Political Tours http://www.politicaltours.com Intelligent Travel for Enquiring Minds Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:40:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Eight reasons why Marine Le Pen could still win the French Electionshttp://www.politicaltours.com/news-articles/eight-reasons-why-marine-le-pen-could-still-win-the-french-elections/ http://www.politicaltours.com/news-articles/eight-reasons-why-marine-le-pen-could-still-win-the-french-elections/#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:37:18 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=5598 Convention wisdom suggests both left and right will come together to defeat Marine Le Pen and the National Front in the second and final round of the French presidential election. Here French specialist and head of politics and Kings College London, Professor Jeremy Jennings, outlines the key trends in France today and why they mean the far right could still win. He spoke to Political Tours earlier this year.

Our French Election Tour runs from May 2-8 and includes the FN base in the north of the country, meetings with key experts in Paris,  analysis of the terrorist attacks of 2015-16,   as well as a visit to a key surburb – essential for understanding recent political events.

The following is the summary of this talk:

8 reasons why the Front National is a contender in the French elections

  1. The failure to integrate a very substantial Muslim population. ‘La France Soumise’ – a recentbestseller proposes that France has become a subject country. The great and long French tradition of “laicite” is seen as being under attack from a large sub group who are introducing religion into civic life and institutions.
  2. We should not underestimate the impact of Bataclan, Nice, the murder of a priest in his church in Normandy, these were a fundamental shock to people. Widespread, deep concern about national security.
  3. Relative economic value – virtually no growth – 10-12% unemployment, 25% amongst youth. France has not been creating jobs for a long time. Youth are a major sub-group among Front National supporters, after white working class.
  4. French public finances are in a bad way. They consistently fail to meet EU targets to reduce budget deficit. No money to support society; increasing tax burden on middle class. 60% of GDP is derived from taxes.
  5. Increasing numbers of people questioning whether the institutions and political system of de Gaulle’s 5th Republic are still up to the job. There is now talk of a 6th Republic.
  6. Virtual collapse and disintegration of the Socialist Party (‘PS – l’effacement’  a headline in Le Monde recently stated).  Hollande’s approval bottomed at just 5%, rising slightly now that he has declined to stand. Steel works closed within 6 months of him promising to keep it open. State paying to create “fake” jobs to fix unemployment figures – with a rising cost to the taxpayer. Widespread disillusionment with PS. The collapse of the PS – in reality a Social Democratic Party – leads to a resurgence of the extreme left. The Trotskyst candidate is polling a creditable 15% (correctly heard?)
  7. The rise of the FN. Extreme right wing parties have always been a feature of French politics e.g. Poujadism. FN been going approx 25 yrs but has always been defeated in the first election. This time it is likely to get through. Marine le Pen is v smart and sophisticated, articulate – can outsmart journalists. She has dropped extremist/nasty stuff and is socially progressive e.g. pro gay marriage. Historically regional movement now increasingly national. She is no longer regarded as a total pariah.
  8. Antipathy to EU in certain demographics. Le Pen wants restoration of franc

Candidates and outcomes

  1. Candidates: Fillon : economic liberal. Wanted to cut 500k public sector jobs – no working class votes there then! But now beset by scandal.
  2. Macron: think Tony Blair. Young photogenic, socially and economically liberal. Come from nowhere. Set up his own party. Filling halls with 9-10!k people – no one else is doing this. Never polling less than 3rd. Classic French liberal intellectual, pro the European project. Is there a natural limit to his support – urban middle class professionals (the equivalent of the UK Remainer profile) – finite numbers available to him? Will both sides come together to support him at the last moment. Not clear.
  3. Marine le Pen.  – as above
  4. Socialist – yet to declare. Probably not Valls but a hard left candidate (eg Hamon)
  5. Who will win? Who knows! Not at all clear. Still a long way to go until the Vote.
  6. Whoever is elected…. is unlikely to have much success with the problems above – security, immigrant  communities etc problems all so deeply rooted.
  7. Ef it were to be le Pen, she’d act against EU – and then that would upset the applecart in Europe. End of the EU as we know it.

