Following the success of our 2018 NYC and DC tour we return to the states to track Trump’s progress. Despite the controversy surrounding him his support among his base remains resolute. How does he do it?

We travel to Michigan, a swing state that helped win him the presidency. Detroit and cities like it will be crucial for 2020. Is Trumps brand still working for them? From there we go to Washington DC and examine the efforts to check and possibly impeach the President. First-rate access to some of Washington’s leading movers and shakers.

DATESSunday, 9th June – Saturday, 15th June 2019
DESTINATIONUS & Trump 

New York, Washington DC
Led by US based correspondents

DURATION6 nights
INCLUDED
All AccommodationMeals and Water
Local TransportationExpert Guide
COSTCost: £3950.00
Single supplement: £450.00

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Our journey starts in New York at the United Nations assembly where we assess how his unorthodox presidency has shaken up the international order. Top diplomats give their view.

Further south we visit Virginia, a state won by Hillary Clinton but home also to swathes of die-hard Trump supporters. We’ll meet them as well as Democrats hopeful of a comeback in the upcoming mid-terms.

In Washington we visit the White House and Congress. Trump’s addiction to social media, fraught relations with Congress, inability to be bound by any rule book – all come under the microscope. We ask what the long-term damage of his presidency could be and can he last out his full term in office?

Numbers will be strictly limited on this tour so early booking is advised. Cost includes business-class train travel from New York to Washington DC.

Price: £3950.00
Single Supplement: £450.00

As with all of our expert-led tours, we ensure that our groups remain small and intimate, and will not exceed 14 people. Flights to the US aren’t included in the tour price and should be arranged by customers themselves or with an agent.

As with all of our tours the itinerary focuses on current affairs, and owing to the dynamic nature of politics means that local conditions may lead us adjust the final schedule.

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Day 1

Sunday, 9th June: New York

Our journey starts not in DC but in New York and the seat of the United Nations assembly. We meet for dinner here, and our experts introduce us to the week ahead. Overnight New York
Day 2

Monday, 10th June: New York

The Republican right has long criticised the UN most notably during the presidency of George W. Bush. But the turmoil created by Trump’s confusing statements and readiness to abandon old alliances has shaken up the international order like nothing before. We tour the assembly as UN insiders, journalists and diplomats assess what has happened since he took office. Overnight New York
Day 3

Tuesday, 11th June: To Washington DC

We leave New York by train from Penn Station and head for the capitol.  After checking into our hotel we tour both Congress and the White House. Members of the press corps give their view of the state of play between Congress and the White House. Democrats were routed in the House at the last election but progress on Republican legislation has been slow. At dinner we review the impact of Russian interference in the 2016 election and it’s subsequent fallout – what lasting damage has it done to Trump’s presidency. Overnight Washington DC
Day 4

Wednesday, 12th June: Washington DC, Virginia & Maryland

Head out of DC to look at key mid-term battle grounds in Maryland and Virginia. Trump was seen as the standard-bearer of white-working class America. We visit one community to see what they think now. We meet Die-hard Trump supporters and Democratic hopefuls. Back in Washington the deputy head of the Republican National Committee, a leading political strategist addresses the group. Overnight Washington DC
Day 5

Thursday, 13th June: Washington DC

The battle in the courts – politics is fought as much in the court-room as it is in Congress; groups seeking to up-end Trump initiatives from immigration to welfare and women’s rights give their insight. A veteran reporter assesses the turmoil of US foreign policy as seen from within the State Department. And at one of the Trump family’s hotels we look at the role of his family in the White House and their over-lapping business interests since he came to office. (Free evening) Overnight Washington DC
Day 6

Friday, 14th June:Washington DC

Washington bureau chief of a leading national paper gives their view on Trump’s time in office so far. Assess long-term damage to US interests by region. We look at the possible alternatives as the country looks ahead to the 2020 elections. Who might take on Trump?

Farewell dinner and look back over the week. Overnight Washington DC

Day 7

Saturday, 15th June

Tour ends 

Departures for the airport after breakfast.

