It’s the Chernobyl Combo Tour!

As much Chernobyl as one can take

Intro

After being the first non-local tour operator to take you to the PSRER – Polesia State Radioecological Reserserve, we, at Iron Curtain Tours together with Brutal Tours (a Brutal Iron cooperation), are losing our minds and giving you not one but two Chernobyl visits in one tour: Prypiat and PSRER. And just because we thought you’d like it, we’re adding a little extra, a tour to the ChNPP – Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant worker’s city: Slavutych. The Brutal Iron cooperation will also promote this tour by railway, a fabulous journey of nearly 800Km from Kyiv to Minsk including access to ChNPP using the “Nuclear Train” and crossing the border into Belarus via what is most likely the least used railway border between Ukraine and this country.

Visa requirements

Entry to Belarus is possible visa free up to 30 days for citizens coming out of a list of 74 countries. The requirements for entry are: an ordinary passport valid for 90 days beyond the planned date of departure, the equivalent of 2 base units (1 base unit is approximately 10.50€) per day of planned stay, a medical insurance policy with coverage for at least 10 000 euros valid in Belarus during the whole duration of stay. This information is not legally binding. It was extracted on April 7, 2019. For accurate information on visa requirements for Belarus please check the official site from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus. Exceptionally, up to mid-July 2019, thanks to the II European Games and the Slavic Bazar in Vitebsk, visa-free access is extended to every land border, under specific conditions. Ask us if you qualify.

Tour Plan

DAY 0 –  ARRIVAL IN KYIV

Meet with group and check-in at hotel in Kyiv.

DAY 1 — KYIV

Guided visit of Kyiv.

Evening train to Slavutych (254Km). Check-in at hotel in Slavutych.

DAY 2 — CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR POWER PLANT AND PRIPYAT CITY
Early brerakfast and ride on the “Nuclear Train” to ChNPP – Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (43Km) Full day visit in the Ukrainian Exclusion Zone : During this visit you’ll stroll by abandoned buildings, spending the day exploring the ghost town of Pripyat and the secret military radar Duga, just a few kilometers away.

Return to Slavutych on the “Nuclear Train” (43Km). Dinner. Night at hotel in Slavutych.
DAY 3 — SLAVUTYCH
Breakfast in local cafe/bar.

Guided visit Slavutych, city built after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 to accommodate Chernobyl workers from the evacuated city of Prypiat. Slavutych is the last ideal planned city of the Soviet Union. Builders from eight former Soviet republics joined forces to build each district of the city in their respectives typical and traditional architecture.

Afternoon train to Iolcha – Belarus (17Km). Transfer to and check-in at hotel in Hoiniki.
DAY 4 — POLESIA STATE RADIOECOLOGICAL RESERVE
Sturdy breakfast at hotel as it is not allowed to take food into the Exclusion Zone.

Full day visit in the Belarusian Exclusion Zone, the “Other side” of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, exploring the deserted villages evacuated after the nuclear disaster (April 26th, 1986), on the way through the exclusion zone there will be a stop at a feeding station for European bison, chance to observe the majestic and wild animals in their now reclaimed natural habitat.

Free end of day. Dinner. Night at hotel in Hoiniki.
DAY 5 — GOMEL
Morning train to Gomel (129Km).

Visit of the city of Gomel, the second in population and one of the oldest of Belarus.

Evening departure to Minsk by train (300Km).

Check-in at hotel in Minsk.
DAY 6 — MINSK (CITY TOUR AND STALIN LINE)

Breakfast in typical canteen/café.

Guided visit to Minsk exploring Independence Avenue (the second longest in Europe with 15.6Km), from Victory Square, passing by the KGB building, to the Independence Square and its Lenine Statue guardian of the Supreme Soviet of Belarus.

Lunch break with suggestion to traditional restaurant by our guide.

Visit of the Stalin Line, an open-air military complex focused in the “re-enactment” of Soviet military stretching from WW2 to cold war area.

