May 21-31

Legacies of Race

Journey south into the heart of the civil rights movement to gain a deeper understanding of the historic and continued struggle for racial equality in the United States. Begin in New Orleans, continue to Birmingham, Alabama and end in Montgomery. Study and discuss how these destinations ignited a movement that would define this pivotal moment in American history.

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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

May 02, 2021 — May 11, 2021

European Coastal Civilization: A Voyage from Lisbon to London

Featuring Dwight David Eisenhower II

Join this eight-night cruise along Portugal, Spain, France and England aboard Five-Star Le Champlain, including a cruise up the River Thames. Visit the beaches of Normandy with special guest speaker Dwight D. Eisenhower II and tour Oporto, Santiago de Compostela, Bilbao and Mont‑Saint‑Michel. Lisbon Pre-Program and London Post-Program Options.


From $5,595 per person plus airfare

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May 10, 2021 — May 15, 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

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May 11, 2021 — May 19, 2021

Classical Cities of Spain featuring Segovia, Toledo and Salamanca

Savings Opportunity

With Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk

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!


$3,740 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if you book by January 22!

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May 21, 2021 — May 31, 2021

Legacies of Race

Journey south into the heart of the civil rights movement to gain a deeper understanding of the historic and continued struggle for racial equality in the United States. Begin in New Orleans, continue to Birmingham, Alabama and end in Montgomery. Study and discuss how these destinations ignited a movement that would define this pivotal moment in American history.


$4,249 per person plus airfare

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May 30, 2021 — Jun 07, 2021

Ancient Empires: Valetta to Rome

Discover an intriguing mélange of cultures on this seven-night cruise from Valletta to Rome aboard the Five-Star, small ship Le Jacques Cartier. This custom-designed itinerary features the rich history of Malta, Sicily’s Taormina, Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast and superbly excavated Pompeii. Malta Pre- and Rome Post-Program Options.


From $4,795 per person plus airfare

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Jun 06, 2021 — Jun 14, 2021

Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords

With Lise Falskow

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.


From $5,195 per person plus airfare

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Jun 10, 2021 — Jun 14, 2021

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is a land where history was made—our nation's first land dedicated to recreation and enjoyment. Now a beloved natural treasure, the early days of these protected lands reveal a powerful story of its first guardians, the Buffalo Soldiers. On this exclusive National Park tour, you will explore the region like these first frontiersmen.


$2,849 per person plus airfare

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Jun 15, 2021 — Jun 23, 2021

Undiscovered France featuring Albi, Toulouse & Carcassonne

Savings Opportunity

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.


$3,440 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if booked by January 22!

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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

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Jul 13, 2021 — Jul 21, 2021

The Charms of Holland

Savings Opportunity

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!


$3,740 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if you book by January 22!

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Jul 13, 2021 — Jul 23, 2021

Untamed Alaska

We invite you to a unique 11-day exploration of Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From the unspoiled grandeur of Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, your small group encounters the breadth of America’s Last Frontier.


$7,795 per person including airfare from Philadelphia (other gateways available)

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Jul 21, 2021 — Aug 01, 2021

Waterways of Russia: St. Petersburg to Moscow

With Mary Yntema

Cruise for six nights aboard the deluxe Volga Dream through Russia’s heartland, and enjoy Five-Star accommodations in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Visit 10th-century Uglich, medieval Yaroslavl, the 14th-century Kirillo-Belozersky monastery and the open-air museum of Kizhi Island. Savor traditional Russian tea and cakes in a villager’s home. Moscow Post-Program Option.


From $5,995 per person plus airfare

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Aug 01, 2021 — Aug 10, 2021

Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea

With Bill Clifford

Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states with eight nights aboard the Five-Star Le Dumont-d’Urville. Enjoy a specially arranged presentation by former president of Poland Lech Wałęsa and the interpreter and advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev, Pavel Palazhchenko. Visit Gda´nsk, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Visby. Norway Pre-Program and Stockholm Post-Program Options.


From $6,995 per person plus airfare

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Aug 12, 2021 — Aug 18, 2021

Vancouver to Toronto by Rail

A once-in-a-lifetime train trip across Canada from Vancouver across the expanse of five provinces, from the Pacific Northwest through the Canadian Rockies. Glide through gentle prairie fields, rugged lake country, and picturesque towns. Enjoy upgraded Prestige Class premium accommodations onboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian.


From $5,995 per person plus airfare

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Aug 20, 2021 — Aug 29, 2021

Newfoundland

Be the first in North America to see the sun rise from its easternmost point, Newfoundland. On this colorful 10-day tour, immersive yourself in the picturesque scenery, fabulous folklore, and rural charm of a lesser-known corner of the continent. Enjoy the warm welcome and storytelling of locals, explore Harbour Grace, Ferryland, and the historic fishing village of Quidi Vidi.


$2,849 per person plus airfare

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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

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Sep 03, 2021 — Sep 12, 2021

Greece: Athens & the Island of Poros

Savings Opportunity

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 – a savings of $500 if you book by January 22!

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Sep 12, 2021 — Sep 29, 2021

Southern Africa Odyssey

With Megan Torrey

This extraordinary 18-day small group journey reveals the magnificence of four distinct Southern African nations, from Zimbabwe’s spectacular Victoria Falls and Botswana’s exceptional Chobe National Park to Namibia’s massive dunes and storied coast and South Africa’s beautiful Cape Town. Experience the extraordinary Kruger region with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.


From $8,654 per person from Boston, New York, or Washington, DC (other gateways available)

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Sep 15, 2021 — Sep 21, 2021

Plymouth, MA

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

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Sep 30, 2021 — Oct 07, 2021

Cruising the Great Lakes

Explore the Great Lakes during this travel program, including a seven-night, exclusively chartered cruise aboard the Five-Star Le Champlain through all five Great Lakes, visiting islands and towns rich in maritime history and natural splendor. Visit Sault Ste. Marie’s Soo Locks and Niagara Falls. Chicago Pre-Cruise and Toronto Post-Cruise Options.


From $4,995 per person

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