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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Mar 29, 2023 — Apr 10, 2023
With Liz Brailsford
This truly fascinating, well-crafted 13-day small group tour features urban and pastoral highlights, including 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.
$7,284 per person including airfare from LA (other gateways available).
Apr 01, 2023 — Apr 16, 2023
West Africa Odyssey
With Ambassador Robert E. Gribbin
From Luanda to Accra, this voyage to the mid-Atlantic region of Africa is an extraordinary opportunity to explore a part of the world largely untouched by tourism. Although it is a region less visited than areas to its north and south, it is no less fascinating. Throughout the voyage, Ambassador Robert E. Gribbin will draw on his extensive experience.
Lowest cabin categories from $12,490 per person plus air
Apr 02, 2023 — Apr 13, 2023
Cruising the Elbe River
With Dr. Carla Thorson
The Elbe River has long been an important delineator of east and west in Europe. Linking two of the most fascinating capital cities—Prague and Berlin—it traverses a land filled with captivating treasures, including cosmopolitan cities and picturesque towns, terraced vineyards and lush orchards, fortress-crowned crags, and the spectacular gorges of “Saxon Switzerland.”
Lowest cabin categories from $7,990 per person plus airfare
Apr 12, 2023 — Apr 25, 2023
Total Solar Eclipse in Western Australia
Witness the April 20, 2023 Total Solar Eclipse from the best possible vantage point, directly on the centerline, as the brilliance of the Coral Coast is plunged into darkness. Cruise for 10 nights down the coast of Western Australia, home to some of the darkest skies in the world. An expert 10-member expedition team will provide valuable insights.
Lowest cabin category from $14,990 per person plus airfare
Apr 13, 2023 — Apr 21, 2023
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Glide along picturesque waterways in the Netherlands and Belgium on a seven-night, first-class river cruise and delight in the Old World ambience of Amsterdam, Bruges, and Antwerp. Revel in a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of Vermeer paintings, the breathtaking tulips of Keukenhof Gardens, and a choice of included cultural and culinary experiences! No single supplement!
Lowest cabin categories from $3,795 per person plus airfare and taxes.
Apr 13, 2023 — Apr 25, 2023
Ancient Cities of North Africa: A Voyage from Sicily to Lisbon
With Ambassador Richard Erdman
The route of this voyage from Palermo to Lisbon takes you through territory rich in the history of several civilizations. Discover the vibrant cultures of Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and southern Spain. Ambassador Richard Erdman will share with us his deep understanding of both the history and current affairs of this part of the world.
Lowest cabin categories from $10,590 per person plus airfare
Apr 13, 2023 — Dec 13, 2023
Explore the Galapagos
Seven different departure dates in April, June, August, September, and December. Join a 11-day adventure that immerses you in a nature-lover’s paradise! Get up close with incredible bird and animal species: blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, sea lions, marine iguanas and more! Go birdwatching in the highlands of Floreana, snorkel with sea lions and reef sharks, hike up the Sierra Negra volcano and come face-to-face with 100-year-old Galápagos tortoises.
$3,395 per person plus airfare
Apr 23, 2023 — Oct 04, 2023
Five different departure dates in April, May, June, July, and September. Adventure awaits on this action-packed, 11-day Peruvian journey! Uncover Lima, then discover Inca ruins and timeless traditions in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Choose between a four-day Inca Trail trek, a stay in Cusco with a train ride to Machu Picchu, or a blend of Cusco’s highlights and hiking. Whichever you choose, a guided tour through Machu Picchu caps off the journey! This adventure balances excursions with free time, with optional activities abound.
$2,895 per person plus airfare
May 14, 2023 — May 19, 2023
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Our hallmark program! 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights. Keynote speakers include DEREK SCISSORS, and MICHAEL MANDELBAUM. Stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel, dinner at the exclusive Cosmos Club, and much more!
$3,349 per person based on sharing room
May 17, 2023 — May 25, 2023
The Charm of the Amalfi Coast
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Italy’s Amalfi Coast will dazzle you with its unending splendors. Enjoy seven nights in Sorrento and explore seaside villages, including Ravello, Amalfi, and Positano! Unravel history in Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum, visit a rural farm and experience vibrant Naples! Plus, tuck into delicious local dishes and engage with the region’s welcoming locals. Your Italian daydreams come to life on this handcrafted, small-group journey! This program features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan.
$4,195 per person plus airfare and taxes - a savings of $250 if you book by 4/2/23!
Jun 21, 2023 — Jul 07, 2023
Expedition to Iceland, East Greenland, and Svalbard
Spend two days in Iceland and then cruise the Denmark Strait to spend five days sailing among the ice floes and Inuit communities of eastern Greenland, from Ittoqqortoormitt in the south to Kejser Franz Josef Fjord in the north. This entire region of massive fjords forms the largest National Park in the world.
