October 05-10

Inside Washington DC

Our hallmark program! 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights. Keynote speakers include Matt Stoller, Ambassador William Burns, and Dr. Thomas Wright. Stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel, dinner at the exclusive Cosmos Club, and much more!

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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

Jan 08, 2021 — Jan 18, 2021

Persian Gulf Cruise

With Ambassador Mark Johnson

Explore Dubai, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Oman as you cruise this thriving Arabian Gulf region in the comfort of the 48-guest Crystal Esprit. The area is a fascinating crossroads of modernity and tradition in the Islamic world. Begin among the dazzling skyscrapers and museums of the United Arab Emirates. Continue to Qatar, an absolute and hereditary emirate since the mid-19th century that has taken a prominent geopolitical role in the region. Finish the cruise with Oman’s compelling cultural and natural attractions.


From $13,490 per person

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Jan 13, 2021 — Jan 26, 2021

Expedition to Antarctica

Savings Opportunity

Experience the White Continent of Antarctica in its unspoiled state aboard the intimate Le Boréal. Explore fantastically shaped icebergs, vast rocky promontories, and turquoise glaciers—during the lingering light of the austral summer. And discover first-hand how a diverse array of marine wildlife flourishes in this seemingly harsh environment.


From $9,995 per person – a savings of $1,000

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Jan 17, 2021 — Jan 31, 2021

Southern Africa Coastal Voyage: Maputo to Cape Town

Encounter a variety of animals. Learn about the traditions of the Zulu and Xhosa-speaking people. Cruise along the Garden Route of South Africa’s coastline, stopping in Mossel Bay. Spend time in Durban and Cape Town. Accompanied by area experts and study leaders, come to understand the natural and cultural wonders amid the coast of South Africa.


From $10,990 per person plus airfare

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Jan 26, 2021 — Feb 05, 2021

Cruising Tahiti and French Polynesia

With Carla Thorson

Join us for a winter escape voyage to French Polynesia, with seven nights aboard the Five-Star Wind Spirit. Includes round-trip air from Los Angeles an excursion on each island—Tahiti, Mo’orea, Bora Bora, Taha’a, Ra’iatea and Huahine—and two nights (air schedule permitting) in Pape’ete, Tahiti.


From $6,995 per person. Included air from Los Angeles has limited availability and is not guaranteed.

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Feb 16, 2021 — Feb 27, 2021

Legends of the Nile

An invigorating, 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 $5,745 per person plus airfare

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Feb 21, 2021 — Mar 01, 2021

Passage Through the Panama Canal and Costa Rica

Savings Opportunity

Cruise aboard Five-Star Le Dumont-d’Urville on a nine-day journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. Experience a daylight passage through the canal and call at remote island paradises. Enjoy lectures by exclusive onboard study leaders throughout the itinerary.


From $4,995 per person – a savings of $1,000

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Feb 28, 2021 — Mar 13, 2021

Moroccan Discovery

With Norm Olsen

Explore fascinating Morocco for 14 days on this small group tour, from seaside Rabat to the desert towns of Erfoud and Ouarzazate. Watch the sun set over the dunes on camelback, traverse the snow-topped High Atlas Mountains, and discover the many cultural treasures of storied Fez, Marrakech, and Casablanca. Special Council briefings and meetings will be added to the final itinerary.


$5,879 including airfare from Boston, New York, Wash, DC (other gateways available)

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Mar 11, 2021 — Mar 24, 2021

Egypt: Past, Present and Future

On this 14-day exploration of Egypt’s rich heritage visit the Great Pyramids with special private access to the paws of the Sphinx of Giza; the Valley of the Kings; the spectacular funerary boat of Cheops; the fabulous Temple of Karnak; Kom Ombo; and Abu Simbel.


From $9,990 per person plus airfare

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Mar 24, 2021 — Apr 05, 2021

Insider's Japan

With Liz Brailsford

This truly fascinating, well-crafted 13-day small-group tour features urban and pastoral highlights, with Tokyo, cultural capital Kyoto, and magnificent Mt. Fuji. Engage in local life and head off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa. Discover Hiroshima reborn with an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.


From $6,984 tentative total price including air from Los Angeles (other gateways available)

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Apr 10, 2021 — Apr 26, 2021

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 including air from Boston, NYC or Washington, D.C. (other gateways are available)

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Apr 30, 2021 — May 09, 2021

Celtic Lands

With Dwight David Eisenhower II

Cruise for eight neights aboard the Five-Star small ship Le Dumont-d'Urville from Scotland to Wales, Ireland, England and France. Dwight David Eisenhower II and Allen Packwood will provide exclusive lectures. Enjoy guided excursions in each port of call, including the beaches of Normandy. Glasgow/Edinburgh Pre-Program and Paris/Giverny Post-Program Options.


From $6,995 per person plus airfare

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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!


$3,990 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if you book by November 3

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May 25, 2021 — Jun 02, 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!


$3,990 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if you book by November 3

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May 30, 2021 — Jun 07, 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 06, 2021 — Jun 18, 2021

Enchanting Ireland

With Dr. Pamela Zeiser

From Dublin to Galway, Killarney to Kilkenny, this full yet well-paced 13-day tour showcases Ireland’s many charms – old and new – to your small band of travelers. The Emerald Isle delights with magnificent scenery, abundant culture, and its people’s warmth and hospitality. Experience Northern Ireland with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.


$5,892 including airfare from Boston or New York (other gateways available)

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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.


$3,690 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if booked by November 3

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Jun 22, 2021 — Jul 07, 2021

Discovering Eastern Europe

Discover a beautiful, poignant part of the world on this comprehensive small-group tour that provides a generous overview of four fascinating nations – with dynamic Warsaw and medieval Krakow, splendid Budapest, grand Vienna, and proud Prague. Experience Germany’s cosmopolitan capital on an optional 4-day/3-night Berlin post-tour extension.


$5,397 including airfare from Boston or New York (other gateways available)

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Jul 11, 2021 — Jul 24, 2021

Trans-Siberian Railway

Embark upon an unparalleled journey through history on this legendary network of rails. Enjoy modern amenities, comfortable lodging, and exciting excursions as you leisurely traverse two countries by private train during this epic adventure. Visit Ulan Bator, explore Lake Baikal, stop in Irkutsk, and end in Moscow.


From $9,995 per person plus airfare

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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 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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