Private tour to Chernobyl and Pripyat

Is a private tour to the Chernobyl exclusion zone worth the extra money? What is the difference? What does it look like?

 

The first and obvious difference is the price – for just us two, in our own car, we paid more than 500 euros + 15 euros for food in the canteen. The standard group tour on that day was 90 euros per person and was for a trip in a minibus provided by the tour company. And, by the way, it is a pretty safe destination!
 
What did we pay for?
Basically for time and flexibility. We were also entering buildings, if we wanted to, which is officially forbidden. However, you can find on your schedule stops like ‘swimming pool’ or ‘view from the roof’ – which require you to enter different places within the zone.

The problem with big groups is that if there’s police around then no one will risk taking the group in – and you never know when police will be around (but your tour guide will ask at checkpoints). On the day of our trip there was a patrol in Pripyat, so other trips were only entering ‘easy’ places like the restaurant of supermarket -and we got to visit the whole hospital.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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