The annual Eurasian Adventure! One of our favourite and most popular tours takes you across nuclear wastelands, unrecognized states, Soviet time warps and more. Seventeen countries, five weeks – join the whole thing, or pop in and out as you please.
1 – 5
€2080 (€145 discount)
1 – 6
€2435 (€185 discount)
1 – 7
€2995 (€270 discount)
The tour starts in Beijing with an overnight stay and optional visit to the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao, before embarking on the epic, six-day trip that is the Trans-Mongolian, or the “party train” as it also known.
Following our arrival in Moscow, we start to fully embrace Soviet nostalgia by visiting all of Moscow’s top sites, before taking the train to the most Soviet of all republics: Belarus and its capital Minsk. Here we will be seeing such treasures as the former residence of Lee Harvey-Oswald, as well as staying in our own private apartment.
This leads us on to group 3, our big group, where we will be visiting not only Pripyat (Chernobyl), but also doing the extreme missile base tour, as well as sampling the night time delights on a bar crawl. Thanks to our contacts in Pripyat, we can usually sneak in some secret sites that we are not even allowed to blog about!
After group 3 leave us in Kiev, group 4 will continue on to Odessa, then onto Tiraspol, capital of the breakaway republic of Transnistria – if you want off the beaten track, this is it. We really mix it up here by having one night in a very Soviet hotel before transferring to a slightly more luxurious offering in the countryside, a true Soviet time warp. Following a few nights here, we visit Moldova, the only ex-Soviet republic to vote the communists back in, before taking the overnight bus to Bucharest, a popular flight hub making arrangements for onward flights easy.
Group 5 completes the full communist chic element, visiting the former homes of Ceausescu, Tito and Hoxha, via Romania, Macedonia and Albania. We will additionally visit contemporary hot spots of Mitrovica and Kosovo before finishing in Albania.
Group 6 will be moving on to the beautiful capital of Montenegro: Podgorica. After a day’s exploration, it’s across the border to Belgrade to take in the sights of this incredible city, before moving onto Sarajevo, Mount Igman to see the abandoned and crumbling ruins from the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games and Zagreb. Our final night before we say goodbye to Group 6 in Ljubljana and cheers each other one last time with promises of reunions!
For our first ever Group 7 Eurasian Tour, we truly complete the adventure before travelling along the rest of the Iron Curtain through Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland, ticking off visits to all the former Warsaw Pact countries throughout the trip.
Arrive in Beijing. Meet up for dinner with your traveling companions and guides and head out for a few beers.
Overnight at Beijing Zhong’an Hostel.
Wednesday 30th October
Departure by K3 train at 7:27 for the six-day cruise to Moscow via Mongolia, with your fearless YPT leaders keeping everyone stocked up on vodka, bread and Russian cheese!
20.18 arrival at the border town of Erlian, for a stop of “technically” around 4 hours, for border formalities, customs and immigration. Previously, it was possible to leave the train at this point, but most likely we will be kept on board for immigration formalities. Departure at around midnight.
Thursday 31st October
01.25 arrival in Mongolian border town of Dzamyn Ude, for the second set of immigration and customs formalities usually lasting about two hours. Again, we may remain on the train or will possibly be allowed to get off.
14:35 arrival at Ulan Bator, the capital city of Mongolia, for a quick 45 minute stop with breathtaking views all the way there. This stop is a good chance to buy a few bits for the rest of the journey, with money changers and cheap shops aplenty.
Friday 1st November
Entry to Russia.
Enjoy the breathtaking views past the world’s biggest lake: Lake Baikal, on your way to a 9.37 stop in Irkutsk.
Saturday 2nd November
Afternoon stop in Novosibirsk and evening stop in Omsk.
Sunday 3rd November
Stops in Tiumin, Swerdrowsk and Perm where we can get out, take pictures, and stretch our legs.
Last boozy night on the party train.
Monday 4th November
13.58 Arrival in Moscow.
Transfer to hostel for a much needed freshen up and a rest!
Dinner and night out in Moscow. Communist times are truly gone.
End of Group 1.
GROUP 2 Moscow – Minsk – Kiev
Tuesday 5th November
Morning trip to Red Square, Mausoleum of Lenin, and the Kremlin.
Lunch with the rest of the group.
The early evening is your chance to independently explore Moscow or you can join the group on a walk around Cosmonaut Park and a trip to the Cosmonaut Museum (extra cost).
