Why Travel the World
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia leads domestic and international tours to all seven continents where travelers engage in meetings with government officials and diplomats, develop people-to-people diplomacy, and receive in-depth cultural, historical, and political experiences and has been doing so for 45 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. Tour leaders are drawn from across the World Affairs Councils of America leadership; experts 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, and shorter itineraries focusing on foreign policy issues in key destinations. For a trip of a lifetime, check out our private jet trips!
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Dec 05, 2023 — Dec 20, 2023
Madagascar to Mauritius: Islands of the Indian Ocean
Madagascar, a thousand-mile island boasting an impressive variety of spectacular landscapes from pristine coral reefs and coastal mangroves to virgin rain forests and native baobab trees. In the company of a top zoology professor and expert local guides, spend eleven days exploring Madagascar’s marine reserves and national parks traveling in comfort aboard the all-suite HEBRIDEAN SKY.
Lowest cabin categories from $13,990 per person plus airfare
Jan 23, 2024 — Feb 07, 2024
Machu Picchu to the Galapagos
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Encounter two of South America’s greatest treasures on this 16-day small group tour, exploring Machu Picchu’s enigmatic ruins and witnessing the fascinating Galapagos Islands’ wonders on a four-night adventure. Further discoveries await in Lima, the Sacred Valley, Cuzco, and Quito. Experience the Amazon rainforest with an exceptional 4-day/4-night pre-tour option.
$8,993 per person including airfare from Miami (other departure gates available)
Jan 30, 2024 — Feb 08, 2024
United Arab Emirates
with Jim Falk
From sensational architecture to sweeping desert landscapes, relish the United Arab Emirates’ modern wonders and remarkable heritage on this eight-night, first-class journey! Explore forward-looking Dubai and Abu Dhabi on engaging tours, learn about Emirati life during cultural exchanges, plus celebrate beneath starry skies at a desert resort. Tour a breathtaking mosque, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and a falcon hospital! This small-group program features a Travel Director and expert insights.
$4,395 per person plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $250 if booked by 12/16/2023!
Feb 10, 2024 — Feb 24, 2024
Journey through Vietnam
Encounter Vietnam’s breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people on this comprehensive 15-day journey from French-accented Hanoi and stunning Ha Long Bay to imperial Hue and charming Hoi An, from the Mekong Delta to Saigon. Discover amazing Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh with an optional 5-day/3-night post-tour extension.
$5,047 per person including airfare from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle.
Feb 24, 2024 — Mar 10, 2024
Dazzling Oceania: Australia & New Zealand
Watch for dolphins in the Bay of Islands. Sip local wine in Napier, while getting a glimpse of Maori culture. Visit Cathedral Square in Christchurch and cruise the Fjords of Milford Sound as craggy cliffs tower over you. In Melbourne, stroll through historic Fitzroy Gardens and in Burnie see Tasmanian devils up close!
Lowest cabin category from $7,599 per person including airfare
Feb 27, 2024 — Mar 06, 2024
Finland: Arctic Magnificence
Wait List Only
With Lauren Swartz
From the sensational Northern Lights to a soothing sauna, revel in outdoor adventures and cool Finnish traditions on this seven-night, active journey. Drive a team of lively huskies across the fjells, take a snowshoe hike by moonlight and spot reindeer in the wild! Enjoy three nights exploring in dynamic Helsinki and four nights in northern Lapland in a glass-domed cabin.
$4,895 per person plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $250 if booked by 1/13/24!
Mar 05, 2024 — Mar 13, 2024
A Voyage Along the Lower Mississippi River
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With lectures by Doris Kearns Goodwin and other speakers
Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia on a special voyage along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis on a classic paddle-wheeler ship. Experience the distinctive architecture of New Orleans’ French Quarter, the lush landscape of the Bayou country, and the 19th-century grandeur of Natchez. Visit Vicksburg, the site of a critical Union victory in the Civil War, and Memphis, the “Home of the Blues”, all accompanied by educational lectures by Pulitzer-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and other speakers.
Lowest category cabins from $7,990 per person
Mar 23, 2024 — Apr 05, 2024
Petra to the Parthenon: Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Greece
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Experience four countries and distinct ancient cultures that span 5,000 years of history on this 14-day journey aboard the all-suite HEBRIDEAN SKY, gazing upon true modern marvels in addition to a fascinating mix of historic wonders.
Lowest cabin categories from $11,990 per person plus airfare
Apr 10, 2024 — Apr 22, 2024
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.
$7,784 per person including air from Los Angeles
Apr 20, 2024 — Apr 29, 2024
Morocco & the Canary Islands
Explore the stunning natural beauty of the Canary Islands and treasures of the rose-pink cities of Morocco on this one-of-a-kind, 8-night journey, featuring scenic coastlines and idyllic ports rarely visited by larger vessels. Highlights include La Palma, Tenerife, Marrakesh, Casablanca, and Rabat.