Q and A

  1. Aren’t elections ‘all about the economy, stupid’? No, this time security and social issues are at least as high on the agenda.
  2. The lack of integration has been around for two decades; terrorism is relatively recent. Some people (not just le Pen) are conflating the two. JJ doesn’t but merely puts them side by side as two separate but interrelated reasons for the rise in support of FN
  3. Will the young people actually turn out to vote? If they do, they will mainly vote for le Pen.
  4. The role of education as a barrier, keeping out perceived ‘outsiders’. The UK education system is elitist but the French system sets out to create an elite. Excludes the underclass. An Arabic name on an an application form will almost always prevent the candidate being given an interview
  5. If there is another Bataclan between now and the May elections le Pen will likely be swept in
  6. The French think UK are completely stupid to have chosen Brexit – but pleased to think that it will put them and Germany at the centre of Europe
  7. Misogynism in France, French politics (e.g. Strauss-Khan). The male political class have no motive to change it. It favours the male candidates and works against le Pen





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Tours for 2017http://www.politicaltours.com/news-articles/tours-for-2017/ http://www.politicaltours.com/news-articles/tours-for-2017/#comments Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:25:49 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=5329 New destinations include Lebanon, the Baltic states, the French elections and Colombia. Call us on 0843 289 2349 today for details not yet on the website.

Lebanon   2 – 10 Feb

Glamorous and challenging, scarred by war and yet remarkably stable; Lebanon defies all expectations.  This tour delves into the country’s recent past, explores the impact of the conflict in Syria and looks at the balance of power between its diverse religious groups.  We meet with some of Lebanon’s best-known political leaders from Nabi Beri to Walid Jumblat and visit the wonderful Roman ruins at Baalbek.  The tour is lead by Nicholas Blanford, one of the foremost commentators in the region and a frequent writer on Hezbollah.

8 nights

Modern Iran   15 – 23 April

If Donald Trump has his way Iran’s rapprochement with the West is in doubt. Author and former Economist correspondent, Christopher de Bellaigue, considers what change is afoot on our Iran tour with exceptional access.  Meetings include a senior religious figure, visits to local businesses, schools and a national newspaper.  The tour travels through Tehran, the Valley of the Assassins and has an optional extension to Isfahan. Early booking is advised – this is a popular tour.

8 nights

French Presidential Elections   2 – 8 May

After Brexit and Trump, all eyes are on France.  A political upset here would leave the future of the EU hanging in the balance.  Centre-right leader Francois Fillon is pitted against Marine Le Pen, leader of the anti-immigrant eurosceptic Front National as the incumbent Socialists trail behind.  We travel south looking at rural and provincial France before ending in Paris for the vote.  Like our US election tour in 2016 this could be an opportunity to see history in the making.

6 nights

Putin’s Russia  17 – 25 June

Vladimir Putin’s Russia has regained much of its standing lost during the years of chaos of the 1990s and has emerged as a major challenge to Western governments.  On our tour of Russia over 8 days, we examine Russia’s recent history, its relationship with NATO and the conflict in Ukraine as well as Putin’s increasingly firm grip on power at home.  The tour is led by former BBC Moscow correspondent and one-time Kremlin advisor, Angus Roxburgh.

8 nights

The Baltics   22 – 30 July

With the US-NATO alliance in question and a resurgent Russia, the Baltic states are understandably nervous.  Our tour looks at relations with their former Soviet ally, tracks tales of espionage and examines the uneasy situation with the region’s Russian minority.  Leonid Ragozin former BBC Russian correspondent leads the tour through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with contributions from leading journalists in each state.

8 nights

North Korea – Pyongyang & the DMZ    9 – 19 Sept

Predictions of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s collapse are abundant but still the Kim regime remains firmly in place.  We explore how and why with Professor Rüdiger Frank, widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost economist on North Korea.  Pre-tour briefings include meeting with diplomats and journalists in Beijing as special briefings in the UK.  On our North Korea tour, our unique access within the country also provides insight into the lives of ordinary North Koreans as well as visits to key sites including the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) with South Korea.

10 nights

Israel & Palestine    9 – 18 Sept

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and Israel’s capture of Jerusalem and the West Bank.  Despite the lapse in time, talk of a peace-settlement with the Palestinians seems as remote as ever.  Our Israel and Palestine tour looks at views from both sides with extensive visits throughout the West Bank and Israel: from right wing settlers to Palestinian militant groups and the mainstream political parties.  Our tour is led by Gershon Baskin, director of a joint Palestinian-Israeli think tank and a renowned peace-activist.

