Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night - September 9, 2019 - Atlas Obscura Trips
Photo Credit: Darmon Richter
Photo Credit: Darmon Richter
Photo Credit: Darmon Richter
Photo Credit: Darmon Richter

Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night

from $2,850 USD per person for 7 days, 6 nights
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  • Max Group Size: 14
  • Moderate
  • Road Trip

Adventure on this unique tour that blends Soviet history with contemporary politics, breathtaking Orthodox monasteries with memorials to tragedy. We’ll visit everything from breathtaking UNESCO sites and hidden passages beneath the streets of the Ukrainian capital—as well as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and 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 seven days and six nights in Ukraine will be breathtaking, surprising, and occasionally challenging… but always memorable.

  • Hands-on history
  • Post-nuclear wastelands
  • Soviet legacy
  • 21st-century Kyiv
  • The real Ukraine


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.
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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)

Additional Info

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 September 9 by 5 p.m., and depart on September 15 after 8 a.m. 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 Kiev, too. If you decide to extend your stay, your guides will be only too happy to suggest additional activities for you.

Dates and Prices

Sep 09–15, 2019
Shared Room
$2,850 USD per person
Single Room
$3,300 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $2,850. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $2,350 will be due by June 11, 2019. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip's Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $450 will be due at the time of the final payment.
  • 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).

Additional Dates

Trip FAQ

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.