 

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What’s Included

All of your accommodation and meals with water are included, as well as local transport (except during your free time).

Flights are not included in the price and need to be arranged by customers themselves or with an agent.

Following the news

Like all our tours the itinerary is focused on current affairs. Events on the ground may change and the final schedule may be adjusted accordingly.

This tour starts in New York and ends in Washington DC.

Group size

As on all our expert-led tours the groups are deliberately small and will not exceed 14 people. Frequently we travel with 10-12 people. Limited spaces are available.

Visas

The United States runs a visa waiver system for the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand (ESTA or ETA). Candadians are exempt from visa requirements. It is always good to check with the embassy in your country for latest advice regarding visa requirements. Travellers from most countries will need to register online with the department of homeland security before you travel. Please get in touch and let us know what passport you are travelling on so we can help advise you on any visas you may require.

Travellers who have previously been to Iran are now required to get a tourist visa for the United States.

Weather

This is mid summer in New York and Washington so the weather is likely to be hot and humid.

Dress

Dress for hot weather. It’s important is to have comfortable shoes.

Secondly we have a range of meeting with politicians or senior officials where we are expected to be more formally dressed, notably at the UN in New York and for think tanks and office in Washington DC. We will advise you on a day-by-day basis on which meetings are coming up.

Men: Will need a jacket for some of the meetings.

Women: The female equivalent; jacket or blouse.

Currency

US dollar

Electricity

Plugs are North American 2 flat pin and 110v

FCO Website

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes regularly updated travel information on its website www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo which you are recommended to consult before booking and in good time before departure. Where it considers it appropriate to do so, the FCO may advise against all travel or all but essential travel to particular countries or parts of particular countries. Similarly, the FCO may withdraw any such previously given advice. Where the FCO issues such advice, we may as a result cancel your tour or make changes so as to avoid the area concerned (see clause 10). Alternatively, we may ask you to sign a form confirming you wish to proceed with the tour notwithstanding the FCO advice. It is in the nature of the itineraries we offer that the FCO may have issued such advice in relation to the country or parts of the country we are intending to visit prior to confirmation of your booking. In this case, you will be asked to sign the above form before we confirm your booking.

Medical Requirements

Advice on health requirements may be obtained from your GP, or alternatively from the Department of Health leaflet Advice on Health for Travelers, or the Department of Health in the UK. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations.aspx

We suggest you visit your own doctor or local travel clinic who will have the most up-to-date travel advice, and be able to recommend any vaccinations prior to travel based on your medical history.

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Email us for a full list of speakers and meetings on this tour: [email protected] or call and ask to be put through to one of our staff.

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US Elections

The US and Trump is a new tour. Please see feedback below from our US election tour from 2016.

“If it was a film we’d have ended watching from behind the sofa.  Tremendously informative and (despite the result) fun tour.”  US Elections, 2016

“The quality and variety of experts was excellent.” US Elections, 2016

“The speakers were a particular feature of this tour, and clearly much thought and effort had been put into selecting and engaging people from a variety of backgrounds. I doubt if this could have been improved upon and it was a privilege to meet them all.”  CB, US Elections, 2016

“We’ve done a variety of group tours before. This was the best we’ve been on, both in terms of content and company.” CR, US Elections, 2016

“The highlight of the tour was the Trump rally, because it overturned all preconceptions about those who would vote for Trump. We should have realised that the fact that his appeal was so wide would be very bad news for the Democrats. As with Brexit the volume of discontent with those in power would mean people would vote for anything or anybody who promised change.” SR, US Elections, 2016

“A sociological and political eye opener of a tour.” VH, US Elections, 2016

“I have been on a few tours before, but not one of them compared with this one. This was by far the best. Of course, the material content, and the time and place of its setting had a lot to do with it, but there were other factors. The size and mix of each group was about right, and having both yourself, and a local expert with us was a big advantage, able to sort out en route problems too, and help set the tone and atmosphere. The tour itinerary was very detailed, and could hardly have been more so.” CB, US Elections, 2016

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