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Join us on an immersive journey from Belarus to Ukraine, visiting the “Hero City” of Minsk, a living museum-city of Soviet Modernist Architecture; bustling Kyiv, a hotspot for European tourism; and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, a place few people get the chance to visit. We’ll glimpse buildings and monuments steeped in history, partake in a Soviet-style Independence Day parade, and dedicate a full three days to exploring the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, where we’ll come to more fully understand the accident, the decades of devastation that followed, and the people who have chosen to return. Along the way, we’ll meet a Stalin-Award-winning artist, a Pripyat local who resettled in the Exclusion Zone, and several Belarusian Independence Day parade-goers who will help us balance some of these heavy histories with hearty food, personal anecdotes, and on parade day, rollicking fun.Note on 2022 Dates: In July 2022, our trip will coincide with Belarusian Independence Day. In November 2022, we'll be witnessing Minsk's Revolution Day celebrations.
The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $420. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.
Our trip begins in Minsk, Belarus, and ends in Kyiv, Ukraine. We recommend arriving in Minsk by 3 p.m. on Day 1 and departing from Kyiv any time in the morning on Day 10.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to five miles over the course of each day. We’ll be traveling mainly by private vehicle and by foot, taking several walking tours that require standing for long periods of time. Our three-day exploration of Chernobyl will involve quite a bit of walking over rough terrain, so please be sure to bring walking boots or other appropriate outdoor footwear. Long sleeves and full-length pants are also required inside the Zone.
Chernobyl is very much safe to visit. The outer area, the 30km Zone, acts as more of a buffer space between the contaminated land and the rest of Ukraine. This area is more or less fine—people live there full-time, they grow crops, raise livestock, and so on. Radiation levels in the 30km Zone are lower than the standard background radiation in a typical developed city. The largest dose of radiation our travelers usually get is from their trans-Atlantic flights. Most important, as always, is following the site’s regulations. Chernobyl’s security team is really thorough, and last year alone it safely catered to 120,000+ visitors.