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 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 & Tanzania Seminar
Travel to Ethiopia and Tanzania 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 10, 2019 — May 18, 2019
Holland & Belgium: Amsterdam to Bruges
With Dr. Pamela Zeiser
Cruise through The Netherlands and Belgium aboard the new Magnifique III, a boutique riverboat with just 20 cabins. See the UNESCO-listed Kinderdijk windmills, discover the Flemish town of Dendermonde, and explore a medieval castle in Ghent before disembarking in Bruges.
From $4,999 per person
May 15, 2019 — May 23, 2019
Provence & Burgundy
Limited space remains!
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 05, 2019 — Jun 15, 2019
Waterways of the Tsars: Moscow to St. Petersburg
Book now to save $750 per person!
Sail from Moscow to St. Petersburg aboard the elegant Volga Dream and sail into Russia’s heartland to discover historic Golden Ring towns. Highlights include a visit to an open session of the Duma (Russian parliament) and a reception at the home of the U.S. Ambassador (pending confirmation).
From $8,999 per person.
Jun 21, 2019 — Jul 01, 2019
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 $7,995 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!
Unpack once for a seven-night river journey aboard the 106-guest MS Renoir to Honfleur, Giverny, Omaha Beach and end in Paris.
From $3,945 per person
Jul 13, 2019 — Jul 20, 2019
Alaska & the Inside Passage
Wait List Only
Cruise aboard the Le Soléal to experience unspoiled islands and fjords and historic gold-rush-era towns. Specially arranged expert lecturers join you on board.
From $4,295 per person
Jul 29, 2019 — Aug 07, 2019
Baltic Sea Cruise
Our popular cruise returns! Enjoy presentations by former president of Poland Lech Wałęsa and by noted author and scholar Sergei N. Khrushchev. Visit Visby, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Gda´nsk.
From $7,995 per person
Sep 07, 2019 — Sep 20, 2019
Journey through Britain
With Dr. Jerry Leach
Travel from gracious Edinburgh to England’s legendary Lake District; from spectacular Snowdonia to the rural Cotswolds and Roman Bath; ending your journey in cosmopolitan London. Join Dr. Jerry Leach for substantive briefings throughout.
$6,046 including air from Newark (other gateways available)
Sep 11, 2019 — Sep 19, 2019
Book by May 14 to save!
Unpack once! See Trulli, limestone houses with conical roofs, and Sassi, ancient cave dwellings still used today. Visit vibrant cities and charming seaside villages, and taste culinary treasures.
$3,590 per person - a savings of $250 if you book by May 14!
Sep 26, 2019 — Oct 04, 2019
Rome to Malta
Discover an intriguing mélange of cultures on this seven-night cruise from Rome to Valletta, aboard the Five-Star, 92-suite LE BOUGAINVILLE, featuring Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Sicily’s storied town of Taormina and Malta.
From $5,495 per person
Sep 29, 2019 — Oct 22, 2019
Around the World by private jet
Discover Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Serengeti Plain, Easter Island, the Lost City of Petra and Marrakech
$85,950 per person
Oct 02, 2019 — Oct 18, 2019
Encounter Vietnam’s breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people on this comprehensive 17-day journey from French-accented Hanoi and breathtaking Ha Long Bay to imperial Hue, the storied Mekong River Delta, and vibrant Saigon.
$4,587 including air from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York.