Adventure tour operator Exodus Travels has launched a new "Chernobyl & Kiev Long Weekend" tour scheduled to depart November 7, 2019, and throughout 2019-2020. This four-day experience takes guests inside Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone, the evacuated town of Pripyat and the "New Safe Confinement" structure that surrounds Reactor 4.
The trip includes a three-hour tour of the restricted Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) and its nuclear control room and reactor hall. Visitors will be equipped with official NPP protective gowns, shoe coverings and a radiation-measuring dosimeter. After touring the plant, guests can join workers in the canteen for lunch and hear a firsthand account of what occurred during the event. In Pripyat, guests will discover the homes left abandoned, observe the Red Forest, the region hit with the largest amount of radiation, and spend a night within the Exclusion Zone. From there, guests will visit the Soviet-era military Duga radar system, once erected to launch ballistic missiles, and wander the grounds of some of Kiev’s historical landmarks, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lavra Monastery.
The trip will be run by locals who will educate guests on the area’s history and heritage. Guests will also stay and eat in locally-owned businesses throughout the trip.
Fares begin at $1,249, based on double occupancy. The tour includes all activities, accommodation in three-star hotels, as well as a night in a basic hotel inside the Exclusion Zone, local transportation, experienced local guides, all breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, and transfers for group flights.