Yough Pioneer Tours

Soviet Europe

From the YPT office in Kiev, 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’. And from frozen conflicts to ongoing ones, YPT goes to the Donbass. After many research trips, we have come up with an itinerary to take you to the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

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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  • €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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  • €695

Georgia Soviet Vertigo Tour

From the sanatorium and observatory to Stalin’s cable cars, it doesn’t get more Soviet than this

  • Start Date : May 13th 2018
    End Date : May 19th 2018
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €790 / €1995 / €3495 / €5795

Summer Soviet Adventure

From Transnistria to Chernobyl through Chechnya and the North Caucasus, via the unrecognised country of South Ossetia to the former gulag at Magadan, spend your summer in the far corners of the former Soviet Empire

  • Start Date : July 20th 2018
    End Date : August 20th 2018
  • Duration: 32 days, 31 nights
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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 20th 2018
    End Date : July 29th 2018
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €390

Extreme Chernobyl Tour

  • Start Date : July 27th 2018
    End Date : July 29th 2018
  • Duration: 2 nights, 3 days
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  • €1295

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 : July 30th 2018
    End Date : August 8th 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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  • €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 13th 2018
    End Date : August 20th 2018
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €1995

DPRK Scuba Diving Tour

Explore North Korea’s extreme North East and be amongst the first ever people to dive in the DPRK

  • Start Date : August 27th 2018
    End Date : September 3rd 2018
  • 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 2018
    End Date : September 5th 2018
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €695

Irkutsk and Lake Baikal Tour

Visit the wintry wonderland of Lake Baikal and Russia’s true eastern capital of Irkutsk

  • Start Date : October 28th 2018
    End Date : November 2nd 2018
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 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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  • €795

Belarus: Back in the USSR Tour

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

  • Start Date : November 2nd 2018
    End Date : November 9th 2018
  • 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 9th 2018
    End Date : November 17th 2018
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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