Who We Are

Political Tours is the world’s only independent travel company dedicated to news and current affairs. Our trips are led by correspondents and give you access to people and places throughout the world. They make amazing and thought-provoking journeys. The company was founded in 2011 by former New York Times and BBC reporter Nicholas Wood.

 
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All bookings with Political Tours Ltd are insured under the UK Package Tour Regulations by IPP Ltd. For further information see www.ipplondon.co.uk.

Tours for Summer 2021

We have several tours going ahead in the UK. We’ll be in Northern Ireland at it celebrates 100 years but amid Brexit uncertainty. We’re in Scotland as the Independence debate heats up. And in London we are launching a series of day tours that the explore the world through communities here; Korea, Russia, Nigeria and Iran are all in the mix. Private tours are also available if you can travel; Colombia and Turkey, are among the many destinations. Just call or email us for more details.

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We run weekly discussion series with top speakers and our own tour experts. You get six talks a month and guaranteed interaction with each guest. Recent guests include Barbera Demick, Sir Rob Fry, Owen Bennet-Jones, Phillipe Sands, Lt. Col Lawrence Wilkerson, John McCarthy. See our webinars page for more.

Please see here for further details of our safety policies during the pandemic .

Our Latest Tours

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Israel & Palestine Tour

3 – 11 Oct, 2021

Examine all the options for the Palestinians and the Israelis

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Scotland Tour

Autumn 2021

Do Scots really want independence and an end to the Union?

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Northern Ireland Tour

Autumn 2021

Lessons from the peace process and an in depth look at NI today

The World in Minutes

Listen to quick summaries from our experts in destinations around the world – from the Baltics to Turkey and from Moscow to Washington we have experts all around the world ready to take you on tour.

5 mins in Scotland: Brian Taylor

5 mins scotland

Brian Taykor sets the scene for our Scotland and Independence tour.

4 mins in the Baltics: Leonid Ragozin

4 mins i the Baltics with Leonid Ragozin

Leonid Ragozin looks at the 3 Baltic states tremendous economic and political success as well as their lingering fears of their former Soviet neighbour next door. Political Tours runs regular expert led tours in the Baltics that look at relations with Russia and the EU.

3 mins in Colombia: Joe Parkin Daniels

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Joe Parkin Daniels gives an overview of Colombia’s politics. Joe reports for the New York Times and Guardian from Colombia. He outlines it’s tentative peace-process and rocky politics. Political Tours runs expert led group and private tours to Colombia.

4 mins in Hungary: Nick Thorpe

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Nick Thorpe sets the scene for our Hungary tour.

5 mins in Palestine: Bassam Almohor

5 mins palestine

With Israel’s continued annexation and expansion in the West Bank many Palestinians say the Two-State to the Middle-East Peace process is dead. Local human rights expert and guide Bassam Almohor shares his view from the wall surrounding Ramallah in the West Bank. Political Tours runs expert led tours in Ramallah, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Palestine and Israel.

4 mins in Lebanon: Nicholas Blandford

4 mins lebanon

Beirut based expert and Atlantic Council Fellow Nicholas Blanford explains the background to the explosion that rocked Beirut in 2020, a symptom he says of Lebanon’s corrupt and deeply sectarian political system. Despite that Lebanon remains one of the most welcoming destinations in the Mediterranean. Political Tours runs expert led tours in Beirut, Baalbek, the Bekaa (Beqaa) Valley and throughout Lebanon.

2 mins in South Africa: Thulani Madondo

2 mins south africa

How do you cope with Covid in a township? Kliptown, Soweto faces some of the toughest living conditions in South Africa. Local NGO leader Thulani Madondo, co-founder of the Kliptown Youth Program supports young people throughout their education. He describes the conditions his community has been facing this past year. South Africa remains one of Political Tours’s most popular destinations.

11 mins in Israel: Dahlia Scheindlin

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Israeli political strategist and analyst Dahlia Scheindlin explains how Israel has been gradually expanding settlements within the West Bank. This forms to the background to Israel’s plans for annexation she says and also undermines the viability of a Palestinian state. Political Tours runs regular study tours in Israel and Palestine.

