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 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, shorter itineraries focusing on foreign policy issues in key destinations. For a trip of a lifetime, check out our private jet trips!
Sep 17, 2022 — Sep 24, 2022
Cruising the Great Lakes
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Explore all five Great Lakes during this seven-night cruise aboard the Five-Star LE DUMONT-D’URVILLE, visiting islands and towns rich in maritime history and natural splendor. Visit charming Mackinac Island, historic Sault Sainte Marie’s Soo Locks, revitalized Detroit, and awe-inspiring Niagara Falls. Milwaukee Pre-Program and Toronto Post-Program Options.
From $5,745 per person plus airfare
Sep 30, 2022 — Oct 14, 2022
With Don Samford
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic Turquoise Coast where you will board a privately chartered yacht for a day cruise, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group experience.
$5,292 per person including air from New York (other gateways available)
Oct 08, 2022 — Oct 16, 2022
Island Life Ancient Greece
Join this nine-day Aegean Odyssey from Athens, Greece, aboard the Five-Star LE BOUGAINVILLE. Visit Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes, and Santorini and explore the legendary ruins of Meteora, Mycenae, and Epidaurus. Engage with local residents during the ISLAND LIFE FORUM.
From $5,630 per person plus airfare
Oct 13, 2022 — Oct 26, 2022
Cruise the Heart of Europe
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Navigate the legendary Danube, Main, and Rhine rivers. Sail through the scenic Middle Rhine and Wachau valleys to Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia. Plus, enjoy insightful lectures and personalize your journey with a choice of included excursions, such as culinary tours, cycling trips, museum visits, walking tours, musical performances, and more! No single supplement!
From $5,590 per person plus airfare
Oct 14, 2022 — Oct 27, 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.
$6,579 per person including airfare from New York
Oct 29, 2022 — Nov 11, 2022
Antiquities of the Red and Aegean Sea
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On this journey explore the treasures of Greece, Egypt, and Jordan. Enjoy seven nights cruising from Athens, Greece, to Aqaba, Jordan, aboard the Five-Star LE BOUGAINVILLE. Cruise through the Suez Canal with one night in Aqaba and three nights in Amman. Continue your journey to Alexandra, the Great Pyramids, and Luxor.
From $8,965 per person plus airfare
Oct 29, 2022 — Nov 12, 2022
Vietnam by Sea and Angkor Wat
This exceptional itinerary features two nights in Hanoi, a seven-night cruise aboard the Five-Star LE LAPÉROUSE and three nights in Siem Reap to experience the temples of Cambodia. Visit four UNESCO World Heritage sites—Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, and Angkor Wat. Hong Kong Pre-Program and Bangkok Post-Program Options.
From $7,695 per person plus airfare
Nov 01, 2022 — Nov 16, 2022
Journey to Southern Africa
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Embark on luxury safaris, thrill to Victoria Falls, and visit Soweto, Cape Town and Robben Island on an unmatched 12-night adventure through South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe!
From $8,490 per person plus airfare
Nov 11, 2022 — Nov 20, 2022
With an extension to Peru
Experience the Galápagos Islands in an unrivaled expedition. Cruise aboard the 52-cabin NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENDEAVOUR II. With remarkable insights from a knowledgeable naturalist team, hike among the wildlife; investigate the vibrant sea—snorkel, stand-up paddleboard, and swim daily with sea lions, sea turtles, and penguins. Optional Post-Program land excursion to Machu Picchu and Peru's Land of the Inca.
From $7,710 per person plus airfare
Dec 27, 2022 — Jan 01, 2023
New Year’s in Cuba: A Family-Friendly Program
This specially designed program is focused on understanding not only Cuba’s past and present, but also learning what its future may hold. This tour will feature family-friendly events and activities that will explore Cuba's unique history and beauty in ways that people of all ages can appreciate.
$3,995 per person plus airfare
Jan 04, 2023 — Jan 17, 2023
Expedition to Antarctica
Join us for this spectacular journey to Antarctica, Earth’s last frontier. Cruise aboard the intimate LE BORÉAL or L’AUSTRAL, two of the finest vessels in Antarctic waters. Accompanied by the ship’s expert team of naturalists, board sturdy Zodiac watercraft for excursions ashore and observe Antarctica’s abundant wildlife. Spend two nights in vibrant Buenos Aires. Extend your journey with the three-night Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option.
