International Group Tours 2018

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, Transnistria, Cuba, Eritrea and our infamous Eurasian Adventure Tour (now in its 8th year), are staples of the year, and we have also pioneered niche travel to places such as the Chinese ghost town of Kangbashi, or our DPRK/China Borderlands trip, which truly take you off the beaten track.

For 2018 we are adding new destinations such as the Yemeni island of Socotra, Papua New Guinea and a political tour of post-civil war Nepal, as well as others that are still being worked on, with exciting announcements imminent. 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, early bird discounts, group booking discounts and return Pioneer discounts available!

Africa

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

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

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

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

Somaliland, Eritrea and Socotra (Yemen) Arabian Sea Combo May 15th June 6th €3395/€4295 (incl flights) Hargeisa – Berbera – Sheikh – Hargeisa – Asmara –  Massawa – Asmara – Socotra 21 nights, 22 days
Eritrea National Day Tour May 22nd May 29th

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

Eritrea and Socotra (Yemen) Combo May 22nd June 6th €2490/€2790 (incl flights) Asmara –  Massawa – Asmara – Socotra 15 nights, 16 days

Americas

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Cuba Revolutionary May Day Tour April 30th May 7th

$895 Havana – Cienfuegos – Trinidad – Santa Clara – Havana 7 nights, 8 days

Viñales Extension May 7th May 9th

$295 Havana-Viñales-Havana 2 nights, 3 days

Che Guevara Revolutionary Tour November 5th November 12th

$895 Havana – Cienfuegos – Trinidad – Santa Clara – Havana 7 nights, 8 days

Che Guevara Viñales Extension Tour November 12th November 14th

$295 Havana-Vinales-Havana 2 nights, 3 days

Red China

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Ordos-Kangbashi Ghost City Tour (April) April 3rd  April 5th €495 Beijing – Ordos – Kangbashi – Beijing 3 days
Ordos-Kangbashi Ghost City Tour (June) June 3rd  June 5th €495 Beijing – Ordos – Kangbashi – Beijing 3 days
Chairman Mao Revolutionary Tour & Nanjiecun People’s Commune June 11th June 17th €795 Beijing – Shaoshan – Nanjiecun – Beijing 6 nights, 7 days
All Koreas Part 3: DPRK Borderlands Tour  June 20th   June 27th €895 Tumen – Mt. Paektu – Linjiang – Ji’an – Dandong 6 nights, 7 days
Tibet Roof of the World Adventure July 15th
July 20th €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 20th July 24th €595 Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-Everest Base Camp-Lhasa 4 nights, 5 days
Ordos-Kangbashi Ghost City Tour (September) September 2nd  September 4th €495 Beijing – Ordos – Kangbashi – Beijing 3 days
Xinjiang: China Far West Tour September 6th September 12th $795 Kashgar – Hotan – Kuqa – Turpan – Urumqi 6 nights, 7 days
China Revolutionary Red Base Tour October 28th November 3rd €795 Beijing – Xi’an – Yan’an – Zichang – Beijing 7 nights, 6 days

Soviet Russia

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Chechnya Uncovered Tour July 30th August 8th €1095 Moscow – Grozny 9 nights, 10 days
South Ossetia Tour August 8th August 13th €1495 Vladikavkaz – Chalisubany – Leningor – Ckhinval (Tskhinvali) – Vladikavkaz 5 nights, 6 days
Magadan Soviet Gulag Tour August 13th August 20th €2395 Moscow – Magadan – Moscow 7 nights, 8 days
DPRK Scuba Diving Tour August 27th September 3rd €1995 Vladivostok – Rason – Mt. Chilbo – Rason – Vladivostok 7 nights, 8 days 
Irkutsk and Lake Baikal Tour October 28th November 2nd €695 Irkutsk – Khuzhir – Irkutsk 5 nights, 6 days

Eastern Bloc

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Chernobyl and Transnistria  (Easter) Tour March 30th April 8th Part 1 – €450, Part 2 – €390, Combo – €790. Kiev – Chernobyl – Pripyat – Odessa – Tiraspol – Bendery – Chisinau – Bucharest 3/8/10 days
Caucasus Unrecognised Countries Tour May 1st May 13th €1540 Yerevan – Goris – Stepanokert – Yerevan – Tiblisi – Sukhum – Tiblisi 8/6/14 days
Georgia Soviet Vertigo Tour May 13th May 19th €695, Tbilisi-Chiatura-Tsakalubo-Abastumani-Tbilisi; 6 nights 7 days
Chernobyl and Transnistria (Summer) Tour July 27th  August 5th Part 1 – €450, Part 2 – €390, Combo – €790. Kiev – Chernobyl – Pripyat – Odessa – Tiraspol – Bendery – Chisinau – Bucharest 3/8/10 days
Transnistria National Day & Gagauzia Tour August 29th September 5th €495 Bucharest – Chisinau – Tiraspol – Comrat – Bucharest 7 nights, 8 days
Eurasian Adventure Tour October 30th December 9th 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 2nd November 9th €795 Minsk – Brest – Minsk 7 nights, 8 days
Chernobyl and Transnistria (Winter) Tour November 9th November 17th Part 1 – €450, Part 2 – €390, Combo – €790. Kiev – Chernobyl – Pripyat – Odessa – Tiraspol – Bendery – Chisinau – Bucharest

