Kiev & Chernobyl Tour : Winter 2019

UKRAINE – JANUARY 28th – FEBRUARY 3rd 2019 – (7 DAYS) – LAST SEATS AVAILABLE
UKRAINE – JANUARY 14TH – JANUARY 20th 2019 – SOLD OUT
Chernobyl Tour – exclusive THREE DAY journey through the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
includes tour inside former PRESIDENTIAL PALACE in Kiev
Optional (included) Kiev Underground Urbex tour
Kiev Soviet-era Architecture Tour
small group size – numbers are purposefully limited
LAUNCH PRICE SALE :  1290 EUR (SAVE 200 EUR)

 

Kiev and Chernobyl Tour – Winter 2019 – is a proud collaboration between Yomadic and The Bohemian Blog. The sixth in a limited series of innovative tours of Kiev and Chernobyl tours – and we would like to personally invite you to join us for the best possible experience of this incredible region. We’re only offering this tour once during 2019, all previous tours have sold out well in advance, and the group size will be purposefully limited.

Commencing in the fascinating metropolis of Kiev, Ukraine, you will be accommodated in the most iconic Soviet-era modernist hotel on the planet. We’ll show you a curated selection of the best that Kiev has to offer – including an exclusive guided visit through the secretive mansion and grounds of the deposed former president (and billionaire), complete with hidden tunnels and over-the-top living quarters.

With our private transportation, we’ll show you around Eastern Europe’s most captivating city in comfort. You’ll have some difficult choices to make – choosing between an underground Urbex tour of the hidden side of the city, or an afternoon of guided site-seeing with a focus on the Soviet-era history and architecture (yes, it will be hard to decide).

chernobyl in winterAfter our Kiev immersion, a private Chernobyl Exclusion Zone tour commences. Transported into a region that has captured the world’s imagination for several decades, we will be accommodated at Chernobyl for three full days. You’ll have your own cabin in the woods. Warm, cozy, rustic – we have the exclusive use of the same cabins that were constructed for the scientists once employed in the Chernobyl clean-up operation.

Without the restrictions of day-tripping package tourists, we’ll be guided by an experienced local expert inside the Exclusion Zone – with ample time and opportunity for our small group to comprehensively explore and photograph the abandoned nuclear city “Pripyat” in the depths of winter. Aside from Pripyat, we’ll visit some truly remarkable sites that were until recently, strictly off-limits. 

Tour to chernobyl and kyiv ukraineChernobyl-by-night we’ll eat at our cabin-hideaway, and for those who enjoy a warm Sauna, we’ll have that as well. This is by far the most incredible Chernobyl tour experience available. We’ve taken more than two years in planning with the assistance of local experts to get to this point – this will be *the* Chernobyl tour of 2019, and I’m looking forward to it just as much as you are.

Back in Kiev, we’ll show you around our home city, and get you to the places the tourists miss. It’s a full day, and we’ll make the most of it. Leave your guide book at home, but make sure to bring your camera…

woodpecker radar duga chernobylThere will be more – we love secrets, we love to over-deliver. Join the people behind Yomadic and the Bohemian Blog, and a small gang of like-minded souls, for one of 2019’s most incredible travel opportunities – our seventh (and final?) Kiev/Chernobyl tour, and the last for 2019. Limited places are now available, and selling fast.

 

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More information, including the itinerary and list of inclusions, below…

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Typical Metro Station Interior, Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev / Chernobyl Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday 28th January: Welcome to Kiev

kiev ukrainian institute ufo buildingHome to 3.5 million people, on the banks of the Dnieper River, this historic Eastern European capital combines the legacy of post-Soviet Eastern Europe and centuries of important regional history. With rich cultural heritage and urbane cosmopolitan modernity – there is no city quite like Kiev. On day one, we’ll get you checked into Hotel Salut, an icon of mid-century Soviet Modernism – the central location allowing easy exploration of the sites and sounds of Kiev – your new ‘hood.

Evening: join us for our first welcoming group dinner at a traditional Ukrainian restaurant.

