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 04, 2018 — Nov 12, 2018
Cuba: Art, Culture & People
With Don Samford
Discover Cuba’s highlights, architecture, music and culture for eight nights during stays in Havana and Cienfuegos. Visit historic sites, museums, schools and community projects.
$5,195 per person
Jan 16, 2019 — Feb 06, 2019
Lands of Merchants by private jet
Travel with Ambassador Robin Raphel to Greece, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives by private jet.
$99,950 per person
Jan 26, 2019 — Feb 08, 2019
Few Tickets Left
A spectacular 14-day journey featuring a nine-night cruise to Antarctica aboard the 200-passenger L’ AUSTRAL.
Early booking discount extended! From $9,995 per person- a savings of $1,000!
Jan 29, 2019 — Feb 11, 2019
Singapore, Thailand & Angkor Wat
Wait List Only
A 10-night journey including a two-night train journey aboard the elegant Eastern & Oriental Express.
$6,795 per person
Jan 29, 2019 — Feb 05, 2019
Book by Nov. 15 to save!
Join Ambassador Philip Hughes as you cruise aboard the Sea Cloud to Barbados, St. Lucia, Nevis, St. Kitts and St. Eustatius, and St. Barthélemy before stepping ashore at Iles des Saintes, and conclude in Antigua.
From $8,999 per person
Feb 08, 2019 — Feb 16, 2019
Rich in nature, culture, and history, a perfect sampling of the country’s treasures! Ambassador Vicki Huddleston will provide on U.S.-Cuba relations.
$6,295 per person including flights round-trip Miami/Holguin
Feb 17, 2019 — Mar 04, 2019
With Charles Frankel
Thrilling safaris, spectacular coastal scenery, natural wonders and inspiring human stories await you on a 12-night adventure in Southern Africa. Marvel at Victoria Falls; discover Cape Town, Johannesburg and Soweto; and enjoy the elegance of Rovos Rail.
From $7,545 per person
Feb 25, 2019 — Mar 11, 2019
Egypt & the Nile
Begin in vibrant Cairo and journey on to the Great Pyramids, Abu Simbel, and the Upper Nile for a fascinating three-night cruise on Lake Nasser. Embark on a second four-night cruise from Aswan to Luxor, before ending in Old Cairo.
$5,297 including air from Boston, New York, or Washington, DC (other gateways available)
Mar 16, 2019 — Mar 25, 2019
With Norm Olsen
Discover the history and culture of Israel on this small-group program. Explore Jaffa, Akko, Masada, cruise the Sea of Galilee and more!
$4,445 per person
Apr 11, 2019 — Apr 18, 2019
Northern Lights of Finland
With Dr. Carla Thorson
Experience the northern lights, reindeer encounters, and Arctic treasures with an overnight stay in a glass and snow igloo. Substantive briefings throughout!
$4,999 per person
Apr 23, 2019 — May 16, 2019
Jewels of the Indian Ocean by private jet
Travel with Ambassador Vicki Huddleston to the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Mozambique, and the Seychelles, all by private jet.
$115,950 per person
May 01, 2019 — May 16, 2019
Ethiopia & Kenya Seminar
Travel to Ethiopia and Kenya to take an inside look at the ways that communities are striving to evolve their societies with an itinerary custom built to educate and inform.
$7,795 per person
May 06, 2019 — May 11, 2019
Inside Washington, D.C.
Our hallmark program! 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights.
$2,950 per person
May 15, 2019 — May 23, 2019
Provence & Burgundy
Book by Dec. 3 to save!
Explore Arles, Avignon, Orange, Beaune, Lyon and the Beaujolais vineyards. Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, will be leading this tour.
From $3,995 per person
May 17, 2019 — Jun 02, 2019
Balkans by private jet
From the cosmopolitan capitals of Pristina, Belgrade and Sarajevo to the artisan traditions of Ljubljana, delve into the region’s rich cultural diversity. Discover how religion, culture and notions of empire contributed to the identity of these countries today.
$68,950 per person
May 28, 2019 — Jun 07, 2019
Wait List Only
Cruise for eight nights aboard the M.S.LE BORÉAL from Scotland to Wales, Ireland, France and England. Meet Dwight David Eisenhower II and Allen Packwood. Visit the beaches of Normandy on the 75th Anniversary of the historic D-Day landings.
From $6,895 per person
Jun 21, 2019 — Jul 01, 2019
Book by Dec. 14 to save!
Voyage through the Arctic Circle on this extraordinary 11-day itinerary featuring a seven-night cruise on the Five-Star L’AUSTRAL. Accompanied by Dr. Carla Thorson, explore the politics of this Arctic region.
From $6,995 per person
Jun 25, 2019 — Jun 30, 2019
With Jim Falk
Bike from the verdant hills of the Tuscan countryside to the crystalline waters of the Silver Coast. From the hilltop medieval village of Capalbio, to the beautiful beaches of Ansedonia, take in stunning views of the sea. Dine and taste celebrated Tuscan wines at state-of-the-art Le Mortelle winery.
$5,999 per person
Jun 28, 2019 — Jul 20, 2019
Northern Summer by private jet
Follow the footsteps of great explorers who charted our planet’s vast northern expanses. Travel to the world’s northernmost reaches on one all-inclusive journey.
$104,950 per person
Jun 29, 2019 — Jul 07, 2019
No single supplement! Book by Dec. 18 to save!
Along with Francophile Mimi Gregory, cruise for seven nights aboard the 106-guest MS Renoir to Honfleur, Giverny, Omaha Beach and end in Paris.
From $3,695 per person