Middle East

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Iran Skiing Tour Jaunary 9th January 15th €995, Tehran – Dizin – Tehran 7 Days 6 nights
Iran Revolutionary Tour (April) April 23rd April 30th €1095 Tehran – Shiraz – Persepolis – Esfahan – Tehran 7 nights, 8 days
Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan Combo Tour April 23rd  May 6th €2090 Tehran – Shiraz – Persepolis – Esfahan – Tehran – Erbil – Duhok – Rawandas – Sulaymaniyah – Erbil – 13 nights, 14 days
Iraqi Kurdistan Adventure April 30th May 6th €1045 Erbil – Duhok – Rawandas – Sulaymaniyah – Halabja – Erbil 6 nights, 7 days
Somaliland, Eritrea and Socotra (Yemen) Arabian Sea Combo May 15th June 6th €3395/€4295 (incl flights) Hargeisa – Berbera – Sheikh – Hargeisa – Asmara –  Massawa – Asmara – Socotra 21 nights, 22 days
Eritrea and Socotra (Yemen) Combo May 22nd June 6th €2490/€2790 (incl flights) Asmara –  Massawa – Asmara – Socotra 15 nights, 16 days
Socotra (Yemen) Arabian Sea Tour May 30th June 6th €1495 Socotra – Qalansyia – Wadi Defarhu – Socotra 6 nights, 7 days
Iraqi Kurdistan Adventure (October) October 8th 2018 October 14th €1045 Erbil – Lalesh – Algosh – Duhok – Amadiya – Rawandas – Sulaymaniyah – Halabja – Sulaymaniyah – Erbil – Citadel – Erbil 6 nights, 7 days
Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran Combo Tour (October) October 8th  October 21st €2090 Erbil – Duhok – Rawandas – Erbil – Tehran – Shiraz – Persepolis – Esfehan – Tehran 13 nights, 14 days
Iran Revolutionary Tour (October) October 14th October 21st €1095 Tehran – Shiraz – Persepolis – Esfahan – Tehran 7 nights, 8 days

Central Asia

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Turkmenistan Easter Tour March 31st April 8th $1395 Ashgabat – Nisa – Nokhur – Avaza – Turkmenbashi – Ashgabat – Darvaza 9 nights, 10 days
Grand Turkmen Tour July 22nd August 2nd

Group A – $1395 – Group B- $1995 Ashgabat – Nokhur – Turkmenbashy – Gates of Hell – Ashgabat

Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan Summer Combo Tour August 20th August 29th $1745 – Ashgabat – Turkmenbashy – Ashgabat – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarqand – Tashkent 8 nights, 9 days
Central Asian Summer Combo Tour August 20th September 6th $2995 – Ashgabat – Turkmenbashy – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarqand – Tashkent – Bishkek – Karakol – Bishkek 17 nights, 18 days
Silk Road Summer Combo Tour August 20th September 12th $3195 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 $1345 – Bishkek – Karakol – Kyzyl Suu – Bishkek 8 nights, 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 20th   June 27th €895 Tumen – Mt. Paektu – Linjiang – Ji’an – Dandong 6 nights, 7 days
DPRK Scuba Diving Tour August 27th September 3rd €1995 Vladivostok – Rason – Mt. Chilbo – Rason – Vladivostok 7 nights, 8 days 

South and South East Asia

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Nepal: Maoist People’s War Tour February 16th February 23th €995 Kathmandu-Liwang-Thawang-Musikot-Butwal-Pokhara-Kathmandu 8 Days/7 Nights 
Extreme Philippines Tour March 29th April 4th €995 Manila – San Fernando – Angeles – Vigan – Laoag – Currimao – Manila 6 nights, 7 days
Cutud Lenten Rites Day/Overnight Trip March 30th March 31st A – €150, B – €200; Manila – Cetud – Manila | Manila – Cetud – Angeles (overnight)
Cambodia Killing Fields Tour August 5th August 11th €795 Siem Reap-Anlong Veng-Battambang-Kampong Chhnang-Phnom Penh6 nights, 7 days
Papua New Guinea Mount Hagen Festival Tour August 13th August 19th €2495 Port Moresby – Mt Hagen – Port Moresby 6 nights, 7 days
Palawan Party Island Hopping Tour September 29th October 8th €895 Manila – Palawan – Manila 9 nights, 10 days
The Myanmar Adventure December 20th December 27th €795 Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Kalaw – Nyaungshwe – Yangon 6 nights, 7 days