Pop-Up Tour : Ukraine January 2017

Ukraine / Kiev / Plus Overnighter in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Friday 13th January 2017 to 20th January 2017 – 7 nights/8 days
Limited Seats Available – 1190 Euro


Pop-Up Tour Zero is a proud collaboration between Yomadic and The Bohemian Blog, the second in a limited series of innovative “Pop-Up Tours” of fascinating European capitals.

Yes, this is happening. Commencing with three nights in the incredible metropolis of Kiev, Ukraine, we have selected one of the most iconic Soviet-era modernist hotels on the planet for your accommodation. hotel salutBy day, you will be guided through a curated selection of the best that Kiev has to offer – with a photographic focus on the incredible array of mid-century, brutalist, and modernist architecture, exploring sites within a visually alluring network of downtown streets, and viewing local neighbourhood life in one of Eastern Europe’s most important and captivating cities.

After our Kiev immersion, a private tour of the exclusion zone at Chernobyl commences. Transported into a region that has captured the worlds imagination for several decades, we will be accommodated at Chernobyl overnightChernobyl-Tourism-27-boWithout the restrictions of day-tripping package tourists, our private tour – guided by an experienced local expert – will provide the time and opportunity for our small group to comprehensively explore and photograph the abandoned nuclear city “Pripyat”. Additionally, we’ll meet with some of the steadfast locals of “the zone”, visiting remarkable sites that were until recently, strictly off-limits.

Returning to Kiev, our accommodation will directly overlook Maidan Square, a grand Soviet-era hotel towering above the site of the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution – at the very heart of Kiev.

As was the case with our first sold-out Ukraine Pop-Up Tour, there will be “secrets” to show you. Our first tour included a surprise, exclusive, guided visit though the secretive mansion of the former president of Ukraine – including hidden tunnels, extensive grounds, and his over-the-top living quarters. As always, this tour will offer far more than you expect.

Limited places are available now, your seat can be confirmed using any major credit card.

We would like to invite you to join the people behind Yomadic and the Bohemian Blog, for one of 2017’s most incredible travel opportunities – our second “Pop-Up Tour” of Ukraine.




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

Typical Metro Station Interior, Kiev, Ukraine
Typical Metro Station Interior, Kiev, Ukraine



Day 1 – Arrival Day – Kiev, Ukraine – Friday January 13th

Kiev is pre-tourist-boom. Home to 3.5 million people on the banks of the Dnieper River, an important Eastern European capital, combining the legacy of post-Soviet Eastern Europe, centuries of important regional history, rich cultural heritage, and now, an urbane cosmopolitan modernity. There is no city quite like Kiev. After arriving, you will commence your stay at the “Hotel Salut”, an icon of mid-century Soviet Modernism. As we await arrivals, our central location will allow easily exploration of the local sites and sounds of Kiev, followed by an optional group dinner.

Day 2 – Kiev, Ukraine – Saturday January 14th

Breakfast at the Hotel Salut. Exploration of Kiev begins. Being a busy city, it makes sense to utilise the extensive metro/subway system to rapidly traverse from point to point. Fortunately, the stations appear to be straight from the pages of a 1970’s architectural magazine – an unmissable part of any Kiev experience. We have a full day of curated sites – combing architecture, food, and grit.
Evening, optionally join us for dinner, before returning to your mid-century Sov-mod pad.

Day 3 – Kiev, Ukraine – Sunday January 15th

Kiev has far more to offer than just a few days can squeeze in. However, we will make the most of our time – highlights today will include Maidan Square, a thriving Soviet-era market housed within an architectural sensation, the “Motherland” statue, and environs. We have a very large list of things to see (with limited time) – likely other destinations include the Micro-District “Obolon”, the brutalist art and architecture of a local university, and more. We’ll ensure you have more than your fill – with three “guides” available, catering to all tastes, you will be spoiled for choice.
Evening: optionally join us for dinner, before returning, once again, to your exceptionally cool hotel.

Day 4 Chernobyl / Pripyat / overnight at Chernobyl – Monday January 16th

Morning, we will drive 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 Chernobyl-Tourism-16-bo1986 nuclear accident. Guided by an experienced expert, who has attended this area many times over the course of several years, our overnight stay will ensure we have the ability to pace ourselves – delighting photographers, dreamers, and those people wishing to fully experience what is surely a once-in-a-lifetime rare opportunity.
Overnight accommodation – Chernobyl, dinner at Chernobyl.

Day 5 Chernobyl / Pripyat / Kiev – Tuesday January 17th

Waking up in comfort, at Chernobyl, we’ll have time to see some of the lesser-known sites of this area, and meet some of the local stalwarts – completing an enlightening and educating experience. Afternoon, we return to Kiev, staying at the “Hotel Ukraine”, a grand Soviet-era hotel directly overlooking the central Maidan square of Kiev. We’ll book a great restaurant in a vibrant part of the city, tuck you in, and give you time to process all you have seen and experienced this week.
Evening: Kiev, optional group dinner.

Day 6 – Kiev – Wednesday January 18th

Full day in Kiev. From our previous Pop-Up Ukraine Tour, we know you’ll be exhausted from your Chernobyl adventure. So today, you’ll have choices. With three guides for you available to show you around, you can choose your own adventure – from shopping, to exploring Soviet-era bunkers and architecture, visiting historical churches, relaxing at great local restaurants and bars, and more. We’ll make sure you have a great day out, and that you really feel how incredible Kiev city can be.

