igor were wonderful!

April 16, 2019

We just finished our second five day tour of the zone with SoloEast. Our guide Igor was absolutely fantastic! He showed us a lot of sites and things you could never fit into a one or two day tour. Igor was an amazing guide! He is extremely knowledgeable about the fine details surrounding Chernobyl, and definitely taught me some things I didn’t know, and I have studied all things Chernobyl for over a decade. He has great English, as well as an awesome personality and sense of humor. We shared a lot of laughs on this trip. If you are interested in visiting the zone, contact SoloEast and request Igor to be your guide. I also recommend doing a multi-day private tour and going off the beaten path – you will NOT be disappointed. Igor, дуже дяакую from us both, you are not just a guide but someone we both consider a friend. Pet Stalker Dog for us. =)

d3molitionxlov3rs San Diego, Califo

Amazing Day Trip with Tania

March 22, 2019

Recently took the day trip from Kiev to Chernobyl. Booking and payment with SoloEast was easy, and everything ran on time. Our guide Tania was wonderful. Very knowledgeable, and she allowed us to see so much without feeling rushed throughout our day. Very pleased that I chose SoloEast for our Chernobyl trip.

SteveSchlessinger Jacksonville, Florida

One of the best tours I've taken!

March 22, 2019

I had a tour with Anastasia earlier today and hands down it was amazing. The whole experience was 5 stars! From the moment you make your reservation the amount of information you get provided keeps you on the loop and makes you feel super secure. Everything on the day ran perfectly, the bus they use to take you to the exclusion zone is very modern comfortable and clean, throughout the journey you get shown a couple of documentaries and once there the tour takes you to so many different places! All in all it was an action packed day and I would 100% recommend booking this tour with SoloEast. Anastasia was an incredible guide, super knowledgeable and fun!

AndresBMR

Chernobyl Day Trip - SoloEast Travel

March 14, 2019

My boyfriend and I had a fantastic day, celebrating my birthday in Chernobyl! Tania was our guide and she spoke excellent English, she was very polite and very approachable throughout – she also answered all of our questions during the tour in a delightful manner and wasn’t bothered by the amount of questions asked. She was very knowledgable about the areas that we visited and went into great detail about the history of all the events and the sites we were shown. Tania was very trusting in our group and allowed us to explore many sites around the exclusion zone, including the famous amusement park and swimming pool! It was also very interesting to be shown photos of areas before the disaster, to be able to compare the two, and we were even shown certain hot spots of radiation throughout the trip. We were also thoroughly briefed about check out points etc which really helped us understand what was going on as we could imagine it being a bit confusing and scary when not knowing what was going on! We went on a recommendation of my partners parents who went with SoloEast a few years ago and with high expectations, they didn’t disappoint. I would definitely recommend SoloEast as a company in general and can guarantee you’ll have a great tour with Tania!

beckynaomi

Chernobyl tour with SoloEast!

February 22, 2019

Had a fantastic time with SoloEast tours to Chernobyl today! Our guide Tania Was fantastic! Answered all of our questions, gave us lots of time for bathroom breaks and looking around on our own, and she showed us extra sites when time permitted. Lunch was excellent and all times were met with departure and arrival. Will continue to recommend SoloEast tours again and thank you again Tania!

BColeman678

Chernobyl - SoloEast Travel

February 12, 2019

The Chernobyl trip with SoloEast Travel was excellent. It is most definitely recommended. The tour guide Tanya was very knowledgable and answered all questions. Once in a lifetime experience! Thank you!

Thomas C

Great job komandir koleha Igor and SoloEast - many Thanks!

February 6, 2019

We were the group of friends who decided to visit Chernobyl with Solo East Chernobyl Private Tour from Kiev and it was very good decision. Everyone of us was really pleased with visiting this place and with the tour itself. My overall impression about SoloEast – everythig was very proffesional since the very begining. Starting from contact with the office – responses were very prompt and accurate, thru making reservation/payment process and tour organization. I can say only good words about this company. When it comes to our tour guide on the tour day this was Igor – our komandir i koleha;) Very engaged, positive and proffesional person. He showed us really cool iconic places and described each one in a very interesting way. He shared big portion of history with us and make our tour really cool that we spent in a good atmosphere. My personal experience about Chernobyl and surounding area – before visiting this place I was wondering how does it look in real. I saw some movies earlier but to be there and see all of this turned out to be really valuable experience. From my perspective I can recommend visiting Charnobyl with Solo East. Good job komandir koleha Igor and SoloEast – many Thanks!

mrlewandl

Birthday visit

February 1, 2019

Great day. Driver very knowlegble and happy to answer the questions we asked. Lunch was very good. Would recc this company, quick booking and answered my emails quickely. Thank you for a great birthday trip. Emma

singlefemale1979 Stafford, United Kingdom

Amazing experience!

January 29, 2019

It was an amazing tour! Our guide Tanya was excellent. She explain everything so good and also she answered all the questions we had. (Although we didn’t speak too much hahaha). She was all the time looking for our safety and our confort. The food was also good, I liked very much. I have to say that bought the tour with a spanish audio guide, but when I arrive I decided not to use it, and I thought it was a good decision because for my surprise her english accent was perfect!! I recommend everyone to do this tour and hope you have her as your guide because she was great!

