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  • Saturday 11 to Wednesday 15 April 2020

  • Kiev & Chernobyl, Ukraine

  • Flights from Brussels to Kiev

  • 4* hotels in Kiev and Chernobyl

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It is highly unlikely you remember the news report of Saturday morning 26 April 1986, the day of the world’s worst nuclear accident. It namely took 50 hours, a full 2 days, before the Soviet authorities officially admitted something had gone completely wrong at the Chernobyl nuclear power station. Many countries in Eastern and Western Europe were affected, from Norway to Italy, and from Ireland to Greece. One and a half days after the accident an exclusion zone of 10km around the plant was created, including the city of Pripyat, followed by a larger exclusion zone of 30km that also included the city of Chernobyl. This unique trip leads us right into the heart of the exclusion zone, and includes an exclusive visit into the Chernobyl power plant itself.

After an absolutely amazing trip in 2019 (read trip review here), we are going back to Kiev and Chernobyl for another super unique visit. This time we already leave on Saturday, so the trip will be 1 day longer which allows us to explore the Ukrainian capital a bit better.

Overview

What is included in the basic trip fee?

This trip is more complete than last year. We stay an extra night in Kiev, in a much better hotel and amazing location (one of best hotels in town), and also we include 3 dinners instead of just 1 last year.

  • Direct return flights from Brussels to Kiev with Ukrainian Airlines
  • 7kg carry on luggage + personal item (checked luggage optional)
  • 2 nights in the outstanding Senator Maidan**** in Kiev (first 2 nights)
  • 1 night in the Zelenyy Mys Hotel**** near Chernobyl (3rd night)
  • 1 night in the outstanding Senator Maidan**** in Kiev (last night)
  • 4x breakfast
  • 3 dinners and 2 lunches
  • Kiev airport transfers
  • Guided tour in Kiev
  • Transportation to/from/within Chernobyl Exclusion zone
  • 2-day privately guided tour through the Exclusion Zone
  • Exclusive guided tour inside the plant
  • A great group of international people
  • A lifetime memory

Who can join?

  • Everyone is invited to join this trip: member and non-members, expats and (international) Belgians, singles/couples/retirees/friends/colleagues.
  • The minimum age is 18 years at the day of the visit (no exceptions possible under any circumstance).
  • You must be in a normal physical condition. You don’t have to be an athlete, but we will be walking much through the abandoned city / area and climb stairs. Sitting anywhere is generally not allowed, so you will be standing most of the time.
  • You have to check yourself whether you need a VISA for entering Ukraine: https://mfa.gov.ua/en/consular-affairs/entering-ukraine/visa-requirements-for-foreigners

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Background information

This is certainly the most unique trip Expat Club has put on its calendar (so far, at least). But you are reading it correctly! We are organising a trip to Ukraine to visit the nuclear fallout zone around Chernobyl. This is one of the world’s most eerie places. With an entire city abandoned, it looks a lot like the apocalyptic scene from The Walking Dead (a popular post-apocalyptic series about zombies, in case you don’t know it). No doubt you are asking yourself now whether we have lost our minds. The answer is certainly not. Visiting the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is now safe with an official guide and under strict procedures. We are therefore organising a 5-day trip from Brussels by flight, including a 2-day tour to the Exclusion Zone.

The Ukrainian government allows regular tourists to visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Also the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) deems visits to Chernobyl safe. Entrance is of course under strict conditions (less than 50.000 visited it in 2018). One cannot go there without registering beforehand and without going through two police check points. Needless to say an official tour guide is always present and knows exactly what you can and not do, what you can and cannot see, and where you can and cannot go. Everybody will be checked for radiation when leaving the zone (no worries, you will be just fine).

Our trip is not meant to just visit a disaster area. As with any Expat Club trip it has different dimensions, including learning more about the environmental, economic and social impact of the accident. Also, we will learn about how nature developed after human beings moved out of the area, the potential dangers of nuclear energy and the future of Chernobyl. As with any other “dark tourism” destination (for the lack of a better term) we visited with Expat Club, such as Ypres, the D-Day beaches, Bastogne and Auschwitz, respect for the victims and those affected is an essential part. This is going to be a unique and educational trip, with a unique group of international people.

Program

Our schedule for 2020 is again carefully planned. The big difference with our 2019 trip is that we arrive 1 day earlier in Kiev, which allows us to explore the city a bit more. Also we decided to include 3 dinners already, because a) we discovered some amazing restaurants, and b) you don’t want to search yourself for this on the two evenings we arrive in Kiev (on day 1 and 4). Also, it’s a great way to get to know the other people in our group. The guided Chernobyl tours we organise will be very comprehensive (2x minimum 8 hours), with visits to several parts of Pripyat, the cooling towers, the town of Chernobyl, the Duga Antenna and the Chernobyl power plant itself.

Saturday 11 April
12h00 – Meeting time Brussels Airport – Starbucks Café
13h55 – Departure Ukrainian Airlines PS-146 Brussels to Kiev
17h50 – Arrival Kiev & transfer to hotel
19h30 – Arrival hotel & dinner near Maidan Square

Sunday 12 April
10h00 – Guided city tour
12h30 – Lunch
14h00 – Free time (+ possible afternoon program)
19h00 – Dinner in town

Monday 13 April (exact schedule follows)
07h45 – Departure to Chernobyl by bus
10h00 – Police checks & full day tour in Chernobyl and Pripyat
19h00 – Check-in to hotel near Chernobyl
20h00 – Dinner at hotel

Tuesday 14 April (exact schedule follows)
09h00 – Checkout hotel
10h00 – Continuation of guided tours
17h00 – Departure to Kiev
19h00 – Arrival Kiev & check-in hotel
20h00 – Dinner near hotel

Wednesday 15 April
08h00 – Checkout & departure to Kiev Airport
10h55 – Departure to Brussels on Ukrainian Airlines PS145
12h55 – Arrival in Brussels & end program

 

Accommodation

For this trip we decided to stay in two great accommodations, namely the Senator Maidan Hotel & Apartments**** right around the corner from the Maidan / Independence Square, and in the Zelenyy Mys Hotel**** near Chernobyl, the only good hotel in the region.

