International Group Tours 2017

Aside from our legendary adventure tours to the DPRK, Young Pioneer Tours also travels to a number of other destinations that your mother would rather you stayed away from. As well as our firm annual favourites, we’ve added even more adventurous and unique destinations that will take you as far off the beaten track as you’re willing to go.

Iran, Turkmenistan, Chernobyl, Cuba and our now infamous Eurasian Adventure Tour (now in its 6th year), rank amongst our signature tours and are still going strong. We have also pioneered niche travel to places such as the Chinese ghost town of Kangbashi,  our DPRK/China Borderlands trip, and the frozen conflict zones of the Caucasus which truly take you off the beaten track.

In 2017 we will be heading back to Iraqi Kurdistan, Eritrea – the North Korea of Africa – and Somaliland after highly successful first trips there in 2016. We’re also extending our Russian base for the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, heading to Chechnya and South Ossetia, the Magadan former gulag in the far east, the Birobidzhan Jewish Oblast – or Soviet Zion – and an extended tour to Belarus.

As well as these exciting new tours we’ll also bring back some old destinations such as Sakhalin in Russia and Tibet. We are constantly looking to add new and exciting destinations to the Pioneer world, so keep in touch for the changes and updates!

All our international tours are run in accordance with YPT’s branding and ethos: a super price, expert guides, and most importantly an adventure that will stick with you for life. We run tours for people who hate group tours, and we do not run groups larger than 25 people (at 26 we split into two. Average size 10 people). All groups are led by expert guides that know the destinations and are passionate about what they do. We also strongly believe in value, and, by and large, our prices are unbeatable.

*Contact us to book your daring trip today! Check back as more tours will be added soon.

Africa

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Somaliland Independence Day Tour May 15th May 21st

*Last Minute Bookings*

€995 Hargeisa – Berbera – Sheikh – Hargeisa 6 nights, 7 days

Eritrea National Day Tour May 22nd May 29th

*Last Minute Bookings*

€1095 Asmara – Massawa – Asmara 7 nights, 8 days

Somaliland and Eritrea – Horn of Africa Independence Day Tour May 15th May 29th

*Last Minute Bookings*

€1990/€2590 (incl flights) Hargeisa – Berbera – Sheikh – Hargeisa – Asmara –  Massawa – 14 nights, 15 days

Americas

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Cuba May Workers Day Tour April 25th May 2nd

*Last Minute Bookings*

€795 Havana – Cienfuegos – Trinidad – Santa Clara – Havana 7 nights, 8 days

Cuba May Workers Day Extension Tour May 2nd May 4th

*Last Minute Bookings*

€250 Havana 2 nights, 3 days

Che Guevara Revolutionary Tour December 4th December 11th

€795 Havana – Cienfuegos – Santa Clara – Trinidad – Havana 7 nights, 8 days

Che Guevara Revolutionary Extension Tour December 11th December 13th

€250 Havana 2 nights, 3 days

Red China

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Kangbashi-Ordos Ghost City Tour April 4th  April 6th €495 Beijing – Ordos – Kangbashi – Beijing 3 days
Kangbashi-Ordos Ghost City Tour (June) June 4th  June 6th €495 Beijing – Ordos – Kangbashi – Beijing 3 days
Chairman Mao Revolutionary Tour & Nanjiecun People’s Commune June 12th June 18th €795 Beijing – Shaoshan – Nanjiecun – Beijing 6 nights, 7 days
Chairman Mao Revolutionary Tour & Sino-Korean Political Interest Combo Tour June 12th June 25th €1640 Beijing – Shaoshan – Nanjiecun – Beijing – Pyongyang – Beijing 13 nights, 14 days
All Koreas Part 3: DPRK Borderlands Tour  June 21st   June 27th €895 Tumen – Mt. Paektu – Linjiang – Ji’an – Dandong 6 nights, 7 days
Tibet Roof of the World Adventure July 23rd July 28th €995 Beijing – Lhasa – Namtso Lake – Lhasa – Beijing / €945 Xi’an – Lhasa – Namtso Lake – Lhasa – Xi’an 5 nights, 6 days
Everest Base Camp Extension July 28th August 1st €595 Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-Everest Base Camp-Lhasa 4 nights, 5 days
Kyrgyzstan Independence Day and Xinjiang: China Far West Combo Tour August 29th September 12th $1995 Bishkek – Karakol – Son Kol – Bishkek – Kashgar – Hotan – Kuqa – Turpan 14 nights, 15 days
Kangbashi-Ordos Ghost City Tour (September) September 3rd September 5th €495 Beijing – Ordos – Kangbashi – Beijing 3 days
Xinjiang: China Far West Tour September 6th September 12th $795 Kashgar – Hotan – Kuqa – Turpan 6 nights, 7 days
China Revolutionary Red Base Tour October 29th November 4th €795 Beijing – Xi’an – Yan’an – Zichang – Beijing 7 nights, 6 days