carmenlopezroberts Madrid, Spain

Totally cool trip 🙂

January 18, 2019

I went on the tour on my birthday and it was definitely one to remember! Our English speaking guide Anastasia was very knowledgable and even gave us a book to keep about the history of Chernobyl with photos and stuff which was pretty cool. The mini bus was at the meeting point in Kiev 10 minutes early and our driver I think his name was Alex, did a really good job of driving us round safely on the icy roads all day. We watched some documentaries on the drive there, and after stopping to visit a ghost village we stopped for lunch in Chernobyl town. The food was nice and filling for the long day in the cold weather. My favourite part of the tour was visiting the abandoned town of Pripyat walking around the old school, gym, and swimming pool and looking at stuff that was left behind was really interesting ! It was an amazing experience altogether and the snowy forest looked beautiful even if it is radioactive ! I got loads of great photos, thanks for an awesome day 🙂

mikew8235 New Forest National Park Hampshire, United Kingdom

Andrew is amazing

January 7, 2019

Everyone knows something about Chernobyl. Any disaster with such horrified implications tends to leave a mark on history. But Chernobyl is different. It has struck a chord with us somehow, and has become the inspiration for countless media and art, allowing us to venture off into fantasy worlds This wasn’t a fantasy world. This place exists. Are all the depictions in pictures and media true to life? Something out of a post apocalyptic movie? See for yourself. But first, you have to get there, and you can’t go at will. You need to book a tour. I booked mine with SoloEast, the oldest tour company that provides tours to the exclusion zone. Upon arrival at the meeting point, the Kozatskiy hotel, I was greeted by my guide Andrew Vasylievych. Once everyone else arrived, we departed for Chernobyl, which is about 2 hours from Kiev. Upon arrival, we entered the first checkpoint, where they check your passport and entrance ticket. Once confirmed, you’re allowed in. Upon entry, you notice a TON of stray dogs Our first stop was a kindergarten. When you walk in, you can just feel the desolation of this place. I’ve never seen anything like it. Children’s beds with toys left behind, books, dolls, and even Soviet newspapers, just sitting there for the past 32 years. While there, Andrew used his Geiger counter to test the radiation levels outside. Needless to say, the soil is STILL pretty contaminated. After that, we were provided lunch, consisting of soup bread, chicken, and salad. This is included with your tour. From there we entered the 2nd checkpoint From there, we went to the giant steel structure that houses reactor 4(the one that exploded). The fog was intense. Andrew showed us before and after photos in terms of what the reactor looked like, as well as teaching us about the radioactive mass in the basement of the reactor, called the Elephants Foot. This is deemed the most radioactive spot on earth! From the reactor, we entered the abandoned city of Pripyat, where we explored an abandoned cafeteria with stain glass windows still intact, an amusement park that NEVER got to open, a sports complex, and the infamous swimming pool. We didn’t get to visit the hospital because there was way too much ice on the stairs and railings. Safety is paramount in the exclusion zone. Our final stop was to Chernobyl 2, a secret military base that houses the decommissioned Duga Radar, During the dying days of the Cold War, the Soviet Union built an early warning detection system to listen out for NATO and U.S. ballistic missiles. This was used for that. The fog added a creepiness to the scene. This thing is MASSIVE! Upon exit of the exclusion zone, you enter radiation detectors to check your radiation levels, then we drove back to kiev. A 12 hour day that was packed with history, great photo opportunities, and an amazing guide. I highly recommend everyone visit Chernobyl with SoloEast. Andrew is a phenomenal guide, hysterical and knowledgeable. When you go, tell him I sent you 🙂

Leroy T

One of the most amazing things I’ve ever done!

January 5, 2019

Everything about this trip went smoothly! The company was very good with answering every question I had and the booking was very easy and straight forward. Our guide Nazar was wonderful, he showed up on time and was very nice and great at making us feel safe during the entire tour. He spoke great English and was very knowledgeable about Chernobyl, Pripyat, the entire exclusion zone and was able to answer the questions we had in detail along with just being a fun guy to talk to. He made sure the trip was everything we’d hoped it would be and it was a great time.

RBayer99

Beyond amazing!

December 28, 2018

I researched for a good few weeks and chose SoloEast based on reviews. They didn’t disappoint in any way. I’d also watched various Chernobyl videos on YouTube and had seen that Igor was really impressive as a guide. It was lucky we had him as he was funny, informative and accommodating. SoloEast were solid as a company but Igor really made our experience what it was. He knew an insane amount about the places we visited and kept us chipper despite the cold. I’m a really harsh reviewer (see my other reviews for proof) but I think it’s important to give credit where credit’s due. I couldn’t recommend these guys (mainly Igor) enough!

IceChillington Bath, United Kingdom

Amazing

December 11, 2018

The tour was super organized and my guide was Nazar he is amazing. The experience totally worth the money and time. Want to go back already.

Xjulianalimax

Great tour

December 9, 2018

Beautifull tour guided by great guide Andrew. Andrew showd us many interessting places and described all details what happend. Simply perfect tour.

Tomáško M

Excellent tour, 100% recommend!

December 2, 2018

I joined a group tour on 11/28 and our guide was Tanya. She was very responsible and knowledgeable, you can just ask her anything and she will explain all the things in details. And the tour was very safe and everything was in order, I suggest you guys should watch the documentary on the way to Chernobyl, you will be completely involved in the tour. We went to couples of iconic locations, and had free time to take pictures and walk around. I took a very interesting history lesson in Chernobyl, it was informative and superb with Tanya’s explanation. Thank you very much!

Eddie Lee

Great Chernobyl day trip!!

November 28, 2018

Had a great trip to Chernobyl, Pripyat and other places in the exclusion zone. Really enjoyed the whole day, very educating and informative about the disaster, the abandoned cities and the future! Thank you our guide ANDREW for a great day. You answered all our questions anf made the trip very enjoyable. Well recommend day trip. Book it!! 🙂

cbamford1973 London, United Kingdom

SoloEast

November 21, 2018

Very professional, well organised, reliable and informative. Excellent day trip would highly recommend SoloEast to anyone wishing to visit.

GHunter19 London, United Kingdom

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