Yough Pioneer Tours

Worldwide Adventures

Each year we strive to add more adventurous destinations around the globe, running research trips to find out the best way to offer you the chance to visit the mysterious corners of the world still untouched by regular tourism.

We run tours to Nauru, Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Palau, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Myanmar. We also regularly run tours in China, Vietnam, Mongolia and the Philippines, as well as Cuba and Colombia. We also travel as far and wide as Antarctica, Greenland, Svalbard,  Venezuela  and for the ultimate passport stamp visit Islandia off the coast of Belize City with our friends at Let’s Buy an Island.

All our international tours are run in accordance with YPT’s branding and ethos: a super price, expert guides, and most importantly an adventure that will stick with you for life. We run tours for people who hate group tours, and we do not run groups larger than 25 people (at 26 we split into two) but the average size is 10 people. All groups are led by expert guides that know the destinations and are passionate about what they do. We also strongly believe in value, and generally, our prices are unbeatable.

Just get in touch with us!

We can offer independent tours to any of our worldwide destinations year-round, which are organised by our regional offices across the globe. For independent tours to Cuba please check out Cuban Pioneers. On top of this, if you have a dream destination in mind on a road less travelled, we can tailor packages for you to any destination you can think of, at great prices. Our independent tours are done according to your needs and we are always on the lookout for new and exciting destinations to add to our list of worldwide adventures. Contact us today to organise your tailor made pioneering adventure to places your mother wished you stayed away from.

Is there anywhere we won’t go?
Yes of course, though we will go almost anywhere unless there is an active war taking place in the specific area and the situation is considered too dangerous. Contact us with your request and we will let you know if it is possible.

If I want to do a combo tour but can’t do all of it is that possible?
Yes, our long combo tours are open to people on any leg. You can join later or leave early depending on your schedule, just get in touch for an exact quote!

How often do we add new destinations?
Our list of destinations is constantly updating and we add many new tours every year – sign up for our mailing list or like us on Facebook to keep up to date!

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East Timor crew
  • $1495/$1795

Timor Independence Day Overland Tour

A real exploration of South East Asia's least visited country - crossing from Indonesia into East Timor

  • Start Date : May 16th 2020
    End Date : May 24th 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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The hectic beat of Dhaka
  • €695-1495

Bangladesh Unbound

From paddleboat to shipbreaking yards through markets and mosques, fully experience Bangladesh

  • Start Date : June 22nd 2020
    End Date : June 29th / July 2nd, 2020
  • Duration: 4 days / 11 days
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Doderma buddha statue in Bhutan
  • €2190-€2990

Unexplored South Asia (Bangladesh & Bhutan) Combo Tour

A tour of extreme constrasts in South Asia! The tuktuks of Bangladesh and the yaks of Bhutan!

  • Start Date : June 22nd 2020
    End Date : July 8th, 2020
  • Duration: 11 days / 18 days
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The world's famous Tiger's nest monastery in Bhutan
  • €1495

Kingdom of Bhutan Tour

The cheapest, funniest and easiest way to see the best of Bhutan

  • Start Date : July 3rd 2020
    End Date : July 8th, 2020
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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Our group in front of the statue of Genghis Khan, in Mongolia
  • €995

Mongolia Naadam Festival and Wilderness Tour

The best way to take in the essentials of Mongolia as well as the Naadam Festival!

  • Start Date : July 9th 2020
    End Date : July 16th, 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €995

Buryatia & Lake Baikal Tour

Witness Lake Baikal in all its glory and visit Buryat settlements

  • Start Date : July 17th 2020
    End Date : July 24th, 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €3495

Karakoram & Pamir Highway Combo Tour

Journey all the way from Pakistan via China and Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan along the most stunning mountain roads in the world.

  • Start Date : September 8th 2020
    End Date : September 29th 2020
  • Duration: 21 nights, 22 days
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  • €1995

Pakistan to China : Karakoram Highway Tour

Journey on one of the most iconic roads in the world from Pakistan to far west China!

  • Start Date : September 8th 2020
    End Date : September 21st 2020
  • Duration: 13 nights, 14 days
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  • €1595

Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan: Pamir Highway Tour

Explore remote Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan, and even peek across the river into Afghanistan on our classic Pamir Highway Tour.

  • Start Date : September 20th 2020
    End Date : September 29th, 2020
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €495

Chechnya and Stalingrad Tour

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

  • Start Date : September 22nd 2020
    End Date : September 27th 2020
  • Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
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Relaxing on the beach
  • $1095

Palawan Island Hopping Tour

YPT doesn’t normally do beaches, but then we saw these beaches!

  • Start Date : September 30th 2020
    End Date : October 8th 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 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 11th 2020
    End Date : October 16th, 2020
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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vietnam train
  • €795-€995

Vietnam and South West China Tour

Explore the main sights and sounds of Vietnam by train all the way up into South West China.