Night at hotel in Minsk

DAY 7 — MINSK (INDEPENDENCE DAY)
Breakfast in typical canteen/café.

Celebrations of independence day (details will follow as the official celebrations’ program get released).

Farewell dinner in one of the best Belarusian food restaurants, night out in Minsk.

Night at hotel in Minsk.
DAY n — DEPARTURE

Departure.

Places

Slavutych

The small city of Slavutych in Ukraine owes its existence to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster almost thirty years ago. Built from 1986 in record time as a replacement for the contaminated dwellings of power plant workers, Slavutych is the last ideal planned city of the Soviet Union. Created by architects of differing origins, it became the manifestation of the Soviet people’s friendship – which is what makes Slavutych, in times of political crisis in Eastern Europe, highly topical today.

The photos and contents related with Slavutych were supplied by DOM Publishers, more specifically their architectural guide of Slavutych.

The Architectural Guide Slavutych appears in three languages: English, Russian and Ukrainian. DOM publishers has set itself the objective of documenting the architecture of all former Soviet republics, while a start has already been made with Astana and Riga.

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The city of golden domes

Having risen as far back as the 5th century, Kyiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It witnessed the rise of empires, and all of them, inevitably, finished by crumbling. During all that time it amassed a patrimony with little match by almost any other city. Home to Saint Sophia cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage, Ukraine’s capital treasures are vast and worth exploring.

A new city is born

Slavutych is the last ideal planned city of Soviet Union. Built on the aftermath of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident of April 26th, 1986, the city is a living monument to multiplicity of USSR’s cultural and social environments. The Place that would become home for those displaced from Prypiat was projected and built by workers from around Soviet Union. Thus embedding it with a multitude of architectural styles that go from the Baltics to the Caucasus.

The risks of playing God

Having risen as far back as the 5th century, Kyiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It witnessed the rise of empires, and all of them, inevitably, finished by crumbling. During all that time it amassed a patrimony with little match by almost any other city. Home to Saint Sophia cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage, Ukraine’s capital treasures are vast and worth exploring.

Time has stopped here

When reactor 4 of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, 30-40Km to the south, exploded the winds turned Pripyat Forest into the most radioactive place on earth. During 30 years this woods, and the villages within, lived with close to no human presence. Slowly but steadily nature started to reclaim back what was once hers.

Monument to architecture

Gomel is a city to relax. Walk along beautiful Savieckaja Street with interesting architecture. In winter join locals in sledging in the park and in summer cross the longest bridge in Belarus and bag some rays on the beach. There are lots of cozy parks, small fountains and peaceful corners. Right there, across the border, there’s Ukraine.

Europe’s last hidden jewel

The capital of Belarus has 950 years of history and old and new history mixed in its streets. Authentic corners are hidden in soviet architecture as the city center once totally remodeled Stalin’s Socialist Classicism.
Walking down Minsk’s avenues you will feel the spirit of the City of Sun. Today it’s dynamic, modern and clean place which has much to offer for tourists. You will see the most authentic, famous and hidden places of the city, which will allow you to feel the spirit of the neighborhood.

Price

The price includes the services described in the tour plan section as follows: Accomodation in twin room in hotels (8 nights); Minsk Card (free tram, bus and troley-cars for 3 days; 10 metro trips; museums admission) Admission fees (where applicable); Train rides or other trasport to guided tour location

The price does not include: fees related to obtaining visa, flights to and from Minsk, mandatory travel insurance, meals, entry fee on museus/attractions other than those stated, personal expenses.

Other services not mentioned can be arranged upon request. Extra payment may apply in those circumstance.

Individual

1.425€

per person

  • Individual package inserted in group
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Groups of 6

1.125€

per person

  • Private circuit (if possible)
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transfer to/from airport

50€

per person

  • Private transfer to/from airport
single room

200€

per person

  • Upgrade to single-room in all hotels

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This tour takes place with a minimum of 4 participants

Daily departures for private circuits