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.


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05:00 - departure from Minsk (a parking spot near central railway station).

09:30 - starting the tour at the nature reserve.

Our one-day itinerary includes a maximum of locations for experiencing the reserve. We will start the route from the museum, then visit several villages, an industrial building, a fire tower and the Priapiat' River shore where abandoned boats can be found.

17:30 - dinner in a cafe of Khoiniki.

18:30 - departure for Minsk.

Arriving in Minsk around 23:00.

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 Minsk and back;
  • transfer at the territory of the reserve;
  • guiding by scientific department staff of the reserve;
  • entry passes;
  • dinner in a cafe in the town of Khoiniki.
Not included:
  • health insurance.
185 BYN

The listed price is relevant to a scheduled tour or a group of 12+ participants.

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