  • Start Date : October 12th 2020
    End Date : October 19th / 22nd 2020
  • Duration: 10 nights, 11 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 12th 2020
    End Date : November 3rd, 2020
  • 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 14th 2020
    End Date : October 19th 2020
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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Guyanas
  • $2095

The Guyanas Tour

Explore one of South America's most underrated countries!

  • Start Date : October 24th 2020
    End Date : October 31st, 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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A bullet-damaged bust of Lenin looms large outside the Palace of Culture, Tiraspol, Transnistria.
  • €395-€2995

Eurasian Adventure

5 weeks, 2 continents and 21 countries. The ten-year-running, original YPT Soviet adventure through fallen empires, nuclear wastelands and unrecognized countries!

  • Start Date : October 27th 2020
    End Date : December 6th 2020
  • Duration: 2 days to 39 days
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  • $895-$1190

Cuba: Che Guevara and Missile Base Tour (November 2020)

Find out more about El Comandante and his past in Che’s Cuba

  • Start Date : November 2nd 2020
    End Date : November 9th / 11th 2020
  • Duration: 8 days / 10 days
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  • $2695

Cuba & Colombia Combo (November 2020)

Explore Che Guevara's Cuba before going in depth in to the Marxist and drug lord history of Colombia

  • Start Date : November 2nd 2020
    End Date : November 20th 2020
  • Duration: 18 nights, 19 days
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  • $1295

Colombia: Civil War and Narcos Tour (November 2020)

From drug lords to Marxist rebels, explore Colombia's history up close!

  • Start Date : November 12th 2020
    End Date : November 20th 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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Colombia and Ecuador
  • $5995

Colombia & Ecuador Mega Combo

An epic one month adventure through Colombia and Ecuador!

  • Start Date : November 12th 2020
    End Date : December 12th 2020
  • Duration: 30 nights, 31 days
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galapagos islands
  • $745 - $3995

Ecuador Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands Tour

Venture deep into the Amazon on our inaugural Ecuador tour!

  • Start Date : November 26th 2020
    End Date : December 9th 2020
  • Duration: 5 days / 11 days / 14 days
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  • $2695

Least Visited Countries: the Prequel

Party in Palau and spend Christmas in the Federated States of Micronesia!

  • Start Date : December 18th 2020
    End Date : December 26th 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • €795

Myanmar Christmas Adventure

Spend Christmas in the mountains of Myanmar and celebrate with the locals!

  • Start Date : December 20th 2020
    End Date : December 27th 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • $1195

Extreme Philippines Tour

Crucifixions, hanging coffins and cockfights - think you know the Philippines? Think Again.

  • Start Date : April 1st 2021
    End Date : April 8, 2021
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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Penitents are nailed to crosses for the Cutud Lenten rites in the Philippines.
  • $95 / $150

Cutud Lenten Rites Day Trip

Ever seen a live crucifixion? Here's your chance!

  • Start Date : April 2nd 2021
    End Date : April 3, 2021
  • Duration: 1 day / 2 days
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  • €495

Kangbashi-Ordos Ghost City Tour (April)

Urban exploration in ghost city of China

  • Start Date : April 8th 2021
    End Date : April 10th, 2021
  • Duration: 2 nights, 3 days
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  • $895-$1195

Cuba May Day Revolutionary Tour 2021

Part Soviet era parade, part Latin American carnival; there’s really only one place to be on May Day

  • Start Date : April 25th 2021
    End Date : May 4th 2021
  • Duration: 7 days to 9 days
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  • $2495

Cuba May Day & Colombia Combo

Explore Che Guevara's Cuba before going in depth in to the Marxist and drug lord history of Colombia

  • Start Date : April 25th 2021
    End Date : May 12th, 2021
  • Duration: 17 nights, 18 days
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  • $1295

Colombia Civil War and Narcos Tour 2021

From drug lords to Marxist rebels, explore Colombia's history up close!

  • Start Date : May 6th 2021
    End Date : May 12th 2021
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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East Timor crew
  • $1495/$1795

Timor Independence Day Overland Tour

A real exploration of South East Asia's least visited country - crossing from Indonesia into East Timor

  • Start Date : May 16th 2021
    End Date : May 24th 2021
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • $3395 - $3695

East Timor & West Papua Tour

Celebrate National Day in East Timor and explore the unexplored in Indonesian West Papua

  • Start Date : May 16th 2021
    End Date : May 29th, 2021
  • Duration: 14 nights, 15 days
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  • €1695-€2595

Moscow to Pyongyang By Train Tour

Travel with YPT as we ride on the longest train journey in the world!

  • Start Date : May 17th 2021
    End Date : 3rd June 2021
  • Duration: 8 days / 17 days
  • Flight option: €300 flight out
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  • $1495-$1995

West Papua Tour

Explore the remote and pristine villages and valleys of West Papua

  • Start Date : May 23rd 2021
    End Date : May 29th, 2021
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €995

All Koreas Part 1: North Korea Borderlands

North Korea Borderlands - What we believe to be the most fascinating border ever.

