Young Pioneer Tours

Soviet Europe Tours

From our office in Varna, Bulgaria, and with our specialist knowledge and language skills gained from a decade 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.

Our Soviet Europe tours are run in accordance with YPT’s branding and ethos: a competitive price, expert guides, and most importantly an adventure that will stick with you for life. Every tour is accompanied by an experienced western YPT guide and to encourage friendships and good times we cap our tour groups at a maximum of 24 people. Once we hit 25, we divide our tours into 2 different groups with their own vehicle, local guides and western YPT guides. Group sizes are usually around 10 – 12 people. As we like to say, “we do group tours for people who hate group tours”.

Our independent Soviet tours are suitable for all solo travelers, couples, friends, families, and travel groups. During your private tour, you will be accompanied by local guides (several languages are available), and you will have your own driver and air-conditioned vehicle. YPT provides full visa support. A dedicated, western YPT guide can also be hired for the trip if needed.

  • Russia: Magadan, Murmansk & Soviet Arctic, Stalingrad, Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Eastern and Central Europe: Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine & Chernobyl
  • Balkans: The entire former Yugoslavia, AlbaniaBulgaria, Romania
  • Baltic States: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Kaliningrad
  • Caucasus: Chechnya, Dagestan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nakhchivan
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Signs of the No man's land of Cyprus
  • €695

Divided Cyprus Tour

Explore Turkish controlled Northern Cyprus with war-torn ghost towns

  • Start Date : May 21st 2021
    End Date : May 26th 2021
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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  • €395

Belarus Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Spring Tour

Visit the recently opened and untouched sector of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, in Belarus!

  • Start Date : May 28th 2021
    End Date : May 31st, 2021
  • Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
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  • €395 / €600 / €995

The Ultimate Yugoslavia Tour

Visit the entire former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

  • Start Date : May 30th 2021
    End Date : June 6th / 11th 2021
  • Duration: 5 day / 8 days / 13 days
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  • €395 / €790

Chernobyl & Transnistria Summer Tour

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

  • Start Date : July 16th 2021
    End Date : July 24th / 25th 2021
  • Duration: 2 days / 10 days
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  • €2895

Summer Siberia Combo Tour: Buryatia, Baikal and Magadan

Take in the best sites of mighty Siberia, as well as explore its darkest memories

  • Start Date : July 18th 2021
    End Date : August 1st, 2021
  • Duration: 14 nights, 15 days
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  • €995

Republic of Buryatia & Lake Baikal Siberian Summer Tour

Witness Lake Baikal in all its glory and visit Buryat settlements

  • Start Date : July 18th 2021
    End Date : July 25, 2021
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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A bear hunter with his gun in Magadan, Russia
  • €1895

Magadan Soviet Gulag Tour

Explore the Russian Far East in the Kolyma Region, infamous for its dark history and famous for its awe inspiring scenery and wildlife.

  • Start Date : July 26th 2021
    End Date : August 1st, 2021
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €795

Soviet Baltics Tour

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

  • Start Date : August 5th 2021
    End Date : August 11th, 2021
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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Transnistria parade
  • €495

Transnistria National Day and Gagauzia Tour

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

  • Start Date : August 29th 2021
    End Date : September 5th, 2021
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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The Worker and Kolkhoz Statue in Moscow, Revolutionary Russia
  • €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 2021
    End Date : September 18th-27th, 2021
  • Duration: 22 days to 29 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 2021
    End Date : September 15th, 2021
  • Duration: 11 nights, 12 days
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The statue of a horseman overseeing Tshinkval, South Ossetia
  • €795

South Ossetia Tour

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

  • Start Date : September 15th 2021
    End Date : September 22nd, 2021
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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A monument in Chechnya
  • €495

Chechnya and Stalingrad Tour

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

  • Start Date : September 22nd 2021
    End Date : September 27th, 2021
  • Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
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  • €595

Kaliningrad Post-Soviet Exclave Tour

Explore Russia's westernmost exclave, the secretive Kaliningrad

  • Start Date : September 26th 2021
    End Date : September 30th, 2021
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • €1195-1795

Kaliningrad, Baltics & Belarus Combo

Tour the whole of the Baltics, from Kaliningrad to the Belarussian Exclusion Zone

  • Start Date : September 26th 2021
    End Date : October 11th, 2021
  • Duration: 11 to 16 days
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  • €395

Belarus Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Autumn Tour

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

  • Start Date : October 8th 2021
    End Date : October 11th, 2021
  • 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 10th 2021
    End Date : October 15th 2021
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 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 11th 2021
    End Date : November 2nd, 2021
  • Duration: 21 nights, 22 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 13th 2021
    End Date : October 18th 2021
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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  • €395-€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 26th 2021
    End Date : December 5th 2021
  • Duration: 2 days to 39 days
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  • €795

