Why Travel the World
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia organizes all the Travel the World trips for the national association of Councils and has been doing so for over 35 years. If you enjoy traveling on unique tours to fascinating destinations, and having access to political experts and local guides who give behind the scenes views and briefings, then you'll quickly discover why traveling with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is so special.
Because of our reputation as one of the nation's leading forums, the Council has established connections around the globe that allow us to offer members access that they can't get when traveling alone or on other tours. Council leaders are drawn from across the World Affairs Councils of America leadership; from the fields of diplomacy, journalism, or academia accompany some tours as lecturers thereby providing added value to the experience. We offer tours on all continents, both land tours and small-ship cruises. Our new program line-up includes our substance rich Seminar Series, shorter itineraries focusing on foreign policy issues in key destinations. For a trip of a lifetime, check out our private jet trips!
Jan 13, 2021 — Jan 26, 2021
Expedition to Antarctica
Experience the White Continent of Antarctica in its unspoiled state aboard the intimate Le Boréal. Explore fantastically shaped icebergs, vast rocky promontories, and turquoise glaciers—during the lingering light of the austral summer. And discover first-hand how a diverse array of marine wildlife flourishes in this seemingly harsh environment.
From $9,995 per person – a savings of $1,000
Mar 11, 2021 — Mar 24, 2021
Egypt: Past, Present and Future
On this 14-day exploration of Egypt’s rich heritage visit the Great Pyramids with special private access to the paws of the Sphinx of Giza; the Valley of the Kings; the spectacular funerary boat of Cheops; the fabulous Temple of Karnak; Kom Ombo; and Abu Simbel.
From $9,990 per person plus airfare
Apr 10, 2021 — Apr 26, 2021
Along Central Asia’s Silk Road
With Dr. Joyce Davis
Traveling the ancient Silk Road connecting East and West, encounter a mélange of culture and religion, art and architecture that conjures tales of trade and treasure, intrigue and empire. On this exciting 17-day small group journey, relish the exotic – embracing the humanity shared with the welcoming people of Central Asia.
$6,994 per person including air from Boston, NYC or Washington, D.C. (other gateways are available)
Apr 17, 2021 — May 07, 2021
Legends and Empires by Private Jet
Trace the path of emperors and explorers on this extraordinary journey across Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Uncover the treasures of the Silk Road in remote Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, discover emerging destinations like Albania and Oman, and enjoy the gastronomic delights of Spain’s Basque country.
$112,500 per person
May 02, 2021 — May 11, 2021
European Coastal Civilization: A Voyage from Lisbon to London
Featuring Dwight David Eisenhower II
Join this eight-night cruise along Portugal, Spain, France and England aboard Five-Star Le Champlain, including a cruise up the River Thames. Visit the beaches of Normandy with special guest speaker Dwight D. Eisenhower II and tour Oporto, Santiago de Compostela, Bilbao and Mont‑Saint‑Michel. Lisbon Pre-Program and London Post-Program Options.
From $5,595 per person plus airfare
May 10, 2021 — May 15, 2021
Inside Washington DC
Our hallmark program! 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights. Visit think tanks, embassies, enjoy keynote speakers, allow time on the Hill, and include a docent-led visit to a museum.
$2,950 per person
May 11, 2021 — May 19, 2021
Classical Cities of Spain featuring Segovia, Toledo and Salamanca
With Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk
Explore one of Spain’s most romantic regions, brimming with entrancing cities and towns steeped in medieval history, on this seven-night, deluxe stay based in Segovia. Visit Salamanca, Madrid, Ávila, Toledo and a royal palace in San Ildefonso. From splendid cathedrals and turreted fortresses to a storybook castle and a monumental Roman aqueduct, relish unforgettable discoveries!
$3,740 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if you book by October 27!
May 20, 2021 — Jun 01, 2021
With Dr. Pamela Zeiser
From Dublin to Galway, Killarney to Kilkenny, this full yet well-paced 13-day tour showcases Ireland’s many charms – old and new – to your small band of travelers. The Emerald Isle delights with magnificent scenery, abundant culture, and its people’s warmth and hospitality. Experience Northern Ireland with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.
$5,892 per person including airfare from Boston or New York (other gateways available)
May 30, 2021 — Jun 07, 2021
Ancient Empires: Valetta to Rome
Discover an intriguing mélange of cultures on this seven-night cruise from Valletta to Rome aboard the Five-Star, small ship Le Jacques Cartier. This custom-designed itinerary features the rich history of Malta, Sicily’s Taormina, Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast and superbly excavated Pompeii. Malta Pre- and Rome Post-Program Options.