9 nights

Colombia    30 Sept  – 11 Oct

In September 2016 the Colombian government and the leftist guerilla group the FARC signed a historic peace deal ending the longest running conflict in South America.  After a shaky start the agreement is being implemented and the conflict has subsided.  We look at the huge issues that remain a year on from the accords; from land reform to the disarming of the former rebels and the long hoped for peace-dividend for the economy.  The 12 day tour through this beautiful and varied country includes the capital Bogota, former drugs capital and now coffee mecca Medellin and the colonial city of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. The tour is led by The Times correspondent in Bogota, Laura Dixon.

11 nights

South Africa   25 Nov – 4 Dec

We assess the legacy left by Nelson Mandela and challenges that remain in this wide-ranging tour that takes in the rural lands of Kwa-Zulu Natal, urban Johannesburg and the stunning Cape Wine Lands.  Still admired for its peaceful transition from Apartheid rule to a multi-party democracy, South Africa is now struggling with more familiar problems: corrupt politicians and a lackluster economy.  Can it turn itself around?  Our tour of South Africa is lead by the inimitable Peter Sullivan, one of South Africa’s best-known journalist’s whose contacts are second to none!

9 nights

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How Political Tours came abouthttp://www.politicaltours.com/news-articles/how-political-tours-came-about/ http://www.politicaltours.com/news-articles/how-political-tours-came-about/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:01:27 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=5291 Nicholas Wood describes how the idea for Political Tours came about and how we run our tours. He was speaking with the Aussie politics website, The Big Smoke.

How did you come up with the ideas for the company?

In many ways I think I had the best job in the world. Prior to launching Political Tours I worked for the New York Times and before that the BBC in the Balkans. As a journalist you are incredibly privileged to have access to all sorts of issues and people. I tracked down war crimes suspects, interviewed presidents and wrote about the major events of the day (wars in Kosovo, Macedonia as well as Iraq). I also really enjoyed writing features, sometimes quirky, but more frequently about ordinary people caught up in the flow of events around them. And then increasingly I thought why should it just be me who gets to see all this and ask these questions? Isn’t there a way of giving interested people the same kind of access?

Was there one catalyst that caused you to think now is the time to launch?

The idea had been brewing in mind for some time – particularly as family and friends came to visit me either in Kosovo or Slovenia where I both lived for a period of 5 years in each. But there is one moment that stands out. I had a long drive (900 k) from Slovenia to Kosovo to do shortly before Kosovo was expected to declare independence and I picked up a hitchhiker to share the drive. He was a Californian animator who wanted to go to Dubrovnik the famous Croatian port on the Adriatic. I convinced him that Pristina (arguably the ugliest capital in the Balkans, although Skopje comes close) was the place to go. He followed me around as I did my job for three days and was gripped. So that helped to solidify it. Here was someone with no apparent interest in politics that was enthralled by the experience of travelling with a reporter. It brought the place to life in a way he could never have imagined.

What do you think it is about this current political climate that has so many people wanting to be more actively involved in understanding the complexities of political systems around the world?

Our aim is to give people access to and understanding of the major issues in the news today. We draw the line at going anywhere that would endanger our customers, so no war zones; Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are out.

There are always going to be major topics to cover. We go to North Korea at least twice a year. We’ve been looking at Putin’s grip on power in Russia for sometime, and we even run tours in Ukraine (albeit from a very safe distance from the fighting in the south east). This year our top selling tours are to the US elections. So it is a broad range of stories and places that we cover.

Having said all of that there’s no doubt the world is going through a major political shift at the moment. I think this is in large part in reaction to globalisation and the web, which has upset traditional social and economic bonds. This has led to the growth of more radical political movements in the west, and popular uprisings in the Middle East. It would seem incredible that the most advanced economies of the west could be shaken by this, but Brexit and Donald Trump have shown otherwise. We have tours looking at all of this – Brexit, the US elections, and the rise of populism in the west. Our customers want to do more than sit on the sofa and read about it or watch it on TV. They are inquisitive, broadminded and keen to learn for themselves. It sounds like a clichéd mantra but they really do want to “travel beyond the headlines” which is our strapline.

How do you determine the schedule of a political tour?

Forget any idea you might have about group tours. We don’t follow the model of piling people onto a bus with an expert who then drags them around various places giving them his or her’s spiel. The best way to think about it is like creating a documentary film with the customers holding the camera. We chose locations that tell a story, you meet will real people, and range of experts, politicians and analysts (at least 30 on any one tour) that you can question. Our groups are small as well. You can’t take a group of 20 people into a family’s home and talk to them about their lives so our numbers are kept small, typically about 8-12 people. And most people who come on our tours would normally travel by themselves and not with a group. They choose to come with us because we can give them access they would not have otherwise.

