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From Kyiv: Day Trip to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Prypiat

1. From Kyiv: Day Trip to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Prypiat

Explore the infamous Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and its surrounding abandoned towns and areas on a full-day bus trip from Kyiv. Safely walk through the disused reactor blocks, the empty Prypiat and Chernobyl towns, and see many abandoned sites along your guided tour. Meet your guide in Kyiv, then relax on the 2-hour drive to Dytyatki Checkpoint, the main entry point to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. During your journey, watch a documentary about the Chernobyl disaster, and have a short stop to use toilet facilities, and purchase coffee and snacks. Then, pass the police checkpoint and enter the infamous exclusion zone to visit Chernobyl. See the evacuation memorial, the Lenin monument, the museum of robots, and more, before continuing to the Chernobyl Power Plant. Here, explore the reactor blocks, cooling towers, the new sarcophagus over Reactor 4, and the Prometheus monument. Then head to the Red Forest viewpoint, and visit the abandoned town of Prypiat. Walk through an abandoned amusement park, past an empty school, hospital, and river port. Next, discover the abandoned military base where the Duga Radar Station lies, before passing through radiation control and returning to Kyiv.

From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Prypiat Day Trip with Lunch

2. From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Prypiat Day Trip with Lunch

Embark on a day trip in a van to Chernobyl and Prypiat from Kyiv to witness the destruction of a nuclear accident. Walk past grand memorials, the famous Duga Radar, and the deserted village of Kopachi, listening to your licensed guide's information. Meet your guide in Kyiv and have you passport details checked before departing. Sit back and relax on the 2hour van ride to the main entrance of the zone, Checkpoint Dytiatky. Here, pass through passport control and begin this tour. Discover the town of Chernobyl, where almost 5,000 people work and live. See the main square in the town of Chernobyl and the Wormwood Star Memorial, where one of the last few remaining statues of Lenin still stands in Ukraine. Move on to the Chernobyl river port with its eery sunken boats and ships. Make a quick stop at the local shop (if needed) before heading to the Memorial to Those Who Saved the World. Then, head to the very overgrown village of Kopachi where almost all the buildings were buried in the ground during the decontamination works of 1986. Stop near the remaining nursery school. After lunch, go to Prypiat, the abandoned town where time stopped on April 26th, 1986, when the entire town had to evacuate following the nuclear accident. Travel back in time and plunge into the communist era. Your professional guide will help you explore and get to understand the town for roughly 2 hours.

From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Pripyat Full-Day Group Tour

3. From Kyiv: Chernobyl and Pripyat Full-Day Group Tour

Depart Kyiv in the morning and journey towards the Chernobyl exclusion zone to clear the passport control. Walk around the site of the devastating nuclear accident and see important monuments such as the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and Reactor 4. Feed the giant catfish in the cooling water pond, and then enjoy a lunch of 100% clean produce in a genuine canteen from the Soviet era. Visit one of the secret stations in the ghost town of Pripyat, opened to tourism following the success of computer games such as S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Take photos of the abandoned buildings and post-apocalyptic landscapes and keep a lookout for wild animals wandering the deserted streets. Separate the truth from the myths about the 1986 disaster and learn more about its devastating impact on world history.

From Kyiv: 1-Day Group Tour to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

4. From Kyiv: 1-Day Group Tour to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on a guided day tour from Kyiv. Learn about the infamous 1986 nuclear disaster and subsequent clean up efforts with an expert guide, with permits and photo permission included. Depart Kyiv by bus and set off on the journey to Chernobyl. As you make your way to the Exclusion Zone, learn about the rules of radiation safety and watch specially-prepared video material about the disaster en route to the exclusion zones. Learn how the city, while largely abandoned, is still populated with local workers and policemen along with shops, a post office, and café. See sights such as the museum, St. Elijah Church, the Park of Glory, river port and memorial to the liquidators who rushed to reactor number 4 in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. Visit reactor number 4, where complex engineering solutions are underway designed to transform it into an ecologically safe system. Discover the secret facility of Chernobyl 2 and go to the Soviet over-the-horizon radar station of Duga, where foreign radio stations were blocked and espionage took place. Next, go to the ghost town of Pripyat and see the abandoned amusement park and the Ferris wheel that no child ever got the chance to ride. See abandoned boats and ships in the port, and feed the giant catfish in Pripyat River.