Lowest category cabins from $5,495 per person plus airfare and taxes
Apr 26, 2024 — May 04, 2024
Sailing the Spanish & French Rivieras
Explore the treasures of the Spanish and French Rivieras, from the romantic Roman ruins at Arles to the art nouveau architecture of Gaudí’s Barcelona and the landscapes that inspired Picasso and Cézanne. Best of all, enjoy the unparalleled experience of cruising aboard one of the world’s finest sailing vessels, the SEA CLOUD II, with an itinerary carefully designed to maximize our time under sail.
Lowest cabin categories from $5,990 per person plus airfare
Apr 28, 2024 — May 03, 2024
Our Inside Washington tour is an in-depth, exclusive look into the behind-the-scenes world of international politics, foreign affairs, and diplomacy in the bustling city of Washington, D.C. We procure the most knowledgeable speakers on a wide variety of international affairs topics and find the most interesting venues to ensure that when the tour is completed you will be a more informed global citizen.
$3,449 per person plus airfare
May 01, 2024 — May 07, 2024
California Rail Discovery
Join us on a spectacular seven day journey through Northern California on California Rail Discovery! Begin in San Francisco, the "City by the Bay," before travelling to Napa Valley's famous wine country, and end with a cruise on Lake Tahoe.
$3,825 per person including airfare from Philadelphia (other departure points available)
May 07, 2024 — May 15, 2024
Classical Mediterranean Cruise: Malta, Tunisia, & Sicily
Explore coastal cities that date back more than 7,000 years on this 7-night cruise along two of Europe’s most dramatic coastlines and through the fabled Strait of Messina, Tyrrhenian Sea, and Mediterranean Sea. Voyage from the island of Malta to Tunisia. Enjoy calls at Taormina, Trapani, and Palermo.
Lowest categories from $4,945 per person plus air- a savings of $500 if booked by 12/6/23!
May 21, 2024 — May 30, 2024
Ireland & North Ireland: Circumnavigate the Emerald Isle
Circle the shores of the Emerald Isle on a captivating journey brimming with resplendent beauty, proud traditions, and a warm, welcoming ambience that radiates along the lanes of small towns and buzzing cities alike. Destinations include County Cork, Dingle, the Aran Islands, Skellig Michael, and the Giant's Causeway.
Lowest cabin categories from $6,385 per plus plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $710 if booked by 12/8/23!
May 29, 2024 — Jun 08, 2024
80th Anniversary of D-Day Cruise
with Donald L. Miller, Alexandra Richie, John McManus, and Keith Lowe
Join a custom itinerary emphasizing the land, sea, and air campaigns of World War II. Travel in complete comfort aboard the exquisite SEABOURN OVATION and be in Normandy for an unforgettable 80th Anniversary ceremony on June 6th, 2024. Share in rich discussions with revered historians Donald L. Miller, Alexandra Richie, John McManus, and Keith Lowe.
Lowest cabin category from $14,999 per person
Jun 05, 2024 — Jun 13, 2024
Apulia: Undiscovered Italy
Discover Apulia, a sun-kissed region in Southern Italy. Stay for seven nights in Polignano a Mare and venture out to ancient villages, cerulean seaports and storied landmarks. Savor Mediterranean meals amid olive groves and beautiful vineyards. From Locorotondo to Alberobello, Ostuni to Trani, you’ll relish Apulia’s charms and heart-warming traditions. No single supplement!
$3,895 per person plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $250 if booked by 4/21/2024!
Jun 06, 2024 — Jun 10, 2024
Phillies vs. Mets- The Ultimate Rivalry goes to the UK
Travel to the stunning capital of the United Kingdom for an exciting match between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets. Extend your stay with visits to Oxford and Stratford upon Avon, Bath and Stonehenge, or Edinburgh.
$3,795 per person plus airfare
Jun 09, 2024 — Jun 17, 2024
Alsace ~ Fairytale France, Germany, & Switzerland
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Behold the old-world allure and heritage of France’s Alsace region on an unforgettable seven-night program. From charming Colmar, visit dynamic Strasbourg, multicultural Basel and whimsical towns along the Alsatian Wine Route. Tour the Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg, savor divine cuisine and superlative wines, and learn about the region’s illustrious past.
$4,195 per person plus taxes and airfare- a savings of $250 if booked by 4/25/2024!
Jun 19, 2024 — Jun 28, 2024
Swiss Alps & the Italian Lakes
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Embrace the wonders of Switzerland and Italy on this eight-night journey! Stay in chic St. Moritz and lakeside Stresa, immersing yourself in these celebrated destinations. Journey by train to Zuoz and wind through incredible scenery on the Bernina Express. Cruise to the Borromean Islands and explore romantic Bellagio and Como. Stand before da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” and prepare regional dishes at a family restaurant.
$4,695 per person plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $250 if booked by 5/5/24!