Young Pioneer Tours
Young Pioneer Tours
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Young Pioneer Tours is an adventure travel company formed in 2008 and based in mainland China. Specialising in travel to North Korea, we are an adventure tour operator that provides "budget tours to destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from". We are renowned and rated as one of the best tour operators to the DPRK (North Korea) with our unparalleled experience, fun way of doing things, and most importantly, excellent relations in country; this makes us the best choice for your Korea tour. Aside from the DPRK, we travel to a number of other destinations such as Iran, Cuba, China, Antarctica, Iraq, and other former Soviet countries. All our tours are founded on the YPT ethos of fun, thrill seeking and adventure at a great price. All ages welcomed!
Beijing, China

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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nilsstegemann2018
Berlin, Germany3 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
I did the Divided Cyprus Tour in November 2022. I travelled with YPT before and I love their obsession with unrecognized countries and revolutionary movements and that they do tours that are always away from the beaten paths and involve urbex activities. And they all do this on a budget and with a cool crowd.
Also in Cyprus we got to see abandoned villages, the military parade on the national day of the North or just made friends with locals we met here and there.
The group was a blend of younger and young-feeling travel nerds that all wanted to see more than the usual tourist spots. We became friends in no time and also enjoyed a little bit of partying in the evenings.
The guide in Cyprus Rowan really took care about everybody, it felt more like travelling with a friend rather than with a tour company. And also Alistair, the guy that organized the tour in the background did a great job finding places even local tourist guides hadn’t heard about.
Accomodation is always a bit on the basic side, don’t expect fancy, but just practical. The Cyprus trip involved one really luxurious hotel though - a pleasant surprise.
I can only recommend to travel with YPT to new places and certainly will visit more unusual countries with them.
Written November 20, 2022
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glennaldo_sf
Al Khor, Qatar20 contributions
May 2022
I've never really been a big fan of "group" or pre-planned" tours as I usually travel as a spontaneous traveler. However, there are some destinations that simply don't allow you to travel like this (North Korea, Turkmenistan, etc.) or whose tourism infrastructure is still too far into the development stage to make solo traveling a viable option. Therefore, I chose to book a couple of trips with Young Pioneers. Their prices were a lot more reasonable for some of these off the beaten-path places and they have a whole array of tours in many different parts of the world to chose from. Once you sign up for one tour, you become a "pioneer" and get a discount on subsequent tours, which makes a great incentive for sticking with this company.

So far I've done 2 tours, Saudi Arabia (March 2022) and Iraqi Kurdistan (May 2022) and both were excellent memorable experiences. On both tours, they met everything they promised on the itinerary and our guides Pierre, Hanna + Tawana were fantastic, fun, and made the long bus rides never seem boring. Furthermore, you'll make potential lifelong friends with the other travelers on the tour as they share a common interest in traveling a sharing stories of these remote corners of the world. Highly recommended!
Written June 11, 2022
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George M
Birmingham, UK17 contributions
Sep 2022
Just returned from another fantastic YPT tour to Moldova and Transnistria, to celebrate their Independence Day. Despite various advisories, the area is 100% safe, made more reassuring by the fact that YPT has been coming here for several years - and it shows! Rowan, as always, is very engaging, humorous, and professional without taking himself too seriously. It is very obvious that he has travelled here several times and knows as much about the area as is possible without being a local. Various experiences that you would not be able to get with anyone else, such as tasting local wine at a monastery in rural Transnistria. Fixers, local guides and support staff were all excellent, and would thoroughly recommend this tour and YPT as a company to everyone.
Written September 9, 2022
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Megs
Oregon1 contribution
Jul 2021
This has been my third experience with YPT, and first using them to explore Cyprus. There is nothing bad I can say about my experience with them, it's been positive all the way...they maintained fairly decent contact with me as I planned this trip out, answered my many, MANY e-mails promptly and with the level of research and detail I expected. I am a traveler from America, fully vaccinated and all...and the driver and guide were both nothing less than respectful of my wishes to mask up when we were in the car or in close quarters out. After getting to know them over a couple of days, I think we all sensed that we had the same level of adventure, and went exploring at some places that were not on the itinerary due to leftover time, or covid/fire closures to other places. They knew exactly what I was looking for even when I didn't know what that might be at the time. Alistair and Leo deserve raises, as does John in the office for countless e-mails he responded to about not only Cyprus, but other places I'd like to go! Go with YPT, you will not be disappointed with them!! Thanks for another wonderful travel experience and hope to see you guys in December!
Written August 26, 2021
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Dave S
Los Angeles, CA22 contributions
Oct 2022
Just finished up an incredible trip through Southern Iraq. YPT went above and beyond to provide a memorable experience. After reaching out for quotes with several groups, Rowan at YPT not only created a custom itinerary that made the most efficient use of my time but also walked me through each step in great detail. On the tour, I felt incredibly secure at all times; Sabah, my local guide, was incredibly accommodating and knowledgeable. If you are on the fence, no need to hesitate, you will not be disappointed.
Written October 11, 2022
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Craig W
1 contribution
Oct 2022
If you are a tourist who hates typical tours then Young Pioneers is for you.