From Kyiv: Chernobyl Zone and Pripyat Day Trip by Van

5. From Kyiv: Chernobyl Zone and Pripyat Day Trip by Van

Spend a day visiting one of the most famous Ukrainian phenomenons at the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and its surroundings on a day trip in a van. Walk through the abandoned town of Pripyat, learn about the history of the nuclear disaster that took place in 1986, and have lunch in the abandoned power station's canteen. Embark on a unique trip to see the zone where one of the greatest ecological disasters in human history took place: Chernobyl. Listen to your guide recount the consequences for the local population in the model city of the Soviet Union, Pripyat, and the whole region of Ukrainian Polissya. Observe a part of the world that has seen no human alteration in decades. Despite learning what happened here and the scope of the tragedy, you are going to find it impossible to resist certain charms of the zone.  Hear the story preceding the accident on 26 April 1986, learn about what happened that night at the power plant, and about the scope of all the consequences still being tackled today. Then, eat lunch in a different area: In the power station’s canteen. The hearty meal, prepared for employees, includes a variety of dishes made with organic products. 

Kyiv: Shooting Range Packages

6. Kyiv: Shooting Range Packages

Spend time at an outdoor shooting range in Kyiv with a variety of weapons. Receive instructions for safe operation from an expert instructor. Choose one of the five following shooting packages:  10 bullets Kalashnikov AK 47 (7,62*39 mm) 10 bullets Colt Competition PRO CRP-20, sniper rifle (223 Rem) With Safety Training, equipment and instruction, transportation, English speaking guide Package #2  10 bullets Kalashnikov AK 47 USSR (7,62*39 mm) 10 bullets Colt Competition PRO CRP-20 sniper rifle USA (223 Rem) 10 bullets M4, Carbine USA (223 Rem) 10 bullets Hatsan Escort AimGuard pump shotgun Turkey (12/76 mm) 10 bullets Glock-17 pistol shots Austria (9*19mm) With Safety Training, equipment and instruction, transportation, English speaking guide Package #3 10 bullets Kalashnikov AK 47 USSR (7,62 *39 mm) 10 bullets Colt Competition PRO CRP-20 sniper rifle USA (223 Rem) 10 bullets Steyr AUG, sniper rifle Austria (223 Rem) 10 bullets Hatsan Escort AimGuard pump shotgun Turkey (12/76 mm) 10 bullets M4 Carbine USA (5,56*45mm) 10 bullets Glock-17 pistol shots Austria (9*19mm) 10 bullets Beretta 92 FS Gun pistol shots Italy (9*19mm) With Safety Training, equipment and instruction, transportation, English speaking guide Package #4 30 bullets Kalashnikov AK 47 USSR 1962 year (7,62*39 mm) With Safety Training, equipment and instruction, transportation, English speaking guide Package #5 10 bullets Kalashnikov AK 47 USSR 1962 year (7,62*39 mm) 10 bullets Mosin-Nagant USSR 1937 year (7,62*54 mm) 10 bullets SVD sniper rifle USSR 1965 year (7,62*54 mm) This individual military tour with a friendly guide is sure to provide some great memories.

Kyiv: Urbex Underground and Bunker Tour

7. Kyiv: Urbex Underground and Bunker Tour

The first part of your tour will be a visit to the city's underground river/drain tunnel system. This will involve 1.5 to 3 hours of walking through underground tunnels, equipped with special flashlights and Soviet military rubber gumboots. With your experienced guide, you will learn everything there is to know about Kyiv's underground world, feel what it's like to be in absolute darkness, and experience the city in a totally new way. Then, for the second part of this combo tour, explore one of the abandoned Cold War bunkers, forgotten since the USSR times. Get the chance to open a massive Soviet hermetic blast door in an abandoned fallout shelter, and feel what it would be like to live in an era in which people live in constant fear of a nuclear attack. In this 1-hour guided tour, you'll touch one of the hidden pages of Ukrainian history, see real civil equipment frozen in time, and learn about survival after a nuclear war.