Dinner at local Russian restaurant – Did someone say Borsch?? 11.49 pm departure for Minsk on sleeper train. No border checks, so a pleasant night’s sleep.
Wednesday 6th November
08.06 arrival in Minsk and transfer to hostel.
Morning and afternoon visits to the Former Residence of Lee Harvey Oswald, Belarus National Museum of History & Culture, and the infamous KGB building!
Dinner in the Old Town.
Night of debauchery in Minsk of the most delightful and cheap of ex-Soviet cities.
Overnight in Minsk Hostel.
Thursday 7th November
Excursion to the Belarusian Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Lifestyle.
Back to Minsk for some dinner and drinks and then stock up for the 10.40 pm train to Kiev.
End of Group 2.
GROUP 3 Kiev – Pripyat – Kiev/Odessa
Friday 8th November
Morning arrival Kiev, check into Kiev Central Station Hostel.
Free afternoon in Kiev.
Group 3 evening arrival.
Group drinks and dinner at the legendary Hospital Bar, a Kiev favourite, with some medically themed, entertaining shots!
Overnight in hostel.
Saturday 9th November
Day in Pripyat, ghost-town of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. Lunch on site. During the trip, we will be visiting some extra secret sites that cannot be mentioned here!
Return to Kiev and head out for some dinner and dancing at a local 24 hour bar.
Overnight in hostel.
Sunday 10th November
Extreme Missile Base (ICBM Rocket Base) Tour in Ukraine.
If the Missiles were launched from this top secret Soviet base, the target cities were New York, Chicago, London and Paris and after about 30 min and one button the world as we know it would have been gone!
Group 3 take the bus back to Kiev and end tour.
Group 4 continue onto Odessa where we check into our hostel.
GROUP 4 Odessa – Tiraspol – Chisinau – Bucharest
Monday 11th November
Breakfast in Odessa, followed by tour of the Catacombs (extra cost).
Early evening departure for the 3 hour bus ride to Tiraspol, capital of the breakaway republic of Transnistria.
On arrival in Tiraspol, we register with immigration before transferring to the local version of the Soviet Inn tourist hotel. This is the quintessential Soviet experience in the region’s original tourist hotel.
We go for dinner locally with drinks afterwards in the country’s only nightclub.
Overnight in Soviet Hotel.
Tuesday 12th November
We get up early for breakfast near the hotel.
City tour of Tiraspol.
Pobedi Park (across the street from the hostel). Chance to ride the 50′s style amusement park.
Walk down October 25th Street (the main drag) which has a large billboard of former President Smirnoff (real name) standing with the Presidents of 2 other Soviet breakaway Republics of South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
October 25th St. to City Hall (government). It has a large bust of Lenin for great photos.
Russian Orthodox Church of Tiraspol. Newly renovated with golden domes. Guests can buy inexpensive Russian Icons here. We will go inside. Women must wear a scarf on their head, and men must take their hats off.
Statue of Russian General Suvorov.
The Eternal Flame Independence War Memorial.
Parliament, housing the biggest statue of Lenin outside Russia.
We walk to the river park. There is a walking bridge here for great panoramic photos of the river and downtown Tiraspol.
Lunch at Andy’s Pizza, somewhat of a PMR icon of a restaurant.
Convenient store in the centre of town with $3 for a bottle of one of the most prized Cognacs in Europe (outside France of course). During Soviet times, this was the brandy.
Overnight at Soviet Hotel.
Wednesday 13th November
We leave the hotel for Bendery via mini-bus number 20. The journey takes 20 minutes.
We arrive in Bendery center. We enter one of the largest outdoor markets in all of Transnistria. Guests will be able to shop and buy anything they want at very, very low prices. Also, many opportunities for old world type photos.
We leave the market and continue walking down the main street until we reach the big white church in the center, well renovated and a favorite place for couples to get married.
We continue walking down the main street until we arrive at the old cinema house and Lenin park. We view the main fountain and the bust of Lenin.
We continue to walk down the main street until we reach the train station, renovated and well maintained. It seems like a ghost town because only a few trains stop here, and there are almost no passengers.
Beside the train station is an old Soviet train from WII with the hammer and sickle on the front. Inside is a museum of the civil war between Moldova and Transnistria.
There are many war relics and great photos to take. (It is 100% free.)
When finished with the museum tour, we walk back past the park until we arrive at the city hall. The city hall has been left exactly as it was during the civil war still filled with bullet holes. Great for photos.
