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!
Dec 29, 2019 — Jan 07, 2020
New Years in Antarctica
Celebrate the New Year on an exclusive and luxurious journey to the White Continent. Encounter penguins, seals, whales, sea birds, majestic landscapes and magnificent icebergs.
$10,999 per person
Jan 27, 2020 — Feb 09, 2020
New Zealand by Sea: Milford Sound to Auckland
Tour lush green islands, from world-famous Milford Sound on the South Island to the city of Auckland on the North Island, aboard the Caledonian Sky as you explore New Zealand, a country of striking contrasts. Learn about sheep farming, marvel at the tumbling waterfalls of Milford Sounds, and explore the heartland of Maori culture in Rotorua.
From $8,990 per person plus airfare- a savings of $1,000.
Jan 28, 2020 — Feb 10, 2020
A spectacular 14-day journey featuring a nine-night cruise to Antarctica aboard the 200-passenger L’ AUSTRAL.
From $10,995 per person
Jan 28, 2020 — Feb 11, 2020
Egypt & the Eternal Nile
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.
$5,597 including air from Boston or New York
Feb 13, 2020 — Feb 20, 2020
Save $500 if you book by March 29!
This extraordinary journey of East Africa is where “off-the-beaten-path” meets a wealth of culture, wildlife, and diverse peoples, eager to share their land and history with you. Led by Dr. Carla Thorson, enjoy specially arranged meetings with local representatives who will provide cultural and intellectual insights. Experience spectacular wildlife-viewing making memories that will last a lifetime.
$7,990 per person
Feb 21, 2020 — Mar 16, 2020
Around the World by Private Jet 2020
The world's most iconic places, remarkable experiences and not-to-be-missed natural wonders are waiting for you. Our flagship journey combines a life list of global destinations into a seamless, elegant trip. Discover ten legendary destinations, from Machu Picchu to the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat to Easter Island.
$89,950 per person
Feb 27, 2020 — Mar 15, 2020
South American Tapestry: Chile, Argentina & Brazil
Weaving together such diverse elements as the Andes, a Lake District crossing, and wondrous Iguazu Falls with the urban appeal of Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Rio, this engaging 18-day small group tour renders our South American neighbors in all their beauty and vitality. Discover revered and remote Easter Island on a 4-day/4-night pre-tour extension.
$8,271 including airfare from Miami (other gateways available)
Mar 01, 2020 — Mar 10, 2020
Israel: Land of Cultural Treasures
Save $500 if you book by April 30!
Experience the stirring beauty of Israel, from Tel Aviv’s White City to Old Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Taste regional olive oils, falafel, spice blends and wine. Lunch with a Druze family in their home. Visit Yad Vashem and partake in expert-led discussions. Discover multi-faceted Israel and its diverse people on this unforgettable small-group journey.
$4,640 per person plus airfare - a savings of $500 if you book by April 30!
Mar 15, 2020 — Mar 23, 2020
Eastern Cuba: Crossroads of Culture, History, and Politics
With Ambassador Vicki Huddleston
Rich in nature, culture, and history, Eastern Cuba offers travelers a perfect sampling of the country’s treasures. Our journey is distinguished by our leader, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, a former State Department diplomat whose expertise will provide deeper understanding and context about U.S.-Cuba relations. Opportunities to meet other experts along the way.
From approximately $6,295 per person including airfare from/to Miami/Holguín
Apr 13, 2020 — Apr 29, 2020
Along Central Asia’s Silk Road
With Norm Olsen
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 journey, relish the exotic – embracing the humanity shared with the welcoming people of Central Asia.
From $6,944 including air from Boston, New York, or Washington, D.C. (other gateways available)
Apr 18, 2020 — Apr 26, 2020
Barcelona: Art, Culture & People
With Ambassador Heather Hodges
From the fantastical, undulating architecture of Antoni Gaudí, to flavorful Catalán cuisines, Barcelona is a seaside city that dazzles the senses. Feel the city’s 1,000-year-old history echo down the narrow cobblestone lanes of the intimate Barri Gòtic. Walk in the footsteps of Picasso and sip sparkling cava in the nearby Penedès region on this seven-night journey.
$3,640 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if you book by April 30!
Apr 28, 2020 — May 12, 2020
With Megan Torrey
Embark on an exhilarating 15-day small group journey to two distant and devout lands where Himalayan scenery casts an awe-inspiring spell. Experience these nations’ cultural riches, exquisite beauty, and profound spirituality in Nepal’s storied Kathmandu Valley, and while exploring Bhutan from Thimphu to Punakha and the legendary Tiger’s Nest monastery.
From $6,574 including air from Newark (other gateways available)
May 08, 2020 — May 17, 2020
European Coastal Civilizations: A Voyage from Lisbon to London
Featuring Dwight David Eisenhower II
Join this eight-night cruise along coastal Portugal, Spain, France and England aboard the Five-Star Le Boréal, featuring a memorable cruise up the River Thames. Visit the beaches of Normandy and tour Oporto, Santiago de Compeostela, Bilbao and Mont-S-Michel.
From $5,295 per person plus airfare
May 09, 2020 — May 24, 2020
China, Tibet, and the Yangtze
With Bill Clifford
Experience the best of China and Tibet, during this exceptional journey, featuring a three-night cruise along the fabled Yangtze River and Five-Star accommodations in Beijing, Xi’an, Lhasa and Shanghai. Visit the Three Gorges Dam, Beijing’s Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Xi’an’s Terra Cotta Warriors and Lhasa’s magnificent Potala Palace.
From $5,295 per person plus airfare
May 16, 2020 — May 24, 2020
Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords
Join us for a unique journey to Scotland’s rarely visited Orkney and Shetland Islands and Norway’s majestic coastal fjords. Cruise from Glasgow to Bergen aboard the Le Champlain including a highlight to the sites of Orkney Island’s Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, including a special presentation by the Ness of Brodgar archaeological site director and head archaeologist.
$5,195 per person plus airfare
May 24, 2020 — May 31, 2020
Alive with art, development, and the movement of history, Berlin is one of the world's most dynamic capitals. Explore Berlin for a week, focusing on its eventful past, vibrant culture, and compelling politics. Visit landmarks that shaped world history, meet with political practitioners and experts, tour world-renowned art museums and visit UNESCO world heritage sites.
$3,999 per person plus airfare
Jun 09, 2020 — Jun 19, 2020
Arctic Expedition: Voyage Under the Midnight Sun
With Jim Falk
Voyage through the Arctic Circle on this extraordinary 11-day itinerary featuring a seven-night cruise on the exclusively chartered, Five-Star L’AUSTRAL. Sail through an ethereal topography of red sandstone mountains, lush green tundra and awe-inspiring ice formations. Enjoy expert-led excursions to diverse terrains where wildlife roam. Flights round trip Paris/Longyearbyen included.
From approximately $6,995 plus air