Yough Pioneer Tours

Eastern Europe

We offer independent tours to unrecognized countries at all times of the year, with our Kiev office organizing our Eurasian destinations and our Dakar office in Senegal organizing tailor-made tours to the unrecognized locations of Africa.

Years of research in destinations such as the bizarre soviet time capsule of Transnistria and the surprisingly colourful and welcoming Somaliland mean that any package we make is done with thorough research to ensure you can easily join us in being a pioneer. If you would like to organize a tailor-made tour to any of these locations, contact us today and we can make your pioneer adventure a reality.

Transnistria

What makes it an unrecognized country?

Transnistria is not recognized by any UN member states; however, it is recognized as an independent country by the partially recognized states of Abkhazia, Nagorno Karabakh and South Ossetia. It maintains its own currency and government and even has its own military force, however is officially considered to be a part of Moldova.

Is it safe to travel?

While in the past it has been embroiled with minor conflicts, it is very safe to travel, with a Russian military presence helping to maintain the peace.

Do I need a visa?

There is no visa for Transnistria, however travellers are subject to the visa requirements of Moldova.

South Ossetia

what makes it an unrecognized country?

South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia, however has only gained recognition from Russia and the partially recognized states of Abkhazia, Nagorno Karabakh and the self-declared state of Transnistria.

Is it safe to travel?

After a recent conflict in 2008, tensions in the region have settled and South Ossetia is now safe to travel.

Do I need a visa?

Visitors to South Ossetia do need a visa, which YPT helps arrange. If you cross from the Georgian side you will be subject to Georgian visa requirements (however this is very difficult so we go from Russia). If you enter from Russia you will need a double-entry Russian visa to go back into Russia.

Abkhazia

What makes it an unrecognized country?

Abkhazia is only recognized by five UN member states, including Nicaragua, Nauru, Venezuela, Vanuatu and Russia. It is also recognized by the other unrecognized states of Transnistria, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh. It is still officially considered to be a part of Georgia under international law.

Is it safe to travel?

Yes, it is perfectly safe to travel to Abkhazia.

Do I need a visa?

Yes, citizens of all nations except those that officially recognize Abkhazia require a visa to travel, which is easy to organize.

Nagorno Karabakh

What makes it an unrecognised country?

Nagorno Karabakh is not recognized by any UN member nation, however it is recognized by the other unrecognized territories of South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Transnistria. Officially, it’s a part of Azerbaijan, but we enter from Armenia.

Is it safe to travel?

Yes, despite recent conflicts it is indeed safe to travel to.

Do I need a visa?

You will need a visa, but these are easy to obtain on arrival. Some countries do not need visas to travel. If you travel to Nagorno Karabakh you will be banned from future visits to Azerbaijan, so be sure to ask for stamps and visas on a separate piece of paper.

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  • €2995

Eurasian Adventure Tour

5 weeks, 18 post-Soviet countries or Unrecognised Countries. The true Young Pioneer Tour

  • Start Date : October 31st 2017
    End Date : December 10th 2017
  • Duration: 40 nights, 41 days
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  • €690

Chernobyl and Transnistria Tour (November)

Explore post-nuclear disaster Pripyat and our favourite Unrecognised Country of Transnistria

  • Start Date : November 10th 2017
    End Date : November 17th 2017
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €790

Chernobyl and Transnistria (Easter) Tour

Explore post-nuclear disaster Pripyat and our favourite Unrecognised Country of Transnistria

  • Start Date : March 30th 2018
    End Date : April 8th 2018
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €1540

Caucasus Unrecognised Countries Tour

Visit the hardest to get to Unrecognised Countries in the Frozen Conflict Zones of Post-Soviet Europe

  • Start Date : April 30th 2018
    End Date : May 13th 2018
  • Duration: 12 nights, 13 days
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  • €3495

Socotra, Somaliland and Eritrea Combo

Tick off three of the hardest to get to places in the world in one go

  • Start Date : May 6th 2018
    End Date : May 30th 2018
  • Duration: 24 nights, 25 days
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  • €2490

Socotra and Somaliland Arabian Sea Combo

Take a cruise to Yemen’s Socotra and celebrate Independence Day with Somalilanders!

  • Start Date : May 6th 2018
    End Date : May 21st 2018
  • Duration: 15 nights, 16 days
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  • €1990

Somaliland and Eritrea – Horn of Africa Independence Tour

Make the most out of the Horn of Africa with our Independence Day Combo

  • Start Date : May 15th 2018
    End Date : May 29th 2018
  • Duration: 14 nights, 15 days
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  • €995

Somaliland Independence Day Tour

Celebrate Independence Day with Somalilanders!

  • Start Date : May 15th 2018
    End Date : May 21st 2018
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €790

Chernobyl and Transnistria (Summer) Tour

Explore post-nuclear disaster Pripyat and our favourite Unrecognised Country of Transnistria

  • Start Date : July 27th 2018
    End Date : August 5th 2018
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €1595

South Ossetia Tour

Visit another Unrecognised Country and frozen conflict zone with YPT this summer

  • Start Date : August 8th 2018
    End Date : August 13th 2018
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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  • €495

Transnistria National Day and Gagauzia Tour

Think the Cold War is over? Come to Transnistria for National Day and think again!

  • Start Date : August 29th 2018
    End Date : September 5th 2018
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €2995

Eurasian Adventure

5 weeks, 18 post-Soviet countries or Unrecognised Countries. The true Young Pioneer Tour

  • Start Date : October 30th 2018
    End Date : December 9th 2018
  • Duration: 40 nights, 41 days
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  • €790

Chernobyl and Transnistria (Winter) Tour

Explore post-nuclear disaster Pripyat and our favourite Unrecognised Country of Transnistria

  • Start Date : November 9th 2018
    End Date : November 17th 2018
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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