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    chernobyl tour, anybody done it??

    As the title says really, have a birthday coming up and as usual the questions are being asked "what do you want" ??
    Then I get this idea, especially after watching the series, grateful for any tips or pointers if anybody has been and done it.
    Looking to make it a long weekend flying out of Manchester most likely.

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    Yes, was brilliant...I recommend a day tour.
    Think I used these guys...
    https://www.chernobyl-tour.com/engli...pyat-town.html
    Would suggest a long weekend in Kiev...one of the most amazing cities I've been to.
    A lot to see.

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    Thats the tour outfit i was looking at, seems fairly straight forward if a little far away from Kiev.

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    They depart from Kiev and will drop you back there.
    Long day though so bring some snacks!
    Tour guide was great too.
    Cheers.

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    And there's me thinking, watching the show, that the radiation is gonna be around for a long time ?

    Did I miss something ?

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    A friend of mine did it a few months back, said it was a hell of a experience, very moving and fascinating at the same time. I can get details if you like?
    Cheers..
    Jase

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    They say it's safe: https://www.chernobyl-tour.com/about_radiation_en.html

    I personally wouldn't go there, but i'm just a sceptical guy :)

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    I'd want to be as far away from Chernobyl as possible. At least for the next thousand years.

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    This was filmed in the early nineties.

    Start at 35 minutes in.


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    I'd love to go, I do have experience with this industry though😉

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    Definitely do it.
    We visited a fair few years back (pre new covering) and when we were there we were the only visitors that day. I am sure that has changed though as it seems to attracting more people given the tv series, horror movie etc
    Itís quite an experience from a number of perspective 1) how man can really mess up on such a huge scale, 2) sacrifice some people made to stop it getting worse 3) how nature can fix a lot given time.
    Itís a full day trip out of Kiev. We had lunch there as well (just do not eat any wild berries etc), which in itself was a bit surreal.

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    Should have mentioned they carry giegercounters the whole time and spikes on one side of the structure, with soft mosses (that absorb radiation easily), radiation burnt trees etc is all scary/mind bending/ fascinating

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    Guys, thanks for all the input, I am super keen to go and have a look. As to the radiation, it cant be that bad surely, after all the workers they had there
    building the new cover, somewhere in the program it stated that some workers were living in Pripyat, but for no longer than two weeks at a time to cut
    down on transit time.
    Now I just got to convince the missus that a 12-13 hour day trip is a good idea, wish me luck.

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    Radiation is fine given level and amount of time you are there. Pripyat part of the tour is also amazing. Seeing the speed everyone had to leave and now how fast the forest is reclaiming the town....

    All the best with the trip !

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    All logic dictates it is now safe for the short time you are actually there, but I've just tonight watched the first episode of the TV series and there is no way I would go there even if I could persuade my wife. Illogical of me definitely, but can't help it.
    The wildlife has been doing very well though without us apparently.

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    Really enjoyed the series, the massive web of lies and ineptitude was astonishing.
    And the bravery of workers to go and work there, though I guess there was little choice and did the average man have any idea of the dangers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neilw3030 View Post
    Guys, thanks for all the input, I am super keen to go and have a look. As to the radiation, it cant be that bad surely, after all the workers they had there
    building the new cover, somewhere in the program it stated that some workers were living in Pripyat, but for no longer than two weeks at a time to cut
    down on transit time.
    Now I just got to convince the missus that a 12-13 hour day trip is a good idea, wish me luck.
    Have you had kids yet?

    Just kidding!

    Probably.
    So clever my foot fell off.

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    Is it like Auschwitz in that you are not allowed to touch anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingBanana View Post
    Have you had kids yet?

    Just kidding!

    Probably.
    Iím Johnny old bloke😂

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    Kids turned out fine for me :)
    Had them after the visit (both me and the wife went).

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    Just had a look at some of the pics from the visit.
    Have a pic of my wife and mum sat on a bench with the rusting ferris wheel of the funfair that was in Pripyat at the time in the background.
    Looks Ďnormalí until you realise the setting/surroundings.

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    Well, good news for me, the wife says yes.
    Game on for a visit now, hopefully August bank holiday weekend.

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    I have a question.

    Why would you visit it?

    I feel the same way with people visiting Vukovar in Croatia.

    Vukovar was completely destroyed during last war over here. It was turned to dust by heavy artillery fire for 3 months of siege and burned to ground. It was also place of massacres,war crimes and fully blown war insanity unseen from Vietnam war.

    I am from town 25 miles east from it and every time I go to visit mother I have to go through the town.

    The whole place even 30 years after war looks gloomy and bitter. Not a pleasant place to visit. Some places carry negative aura around them,why would you visit them?

    I am not judging just asking rhetoric question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinner77 View Post
    I have a question.

    Why would you visit it?

    I feel the same way with people visiting Vukovar in Croatia.

    Vukovar was completely destroyed during last war over here. It was turned to dust by heavy artillery fire for 3 months of siege and burned to ground. It was also place of massacres,war crimes and fully blown war insanity unseen from Vietnam war.

    I am from town 25 miles east from it and every time I go to visit mother I have to go through the town.

