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!
Nov 18, 2021 — Dec 11, 2021
Solar Eclipse: Destination Antarctica
See massive icebergs in Antarctica, the wildlife spectacle of South Georgia’s king penguin colonies, and the vast albatross breeding grounds of the Falklands. Add to that the chance of seeing a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon—a total solar eclipse. Naturalist team and guest speakers will provide insight and background on eclipses and other astronomical features.
From $25,890 per person plus airfare
Nov 30, 2021 — Dec 19, 2021
Best of Argentina and Chile by Private Jet
Travel by private jet to experience the jewels of Argentina and Chile. Fly direct from urban capitals to otherworldly landscapes, from sapphire-blue lakes to world-renowned wine regions, all while delving into diverse cultures, cuisines and natural wonders.
$107,950 per person
Dec 10, 2021 — Dec 19, 2021
With an extension to Peru
Experiencing the Galápagos Islands on an expedition in an unrivaled experience. Cruise aboard the 52-cabin National Geographic Endeavour II. With remarkable insights from a knowledgeable naturalist team, hike among the wildlife; investigate the vibrant sea—snorkel, stand-up paddleboard, and swim daily with sea lions, sea turtles, and penguins. Optional post-voyage land excursion to Machu Picchu and Peru's Land of the Inca.
From $7,560 per person plus airfare
Jan 30, 2022 — Feb 07, 2022
Passage through the Panama Canal and Costa Rica
with Lauren Swartz
Join this incomparable nine-day journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. Cruise aboard the Five-Star LE CHAMPLAIN to experience a daylight passage through the Panama Canal and call at remote island paradises. Explore Costa Rica’s terrestrial wonders and tour Panama City.
From $4,995 per person plus airfare
Feb 15, 2022 — Feb 26, 2022
Legends of the Nile ~ featuring Cairo, Luxor, a Nile Cruise & Abu Simbel
With Patrick Ryan
Treat yourself to an exhilarating, small-group adventure along the Nile River, plus explorations in Cairo and Abu Simbel. This 10-night, active journey includes a deluxe, four-night cruise and the company of an expert Egyptologist who will guide you through the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings and the magnificence of ancient Egypt.
From $6,190 per person plus airfare - a savings of $250 if booked by November 30!
Feb 22, 2022 — Mar 07, 2022
Wait List Only
Explore fascinating Morocco for 14 days on this small-group tour—from seaside Rabat to the desert towns of Erfoud and Ouarzazate. Watch the sunset over the dunes on camelback, traverse the snow-topped High Atlas Mountains, and discover the many cultural treasures of storied Fez, Marrakech, and Casablanca.
$5,979 including airfare from New York
Mar 06, 2022 — Mar 18, 2022
Amazon River Expedition and Machu Picchu
With Megan Torrey
Cruise aboard the deluxe ZAFIRO for five nights through the Amazon River Basin’s unparalleled biodiversity and spend five nights exploring Perú’s landscapes and archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley, including legendary Machu Picchu and Cuzco. Led by naturalists, see rare endemic species and local villages. Lima Pre Program Option.
From $7,295 per person plus airfare
Mar 17, 2022 — Mar 28, 2022
Japan: Land of Cultural Treasures
With Liz Brailsford
Immerse yourself in Japan’s authenticity and incredible history on this 10-night journey. Enjoy stays in Tokyo, Hakone, Kanazawa and Kyoto, and connect with Japan’s distinctive heritage, timeless landmarks and enriching traditions. See Mt. Fuji, visit a colorful geisha district, cruise Lake Ashi and much more!
$7,540 per person plus airfare—a savings of $500 if booked by November 30!
Mar 20, 2022 — Apr 12, 2022
Around the World by private jet
Wait List Only
Our flagship journey offers a life list of iconic destinations in a single itinerary. Fly by private jet to explore nine of the world’s most legendary places and natural wonders.
$104,950 per person plus airfare
Mar 27, 2022 — Apr 11, 2022
Journey to Southern Africa
Embark on luxury safaris, thrill to Victoria Falls, & visit Soweto, Cape Town & Robben Island on an unmatched 12-night adventure through South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe!