Day 7 – Kiev – Thursday January 19th

It’s the day of “Epiphany” – we’ll get up early, head to the local river, and watch Ukrainians celebrate by swimming in the freezing waters. After today, your understanding of Ukraine, and Kiev, will jump up a few notches – it’s an experience few tourists will have. For the rest of the day, your final full day in Ukraine, we’ll get to know some local delicacies, spending time in another of Kiev’s unique neighbourhoods. We promise, you’ll wish you had even more time in Kiev…

Day 8 – Kiev – Friday January 20th

Departure date. Hotel breakfast. Tears. We will be on-hand to arrange any transportation requirements.





Kiev, Ukraine
Kiev, Ukraine


About the “Pop-Up Tour” concept

Destinations in Europe often move rapidly from being relatively unknown, to being firmly on the tourist radar. Kiev, right now, is pre-tourism boom. Visually alluring, emotionally fascinating, safe, warm, with friendly locals, a thriving creative industry, and a genuinely extensive list of sights and attractions. However, even at the peak of the European summer, there are relatively few tourists in Kiev. For now.

Our Pop-Up tour concept takes advantage of this perfect moment in Ukraine. A genuinely fresh and innovative approach – as small, professional independent, tour-operators, we have drawn upon our on-the-ground experience to create a travel-concept unmatched by any other organisation.

We’re really not fans of typical organised group tours. However, we appreciate the benefits of local knowledge and planning – especially with limited time. Our curated Pop-Up 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.

Many people really don’t enjoy the concept of typical package tours – neither do we. We won’t be ticking off UNESCO heritage lists, or seeing “must sees” for the sake of completion. Surrounded by a small group of new friends, we’ll forge our own path – well paced, never rushed.

This is the “Pop-Up Tour”, and there is nothing quite like it.


Kiev, Ukraine
Kiev, Ukraine


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 mis-understood – but spectacular – sights and destinations around the world. We’re both passionate about travel, and tourism done right. We’ve previously travelled around Eastern Europe together, several times. Darmon is based in Eastern Europe, and has visited Ukraine and Chernobyl on multiple occasions. The list of major publications that have featured the acclaimed Bohemian Blog, would make him blush.

We are both focused on offering a unique selection of exclusive and ground-breaking “Untours”, and have a love of creating profound experiences.

Our long term readers will not be surprised in the slightest to see us joining forces once again.




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


Maidan Square, Kiev, Ukraine


Why Put Your Trust In Us?

We’re experienced tour operators, with a history of successful and consistently sold out tours. Since 2014, we have personally organised and run small groups through 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 – as of September 2016, we’ve already run one highly successful tour of Kiev and Chernobyl. 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 spent three months on-the-ground in Kiev during 2016 – we don’t run tours unless we know the place well)


More information on inclusions and tour policies, below…


Kiev, Ukraine
Kiev, Ukraine


Why is there a closing date? 

On December 30th, 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. 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 in 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. Personally, this is my favourite time of the year around these parts, and you’ll get some great photos for sure…


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. We offer this money-back guarantee – outside of an unexpected force-majeure event, this tour is 100% guaranteed to go ahead. However, we incur real costs from the moment you book, and due to the timing of this tour, we cannot offer standard refunds – but – if you do cancel prior to December 30th, and we find a replacement for you, we promise to refund 90% of your full ticket price.


When should I arrive in Kiev?

Aim to arrive in Kiev during the day on Friday 13th. 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 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 300 Euro. Please note, although we will try to offer your own room for the night at Chernobyl, we cannot guarantee this.


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

Of course, you will have 100% freedom to do as you wish. 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.


What’s really included?

  • * all accommodation in Kiev at iconic, well-reputed, architecturally significant, Soviet-era hotels
  • * accommodation at the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
  • * all transportation necessary for the duration of the trip, including throughout Kiev and 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 Kiev
  • * meals at the Chernobyl Exclusion zone will be included (dinner, lunch, breakfast)
  • * plus much more…


What’s not included?

  • * airfares or transportation costs to Kiev (we are happy to assist with this)
  • * transportation costs from Kiev airport to your hotel, on arrival and departure (however, we can arrange private airport-pickup, or provide you with taxi/public transportation information)
  • * alcohol, mostly, is not included, but we would feel awkward not buying you a drink
  • * most dinners and lunches are not included – except when specified as inclusions in the itinerary


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
  • * Internet speeds in Ukraine are fast, WiFi is commonplace
  • * travel insurance is a requirement of this tour (we don’t recommended any specific provider)
  • * all major credit cards are accepted at most ATM machines in Kiev, currency exchange is commonplace
  • we reserve the right to change the itinerary (unlikely, just being a bit “legal” here)
  • * 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 the excitement of Kiev, that you will certainly experience one of the most memorable trips you could ever imagine. I mean, really, Kiev is one of the most incredible cities in the world right now, you’ll stay in amazing hotels, and we’ll take you on an exclusive overnight trip to Chernobyl. I know, what more could we possibly offer :)

We really hope you can join us, please don’t delay – group size is limited, and the closing date is fixed.

Sure, we could have announced this well in advance, but then, it wouldn’t be so special.




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Nate Robert, YOMADIC