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Kiev / Chernobyl / Pripyat Photo Experience Holiday 2018
We're going to Chernobyl, again!  This will be my seventh trip to Ukraine and Chernobyl.

Dates:
Sunday 18th February to Saturday 24th February 2018

Flights:
British Airways
Outbound flight - Heathrow to Kiev - 07:55 to 13:10 - Sunday 18th February - BA 882
Inbound flight - Kiev to Heathrow - 14:00 to 15:55 - Saturday 24th February - BA 883

Currently flights with BA are around £150 for the above dates including one checked bag.

Normally, during the warmer months its possible to travel with hand luggage only, but given the need for winter layers for possible rather cold weather, unless you are a very thrifty packer, I'm guessing everyone will need a checked bag in addition to hand luggage.

Itinerary:
Sat 17th Feb - Overnight in Heathrow hotel (tbc)
Sun 18th Feb  - Fly to Kiev 
Mon 19th Feb - Day exploring Kyiv
Tues 20th Feb - Chernobyl Zone - Day 1
Weds 21st Feb - Chernobyl Zone - Day 2
Thurs 22nd Feb - Chernobyl Zone - Day 3
Fri 23rd Feb - Day exploring Kyiv
Sat 24th Feb - Flying home early afternoon.

Notes:
Maximum number for this trip will be 10 people.   

You must be over 18 to go on the Chernobyl Tour.

Price:
£175.00 

Booking:
Please contact me via my contact page

PED Holiday Terms & Conditions

Kiev Hotel
We'll be staying at the Ukraine Hotel in central Kiev.  It's situated in Independence Square and has the most amazing views from the top floors.  It's a bit soviet era, but I think it's worth that to be able to access the views any time of the day or night.

Depending on your budget, you can either book 6 nights from 18th February, 2 nights on 18th/19th February,  and then another two nights on 22nd/23rd February.   We'll be spending the 20th/21st February in a hotel in Chernobyl, and the cost of those nights is included in the tour price.

Hotel website - http://www.ukraine-hotel.kiev.ua/en 

Hotel prices are from around 35 euros a night.

The Tour
The cost for a private 3 day tour, including all meals and two nights in a Chernobyl hotel is $661 USD for 3 people. This figure will rise/fall depending on the number of people who go.   This price includes transfers to/from the airport, and a day touring around Kyiv.

The tour will be booked with a known and trusted contact, arguably the best tour guide for Chernobyl.  So good that the Top Gear team used him during their visit.

Payment
At time of booking I ask that people book the flights and hotels.

The fee  of £175 for the PED will be invoiced early in 2018. 

Additional Information
The Chernobyl hotel is basic dormitory style accommodations.   We will only be in rooms with people from our group.   The rooms are not ensuite, but are clean and modern toilet / shower facilities are available just across the corridor.  

The itinerary of Day 1 (in Chernobyl) is kinda brutal.  Start at 8am in Kiev and we didnít stop for dinner until around 7pm. There were no facilities, or places to eat and drink, so we'll be taking water / snacks with us to consume throughout the day.

Day 2 is more relaxed, with breakfast at 8am, and the final day we'll likely be starting back to Kyiv at around sunset.

Iím quite a fussy eater, but most of their food was fairly basic and I was able to eat most of what I was given. You might want to bring a supply of cereal bars or something just incase.   There is a supermarket near the hotel for supplies.

There is much to see and do in Kiev.  Independence Square, St Sophia Cathedral, Lavra, St Michael's Cathedral, St Andrew's Church, Motherland Statue, Dymano Kiev Stadium, Aircraft Museum.  

There will not be a detailed itinerary for any of the days, we'll decide as a group where we want to go and when etc.

Currently everything is quite / very cheap for us in Ukraine.  A trip on the metro under 10p.   During the May 2015 trip, lunch for 4 people, including drinks in a very central (and nice) cafe came to £12 in total.

Please note.  This is not a formal teaching event, although I will of course be there to help with any photography related questions you might have.

Sunrise / sunset times for Kiev will be approx 07:00 to 1730.
Time Difference: Ukraine is in GMT +2, so it is 2 hours ahead of British time.
Plug socket is normal European type (ie two round pins).
It is not recommended to drink the tap water.

Get in touch via the contact form if you'd like more information or want to book your place.

 

 
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