From $4,795 per person plus airfare
Jun 06, 2021 — Jun 14, 2021
Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords
With Lise Falskow
Join us for a unique journey to Scotland’s rarely visited Orkney and Shetland Islands and Norway’s majestic coastal fjords. Cruise from Glasgow to Bergen aboard the Le Champlain. Including a highlight to the sites of Orkney Island’s Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, including a special presentation by the Ness of Brodgar archaeological site director and head archaeologist.
From $5,195 per person plus airfare
Jun 15, 2021 — Jun 23, 2021
Undiscovered France featuring Albi, Toulouse & Carcassonne
No Single Supplement
Celebrate the soul of France in and around the beautiful city of Albi. Revel in the pink-washed city of Toulouse, stroll along romantic riverbanks, and savor local delicacies. A myriad of French masterpieces await you in this elegant, easygoing region, including paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec, famous frescoes, medieval fortresses, and a revolutionary 17th-century canal.
$3,440 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if booked by October 27!
Jun 22, 2021 — Jul 07, 2021
Discovering Eastern Europe
Discover a beautiful, poignant part of the world on this comprehensive small-group tour that provides a generous overview of four fascinating nations – with dynamic Warsaw and medieval Krakow, splendid Budapest, grand Vienna, and proud Prague. Experience Germany’s cosmopolitan capital on an optional 4-day/3-night Berlin post-tour extension.
$5,397 per person including airfare from Boston or New York (other gateways available)
Jul 11, 2021 — Jul 24, 2021
Embark upon an unparalleled journey through history on this legendary network of rails. Enjoy modern amenities, comfortable lodging, and exciting excursions as you leisurely traverse two countries by private train during this epic adventure. Visit Ulan Bator, explore Lake Baikal, stop in Irkutsk, and end in Moscow.
From $9,995 per person plus airfare
Jul 12, 2021 — Jul 22, 2021
Seminar in Ukraine
Go in-depth and explore this resilient region, influenced by Polish princes, Cossack hetmen, Turkish khans, Russian communists and Ukrainian poets and nationalists. The cradle of Slavic civilization, Ukraine offers an abundance of cultural treasures. On this journey, explore Western Ukraine’s Lviv before flying to the capital, Kiev, and then on to the port city of Odessa.
$6,490 per person
Jul 13, 2021 — Jul 21, 2021
The Charms of Holland
Over seven nights, explore unique facets of the Netherlands, from Amsterdam’s pretty canals and The Hague’s political scene to 17th-century Hoorn and modern Rotterdam. View artwork by legendary Golden Age masters and Vincent van Gogh. Watch the dazzling spectacle of the world’s largest flower auction, taste fresh cheese in Gouda and much more!
$3,740 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if you book by August 31!
Jul 13, 2021 — Jul 23, 2021
We invite you to a unique 11-day exploration of Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From the unspoiled grandeur of Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, your small group encounters the breadth of America’s Last Frontier.
$7,795 per person including airfare from Philadelphia (other gateways available)
Jul 21, 2021 — Aug 01, 2021
Waterways of Russia: St. Petersburg to Moscow
With Mary Yntema
Cruise for six nights aboard the deluxe Volga Dream through Russia’s heartland, and enjoy Five-Star accommodations in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Visit 10th-century Uglich, medieval Yaroslavl, the 14th-century Kirillo-Belozersky monastery and the open-air museum of Kizhi Island. Savor traditional Russian tea and cakes in a villager’s home. Moscow Post-Program Option.
From $5,995 per person plus airfare
Aug 01, 2021 — Aug 10, 2021
Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea
With Bill Clifford
Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states with eight nights aboard the Five-Star Le Dumont-d’Urville. Enjoy a specially arranged presentation by former president of Poland Lech Wałęsa and the interpreter and advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev, Pavel Palazhchenko. Visit Gda´nsk, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Visby. Norway Pre-Program and Stockholm Post-Program Options.
From $6,995 per person plus airfare
Aug 12, 2021 — Aug 18, 2021
Vancouver to Toronto by Rail
A once-in-a-lifetime train trip across Canada from Vancouver across the expanse of five provinces, from the Pacific Northwest through the Canadian Rockies. Glide through gentle prairie fields, rugged lake country, and picturesque towns. Enjoy upgraded Prestige Class premium accommodations onboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian.
From $5,995 per person plus airfare
Aug 25, 2021 — Sep 05, 2021
Slovenia & Croatia
In a region well worth exploring for its natural beauty alone, visit spellbinding archaeological sites, impressive cathedrals, dramatic palaces, and ancient city centers that illuminate the layered history of the Dalmatian Coast. Begin in Ljubljana before sailing along the Croatian coast from the Istrian Peninsula to Dubrovnik.
From $6,192 per person plus airfare