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Kiev / Chernobyl / Pripyat Photo Experience Holiday 2019


We're going to Chernobyl, again!  This will be my tenth trip to Ukraine and Chernobyl.

Thursday 5th September to Wednesday 11th September 2019


Currently flights with BA are around 135 for the above dates without any checked baggage.

Normally, during the warmer months its possible to travel with hand luggage only.

Weds 4th Sept - Overnight in Heathrow hotel
Thurs 5th Sept - Fly to Kiev 
Fri 6th Sept - Day exploring Kyiv
Sat 7th Sept - Chernobyl Zone - Day 1
Sun 8th Sept - Chernobyl Zone - Day 2
Mon 9th Sept - Day exploring Kyiv
Tues 10th Sept - Day exploring Kyiv (potential excursion to nuclear missile silo)
Weds 11th Sept - Flying home early afternoon.

Maximum number for this trip will be 10 people.   

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


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.

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 2 day tour, including all meals and two nights in a Chernobyl hotel is $450 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.

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

The fee  of 225 for the PED will be invoiced early in August 2019. 

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 didnt 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.

Im 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 06:20 to 1930.
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.


Photo Experience Day Review
I've been on 3 or 4 of Michael's PED days and can honestly say 
that I have learnt more from those than all the books I have read, and they are fun too!
Colin S
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