From $10,454 per person plus airfare
Jan 15, 2023 — Jan 30, 2023
Patagonian Frontiers: Argentina and Chile by Land & Sea
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With Megan Torrey
Relish the rare privilege of encounters with two of the world’s last great frontiers – Southern Patagonia’s majestic fjords and glaciers and breathtaking Torres del Paine. Along with visits to Buenos Aires and Santiago, this 16-day journey showcases South America’s remarkable diversity. Discover magnificent Iguazu Falls with a 2-day/2-night pre-tour option.
$9,482 per person including airfare from Miami (other gateways available). One room remains!
Feb 10, 2023 — Feb 24, 2023
Egypt & the Eternal Nile
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Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this exceptional 15-day small group journey reveals antiquity’s treasures in Cairo, followed by a Lake Nasser cruise and a classic Nile voyage from Aswan to Luxor, before returning to Cairo. Discover fabled Petra, ancient Jerash, and Amman with an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour Jordan extension.
$6,497 per person including airfare from New York (other gateways available)
Feb 11, 2023 — Feb 25, 2023
World Less Traveled by Private Jet
Explore emerging destinations across Africa, South America, and the Arabian Peninsula on a new journey of discovery. Marvel at less-visited UNESCO Heritage sites in Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, experience the infectious rhythms of Carnival in Salvador, and uncover the rich artistic and cultural heritage of coastal capitals like Dakar and Lomé, all while traveling aboard a customized private jet.
$105,000 per person
Feb 12, 2023 — Feb 19, 2023
Costa Rica & the Panama Canal
Go by expedition ship for a unique 2-day Canal transit and rare opportunities to explore deep in the jungle. Journey through the intricate locks of the Panama Canal for an up-close view, plus enjoy special access to Corcovado National Park, and visit with inspiring families living in remote communities on the Osa Peninsula.
From $6,820 per person plus airfare
Feb 17, 2023 — Mar 11, 2023
Ancient Crossroads of Asia & the Middle East by Private Jet
Explore ancient civilizations and enduring cultures on a journey to some of the world’s most historic and treasured locales aboard our private jet. Travel to Egypt, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Oman.
$140,000 per person
Feb 21, 2023 — Feb 28, 2023
Mayan Splendor in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula
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With Lauren Swartz
Discover the vibrant culture and impressive history of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula on this first-class, small-group adventure! Spend seven nights in colorful Mérida, a colonial-era beauty, and explore the magnificent Mayan cities of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal, the golden city of Izamal and the Celestún Estuary, home to flocks of bright pink flamingos! Savor delectable cuisine, traditional music and dancing, and a fun excursion of your choice in Mérida. Includes expert guides and lecturers. No single supplement!
From $3,490 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 per person if you book by October 11, 2022!
Mar 05, 2023 — Mar 10, 2023
Great Trains & Grand Canyons
Experience the scenery of Grand Canyon National Park & the red rocks of Sedona, the Native American history at the Montezuma Castle National Monument, the Old West nostalgia of Two Train Rides & 5 Nights at a picturesque property in Sedona, Arizona, known for its jeep rides, artist galleries and breathtaking red rock scenery.
$3,565 per person including airfare from Philadelphia- A savings of $100 per person if booked before 12/20/2022!
Mar 09, 2023 — Mar 12, 2023
New Orleans: Remembering WWII
Travel to The National WWII Museum in New Orleans to explore, remember, and reflect on World War II through exclusive access to the Museum’s campus. The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience a custom program at this world-class institution!
$1,928 per person plus airfare
Mar 11, 2023 — Mar 23, 2023
Saudi Arabia: From Ancient Trade Routes to Contemporary Society
Join us for a special journey to Saudi Arabia, a country of barren sands masking great oil reserves, millennia-enduring archaeological sites sharing city blocks with modern engineering marvels, and conservative Islamic ideals juxtaposed by images of luxury symbols from the West. Through conversations and visits, our program sets out to explore this country and the significant changes taking place within its borders.
$9,850 per person plus airfare