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!
Jul 12, 2021 — Jul 22, 2021
Seminar in Ukraine
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
Aug 25, 2021 — Sep 05, 2021
Slovenia & Croatia
With Derrick OIsen
In a region well worth exploring for its natural beauty alone, visit spellbinding archaeological sites, impressive cathedrals, dramatic palaces, and ancient city centers that illuminate the layered history of the Dalmatian Coast. Begin in Ljubljana before sailing along the Croatian coast from the Istrian Peninsula to Dubrovnik.
From $6,192 per person plus airfare
Aug 27, 2021 — Sep 05, 2021
Greece: Athens & the Island of Poros
No Single Supplement
Stand in awe of the Parthenon looming above the city of Athens. Soak up island life amid whitewashed homes and tavernas on Poros. Toast Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, in a vineyard. Discover ancient theaters, lost kingdoms and more during this enchanting, eight-night adventure celebrating the best of Greece’s Saronic Islands.
$3,590 per person – a savings of $250 if you book by July 27!
Sep 08, 2021 — Sep 15, 2021
The Charms of Holland
Over seven nights, explore unique facets of the Netherlands, from Amsterdam’s pretty canals and The Hague’s political scene to 17th-century Hoorn and modern Rotterdam. View artwork by legendary Golden Age masters and Vincent van Gogh. Watch the dazzling spectacle of the world’s largest flower auction, taste fresh cheese in Gouda and much more!
$3,590 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if you book by August 6!
Sep 14, 2021 — Sep 22, 2021
Undiscovered France featuring Albi, Toulouse & Carcassonne
No Single Supplement
Celebrate the soul of France in and around the beautiful city of Albi. Revel in the pink-washed city of Toulouse, stroll along romantic riverbanks, and savor local delicacies. A myriad of French masterpieces await you in this elegant, easygoing region, including paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec, famous frescoes, medieval fortresses, and a revolutionary 17th-century canal.
$3,290 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if booked by August 13!
Sep 15, 2021 — Sep 21, 2021
On this five-day journey in New England explore the origins of the story of the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth. Learn about life in the 17th Century from the perspective of the Wampanoag people as well as the English Colonists. After this program, you won’t look at a buckled hat or ear of corn quite the same way again.
$2,849 per person plus airfare
Sep 20, 2021 — Sep 25, 2021
Inside Washington DC
Our hallmark program! 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights. Visit think tanks, embassies, enjoy keynote speakers, allow time on the Hill, and include a docent-led visit to a museum.
$2,950 per person
Sep 28, 2021 — Oct 06, 2021
Classical Cities of Spain featuring Segovia, Toledo and Salamanca
Explore one of Spain’s most romantic regions, brimming with entrancing cities and towns steeped in medieval history, on this seven-night, deluxe stay based in Segovia. Visit Salamanca, Madrid, Ávila, Toledo and a royal palace in San Ildefonso. From splendid cathedrals and turreted fortresses to a storybook castle and a monumental Roman aqueduct, relish unforgettable discoveries!
$3,590 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if you book by August 27!
Oct 01, 2021 — Oct 09, 2021
Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia
This seven-night voyage showcases the Iberian Peninsula’s coast between Lisbon and Barcelona and features Spain’s legendary Guadalquivir River. Cruise aboard the Five-Star Le Jacques Cartier. Visit Portugal’s Algarve region, Spain’s Granada and Seville, the Rock of Gibraltar and the Balearic Island of Mallorca. Lisbon Pre-Program and Barcelona Post-Program Options.
From $4,995 per person plus airfare
Oct 07, 2021 — Oct 10, 2021
Gettysburg, Antietam, and Harpers Ferry
On this unique 4-day adventure travel back in time and explore the pivotal events of the American Civil War. Visit Harper’s Ferry, Sharpsburg, and Gettysburg. Throughout the tour learn from expert speakers about strategy and logistical challenges that our armies faced. This unforgettable experience through our history is sure to leave you profoundly moved.
