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history • 7 days, 6 nights

Private Trip: Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night

history • 7 days, 6 nights

Private Trip: Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night

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  • Group Size 8 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Urban Exploration
from $3,430 USD per person
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Trip Overview

This privately guided week-long experience blends Soviet history with contemporary politics, breathtaking Orthodox monasteries with memorials to tragedy. Accompanied by an experienced local trip leader, you'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—while diving headfirst into centuries of Ukrainian history. Along the way, there’ll also be plenty of time to relax and enjoy fantastic food and drink, good company, mischief, and mystery. Your time in Ukraine will be breathtaking, surprising, and occasionally challenging—but always memorable.

For a day-by-day itinerary description, either inquire with us directly or visit the group trip page, here.

  • 21st-century Kyiv
  • Post-nuclear ghost towns
  • Soviet legacy
  • Privately guided experience


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


The cost of this trip is $3,430 per person, based on double occupancy at a three-star hotel. For a single occupancy room, there is a $450 supplement. The maximum group size is eight people.

Activity Level

Some elements of this trip 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 optional 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 arrange the street art tour alternative.


We typically stay at Hotel Salyut in Kyiv and a basic hotel or homestay in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for this trip. The starting per person price is based on these accommodations. While there's not much by way of alternatives in Chernobyl, if you'd like to look at other options in Kyiv, we'd be happy to provide other price points that also work with the itinerary.

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. Note that since you'll be a private group, we can provide some flexibility with timing, topics of interest, and additional inclusions. 

  • Six nights of hotel accommodation.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • The company of one or more experienced local Ukrainian guides, depending on the size of your group.
  • 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.
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue.
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • Transportation and flights to and from Kyiv, Ukraine, including airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • If applicable, applying for a Ukrainian visa (find out if you need one here).
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