July 13-20

Alaska & the Inside Passage

Cruise aboard the Le Soléal to experience unspoiled islands and fjords and historic gold-rush-era towns. Specially arranged expert lecturers join you on board.

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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! 


Feb 17, 2019 — Mar 04, 2019

Southern Africa

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With Charles Frankel

Thrilling safaris, spectacular coastal scenery, natural wonders and inspiring human stories await you on a 12-night adventure in Southern Africa. Marvel at Victoria Falls; discover Cape Town, Johannesburg and Soweto; and enjoy the elegance of Rovos Rail.

From $7,545 per person

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Feb 25, 2019 — Mar 11, 2019

Egypt & the Nile

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With Ambassador Mark Johnson

Begin in vibrant Cairo and journey on to the Great Pyramids, Abu Simbel, and the Upper Nile for a fascinating three-night cruise on Lake Nasser. Embark on a second four-night cruise from Aswan to Luxor, before ending in Old Cairo.

$5,297 including air from Boston, New York, or Washington, DC (other gateways available)

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Mar 16, 2019 — Mar 25, 2019


With Norm Olsen

Discover the history and culture of Israel on this small-group program. Explore Jaffa, Akko, Masada, cruise the Sea of Galilee and more!

$4,445 per person

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Apr 11, 2019 — Apr 18, 2019

Northern Lights of Finland

With Dr. Carla Thorson

Experience the northern lights, reindeer encounters, and Arctic treasures with an overnight stay in a glass and snow igloo. Substantive briefings throughout!

$4,999 per person

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Apr 23, 2019 — May 16, 2019

Jewels of the Indian Ocean by private jet

Travel with Ambassador Vicki Huddleston to the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Mozambique, and the Seychelles, all by private jet.

$115,950 per person

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May 01, 2019 — May 16, 2019

Ethiopia & Kenya Seminar

Travel to Ethiopia and Kenya to take an inside look at the ways that communities are striving to evolve their societies with an itinerary custom built to educate and inform.

$7,795 per person

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May 06, 2019 — May 11, 2019

Inside Washington, D.C.

Our hallmark program! 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights.

$2,950 per person

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May 10, 2019 — May 18, 2019

Holland & Belgium: Amsterdam to Bruges

With Dr. Pamela Zeiser

Cruise through The Netherlands and Belgium aboard the new Magnifique III, a boutique riverboat with just 20 cabins. See the UNESCO-listed Kinderdijk windmills, discover the Flemish town of Dendermonde, and explore a medieval castle in Ghent before disembarking in Bruges.

From $4,999 per person

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May 15, 2019 — May 23, 2019

Provence & Burgundy

Limited space remains!

Explore Arles, Avignon, Orange, Beaune, Lyon and the Beaujolais vineyards. Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, will be leading this tour.

From $3,995 per person

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May 17, 2019 — Jun 02, 2019

Balkans by private jet

From the cosmopolitan capitals of Pristina, Belgrade and Sarajevo to the artisan traditions of Ljubljana, delve into the region’s rich cultural diversity. Discover how religion, culture and notions of empire contributed to the identity of these countries today.

$68,950 per person

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May 28, 2019 — Jun 07, 2019

Celtic Lands

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Cruise for eight nights aboard the M.S.LE BORÉAL from Scotland to Wales, Ireland, France and England. Meet Dwight David Eisenhower II and Allen Packwood. Visit the beaches of Normandy on the 75th Anniversary of the historic D-Day landings.

From $6,895 per person

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Jun 05, 2019 — Jun 15, 2019

Waterways of the Tsars: Moscow to St. Petersburg

Book now to save $750 per person!

Sail from Moscow to St. Petersburg aboard the elegant Volga Dream and sail into Russia’s heartland to discover historic Golden Ring towns. Highlights include a visit to an open session of the Duma (Russian parliament) and a reception at the home of the U.S. Ambassador (pending confirmation).

From $8,999 per person.

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Jun 21, 2019 — Jul 01, 2019

Arctic Expedition

Voyage through the Arctic Circle on this extraordinary 11-day itinerary featuring a seven-night cruise on the Five-Star L’AUSTRAL. Accompanied by Dr. Carla Thorson, explore the politics of this Arctic region.

From $7,995 per person

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Jun 28, 2019 — Jul 20, 2019

Northern Summer by private jet

Follow the footsteps of great explorers who charted our planet’s vast northern expanses. Travel to the world’s northernmost reaches on one all-inclusive journey.

$104,950 per person

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Jun 29, 2019 — Jul 07, 2019

Grand Seine

No single supplement!

Unpack once for a seven-night river journey aboard the 106-guest MS Renoir to Honfleur, Giverny, Omaha Beach and end in Paris.

From $3,945 per person

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Jun 30, 2019 — Jul 13, 2019


Take a step into the culture and traditions of nomadic Mongolia. Explore Ulaanbaatar, the great Gobi Desert with a featured demonstration of Mongolia’s strong cultural heritage at the Naadam celebration.

$8,595 per person

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Jul 13, 2019 — Jul 20, 2019

Alaska & the Inside Passage

Book by Feb. 15 to save!

Cruise aboard the Le Soléal to experience unspoiled islands and fjords and historic gold-rush-era towns. Specially arranged expert lecturers join you on board.

From $4,295 per person

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Jul 29, 2019 — Aug 07, 2019

Baltic Sea Cruise

Our popular cruise returns! Enjoy presentations by former president of Poland Lech Wałęsa and by noted author and scholar Sergei N. Khrushchev. Visit Visby, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Gda´nsk.

From $7,995 per person

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Sep 07, 2019 — Sep 20, 2019

Journey through Britain

With Dr. Jerry Leach

Travel from gracious Edinburgh to England’s legendary Lake District; from spectacular Snowdonia to the rural Cotswolds and Roman Bath; ending your journey in cosmopolitan London. Join Dr. Jerry Leach for substantive briefings throughout.

$6,046 including air from Newark (other gateways available)

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Sep 11, 2019 — Sep 19, 2019


No single supplement! Book by February 26 to save!

Unpack once! See Trulli, limestone houses with conical roofs, and Sassi, ancient cave dwellings still used today. Visit vibrant cities and charming seaside villages, and taste culinary treasures.

$3,340 per person

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