Lunch in the town.
We continue our walk to the river. There are statues and old amusement rides such as bumper cars here. It looks right out of the 1950′s, but the rides are still operated and are very cheap.
After a stroll down the river, we walk back to the bus stop to catch our mini-bus back to Tiraspol.
We check out of our hotel and go to the train station for the short ride to Chisinau.
Check into centrally located Chisinau Cosmos Hostel.
Free evening and overnight.
Thursday 14th November
City walking tour of Chisinau.
World War II Memorial and Military Museum.
Central open air market, great place for kitsch souvenirs.
Government buildings and parliament.
Main Square + Central park.
Traditional Moldovan Dinner at La Plicente.
Night of bar crawling in the city.
Overnight in Chisinau Hostel.
Friday 15th November
Morning trip to Cricova Winery to see the wine making process and to of course sample some of Eastern Europe’s best wine! This is one of the most amazing wine cellars you are ever likely to see.
Free afternoon in Chisinau.
18.00 train to Bucharest.
End of Group 4.
GROUP 5 Bucharest – Sofia – Skopje – Pristina – Tirana
Saturday 16th November
06.00 arrival in Bucharest (depending on customs).
Check into hostel for a morning of rest and R&R.
Lunch at local Italian restaurant.
Free afternoon to independently walk around Bucharest.
Evening dinner at Carru Cu Bere, easily YPT’s favourite restaurant on the planet.
Evening drinks around Bucharest old town.
Overnight at hostel.
Sunday 17th November
No trip to Bucharest would be worth anything without paying homage to the don of extreme: Ceausescu!
Early enough start for the Communist Tour. Learn about Ceausescu (surely one of the craziest of all the former dictators) and about life for Romanians who were living under his rule.
Visit to the famous Ceausescu Palace, the ultimate example of the excess of the regime.
Lunch in town.
We finish our Ceausescu based day by visiting his final resting place of the military cemetery where he is buried. This is a somewhat surreal, but worthwhile experience.
Free evening to explore some more parts of Bucharest and buy souvenirs.
23.55 sleeper train to Sofia.
Monday 18th November
06.00 arrival in Sofia, check into hotel.
Bulgaria food tour starting at 2pm! (tips based tour).
At the end of the tour, we will take a quick walk up to the Soviet market where you can buy old coins, pins, watches, and even authentic Soviet and Nazi passports.
We will head back down to the main square and warm ourselves at one of the heated outdoor bars!
Night time walking tour of Sofia starting at 6pm.
Overnight in Sofia.
Tuesday 19th November
07.00 bus to Skopje, Macedonia.
16.00 Arrival and check into hostel.
After getting settled, we will take a walk into town and have some lunch at Bella Vista restaurant on the waterfront.
City tour of Skopje for some good old fashioned Soviet Stone architecture. See the many, many statues that make up the city and pay a visit to the Mother Theresa house.
Walk to Old Town and check out the Grand Bazar.
Quick walk up to the castle grounds then a final walk through the city (beautiful when lit up!).
Drinks and dinner in the Old Bazaar.
Overnight in Skopje.
Wednesday 20th November
Morning bus to Pristina, the capital city of Kosovo.
On the way to Pristina, we will stop at Matka and take a walk along the gorge. It is labeled as the most beautiful place in Macedonia and this credit is highly deserved!
Following lunch at the restaurant at Matka, we will continue onto Pristina.
Check into our very comfortable private apartments at Velania Hostel in Pristina.
After settling up, we will go to the local pizza restaurant for delicious food and to warm ourselves up with their homemade rakija!
Overnight in private apartment in Pristina.
Thursday 21st November
We get up early to board our private bus for the extremely scenic four hour drive to Brod.
Brod is populated by the Gorani people. The Gorani have a total population of roughly 50,000 people. They are primarily sheep and cattle herders, but also have a cartel network of dessert/sweet shops. They live in a very geographically small mountainous area of the most southern part of Kosovo, in and near the city of Dragash just south of Prizren. The Gorani have their own language, which is a Torlakian Slavic language, related to Serbian and Macedonian, with Albanian and Turkish loanwords.
We will stop for lunch at the new hotel that has been built just on the outskirts of Brod.
We take our time walking around the old village, where there are numerous chances for some great photos and some wonderful hiking routes.
