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Kiev / Chernobyl / Pripyat Photo Experience Holiday
We're going to Chernobyl, again!  This will be visit number eight to Ukraine. 

Dates are Tuesday 7th August to Sunday 12th August..

British Airways
Outbound flight - Heathrow to Kyiv - 08:20 to 13:35 - Tues 7th August - BA 882
Inbound flight - Kyiv to Heathrow - 14:25 to 16:05 - Sun 12th August - BA 883

With British Airways generous hand baggage allowance we should all be able to travel with only hand luggage.

Mon 6th August  - Overnight in Heathrow hotel (tbc)
Tues 7th August  - Fly to Kyiv 
Weds 8th August - Day one of Chernobyl Tour / overnight in Chernobyl Hotel.
Thurs 9th August  - Day two of Chernobyl Tour / overnight in Chernobyl Hotel.
Fri 10th August - Day three of Chernobyl Tour before driving back to Kyiv.
Sat 11th August - Day exploring Kyiv.
Sun 12th August - Flying home early afternoon.

Maximum number for this trip will be 10 people.   

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

Flights & Hotels - Booked directly by you 
PED - £175.00 (this is the amount I charge for the PED)
Chernobyl Tour - $$$ - This amount varies depending on the number of people on the tour - it is payable in USD directly to our guide in Kyiv.   It includes, 3 days inside the zone, 2 nights in the Chernobyl hotel, meals on all 3 days, transfers to/from Kyiv airport, and also a half day excursion around Kyiv.

Please contact me via my contact page

PED Holiday Terms & Conditions

Kiev Hotel
We'll be staying at the Ukraine Hotel in central Kyiv.  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 5 nights from the day we arrive, or book 2 nights twice and then one extra night (we'll be spending the middle two nights in Chernobyl)

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

Hotel prices are from around 40 euros a night.

The Tour
The cost for a private 2 day tour, including 3 meals and overnight in a Chernobyl hotel is $320 USD for 5 people. This figure will rise/fall depending on the number of people who go.   This price includes transfers to/from the airport.

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.

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

The fee for the PED will be invoiced around in early July 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 we'll likely be away from all facilities for the whole day exploring a most distant part of the zone.

Day 3 is more relaxed, with breakfast at 0800, and a stop for lunch in Chernobyl around 4pm before heading back to Kiev.
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 much to see and do in Kyiv.  Independence Square, St Sophia Cathedral, Lavra, St Michael's Cathedral, St Andrew's Church, Motherland Statue, Dymano Kiev Stadium, Aircraft Museum.  

While inside the zone, long trousers, proper shoes, and long sleeve tops need to be worn.

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 Kyiv will be approx 05:30 to 20:30.
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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