Yough Pioneer Tours

International Tours

Young Pioneer Tours are the leading travel operator to “destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from”. Check out our full international group tour schedule, or browse through the tours of our regional offices and let us plan your next travel adventure.

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Transnistria parade
  • €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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  • $1895-$3395

Djibouti, Somaliland and Eritrea – Horn of Africa Independence Combo

Make the most out of the Horn of Africa with our Independence Day Combo

  • Start Date : May 14th 2020
    End Date : May 31st 2020
  • Duration: 9 days to 18 days
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  • $545

Djibouti Land of Mirages Tour

Visit a country that will make you feel like you are on another planet: Djibouti

  • Start Date : May 14th 2020
    End Date : May 17, 2020
  • Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
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East Timor crew
  • $1495/$1795

Timor Independence Day Overland Tour

A real exploration of South East Asia's least visited country - crossing from Indonesia into East Timor

  • Start Date : May 16th 2020
    End Date : May 24th 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • $1395

Somaliland Independence Day Tour

Celebrate Independence Day with Somalilanders!

  • Start Date : May 17th 2020
    End Date : May 23rd 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €395

Belarus Exclusion Zone Spring Tour

Visit the recently opened and untouched sector of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Explore abandoned Soviet villages, factories and police stations!

  • Start Date : May 22nd 2020
    End Date : May 25th, 2020
  • Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
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  • $1495

Eritrea National Day Tour

Watch the National Day parade and be part of living history in Eritrea

  • Start Date : May 23rd 2020
    End Date : May 31st 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • €995

The Ultimate Yugoslavia Tour

Visit the entire former People's Republic of Yugoslavia through 7 unique countries that boast tons of dark history, bizarre sights and mouthwatering food!

  • Start Date : May 30th 2020
    End Date : June 11th, 2020
  • Duration: 13 Days, 12 Nights
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  • $345-$2395

Five Stans Budget Tour (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan)

5 'stans, one epic adventure, one super deal!

  • Start Date : May 30th 2020
    End Date : June 2nd - June 15th, 2020
  • Duration: 3 days to 17 days
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The hectic beat of Dhaka
  • €695-1495

Bangladesh Unbound

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

  • Start Date : June 22nd 2020
    End Date : June 29th / July 2nd, 2020
  • Duration: 4 days / 11 days
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Doderma buddha statue in Bhutan
  • €2190-€2990

Unexplored South Asia (Bangladesh & Bhutan) Combo Tour

A tour of extreme constrasts in South Asia! The tuktuks of Bangladesh and the yaks of Bhutan!

  • Start Date : June 22nd 2020
    End Date : July 8th, 2020
  • Duration: 11 days / 18 days
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The world's famous Tiger's nest monastery in Bhutan
  • €1495

Kingdom of Bhutan Tour

The cheapest, funniest and easiest way to see the best of Bhutan

  • Start Date : July 3rd 2020
    End Date : July 8th, 2020
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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Our group in front of the statue of Genghis Khan, in Mongolia
  • €995

Mongolia Naadam Festival and Wilderness Tour

The best way to take in the essentials of Mongolia as well as the Naadam Festival!

  • Start Date : July 9th 2020
    End Date : July 16th, 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €3295

Haiti Voodoo and Revolution Tour

Get deep down in the voodoo world and history of revolution in Haiti

  • Start Date : July 13th 2020
    End Date : July 23rd 2020
  • Duration: 10 nights, 11 days
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  • €995

Buryatia & Lake Baikal Tour

Witness Lake Baikal in all its glory and visit Buryat settlements

  • Start Date : July 17th 2020
    End Date : July 24th, 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €790

Transnistria and Chernobyl (Summer) Tour

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

  • Start Date : July 17th 2020
    End Date : 26th July 2020
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 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 27th 2020
    End Date : August 3rd, 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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turkmenistan
  • $2995

Central Asian Summer Combo Tour

Taking in three of the ‘Stans - see all the main sights of Central Asia

  • Start Date : August 20th 2020
    End Date : September 6th 2020
  • Duration: 17 nights, 18 days
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  • $1745

Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan Summer Combo Tour

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

  • Start Date : August 20th 2020
    End Date : August 30th 2020
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €495

Transnistria 30th National Day and Gagauzia Tour

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

  • Start Date : August 29th 2020
    End Date : September 5th 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €1490-€2790

Transnistria, South Ossetia, Chechnya and Russia Combo

Visit two post-Soviet breakaway states and explore the length and breadth of Russia from Siberia to the Caucasus!

  • Start Date : August 29th 2020
    End Date : September 18th-27th, 2020
  • Duration: 22 days to 29 days
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  • $1345

Kyrgyzstan Independence Day Tour

Lakes, mountains, military parades and ‘dead goat polo’. What more could you want?

  • Start Date : August 30th 2020
    End Date : September 6th 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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september
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  • €995

Revolutionary Russia Tour

Visit the most important sites throughout Russia at a ridiculously cheap price!