This was my first YPT trip and it was an awesome one to start with. I’m already planning the next one.

The company went above and beyond. This was my first time travelling alone and out of Europe and they helped with everything from accommodation prior to the tour starting and advice on taxis, transport etc. Our guide helped sort us out with local SIM cards so we didn’t pay ridiculous roaming charges.

The trip itself was totally unique. Who else could organise a trip to SOFEX, a literal arms fair I would describe as the Comic-Con of weapons. Mixing with Saudi sheiks and military personnel from around the world whilst perusing rocket launchers, guns and machine gun drones was a surreal experience I’ll never forget. Firing guns in the middle of the desert wasn’t bad either :)

We also got to visit the monumental sites of Petra, the Amman Citadel and the King’s automobile museum.

During free time you have the option to party the night away or explore on your own. The local guide and driver were incredibly friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble.

The price of the tour was more than fair for what you got. The hotels were clean and comfy, and if I’m honest I thought they would be more basic than they were.

Overall I have to give the trip and the company top marks.

Handy tip for anyone planning on booking, let YPT know in advance of any dietary requirements and they will make sure there are other options available at restaurants.
Written January 12, 2023
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Luke Newport
London, UK12 contributions
Dec 2021
Incredible experience, tour leader and value for money. Our tour leader Rowan was extremely knowledgeable, funny and easy going. Any issue we faced due to the timing of the trip being around the holiday period or generic issues Rowan did his best and delivered every time in fixing any issue. The local guides in Chernobyl and Transnistria were extremely knowledgeable and were happy to answer any questions you may have. The hotels which were chosen fit the theme perfectly and while still being a nice place to spend a night or two in each area which is the best combination. Would definitely recommend this trip in particular (obviously not right now but when safe again) for any traveller looking for a fun, unique time in countries not often visited and will definitely be travelling with YPT again in the near future. Also make sure to pay for the tank driving and shooting range extension!
Written March 2, 2022
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titoelyaque
Denpasar, Indonesia16 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
Once again with Young Pioneer Tours I had an incredible time on a recent tour of The Kingdom of Jordan.

The key with this tour company is they treat you like family, they have very small groups, they give you individual attention, it's like you are traveling with your own family, which is how they treat you.

We had local guides and drvivers taking care of us, in addition to Gareth Johnson, who is the founder of Young Pioneer Tours and also the founder of the Principality Islandia.

Gareth did a superb job of muliti tasking, arranging for a copies of passports, getting SIM cards, finding the best places to get local souvenirs, arranging meals at traditional restaurants, entertaining in his personal hotel suite at night , for those who wanted to have some drinks but not in a bar, he also arranged security clearances. He did some of this while trying to find a toilet!! A true expert at multitasking.

If you want to have "FUN" sign up with Young Pioneer Tours🤩
Written November 29, 2022
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Paris S
Atlanta, GA1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Solo
I did both the Egypt and Cyprus tours. Absolutely phenomenal experience. Tour guides were top notch. The group was comprised of a diverse and interesting crowd.

Our first tour in Egypt was led by Mostafa. He was incredibly knowledgeable and helped us navigate the tricky waters of Cairo expert Lee. He curtailed the tour to what we were most fascinated. Our Egyptian guide, Shima, was world class, and extremely knowledgeable. Our fixer for the black and white desert, Hanny, was amazing. And a wonderful cook!

Next, in Cyprus, our main guide was Rowan. Not only did he make the tour extremely interesting and riveting with his knowledge and experience, he was absolutely hilarious; breathing life and color into every moment. Gimel, our North Cyprus guide, was one of the most knowledgeable I’ve ever seen. Such a wonderful experience!
Written November 19, 2022
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Andy K
Perth, Australia133 contributions
Oct 2022
I have travelled previously with YPT to Iran, Kurdistan, and Syria. After visiting Kurdistan (northern Iraq in April 2019) felt that I haven't really seen Iraq as I haven't been to Baghdad. I had credit for a Timor-Leste trip (May 2020 - deferred due to the Pandemic) which Rowan from YPT was gracious to transfer to the Southern Iraq trip (October 2022). What could I say about this trip - the historical sites, ruins, the camaraderie, food options, adventure, fun, etc. made this a profoundly memorable trip. Having a local tour guide who look like Saddam Hussein made the trip even more thrilling. YPT's effervescent and gorgeous tour guide Paris touches our hearts, someone you could share your thoughts, cry with, laugh with, and have fun with, who doesn't judge and accept us as we are. Paris is a resourceful person, being able to get us to places which are restricted to tourists. Meeting Paris was not a coincidence, it is part of our Karma; a stranger meant to come into our lives to bring us wonderful, priceless and funny memories.
Written November 15, 2022
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