Lithuania "Chernobyl" Filming Locations

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Lithuania "Chernobyl" Filming Locations
5 days/4 nights
See where the miniseries was made and hear the real life stories of Lithuania in the context of Soviet Era and aftermath of Chernobyl disaster

The historical drama television miniseries Chernobyl  centers around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 1986 and the unprecedented cleanup efforts that followed. Even though both disaster sites, Chernobyl and Pripyat, have been deemed safe for tourists to visit since 2010, tourists must go through screeneing before they visit and must be checked for radioactive particles after they leave. With the miniseries Chernobyl  recently starting on HBO, the interest in visiting the disaster location increased but the fear remains. For those that wish to learn more about the Nuclear Plant and the story of Chernobyl, we recommend the brand new tour visiting the filming locations instead. 

Lithuania was chosen as one of the main filming locations to depict the scenes of 1986’ Pripyat and Moscow. We prepared a private tour with the most important Chernobyl filming locations in Vilnius, Kaunas and Visaginas where the series creators spent hundreds of filming hours. During 3 days you will get a chance to revisit those hotspots seen on the screen and hear the real life stories of Lithuania in the context of Soviet Era and aftermath of Chernobyl disaster.

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Vilnius
Vilnius

Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, is mostly known for its architecture. The city’s UNESCO-listed Old Town offers an inviting mix of gothic, renaissance and baroque works, all set within picturesque cobblestone streets. Aside from the rare architectural beauty, the pebbly streets are pure delight to wander through, getting lost and finding yourself in one of the many bars hiding in almost every corner. Walking around, you can uncover centuries of the Jewish history and find yourself in a country within a city! The creative neighbourhood of Užupis declared itself an independent republic in 1997 and you can now have your passport stamped in the Užupis Information Centre. You can also discover the city from the Hill of Crosses, a monument to a group of martyred monks; it offers a spectacular panorama! And just half an hour away from Vilnius you’ll find yourself in a fairy tale with the magnificent island castle at Trakai. The surrounding forest is also part of the small national park and offers a perfect natural detox.

Kaunas
Kaunas

Lithuania’s second city, Kaunas, represents the very heart of ethnic Lithuanian identity. Located just two hours from Vilnius, it is easy to see it in a day trip. Kaunas has several districts and sites interesting for tourists. The Old Town is the area built between XIV and XVII centuries, resembling buildings in Gothic, Renaissance, and, Baroque architecture. Open spaces, parks, and places of interest are in the compact New Town as well as some different locations. 

Vilnius KGB Museum
Vilnius KGB Museum

The Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, previously Museum of Genocide Victims was established in 1992. The museum is located in the former KGB headquarters across from the Lukiškės Square, therefore it is informally referred to as the KGB Museum. The museum is devoted mostly to collecting and exhibiting documents relating to the 50-year occupation of Lithuania by the Soviet Union, the anti-Soviet Lithuanian partisans, and the victims of the arrests, deportations, and executions that took place during this period. In 2018, the museum was renamed to the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights.

Fabijoniškės
Fabijoniškės

Fabijoniškės, located in the northern part of Vilnius, is one of the newest districts of Vilnius city, its construction started in 1986 in the territory of former Fabijoniškės village. Fabijoniškės was a production site of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl during filming in 2018, where the town was used to portray the city of Pripyat.

Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant
Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant

The Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant is a decommissioned two-unit RBMK-1500 nuclear power station in Visaginas Municipality, Lithuania. It was named after the nearby city of Ignalina. Due to the plant's similarities to the infamous Chernobyl Power Plant in both reactor design and lack of a robust containment building, Lithuania closed the plant as part of its accession agreement to the European Union. Unit 1 was closed in December 2004; Unit 2, which counted for 25% of Lithuania's electricity generating capacity and supplied about 70% of Lithuania's electrical demand was closed on 31 December 2009.

