Yough Pioneer Tours

Soviet Europe

From the YPT office in Varna, Bulgaria, and with our specialist knowledge gained from many years of working in the region, YPT can really get you from the heart of Russia and Eastern Europe out to the corners where the action is. You can join one of the long adventure tours; the Eurasian Adventure – which takes you to every country of the old Eastern Bloc; or the Soviet Summer Adventure – where you travel to the different corners of Russia.

Or you can join a bespoke tour to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the Georgian mountains or Belarus, Europe’s ‘only Soviet state’.

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 generally, our prices are unbeatable.

If our group tour dates to Chernobyl don’t fit your plans, then you can go on an independent tour at any time. We generally need ten days to organise the relevant permits, and there is a choice of day trip or overnight trip. See more about Chernobyl independent tours here.

In fact, we can arrange independent travel to any of our Soviet Europe destinations. Whether you want a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a holiday in Chechnya, to hire Tito’s train in Serbia or visit Ceausescu’s grave in Romania, we can design the dream itinerary for you!

Likewise, if you want to travel on the Trans-Siberian/Mongolian Railway but can’t join us on the Eurasian Adventure, you can still get train tickets through YPT. If you want to break up the trip in Irkutsk or Novosibirsk, then you can get train tickets to fit your specific plans.

Is it safe to visit Chernobyl?

Yes, it is perfectly safe to visit Chernobyl. The famous quote is that you will get less radiation from a day tour to Chernobyl than you will from taking a long-haul flight. Parts of the Chernobyl exclusion zone are closed to visitors however, for this very reason.

Can we visit reactor number 4?

No, the reactor where the main explosion happened is off limits to tourists, and in general, we cannot wander around away from the tour group in Chernobyl.

Can we stay the night in the exclusion zone?

Yes, on a YPT group tour to Chernobyl you will spend one night in the exclusion zone at Chernobyl Hotel. For independent tours, you can go on a day trip from Kiev or do an overnight trip staying in the hotel.

Can you help with the Russian/Belarusian/Ukrainian visa?

Yes, YPT will provide you with visa support for any country on any tour we go to. We will help with a letter of invitation if you need one for Russia, Ukraine or Belarus though there is an extra cost for this. If you are not on one of our tours but still want visa support this is something we can also help with.

Can you book tickets for the Trans-Siberian/Mongolian train?

Yes, YPT can book tickets on the Trans-Siberian/Mongolian railway to suit your exact travel plans.

Can I cross from South Ossetia into Georgia?

Not really. It’s not impossible, but from our experience it is not something worth trying and definitely not something to plan a trip around.

Can I enter North Korea from Russia?

Yes, YPT can book Air Koryo flights from Vladivostok to Pyongyang and you can also cross the land border by train if you join our DPRK Scuba Diving tour.

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  • €790

Chernobyl and Transnistria (Easter) Tour

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

  • Start Date : April 19th 2019
    End Date : April 28th 2019
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €1845 - €2495

Iran & Caucasus Unrecognised Countries Tour Combo

From Iran through Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and Georgia

  • Start Date : April 22nd 2019
    End Date : 12th May 2019
  • Duration: 20 nights, 21 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 2019
    End Date : May 12th 2019
  • Duration: 11 nights, 12 days
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  • €795

Ultimate Transnistria Victory Day Tour

Celebrate Transnistrian Victory Day and witness a Soviet style military parade.

  • Start Date : May 5th 2019
    End Date : May 13, 2019
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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Balkan-Badlands-Tour
  • €995

Balkan Badlands Tour

The ultimate summer Balkan adventure

  • Start Date : June 15th 2019
    End Date : June 27, 2019
  • Duration: 12 nights, 13 days
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  • €1945

Mongolia & Russia: Naadam, Buryatia and Lake Baikal Combo Tour

Take in the best of Mongolia and Buryatia, riding along some of the best parts of the transsiberian railway!

  • Start Date : July 5th 2019
    End Date : July 22, 2019
  • Duration: 15 nights, 16 days
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  • €995

Buryatia and Lake Baikal Tour

Witness Lake Baikal in all its glory and visit Buryat settlements

  • Start Date : July 15th 2019
    End Date : July 22, 2019
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €790

Transnistria and Chernobyl (Summer) Tour

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

  • Start Date : July 19th 2019
    End Date : July 28, 2019
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €790-€7375

Summer Soviet Adventure Combo

Head back to the USSR with YPT this summer!

