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!
Jul 06, 2022 — Jul 15, 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!
$5,040 per person plus airfare
Jul 14, 2022 — Jul 21, 2022
Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage
Cruise the Inside Passage from Vancouver to Juneau for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, all‑Suite small ship STAR BREEZE. During naturalist-led excursions, enjoy views of Alaska’s scenery and wildlife. Experience unspoiled islands and fjords and historic Gold-Rush-era towns and cities. Vancouver/Victoria Pre- and Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks Post-Program Options.
From $4,995 per person plus airfare
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) plus airfare
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.” A Reykjavík and the Golden Circle Pre-Program Option is also available.
From $7,355 per person plus airfare
Aug 09, 2022 — Aug 19, 2022
Cruising to Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland
With Ambassador Steven Pifer
The height of summer is the ideal time to explore the nations bordering the Baltic Sea. On this journey, visit five of these nations aboard the HEBRIDEAN SKY including Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland. A robust educational program rounds out this fascinating journey, including Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and Russian literature expert Ilya Vinitsky.
From $7,990 per person plus airfare
Aug 17, 2022 — Aug 22, 2022
Wild Alaska Family Escape: Juneau to Ketchikan
Navigate narrow straits and glacial bays aboard the nimble NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION on this exploration of Southeast Alaska. Explore rugged coastlines, delve into the indigenous history of Wrangell Island, and experience the pioneering spirit of Juneau. Kayak past towering cliffs and roaring waterfalls and search for iconic wildlife. Learn under the largest and most knowledgeable expedition team in Alaska.
From $4,660 per person plus airfare
Sep 01, 2022 — Sep 11, 2022
The Origins of the American Democratic Ideal: A Voyage to Greece and Turkey
Begin your exploration in Athens. Embark on a cruise of the Aegean Sea aboard the CALLISTO, which accommodates only 34 guests. Cruise to Santorini, Crete, Delos, Ephesus, and Chios. Before disembarking in Istanbul, explore the ruins of Troy. Accompanying you on this journey is Thomas E. Ricks, author of several books and the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes.
From $7,890 per person plus airfare
Sep 07, 2022 — Sep 15, 2022
Undiscovered Italy: Trentino, South Tyrol & the Dolomites
No Single Supplement
Discover the culturally rich Trentino and South Tyrol regions on a 7-night stay in Trento. Visit Bolzano, enchanting Verona, and the beautiful Dolomites. Cruise on Lake Garda to a stunning lakeside castle and savor the region’s diverse food culture and fascinating heritage. No single supplement!
$3,690 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 per person if you book by July 24!
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 21, 2022 — Oct 01, 2022
Ancient Wonders of The Turkish Coast
Cruise along the Aegean coast! Begin in Istanbul before cruising to Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Didim, Fethiye, Tarsus, and finally Cyprus. Accompanying the group will be University of Pennsylvania lecturer C. Brian Rose who has been excavating in Turkey for decades and is the former co-director of the excavations of Troy.
From $8,990 per person plus airfare
Sep 22, 2022 — Sep 30, 2022
Adriatic and Aegean Odyssey
Cruise from Venice along the Adriatic coast to Athens for seven nights aboard the LE JACQUES CARTIER. Visit five countries and up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy the COASTAL LIFE FORUM with local residents and a folk music performance. Venice Pre-Program and Athens and Cape Sounion Post-Program Options.
From $5,170 per person plus airfare
Sep 30, 2022 — Oct 14, 2022
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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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With Mimi Gregory
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!
$5,095 per person plus airfare- a savings of $250 if you book by August 29!
Oct 14, 2022 — Oct 27, 2022
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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. One double room remains!
$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 $6,695 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 per person if you book by July 26!
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 - a savings of $250 if you book by September 17!
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
Nov 28, 2022 — Dec 12, 2022
Journey through Vietnam
Encounter Vietnam’s breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people. On this comprehensive 15-day journey travel from French-accented Hanoi to the stunning Ha Long Bay. Continue to imperial Hue and charming Hoi An. Explore the remote Mekong Delta before ending in Saigon. Optional Post-Program to Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh.
From $5,297 per person including airfare from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle