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!
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
Aug 06, 2020 — Aug 14, 2020
No Single Supplement
Slovenia offers visitors an enchanting, well-rounded surprise. Tucked between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, this small country has it all: cosmopolitan cities, shimmering lakes, Alpine mountains, and great swaths of forestland. Savor Slovenia’s farm-fresh fare, its wine, and its Mediterranean breezes.
$3,990 per person plus airfare
Sep 05, 2020 — Sep 16, 2020
Global Symposium: United States and Europe
Celebrate the shared history and unparalleled alliance of Europe and the U.S. in the company of David Cameron, Former Prime Minister of the UK, and Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Enjoy a delightful Danube River cruise aboard the Crystal Mahler, and special events in Berlin and Budapest.
From $14,990 per person plus airfare
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
Sep 12, 2020 — Sep 19, 2020
Cruising the Great Lakes
Explore the Great Lakes during this travel program, including a seven-night, exclusively chartered cruise aboard the Five-Star Le Champlain through all five Great Lakes, visiting islands and towns rich in maritime history and natural splendor. Visit Sault Ste. Marie’s Soo Locks and Niagara Falls. Chicago Pre-Cruise and Toronto Post-Cruise Options.
From $4,995 per person
Oct 02, 2020 — Oct 16, 2020
With Don Samford
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic Turquoise Coast where you board gulet yachts for a distinctive four-night voyage, Turkey offers an experience.
$4,692 per person including air from New York (other gateways available)
Oct 05, 2020 — Oct 10, 2020
Inside Washington DC
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
Oct 13, 2020 — Oct 24, 2020
Romance of the Douro River
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
Oct 22, 2020 — Oct 30, 2020
Island Life of Ancient Greece
An unparalleled nine-day Aegean odyssey round trip from Athens, Greece, aboard the Five-Star small ship Le Bougainville. Visit serene Meteora, and visit historic, mythological Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes, and stunning Santorini, Mycenae and Epidaurus—islands steeped in myth and history. Meet and engage with local residents during the specially arranged Island Life Forum.
From $4,895 per person
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
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
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.
Dec 11, 2020 — Dec 20, 2020
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 $7,410 per person plus airfare
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
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
Jan 17, 2021 — Jan 31, 2021
Southern Africa Coastal Voyage: Maputo to Cape Town
Encounter a variety of animals. Learn about the traditions of the Zulu and Xhosa-speaking people. Cruise along the Garden Route of South Africa’s coastline, stopping in Mossel Bay. Spend time in Durban and Cape Town. Accompanied by area experts and study leaders, come to understand the natural and cultural wonders amid the coast of South Africa.
From $10,990 per person plus airfare
Jan 26, 2021 — Feb 05, 2021
Cruising Tahiti and French Polynesia
With Carla Thorson
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.
Feb 16, 2021 — Feb 27, 2021
Legends of the Nile
An invigorating, 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 $5,745 per person plus airfare
Feb 21, 2021 — Mar 01, 2021
Passage Through the Panama Canal and Costa Rica
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
Feb 28, 2021 — Mar 13, 2021
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)