Lowest cabin category from $11,590 per person plus airfare
Jul 03, 2023 — Jul 14, 2023
Cruise the Rhine & Moselle Rivers: A Family Journey
Bask in breathtaking Swiss landscapes with your loved ones on a three-night, deluxe stay in Interlaken, then enjoy a seven-night, first-class cruise through France, Germany and the Netherlands! Delight in charming medieval towns, hilltop castles and a choice of included, family-friendly excursions in Interlaken, Strasbourg, Speyer, Heidelberg, Rüdesheim, Cologne, and Amsterdam, plus onboard fun for the kids and teens. Open to ages 7+. No single supplement!
Lowest cabin categories from $5,695 per person plus airfare and taxes - a savings of $250 if booked by 5/19/23!
Jul 13, 2023 — Jul 20, 2023
Alaska's Glaciers & the Inside Passage
A land of pure, epic natural beauty, Alaska is the last great American frontier. Discover the wonders of Ketchikan, Wrangell, Sitka,and Elfin Cove on this exclusive expedition itinerary. Look for humpback whales at Point Adolphus and navigate isolated inlets inaccessible to larger vessels for superlative views of Alaska’s spectacular scenery. Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord to majestic South Sawyer and Dawes Glaciers.
Lowest category cabins from $4,995 per person plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $750 if booked by 6/29/2023!
Jul 25, 2023 — Aug 04, 2023
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With Derrick Olsen
Travel the breadth of an astonishing land on this 11-day small group tour. From the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula to wondrous Lake Mývatn and jaw-dropping Dettifoss waterfall, Iceland’s many wonders are revealed before a two-night stay in sophisticated Reykjavik. Spend more time discovering Iceland’s colorful capital with a 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.
$6,542 per person including air from Boston, New York or Washington, D.C.
Aug 06, 2023 — Aug 17, 2023
Western European Passage: Coasts of Belgium, France, & Spain
With Ambassador Elisabeth Millard
The Atlantic ports of Western Europe have long served to connect the continent with the wider world, acting as bases for local and global trade, discovery, and conquest. On this voyage, we discover some of the finest artistic and cultural fruits of that wealth as we sail the length of the coast from the North Sea to Iberia.
Lowest cabin categories from $9,190 per person plus airfare
Aug 15, 2023 — Aug 27, 2023
Ancient Cities of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula
with Jim Falk
The route of this voyage from Palermo to Lisbon takes you through territory rich in the history of several ancient civilizations. Discover the vibrant cultures of Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and southern Spain. Travel with Jim Falk and learn from his personal experience growing up in Tunisia.
Lowest cabin categories from $10,590 per person plus airfare
Aug 18, 2023 — Aug 25, 2023
Discover Southeast Alaska
Join us for a summertime expedition through some of nature’s more secluded landscapes as we discover the remote inner reaches of Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard the 76-guest Chicago Dream. Enjoy the agility and flexibility of small-ship travel, up-close encounters with wildlife, stunning scenery, cultural experiences, and the guidance of two expert naturalists.
Lowest category cabins from $4,695 per person plus airfare
Sep 12, 2023 — Sep 20, 2023
Italy's Magnificent Lake District
Experience northern Italy’s unforgettable lake district, where sparkling lakes mirror emerald hills and craggy Alpine slopes. Indulge in seven nights in Stresa by Lake Maggiore and spend sunny days exploring beautiful islands and elegant shores dusted with sunlight. Learn the secrets of northern Italian cuisine during a cooking lesson, and witness Leonardo’s extraordinary “The Last Supper” in Milan. Handcrafted for your enjoyment, this small-group journey features a first-class hotel, an extensive meal plan, and a series of lectures to enhance your understanding of the region.
From $4,495 per person plus airfare and taxes - a savings of $250 if booked by 4/25/23!
Sep 18, 2023 — Oct 05, 2023
Silk Road Cities by Private Air
Trace the path of explorers and emperors on this customized private air program. Begin in Marco Polo’s home, Venice, where many caravan routes originated. Visit a plethora of UNESCO World Heritage sites that were important stops along Silk Road routes in Georgia, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Conclude in Istanbul, terminus for many ancient Silk Road caravans.
From $49,950 per person plus airfare
Sep 23, 2023 — Oct 05, 2023
Journey into Antiquity: Greece, the Greek Islands, Turkey & Cyprus
with Karen Armstrong and John Prevas
The western region of modern-day Turkey is home to a group of cities founded about 3,000 years ago by colonists from Greece and subsequently ruled by a succession of empires from both east and west. Make your way along the eastern shores of the Aegean to discover these cities and learn their histories.
Lowest category cabins from $9,590 per person plus airfare