Day 2 – Tuesday 29th January: Kiev/Presidential Mansion / Urbex

Photogenic decay.Up until his exile in 2014, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych lived a life of unimaginable luxury. Today we’ll visit his old hang-out, Mezhyhirya palace. Prepare to be amazed by an extraordinary display of tasteless wealth. We’re back in Kiev by afternoon, where you have options – a guided tour of the best sites of Kiev including the colossal Motherland Monument and Great Patriotic War Museum, or an Urbex extravaganza – where a local expert will safely guide you through the underground tunnels of Kiev. I know, I can’t decide either….

Evening: optionally join us for dinner, before returning to your mid-century Sov-mod pad.

Day 3 – Wednesday 30th January: Chernobyl Day One

Original Soviet-era artwork, Pripyat, Ukraine.

We’ll travel early from Kiev to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and the abandoned city of Pripyat. Needing little in the way of introduction, Pripyat was once a thriving city of workers and families until being rapidly evacuated in the wake of the 1986 nuclear accident. Accompanied by an experienced guide, our three-day-stay will ensure we can really immerse ourselves in these mind-bending surroundings. Perfect for photographers, we’ll explore the ‘Zone and its landmarks at a leisurely pace, visiting the secrets and remote corners of the ‘Zone.

Evening: overnight accommodation in the Chernobyl Zone cabins.

Day 4 – Thursday 31st January: Chernobyl Day Two

pripyat hospital lecture theatreWaking up in Chernobyl, we’ll head straight out to see some of the lesser-known sites of this area – including Reactors 5 and 6, some abandoned villages and the massive radar installation known as the Russian Woodpecker. Most of the day will be dedicated to Pripyat – we’ll have time to walk the empty streets of the city, exploring apartments, schools, and leisure complexes, as well as stopping to check out some rooftop views along the way. Then, it’s back to your cabin in the woods – to get warm, eat BBQ, and perhaps take in a Sauna.

Evening: overnight accommodation in the Chernobyl Zone cabins.

Day 5 – Friday 1st February: Chernobyl Day Three

cooling tower chernobyl reactorOur final day in Chernobyl. We’re really at the point of cutting-edge-tourism now, and we’ll visit some of the more remote secrets of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Once the sun goes down, we’ll head back to Kiev, making the most of every last minute. On route, we’ll stop at our favourite restaurant in the Ukrainian countryside, for a big hot meal and a cold beverage.

Evening: Kiev, Hotel Salut.

Day 6 – Saturday 2nd February: All About Kiev

sovmod supermarket kiev ukraine velikaWe finish with one final day in Kiev – and we’re planning to make good use of it. This city is a treasure trove of Modernist architecture, monuments, hidden bars and other delightful curiosities that tourists usually miss. Meanwhile, an optional trip to the Chernobyl Museum would make a perfect compliment to what we’ve just seen together.
At the end of the day we’ll all be together for one last group dinner – this time it’s a traditional Ukrainian banquet, served at a Cossack village tucked away in the middle of Kiev.

Evening: final group dinner – the most amazing Cossack village meal you’ll ever experience.

Day 7 – Sunday 3rd February: Departure

Final Ukrainian breakfast. Tears. Laughter. If you’re staying longer in Kiev, we’ll buy you a drink…

BONUS: there will be more than what is listed in this itinerary, we promise.

 

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About the tour – our concept

Destinations in Europe often move rapidly from being relatively unknown to being firmly on the tourist radar. Much of Ukraine, right now, is pre-tourism boom. Visually alluring, emotionally fascinating, safe, warm, with friendly locals, thriving creative industries, and a genuinely extensive list of sights and attractions. However, there are relatively few tourists in this part of the world – for now.

Our Kiev / Chernobyl Winter tour concept takes advantage of this perfect moment. A genuinely fresh and innovative approach, we’ve drawn upon our on-the-ground experience and network of contacts to create a adventure impossible to replicate – either by independent travellers or any other tour providers.