Soviet Russia

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
All Koreas Part 4: The Sakhalin Forgotten Koreans Tour June 28th  July 5th  €1595 Dandong – Harbin – Vladvostok – Sakhalin – Vladivostok 7 nights, 8 days
DPRK Scuba Diving Tour July 6th July 13th €1795 Vladivostok – Rason – Mt. Chilbo – Rason – Vladivostok 7 nights, 8 days 
Summer Soviet Adventure July 28th August 28th Part 1-3: €2595 (€440 discount), Part 1-4: €4795 (€635 discount), Part 1-5: €5395 (€830 discount) Kiev – Chernobyl – Moscow – Grozny – Chalisubany – Leningor – Ckhinval (Tskhinvali) – Vladikavkaz – Magadan – Khabarovsk – Birobidzhan – Vladivostok
Chechnya Uncovered Tour July 31st August 9th €1095 Moscow – Grozny – Moscow 9 nights, 10 days
South Ossetia Tour August 9th August 14th €1495 Moscow – Vladikavkaz – Chalisubany – Leningor – Ckhinval (Tskhinvali) – Vladikavkaz – Moscow 5 nights, 6 days
Magadan Soviet Gulag Tour August 14th August 21st €2395 Moscow – Magadan – Moscow 7 nights, 8 days
Birobidzhan Soviet Zion Tour August 21st August 28th €795 (€695 if joining from Magadan) Khabarovsk – Birobidzhan – Vladivostok 7 nights, 8 days
Irkutsk and Lake Baikal Tour October 29th November 3rd €695 Irkutsk – Khuzhir – Irkutsk 5 nights, 6 days

Eastern Bloc

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Chernobyl and Transnistria Tour April 14th April 16th/April 23rd *Closed for New Bookings*
Caucasus Unrecognised Countries Tour May 1st May 8th/May 14th

*Last Minute Bookings*

Part 1 – €795, Part 2 – €895, Combo – €1540 Yerevan – Goris – Stepanokert – Yerevan – Tiblisi – Sukhum – Tiblisi 8/6/14 days

Georgia Soviet Vertigo Tour May 15th May 21st Part 1 – €695, Tiblisi – Chiatura – Tsalkubu– Abastumani – Borjomi – Tiblisi   7 days
Extreme Chernobyl Tour July 28th July 30th €390 Kiev – Chernobyl – Kiev 2 nights, 3 days
Summer Transnistria Tour July 30th  August 6th €420, Kiev – Odessa – Tiraspol– Bendery – Chisinau – Bucharest   7 Days
Chernobyl and Transnistria Tour July 28th August 6th €740, Kiev – Odessa – Tiraspol– Bendery – Chisinau – Bucharest 9 Days
Caucasus Combo Tour July 31st August 14th €2195 Moscow – Grozny – Valdikavkaz – Chalisubany – Leningor – Ckhinval (Tskhinvali) – Vladikavkaz – Moscow 14 nights, 15 days
Transnistria National Day & Gagauzia Tour August 29th September 5th €495 Bucharest – Chisinau – Tiraspol – Comrat – Bucharest 7 nights, 8 days
Eurasian Adventure Tour October 31st December 10th Part 1-5: €2080 (€145 discount), Part 1-6: €2435 (€185 discount), Part 1-7: €2995 (€270 discount) Beijing – Moscow – Minsk – Kiev – Odessa – Tiraspol – Bendery – Chisinau – Bucharest – Sofia – Skopje – Pristina – Brod/Pristina – Mitrovica/Pristina – Tirana – Montenegro – Belgrade – Sarajevo – Zegreb – Ljubljana – Budapest – Bratislava – Prague – Warsaw – Krakow
Belarus: Back in the USSR Tour November 3rd November 10th €795 Minsk – Brest – Minsk 7 nights, 8 days
Chernobyl and Transnistria Tour (November) November 10th / November 13th November 12th / November 17th Part 1 – €345, Part 2 – €395, Combo – €690. Kiev – Odessa – Tiraspol – Bendery – Chisinau – Bucharest 3/5/8 days
Northern Cyprus Turkish Republic and National Day Tour November 13th November 20th €995 Girne – Lapta – Girne 7 nights, 8 days

Middle East

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Turkmenistan and Iran Combo Tour April 15th May 1st

*Closed for New Bookings*

€2195 Ashgabat – Nisa – Nokhur – Avaza – Turkmenbashi – Ashgabat –  Darvaza – Tehran – Tehran/Shiraz – Shiraz/Persepolis – Shiraz/Esfahan – Esfahan– Esfahan/Tehran – Tehran 16 nights, 17 days

