Yough Pioneer Tours

Middle East

We want to show you the other side of the Middle East. We have been travelling here extensively for over seven years – we know and love this part of the world. At present we regularly run tours to Iran and to Iraqi Kurdistan.  We also now run tours to Southern Iraq twice a year.  We also have tours to Oman and Jordan. Our most exciting destination for 2019, without a doubt, is Saudi Arabia. Available for both males and females! Watch this space for more exciting destinations being added constantly!

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 our prices are generally unbeaten.

Can’t find a date that fits you or want something on measure? Read more about our independent Middle East tours to Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan as well as Iran.

Like our Afghanistan Tours, we offer a variety of tours to Syria throughout the year but do not put the itineraries online. Get in touch with us to see the itineraries!

Aside from popular group tours to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq which we have now offered for many years, we are also able to offer tailor-made itineraries to fit any group size, need or budget. Through our relationships with several local Iranian and Iraqi partners, we can offer unparalleled prices, service and experience.

Whilst Iran is a huge, fascinating, and warm country that one could easily spend months exploring, there are certain sites that should not be missed. Click here for more information on independent tours to Iran.

Click here for more information on independent tours to Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan.

Do I need to apply for a visa?

Iran

For the most part, yes. The vast majority of travellers can get the visa on arrival if flying in. You can apply for an e-visa online here http://e_visa.mfa.ir/ or we can apply for a visa code for you. You then take this code with you when you fly and present it on arrival.

Americans, British and Canadians must apply for a visa in advance.

Kurdistan

If you are holding passports from the EU, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand you do not need a visa for Iraqi Kurdistan. If you are from any other country get in touch and we’ll help you apply for a visa.

Is it safe?

Both Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan are incredibly safe and peaceful lands in a sadly troubled region. The people are warm, friendly and welcoming to foreigners. In Kurdistan, we never stray over the Kurdish/Iraqi boundary.

I have an Israeli stamp in my passport, can I travel?

You cannot travel to Iran but Kurdistan is fine.

What currency should I bring?

For both countries, it’s best to have plenty of cash in USD or Euro. Your ATM card will not work in Iran.

If I want a single room, how much extra is it?

€200 in Iran and €240 in Kurdistan.

Can you arrange an airport pick up for me?

Yes, we can arrange this at an extra cost of €40 each way

Should I tip?

It’s customary to tip the local guide at the end of the tour in both countries. Your tour leader will organize a collection.

Is it dry?

Iran is very dry but we have been known to attend the odd underground house party flush with local “vodka”.

Kurdistan is most definitely NOT dry. Whist bars are few are far between outside of Erbil, liquor stores are in every town and city.

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A dragonblood tree in Socotra
  • €1595

Socotra Arabian Sea November Tour

Visit Yemen's untouched Socotra island!

  • Start Date : November 19th 2019
    End Date : November 27th 2019
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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A dragonblood tree in Socotra
  • €1595

Socotra Arabian Sea March Tour

Right before our ultimate arabian odyssey, visit the majestic island of Socotra, Yemen.

  • Start Date : March 17th 2020
    End Date : March 25th, 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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Corridors in Bahrain
  • €395

Bahrain Tour

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

  • Start Date : March 26th 2020
    End Date : March 28th, 2020
  • Duration: 2 nights, 3 days
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visas to iran | how to get iranian visa in UK
  • €4495

Middle East Mega Combo (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iran)

Visit most of the Arabian Peninsula in one tour!

  • Start Date : March 26th 2020
    End Date : April 14th, 2020
  • Duration: 19 nights, 20 days
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  • €2495

Saudi Arabia Tour

Be amongst the first official tourists to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Start Date : March 28th 2020
    End Date : April 4th, 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €995

Jordan The Business of War Tour

Visit ancient Petra, ride camels through the desert with Bedouin...oh and rub shoulders with royalty and military men at the International Arms Fair!

  • Start Date : March 29th 2020
    End Date : April 3rd, 2020
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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  • €545

Kuwait Tour

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

  • Start Date : April 4th 2020
    End Date : April 7th, 2020
  • Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
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  • €1095

Iran Revolutionary Spring Tour

Experience history both modern and ancient in in this beautiful country

  • Start Date : April 7th 2020
    End Date : April 14th 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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Statue of ethinicities of Nagorno Karabakh also known as Artsakh
  • €1845 - €2495

Iran & Caucasus Unrecognised Countries Combo

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

  • Start Date : April 7th 2020
    End Date : April 28th, 2020
  • Duration: 20 nights, 21 days
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  • €3390

Whole Iraq Spring Combo

The ultimate Iraqi adventure

  • Start Date : April 14th 2020
    End Date : April 26th, 2020
  • Duration: 12 nights, 13 days
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  • €2295

Southern Iraq Spring Tour

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

  • Start Date : April 14th 2020
    End Date : April 20th, 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €1095

Iraqi Kurdistan Spring Adventure

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

  • Start Date : April 20th 2020
    End Date : April 26th, 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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