We’re really not fans of “corporate” packaged group tours. However, we appreciate the benefits of local knowledge and planning – especially with limited time. Our curated tour is a contemporary approach to resolve an enormous problem with tourism. Modern travellers are seeking to maintain the spirit of independent travel, but prefer a like-minded “expert” to sift through and select only those sights and experiences worth seeing – and take care of all the logistics.

Surrounded by a small group of new friends, we’ll forge our own path – well paced, never rushed. There is nothing quite like it, and many of our guests are repeat trippers.

 

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About the Collab – Yomadic x The Bohemian Blog

Once again, I’m working with Darmon from the Bohemian Blog – an experienced and professional tour-operator, and trusted friend. Our tastes are similar, we have a track record of exploring and writing about unknown and misunderstood – but spectacular – sights and destinations around the world (I won’t mention the list of major publications that have featured the acclaimed Bohemian Blog, it would just make Darmon blush). We’re both passionate about travel, and tourism done right.

We’ve previously travelled around Eastern Europe many times, and are both now based in this part of the world. This will be our sixth collaborative-tour to Kiev and Chernobyl – and we’ve outsourced our Chernobyl experience to other tour companies, meaning that between us we’ve now taken small groups through the Exclusion Zone more times than we can count.

We are both professional tour providers, with a focus on offering a unique selection of exclusive and ground-breaking “Untours”. We have a joint love of creating profound experiences and making the most of our short time on this planet.

Our long-term readers will not be surprised in the slightest to see us joining forces once again. However – this WILL be the final “YoBoHo” collaboration for 2019, and we do hope you can make it.

 

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More questions/answers/information about the tour, below…

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Why Put Your Trust In Us?

Since 2014, we have personally organised and run small groups through Ukraine, Iran, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Montenegro. These are not “easy” destinations – however, our tour success is confirmed by the huge number of previous guests who have already booked in for another.

Although we’re small and independent, we act with utmost professionalism and only collaborate with organisations and individuals that have a verifiable history of travel professionalism. Our reputation is of critical importance – our track record stands as evidence of our commitment to unique, high value, quality, “Untour” experiences.

Plus – we’ve already completed many successful tours of Kiev and Chernobyl, and several other tours of this region for other travel organisations. Our guests loved it, we loved it, and we can’t wait to do it again. We’re happy to put you in touch with those previous guests if you’d like to have an unsolicited opinion on our tours.

(BTW I spend around half of each year on-the-ground in Kiev – even so – we rely upon a team of expert local Ukrainian professionals to assist our gang at all times)

 

More information on inclusions and tour policies, below...

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Why is there a closing date?

On January the 5th, at 4pm London time, bookings will close. This date cannot be extended under any circumstance. Our unique Chernobyl experience requires the early submission of paperwork to local authorities in advance, with your full name and passport details. Therefore, as much as we would like to accommodate last-minute bookings, this time around we simply can’t.

Is Chernobyl Safe?

A wealth of information exists about the current safety of the Chernobyl area. You may easily search for information – and independently verify the safety of this region. When sticking with the instructions of our professional and experienced guide (we will have a full induction), the radiation levels are many times smaller than what you would receive on a trans-Atlantic flight (for example). However, there are other dangers – including collapsing urban infrastructure –  we will ensure your safety is our priority at all times. All official guidelines with regards to safety will be strictly adhered to.

Is Kiev Safe?

Kiev is a safe city by any global standard. It’s a major European metropolis, and the people are some of the most welcoming you’ll meet. Sure, the country still has some issues to work out – but the chance of any of it affecting our tour is extremely low.

Ukraine in January… Won’t it be cold?

Yes, absolutely. It’ll be freezing – likely down to -10°C (that’s about 14°F). But seeing Kiev’s golden spires topped with snow, or walking the snow-crusted streets of the abandoned city of Pripyat… we believe that such a unique experience justifies packing a few extra layers. Don’t worry, we’ll be taking regular pit stops for food and hot drinks along the way, while you’ll also find the local vodka works wonders against a chill. We’ve done this before, we know how to keep you warm and comfortable.

