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 45 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. Tour leaders are drawn from across the World Affairs Councils of America leadership; experts 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!
Sep 17, 2022 — Sep 24, 2022
Cruising the Great Lakes
Wait List Only
Explore all five Great Lakes during this seven-night cruise aboard the Five-Star LE DUMONT-D’URVILLE, visiting islands and towns rich in maritime history and natural splendor. Visit charming Mackinac Island, historic Sault Sainte Marie’s Soo Locks, revitalized Detroit, and awe-inspiring Niagara Falls. Milwaukee Pre-Program and Toronto Post-Program Options.
From $5,745 per person plus airfare
Sep 30, 2022 — Oct 14, 2022
With Don Samford
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic Turquoise Coast where you will board a privately chartered yacht for a day cruise, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group experience.
$5,292 per person including air from New York (other gateways available)
Oct 08, 2022 — Oct 16, 2022
Island Life Ancient Greece
Join this nine-day Aegean Odyssey from Athens, Greece, aboard the Five-Star LE BOUGAINVILLE. Visit Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes, and Santorini and explore the legendary ruins of Meteora, Mycenae, and Epidaurus. Engage with local residents during the ISLAND LIFE FORUM.
From $5,630 per person plus airfare
Oct 13, 2022 — Oct 26, 2022
Cruise the Heart of Europe
Few Tickets Left
Navigate the legendary Danube, Main, and Rhine rivers. Sail through the scenic Middle Rhine and Wachau valleys to Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia. Plus, enjoy insightful lectures and personalize your journey with a choice of included excursions, such as culinary tours, cycling trips, museum visits, walking tours, musical performances, and more! No single supplement!
From $5,590 per person plus airfare
Oct 14, 2022 — Oct 27, 2022
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.
$6,579 per person including airfare from New York
Oct 29, 2022 — Nov 11, 2022
Antiquities of the Red and Aegean Sea
Wait List Only
On this journey explore the treasures of Greece, Egypt, and Jordan. Enjoy seven nights cruising from Athens, Greece, to Aqaba, Jordan, aboard the Five-Star LE BOUGAINVILLE. Cruise through the Suez Canal with one night in Aqaba and three nights in Amman. Continue your journey to Alexandra, the Great Pyramids, and Luxor.
From $8,965 per person plus airfare
Oct 29, 2022 — Nov 12, 2022
Vietnam by Sea and Angkor Wat
This exceptional itinerary features two nights in Hanoi, a seven-night cruise aboard the Five-Star LE LAPÉROUSE and three nights in Siem Reap to experience the temples of Cambodia. Visit four UNESCO World Heritage sites—Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, and Angkor Wat. Hong Kong Pre-Program and Bangkok Post-Program Options.
From $7,695 per person plus airfare
Nov 01, 2022 — Nov 16, 2022
Journey to Southern Africa
Wait List Only
Embark on luxury safaris, thrill to Victoria Falls, and visit Soweto, Cape Town and Robben Island on an unmatched 12-night adventure through South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe!
From $8,490 per person plus airfare
Nov 11, 2022 — Nov 20, 2022
With an extension to Peru
Experience the Galápagos Islands in an unrivaled expedition. 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-Program land excursion to Machu Picchu and Peru's Land of the Inca.
From $7,710 per person plus airfare
Dec 27, 2022 — Jan 01, 2023
New Year’s in Cuba: A Family-Friendly Program
This specially designed program is focused on understanding not only Cuba’s past and present, but also learning what its future may hold. This tour will feature family-friendly events and activities that will explore Cuba's unique history and beauty in ways that people of all ages can appreciate.
$3,995 per person plus airfare