Underground of Lviv Private Walking Tour

8. Underground of Lviv Private Walking Tour

Meet your local guide in front of the Opera and Ballet Theater and start discovering mysterious underground world of Lviv. The winding labyrinths beneath the Lviv Old Town hide plenty of intriguing secrets and mysteries, the most striking of which will be revealed to you by your expert guide. If you are brave, and ghosts don’t frighten you, you will enjoy this exciting journey! First, you will descend to the mysterious undergrounds of the Church of Jesuits. Your guide will show you precious frescoes of the 17th century and remains of the defense walls. You will see an engraved sarcophagus of the 18th century that has some strange marks on its cover, as if someone was trying to open it from inside. Also, you will hear a horrifying legend about the ghost of the Black Monk, who wanders in the Church looking for his soul. Then, you will discover another mysterious and chilling attraction – the dungeons of the Dominican Cathedral and the remains of the Prince Lev Castle. Walk through the winding wooden galleries and enter a dim hall with a gibbet in the middle. An expert guide will tell you about different types of executions and torments that were used in the Middle Ages. Finally, you will explore the undergrounds of the Pharmacy Museum and the crypt of the Transfiguration Church. At the end of the trip, you will visit an exciting coffee mine of the Lviv coffee house “Kopalnya Kavy”. This place is extremely popular among tourists because, according to a funny legend, cacao beans for delicious coffee are extracted right under the café.

Kyiv: Private Tour of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

9. Kyiv: Private Tour of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

Enjoy a tour of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra with a knowledgeable guide. Founded in the 11th century, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is one of the most sacred places in the Orthodox world. This UNESCO-listed  Historical and Cultural Reserve is one of the symbols of the city and a must-see for all travelers. Your tour starts from its oldest part – the Caves. Walk through the cryptic underground labyrinths and see the holy relics of Lavra Saints, explore the man-made cells and discover the underground churches. Not far from the Caves, you will find Wells of Saint Anthony and Feodosy, famous for its healing properties. Later, proceed to the upper part of the complex and explore its highlights, including the restored Dormition Cathedral and Refectory Church. You will see the main building of the Lavra Bell Tower that rises 96.5-meters above the monastery. If you wish, you may climb to the top and admire a bird’s-eye view of Kyiv.  Your guide will show you the splendid Gate Church of the Trinity, famous for its ancient paintings and beautiful iconostasis. Moreover, you may visit a unique exhibition of Micro Miniatures and discover the incredible creations of N. Syardystyi.

Kyiv: KBP Airport Private Transfer

10. Kyiv: KBP Airport Private Transfer

Ensure a hassle-free vacation right from the start when you book your airport transfer in advance. Avoid long taxi lines, costly fares, and language barrier confusions, then simply sit back and relax as you travel between your hotel at the airport. Upon landing, pick up your luggage and head to the Arrivals Lounge where your friendly driver will be waiting for you. Once you’re all buckled in, admire the sights and soak up your first impressions of Kyiv as you travel to your hotel in comfort. For departures, enjoy pickup directly from your accommodation or agreed meeting point in Kyiv and receive the same stellar service on the way to the airport. Whether you’re traveling in a bigger group or with extra luggage, your private transfer service can be tailored to your needs. Simply indicate any preferences when booking and let your driver take care of the rest. Benefit from 24/7 customer service, and relax knowing that your driver will track your flight and monitor whether you’re arriving early, late, or on time.

Visit the country of Ukraine and try your hand at Kalashnikov shooting! The world's most famous rifle, the AK 47 comes in both automatic and semi-automatic versions, both of which can be tried during a special guided tour while in Kiev.

After the excitement of spending an afternoon experiencing this renowned rifle, visit the magnificent UNESCO landmark, Lavra Monastery and Caves. Dating to 1051, the caves were specifically dug for monks who required complete seclusion. This beautifully gold domed Eastern Orthodox complex of churches, temples, and chapels sits on 70 acres of grounds.

Also on the UNESCO World Heritage List is the Saint Sophia Cathedral located in Kiev. Plans to destroy this marvelous cathedral complex during the Soviet Era were thankfully halted by a team of historians and scientists. It is now one of the most famed sites in Ukraine. Vladimir's Cathedral, located in the center of Kiev, is the center of the Ukrainian branch of the Orthodox Church. From the mid-1800s, this cathedral is of much more recent construction than the two World Heritage sites. The towering vaulted interior is richly painted with biblical scenes, while the exterior is an elegant construction of arches and domes. This is one of Kiev's most famous landmarks and will simply dazzle the eyes.

A poignant visit to the Babi Yar memorial will recount the tragic history of genocide that occurred here during WWII. Over 33,000 Jews lost their lives when told to assemble with all their valuables at this site. Large monuments erected after the Soviet Era commemorate the horrors that occurred here just outside Kiev.

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