4 mins in Turkey: Ayla Yackley

4 mins turkey

What makes modern Turkey tick? Financial Times reporter in Istanbul Ayla Jean Yackley explains. President Tayyip Recep Erdogan’s still dominates the arena; the lingering backlash to the 2016 coup, Islam and democracy, the conflict in Syria, relations with Europe and Turkey’s struggling economy and covid19 are all part of the mix. There’s a lot going on. Political Tours runs expert led tours in Istanbul, Ankara and throughout Turkey.

4 mins in Ukraine: Leonid Ragozin

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Political Tours runs regular expert led trips to Ukraine. Leonid Ragozin sums up the challenges this huge country – caught between Russia and the EU, and partially occupied by Russian backed troops – faces.

 

Webinars during the Pandemic

While travel is restricted our aim is to bring some of the best analysis and reporting to you. With our sister company, Beyond The Headlines, we are scheduling a series of briefings from our experts around the globe with the aim of giving you access to top expertise from your homes as the coronavirus crisis unfolds.  You get to ask your own questions, speak to the experts and make up your own mind. We also ran our first Virtual Tour- visiting 6 Counties & 3 States for the US Election 2020.  Email us if you’d like to join us online or dip into our back catalogue of briefings.

Don’t forget we run tailor-made tours too. Just contact us or call 0843 289 2349 and ask to speak to Nicholas or Karen.

John McCarthy & Living in Isolation

Can Lebanon Be Fixed?

North Korea’s Economy: Prof. Ruediger Frank

Russia, Covid-19 & the Autocrat’s dilemma

What We Do

We take you on incredible journeys, engage with people, meet politicians, and debate with the experts. Ask your own questions and make up your own mind.

Reviews

A Political Tour will open up travel in a way you’d never expect.

Read on for what our customers and the press say about our tours.

“It took me to places and to people I would have never accessed as an ordinary tourist.”
MS I&P

I have thought of retaking the tour so that I could ask further questions and engage in longer discussions. Seriously.”
SS, Lebanon

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Tour Highlights & Brochure

We have a series of group tours scheduled for the spring and summer of 2021 – including Lebanon, several tours in the UK and the US. Our main rule is we’ll travel where and when it is safe to do so. Do keep in touch with us for new departures. Just call us on 0843 289 2349 or +44 843 289 2349 or email [email protected]

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Experts

All our tours are expert-led and have broad and deep knowledge of the region they cover. Often journalists, broadcasters, ex-diplomats or academics, our tour guides provide copious insight on the political and socio-economic conditions behind the news headlines.

What to Expect

A different kind of travel A Political Tour really gets you under the skin of a country. You meet dozens of speakers, politicians and ordinary people and visit extraordinary places. You get to ask your own questions and make up your own mind with an expert alongside you leading the way. It really is more like experiencing a documentary film than going on a typical group tour.

Our groups really are small with never more than 14 people (most groups average around 9-10). You get to engage face to face with people, as well as the experts, providing for a more intimate travel experience.

Our tour experts accompany groups throughout.

Fellow Travellers We attract a wide range of customers with more than half coming from Australia, New Zealand and the US in addition to travellers from the UK and Europe. Many would not normally join a group tour but find that Political Tours enables them to see the world in a way they never could by themselves.

You don’t need to be an expert in politics or foreign affairs to join us. Most customers are not. Everyone has an enquiring mind. And we provide useful reading lists if you want to know more about a place before you travel.

We plan and execute all our tours Unlike many travel companies we don’t rely on destination management companies to do our work. We explore, research and set up all our own tours.

Value for Money
Most meals are included as well as all local transport and stays in centrally located hotels. And with all of the things we pack into each journey – research, guidance, meetings and different places we visit – regular Political Tours customers say we are great value for money.

Day Tours & Private Group Tours

Political Tours also arranges Day Tours with experts around the world. We can also create a private group tour tailored to your own requirements. This could be for a group of friends, or a business, school, university or institution.

Speak To Us

If you have an enquiry about any of our tours or about arranging a day tour of your choosing, or a question that has not been answered on our website just ask and we’ll call or email you back.

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