Pripyat day tour - visit of the abandoned city of Chernobyl nuclear disaster

Pripyat day tour visit ORIGINAL , is to go for a one day tour of Pripyat ghost town, the city that used to host the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. About 3 hours drive from Kiev, typically leaving at 8am, with a few hours guided tour, and back to Kiev before the end of the afternoon. Chernobyl exploded in 1986, and an exclusion has been setup since then. As the nuclear isotopes reached their mid-life, some parts of this zone can now be safely visited, without more effect than taking an intercontinental flight. The tour is framed by a guide, and knows the places that can be safely visited. It starts by seeing the Chernobyl entry sign, and seeing in the distance the never completed reactors 5 and 6 with their cooling tower. Then, entering the city of Pripyat, founded in 1970, and now deserted, the tour can begin in the small town that used to have close to 50 000 residents, that have all been evacuated after the incident. The main hotel, that was designed to host visitors and scientists, is now slowly decaying like all buildings around – some of them which have still been partially used for some years by wandering people. In what seems like another life, the remains of the Pripyat amusement park are not making up for a surreal walk, between the bumper cars track, and the iconic 26 meters Ferris wheel. Many abandoned buildings can be seen from outside, but one of them worth being visited, the former school. Continuing the tour, more abandoned things, like cars in the street, can be seen left to rot in the open. A Chernobyl national museum dedicated to the accident can also be visited in the center of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. A Chernobyl Tour is an experience that cannot be forgottten, and it is recommended to have a chernobyl guided tour, as the pripyat trip can be dangerous and security measures have to be respected.

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