Yough Pioneer Tours

Soviet Europe

From the YPT office in Varna, Bulgaria, and with our specialist knowledge and language skills 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. Through our Soviet tours and travel packages, we have pioneered travel in Chernobyl and the Unrecognised Countries of the former Soviet Union, and we run regular trips to the Balkans, Albania, Ukraine, Belarus, Kaliningrad and Russia itself. In fact, there’s not one country in the former Eastern Bloc that we don’t go to!

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

7 weeks, 21 post-Soviet countries or Unrecognised Countries. Taking in the whole iron curtain: The true Young Pioneer Tour

  • Start Date : October 29th 2019
    End Date : December 20th 2019
  • Duration: 52 nights, 53 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 7th 2019
    End Date : November 15th 2019
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • €595

Kaliningrad Post-Soviet Exclave Tour

Explore Russia's westernmost exclave, the secretive Kaliningrad

  • Start Date : December 9th 2019
    End Date : December 13th, 2019
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • €1395

Kaliningrad & Baltics Combo

Tour the whole of the Baltics, from Kaliningrad to Estonia!

  • Start Date : December 9th 2019
    End Date : December 20th, 2019
  • Duration: 11 nights, 12 days
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  • €845

Budget Baltics

An action-packed and in-depth road trip which kicks off in Lithuania and takes us through four countries in just over a week.

  • Start Date : December 14th 2019
    End Date : December 20th, 2019
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €495

Chernobyl & Transnistria Ultra Budget New Year Tour

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

  • Start Date : December 28th 2019
    End Date : January 3rd, 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €845

Poland WW2 Adventure

Discover Poland's dark World War 2 past.

  • Start Date : February 15th 2020
    End Date : February 22nd 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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  • €790

Chernobyl and Transnistria (Easter) Tour

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

  • Start Date : April 10th 2020
    End Date : April 19th 2020
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €795-€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 14th 2020
    End Date : April 28th 2020
  • Duration: 14 nights, 15 days
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  • €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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  • €1695 - €2495

Moscow to Pyongyang By Train Tour

Travel with YPT as we ride on the longest train journey in the world!

  • Start Date : May 20th 2020
    End Date : 5th June 2020
  • Duration: 15 nights, 16 days / 8 nights, 9 days
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Balkan-Badlands-Tour
  • €995

Balkan Badlands Tour

The ultimate summer Balkan adventure

  • Start Date : June 13th 2020
    End Date : June 25th, 2020
  • Duration: 12 nights, 13 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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  • €2290

Transnistria, Russia and South Ossetia 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 22nd, 2020
  • Duration: 23 nights, 24 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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  • €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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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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  • €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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  • €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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  • €2995

Eurasian Adventure

7 weeks, 20 post-Soviet countries or Unrecognised Countries. The true Young Pioneer Tour

  • Start Date : October 27th 2020
    End Date : December 18th 2020
  • Duration: 52 nights, 53 days
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