October 06-19

Tanzania Adventure: Serengeti to Zanzibar

From the depths of Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti plains; off-the-beaten-path Tarangire to exotic Zanzibar, our small group encounters the breadth of tranquil Tanzania’s riches: abundant wildlife, exquisite landscapes, and diverse cultures.

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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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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

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Feb 27, 2024 — Mar 06, 2024

Finland: Arctic Magnificence

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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.

$5,145 per person plus airfare and taxes

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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

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Apr 10, 2024 — Apr 22, 2024

Insider's Japan

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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

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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- a savings of over $600 if booked by 3/21/2023!

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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

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Apr 28, 2024 — May 03, 2024

Inside Washington

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

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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)

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May 07, 2024 — May 15, 2024

Classical Mediterranean Cruise: Malta, Tunisia, & Sicily

with Trina Medarev

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 $550 if booked by 4/7/24!

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May 21, 2024 — May 30, 2024

Ireland & Northern 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 person plus plus airfare and taxes- a savings of over $700 if booked by 4/21/2024!

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May 29, 2024 — Jun 08, 2024

80th Anniversary of D-Day Cruise

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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

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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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Jun 23, 2024 — Jun 29, 2024

Vancouver to Toronto by Rail

Join this once-in-a-lifetime train trip across Canada from Vancouver across the expanse of five provinces. Enjoy upgraded Prestige Class premium accommodations onboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian. With time to explore Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Victoria during the optional pre-tour and post-tour, it’s a unique opportunity to get to know the beauty and history of our northern neighbor.

$6,995 per person plus airfare

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Jun 28, 2024 — Jul 06, 2024

National Parks & Lodges of the Old West

Awaken your pioneering spirit by tracing the legends and natural splendors of the American West—an awe-inspiring expanse filled with beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, hiking, storytelling, and incredible historic lodges you’ll write home about.

$5,395 per person plus airfare

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Jul 17, 2024 — Aug 01, 2024

From the Fjords of Norway to the Canals of Holland

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Beginning above the Arctic Circle and ending on the shores of the Netherlands, this voyage highlights the stunning beauty and rich history of the North Sea.

Lowest cabin categories from approximately $10,490 per person

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Jul 22, 2024 — Aug 01, 2024

Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea: A cruise of Sweden, Poland, Denmark, Latvia, Finland, & Estonia

with Derrick Olsen

Cruise the extraordinary countries of the Baltic Sea aboard the WORLD NAVIGATOR, visiting Oslo, Gothenburg, Gdansk, Riga, Helsinki, and Tallinn. We will be joined by Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa.

Lowest cabin categories from $6,745 per person plus airfare and taxes – a savings of $750 if booked by 6/22/24!

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Aug 11, 2024 — Aug 26, 2024

Journey to Southern Africa

From lively Cape Town to incredible safaris, Victoria Falls to an elegant Rovos Rail journey, discover the magic of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana!

$8,495 per person plus taxes and airfare- a savings of $250 per person if booked by 4/2/24!

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