How do I pay, what is the refund policy?

Payment is via any major credit-card, giving you all the protections and benefits you would normally receive. Outside of an unexpected force-majeure event – this tour is 100% guaranteed to go ahead. We understand that your life can be unpredictable, and we don’t like to be all “corporate”, so our refund policy is this:  if you cancel and we find a replacement for you, we promise to refund a minimum 90% of your full ticket price. BTW – between us, we have completed over forty tours and never cancelled a single tour.

If you would like to pay by any other method – PayPal, direct bank deposit (we have accounts in the USA, Australia, and throughout Europe), Bitcoin, Gold Bars, or bootleg Vodka, we can accommodate this – please ask for details.

When should I arrive in Kiev?

Aim to arrive in Kiev during the day on Monday the 28th. We can arrange a transfer from Kiev airport directly to your hotel, or you can organise your own taxi/public transportation – we can give you information on these options. If you wish to arrive early or depart late, we can organise additional accommodation for you. Hotel check-in time on day one is any time after 1pm.

Is there a “single-supplement” option or charge?

Unless you prefer your own room, we won’t charge you a “single supplement”. Shared twin-rooms have a maximum of two guests in total. If you would like to ensure your own room, this option is available on the checkout page for an additional cost of 290 Euro. Please note, although we will try to offer your own cabin for the nights at Chernobyl, we cannot guarantee this – you would share with a MAXIMUM of one other guest.

What if I get bored of hanging out with you guys?

We are happy for you to join us at all times in Kiev, we’re equally happy to provide guidance and direction for you to do your own thing. Each night, dinner is completely optional. At Chernobyl, we’ll stick together – but we do have more flexibility here than you would assume – with three guides and only a small group, we’ll have options, and we’ll get you to where you want to be.

What’s really included?
  • all accommodation in Kiev – iconic, well-reputed, architecturally significant, Soviet-era Hotel Salut
  • all accommodation at the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
  • all transportation necessary for the duration of the trip, including throughout Kiev, comfortable transportation to and from Pripyat/Chernobyl
  • all breakfasts are included, including the departure day
  • guides from Yomadic, the Bohemian Blog, and local guides from Ukraine
  • all meals at the Chernobyl Exclusion zone for the duration of three days will be included
  • our goal is to make this tour exceptional value, we will always put your enjoyment first
  • we promise to include more than on this list…
What’s not included?
  • airfares or transportation costs to Kiev
  • transportation costs from the airport to your hotel, on arrival and departure (however, we can arrange private airport-pickup, or provide you with inexpensive taxi/public transportation information)
  • alcohol, mostly, is not included, but we would feel awkward not buying you a drink
  • unless specified above, dinners and lunches are not included (but again, we’d feel awkward not buying you dinner at least one more time than above)
  • Ukraine Visa costs if applicable (although we will provide advice if required)
Further questions/other information…
  • many nationalities can easily obtain a visa-on-arrival at Kiev airport – including most European nations, USA, Canada, UK, most South American nations, Australia, and New Zealand. If you have any questions, please ask, and we’ll give you the latest information.
  • Internet speeds in this region are generally fast, WiFi is commonplace – except (understandably) in most of Chernobyl
  • travel insurance is a requirement of this tour (we don’t recommend any specific provider)
  • all major credit cards are accepted at most ATM machines in Kiev, currency exchange is commonplace
  • this region can be unpredictable, and we reserve the right to change the itinerary (unlikely, just being a bit “legal” here).. any changes will be always be made for the betterment of the tour
  • TO CONTACT US  –  please use this page to send us an email – also, we are happy to speak to you via telephone/Skype, or reply to your inquiries via email or social media
And now, it’s over to you…

This is the travel invitation you could wait your whole life for. We promise, based upon our history of previous guests and several years of successful Kiev / Chernobyl tours, that you will certainly experience one of the most memorable trips you could ever imagine, and we look forward to meeting you.

We really hope you can join us, please don’t delay – group size is purposefully limited.

 

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