Political Tours http://www.politicaltours.com Intelligent Travel for Enquiring Minds Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:58:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 From Iran to North Korea: London Dinners in March http://www.politicaltours.com/tour-news/from-iran-to-north-korea-london-dinners/ http://www.politicaltours.com/tour-news/from-iran-to-north-korea-london-dinners/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:29:40 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=4770 Come and join us for dinner in London later this March looking at Iran and North Korea.

We have two events that look at these two countries in-depth.

On Thursday 26th March we will be meeting in London with a North Korean guest who will give us a truly gripping account of life inside North Korea. We will also be joined by one of the UK’s leading experts on North Korea, John Everard, the former British Ambassador in Pyongyang for an update on the situation there. The cost for the meal and speakers fee is £55.00 a head (excluding drinks / alcohol). It’s worth booking quickly as we have a limited number of spaces available.

On Friday 27th March, Michael Axworthy, the author of the widely praised book Revolutionary Iran and a Senior Lecturer at Exeter University, will be speaking at a dinner in Notting Hill about Iran. The cost for the dinner is also £55.00.

It’s an opportunity to learn about both regions and also meet other customers who been on our tours. There are limited places and it is first-come first-serve.

Email: info@politicaltours.com to book a place for either dinner.

 

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Tours this Autumn and 2015 http://www.politicaltours.com/tour-news/autumn-and-2015-tours/ http://www.politicaltours.com/tour-news/autumn-and-2015-tours/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:29:52 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=4345 What an incredible start to the autumn tour season it has been. In early September we witnessed the lead up to the Scots referendum and the turmoil that has ensued. We are far from sure the UK will remain intact for long.

There’s no lack of major news further afield either. Here’s our overview of our tours for 2015.

In February we have one space left on a tour (Feb 2-12, 2015) to Israel and Palestine, a tour that has proved very popular this year. It will also run again later in 2015 (Oct 6-15). Please contact us for details about any of these dates.

Tours of Ukraine

In November we have the opportunity to go back to Ukraine. We have had three small group tours there this year, all accompanied by the former BBC journalist, Leonid Ragozin. It looks at the fallout from the revolution and the prospects for peace in the east. We have very good access here and are careful to avoid the conflict in the east. We can arrange bespoke tours for a minimum of 5 people. We are also taking reservations for a group tour in the week of November 15-23. It will be an interesting time to travel, just after the elections.

Tours of South Africa

In Feb-March (27 Feb – 8 March) the highly amusing Peter Sullivan, former editor of the Star newspaper is back on the road again with our South Africa tour. This is a wonderful trip that takes in huge array of landscapes, people and politics. One of our favourites.

Tours of China & North Korea

Later in 2015 we go to China (4 – 12 Sept) with National Public Radio’s long time correspondent there, Anthony Kuhn, for an unprecedented view of modern China. Professor Ruediger Frank has also just returned from our first tour to the remote northeast of the DPRK. The group all had an incredible experience and we will be doing two tours to North Korea next year. In late April we look at Pyongyang (25 Apr – 5 May) and head off into the northeast region in September(12 – 22 Sept).

If you are heading anywhere in the world and want to try one of our day tours accompanied by a local correspondent do let us know and we can create private political tour for you.

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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Tour Israel and Palestine http://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, to the Golan Heights 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. The first departure (6th-15th October) is already sold out. A few places remain on the second departure (16th-25th October).

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 Mountains http://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 Sunday http://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.

www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/kosovo-back-to-the-balkans-on-the-long-roadtopeace-8734990.html

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

 

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Kathie M. on Egypt Tour http://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 Tour http://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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Elizabeth B. on Bosnia & Serbia Tour http://www.politicaltours.com/tour-quotes/elizabeth-on-tour-of-bosnia-and-serbia/ http://www.politicaltours.com/tour-quotes/elizabeth-on-tour-of-bosnia-and-serbia/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:58:45 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=2848 In May I took my most worthwhile package tour ever, a trip to Bosnia and Serbia organised by Political Tours. It was a sobering, thought provoking and memorable eight days.

My fellow travelers constituted one of the most rewarding aspects of the trip; from a range of backgrounds, all were knowledgeable, interested and, pretty important, pleasant – not something you can say of all package tours!

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Timothy H. on North Korea Tour http://www.politicaltours.com/tour-quotes/timothy-on-north-korea-tour/ http://www.politicaltours.com/tour-quotes/timothy-on-north-korea-tour/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:24:01 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=2844 It goes without saying that I thoroughly enjoyed the Beijing-North Korea trip and many thanks for all your expert guidance and organisation. It will always be an unforgettable experience for me and one which has given me a different perspective on life.

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Give a Political Tour as a Present http://www.politicaltours.com/news-articles/give-a-political-tour-as-a-present/ http://www.politicaltours.com/news-articles/give-a-political-tour-as-a-present/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:04:55 +0000 http://www.politicaltours.com/?p=3937 Our trips have had a huge impact on our customers, and could make an ideal present for a friend or relative. You can make a deposit of £250.00 a reserve a place for them on a tour or holiday.

To book your place on one of our new 2014 tours click here »

These deposits are transferable so you can choose a tour for them and if they can not make it they can choose from any of our tours in 2013.

Download our Booking Form to reserve your place, or email: info@politicaltours.com.

Our tours for 2014 includes trips to North Korea, Russia, China, Bosnia and Kosovo.

Our tours for 2014 includes trips to North Korea, Russia, China, Bosnia and Kosovo. We can also create tailor-made tours for individuals or small groups of 2-5 people to almost anywhere in the world.

Here are some comments from some of our recent customers:

It goes without saying that I thoroughly enjoyed the Beijing-North Korea trip and many thanks for all your expert guidance and organisation. It will always be an unforgettable experience for me and one which has given me a different perspective on life.”

Tim H. on our tour to North Korea

The trip to Turkey was excellent and so also were all the logistics. I think the politica ltours concept is wonderful..

Ian S. on our tour to Turkey

“In May I took my most worthwhile package tour ever, a trip to Bosnia and Serbia organised by Political Tours. My fellow travelers constituted one of the most rewarding aspects of the trip; from a range of backgrounds, all were knowledgeable, interested and, pretty important, pleasant – not something you can say of all package trips!”

“It was a sobering, thought provoking and memorable eight days.

Elizabeth B on our tour of Bosnia and Serbia

 

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