Iran April Revolutionary Tour April 24th May 1st

*Last Minute Bookings*

€1095 Tehran – Tehran/Shiraz – Shiraz/Persepolis – Shiraz/Esfahan – Esfahan – Esfahan/Tehran – Tehran 7 nights, 8 days

Iran and Kurdistan Combo Tour April 24th May 7th

*Last Minute Bookings*

€2090 Tehran – Tehran/Shiraz – Shiraz/Persepolis – Shiraz/Esfahan – Esfahan – Esfahan/Tehran – Tehran – Duhok – Rawandas – Sulaymaniyah – Erbil – 13 nights, 14 days

Iraqi Kurdistan Adventure May 1st May 7th

*Last Minute Bookings*

€1045 Erbil – Duhok – Rawandas – Sulaymaniyah – Erbil 6 nights, 7 days

Iran Revolutionary Tour October 9th October 16th €1095 Tehran – Tehran/Shiraz – Shiraz/Persepolis – Shiraz/Esfahan – Esfahan – Esfahan/Tehran – Tehran 7 nights, 8 days
Iran and Kurdistan Combo Tour October 9th October 22nd €2090 Tehran – Tehran/Shiraz – Shiraz/Persepolis – Shiraz/Esfahan – Esfahan – Esfahan/Tehran – Tehran – Lalesh – Amadiya/Rawandas – Sulaymaniyah – Halabja/Sulaymaniyah – Sulaymaniyah/Erbil 13 nights, 14 days
Iraqi Kurdistan Adventure October 16th October 22nd €1045 Erbil – Lalesh – Algosh – Duhok – Amadiya – Rawandas – Sulaymaniyah – Halabja – Sulaymaniyah – Erbil – Citadel – Erbil 6 nights, 7 days

Central Asia

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Turkmenistan Easter Tour April 15th April 23rd

*Closed for New Bookings*

$1395 Ashgabat – Nisa – Nokhur – Avaza – Turkmenbashi – Ashgabat – Darvaza 9 nights, 10 days

Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan Secrets Tour May 22nd June 2nd

*Last Minute Bookings*

$1895 Tashkent – Uzbekistan – Fergana – Tashkent – Samarqand – Bukhara – Khiva – Darvaza – Ashgabat 11 nights, 12 days

Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan Summer Combo Tour August 20th August 29th $1645 Ashgabat – Turkmenbashy – Ashgabat – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarqand – Tashkent 8 nights, 9 days
Turkmenistan Photography Tour August 20th August 29th $2695 Ashgabat – Turkmenbashy – Kipchak – Kow Ata – Ashgabat – Mary – Turkmenabat – Kugitang – Turkmenabat – Ashgabat 8 nights, 9 days
Central Asian Summer Combo Tour August 20th September 6th $2895 Ashgabat – Turkmenbashy – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarqand – Tashkent – Bishkek – Karakol – Bishkek 17 nights, 18 days
Silk Road Summer Combo Tour August 20th September 12th $3095 Ashgabat – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarqand – Tashkent – Bishkek – Kyzyl Suu – Naryn – Kashgar – Hotan – Kuqa – Turpan – Urumqi 23 nights, 24 days
Kyrgyzstan Independence Day Tour August 29th September 6th $1245 Bishkek – Karakol – Kyzyl Suu – Bishkek 8 nights, 9 days
Turkmenistan Indoor and Martial Arts Games September 16th / September 16th / September 20th September 28th / September 23rd / September 28th $1495/$1095/$1195 Ashgabat 13/8/9 days
Turkmenistan Independence Day Budget Tour October 26th October 29th $895 Ashgabat 3 nights, 4 days
Turkmenistan Independence Day Tour October 26th November 2nd $1295 Ashgabat – Avaza – Ashgabat 7 nights, 8 days

North Korea / DPRK

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
All Koreas Part 3: DPRK Borderlands Tour June 21st   June 27th €895 Tumen – Mt. Paektu – Linjiang – Ji’an – Dandong 6 nights, 7 days
All Koreas Part 4: The Sakhalin Forgotten Koreans Tour June 28th  July 5th €1595 Dandong – Harbin – Vladvostok – Sakhalin – Vladivostok 7 nights, 8 days
DPRK Scuba Diving Tour July 6th July 13th €1795 Vladivostok – Rason – Mt. Chilbo – Rason – Vladivostok 7 nights, 8 days 

South East Asia

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Cutud Lenten Rites and Ferdinand Marcos Tour April 13th April 19th

*Closed for New Bookings*

€995 Manila – San Fernando – Angeles – Vigan – Laoag – Currimao – Manila 6 nights, 7 days

Palawan Party Island Hopping Tour September 30th October 9th €895 Manila – Palawan – Manila 9 nights, 10 days
The Myanmar Adventure 2017 December 20th December 27th €795 Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Kalaw – Nyaungshwe – Yangon 6 nights, 7 days