Photo: Petr Štefek

Visaginas
Visaginas

Visaginas is the centre of Lithuania's youngest municipality, located on the north-eastern edge of the country. It was built as a town for workers involved in the construction of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant. Russian is the first language of the vast majority of the town population. Originally the aerial view of Visaginas was intended to look like a butterfly. But after work on the nuclear power plant was cancelled, so was further construction of the town. Currently Visaginas consists of three residential regions. The city grew up in a pine forest by Lake Visaginas. Tourism is an area of great potential, as is the possibility of a new nuclear power plant. The administrative centre of Visaginas is located near the country's biggest lake, Drūkšiai.

Photo: Hugo.arg

DAY 1, Vilnius

Vilnius 1

Welcome to Vilnius. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, is mostly known for its architecture. The city’s UNESCO-listed Old Town offers an inviting mix of gothic, renaissance and baroque works, all set within picturesque cobblestone streets. Aside from the rare architectural beauty, the pebbly streets are pure delight to wander through, getting lost and finding yourself in one of the many bars hiding in almost every corner. Walking around, you can uncover centuries of the Jewish history and find yourself in a country within a city! The creative neighbourhood of Užupis declared itself an independent republic in 1997 and you can now have your passport stamped in the Užupis Information Centre. Overnight in Vilnius. 

DAY 2, Cinematic Vilnius: revisiting HBO's Chernobyl  filming locations

chernobyl filming

After breakfast at the hotel, start the day with a trip revisiting the HBO's "Chernobyl" filming locations. This tour will skip the most classic tourist spots: what you’ll see instead will be the other important part of Lithuania’s recent history and former Soviet Era. You will learn not only about the most catastrophic nuclear disaster of the 20th century, but also about the life under the Communism. Start the tour with a visit to a Museum of Genocide victims located in the KGB ex-prison where you can see the still intact cells and torture chambers. The original furniture where prisoners were held was used in the shooting scenes.

After the KGB museum tour the driver will pick you up and take to residential area of Vilnius to explore infamous Pripyat that came to life in Fabijoniškės district. Due to the architectural resemblance to Pripyat, the nuclear city that served Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, a part of the TV series was primarily filmed in Vilnius district Fabijoniškės. You will walk around the district learning about the Soviet history and the life nowadays.

After Fabijoniškės, you will move to the last spot of the tour for a fascinating bird’s eye view of Vilnius. You will climb the TV tower which is one of the most iconic symbols of Soviet architecture in Vilnius and the tallest building in Lithuania. This was not used during the filming but you will get a chance to have a last view of Vilnius. Overnight in Vilnius.

DAY 3, Kaunas

nuclear plant

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will drive to Kaunas (1h by car). The tour will start with an opening scene location of Chernobyl mini series from an abandoned water supply bridge at the outskirts of Kaunas. In the movie, the locals of Pripiyat are standing on a bridge, completely unaware of what truly happened at the nuclear power plant. You’ll get a chance to stand on the very same bridge that is now the most famous location in Kaunas.

After the photostop , we continue driving to Kaunas city centre where you will enjoy a walking tour around Naujamiestis district with its interwar architecture that allowed the series creators to use as the perfect location to recreate Soviet Moscow scenes. This area portrays an interwar independent Lithuania when Kaunas was temporary capital of Lithuania while Vilnius was occupied by Poland. In 2017 Kaunas modernistic architecture was included into UNESCO's World Heritage Tentative List.

During the walking tour you will visit the hotspot locations that were used during the filming, such as the building of Legasov's flat or Moscow Hospital no 6 and former Radio factory. On the way back to Vilnius, enjoy a short drive around Pravieniškės village: another filming location depicting grim Soviet past. 

Overnight in Vilnius

DAY 4, Nuclear Experience: Day trip from Vilnius to Ignalina

nuclear plant 2

Breakfast at the hotel.The Soviet Union has left a big mark in Lithuania’s history. Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INP) is a historic site in a remote Lithuanian countryside and still employs more than 2000 people. INP was once the biggest Nuclear Power Plant in the world and is the clone of Chernobyl.

