Young Pioneer Tours

International Tours

Welcome to the international tours page from Young Pioneer Tours. Despite COVID-19, we have managed to run tours almost uninterrupted throughout the whole period. Now as things open up we are adding new international tours on an almost daily basis.

Our group international tours cover every continent on the planet, with our dual ethos of “destinations your mother would rather you stay away from” and “group tours for people who hate group tours” ringing true.  Our international tours are led by one of our expert guides and most groups are capped at 10 – 20 people depending on the tour destination. We are the number 1 adventure travel and dark tourism company on the planet! Browse our 2022 and 2023 international tour itineraries and contact us to book a tour.

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  • €3670

Whole Iraq Spring Combo

Get the full Iraqi experience, from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah

  • Start Date : May 20th 2022
    End Date : June 1st 2022
  • Duration: 12 nights, 13 days
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  • €2685

Southern Iraq Spring Tour

Explore Baghdad, Babylon and beyond!

  • Start Date : May 20th 2022
    End Date : May 26th 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €1085

Iraqi Kurdistan Spring Tour

Hang out with the Peshmerga and see the last influences of Saddam’s rule in Kurdistan

  • Start Date : May 26th 2022
    End Date : June 1st 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • $395 / $1690

Belize Overland & Islandia Tour

Be one of the very first people to be stamped on arrival in The Principality of Islandia.

  • Start Date : May 28th 2022
    End Date : May 31st / June 6th 2022
  • Duration: 3 days / 8 days
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  • €995

The Ultimate Yugoslavia Tour

Visit the former People's Republic of Yugoslavia through 6 unique countries

  • Start Date : May 29th 2022
    End Date : June 9th 2022
  • Duration: 11 nights, 12 days
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june
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  • €1695

Mauritania Iron Ore Train Tour

Ride the impressive Ion Ore train and explore Mauritania!

  • Start Date : June 18th 2022
    End Date : June 24th 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €3595

Svalbard: Soviet Frontier Arctic Cruise

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

  • Start Date : June 19th 2022
    End Date : June 27th 2022
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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The hectic beat of Dhaka
  • €695 / €1495

Bangladesh Unbound Tour

From paddleboat to shipbreaking yards through markets and mosques, fully experience Bangladesh

  • Start Date : June 20th 2022
    End Date : June 27th / 30th 2022
  • Duration: 4 days / 11 days
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  • €995

Mongolia Naadam Festival & Wilderness Tour

Spectate at Mongolia's most important festival on this perfect summer getaway!

  • Start Date : July 10th 2022
    End Date : July 17th, 2022
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • €1095

Communist Albania Tour

Abandoned naval bases, riding a communist locomotive and a deeper insight to Albania

  • Start Date : July 15th 2022
    End Date : July 20th 2022
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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  • €395 / €790

Transnistria & Chernobyl Summer Tour

Visit our favourite Unrecognised Country and explore the post-nuclear disaster of Pripyat.

  • Start Date : July 15th 2022
    End Date : July 23rd / 24th 2022
  • Duration: 2 days / 10 days
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  • €795

Cambodia Dark Tourism Tour

Explore the dark tourism of one of South East Asia's most fascinating countries

  • Start Date : August 5th 2022
    End Date : August 11th 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €795

Vietnam Summer Tour

Traverse by train and explore the ancient and modern history of Vietnam

  • Start Date : August 11th 2022
    End Date : August 18th 2022
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €395

Belarus Exclusion Zone Summer Tour

Visit the recently opened and untouched sector of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

  • Start Date : August 13th 2022
    End Date : August 16th 2022
  • Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
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  • $2895 / $4390

Papua New Guinea Mount Hagen Festival & Bougainville Tour

Watch the tribal festival of a lifetime in this fascinating country

  • Start Date : August 16th 2022
    End Date : August 24th / 29th 2022
  • Duration: 9 days / 12 days
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  • $1745

Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan Summer Tour

The Aral Sea, Gates of Hell and solar furnaces; get a deeper look at these two intriguing countries.

  • Start Date : August 20th 2022
    End Date : August 30th 2022
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • $2995

Central Asia Summer Combo Tour: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan

Taking in three of the must see Stans!

  • Start Date : August 20th 2022
    End Date : September 6th 2022
  • Duration: 17 nights, 18 days
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  • €745

Divided Cyprus Summer Tour

Explore Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus with war-torn ghost towns and an abandoned airport

  • Start Date : August 21st 2022
    End Date : August 26th 2022
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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Group photo with the locals in Bougainville
  • $1495

Papua New Guinea Bougainville Tour

Explore the province of Bougainville, a place of recent history and untouched beauty!

