February 28-13

Moroccan Discovery

Explore fascinating Morocco for 14 days on this small group tour, from seaside Rabat to the desert towns of Erfoud and Ouarzazate. Watch the sun set over the dunes on camelback, traverse the snow-topped High Atlas Mountains, and discover the many cultural treasures of storied Fez, Marrakech, and Casablanca. Special Council briefings and meetings will be added to the final itinerary.

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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! 


Sep 10, 2020 — Sep 18, 2020

Cruising the Adriatic and Aegean Seas

With Mimi Gregory

Cruise from Athens to Venice along the stunning Dalmatian coast for seven nights aboard the Five-Star, small ship LE BOUGAINVILLE. Visit five countries and six UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy an exclusive COASTAL LIFE FORUM with local residents and a traditional folk music performance.

From $4,495 per person

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Oct 13, 2020 — Oct 24, 2020

Romance of the Douro River

Savings Opportunity

No Single Supplement

Enjoy the romantic Douro River, Portugal’s scenic winemaking region, during a ten-night journey that includes a seven-night cruise. Portugal’s history comes to life as you embrace “The River of Gold,” wander colorful Porto, spend time in Lisbon, and even venture to nearby Salamanca, Spain! No single supplement!

From $4,690 per person – a savings of $250 if you book by August 29

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Nov 03, 2020 — Nov 17, 2020

Vietnam by Sea and Angkor Wat: Haiphong to Siem Reap

Spend two nights in Hanoi and then cruise from Haiphong to Saigon before concluding for three nights in Siem Reap. Featured keynote lectures by Kim Phuc, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and author of Fire Road and Jim Laurie, former TV news correspondent, media consultant and producer.

From $6,995 per person

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Nov 05, 2020 — Nov 08, 2020

Gettysburg, Antietam, and Harpers Ferry

On this unique 4-day adventure travel back in time and explore the pivotal events of the American Civil War. Visit Harper’s Ferry, Sharpsburg, and Gettysburg. Throughout the tour learn from expert speakers about strategy and logistical challenges that our armies faced. This unforgettable experience through our history is sure to leave you profoundly moved.

$2,200 per person plus airfare

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Dec 05, 2020 — Dec 09, 2020

Cuba: Learn – Explore – Connect

Visit this vibrant country with opportunities to discuss the history, political economy, and culture of this Caribbean nation. A condensed five-day program provides time-strapped travelers an immersive experience in Havana and the surrounding countryside. For those who wish to venture on to Trinidad and Cienfuegos can continue to explore Cuba on the five-day post-trip extension.

5-day Havana Program: $2,399 per person. 5-Day Trinidad extension $1,999 per person.

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Jan 08, 2021 — Jan 18, 2021

Persian Gulf Cruise

With Ambassador Mark Johnson

Explore Dubai, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Oman as you cruise this thriving Arabian Gulf region in the comfort of the 48-guest Crystal Esprit. The area is a fascinating crossroads of modernity and tradition in the Islamic world. Begin among the dazzling skyscrapers and museums of the United Arab Emirates. Continue to Qatar, an absolute and hereditary emirate since the mid-19th century that has taken a prominent geopolitical role in the region. Finish the cruise with Oman’s compelling cultural and natural attractions.

From $13,490 per person

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Jan 13, 2021 — Jan 26, 2021

Expedition to Antarctica

Savings Opportunity

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

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Jan 26, 2021 — Feb 05, 2021

Cruising Tahiti and French Polynesia

Join us for a winter escape voyage to French Polynesia, with seven nights aboard the Five-Star Wind Spirit. Includes round-trip air from Los Angeles an excursion on each island—Tahiti, Mo’orea, Bora Bora, Taha’a, Ra’iatea and Huahine—and two nights (air schedule permitting) in Pape’ete, Tahiti.

From $6,995 per person. Included air from Los Angeles has limited availability and is not guaranteed.

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Feb 21, 2021 — Mar 01, 2021

Passage Through the Panama Canal and Costa Rica

Savings Opportunity

Cruise aboard Five-Star Le Dumont-d’Urville on a nine-day journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. Experience a daylight passage through the canal and call at remote island paradises. Enjoy lectures by exclusive onboard study leaders throughout the itinerary.

From $4,995 per person – a savings of $1,000

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Feb 28, 2021 — Mar 13, 2021

Moroccan Discovery

With Norm Olsen

Explore fascinating Morocco for 14 days on this small group tour, from seaside Rabat to the desert towns of Erfoud and Ouarzazate. Watch the sun set over the dunes on camelback, traverse the snow-topped High Atlas Mountains, and discover the many cultural treasures of storied Fez, Marrakech, and Casablanca. Special Council briefings and meetings will be added to the final itinerary.

$5,879 including airfare from Boston, New York, Wash, DC (other gateways available)

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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

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Mar 24, 2021 — Apr 05, 2021

Insider's Japan

With Liz Brailsford

This truly fascinating, well-crafted 13-day small-group tour features urban and pastoral highlights, with Tokyo, cultural capital Kyoto, and magnificent Mt. Fuji. Engage in local life and head off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa. Discover Hiroshima reborn with an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

From $6,984 tentative total price including air from Los Angeles (other gateways available)

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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 including air from Boston, NYC or Washington, D.C. (other gateways are available)

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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

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Apr 30, 2021 — May 09, 2021

Celtic Lands

With Dwight David Eisenhower II

Cruise for eight neights aboard the Five-Star small ship Le Dumont-d'Urville from Scotland to Wales, Ireland, England and France. Dwight David Eisenhower II and Allen Packwood will provide exclusive lectures. Enjoy guided excursions in each port of call, including the beaches of Normandy. Glasgow/Edinburgh Pre-Program and Paris/Giverny Post-Program Options.

From $6,995 per person plus airfare

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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

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May 11, 2021 — May 19, 2021

Classical Cities of Spain featuring Segovia, Toledo and Salamanca

Savings Opportunity

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 August 31!

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May 25, 2021 — Jun 02, 2021

The Charms of Holland

Savings Opportunity

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!

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May 30, 2021 — Jun 07, 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

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Jun 06, 2021 — Jun 18, 2021

Enchanting Ireland

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 including airfare from Boston or New York (other gateways available)

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