  • Start Date : June 18th 2021
    End Date : June 25th 2021
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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The world's famous Tiger's nest monastery in Bhutan
  • €2190-€2990

Unexplored South Asia (Bangladesh & Bhutan) Combo Tour

A tour of extreme constrasts in South Asia! The tuktuks of Bangladesh and the yaks of Bhutan!

  • Start Date : June 21st 2021
    End Date : July 7th, 2021
  • Duration: 11 days / 18 days
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The hectic beat of Dhaka
  • €695-€1495

Bangladesh Unbound

From paddleboat to shipbreaking yards through markets and mosques, fully experience Bangladesh

  • Start Date : June 21st 2021
    End Date : July 1st, 2021
  • Duration: 4 days / 11 days
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  • €1740

China and North Korea Political Interest Combo

A spectacular tour to learn about the history and poltics between China and the DPRK.

  • Start Date : June 28th 2021
    End Date : July 11th, 2021
  • Duration: 12 nights, 13 days
  • Flight option: €200 flight one way or €250 return
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  • €795

Chairman Mao & Nanjiecun People’s Commune Tour

Communist China from Mao’s hometown to his mausoleum. Plus a remaining commune!

  • Start Date : June 28th 2021
    End Date : July 4th, 2021
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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The potala palace in Lhasa, Tibet province of China
  • €2990-€3690

Kingdoms of the Himalaya (Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet) Combo Tour

Take in the best of the isolated and ancient kingdoms of the Himalayas!

  • Start Date : July 2nd 2021
    End Date : July 19th-21st, 2021
  • Duration: 18 days / 20 days
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Doderma buddha statue in Bhutan
  • €1495

Kingdom of Bhutan Tour

The cheapest, funniest and easiest way to see the best of Bhutan

  • Start Date : July 2nd 2021
    End Date : July 7th, 2021
  • Duration: 5 nights, 6 days
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  • €995

All Koreas Part 3: South Korea Tour

Explore with us not one but two other rural DMZ areas from the south. A very off the beaten track DMZ tour.

  • Start Date : July 3rd 2021
    End Date : July 9th 2021
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
  • Ship option: Ferry from China to South Korea included
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Female archers in row for the competition in Ulan Bator, Mongolia
  • €1595

Inner-Outer Mongolia Combo Tour

Visit Inner Mongolia and the ghost town of Ordos-Kangbashi as well as Outer Mongolia and the Naadam Festival

  • Start Date : July 5th 2021
    End Date : July 17th, 2021
  • Duration: 13 nights, 14 days
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lake baikal
  • €1990-€2495

Mongolia & Russia: Naadam, Buryatia and Lake Baikal Combo Tour

Venture through the Mongolias in time for Naadam festival and see the wonders of Buryatia and Lake Baikal

  • Start Date : July 5th 2021
    End Date : July 25th, 2021
  • Duration: 14 days / 22 days
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  • €645

Inner Mongolia & Kangbashi-Ordos Ghost City Tour

The best of Inner Mongolia, zipping through the grasslands to visit China's most infamous ghost town and its dinosaur town

  • Start Date : July 5th 2021
    End Date : July 10th 2021
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • €995

Mongolia Naadam Festival and Wilderness Tour

Spectate at Mongolia's most important festival on this perfect summer getaway!

  • Start Date : July 10th 2021
    End Date : July 17th, 2021
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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Tibet
  • €1195 / €1895

Tibet Roof of the World & Everest Base Camp

Watch debating monks and cross 5000m mountain passes before taking on the roof of the world

  • Start Date : July 10th 2021
    End Date : July 21st, 2021
  • Duration: 8 days / 12 days
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  • $2895-$4390

Papua New Guinea Mount Hagen Festival & Bougainville Tour

Watch the tribal festival of a lifetime in this fascinating country

  • Start Date : August 10th 2021
    End Date : August 23rd 2021
  • Duration: 9 days / 12 days
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Group photo with the locals in Bougainville
  • $1495

Papua New Guinea Bougainville Tour

Explore the province of Bougainville, a place of recent history and untouched beauty!

  • Start Date : August 17th 2021
    End Date : August 23rd, 2021
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • $2995

Central Asian Summer Combo Tour

Taking in three of the ‘Stans - see all the main sights of Central Asia

  • Start Date : August 20th 2021
    End Date : September 6th 2021
  • Duration: 17 nights, 18 days
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sun on pamir highway
  • €1595

Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan: Pamir Highway Tour

Explore remote Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan, and even peek across the river into Afghanistan driving along majestic Pamir Highway

  • Start Date : September 18th 2021
    End Date : September 27th, 2021
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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Palawan Island Hopping Tour
  • €895

Palawan Island Hopping Tour

YPT doesn’t normally do beaches, but then we saw these beaches!

  • Start Date : September 30th 2021
    End Date : October 9th 2021
  • Duration: 10 days, 11 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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