  • Start Date : August 23rd 2022
    End Date : August 29th 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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Transnistria parade
  • €495

Transnistria National Day & Gagauzia Tour

Think the Cold War is over? Come to Transnistria for National Day and think again!

  • Start Date : August 29th 2022
    End Date : September 5th 2022
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • $1345

Kyrgyzstan Independence Day Tour

Lakes, mountains, military parades and ‘dead goat polo’.

  • Start Date : August 30th 2022
    End Date : September 7th 2022
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • $1595

Syria Autumn Tour

Be amongst the first to visit the ancient land of Syria after the war!

  • Start Date : September 4th 2022
    End Date : September 11th 2022
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €3495

Karakoram & Pamir Highway Combo Tour

Journey from Pakistan via China and Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan

  • Start Date : September 6th 2022
    End Date : September 27th 2022
  • Duration: 22 nights, 23 days
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  • €1995

Karakoram Highway Tour: Pakistan to China

Journey on one of the most iconic roads in the world from Pakistan to far west China!

  • Start Date : September 6th 2022
    End Date : September 19th 2022
  • Duration: 11 nights, 12 days
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Hondius
  • $3895

Eastern Greenland Arctic Cruise Tour

Take in the Northern Lights and land on wild Greenland on the cruise trip of a lifetime!

  • Start Date : September 11th 2022
    End Date : September 19th 2022
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • $845

Ultimate Lebanon Tour

Experience what Lebanon has to offer as well as the Hezbollah Disneyland!

  • Start Date : September 12th 2022
    End Date : September 16th 2022
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • $1595

Syria September Tour

Be amongst the first to visit the ancient land of Syria after the war!

  • Start Date : September 16th 2022
    End Date : September 23rd 2022
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €1595

Pamir Highway Tour: Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan

Explore remote Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan and peek across into Afghanistan

  • Start Date : September 18th 2022
    End Date : September 27th 2022
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €395 / €790

Chernobyl & Transnistria September Tour

Explore the former Soviet Union on a journey through Chernobyl and Transnistria

  • Start Date : September 23rd 2022
    End Date : September 25th / October 2nd 2022
  • Duration: 3 days / 10 days
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  • $995

Turkmenistan Independence Day Budget Tour

Don't miss out on the celebrations and join our budget tour to Turkmenistan!

  • Start Date : September 26th 2022
    End Date : September 29th 2022
  • Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
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  • $1395

Turkmenistan Independence Day Tour

See the dazzling colossus of Ashgabat, a glamorous beach resort ghost city and the Gates of Hell!

  • Start Date : September 26th 2022
    End Date : October 3rd 2022
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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Palawan Island Hopping Tour
  • €895

Palawan Island Hopping Tour

YPT don't normally do beaches, but when we do...

  • Start Date : September 30th 2022
    End Date : October 9th 2022
  • Duration: 10 days, 11 days
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  • $345 / $2395

Five Stans Budget Tour: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan

Five Stans: one epic adventure, one incredible deal, don't miss out!

  • Start Date : October 4th 2022
    End Date : October 20th 2022
  • Duration: 3 days to 17 days
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  • $895

Best of Eritrea Budget Tour

All the must-see sights of Eritrea at a great budget price!

  • Start Date : October 6th 2022
    End Date : October 10th 2022
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • €395

Belarus Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Autumn Tour

Visit the recently opened and untouched sector of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

  • Start Date : October 7th 2022
    End Date : October 10th 2022
  • Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
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  • $3595

Venezuela Bolivarian Revolution & Angel Falls Tour

Explore the incredibly diverse and fascinating country of Venezuela with YPT!

  • Start Date : October 13th 2022
    End Date : October 22nd 2022
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €2680

Southern Iraq Autumn Tour

Be one of the first to visit Iraq after years of war and see history in the making!

  • Start Date : October 14th 2022
    End Date : October 20th 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €3670

Whole Iraq Autumn Combo

Get the full Iraqi experience, from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah

  • Start Date : October 14th 2022
    End Date : October 26th 2022
  • Duration: 12 nights, 13 days
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  • €2695 / €3545

Saudi Arabia Autumn Tour

Be one of the first tourists to explore the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Start Date : October 16th 2022
    End Date : October 23rd / 25th 2022
  • Duration: 8 days / 10 days
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  • €1085

Iraqi Kurdistan Autumn Tour

Hang out with the Peshmerga and see the last influences of Saddam’s rule in Kurdistan

  • Start Date : October 20th 2022
    End Date : October 26th 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • $2095

The Guyanas Tour

Explore one of South America's most underrated countries!