A chance for dinner and drinks with Brod’s very famous “Borat,” a somewhat local celebrity that usually comes to meet our groups and is very happy to have a drink and have photos taken.
Leisurely drive back to Pristina.
Overnight at a private apartment.
Friday 22nd November
City tour of Pristina. To see the city from street-level, it is best to start off in the Dardania neighborhood in front of the portrait of Bill Clinton and his statue, and stroll past the university to the Grand Hotel and UNMIK. Follow Nena Tereze street towards the Skenderbeg monument and the new Government Building, then point yourself toward the historic mosques and meander through the tight lanes of the Old Quarter. You will see cafes, street market stalls, kids hawking cigarettes and phone cards, plus the vibrant community life of Kosovo’s biggest city.
Short bus ride to Mitrovica, a town divided by a river into Kosovan south and Serbian north – scene of intense fighting in 1999 and troubles as late as 2013.
Afternoon spent in the south surrounded by Albanian flags.
Transfer to northern side to check out the interesting Serbian graffiti and pick up some great postcards and t-shirts from a very interesting and slightly pro-Serbian gift shop.
Return to Pristina to celebrate the biggest day of the year in the Albanian calendar, Independence Day. This truly is a trip highlight and one really not to miss.
Overnight in private apartment.
Saturday 23rd November
Pristina to Tirana by bus.
Arrive in Tirana at about 6pm and check into Freddy’s Hostel, where we share 2, 3, or 4 to a room in an apartment style accommodation.
Head to local restaurant for dinner and drinks.
Last big night out in Tirana, where we check out the uber-cool Hemingway Bar and a local club that specializes in Albanian/Balkan style live pop acts.
Overnight in hostel.
End of Group 5 with international flight options to most major European destinations, ferries to Italy, and major road links.
GROUP 6 Tirana – Podgorica – Belgrade – Sarajevo – Zagreb – Ljubljana
Sunday 24th November
9am trip to both the newly opened bunker (an incredible throw-back to Hoxha’s reign) and following this, visit the grave of Hoxha (extra cost).
Catch the direct mini-bus at 2.30pm from Tirana to our hostel in Montenegro.
Arrive at our hostel at around 6pm.
We will take the short walk to the local restaurant and try some incredible Montenegrin cuisine.
Drinks in town.
Overnight at hostel.
Monday 25th November
Do a tour of the beautiful Montenegro coastlines! We will see Saint Stefan, Budva, Kotor and other little villages around the area. This really is one of the most beautiful parts of Europe but is still relatively untouched.
Following some quick dinner, we will jump on our overnight train to Belgrade.
As this train has no dining cart, we will stack up on drinks and snacks before we depart and can happily drink the night away on board.
Tuesday 26th November
10am arrival in Belgrade.
Check into Hedonist Hostel. It may be too early to check in but we can go for some traditional Serbian breakfast in the meantime!
At 2pm, we will explore this incredibly fascinating city! We will do a city walking tour and take in such sites as the Republic Square, Bohemian Quarter, Kalemegdan Park, and the Belgrade Fortress (based on tips).
In the evening, we will go back to the hostel to freshen up before once again going out to sample the delicious local cuisine. Tonight, we will go to Skadarlija – the pedestrian street through in which old Belgradian music constantly travels. As if the bars, restaurants, and music weren’t enough to keep us entertained on this street, it is also home to incredible artwork which adorn the blank-walled buildings on the south side.
Stay out as late as you desire – Belgrade has many, many busy party spots on a Saturday night!
Overnight in Belgrade.
Wednesday 27th November
Wake relatively early to catch the trolly bus out to the fascinating Mausoleum of Tito. There is also a great gift shop here where you can buy many hard to find Yugoslavian souvenirs.
At 3pm, we will catch a bus to beautiful Sarajevo and arrive at Sarajevo City Hostel at about 8pm (private apartments).
Rest and wash up before heading back out to town to warm ourselves up with traditional burek (meat pie) and local wine.
Thursday 28th November
Free morning to grab breakfast and generally explore.
At 1pm, we will do our Sarajevo Siege Tour. The tour will include the main sites of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian architecture and show the unique line where east meets west. As we walk through the town, we will enjoy the scent and taste of both fresh coffee and hookah and we will hear the sound of the church bells mixed with the call from the Minarets. We will also see first-hand the devastating effects of the war that literally pitted family members against each other.