  • Start Date : September 4th 2020
    End Date : September 15th, 2020
  • Duration: 11 nights, 12 days
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  • €3495

Karakoram & Pamir Highway Combo Tour

Journey all the way from Pakistan via China and Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan along the most stunning mountain roads in the world.

  • Start Date : September 8th 2020
    End Date : September 29th 2020
  • Duration: 21 nights, 22 days
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  • €1995

Pakistan to China : Karakoram Highway Tour

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

  • Start Date : September 8th 2020
    End Date : September 21st 2020
  • Duration: 13 nights, 14 days
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Actual Young Pioneers at the South Ossetia parade
  • €795

South Ossetia National Day Tour

Participate in the independence day celebrations of the world's youngest unrecognised Country and frozen conflict zone!

  • Start Date : September 15th 2020
    End Date : September 22nd 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €1595

Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan: Pamir Highway Tour

Explore remote Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan, and even peek across the river into Afghanistan on our classic Pamir Highway Tour.

  • Start Date : September 20th 2020
    End Date : September 29th, 2020
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €495

Chechnya and Stalingrad Tour

A Soviet- and post-Soviet-themed adventure through the former war-ravaged Chechnya and Stalingrad!

  • Start Date : September 22nd 2020
    End Date : September 27th 2020
  • Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
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turkmenistan
  • $945

Turkmenistan Independence Day Budget Tour

See the dazzling colossus of Ashgabat and the Gates of Hell!

  • Start Date : September 26th 2020
    End Date : September 29th 2020
  • Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
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  • $1395

Turkmenistan Independence Day Tour

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

  • Start Date : September 26th 2020
    End Date : October 3rd 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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Relaxing on the beach
  • $1095

Palawan Island Hopping Tour

YPT doesn’t normally do beaches, but then we saw these beaches!

  • Start Date : September 30th 2020
    End Date : October 8th 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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october
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  • €845

Soviet Baltics

Tagline: Actively experience the dark history of the Baltic region in classic YPT style at an affordable price!

  • Start Date : October 1st 2020
    End Date : October 8th 2020
  • Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
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Our group in front of the ruins of a palace in Massawa, Eritrea
  • $895

Best of Eritrea Budget Tour

Simply the cheapest way to do the best activities of Eritrea

  • Start Date : October 9th 2020
    End Date : October 13th, 2020
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • €395

Belarus Exclusion Zone Autumn Tour

Visit the recently opened and untouched sector of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Explore abandoned Soviet villages, factories, police stations. See wildlife such as Wolves, Bison and much more!

  • Start Date : October 9th 2020
    End Date : October 12th 2020
  • Duration: 3 nights, 4 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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vietnam train
  • €795-€995

Vietnam and South West China Tour

Explore the main sights and sounds of Vietnam by train all the way up into South West China.

  • Start Date : October 12th 2020
    End Date : October 19th / 22nd 2020
  • Duration: 10 nights, 11 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 12th 2020
    End Date : November 3rd, 2020
  • Duration: 21 nights, 22 days
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Socotra Arabian Sea October Tour
  • $1795

Socotra Arabian Sea October Tour

An October to remember on the reclusive paradise of Socotra!

  • Start Date : October 13th 2020
    End Date : October 21st, 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • €1995

Svalbard: Soviet Frontier Cruise (SECOND DEPARTURE)

A second chance to visit some of the northernmost settlements in the world in ex-Soviet Svalbard!

  • Start Date : October 14th 2020
    End Date : October 19th 2020
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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View of the city of Manama in Bahrain
  • €445

Bahrain Tour

Enjoy a weekend of Arab culture, history and liberal society in Bahrain

  • Start Date : October 15th 2020
    End Date : October 17th, 2020
  • Duration: 2 nights, 3 days
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  • €3890

Whole Iraq Autumn Combo

The ultimate Iraqi adventure

  • Start Date : October 16th 2020
    End Date : October 28th, 2020
  • Duration: 12 nights, 13 days
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  • €2795

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 16th 2020
    End Date : October 22nd, 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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Edge of the World in Saudi Arabia KSA
  • €2995

South Saudi Yemeni Borderlands Tour

Visit Saudi’s far south and the Yemen borderland towns and cities

  • Start Date : October 17th 2020
    End Date : October 25th, 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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egypt
  • $595

Alternative Egypt October Tour

Think you've seen all of Egypt? Wrong!

  • Start Date : October 21st 2020
    End Date : October 25th, 2020
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • €1095

Iraqi Kurdistan Adventure

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

  • Start Date : October 22nd 2020
    End Date : October 28th, 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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Guyanas
  • $2095

The Guyanas Tour

Explore one of South America's most underrated countries!

