Stories of Chernobyl : a tour to the Belarusian exclusion zone
The main objective of our trip is to get acquainted with the activities of the Polesie State Radioecological Reserve, to learn about radiation contamination issues with the scientific staff of the reserve, as well as to monitor the flora and fauna of the territories where human activity was almost completely terminated. You will be surprised how quickly nature has recovered: for 30 years of human absence, the reserve’s territory was inhabited by the Przhevalsky horse, and the number of bison here is one of the highest in Belarus. Thanks to the ban on hunting in the exclusion zone, the number of wolves and ungulates has also recovered.
If you are coming from Minsk, we recommend you to arrive in Homel a day before the tour starts OR to take a night train and meet the guide at the railway station in Rechitsa town in the morning of the tour day. We will help you to plan your travel the most convenient way!
6:00 AM - meeting at the station in Gomel.
7:00 AM - Picking up the participant at Rechitsa railway station. Transfer to the reserve.
9:00 -starting the tour at the checkpoint Babchin.
Our one-day itinerary includes a maximum of locations to form a holistic view of the reserve. We will start the route from the museum of the reserve, then we will visit several villages, other abandoned industrial buildings.
5:00 PM - dinner at a cafe in Khoiniki
7:00 PM - taking a train to Minsk from Kalinkovichi. There is an evening train from Kalinkovichi, it arrives in Minsk before midnight.
Arriving in Minsk around midnight.
Our route is built due to the lowest dosimeter indicators, which makes our stay at the territory of the reserve safe. We will visit the resettled villages, the Pripyat river, to whose shores abandoned boats are still moored and other industrial buildings.
The reserve is a territory with a particularly high status of protection, it also has a checkpoint system, so you can only visit the exclusion zone as part of an organized group. Participants have to join the group as early as possible so that we can get entry passes: it should be at least 10 days before the tour starts.
Photo: Tatiana Leonovich
Included in the price:
- transfer from Gomel/Rechitsa to the reserve and after the tour transfer to Kalinkovichi (we planned the tour considering convenient train schedule: you can take a night train from Minsk to Rechitsa or Gomel, and an evening fast train from Kalinkovichi to Minsk);
- transfer at the territory of the reserve;
- guiding by scientific department staff of the reserve;
- entry passes fee;
- snacks during the tour;
- dinner in a cafe in the town of Khoiniki.
- transfer from/to Minsk or other cities (we will help to plan the way!);
- health insurance.
For foreign citizens (extra permission for entering the bordering zone is needed)
For Belarusian citizens
The listed price is relevant to a scheduled tour or a group of 8+ participants.
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