Ukraine adventure tourism: Visitors in armored vehicles can experience a hunt on rebels
Now Ukrainian tour operators offer a new type of war-time tourism. For a reasonable package price, visitors can board armored vehicles.
Now Ukrainian tour operators offer a new type of war-time tourism. For a reasonable package price, visitors can board armored vehicles. The attraction is to see through the eyes of a tourist, and protected by bullet proof windows, how the Ukrainian army conducts a killing spree.
Claiming the army is looking for separatists in the rebel controlled East of their country, the chances to find such rebels are high. 80 per cent of the population voted to form a new separate state recently and could be considered rebels.
Now with the blessing of the United States and the European Union, 80 per cent of the population in a city like Luhansk or Donetsk may now be condemned open target and to be murdered by their own army. To witness this became the latest tourist attraction.
Visitors may see and photograph how old people in their wheel chairs, mothers with their baby’s crossing a street in front of their apartment building, or injured in a hospital are getting shot in broad daylight.
It’s a true life and death experience and a thrill not yet known to the global travel and tourism industry.
Travel insurance may not be available, but tour operators in Ukraine eager for business are selling the latest in adventure travel: Tourism in times of war with package rates starting at 80 USD including a flak jacket for a two hour excursion to see Slavyansk, a completely destroyed city in the Donetsk region. 800 USD will buy a tour to an active and ongoing war zone. The catch: Transfer costs are not included.
Tour operators warned tourists to be prepared for unexpected situations, including not being allowed through unknown check points.
The risk of being shot is reduced by traveling in an armored vehicle although some may prefer to go to less high-risk areas where destroyed bridges, exploded armored vehicles and bombed out buildings can be seen and photographed.
Adverts for the trips are being put up in tourism areas and also over the border in neighboring countries, with phrases like: “Impress your friends with the ultimate selfies” or “see where the fighting is actually taking place”.
Several people that have visited on the tours and posted images on social networking sites also talked about picking up souvenirs, including bullet cases and pieces of blackened rubble to take home.
However others branded the tours as sick and those that took part in them as weird, saying that the war was a tragedy and not something to be make light of as a tourism trip.