$2,200 per person plus airfare
Oct 09, 2021 — Oct 24, 2021
Grand Danube Passage
No Single Supplement
Explore eight countries & discover epic history, Old World capitals & charming villages along the mighty Danube River. Plus, enjoy stays in Sofia, Bulgaria, & Prague, Czech Republic. Personalize your cruise with a selection of included excursions, featuring culinary outings, cycling, art tours & more!
From $5,390 per person – a savings of $250 if you book by September 9!
Oct 15, 2021 — Oct 29, 2021
Wait List Only
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 board gulet yachts for a distinctive four-night voyage, Turkey offers an experience.
$4,692 per person including air from New York (other gateways available)
Oct 22, 2021 — Nov 02, 2021
The Historic Rhine
With Dr. Joyce Davis
Cruise along the Rhine and Moselle rivers aboard the privately chartered 45-stateroom Royal Crown riverboat from Basel to Amsterdam, exploring the region’s ancient Roman heritage and 20th-century military history. Visit classic highlights such as Strasbourg, Mainz, and the fairytale castles of the romantic Rhine; a variety of well-preserved ancient Roman cities; and important sites from World War II, including General Patton’s famous Third Army crossing in Oppenheim and Operation Market Garden at Arnhem.
From $5,990 per person plus airfare
Nov 03, 2021 — Nov 11, 2021
The Charm of the Amalfi Coast
With Trina Medarev
Let Italy’s Amalfi Coast dazzle you with its stunning seaside tapestry. Enjoy 7 nights in Vietri sul Mare and explore cliff-side villages, olive and lemon groves, and ancient sites. Step back in time at Pompeii, sail to the Isle of Capri, witness Amalfi town and savor local dishes including authentic pizza made the Napolitano way.
$3,790 per person – a savings of $250 if you book by October 1!
Nov 13, 2021 — Nov 21, 2021
Israel: Timeless Wonders
Encounter an extraordinary land of transcendent beauty and belief, of history and hospitality, on an exceptional 12-day small group journey. From modern Tel Aviv to scenic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias to revered Jerusalem, engage all your senses. Discover stunning, “rose-red” Petra and Amman with an optional 5-day/4-night Jordan post-tour extension.
$6,684 including air from Boston or New York
Nov 18, 2021 — Dec 11, 2021
Solar Eclipse: Destination Antarctica
See massive icebergs in Antarctica, the wildlife spectacle of South Georgia’s colonies of hundreds of thousands of king penguins, 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
Nov 30, 2021 — Dec 19, 2021
Best of Argentina and Chile by Private Jet
Travel by private jet to experience the jewels of Argentina and Chile. Fly direct from urban capitals to otherworldly landscapes, from sapphire-blue lakes to world-renowned wine regions, all while delving into diverse cultures, cuisines and natural wonders.
$107,950 per person
Dec 03, 2021 — Dec 16, 2021
Arabian Mystique: Abu Dhabi, Dubai & Oman
Discover the multi-faceted jewel that is the Arabian way of life on this escape to the UAE and Oman. From the sparkling cityscapes and ultra-modern amenities of Dubai to the historical preservation and timeless beauty in Abu Dhabi. Wander through souks draped in glinting fabrics and spellbinding artisan crafts. Wind through myriad vistas, from ancient cities, to golden dunes, to lush oases. This is the Arabian world from every vantage point.
$7,895 per person plus airfare
Dec 10, 2021 — Dec 19, 2021
With an extension to Peru
Experiencing the Galápagos Islands on an expedition in an unrivaled experience. 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-voyage land excursion to Machu Picchu and Peru's Land of the Inca.
From $7,560 per person plus airfare
Dec 16, 2021 — Dec 20, 2021
Discover the many treasures of this Caribbean gem while learning about and supporting the island's efforts to rebuild and stabilize on this impact-oriented journey. Meet with local non-profits and top government officials to discuss the complicated colonial history and current challenges with the mainland and why Puerto Rico is in the political limelight like never before.
$2,949 per person plus airfare