Wowcher Is Selling Trips To Chernobyl From £169

If you're the kind of person who sat watching Sky Atlantic's bleak and brilliant new series Chernobyl thinking: 'yeah, I'd love a piece of that' - pin your ears back now.

Wowcher is offering you the chance 'embrace your inner dark tourist' and take in the sights and sounds of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone from as little as £169 per person.

It's only a short trip, but perhaps that's for the best given that the area is famous for being the site of one of the world's worst ever nuclear disasters.

A derelict Ferris wheel in Pripyat. Credit: PA
A derelict Ferris wheel in Pripyat. Credit: PA

Basically, you'll get flown to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev from a selection of UK airports including London Stansted, Luton, or Manchester.

Once there, you'll be put up in a hotel for either two or three days, and included in the price of the holiday you'll be taken on a day tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

That includes passing through the Dytyatky Checkpoint and entering the 30km zone surrounding the infamous power plant.

The checkpoint into the 30km exclusion zone. Credit: PA
The checkpoint into the 30km exclusion zone. Credit: PA

Once in, you'll get a guided tour of the area that will include - of course - the Chernobyl power plant, where reactor number four exploded with dire and devastating consequences in 1986.

If you're brave enough, you'll be able to get within a few hundred metres of the exploded reactor and see the new sarcophagus that is being constructed on top of it to keep the dangerous radiation at bay.

The abandoned power plant. Credit: PA
The abandoned power plant. Credit: PA

You'll visit the abandoned village of Kopachi, where you'll get your fill of disaster porn. Derelict buildings, Soviet era brutalist architecture, ghostly hospitals and cinemas.

Of course, there will be a jaunt out to the ghost city of Pripyat - you'll remember seeing a fair bit of that in the HBO TV show. Then there's the Duga radar station as well, an impressive Cold War defence system that now stands alone and useless in the wilderness.

The Duga radar station. Credit: PA
The Duga radar station. Credit: PA

Seriously, if this is your thing, it's worth not missing out on this trip.

One thing you won't see out there is graphite on the ground - because it's not there.

Anyway, here's the fine print.

If you want to go for two days, that's just £169pp. If you're in it for the three day stay, you'll pay a bit more at £219pp. That's still pretty good, and you get an extra day.

The price is based on the idea of two people sharing, so you'll have to buy two vouchers, but are you really planning to go on your own?

Once you've bought the voucher, you've got to book within two days and you'll have until 31 March 2020 to head off on your trip.

You can check out the full deal here. If you fancy the adventure, the offer closes on 2 July.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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