  • Start Date : July 19th 2019
    End Date : September 2nd, 2019
  • Duration: 43 nights, 44 days
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transsiberian
  • €1695 - €2495

Moscow to Pyongyang By Train Tour

Travel with us as we ride on the longest train journey in the world!

  • Start Date : July 24th 2019
    End Date : August 9, 2019
  • Duration: 15 nights / 16 days
  • Flight option: €400 flight out
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  • €390

Extreme Chernobyl Tour

Spend a summer weekend in post-nuclear Pripyat on our Extreme Chernobyl Tour

  • Start Date : July 26th 2019
    End Date : July 28th 2019
  • Duration: 2 nights, 3 days
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  • €895

Ultimate Ukrainian Adventure

Tanks, guns, missiles and palaces of corruption. This is the ultimate road trip through Europe's 2nd biggest country!

  • Start Date : July 29th 2019
    End Date : August 5th 2019
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €795

Belarus Summer Tour

End your Summer Holidays in Europe’s most Soviet of countries

  • Start Date : August 5th 2019
    End Date : August 12th 2019
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €1395

Chechnya and North Caucasus Tour

Enter the City of the Dead, take in the mountain scenery and get to know the Chechen people.

  • Start Date : August 12th 2019
    End Date : August 21st, 2019
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €2785

South Ossetia & Chechnya Combo Tour

Travel through the history wo of the most tense zones after the collapse of the Soviet Union in one tour!

  • Start Date : August 12th 2019
    End Date : August 26th, 2019
  • Duration: 13 nights, 14 days
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  • €1495

South Ossetia Tour

Venture in the world's youngest unrecognized country

  • Start Date : August 21st 2019
    End Date : August 26th 2019
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • €2395

Magadan Soviet Gulag Tour

Camp in a Soviet labour camp and explore the Sea of Okhotsk on Russia’s east coast

  • Start Date : August 26th 2019
    End Date : September 2nd, 2019
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 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 2019
    End Date : 5th September 2019
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €2495

Ultimate Leaders Tour

Visit the Mausoleums of Ho Chi Minh, Mao Zedong, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Vladimir Lenin in one go!

  • Start Date : October 14th 2019
    End Date : November 5th, 2019
  • Duration: 21 nights, 22 days
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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 29th 2019
    End Date : December 9th 2019
  • Duration: 40 nights, 41 days
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  • €795

Belarus: Back in the USSR Tour

Visit the most Soviet of post-Soviet states in Eastern Europe

  • Start Date : October 31st 2019
    End Date : November 7th 2019
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 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 7th 2019
    End Date : November 15th 2019
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • €495

Chernobyl & Transnistria Ultra Budget New Year Tour

Ring in the New Year exploring Chernobyl and Transnistria with this ultra cheap package!

  • Start Date : December 28th 2019
    End Date : January 3rd, 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €845

Poland WW2 Adventure

Discover Poland's dark World War 2 past.

  • Start Date : February 15th 2020
    End Date : February 22nd 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 Days
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  • €845

Budget Baltics

An action-packed and in-depth road trip which kicks off in Lithuania and takes us through four countries in just over a week.

  • Start Date : March 7th 2020
    End Date : March 13th 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 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 : April 10th 2020
    End Date : April 19th 2020
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €795

Ultimate Transnistria Victory Day Tour

Celebrate Transnistrian Victory Day and witness a Soviet style military parade.

  • Start Date : May 5th 2020
    End Date : May 13th, 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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Balkan-Badlands-Tour
  • €995

Balkan Badlands Tour

The ultimate summer Balkan adventure

  • Start Date : June 13th 2020
    End Date : June 25th 2020
  • Duration: 12 nights, 13 days
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chernobyl ferris wheel
  • €390

Extreme Chernobyl Tour

Spend a summer weekend in post-nuclear Pripyat on our Extreme Chernobyl Tour

  • Start Date : July 24th 2020
    End Date : July 26th 2020
  • Duration: 2 nights, 3 days
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  • €895

Ultimate Ukrainian Adventure

Tanks, guns, missiles and palaces of corruption. This is the ultimate road trip through Europe's 2nd biggest country!

  • Start Date : July 29th 2020
    End Date : August 5th 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €1995

Svalbard: Soviet Frontier Arctic Cruise

Visit some of the northernmost settlements in the world in ex-Soviet Svalbard!

  • Start Date : October 11th 2020
    End Date : October 16th, 2020
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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