From $8,490 per person plus airfare - a savings of $500 if you book by November 9!
Apr 07, 2022 — Apr 17, 2022
Grand Voyage on the Danube
Few Tickets Left
Join a group of eminent speakers featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin and Sylvia Poggioli, all of whom will provide insight and perspective to an examination of the relationship between Europe and the United States. Aboard the all-suite Crystal Ravel, cruise one of Europe’s loveliest and most interesting waterways. A rare opportunity to see and learn more about this historically rich region.
From $9,990 per person plus airfare
May 02, 2022 — May 10, 2022
River Life Along the Dutch Waterways
Few Tickets Left
Cruise for seven nights in Holland and Flanders aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe AMADEUS STAR. Meet local residents during the exclusive River Life Forum and tour the Kröller-Müller Museum. Visit Amsterdam, Bruges, Ghent, Delft, Kinderdijk, Antwerp, Keukenhof and the Floriade World Horticulture Expo. Amsterdam Pre-Program and The Hague Post-Program Options.
From $2,995 per person plus airfare
May 05, 2022 — May 10, 2022
Wild South Carolina Escape: Beaufort and the Barrier Islands
Travel along a string of barrier and tidal isles that carve South Carolina’s Low Country into a maze of waterways, wilderness, and unspoiled beaches. Watch for birdlife, alligators, and loggerhead turtles on St. Phillip’s Island, venture into the ruins of historic plantations at Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area, and take a stroll through historic Beaufort.
From $3,990 per person plus airfare
May 09, 2022 — May 23, 2022
Paradores & Pousadas: Historic Lodgings of Spain & Portugal
With Matthew Hughes
Feel the spell of Iberia’s rich Roman and Moorish past and the pull of its vibrant contemporary life on this distinctive 15-day small group journey through the Iberian Peninsula to the intimate lodgings of Spain’s paradores and Portugal’s pousadas. Enjoy Spain’s cultural capital, Barcelona, with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.
$5,524 including air from Boston or JFK
May 11, 2022 — May 20, 2022
European Coastal Civilizations: Lisbon to London
Join this eight-night cruise along Portugal, Spain, France and England aboard Five-Star LE BELLOT, including a cruise up the storied River Thames. Visit the beaches of Normandy with special guest Dwight D. Eisenhower II and tour Oporto, Santiago de Compostela, Bilbao and Mont-Saint-Michel. Lisbon Pre-Program and London Post-Program Options
From $5,395 per person plus airfare
May 19, 2022 — Jun 04, 2022
Bulgaria & Romania Discovery
Two fascinating Balkan countries come to life on this uncommon, and exceptional, small group journey. Discover Bulgaria, with its mix of East and West, rugged mountains and Black Sea coast, and treasured UNESCO sites. Then it’s on to historic Romania, home of medieval walled towns, crenelated castles, and fabled Transylvania.
$5,692 including air from Boston or JFK
May 20, 2022 — May 29, 2022
Legacies of Race
Journey south into the heart of the civil rights movement to gain a deeper understanding of the historic and continued struggle for racial equality in the United States. Begin in New Orleans, continue to Birmingham, Alabama and end in Montgomery. Study and discuss how these destinations ignited a movement that would define this pivotal moment in American history.
$4,249 per person plus airfare
Jun 01, 2022 — Jun 18, 2022
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 sample the many charms of Romania and Georgia’s enchanting capitals.
$119,950 per person
Jun 03, 2022 — Jun 10, 2022
Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords
With Lise Kristiansen
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 $5,595 per person plus airfare
Jun 05, 2022 — Jun 13, 2022
Fairytale France - Alsace
No Single Supplement
Behold the old-world allure and proud heritage of France’s Alsace region on an unforgettable 7-night program. From charming Colmar, visit Strasbourg, Basel, and whimsical towns along the Alsatian Wine Route. Plus, savor divine cuisine and wines, and learn about the region’s illustrious past.
$3,940 per person plus airfare - a savings of $500 if you book by November 30!