If you haven’t traveled with the World Affairs Councils of America, you’ve missed some truly memorial experiences. Now that COVID seems to be receding — at least for those of us who are vaccinated — we’re are able to head out to distant lands once again.
The whole small ship cruise itinerary was the highlight. Its every stop in Portugal, Spain, France, and London was of interest. The new prosperity and historical elegance of Portugal was an eye opener. The Normandy stops with David Eisenhower and the laying of the wreath was a poignant reminder of war. The sail up the Thames River to anchor in the heart of London was the "piece de resistance"!
What's important to me about traveling with the World Affairs Council is the interest taken in educating guests, the variety of places traveled, and the pleasant guides. Our assigned guide, Martene was beyond fabulous. Clone her! She went way way beyond the call of duty to be informative, to help, to care for our safety.
I like the visit with the embassies/consulate that very few other trips offer. There are usually good guides and in-country experts. You get a complete view of a country - food, culture, politics, and geography.
The hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia was our best moment. A disproportionate number of our favorite moments — including the cave churches, the fairy chimneys, and the underground city — were in the tour extension to Cappadocia. The historic sites in Istanbul — mosques, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Place — were not to be missed. The Roman and Macedonian ruins we saw after leaving Istanbul were fabulous. Many of the out of the way stops were pleasant surprises — like the Rumi Museum in Konya. I am a museum nerd, and the archaeological museums we visited were superb. The boat rides were a nice change of pace. Perhaps what I liked best was the balance in the program — mosques, palaces, ruins, museums, cruises. They were all there.
This was our first trip with World Affairs Council. We were attracted by the possibility of a learning experience. The quality of the trip was outstanding. The boat was beautifully maintained and well designed. The entire staff — AHI and Amadeus and World Affairs Council — everyone was helpful and clearly competent and also very pleasant to deal with.
It was a marvelous trip- great country, great preparation, great guides, great locations. l felt safe and every moment was well planned.
Every part of the trip was first class, and the tour director was fabulous and was able to share his expertise about every aspect of the trip.
The highlight of the tour was Marc Nathan, no question. I chose the trip for the varied itinerary but it was Marc that put this trip over the top with his global knowledge and personality. He is an articulate speaker and presenter and is way more than a Tour Director. As a solo traveler, he looked after me without being intrusive in any way. I don't want to travel on any excursion ever again without Marc!
EXCELLENT! The amount of detail and care to make the experience as seamless as possible was extraordinary.
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