    The whole place even 30 years after war looks gloomy and bitter. Not a pleasant place to visit. Some places carry negative aura around them,why would you visit them?

    I am not judging just asking rhetoric question.
    To learn from the past so hopefully it does not happen again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JP28 View Post
    To learn from the past so hopefully it does not happen again.
    Unfortunately nobody ever learns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kozza6 View Post
    bring some snacks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neilw3030 View Post
    Well, good news for me, the wife says yes.
    Game on for a visit now, hopefully August bank holiday weekend.


    I've been looking into it since the series finished and was put off going in the summer by comments saying how hot it is. You have to wear long sleeved shirts and long trousers during the visit. Sounded quite unpleasant.

    Also saw mentioned the giant radar station was a must see. Pictures look incredible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinner77 View Post
    I have a question.

    Why would you visit it?

    I feel the same way with people visiting Vukovar in Croatia.

    Vukovar was completely destroyed during last war over here. It was turned to dust by heavy artillery fire for 3 months of siege and burned to ground. It was also place of massacres,war crimes and fully blown war insanity unseen from Vietnam war.

    I am from town 25 miles east from it and every time I go to visit mother I have to go through the town.

    The whole place even 30 years after war looks gloomy and bitter. Not a pleasant place to visit. Some places carry negative aura around them,why would you visit them?

    I am not judging just asking rhetoric question.
    Thats a valid question.

    I guess its because I can really, it does interest me as abandoned places do, to see how nature is reclaiming and adapting itself to a man made disaster.
    Because something bad happened there is not a good enough reason to not visit, although its not quite the same as the place you mention.
    Why do people go to Auchwitz ?? morbid curiosity, to remember, to hope it never happens again, to get a feel for mans inhumanity to his fellow man.

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    To refresh memories? because if people (as much of the general public as possible) remember what happened maybe it is less likely to happen again?
    Don't take my silence for agreement. I've just realised you're too stupid to argue with.

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    Iím booked in for late August - remember it happening as a teenager . Hopefully wonít bake too much - it looks a long day but very interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by JP28 View Post
    Radiation is fine given level and amount of time you are there. Pripyat part of the tour is also amazing. Seeing the speed everyone had to leave and now how fast the forest is reclaiming the town....

    All the best with the trip !
    Bear in mind that there is no "safe" level of radiation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
    Bear in mind that there is no "safe" level of radiation.
    And also that there is a level of radiation everywhere at all times too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neilw3030 View Post
    As the title says really, have a birthday coming up and as usual the questions are being asked "what do you want" ??
    Then I get this idea, especially after watching the series, grateful for any tips or pointers if anybody has been and done it.
    Looking to make it a long weekend flying out of Manchester most likely.
    Drop me a pm...I'd like to share a few thoughts.



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    Last edited by kozza6; 22nd June 2019 at 02:07.

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    Iíd love to see it, but radiation is really, really, really nasty stuff. Will be staying as far away as possible from it during my lifetime.

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    The best without question is a private tour with these guys:
    https://www.tourkiev.com/

    Do not go on a tour with other randoms, you won't do anything interesting and you won't be able to actually explore. The private tour means you and a guide or in my case me a mate and a guide. We went to see what we wanted, the radar array, the school, a particular tower block etc etc. Take a dosemeter as it's good to know. The guide knew of a few spots which we went to where old bits.of graphite were still around.
    Even with all this are levels where the same on the way out as in and our total dose was like having a full body x-ray.

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    Also do the missile silo tour! It's a hell of a long drive out, but so worth it. Amazingly interesting and if you aren't already, it will put you off nuclear missiles for life.

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    Just to add my 2 penny worth. I went back in 2015 pre-new cover. Absolutely fantastic experience.

    We went for the 5 day experience in October. I've travelled a fair bit to Ukraine and been thought the season but Autumn is one of my favourite, the Ukrainian countryside is beautiful at that time of year when all the leaves are turning. The temperature is lovely, not too hot and no sign of the chilling winter in sight.

    Over the 5 days we went to:

    1) Kinder Garden out of the city
    2) Chernobyl village
    3) Pripyat (multiple times) - Ferris wheel, sports track, hospital, supermarket, climbed multiple tower blocks etc.
    4) Went as close to the nuclear power plant as possible.
    5) Science research lab
    6) Cooling towers
    7) Spent almost a whole day at the Douga (The OTH RADAR) - aka the woodpecker. (Went into the 'James Bond esq' command and control centre, and all the support buildings (yes, I climbed the antenna array :D)

    All accommodation was on site for the 4 days (though we thought we were being bussed in and out each day).

    Probably the best urban exploration experience I've ever been to. It's perfectly safe, there are no go areas (such as areas of the hospital) but the guide we had was absolutely fantastic (Nikolai). Can't recommend highly enough for anyone who's 1) into Cold War history, 2) into urban exploration or 3) likes climbing stuff!

    Ta

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregR_ View Post
    Just to add my 2 penny worth. I went back in 2015 pre-new cover. Absolutely fantastic experience.

    We went for the 5 day experience in October...
    And there's that added bonus of now not having to turn the light on to read at night

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