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 18, 2021 — Dec 11, 2021
Solar Eclipse: Destination Antarctica
See massive icebergs in Antarctica, the wildlife spectacle of South Georgia’s king penguin colonies, and the vast albatross breeding grounds of the Falklands. Add to that the chance of seeing a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon—a total solar eclipse. Naturalist team and guest speakers will provide insight and background on eclipses and other astronomical features.
From $25,890 per person plus airfare
Jan 30, 2022 — Feb 07, 2022
Passage through the Panama Canal and Costa Rica
with Lauren Swartz
Join this incomparable nine-day journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. Cruise aboard the Five-Star LE CHAMPLAIN to experience a daylight passage through the Panama Canal and call at remote island paradises. Explore Costa Rica’s terrestrial wonders and tour Panama City.
From $4,995 per person plus airfare
Feb 22, 2022 — Mar 05, 2022
Legends of the Nile ~ featuring Cairo, Luxor, a Nile Cruise & Abu Simbel
Treat yourself to an exhilarating, 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 $6,190 per person plus airfare - a savings of $250 if booked by January 8!
Feb 22, 2022 — Mar 07, 2022
Explore fascinating Morocco for 14 days on this small-group tour—from seaside Rabat to the desert towns of Erfoud and Ouarzazate. Watch the sunset over the dunes on camelback, traverse the snow-topped High Atlas Mountains, and discover the many cultural treasures of storied Fez, Marrakech, and Casablanca.
$5,979 including airfare from New York
Mar 06, 2022 — Mar 18, 2022
Amazon River Expedition and Machu Picchu
Wait List Only
With Megan Torrey
Cruise aboard the deluxe ZAFIRO for five nights through the Amazon River Basin’s unparalleled biodiversity and spend five nights exploring Perú’s landscapes and archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley, including legendary Machu Picchu and Cuzco. Led by naturalists, see rare endemic species and local villages. Lima Pre Program Option.
From $7,295 per person plus airfare
Mar 27, 2022 — Apr 11, 2022
Journey to Southern Africa
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Embark on luxury safaris, thrill to Victoria Falls, & visit Soweto, Cape Town & Robben Island on an unmatched 12-night adventure through South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe!
From $9,490 per person plus airfare - a savings of $250 if you book by February 10!
Apr 07, 2022 — Apr 17, 2022
Grand Voyage on the Danube
Wait List Only
Join a group of eminent speakers featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin and Sylvia Poggioli, all of whom will provide insight and perspective to an examination of the relationship between Europe and the United States. Aboard the all-suite Crystal Ravel, cruise one of Europe’s loveliest and most interesting waterways. A rare opportunity to see and learn more about this historically rich region.
From $9,990 per person plus airfare
May 01, 2022 — May 09, 2022
River Life Along the Dutch Waterways
No Single Supplement
Cruise for seven nights in Holland and Flanders aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe AMADEUS STAR. Meet local residents during the exclusive River Life Forum and tour the Kröller-Müller Museum. Visit Amsterdam, Bruges, Ghent, Delft, Kinderdijk, Antwerp, Keukenhof and the Floriade World Horticulture Expo. Amsterdam Pre-Program and The Hague Post-Program Options.
From $2,995 per person plus airfare
May 11, 2022 — May 20, 2022
European Coastal Civilizations: Lisbon to London
Wait List Only
Join this eight-night cruise along Portugal, Spain, France and England aboard Five-Star LE BELLOT, including a cruise up the storied River Thames. Visit the beaches of Normandy with special guest Dwight D. Eisenhower II and tour Oporto, Santiago de Compostela, Bilbao and Mont-Saint-Michel. Lisbon Pre-Program and London Post-Program Options
From $5,395 per person plus airfare
May 19, 2022 — Jun 04, 2022
Bulgaria & Romania Discovery
Two fascinating Balkan countries come to life on this uncommon, and exceptional, small group journey. Discover Bulgaria, with its mix of East and West, rugged mountains and Black Sea coast, and treasured UNESCO sites. Then it’s on to historic Romania, home of medieval walled towns, crenelated castles, and fabled Transylvania.
