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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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 2024
    End Date : March 22nd 2024
  • 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 : March 31st 2024
    End Date : April 5th 2024
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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YPT mingling with Somalilanders
  • $1945 / $2545 / $3295

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

Tick off the tricky Horn of Africa countries with YPT!

  • Start Date : May 14th 2024
    End Date : May 21st / 25th 2024
  • 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 16th 2024
    End Date : May 22nd 2024
  • 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 17th 2024
    End Date : May 22nd / 25th / 28th 2024
  • Duration: 5 days / 6 days / 12 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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Bir Tawil Tour
  • $1195

Terra Nullius: Bir Tawil Tour and Incursion

The Bir Tawil Tour - Visit the world's only unclaimed inhabitable piece of land - YPT go there!

  • Start Date : November 15th 2024
    End Date : November 22nd 2024
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 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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