January 30-07

Passage through the Panama Canal and Costa Rica

Join this incomparable nine-day journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. Cruise aboard the Five-Star LE CHAMPLAIN to experience a daylight passage through the Panama Canal and call at remote island paradises. Explore Costa Rica’s terrestrial wonders and tour Panama City.

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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! 

2021

Sep 20, 2021 — Sep 25, 2021

Inside Washington DC

Wait List Only

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

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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

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Oct 01, 2021 — Oct 09, 2021

Island Life Ancient Greece: An Aegean Odyssey

Join this unparalleled nine-day Aegean Odyssey from Athens, Greece, aboard the Five-Star LE BOUGAINVILLE. Visit Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes, and Santorini. Explore the legendary ruins of Meteora, Mycenae, and Epidaurus. Engage with local residents during the ISLAND LIFE FORUM.


From $4,895 per person plus airfare

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Oct 08, 2021 — Oct 17, 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.


$3,945 per person

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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 $5,445 per person

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Oct 11, 2021 — Oct 15, 2021

Undiscovered New York

On a marvelous four-day program, experience history and art in New York City from a thought-provoking new perspective—in the company of its most innovative creators. Visit a number of exceptional art institutions on exclusive tours.


$3,699 per person plus airfare

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Nov 18, 2021 — Dec 11, 2021

Solar Eclipse: Destination Antarctica

See massive icebergs in Antarctica, the wildlife spectacle of South Georgia’s king penguin colonies, 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

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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

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Dec 10, 2021 — Dec 19, 2021

Galápagos

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

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2022

Jan 30, 2022 — Feb 07, 2022

Passage through the Panama Canal and Costa Rica

Join this incomparable nine-day journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. Cruise aboard the Five-Star LE CHAMPLAIN to experience a daylight passage through the Panama Canal and call at remote island paradises. Explore Costa Rica’s terrestrial wonders and tour Panama City.


From $4,995 per person plus airfare

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Feb 15, 2022 — Feb 26, 2022

Legends of the Nile ~ featuring Cairo, Luxor, a Nile Cruise & Abu Simbel

Savings Opportunity

With Patrick Ryan

Treat yourself to an exhilarating, small-group adventure along the Nile River, plus explorations in Cairo and Abu Simbel. This 10-night, active journey includes a deluxe, four-night cruise and the company of an expert Egyptologist who will guide you through the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings and the magnificence of ancient Egypt.


From $6,190 per person plus airfare - a savings of $250 if booked by November 9!

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Feb 22, 2022 — Mar 07, 2022

Moroccan Discovery

Wait List Only

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.


$5,979 including airfare from New York

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Mar 06, 2022 — Mar 18, 2022

Amazon River Expedition and Machu Picchu

With Megan Torrey

Cruise aboard the deluxe ZAFIRO for five nights through the Amazon River Basin’s unparalleled biodiversity and spend five nights exploring Perú’s landscapes and archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley, including legendary Machu Picchu and Cuzco. Led by naturalists, see rare endemic species and local villages. Lima Pre Program Option.


From $7,295 per person plus airfare

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Mar 17, 2022 — Mar 28, 2022

Japan: Land of Cultural Treasures

Savings Opportunity

With Liz Brailsford

Immerse yourself in Japan’s authenticity and incredible history on this 10-night journey. Enjoy stays in Tokyo, Hakone, Kanazawa and Kyoto, and connect with Japan’s distinctive heritage, timeless landmarks and enriching traditions. See Mt. Fuji, visit a colorful geisha district, cruise Lake Ashi and much more!


$7,790 per person plus airfare—a savings of $250 if booked by November 9!

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Mar 20, 2022 — Apr 12, 2022

Around the World by private jet

Our flagship journey offers a life list of iconic destinations in a single itinerary. Fly by private jet to explore nine of the world’s most legendary places and natural wonders.


$104,950 per person plus airfare

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Mar 27, 2022 — Apr 11, 2022

Journey to Southern Africa

Savings Opportunity

Embark on luxury safaris, thrill to Victoria Falls, & visit Soweto, Cape Town & Robben Island on an unmatched 12-night adventure through South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe!


From $8,490 per person plus airfare - a savings of $250 if you book by November 9!

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Apr 07, 2022 — Apr 17, 2022

Grand Voyage on the Danube

Few Tickets Left

Join a group of eminent speakers featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin and Sylvia Poggioli, all of whom will provide insight and perspective to an examination of the relationship between Europe and the United States. Aboard the all-suite Crystal Ravel, cruise one of Europe’s loveliest and most interesting waterways. A rare opportunity to see and learn more about this historically rich region.


From $9,990 per person plus airfare

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Apr 17, 2022 — Apr 25, 2022

River Life Along the Dutch Waterways

No Single Supplement

Cruise for seven nights in Holland and Flanders aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe AMADEUS STAR. Meet local residents during the exclusive River Life Forum and tour the Kröller-Müller Museum. Visit Amsterdam, Bruges, Ghent, Delft, Kinderdijk, Antwerp, Keukenhof and the Floriade World Horticulture Expo. Amsterdam Pre-Program and The Hague Post-Program Options.


From $2,995 per person plus airfare - no single supplement!

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Apr 26, 2022 — May 12, 2022

Along Central Asia’s Silk Road

With Dr. Joyce Davis

Traveling the ancient Silk Road connecting East and West, encounter a mélange of culture and religion, art and architecture that conjures tales of trade and treasure, intrigue and empire. On this exciting 17-day small group journey, relish the exotic – embracing the humanity shared with the welcoming people of Central Asia.


$6,994 per person including air from Boston, NYC or Washington, D.C. (other gateways are available)

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May 09, 2022 — May 23, 2022

Paradores & Pousadas: Historic Lodgings of Spain & Portugal

With Matthew Hughes

Feel the spell of Iberia’s rich Roman and Moorish past and the pull of its vibrant contemporary life on this distinctive 15-day small group journey through the Iberian Peninsula to the intimate lodgings of Spain’s paradores and Portugal’s pousadas. Enjoy Spain’s cultural capital, Barcelona, with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.


$5,524 including air from Boston or JFK

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