Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night

from $2,935 USD per person for 7 days, 6 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Urban Exploration
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Trip Overview

Join us on a unique exploration that blends Soviet history with contemporary politics, breathtaking Orthodox monasteries with memorials to tragedy. We’ll visit everything from awe-inspiring UNESCO sites to hidden passages beneath the streets of the Ukrainian capital—as well as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and the ghost town of Pripyat—as we dive headfirst into centuries of Ukrainian history. We’ll have a whole team of experienced guides at the ready as we delve into one of Europe’s most fascinating—and drastically underrated—capitals. Along the way, we’ll also find plenty of time to enjoy fantastic food and drink, good company, mischief, and mystery. Our time in Ukraine will be breathtaking, surprising, and occasionally challenging, but always memorable.

  • Hands-on history
  • Post-nuclear ghost towns
  • Soviet legacy
  • 21st-century Kyiv


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $2,935. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $450. Please contact us to request a single room.

Activity Level

Some elements of this tour will be physically demanding. Our two-day exploration of Chernobyl involves no more than walking—but there will be a lot of that, and over rough ground, so be sure to bring proper walking boots or other outdoor footwear. Long sleeves and full-length pants are also required inside the Zone.

The urban exploration tour, on Day 4, will be particularly challenging. Expect to get wet as you climb up and down ladders and crawl through tight spaces beneath the streets of Kyiv. You’ll need to be in good physical shape for this section of the tour, and it’s absolutely not for the claustrophobic—but if that doesn’t appeal, just let us know and we’ll book you for the street art tour alternative.

Arrival & Departure

Kiev Boryspil International Airport (KBP) is your best option when it comes to booking flights into Ukraine. You should aim to arrive in Kyiv on Day 1 by 4 p.m., and depart anytime on Day 7. Traveling to and from your hotel in the city center is easiest by taxi, which should cost no more than $25 each way. Uber is very popular in Kyev, too. If you decide to extend your stay, your guides will be only too happy to suggest additional activities for you.

  • Six nights of hotel accommodation.
  • Daily breakfast and dinner.
  • The company of two experienced foreign tour guides in addition to four local Ukrainian guides, each stepping in to tell you about their specialist subjects.
  • Private transport throughout the trip, in a comfortable minibus.
  • Admission to all proposed activities and events, including museums, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and the ethnographic complex.
  • Transportation and flights to and from Kyiv, Ukraine, including airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including lunches and alcoholic beverages.
  • If applicable, applying for a Ukrainian visa (find out if you need one here).
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Trip FAQs

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 are really thorough, and last year alone they safely catered to 60,000 visitors.

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You’ll gain a better understanding of the current life in Kyiv and the challenges they have faced in wars and political upsets. Every day you will feel like an explorer doing unexpected things.
—Jim B. (Sep. 2018)

Upcoming Departures

  • Jul 27–Aug 2, 2020
    from $2,935 per person
  • Aug 10–Aug 16, 2020
    from $2,935 per person
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