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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  • €480

Chernobyl & Transnistria New Year Ultra Budget Tour

Celebrate your New Year's by exploring Chernobyl and Transnistria with our ultra budget tour

  • Start Date : December 28th 2021
    End Date : January 2nd 2022
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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  • €4665

Iran & Whole Iraq Spring Combo

The ultimate adventure through Iran, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan!

  • Start Date : March 3rd 2022
    End Date : March 22nd, 2022
  • Duration: 19 nights, 20 days
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  • €1085

Iraqi Kurdistan Newroz Festival Tour

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

  • Start Date : March 16th 2022
    End Date : March 22nd 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €745

Divided Cyprus Easter Tour

Explore Turkish controlled Northern Cyprus with war-torn ghost towns

  • Start Date : April 15th 2022
    End Date : April 20th 2022
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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  • $1895 / $3395

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

Join us for our epic African adventure!

  • Start Date : May 14th 2022
    End Date : May 31, 2022
  • Duration: 9 days / 18 days
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  • €1085

Iraqi Kurdistan Spring Tour

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

  • Start Date : May 26th 2022
    End Date : June 1st 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €395 / €790

Transnistria & Chernobyl Summer Tour

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

  • Start Date : July 15th 2022
    End Date : July 23rd / 24th 2022
  • Duration: 2 days / 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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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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  • €395 / €790

Chernobyl & Transnistria September Tour

Explore the former Soviet Union on a journey through Chernobyl and Transnistria

  • Start Date : September 23rd 2022
    End Date : September 25th / October 2nd 2022
  • Duration: 3 days / 10 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

Chernobyl & Transnistria New Year’s Ultra Budget Tour

Celebrate your New Year's by exploring Chernobyl and Transnistria with our ultra budget tour

  • Start Date : December 28th 2022
    End Date : January 3rd 2022
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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