Why do you think people should go on at least one political tour in their lifetime?

The tours are challenging, and make you think about a place in ways you’d never expect. How is it possible that the Kims have stayed in power in North Korea for so long? What support to they have at home? Why on earth did Britain vote to leave the EU with so much of its economy likely to be affected for the worse? We look at all these questions and I think people find that very rewarding even in places as shocking as North Korea. As a result we’ve got a loyal group of customers now who come back again and again to travel with us. The challenge for us is finding them new places to go to.

What is your funniest moment and what has been a scariest moment so far on a political tour?

There’s always something funny on each tour. When we were in Odesssa, Ukraine we met a group of businessmen who were bemoaning the high levels of corruption in the country. “What we need is the good corruption,” said one of them as the others nodded in agreement. Therein lies the problem we all thought.

In the West Bank near Jerusalem one customer (who’s also a good friend) asked the restaurant to turn the music down. They looked blank and the rest of us burst out laughing. It was the sound of the local mosque and the call to prayer.

What’s the scariest moment you’ve ever had?

Scary? Most of the places we go to are very safe, an our trips are planned to avoid any scary moments! But I think watching the Victory Day parade in Moscow in May was pretty scary and a reminder of how willing Russia is to project it’s military power. We watched thousands of people cheering as the large missile careers drove by. They included the same BUK missile system that Dutch investigators say shot down the Malaysian airline flight over Ukraine.

Political Tours does more than travel, you also work alongside businesses that want to un- derstand economic trends in new markets; how do you approach that angle of the business?

We do have quite a few customers who use us for business and this is something we are developing further. We have very good political and business access throughout the world so quite a few use us to gauge what is happening in a new market. Typically these trips only last 2-3 days and are tightly packed, and tailor-made to suits the clients interests (banking, security, commerce etc) The destinations are as varied as Europe, the Baltics, Balkans, China and the US.

What is the one similarity in terms reaction of clients across all your tours so far?

I think the most common reaction is that it has changed the way they think about a particular place or issue. And frequently they say it’s been on of the best weeks of their lives. And that’s pretty nice to hear for a travel company.

Who has been the most exciting person you have worked with so far on Political Tours?

That’s a tough question. We meet a lot of interesting people. Just this last week we’ve had a tour in South Africa that included meetings with Thabo Mbeki and Dennis Goldberg who was imprisoned with Nelson Mandela. In terms of people who actually work with us, Professor Rudiger Frank our North Korean expert is wonderful; someone who knows how to bring a place as tricky as North Korea to life while explaining all its dark sides. Peter Sullivan, a former South African newspaper editor who leads our tours there is hilarious and charming. We’re also running a tour in Lebanon next year with Nick Blanford, a widely renowned expert on Hezbollah and the region. We travelled with him in February to Baalbek and met leaders of the movement battling ISIS just 10 kilometres away.

And finally, what advice would you give to any other founder approaching their first major venture?

I think I had a great idea, but it’s taken us a very long time to establish our market (I also came from outside the travel industry). So I guess I’d say don’t be afraid of seeking as much advice about the market before you start. Look for people who can make up for your own gaps in knowledge or weaknesses.

When we were a startup I found it really useful to be in a business centre with lots of other small ventures. Everything from web designers, bookkeeping, and marketing/pr was all on hand.

If you’d like to contact Nicholas you can email him at info@politicaltours.com or leave a message at 0843 289 2349.

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Tours for 2016http://www.politicaltours.com/news-articles/travel-tours-for-2016/ http://www.politicaltours.com/news-articles/travel-tours-for-2016/#comments Wed, 04 Nov 2015 07:20:51 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=5030 Our new brochure is out and we have a fascinating year ahead. There new tours to Cuba, Russia and Ukraine added to this year’s list of small group tours. We have nine scheduled departures as well as dozens of smaller bespoke tours ahead of us.

In Cuba and Iran we examine growing ties with the United States. In the UK the government is dabbling with a possible exit from the European Union. And in Asia, North Korea continues to rattle its sabre; possibly more bark than bite.

Tour Highlights

Some of my highlights from the last year include one of Ayatollah Khomeini’s closest advisors feeding our group spoonfuls of jelly at a magnificent lunch in Tehran, tea in a Palladian mansion in the heart of the West Bank, and hushed conversations with security officials about Russia’s latest moves in Ukraine.

