Political Tours, the world’s only travel company specialising in tours based on news and current affairs, has two spaces left on its US Election Tour, departing 2 November 2016 and guided by former correspondents from the New York Times and CNN.
Political Tours’ US Election Tour focuses on the battle for the White House between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The itinerary takes clients to Ohio and Washington DC.
The company also runs a parallel US Election Tour that visits Florida and Washington DC. The tours are designed to unfold like a news documentary.
Director Nicholas Wood, who set up Britain-based Political Tours in 2011, says the US Election Tour 2016 is proving “one of our most popular tours yet”.
Wood was formerly New York Times Correspondent for the Balkans from 2003 to 2008. He has also worked for the BBC, The Guardian, The Observer, The Washington Post and CBS’s 60 Minutes.
The firm’s tours head to tricky places that other tours avoid. They have titles like Modern Iran, Putin’s Russia, Bosnia & Serbia, Israel & Palestine, North Korea, Erdogan & The Anatolian Tigers (a Turkey Tour), plus a Scotland Tour called The Road to Independence. Another one (a must for Brexit fans) is called London & The Financial Crisis.
“Some of my highlights include one of Ayatollah Khomeini’s closest advisors feeding our group spoonfuls of jelly at a magnificent lunch in Tehran,” Wood says. Other highlights: “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”.
“In Cuba and Iran we examine growing ties with the United States.”
The US Election Tour 2016 will spend the last week before polling day in Ohio and Washington DC. Polling day is 8 November 2016 and Ohio has carried every president to Washington since Kennedy. The state is also seen as a microcosm of American politics; the big issues of the campaign, jobs, union rights, taxation, healthcare and even gay marriage are all centre stage.
“We meet with local communities and leaders accompanied by the best analysts in the state. In DC we speak to leading Democrats and Republicans as well as some of the country’s leading political scientists in the last few days before the vote,” Wood says.
The tour is being led by former correspondents from CNN, the New York Times and Dayton Daily News.
Written by Peter Needham