  • Start Date : October 23rd 2022
    End Date : October 30th 2022
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €495

Kuwait City Persian Gulf Tour

Perfect for country collectors for those joining us on our Saudi and Iran tour

  • Start Date : October 24th 2022
    End Date : October 26th 2022
  • Duration: 2 nights, 3 days
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  • $675

Alternative Egypt Summer Tour

The lesser-known side of Egypt - the City of the Dead and hidden pyramids

  • Start Date : October 25th 2022
    End Date : October 29th 2022
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • €995 / €1595

Hidden Iran Tour

Experience history both modern and ancient in this beautiful country.

  • Start Date : October 26th 2022
    End Date : November 2nd / 5th 2022
  • Duration: 8 days / 11 days
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  • €995

Jordan: The Business of War Tour

Rub shoulders with royalty and military at the International Arms Fair

  • Start Date : October 29th 2022
    End Date : November 3rd 2022
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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  • $1745

Socotra Yemen Island Tour

Experience the incredibly isolated and unique Yemeni island of Socotra!

  • Start Date : October 31st 2022
    End Date : November 7th 2022
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • $2495 - $6495

Latin America Mega Combo: Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador & the Galapagos

From the Cuban Revolution, to Narcos sights, through the amazon to the islands!

  • Start Date : October 31st 2022
    End Date : November 19th / 28th / December 1st 2022
  • Duration: 19 days - 32 days
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  • €395 - €2130

Eurasian Adventure Tour

17 countries, 16 languages, 1 Rebel Republic & Frozen Conflict Zone, and 1 Nuclear Exclusion Zone

  • Start Date : November 4th 2022
    End Date : December 3rd 2022
  • Duration: 2 days - 30 days
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  • €395 / €790

Chernobyl & Transnistria Nuclear Winter Tour

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

  • Start Date : November 4th 2022
    End Date : November 12th 2022
  • Duration: 3 days / 8 days
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A bedouin guide by his car in the White Desert of Egypt
  • $675

Alternative Egypt Autumn Tour

Go where the tourist hordes of Egypt don't!

  • Start Date : November 9th 2022
    End Date : November 13th 2022
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • €1500 / €2500

Sudan Nubian Legends & Bir Tawil Incursion Tour

Visit one of the world's most ancient and diverse civilizations and explore Bir Tawil!

  • Start Date : November 13th 2022
    End Date : November 20th / 25th 2022
  • Duration: 8 days / 13 days
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  • €895

Balkan Badlands Tour

The ultimate Balkan adventure

  • Start Date : November 15th 2022
    End Date : November 26th 2022
  • Duration: 11 nights, 12 days
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  • €445

Kosovo & Albania Winter War Tour

Journey into the lands of blood feuds and bunkers and experience an untouched corner of Europe!

  • Start Date : November 16th 2022
    End Date : November 19th 2022
  • Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
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  • €1100

Terra Nullius: Bir Tawil Incursion

The world's only unclaimed inhabitable piece of land - we go there!

  • Start Date : November 18th 2022
    End Date : November 25th, 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • $2495 / $4295

South Sudan Tour

Visit the world’s newest and one of the least accessible countries

  • Start Date : November 25th 2022
    End Date : December 1st / December 6th 2022
  • Duration: 7 days / 12 days
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  • $6195

Antarctica Frozen Continent Expedition

Explore the world's last frontier, the frozen continent of Antarctica.

  • Start Date : December 4th 2022
    End Date : December 13th 2022
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €1395

Syria Winter Tour

Be amongst the first to visit the ancient land of Syria after the war!

