Young Pioneer Tours

Unrecognised Countries

We have been on the forefront of off the beaten path travel since the very beginning. While there are currently 193 UN recognised countries in the world, we have been the first tour company to offer you tours to the world’s unrecognised countries across Eurasia and Africa. Our expert guides pioneer the destinations in depth to bring you to the leading edge of travel in countries that have almost no infrastructure for tourists. These places can be extremely difficult to get to; however, our team can plan your adventure.

Our Unrecognised 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 two 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 tours to unrecognised countries are suitable for all solo travellers, 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.

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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 31st 2024
    End Date : September 4th 2024
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • $1695 - $7595

Ultimate Chechnya and Caucasus Unrecognised Countries Tour

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

  • Start Date : September 9th 2024
    End Date : October 1st 2024
  • Duration: 4 - 23 days
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  • $2195

South Ossetia Independence Day Tour

Participate in the independence day celebrations of the world's youngest unrecognised country

  • Start Date : September 18th 2024
    End Date : September 22nd 2024
  • Duration: 4 Nights, 5 Days
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  • $1695

Abkhazia Independence Day Tour

Discover one of the hardest post Soviet countries to visit

  • Start Date : September 26th 2024
    End Date : October 1st 2024
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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Transnitsria Tours
  • €595

Undiscovered Transnistria Tour

Travel to an unrecognised Soviet country stuck in a frozen conflict with YPT

  • Start Date : October 2nd 2024
    End Date : October 7th 2024
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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  • €895

Divided Cyprus TRNC National Day Tour

Take part in the incredible Northern Cyprus National Day Celebrations!

  • Start Date : November 14th 2024
    End Date : November 19th 2024
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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  • €795 - €1695

Ultimate Yugoslavia Tour: Tito’s Winter

Visit the former People's Republic of Yugoslavia through 7 unique countries

  • Start Date : November 22nd 2024
    End Date : November 27th / 30th / December 3rd 2024
  • Duration: 5 days / 6 days / 12 days
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Kurdistan E-Visa
  • $1145

Iraqi Kurdistan New Year Tour

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

  • Start Date : December 26th 2024
    End Date : January 1st 2025
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €495

Transnistria & Gagauzia New Year Tour

Think the Cold War is over? Come to Transnistria for New Year's and think again!

  • Start Date : December 30th 2024
    End Date : January 2nd 2025
  • Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
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Kurdistan E-Visa
  • $1145

Iraqi Kurdistan Newroz Festival Tour

Join the astonishing celebrations of Newroz and see the last influences of Saddam’s rule in Kurdistan

  • Start Date : March 16th 2025
    End Date : March 22nd 2025
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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Transnistria parade
  • €995

Ultimate Transnistria Victory Day Tour

Celebrate Transnistrian Victory Day and witness a Soviet style military parade.

  • Start Date : May 6th 2025
    End Date : May 12th 2025
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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YPT mingling with Somalilanders
  • $2045 / $2595 / $3445

Djibouti, Somaliland, Eritrea & Somalia: Horn of Africa Independence Combo Tour

Tick off the tricky Horn of Africa countries with YPT!

  • Start Date : May 14th 2025
    End Date : May 21st / 25th 2025
  • Duration: 8 days / 9 days / 12 days
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  • $1145

Iraqi Kurdistan Spring Tour

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

  • Start Date : May 15th 2025
    End Date : May 21st 2025
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €795 - €1695

Ultimate Yugoslavia Tour

Visit the former People's Republic of Yugoslavia through 7 unique countries

  • Start Date : May 16th 2025
    End Date : May 21st / 23rd / 27th 2025
  • Duration: 5 days / 6 days / 12 days
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Transnistria parade
  • €595

Transnistria National Day & Gagauzia Tour

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

  • Start Date : August 31st 2025
    End Date : September 4th 2025
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • €895

Divided Cyprus TRNC National Day Tour

Take part in the incredible Northern Cyprus National Day Celebrations!

  • Start Date : November 14th 2025
    End Date : November 19th 2025
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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