  • Start Date : October 24th 2020
    End Date : October 31st, 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €595

Kuwait Tour

Perfect for country collectors or as a conclusion to our Saudi Arabia tour

  • Start Date : October 25th 2020
    End Date : October 28th, 2020
  • Duration: 3 Nights, 4 Days
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A bullet-damaged bust of Lenin looms large outside the Palace of Culture, Tiraspol, Transnistria.
  • €2995

Eurasian Adventure

5 weeks, 2 continents and 21 countries. The ten-year-running, original YPT Soviet adventure through fallen empires, nuclear wastelands and unrecognized countries!

  • Start Date : October 27th 2020
    End Date : December 6th 2020
  • Duration: 2 days to 39 days
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  • €995 / €1495

Hidden Iran Tour

Explore Iran from ancient to modern and get truly off the beaten path in Hormuz

  • Start Date : October 28th 2020
    End Date : November 4th/7th, 2020
  • Duration: 8 days / 11 days
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  • $895-$1190

Cuba: Che Guevara and Missile Base Tour (November 2020)

Find out more about El Comandante and his past in Che’s Cuba

  • Start Date : November 2nd 2020
    End Date : November 9th / 11th 2020
  • Duration: 8 days / 10 days
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  • $2695

Cuba & Colombia Combo (November 2020)

Explore Che Guevara's Cuba before going in depth in to the Marxist and drug lord history of Colombia

  • Start Date : November 2nd 2020
    End Date : November 20th 2020
  • Duration: 18 nights, 19 days
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  • €795

Chernobyl & Transnistria Nuclear Winter Tour

Experience atmospheric winter in the former Soviet Union on a journey through the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and the unrecognized Soviet time-warp country of Transnistria!

  • Start Date : November 6th 2020
    End Date : November 14th 2020
  • Duration: 9 Days, 8 Nights
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  • $1295

Colombia: Civil War and Narcos Tour (November 2020)

From drug lords to Marxist rebels, explore Colombia's history up close!

  • Start Date : November 12th 2020
    End Date : November 20th 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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Colombia and Ecuador
  • $5995

Colombia & Ecuador Mega Combo

An epic one month adventure through Colombia and Ecuador!

  • Start Date : November 12th 2020
    End Date : December 12th 2020
  • Duration: 30 nights, 31 days
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Sudan Meroe Pyramids
  • $3990-$5790

Whole of the Sudans: Sudan, South Sudan Combo

Visit two of Africa's most fascinating countries, formerly making the biggest country of the continent: Sudan and South Sudan

  • Start Date : November 16th 2020
    End Date : November 29th / December 4th, 2020
  • Duration: 13 days / 18 days
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A group of Sudanese hanging out by Napata Sudan
  • $1495

Sudan Nubian Legends Tour

Avoid the crowds of Egypt and visit one of the world's most ancient and diverse civilization!

  • Start Date : November 16th 2020
    End Date : November 23rd, 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • $1995

Five Stans Light-Speed tour

Our lightning-fast tour of the 5 'Stans, taking in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in only 10 days!

  • Start Date : November 16th 2020
    End Date : November 25th 2020
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €895

Balkan Badlands Tour

A winter journey through the fascinating Balkan Peninsula. Natural beauty and hospitality contrasted with the horrors of war and the unspeakable atrocities of brutal political regimes.

  • Start Date : November 17th 2020
    End Date : November 29th 2020
  • Duration: 13 Days, 12 Nights
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  • €495

Kosovo and Albania winter tour

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

  • Start Date : November 18th 2020
    End Date : November 23rd 2020
  • Duration: 6 Days, 5 Nights
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A full mundari cattle camp
  • $2495-$4295

South Sudan Tour

The world's youngest and most outlandish nation: South Sudan

  • Start Date : November 23rd 2020
    End Date : November 29th / December 4th, 2020
  • Duration: 7 days / 12 days
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galapagos islands
  • $745 - $3995

Ecuador Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands Tour

Venture deep into the Amazon on our inaugural Ecuador tour!

  • Start Date : November 26th 2020
    End Date : December 9th 2020
  • Duration: 5 days / 11 days / 14 days
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  • $2695

Least Visited Countries: the Prequel

Party in Palau and spend Christmas in the Federated States of Micronesia!

  • Start Date : December 18th 2020
    End Date : December 26th 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • €795

Myanmar Christmas Adventure

Spend Christmas in the mountains of Myanmar and celebrate with the locals!

  • Start Date : December 20th 2020
    End Date : December 27th 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €495

Chernobyl and Transnistria Ultra Budget New Year Tour

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

  • Start Date : December 28th 2020
    End Date : January 3rd, 2021
  • 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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With a long and wide experience in Eastern Europe, we are able to offer you incredible adventures in what was once the Soviet Union. Come with us for military parades in the breakaway republics of Transnistria and South Ossetia but also explore the ruins of Chernobyl in Ukraine and Belarus. If wasn’t enough, our Eurasian Adventure takes you through the whole of the Eastern Bloc!

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When you choose a holiday destination, it’s always cool to choose an obscure country to see your mate’s 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 unrecognized 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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