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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  • $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 2023
    End Date : March 22nd 2023
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €995

Divided Cyprus Easter Tour

Explore Turkish controlled Northern Cyprus with war-torn ghost towns

  • Start Date : April 9th 2023
    End Date : April 14th 2023
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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YPT mingling with Somalilanders
  • $1695 / $2495 / $3045

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

Tick off the tricky Horn of Africa countries with YPT!

  • Start Date : May 14th 2023
    End Date : May 21st / 25th 2023
  • 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 18th 2023
    End Date : May 24th 2023
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • $1095

Terra Nullius: Bir Tawil Incursion

The world's only unclaimed inhabitable piece of land - we go there!

  • Start Date : November 17th 2023
    End Date : November 24th 2023
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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