Chernobyl and Transnistria Nuclear Winter Tour

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

  • Start Date : November 5th 2021
    End Date : November 13th 2021
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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Balkan-Badlands-Tour
  • €895

Balkan Badlands Tour

The ultimate Balkan adventure

  • Start Date : November 16th 2021
    End Date : November 28th, 2021
  • Duration: 12 nights, 13 days
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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 17th 2021
    End Date : November 22nd, 2021
  • Duration: 6 Days, 5 Nights
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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 2021
    End Date : January 3rd, 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €895

Belarus: Back in the USSR Tour

Visit the most Soviet of post-Soviet states in Eastern Europe and the Belarus Exclusion Zone

  • Start Date : February 18th 2022
    End Date : February 24th 2022
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €395 / €790

Chernobyl & Transnistria February Tour

Explore the last of the Soviet Union: Pripyat and our favourite Unrecognised Country of Transnistria

  • Start Date : February 25th 2022
    End Date : November 6th 2022
  • Duration: 3 days / 10 days
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  • €995

Communist Bulgaria & Dark Romania

A journey through the dark history of Romania from Communism Nicolae Ceaușescu to Dracula!

  • Start Date : March 11th 2022
    End Date : March 21st 2022
  • Duration: 10 nights, 11 days
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A massive bust of Ceauscescu by his birthplace
  • €495

Dark Romania Tour

A communist relic hunting trip through Bulgaria and a journey from the homeland of the king of Communism Nicolae Ceaușescu to Dracula!

  • Start Date : March 18th 2022
    End Date : March 21st 2022
  • Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
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  • €1845 / €2495

Iran & Caucasus Unrecognised Countries Combo Tour

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

  • Start Date : March 22nd 2022
    End Date : April 11th, 2022
  • Duration: 20 nights 21 days
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  • €795-€1495

Caucasus Unrecognised Countries Tour

Visit the hardest to get to Unrecognised Countries in the Frozen Conflict Zones of Post-Soviet Europe

  • Start Date : March 29th 2022
    End Date : April 11th 2022
  • Duration: 14 nights, 15 days
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  • €395 / €790

Chernobyl and Transnistria Easter Tour

Celebrate Easter in the former Soviet Union on a journey through Chernobyl and Transnistria

  • Start Date : April 15th 2022
    End Date : April 17th / 24th 2022
  • Duration: 3 days / 10 days
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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 2022
    End Date : May 13th 2022
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • €595

Communist Bulgaria Tour

Join an action packed, communist-relic-hunting road trip through Bulgaria

  • Start Date : May 14th 2022
    End Date : May 20th 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €1695 / €2595

Moscow to Pyongyang By Train Tour

Experience and ride on the longest passenger train journey in the world!

  • Start Date : May 24th 2022
    End Date : 10th June 2022
  • Duration: 8 days / 17 days
  • Flight option: €195 flight out
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  • €495

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 27th 2022
    End Date : May 30th 2022
  • Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
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  • €995

The Ultimate Yugoslavia Tour

Visit the former People's Republic of Yugoslavia through 6 unique countries that boast tons of dark history, bizarre sights and mouthwatering food!

  • Start Date : May 29th 2022
    End Date : June 9th, 2022
  • Duration: 12 Days, 11 Nights
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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 15th 2022
    End Date : 24th July 2022
  • 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 2022
    End Date : September 5th 2022
  • 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 2022
    End Date : September 15th, 2022
  • 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 2022
    End Date : September 22nd 2022
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €695

Chechnya and Stalingrad Tour

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

  • Start Date : September 22nd 2022
    End Date : September 27th 2022
  • Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
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Kaliningrad
  • €1195-1795

Kaliningrad, Baltics & Belarus Combo

Tour the whole of the Baltics, from Kaliningrad to the Belarussian Exclusion Zone

  • Start Date : September 26th 2022
    End Date : October 7th-11th, 2022
  • Duration: 11 to 16 days
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  • €595

Kaliningrad Post-Soviet Exclave Tour

Explore Russia's westernmost exclave, the secretive Kaliningrad

  • Start Date : September 26th 2022
    End Date : September 30th, 2022
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • €845

Soviet Baltics

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

  • Start Date : October 1st 2022
    End Date : October 8th 2022
  • Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
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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 2022
    End Date : October 12th 2022
  • Duration: 3 nights, 4 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 4th 2022
    End Date : November 12th 2022
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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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 16th 2022
    End Date : November 21st 2022
  • Duration: 6 Days, 5 Nights
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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 2022
    End Date : January 3rd, 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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