  • Start Date : December 16th 2022
    End Date : December 21st 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • $5290 - $10995

Least Visited Countries Combo Tour

The ultimate adventure exploring all 11 of the Pacific island countries

  • Start Date : December 17th 2022
    End Date : January 15th 2023
  • Duration: 12 days - 29 days
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  • €1095

Iraqi Kurdistan New Year's Tour

Hang out with the Peshmerga's for New Year's and see the last influences of Saddam’s rule in Kurdistan

  • Start Date : December 26th 2022
    End Date : January 1st 2023
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €495

Chernobyl & Transnistria New Year's Ultra Budget Tour

Celebrate your New Year's by exploring Chernobyl and Transnistria with our ultra budget tour

  • Start Date : December 28th 2022
    End Date : January 3rd 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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The vastest region YPT operates in! We have all the experience to bring you to Eritrea, the ‘North Korea of Africa’, or the unrecognised country of Somaliland, for their national day celebrations to experience all the sights and sounds of the Horn of Africa. In the North, we’ll have you exploring the Casbah of Algeria or riding the Iron Ore Train of Mauritania From the Eastern coast, we take you to Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin and Angola!

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Fertile ground of revolutions right in the backyard of the United States, our offer in Latin America is constantly expanding. Cuba is one of our favourite destinations, If you’ve seen a military parade or mass dance in North Korea, or national day parades in Eritrea or Turkmenistan, there’s still nothing quite like May Day celebrations in Cuba. In Colombia, we retrace the history of the FARC and the Narcos. In Ecuador, we take you into the Amazon. See the amazing wildlife of Galapagos and wonder in front of the voodoo rituals of Haiti!

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Central Asia offers a stunning range of options in terms of culture and scenery. One of the most closed countries in the world, with even fewer tourists every year than North Korea, Turkmenistan is a notoriously difficult country to visit, and therefore one of the most important for YPT! From our office in Almaty, we also organize tours through the archaeological treasures of Uzbekistan and the mountains and lakes of Kyrgyzstan, and hey, why not try to see a rocket launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. One also not very well kept secret is that there are certain other locations we travel to in Central Asia, but you’ll need to send us an email to find out!

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Chernobyl was one of the first destinations that YPT made regular trips to and it has since become a mainstay of our international itineraries. What’s more YPT has pioneered travel to the various unrecognised countries of the post-Soviet world, especially Transnistria in Moldova. We also offer week-long tours of Belarus and Georgia and on our now infamous annual Eurasian Adventure tour you can even travel through every single country of the former communist Eastern Bloc and Yugoslavia!

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The Middle East is one of the most rewarding region to explore and we offer tours to the whole peninsula! Let us take you to both Southern Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan, the cradle of civilization. Iran has been one of our regular fixture, with its dazzling shrines and friendliest locals. Visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, just recently opened to tourist! Last but not least, follow us to the outer worldish island of Socotra!

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South East Asia is certainly seeing its fair share of tourists, but that doesn’t mean it has no wild and unexplored corners left! It turns out we specialise in them! Follow us on a boat to the marshes of Bangladesh. Climb up the secret kingdom of Bhutan. Spectate live crucifixions in the Philippines and discover the secretive nation of East Timor before taking in amazing tribal festivals in Papua New Guinea!

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Being based in China for so long, YPT have developed an ever-greater knowledge of the country and a passion for the vast array of destinations here. Whether you want to travel to Xinjiang or Tibet, do a road trip through the China-North Korea borderlands, see the Communist history in Yan’an, go urban exploring in Ordos-Kangbashi ghost city or just a short tour in Xi’an or Beijing, our Red China tours offer you a perfect combination with a DPRK tour or as an adventure all of itself.

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Being based in China for so long, YPT have developed an ever-greater knowledge of the country and a passion for the vast array of destinations here. Whether you want to travel to Xinjiang or Tibet, do a road trip through the China-North Korea borderlands, see the Communist history in Yan’an, go urban exploring in Ordos-Kangbashi ghost city or just a short tour in Xi’an or Beijing, our Red China tours offer you a perfect combination with a DPRK tour or as an adventure all of itself.

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When you choose a holiday destination, it’s always cool to choose an obscure country to see your mates’ reactions when you tell them. But even better, is going adventuring in a place that doesn’t officially even exist! We were the first-ever international tour company to give you the opportunity to travel to some of the world’s unrecognised countries, including South Ossetia, Transnistria, Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Somaliland. These places are on the forefront of international travel and will give you an opportunity to become a true pioneer.

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YPT continually expands our list of worldwide destinations, taking you to the least travelled and wildest places there are. Each year we strive to add more adventurous destinations around the globe, running research trips to find out the best way to offer you the chance to visit the mysterious corners of the world still untouched by regular tourism. Nowhere is too far for us, taking you from the Least Visited Countries in the World, in the Pacific as well as on expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctica and soviet ruins of Svalbard.

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