If you are interested in the US elections you will want to follow us on the campaign trail in Ohio and DC in November, one of our most popular tours yet.

All of the tours have our exceptional mix of real life, expert analysis, and access to key decision makers earning us, we are proud to say, rave reviews in the press.

It’s gritty, challenging, and thought provoking, but also highly enjoyable.

The tours and dates are listed below or on the main tour page. Call 0843 289 2349 or email us on info@politicaltours.com to find out more, or ask us for our new brochure.

Tours for 2016

Modern Iran 16 – 24 April
North Korea, Pyongyang 23 April -3 May
Putin’s Russia 7 – 15 May
UK & the EU 22 – 25 June
Ukraine 2 – 10 July
North Korea, the Northeast 10 – 20 September
Israel & Palestine 18 – 27 September
US Elections 2 – 9 November
Cuba 28 November – 5 December

Please email info@politicaltours.com if you want to book a place on any of the trips and tours. Or just call us on +44 843 289 2349.


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Why the UK could break up soonhttp://www.politicaltours.com/tour-news/why-the-uk-could-break-up-soon/ http://www.politicaltours.com/tour-news/why-the-uk-could-break-up-soon/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 21:58:02 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=4858 Cameron success is a surprise win but uncertainty dogs the UK’s future

Political Tours met with Professor Robert Hazell the one of the UK’s leading constitutional experts on the morning after the vote for a broader look at the impact of the Conservatives’ electoral success.

Professor Hazell’s message was a sobering one; while Cameron has secured a majority government for another Parliament his victory will do little to remove the uncertainty and challenges facing Britain’s immediate future.

If anything the increased number of Conservative MPs in parliament is likely to create vociferous demands for an EU exit and provide an angry English counterweight to Scots demands for more powers.

Professor Hazell has advised consecutive British governments on constitutional reform and has led the Constitutional unit at University College of London for the last 20 years.

Cameron’s first obstacle is to win concessions from the EU and then defeat the drive by British Eurosceptics to withdraw from the 28 member union. The prime minister’s prospect of winning the EU referendum is far from certain. Europe’s leading nations, Hazell says, will have little to offer the Conservatives when it comes to returning powers to London. Ukraine, the future of the Euro and relations with Russia dominate their agenda. They are in little mood to let Britain’s constant wrangling and euroscepticism distract them from more important priorities.

Back home eurosceptics will want to influence both the wording of the referendum and have it held as soon as possible. Civil servants will advise the government that preparation for the referendum needs to be made well in advance so the issue is likely to dominate the new parliament from the outset.

Cameron has fewer tools to reign in wayward backbenchers as he had at the start of the last parliament. Previous prime ministers such as John Major could threaten to hold an election in which Conservative MPs would worry about losing their seats. That is no longer an option since the introduction of fixed term Parliaments by the coalition government in 2011. Tory MP’s will also be less worried about towing the line to keep a coalition government of Liberal Democrats and Conservatives together. Hazell quotes another political expert’s estimate that there could be as many as 100 eurosceptics in the party. It will take just seven MPs for the government to lose a vote in the Commons.

The second and arguably far greater challenge is Scotland’s demand for greater powers and how English MPs and the UK government will handle them.

The success of the SNP has built up momentum for even further powers to be transferred to the Scottish parliament beyond that which was promised in the run up to the Scottish referendum. Hazell warns that without a carefully examined and agreed constitutional settlement, these powers in themselves could make the Union untenable.

Pitted against this surge of nationalism across the border is an increasingly uneasy England. Cameron he argued has unleashed a Pandora’s box by promising English votes on English law, (EVEL) curbing the right of devolved nations in the UK to vote on English matters.  But he warns this is both technically difficult to achieve and politically divisive. A policy paper put together by the Lib Dems and the Conservatives in the wake of the referendum revealed deep divisions even within the Conservative party.

The secret of the UK constitution’s success for want of the better word is England should not flaunt it’s power or seek to compete with other nations as it is overwhelmingly dominant. The ability of English parties to command majorities in the House of Commons is representation enough. There are arguments for much greater devolution of power at regional and county levels.
Professor Hazell noted that Scotland is already scheduled to have significantly legislated and fiscal authorities transferred to it, even before promises made by  Gordon Brown and UK party leaders in the run-up to the Scottish referendum. While the Scottish electorate maybe unaware of that it suits the SNP to demand further powers and not underline how much they already have. Nevertheless there is a demand for a new political settlement that satisfies the Scots and keeps them within the union. And for that Cameron needs vision, the support of his own backbench MPs, and the agreement of the opposition.