The Senator Maidan**** offers city living in modern elegant big rooms and apartments in the very core of Kiev, only a few steps from Independence Square and all the shopping and nightlife. It has extremely good reviews on various channels. Designed for international and domestic travellers, each of the 42 vibrant apartments has modern amenities and encompass a multiplicity of needs for a pleasant stay. This hotel offers high standard accommodation with features such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV’s, spacious bathrooms with big shower cabins, fully-equipped kitchens, writing desks, orthopedic mattresses, etc. Breakfast is of course included. We stay here on night 1 and 2, as well as night 4.

 

In Chernobyl, we have decided to stay in the best hotel in the area, the Zelenyy Mys Hotel **** located just outside the 30-km Exclusion Zone. The best hotel within the zone is much less comfortable (the best one would mean sharing 1 bathroom with 5 other rooms).  Our hotel is located is Strakhollisya, along a nature reserve on a huge lake formed by the Dnjepr river. The Zelenyy Mys hotel is a relatively new local 4* hotel with standard comfortable rooms. We stay here on night 3.

Expat Club room sharing for single travellers
If you are joining this trip on your own, you can of course take a single room (surcharge applied during booking process). However, you can also opt for the Expat Club room sharing service. This means you do not pay the single surcharge. During the outbound journey we will introduce you to the other travellers who also want to share a room. We do not assign a room partner, but you can mutually agree to share the room. We only offer female/female rooms, male rooms are upon request (unless two male friends travel together). This is a great way to save some money while you get to know another nice person on this trip.

 

 

 

Flights

We are flying with Ukraine International Airlines from Brussels to Kiev. You can bring 1 cabin bag of just 7kg and one additional piece of 5kg (check luggage rules here). This is not much of course, so if you would like to check-in a bag (check limitations here),there will be a fee. Please start the reservation process to see how much.

Saturday 11 April
13h55 – Departure Ukrainian Airlines PS-146 Brussels to Kiev
17h50 – Arrival Kiev & transfer to hotel

Wednesday 15 April
10h55 – Departure to Brussels on Ukrainian Airlines PS145
12h55 – Arrival in Brussels & end program

Comments

  • The flights will be with Ukraine International Airlines.
  • This trip is carefully planned. Still, all timings are tentative and may change if required by circumstances.
  • The trip is sold as a package. You cannot go with your own transportation and/or arrange your own accommodation. If there are specific things that you do or do not want in the package, please let us know and we may consider an up-sell or a discount on a case by case basis.
  • You are personally responsible for getting a good travel insurance that covers you for any unforeseen emergencies and medical expenses during the trip. We also advise you to get a travel cancellation insurance in case you cannot join anymore due to illness or an emergency.
  • You are personally responsible for using the hotel room in an appropriate way. Any missing or broken items will be billed after the trip. If you share the room with someone else you are equally responsible for leaving it the way you found it.
  • You are personally responsible to check whether you need a visa for entering Ukraine. For Belgians and other E.U. member states a separate visa is not required anymore, but for other countries this may be the case. Inform with the Ukrainian Embassy in Brussels or your home country about your visa requirements.
  • Expat Club cannot be held liable for long delays that influence the program, for instance delayed or cancelled flights that lead to missed guided tours, neither can Expat Club be held liable for weather-related cancellations or any other unforeseen events that influence the course of the trip, including, but not limited to technical problems with the airplane, and bus. We are doing our very best to pro-actively avoid problems and possibly adapt the program in the most optimal way.
  • Expat Club cannot be held liable for personal injuries during the trip, such as, but not limited to, things that happen during the visit to Pripyat and Chernobyl. You are joining this trip at your own responsibility.
  • If you do not have a room partner and you still would like to share a room (male/male, female/female), then we will introduce you to all other ladies or gentlemen in the group in the same position. During the outbound trip, we will connect you with others in the same position. If you opt for the room-sharing, you will not have to pay the single fee if there is in the end no one else to share the room with, unless you decide to take a single room during the trip. In that case you will have to fully pay for it yourself.
  • The final cancellation date to receive a refund (minus a fee of 20% of the total trip fee) is 10 weeks in advance of departure, which is an exception to the regular cancellation terms.
  • If you book a double / twin room and your travel partner cancels, either from the same order or from a separate one once you indicated you want to share the room with him or her, you will have to pay the single room supplement.

Event picture: © Carl Montgomery (own work, upload through Flickr), via Wikimedia Commons

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2 Comments

  1. Hello,
    I’m new, juste registered as per Carlo Scano’s recommendation. And I put down my name for the Kiev & Chernobyl II trip.
    I’m a single lady and would like to share the room if possible.
    Thanks.

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  2. Dear expat club members. I jojnt the trip last year and it is really amazing! For me (45 years old) the disaster in Tjernobil and the aftermath is something that made an enormous impression on me as a child.

    Visiting this site now, 33 years later, was therefore so impressive, brought back the memories of all the events of those days, but most of all, gave me a much deeper knowledge of what actually happenend to the people and the cities close to the exploded reactor.

    I might do this trip a second time. It is absolutely worth it!

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