Due to the nature of the Chernobyl Exclusion zone restrictions and visitors' application process we suggest our customers to book all the tours well in advance (at least 10 business days). It is important to provide us with accurate information and notify on time about any change of plans in order not to face a financial loss. The tour has an “18 years old” age restriction (to the year). E.g. those born in 2000 regardless the day and the month are OK to access the Exclusion zone in 2018).
Cancellation and Refund: For authorization purposes, only written cancellation notices (by e-mail) will be accepted.
Additionally, although SoloEast Travel instructs the bank to handle the crediting process immediately upon notification of the cancellation, it can take up to four weeks for the actual crediting to take place, depending on your Bank practice
Change the date of the tour – is free of charge if the new day of the tour is not earlier then 10 business days from the day when such request is submitted to SoloEast Travel. Changing the date on a shorter notice may be available either free of charge, for an extra fee or not available at all. Please contact our staff to discuss the possibilities as soon as necessary.
Change of participants’ data (number and names) more than 11 business days before the tour is free of charge. Please be advised that you are responsible for the accurate data you provide us with. If it appears that the passport number (name, date of birth) you sent is different from what you actually have in hand on the day of the tour – SoloEast won’t be responsible if your access to the Zone is denied by the police at the check point.
Tour cancellation. SoloEast guarantees to run all the tours scheduled from March 1st to October 31st, and weekend tours (all year round) regardless the number of people booked for the tour. (Exception is if the government of Ukraine or due to the Force Majeure cancels the tour). Tours during the weekdays from November 1st to the last day of February may be rescheduled if the number of the participants is less than three, or tour type and cost changed to a private or a full refund offered.
Our “pick-up” conditions. We can arrange a free pick up for groups of three and more people, if your location is within the central part of Kiev, and if you provide us with the address when booking or at least three days before the tour date. Please note that this provision does not include the drop off arrangements due to the usual evening traffic problems in the central part of Kiev. Otherwise, we can arrange a pick up at your location at extra US $15.00 if you stay within the central part of Kiev and at extra US $25.00 if beyond the limits of the central part. In this case, we will drop you off at your place after the tour.
SoloEast's staff will meet you at the departure point, check passports, dress code, etc. If you need to be picked up at your location we can do that too - just let us know.
Drive to Chernobyl with passing Dytyatky checkpoint (on the border of the 30-km Exclusion Zone). We show you an informative and stunning documentary you'll like during a 2-hour ride.
Entry to the 30km Exclusion Zone. Meeting your guide (if a guide doesn't come with you from Kiev).
On the way to the town of Chernobyl we see a small abandoned village Cherevach and the largest village of the Chernobyl area, Zalissya.
Arrival to Chernobyl. Introductory briefing on the Exclusion Zone administrative division and regulations, RAW disposal, etc.
Sightseeing Chernobyl town: Wormwood Star memorial, St. Ilya Church, Memorial "To Those who Saved the World", photo stop at the place with robots and vehicles used to clean the radioactive fallout.
Entry to the 10 km Zone by passing Leliv checkpoint.
On the way to the Power Plant we stop at almost fully buried Kopachi village and check it's kindergarten which we can enter.
The third stage of the ChNPP (uncompleted reactors # 5, # 6, and unfinished cooling towers).
Sightseeing new sarcophagus of Reactor #4 from a 270 m distance.
Stop near the Red Forest and Pripyat road sign.
Sightseeing Pripyat town: Lenin Street, the main square, the palace of culture, Polissya hotel, supermarket; Ferris wheel, the stadium, school, swimming pool, hospital, etc. Drive through the tiny part of western radioactive trace.
Passage through Leliv checkpoint. Radiation control before the lunch.
Lunch at the Chernobyl canteen - all ingredients are brought from the outside and ecologically clean. A vegetarian meal is available upon request.
Important -Duga 3 (so called "Russian Woodpecker", military over the horizon radar and it?s base called "Chernobyl 2") - IS OPEN FOR VISITS AGAIN VISITING THE RADAR IS A PART OF OUR REGULAR TOUR
Final check out at Dytyatki checkpoint. Compulsory radiation control.
Return back to Kiev anywhere between 7:00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.