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!
Mar 01, 2020 — Mar 10, 2020
Israel: Land of Cultural Treasures
Experience the stirring beauty of Israel, from Tel Aviv’s White City to Old Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Taste regional olive oils, falafel, spice blends and wine. Lunch with a Druze family in their home. Visit Yad Vashem and partake in expert-led discussions. Discover multi-faceted Israel and its diverse people on this unforgettable small-group journey.
$4,890 per person plus airfare
Mar 20, 2020 — Mar 29, 2020
Lebanon Seminar Tour
On this Seminar tour, meet with members from many of the country’s confessional groups and organizations involved with inter-faith dialogue, as well as explore this country which remains off-the-beaten tourist path to Americans.
$5,800 per person
Apr 13, 2020 — Apr 29, 2020
Along Central Asia’s Silk Road
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 journey, relish the exotic – embracing the humanity shared with the welcoming people of Central Asia.
$6,944 including air from Boston, New York, or Washington, D.C. (other gateways available)
Apr 18, 2020 — Apr 26, 2020
Barcelona: Art, Culture & People
With Ambassador Heather Hodges!
From the fantastical, undulating architecture of Antoni Gaudí, to flavorful Catalán cuisines, Barcelona is a seaside city that dazzles the senses. Feel the city’s 1,000-year-old history echo down the narrow cobblestone lanes of the intimate Barri Gòtic. Walk in the footsteps of Picasso and sip sparkling cava in the nearby Penedès region on this seven-night journey.
$3,890 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 per person if you book by March 4!
Apr 28, 2020 — May 12, 2020
Embark on an exhilarating 15-day small group journey to two distant and devout lands where Himalayan scenery casts an awe-inspiring spell. Experience these nations’ cultural riches, exquisite beauty, and profound spirituality in Nepal’s storied Kathmandu Valley, and while exploring Bhutan from Thimphu to Punakha and the legendary Tiger’s Nest monastery.
From $6,574 including air from Newark (other gateways available)
May 02, 2020 — May 10, 2020
The Venetian Lagoon & the Pearls of the Po Aboard La Venezia
Experience la bella vita on a rare river voyage from Venice to Italy’s less-explored “breadbasket.” Embark on a delightful seven-night voyage, the first of its kind in over a decade, aboard the newly renovated La Venezia. Discover artistically rich towns that are underexplored by international visitors, and marvel at exquisite art and architecture.
From $6,999 per person - Select cabins available with NO single supplement!
May 04, 2020 — May 09, 2020
Inside Washington DC
Wait List Only
Our hallmark program! 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights. Keynote speakers include Matt Stoller, ,Ambassador William Burns, and Dr. Thomas Wright. Stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel, dinner at the exclusive Cosmos Club, and much more!
$2,950 per person
May 08, 2020 — May 17, 2020
European Coastal Civilizations: A Voyage from Lisbon to London
Featuring Dwight David Eisenhower II
Join this eight-night cruise along coastal Portugal, Spain, France and England aboard the Five-Star Le Boréal, featuring a memorable cruise up the River Thames. Visit the beaches of Normandy and tour Oporto, Santiago de Compeostela, Bilbao and Mont-Saint-Michel.
From $5,295 per person
May 12, 2020 — May 29, 2020
Treasures of Eurasia: Mozart to Marco Polo by Private Jet
Follow in the footsteps of great explorers as you journey from the heart of Europe to fabled outposts on the legendary Silk Road. Spanning 18 days and eight countries, this private jet adventure uncovers the cultural capitals and best-kept secrets of Eurasia.
$72,950 per person
May 16, 2020 — May 24, 2020
Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords
With Lise Falskow! Wait list only!
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 $5,295 per person
May 30, 2020 — Jun 08, 2020
Cruise for eight nights aboard the Five-Star small ship Le Boréal from Scotland to Wales, Ireland and France. Meet Dwight David Eisenhower II and Allen Packwood, who will provide exclusive lectures and personal insights. Enjoy guided excursions in each port of call, including the beaches of Normandy.
From $6,895 per person
Jun 02, 2020 — Jun 10, 2020
Undiscovered France featuring Albi, Toulouse & Carcassonne
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.
$3,690 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if booked by April18!
Jun 09, 2020 — Jun 19, 2020
Arctic Expedition: Voyage Under the Midnight Sun
With Jim Falk
Voyage through the Arctic Circle on this extraordinary 11-day itinerary featuring a seven-night cruise on the Five-Star L’Austral. Sail through an ethereal topography of red sandstone mountains, lush green tundra and awe-inspiring ice formations. Enjoy expert-led excursions to diverse terrains where wildlife roam. Flights round trip Paris/Longyearbyen included.
From $7995 per person
Jun 17, 2020 — Jul 04, 2020
Lands of the Midnight Sun: Northern Europe by Private Jet
Track the midnight sun to eight destinations across the North Atlantic, from the northernmost regions of Iceland to the majestic Norwegian fjords. Along the way, encounter hidden Baltic jewels.Traveling by private jet offers you easy access to far-flung destinations to find some of the most untouched landscapes in Europe.
$89,950 per person
Jun 21, 2020 — Jun 29, 2020
Circumnavigation of Iceland
Discover the ethereal beauty of Iceland on a seven-night circumnavigation of this distinctive Nordic island nation. Cruise aboard the newest Five Star expedition ship, Le Bellot, launching in 2020. See landscapes of ancient Viking ruins and crystalline glaciers atop simmering volcanoes. Cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island and cruise along Surtsey, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
From $6,595 per person including airfare
Jun 27, 2020 — Jul 09, 2020
Sailing Ancient Trade Routes: Helsinki to Copenhagen Aboard Sea Cloud II
With L.J. Stambuk
Sail under midsummer skies to Scandinavian and Baltic cities on this classic cruise. Fly to lively Helsinki for an overnight stay before boarding the magnificent Sea Cloud II. Call at Turku, Stockholm and Visby. Visit the port of Gdansk and continue to Lübeck, Germany, for a full day excursion to Hamburg.
From $9,999 per person
Jul 01, 2020 — Jul 10, 2020
Switzerland & the Italian Lakes
Enjoy high alpine splendor in glamorous St. Moritz and get to know the much-loved Italian Lakes region. Along the way, enjoy the natural beauty and distinct cultures of two countries. Stand in awe of magnificent scenery, architecture, and masterpieces including a baroque palace and da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in Milan on this exciting eight-night journey.
$4,390 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if booked by May 17!
Jul 05, 2020 — Jul 16, 2020
Seminar in Ukraine
With Craig Snyder
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 09, 2020 — Jul 22, 2020
Splendors of Siberia & Mongolia by Luxury Rail
This once-a-year route is specially timed for the Naadam Festival. Aboard the Golden Eagle train cross vast green steppes dotted with grazing livestock and white nomadic gers (yurts). Travel to Russia’s Lake Baikal, Irkutsk (the “Paris of Siberia”), Kazan, the hometown of Feodor Chaliapin, Yekaterinburg where the Romanovs met their fate, and finish in Moscow.
From $17,999 per person
Jul 29, 2020 — Aug 05, 2020
Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage
Cruise through the Inside Passage from Vancouver to Juneau aboard the Five-Star, small ship LE SOLÉAL. During naturalist-led Zodiac excursions and from the comfort of your own spacious, ocean-view accommodations, enjoy superior views of Alaska’s spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Experience unspoiled islands and fjords and historic gold-rush-era towns.
From $4,295 per person plus airfare