Political Tours examines all of these issues at the end of May 2015 with a tour that examins the future of the UK.  The End of the Union? runs from May 30 – June 2.

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Tour Israel and Palestinehttp://www.politicaltours.com/tour-news/tour-israel-and-palestine/ http://www.politicaltours.com/tour-news/tour-israel-and-palestine/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:21:39 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=4335 Since we launched Political Tours back in 2011 – inspired, as founder Nicholas Wood wrote here, by the desire to bridge the gap between external impressions and on-the-ground reality – clients and tour-watchers have come back to us with one question above all others: when are you going to cover Israel & Palestine?

Easy does it.

Israel & Palestine Conflict

The Israel-Palestine conflict needs no introduction – it is one of the world’s most enduring and intractable disputes. We didn’t want to rush in with snap judgments about rights and wrongs, and we wanted to avoid simply paying lip-service to the region’s own attempts at peacemaking and conflict resolution.

So we took our time, discussing ideas with our contacts on all sides, planning an approach that would bring maximum insight from the time available on the ground.

Now, we’re ready.

Uniquely Designed Tour

Our unique, personally designed Israel & Palestine tour runs twice next month, led by one of the region’s most accomplished and respected journalists, Nicolas Pelham of The Economist.

In the Political Tours tradition, it gets you to the heart of the matter. On the nine-night tour, you’ll hit the ground running, with unique access to communities and key figures. There are visits to Tel Aviv and Nablus, to Nazareth and Bethlehem, and the Jordan Valley. We spend the best part of three days crossing and recrossing Jerusalem to speak to all sides and see the city’s problems – and beauty – for ourselves. We speak to Palestinians and Israelis, farmers and settlers, Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze.

Book Your Israel & Palestine Tour Place

Condé Nast Traveller magazine previewed our tour in glowing terms here.

No time to waste. For further details of our itinerary and the cost of the tour please contact our director Nicholas Wood at info@politicaltours.com.


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A Bespoke Travel Tour in the Accursed Mountainshttp://www.politicaltours.com/news-articles/a-bespoke-tour-in-the-accursed-mountains/ http://www.politicaltours.com/news-articles/a-bespoke-tour-in-the-accursed-mountains/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 17:03:02 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=4098 Land Rover’s magazine OneLife travelled with us to one of the most remote parts of Europe this spring; Theth in Northern Albania. The result can be seen in this beautiful film which features Elizabeth Gowing, a writer and an expert travel guide with Political Tours.

Theth is a remote village, cut off by snow during the winter, that maintains many of traditions and way of life that have died out elsewhere in the Balkans decades ago.

It is a region that has crept up repeatedly in travel writing, including by Edith Durham, Edward Lear and even Lord Byron. Fortunately it is now part of a national park, and the building development that has grown unfettered through out much the country has been kept abay.

Political Tours was able to create a tailor-made tour including the itinerary, provide guides, expertise and logistics for the magazine. It is something we are proud to say we can do in most places around the world.


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Political Tours in The Independent on Sundayhttp://www.politicaltours.com/news-articles/political-tours-in-the-independent-on-sunday/ http://www.politicaltours.com/news-articles/political-tours-in-the-independent-on-sunday/#comments Sun, 28 Jul 2013 21:12:09 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=3235 Former Independent Foreign Editor Ray Whitaker writes that “a political tour is the perfect way to get to grips with a nation’s recent history”. He joined us on our recent tour of Kosovo. His article can be found here.


To book your place on our latest tour to Kosovo click here »


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Kathie M. on Egypt Tourhttp://www.politicaltours.com/tour-quotes/kathie-on-egypt-day-trip/ http://www.politicaltours.com/tour-quotes/kathie-on-egypt-day-trip/#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:19:17 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=2868 It was a great day with Hassan. It made what would have been an otherwise insular trip something pretty special. Meeting a family in their home was a highlight.

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Ian S. on Turkey Tourhttp://www.politicaltours.com/tour-quotes/ian-on-turkey-tour/ http://www.politicaltours.com/tour-quotes/ian-on-turkey-tour/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:06:46 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=2853 The trip to Turkey was excellent and so also were all the logistics. I think the political tours concept is wonderful…

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