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    • the devil made me do it
    • By the devil made me do it 9th Jun 17, 3:08 PM
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    Kiev trip advice required
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    Kiev trip advice required 9th Jun 17 at 3:08 PM
    My friend and I are planning a holiday to Kiev. We want to visit Chernobyl while we are there and I'm wondering whether anyone can give advice on who to book the trip with? I have seen online that a number of tour companies offer the visit, but it would be good to have recommendations before booking.

    Also, can anyone recommend a cheap but decent hotel we can stay in which is relatively close to most points of interest.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 9th Jun 17, 3:12 PM
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    Good responses here http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5660126
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
    • the devil made me do it
    • By the devil made me do it 9th Jun 17, 10:51 PM
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    I wanted to delete my thread on that section of the travel board, but didn't know how to do it. So decided to post here instead. I realised I'd posted my thread in the wrong section.
    • Williewonthe
    • By Williewonthe 12th Jun 17, 9:12 AM
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    I was in Kiev a couple of weeks ago and stayed at the Ukraine hotel which overlooks Independence Square.

    I don't know what you consider 'cheap' but they have rooms of varying prices.

    The rooms are a bit dated but OK for a few days.
    • the devil made me do it
    • By the devil made me do it 12th Jun 17, 1:28 PM
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    I was in Kiev a couple of weeks ago and stayed at the Ukraine hotel which overlooks Independence Square.

    I don't know what you consider 'cheap' but they have rooms of varying prices.

    The rooms are a bit dated but OK for a few days.
    Originally posted by Williewonthe
    Thanks for this. I'll check it out.

    What places of interest did you visit?
    • Williewonthe
    • By Williewonthe 13th Jun 17, 9:32 AM
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    I personally did not go to Chernobyl but others in the group did go and enjoyed it a lot.

    As a group we stared at the Ukraine hotel and visited a few churches/cathedrals in the area. Not being interested in religious buildings I didn't pay much attention.

    There are plenty of places to visit listed on both Tripadvisor and Wikivoyage.

    Some people went to see the Motherland monument and were very impressed.

    I rode a bit on the metro - tickets about 10p per ride - and got off at Arsenalna station (with the longest escalator in the world).

    I also went to the beach at Hidropark. It sounds like a 'paying' resort but it's free - just watch out for stray volleyballs!

    Look at the two websites mentioned. I'm sure you'll find plenty to do.

    Bear in mind that the city is built on hills, so be prepared to do a bit of exercise.
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    • By blindman 13th Jun 17, 10:59 AM
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    I personally did not go to Chernobyl but others in the group did go and enjoyed it a lot.

    As a group we stared at the Ukraine hotel and visited a few churches/cathedrals in the area. Not being interested in religious buildings I didn't pay much attention.

    There are plenty of places to visit listed on both Tripadvisor and Wikivoyage.

    Some people went to see the Motherland monument and were very impressed.

    I rode a bit on the metro - tickets about 10p per ride - and got off at Arsenalna station (with the longest escalator in the world).

    No-it's the worlds deepest Metro
    I also went to the beach at Hidropark. It sounds like a 'paying' resort but it's free - just watch out for stray volleyballs!

    Look at the two websites mentioned. I'm sure you'll find plenty to do.

    Bear in mind that the city is built on hills, so be prepared to do a bit of exercise.
    Originally posted by Williewonthe
    I believe the longest escalator is In St Petersbugh

    Admiralteyskaya Metro

    Kiev sounds interesting
    • blindman
    • By blindman 13th Jun 17, 5:01 PM
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    I personally did not go to Chernobyl but others in the group did go and enjoyed it a lot.
    Originally posted by Williewonthe
    Any idea who they went with?

    Intrigued now.
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    • By the devil made me do it 14th Jun 17, 5:19 PM
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    Williewonthe..do you have any idea of the name of the tour company who took your friends on a tour of Chernobyl? I'm wanting to get it booked before I go.
    • Williewonthe
    • By Williewonthe 17th Jun 17, 8:13 AM
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    No, sorry, I don't.

    I was on a Ukraine tour with the Ex........ (UK) tour company and it was organised (or at least sold) by them.

    I believe they were charging £220 per person but you can get the tour for about one-third of that!

    I believe all tours are overseen by the Ukrainian government, so they have to follow common guidelines/safety procedures.

    Have a look for tips on good ones from TripAdvisor.
    • the devil made me do it
    • By the devil made me do it 19th Jun 17, 2:50 PM
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    Thanks for the reply Williewonthe. I'm going to have to crack on and get this booked. So will check out those websites
    • vigalent
    • By vigalent 19th Jun 17, 4:07 PM
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    SoloEast run daily trips to Chernobyl. I'm booked for August and have found them very efficient and informative. Emails have been answered within 30mins.

    Cant post the link here, but google SoloEast and you'll find the.
    • Marie90
    • By Marie90 22nd Jun 17, 10:58 AM
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    If I'm not mistaken, this escalator is the longest in Europe?
    • the devil made me do it
    • By the devil made me do it 25th Jun 17, 11:06 PM
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    SoloEast run daily trips to Chernobyl. I'm booked for August and have found them very efficient and informative. Emails have been answered within 30mins.

    Cant post the link here, but google SoloEast and you'll find the.
    Originally posted by vigalent

    Thanks for this info. I will have a look at their website. I think it's always good to consider recommendations.
    • the devil made me do it
    • By the devil made me do it 18th Jul 17, 10:02 PM
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    Was told by a friend that the currency to take to Ukraine is Euros and not Ukrainian Hryvnia. Can anyone confirm this please
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    • By eDicky 18th Jul 17, 10:23 PM
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    Was told by a friend that the currency to take to Ukraine is Euros and not Ukrainian Hryvnia. Can anyone confirm this please
    Originally posted by the devil made me do it
    That's very strange - the currency of Ukraine is the hryvnia. Unless you already have some euros to exchange for them, why would you buy euros and then exchange them to hryvnia, losing on exchange twice, instead of exchanging your pounds directly? Perhaps your friend knows...
    • benjus
    • By benjus 19th Jul 17, 7:06 AM
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    Was told by a friend that the currency to take to Ukraine is Euros and not Ukrainian Hryvnia. Can anyone confirm this please
    Originally posted by the devil made me do it
    Well don't take Hryvnia from the UK as you will struggle to find it at all and if you do it will probably be at an appalling exchange rate.

    As with most countries, the best way is to take a fee-free card and withdraw cash at ATMs. There were some ATMs that charged a fee in Kiev, but it wasn't hard to find free ones.

    If you must take cash, I saw reasonable rates for changing Sterling advertised quite widely.

    As for hotels - I went to Kiev with work, and the first couple of times they put me in the Premier Palace. Very weird place - considered perhaps the top hotel in Kiev, it has a strip club on the top floor (widely advertised throughout the hotel) and a 24 hour casino downstairs. I think the room rates were OK but eating at the hotel was insanely expensive (eating out in Kiev can be very cheap). The last time I went I was given a choice of hotel and went for the Fairmont instead - that was much more normal.

    Disclaimer: it's about 4 years since I last went, and I imagine there have been a few changes. But hopefully the advice above still stands.
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    • Blue264
    • By Blue264 19th Jul 17, 12:14 PM
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    An aquaintance owns the UK travel company that organised the travel for Top Gear when they filmed there.

    http://www.lupinetravel.co.uk/chernobyl-holidays-and-tours.html
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