There are all sorts of people ranting about Elena’s fabled motorcycle tour of Chernobyl. Actually, it was an elaborate flight of fancy, but if extreme tourism is your strong point, you can dispel the rumors and see the region for yourself.
Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Just you, a driver and a guide, touring Pripyat and the radioactive ruins for the reasonable sum of $193 per day.
You can take the same tour that Elena took when she published her fanciful account of visiting Chernobyl on a motorcycle.
By the way, if you hadn’t heard that her account was "highly imaginative", you can pick up the latest twist on the story on this thread.
Instead of ranting like those who were upset by Elena’s elaborate deception, you can follow in the tracks of Tony Brown, who has taken the Chernobyl tour with guide Rimma Kiselitsa and has written a brief account here.
Tony states, "By the way, it’s not exactly a tour group – it was myself, my driver (in the fearsome Soviet Lada car) and Rimma. That’s it. It’s a private tour, not exactly a Greyhound tour of Chernobyl.."
Details of the tour that he took can be found at the SAM Travel site. You can book your own tours if you’re interested. SAM Travel advertises, Chernobyl tour – visit the site of the worst environmental disaster in history.
(Just the ticket for the tourist who has seen everything else!)
Here is an abbreviated itinerary:
8:00; Depart Kyiv. Two-hour ride northwards to the border of the "exclusion zone". The area is 214 km in perimeter.
10:00 – 13:00; Pass the checkpoint "Dytyatky" and enter the
"exclusion zone". Visit to the site of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant –
Experience the peace and quiet of the ghost-town Prypyat – Explore the
deserted apartment blocks, schools, hotels, kinder gardens.
13:00 – 13:30;Lunch (the quality of food is guaranteed). Really??
13:30 – 14:00; A briefing conducted by a specialist of the governmental agency "Chernobylinterinform". Get answers to your questions about the accident, current ecological situation and the future of the exclusion zone.
14:00 – 16:00; Visit to the site of contaminated vehicles. Thousands
of tracks, helicopters, armoured personnel vehicles are so soaked with
radiation that it is dangerous to approach. Visiting Opachichi and
Kupovate villages. Meet the self-settlers, elderly people living in the
16:00; Leave the exclusion zone
18:00; Arrive Kyiv
You can take the same pictures Elena did and tell your own version of the visit.
Elena’s website, Ghost Town, has been visited by millions of
visitors, even though they know that she has taken great liberties with
the truth. Interest in Chernobyl continues unabated to this day.
Be the first to post a definitive and accurate picture tour of Chernobyl and you may attract more visitors than Elena did.
Truth drives out falsehoods and that is the real power of weblogs.
If enough people emulate Tony Brown and go to Chernobyl and see for
themselves, we may finally get a realistic picture of Chernobyl’s
present status and what is being done to heal the scars on that part of
Tony is still trying to set up his web site, but he has posted this incredible panoramic photo.
When you scan the entire image, it gives you the sense of being there.
Warning: it is a big image. Do not open it unless you have a high speed
lost finally found the link for the image which opens this post. It is part of a collection
of images hosted at the University of Manitoba. Click on the image for
access to 100 new photos of Chernobyl taken over a five year period.