Due to the overwhelming popularity and huge success of the first visit to Kiev over Easter in 2017 when we took 24, we decided to go again at Easter this year, but that sold out too!
So apart from the third group who are going in May this year, we decided to go all over again in Easter 2019, so no annual leave needed!
Some people wonder if there's any trips that Travel Together wouldn't do or contemplate organising, to which I always answer..... very few!! So when one of our trusted and regular members sent me a link to a company that organises tours to the Chernobyl power plant, my imagination and interest was piqued! Therefore, we're off to another new country and yet another new destination for Travel Together members..... Ukraine!
The two main reasons for this trip are the amazing and beautiful city of Kiev..
And of course, the fascinating, the haunting, the historic and site of one of the most significant dates in history........ Chernobyl, allbrought to us by our good friends at Radio Pro Active.
This will be our itinerary whilst in Ukraine......
Day 1 - Friday 19th April - Departure day
Meeting at the Wethersppons in the South Terminal at 10.00, we'll be flying direct to Kiev and arriving at approx 17.40. From there we'll have a private transfer to take us to our hotel to check in. After check in and a freshen up, it'll just be time to have a little explore and enjoy dinner (NOT included) before our first full day tomorrow.
Overnight Accommodation - 4* Ukraine Hotel
Day 2 - Saturday 20th April - A full day to explore Kiev at your leisure
After a complimentary breakfast you'll have the whole day at your leisure. As is usual on a Travel Together trip, you can do as much or as little as you wish. Whether you choose to remain with the group all day or go off to wander at your own pace, it's your day. We will have a small suggested itinerary of some of the things you may like to see or do whilst in Kiev.
Some of these may include the following..
Kyiv Pechersk Lavra also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves
M.M. Gryshko National Botanical Garden
Museum of The History of Ukraine in World War II
And so much more. Whether your thing is architecture, history, cuisine, art, nature, nightlife, culture, music.....there's an abundance of it all for you to explore in Kiev.
On the last trip we found two free walking tours that cover much of the city, one from 12.00 - 15.00 and one from[masked]. Between the two, you'll have the perfect opportunity to explore and discover so much about this fascinating city.
You can see what the tours include be following the links....
Morning Tour (starts at 12.00) - Tour includes Independence Square, St Michael’s Cathedral, St Andrew’s Church, St Sophia Cathedral, Golden Gates and Prorizna street
Afternoon Tour (starts at 16.00) - Tour goes along Khreschatyk street and includes such sights as the Arch of Friendship, Mariyinskiy Palace, National Bank of Ukraine, House of the President, National Theatre and famous House with Chimeras.
By which time it'll be time for dinner, a few drinks then an early(ish) night in preperation for our big day tomorrow.
Overnight Accommodation - Ukraine Hotel
Day 3 - Sunday 21st April - FULL DAY CHERNOBYL TOUR WITH LUNCH
After a complimentary breakfast, we'll be picked up at 08.30 (TBC), where we'll meet our guide for the day. Our representative will check your passport details before you board the minibus. Along the way we will play a video explaining the background to Chernobyl with some haunting footage filmed at the time of the accident. Over 100 km later we enter Dytyatky (on the border of the 30 km Exclusion zone) and undergo document checks by the military. You will also meet your government appointed guide for the day here. We drive onwards to Chernobyl and meet with the management of the Chernobyl Inter inform Agency to give us a rundown of the day’s events and history of the site at the museum. On the way we will stop in Kopachi village, to walk around the abandoned kindergarten.
We then head towards the Power Plant, passing the 10 km border and check point. We view the abandoned building work of the unfinished 5th and 6th reactors and cooling towers and pass the monument to the firemen that lost their lives following the disaster. We soon later reach reactor number 4 and are allowed photograph opportunities for a short time at a distance of 100 m.
We then drive through the Red Forest and onto the visit the dead town of Prypyat, the town which housed the workers of the power plant and their families. Walk around the main town square and view the town hall and theatre. Walk further around the town and see the swimming pool and afterwards the school where you can view leftover books, half marked registers and toys left behind.
Visit the fairground that was due to open days after the disaster, and view the famous Ferris wheel. We then walk around more of the city past apartment blocks and the Prypyat Hotel. Afterwards we return to Chernobyl Scientific centre to view the physical and radio chemical laboratories before being served a three course lunch.
Finally, we drive back to Dytyatky Control Point to measure our radiation levels before exiting and returning to Kiev for around 19.00. After which it'll be a quick change then out for dinner for our final night in Kiev.
Overnight Accommodation: Ukraine Hotel
Day 4 - Monday 22nd April - Departure day
After our complimentary breakfast, you'll still have plenty of time to see more of Kiev. You may possibly want to go back to visit some of the places you saw on the walking tours, or choose just to lose yourselves in the busy historic streets.
Our private transfer will be picking us from the hotel at approx 16.30 (TBC) for our return journey to the airport for our flight at 20.05.
This promises to be a wonderfully unique trip, for very different reasons. many of us have been in awe and wonder at the Taj Mahal, Grand Canyon, Sydney Opera house etc, but just like the prolific experience of visiting Auschwitz, very few people will ever get to see and truly comprehend what happened at Chernobyl on that fateful day, but you will, and remember it for the rest of your lives.
The total cost for this exciting and fascinating long weekend is £295 based on sharing a twin room. (Flights not included, please see details below)
There are 3 rooms for single occupancy available at a supplement of £105. Please inform us if you would like one of these rooms when you RSVP
N.B You MUST provide your full name and email address when you RSVP. We require these to send you our Terms & Conditions which you'll be agreeing to upon payment of your deposit.
You will need to pay a NON REFUNDABLE deposit of £45 to secure your space on this tour via PayPal when you RSVP.
Payment of your deposit is your agreeing to our terms and conditions which you can see here ......
The final balance of £250 will be due NO LATER than Friday 30th November
All payments are your responsibility and must be paid in to our business account before the dates given above. Failure to pay on time may result in your place being cancelled and a loss of your deposit.
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What IS included in the cost:
• 3 nights accommodation sharing a twin room at the 4* Ukraine Hotel
• Breakfast each morning
• Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
• Return private transfers to and from the hotel via minibus (ONLY for members on the below flights)
• All local City and hotel taxes
• A full day's private Chernobyl tour with an experienced guide and including meals
What is NOT included in the cost:
• Return flights. They are currently £127 (Hand luggage only). The details of which are below. You are responsible for booking your OWN flights
• All meals apart from breakfast and those included on the tour
• Personal spending money & entrance fees in Kiev
• Insurance. You are responsible for booking your OWN travel insurance.
Outbound: Friday 19th April 2019
Depart Gatwick South - 12.20 - Arrive Kiev Borispol at 17.40 - UIA flight PS112
Inbound: Monday 22nd April 2019
Depart Kiev Borispol 20.05 - Arrive Gatwick South - 21.35 - UIA flight PS113
This weekend has been amazing everytime we go, so who's coming to join us on this exciting trip to Kiev & Chernobyl?
Andy, Kelly & the team
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