On the tour, you will visit INP visitors’ centre and hear the stories of those who dedicated their lives to building, working and now dismantling the power plant (some spent more than 30 years working in the INP). You will see a model of the power plant and a live video from Reactor, Turbines and Spent Fuel Halls. You will have a chance to go for lunch at the local staff canteen VALGYKLA, then visit Visaginas town and the National Park on the way home. Overnight in Vilnius.

On DAY 4, choose one of the optional visits in Visaginas:

OPTION 1: Visit to Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant controlled zone

Visit to a highly restricted zone inside a nuclear power plant. In this tour you will go through the same security procedures as the power plant workers and will be guided through the long corridors to see the Turbines hall as well as to the reactor hall where you will be standing on a Nuclear reactor. In the end of the tour you will visit the Control room from where all the processes are being operated. You will be able to speak to the employees who are still working in the power plant.

This option is only available when booked at least a month in advance and the availability must be confirmed. Due to very strict security protocols, you will be required to provide your passport details and some personal information regarding your current residence and work place. You must be at least 18 years old to be able to book this option.

The tour is available on week days, except Tuesday. There are only 2 groups that are able to enter the power plant, each up to 15 people maximum.

OPTION 2: Visit to Ignalina Nuclear power plant simulator

The simulator fully imitates the real power plant’s Control Room at the time of the Unit’s shutdown, as of December 31, 2009. The simulator was used for Ignalina NPP and other power plants staff training. During the excursion the experts (power plant employees) will explain how to operate a nuclear reactor from the control panel. They will also tell you about what it’s like to work in the Control Room and why the simulator was used. The tour lasts 1h. 

DAY 5, Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. The driver will pick you up and transfer you to the airport, bus or train station.

Lithuania "Chernobyl" Filming Locations 

"Chernobyl" Filming Locations, 5 days/4 nights  

Travel dates, 2020: Tailor made tour on request

Twin (per person) Single room supplement Single person on tour  

3* Hotel

from 675.36 £ On Request 1183.04 £  Без имени 1
 4* Hotel from  787.14 £  On Request   1294.82 £  Без имени 1
 5* Hotel  from  973.45 £  On Request   1481.13 £  Без имени 1

 

Supplements

Excursion Price per person

2 hours excursion to Ignalina Nuclear power plant restricted zone, per person

*tour to be requested 1 to 3 months in advance

69.86 £

1 hour tour in the Ignalina power plant simulator (per group)

139.73 £

 

Tour Availability:

•  All year round upon request

•  KGB museum is closed Monday & Tuesday

•  Visits to Nuclear power plant controled zone only available Wednesday to Friday

•  Visits to Nuclear power plant visitor center available Monday to Friday

•  Visit to Ignalina NPP simulator available weekdays from 5pm to 8pm and on Weekends

•  Program days may be rescheduled to fulfill the program.


 Flight details:

  Please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour

 Please note:

  The deposit is paid on this tour - please enquire at the booking stage

  We use live currency update, price may slightly fluctuate daily

  IntoRussia Ltd reserves the right to change hotels to similar ones of the same standard and change the order of excursions

 Extras:

  If you are a group and want to add extra days or excursions, or you are looking for more independence,

      contact our Destination Experts for a tailor-made package

Included in the price:

•  Return airport transfers

•  4 nights at the centrally located hotel in Vilnius, sharing a room B&B

•  Transportation during the tour in a comfortable car/minivan/coach

•  Local guides and drivers 

•  Entrance to KGB museum in Vilnius

•  Entrance to TV tower restaurant

•  Tour program as per itinerary

   

Excluded from the price:

•  Flight (please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour)

•  Meals and drinks

•  Personal Travel insurance

•  Gratuities

•  Optional tours on DAY 4

 

Tour Availability:

•  All year round upon request

•  KGB museum is closed Monday & Tuesday

•  Visits to Nuclear power plant controled zone only available Wednesday to Friday

•  Visits to Nuclear power plant visitor center available Monday to Friday

•  Visit to Ignalina NPP simulator available weekdays from 5pm to 8pm and on Weekends

•  Program days may be rescheduled to fulfill the program.

Lithuania "Chernobyl" Filming Locations

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