$5,692 including air from Boston or JFK
Jun 01, 2022 — Jun 18, 2022
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 sample the many charms of Romania and Georgia’s enchanting capitals.
$119,950 per person
Jun 03, 2022 — Jun 10, 2022
Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords
With Lise Kristiansen
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 $5,595 per person plus airfare
Jun 05, 2022 — Jun 13, 2022
Fairytale France - Alsace
No Single Supplement
Behold the old-world allure and proud heritage of France’s Alsace region on an unforgettable 7-night program. From charming Colmar, visit Strasbourg, Basel, and whimsical towns along the Alsatian Wine Route. Plus, savor divine cuisine and wines, and learn about the region’s illustrious past.
$4,190 per person plus airfare - a savings of $250 if you book by February 1!
Jun 20, 2022 — Jun 30, 2022
Arctic Expedition: Voyage Under the Midnight Sun
Voyage across the Arctic Circle on this extraordinary 11-day itinerary featuring a seven-night cruise on the Five-Star LE BORÉAL. Cruise through an ethereal topography of red sandstone mountains, verdant tundra, and awe-inspiring ice formations. Enjoy expert-led excursions to diverse terrains and search for Arctic wildlife. Flights round trip Copenhagen/Longyearbyen included.
From approximately $7995 plus airfare
Jun 28, 2022 — Jul 13, 2022
Discovering Eastern Europe
With Dr. Carla Thorson
Discover a beautiful, poignant part of the world on this comprehensive small-group tour that provides a generous overview of four fascinating nations – with dynamic Warsaw and medieval Krakow, splendid Budapest, grand Vienna, and proud Prague. Experience Germany’s cosmopolitan capital on an optional 4-day/3-night Berlin post-tour extension.
$5,397 per person including airfare from Boston or New York (other gateways available)
Jul 06, 2022 — Jul 16, 2022
Swiss Alps & The Italian Lakes
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With Derrick Olsen
From St. Moritz to Lake Como, Swiss charm and Italian beauty come together on a truly memorable journey. Marvel at the natural beauty and distinct cultures of two countries while discovering their epic landmarks, savory cuisine and warm, friendly communities. Your heart will yearn for the treasures of Italy and Switzerland!
$4,790 per person plus airfare - a savings of $250 if you book by January 25!
Jul 11, 2022 — Jul 21, 2022
Seminar in Ukraine
With Dr. Carla Thorson
Go in-depth and explore this resilient region, influenced by Polish princes, Cossack hetmen, Turkish khans, Russian communists and Ukrainian poets and nationalists. The cradle of Slavic civilization, Ukraine offers an abundance of cultural treasures. On this journey, explore Western Ukraine’s Lviv before flying to the capital, Kiev, and then on to the port city of Odessa.
$6,490 per person
Jul 16, 2022 — Jul 27, 2022
Tanzania Family Safari
Explore fascinating Tanzania on this Family Safari offering a dynamic blend of activities, sights, and experiences to keep travelers of any age interested. The diversity and scale of this natural paradise inspires awe, and the people you meet along the way will touch your heart. It’s an experience your family will never forget!
$7,990 per person (discount for 15 and under)
Jul 24, 2022 — Aug 01, 2022
With Jim Falk
Discover the beauty of Iceland on this seven-night circumnavigation aboard the Five‑Star expedition ship LE BELLOT. See crystalline glaciers atop slumbering volcanoes. Cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island, cruise along Surtsey Island and marvel at dramatic Goðafoss, the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Reykjavík and the Golden Circle Pre-Program Option
From $6,795 per person plus airfare
Jul 31, 2022 — Aug 12, 2022
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 per person including airfare from Boston or New York (other gateways available)