Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Tour

Construction of the Chernobyl NPP
Chernobyl NPP after the accident
Chernobyl NPP after the accident
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Excursion duration 1 Day
Tour Language English
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  • Visiting Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
  • Day of traveling back in time
  • See more in short terms
  • Visiting Pripyat
  • Dosimetric control
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Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Tours

Chernobyl was a usual small town in the far north of Ukraine, part of the Soviet Union at the time until a large nuclear power plant bearing the same name was built nearby in the 1970s-80s.

After the disaster that occurred at this NPP on April 25-26, 1986, it gained international fame and attracted the attention of the whole world community. The name of the town has now become synonymous with one of the worst nuclear disasters in human history.

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Visit: What Actually Happened That Night?

The tragedy happened during a usual late-night safety test in the nuclear power plant’s No. 4 reactor, near the town of Pripyat.

To put the turbine through its paces, the crew turned off the plant’s safety systems on purpose. However, a massive explosion caused by a malfunctioning and overheated reactor spewed radioactive plumes a mile into the atmosphere. When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, 400 times less radioactive material was emitted.

In the weeks and months following the explosion, 134 service members were admitted to the hospital with acute radiation illness, and 28 of them – firefighters and other staff – died.

Lots of people were evacuated from the area, and an 18-mile exclusion zone surrounding the reactor was set up.

Is the Exclusion Zone Really Uninhabited?

Now, the area is called Exclusion Zone as more than 100,000 permanent residents were evacuated after the disaster. Additionally, together with Pripyat and Chernobyl, there were a number of smaller communities, villages, and individual farms which were also abandoned and have been empty since then.

Though many people think that the area in and around Chernobyl is desolate, the town still retains a sizable population. Employees of the State Agency, as well as forestry workers, firemen, and others reside here. Trains and buses transport decommissioning crews and construction workers to and from the Zone, where they work on the sarcophagus and storage facilities for nuclear waste.

In fact, it is a rather active area, not the ghost town that so many people assume it to be, as there are stores, pubs, and even a few hotels. No children are allowed in the Zone, hence, no kindergartens or schools can be found here.

Can You Visit Chernobyl Power Plant Now?

Almost immediately after it was set up, the Exclusion Zone began permitting officially sanctioned visits, mostly for scientists and journalists. As a result of this trend, companies started arranging short, highly-regulated Chernobyl nuclear power plant tours.

There is still no way for tourists and travelers to visit Chernobyl without a guide. The 18.6mi zone, the 6.2mi zone, and the entrance to the ghost town of Pripyat all have military-style checkpoints. The controlling authorities require tourists to provide their names and passport numbers at least seven to ten days in advance to get a day pass, which is then checked at every checkpoint.

What Else to See on Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Tours?

Among such places as the nuclear power plant and the ghost town of Pripyat, there are a couple of places you’ll definitely want to see:

  • Observation deck on the NPP. From here, you can see the sarcophagus that covers the building reactor four. It is a unique structure 110 meters in height, created to conserve the strong background radiation, which allows protecting the surrounding area from radioactive substances;
  • Red Forest. The radioactive fallout killed out much of the flora and made the forest reddish, therefore it was dubbed the Red Forest after this. It isn’t safe to wander through it as there are many wild species there, including bears, lynx, and wolves, but it’s worth seeing at least from the outside;
  • Self-settlers. After the Exclusion Zone was established, some locals wanted to return to their homes and finally did it. Some tours visit self-settlers to hear their life stories firsthand.

Are Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Tours Safe?

Since 2011, when officials considered it to be safe to visit, the area has become available to the public.

Several parts of the Zone, such as the area near reactor four and in the basements of some buildings, are restricted due to very high radiation levels. Radioactive or prohibited entrance zones are clearly delineated, so guides keep tourists far away from them. Also, it’s imperative to wear special protective clothes and closed-in shoes.

Follow the Rules During Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Tours

After the tour is over, each person leaving the Exclusion Zone is subjected to a radiation screening. If the device shows high levels of radiation, washing or abandoning shoes and clothing is the only way to get back to the civilization. Some companies recommend that their tourists had disposable coveralls on while walking along the sites.

 

+ Chernobyl NPP Tour
Price: $149

Chernobyl nuclear power plant tours have become a popular tourist destination due to the apocalyptic looks of the area and the atmosphere of silence.

 

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+ Pripyat Tour
Price: $149

Pripyat has become extremely popular tourist destination, and many choose to book tours to Pripyat to see the town with their own eyes.

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+ Chernobyl HBO series Tour
Price: $180

We have created a special tour for visitors called “HBO Chernobyl” with the locations from the movie.

Locations:
  • - The fire station (the place from where the first firemen went to liquidate the fire)
  • - The legendary Bridge of Death
  • - The city of Pripyat, where almost all the places from the movie can be visited
  • - Nuclear Power Plant
  • - Listen to the true stories about the explosion
  • - Visit left homes
  • - Walk through the town and feel the atmosphere of Chernobyl itself
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+ Chernobyl 1 day tour
Price: $150

The one-day trip gives you the opportunity to immerse into the exact same area where the most dreadful disaster took place. The radiation background is still excessively high in some places, but we offer you a safe route through this dire Zone, together with necessary protection equipment.

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+ Chernobyl 2 day tour
Price: $200

The two-day trip to the Chernobyl Zone opens for you the door to this unique place. In this short time, you will get not only the tour around Chernobyl nuclear power plant and Pripyat town, but also the exclusive experience to spend the night in an empty town. This is definitely the deepest dive into the history of the drastic disaster.

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+ Chernobyl 3 day tour
Price: $250

The three-day program includes a huge amount of sites to visit. Professional guides will explain the reasons and chronology of events that were happening during the most dreadful nuclear disaster in the world’s history. The real-based stories told by the guide will give you the shivers, so tragic they are. You will relieve the events of that dreadful night of explosion together with the ex-residents of Pripyat town.

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+ Chernobyl 4 day tour
Price: $300

This four-day trip makes it easier for you to get permission to enter the Extinction Zone, because we take care of official confirmations. Besides, we provide you will all the necessary protection. It is vital while traveling these, since the complete decay of the last radioactive element in the contaminated areas (plutonium-239) to the state of natural material will occur in 26486, or 24,500 years after the explosion.

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+ Chernobyl 5 day tour
Price: $350

Nothing is better than planning a five-day trip to the Chernobyl Zone! We offer you the opportunity to learn the most important facts about the night of the tragedy, alongside fascinating myths and legends about the place. Following the stories of your guides, you will have the chance to wander around the ghost towns of Chernobyl and Pripyat. Don’t miss out on the occasion to hang around the streets and locations from the world-renowned series!

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+ Chernobyl 6 day tour
Price: $400

This six-day trip to the Chernobyl Zone will open the Zone to you with top-secret information from our guides. During these six days, you will get the opportunity to explore the ghost towns of Pripyat and Chernobyl by yourself and it is not a secret that the Exclusion Zone has a lot of fascinating places.

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