As part of the tour, we will see the tunnel that allowed the people of Sarajevo to survive during the Siege and we will head to Mount Igman to explore the abandoned and crumbling bobsleigh track ruins from the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games.
We will return from Mount Igman and have dinner at one of the many pizza restaurants dotted around Sarajevo.
We will return to the apartment to pre-game before heading out into the Sarajevo nightlife.
Overnight at Sarajevo City Hostel.
Friday 29th November
Catch the 10.46am train from Sarajevo to Zagreb. As this train is during the daytime, we will enjoy incredible Balkan scenery as we make our way from Bosnia to Croatia.
Arrive in Zagreb at around 20:00 – a perfect time to check in, wash up and head out for some food.
We will walk from the hostel, through the Christmas market and pick up some mulled wine and food from the fair.
After dinner, we will hit the bars for a night of partying. Zagreb is famous for its drinking culture, so we will be spoiled for choice! We recommend that you try rakija (local schnapps) – cheap, delicious and authentic!
Overnight at Zagreb hostel.
Saturday 30th November
Wake up and try some delicious Croatian breakfast!
We will catch the funicular to the world famous Museum of Broken Relationships. (extra cost)
Head out in Zagreb to explore both Gornji Grad (Upper town) and Donji Grad (Lower Town). Christmas time is a beautiful time to explore Zagreb as there are many open air markets and fairs.
Dinner at an open air restaurant in downtown Zagreb.
At 6.40pm, we will depart on the three-hour train to Ljubljana, Slovenia.
After checking into our hostel, we will head out to explore the local scene in Ljubljana. Farewell drinks for Group 6.
GROUP 7 Ljubljana – Budapest – Bratislava – Prague – Warsaw
City walking tour of Ljubljana at 11am.
Lunch in the city.
Free afternoon to explore the city at your own leisure.
Dinner in city.
We board the 01.06 night train to Budapest! Typical YPT style sleeper carriage, with optional drinks on board.
Monday 2nd December
10:26 arrival in Budapest and transfer to our centrally located hostel.
Time for some R&R in the hostel before:
Lunch in the city.
Hit the ground running with a 3 hour communist tour of Budapest. This hits all important sites, such as where the 1956 Uprising occurred and is accompanied by an expert guide who will tell us about communist times.
Night out eating and drinking around the old town and by the river.
Night in hostel.
Tuesday 3rd December
We jump on the bus at Budapest Station and begin the three hour journey to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.
Arrival and transfer to hostel, chance for some quick R&R before we head out for some lunch.
Sticking to the tried and tested formula, we head for the Communism and Bunker tour seeing all the major red sites.
Walk around the old town for dinner and drinks.
Overnight in hostel.
Wednesday 4th December
We jump on the super quick four hour express EuroCity train from Bratislava to Prague.
Afternoon arrival, today we take a rest from staying in hostels by renting our own private apartment, check into here, quick lunch and rest.
After four weeks of almost non-stop communist watching, we decide to take a rest from all things red by indulging in our hedonistic side with a city bar crawl.
Overnight in private apartment.
Thursday 5th December
We treat ourselves to a well deserved lie in after our night out in Prague.
Lunch in city.
Walking tour of old Prague.
We board the 23.08 train to Warsaw, sleepers and drinks again as standard.
Overnight on train.
Friday 6th December
7:20 arrival in Warsaw, and transfer to our hostel.
12pm we go on the Alternative Warsaw tour. See the only wild bank of a big European river and the bears walking along the street!
Lunch in Warsaw.
3pm classic walking tour of Old Warsaw.
7 pm Warsaw Crime Tour. Visit the site of the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler in October 1939, the creepiest ceremony ever, the robbery of the century and much more!
Dinner and drinks in the city.
Overnight in hostel.
Saturday 7th December
We get up early to take the train to Krakow.
Check into hostel.
We take the train to Oswiecim and onward to the biggest mass extermination of the 20th century: Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
We begin with a tour of Camp One, home of the iconic welcome sign, and the crematoria, before heading to Camp 2. This trip lasts the whole day and is a very physically and emotionally draining experience.
On the train back to Krakow.
We head out for final dinner and drinks in this extremely picturesque and Christmassy town.
Overnight in Krakow.
Sunday 8th December
We arrange an early morning trip to the Oscar Schindler Museum.
Checkout and end of tour. There are a number of budget flights throughout Europe from Warsaw, as well as train connections for those continuing overland.