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!
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Feb 10, 2023 — Feb 24, 2023
Egypt & the Eternal Nile
Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this exceptional 15-day small group journey reveals antiquity’s treasures in Cairo, followed by a Lake Nasser cruise and a classic Nile voyage from Aswan to Luxor, before returning to Cairo. Discover fabled Petra, ancient Jerash, and Amman with an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour Jordan extension.
$6,497 per person including airfare from New York (other gateways available)
Feb 21, 2023 — Feb 28, 2023
Mayan Splendor in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula
Wait List Only
With Lauren Swartz
Discover the vibrant culture and impressive history of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula on this first-class, small-group adventure! Spend seven nights in colorful Mérida, a colonial-era beauty, and explore the magnificent Mayan cities of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal, the golden city of Izamal and the Celestún Estuary, home to flocks of bright pink flamingos! Savor delectable cuisine, traditional music and dancing, and a fun excursion of your choice in Mérida. Includes expert guides and lecturers. No single supplement!
From $3,740 per person plus airfare
Mar 05, 2023 — Mar 10, 2023
Great Trains & Grand Canyons
With Jim Falk
Experience the scenery of Grand Canyon National Park & the red rocks of Sedona, the Native American history at the Montezuma Castle National Monument, the Old West nostalgia of Two Train Rides & 5 Nights at a picturesque property in Sedona, Arizona, known for its jeep rides, artist galleries and breathtaking red rock scenery.
$3,665 per person including airfare from Philadelphia
Mar 29, 2023 — Apr 10, 2023
With Liz Brailsford
This truly fascinating, well-crafted 13-day small group tour features urban and pastoral highlights, including 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.
$7,284 per person including airfare from LA (other gateways available).
Apr 01, 2023 — Apr 16, 2023
West Africa Odyssey
With Ambassador Robert E. Gribbin
From Luanda to Accra, this voyage to the mid-Atlantic region of Africa is an extraordinary opportunity to explore a part of the world largely untouched by tourism. Although it is a region less visited than areas to its north and south, it is no less fascinating. Throughout the voyage, Ambassador Robert E. Gribbin will draw on his extensive experience.
From $12,490 per person plus air
Apr 02, 2023 — Apr 13, 2023
Cruising the Elbe River
With Dr. Carla Thorson
The Elbe River has long been an important delineator of east and west in Europe. Linking two of the most fascinating capital cities—Prague and Berlin—it traverses a land filled with captivating treasures, including cosmopolitan cities and picturesque towns, terraced vineyards and lush orchards, fortress-crowned crags, and the spectacular gorges of “Saxon Switzerland.”
From $7,990 per person plus airfare
Apr 12, 2023 — Apr 25, 2023
Total Solar Eclipse in Western Australia
Witness the April 20, 2023 Total Solar Eclipse from the best possible vantage point, directly on the centerline, as the brilliance of the Coral Coast is plunged into darkness. Cruise for 10 nights down the coast of Western Australia, home to some of the darkest skies in the world. An expert 10-member expedition team will provide valuable insights.
From $14,990 per person plus airfare
Apr 13, 2023 — Apr 21, 2023
Wait List Only
Glide along picturesque waterways in the Netherlands and Belgium on a seven-night, first-class river cruise and delight in the Old World ambience of Amsterdam, Bruges, and Antwerp. Revel in a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of Vermeer paintings, the breathtaking tulips of Keukenhof Gardens, and a choice of included cultural and culinary experiences! No single supplement!
From $4,090 per person plus airfare and port tax
Apr 13, 2023 — Apr 25, 2023
Ancient Cities of North Africa: A Voyage from Sicily to Lisbon
With Ambassador Richard Erdman
The route of this voyage from Palermo to Lisbon takes you through territory rich in the history of several civilizations. Discover the vibrant cultures of Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and southern Spain. Ambassador Richard Erdman will share with us his deep understanding of both the history and current affairs of this part of the world.
From $10,590 per person plus airfare
Apr 13, 2023 — Dec 13, 2023
Explore the Galapagos
Join a 11-day adventure that immerses you in a nature-lover’s paradise! Get up close with incredible bird and animal species: blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, sea lions, marine iguanas and more! Go birdwatching in the highlands of Floreana, snorkel with sea lions and reef sharks, hike up the Sierra Negra volcano and come face-to-face with 100-year-old Galápagos tortoises. Departures in April, June, August, September, and December.
$3,395 per person plus airfare
Apr 23, 2023 — Oct 04, 2023
Adventure awaits on this action-packed, 11-day Peruvian journey! Uncover Lima, then discover Inca ruins and timeless traditions in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Choose between a four-day Inca Trail trek, a stay in Cusco with a train ride to Machu Picchu, or a blend of Cusco’s highlights and hiking. Whichever you choose, a guided tour through Machu Picchu caps off the journey! This adventure balances excursions with free time, with optional activities abound. Six different departure dates in April, May, June, July, and September.
$2,895 per person plus airfare
Apr 29, 2023 — Dec 17, 2023
Explore Costa Rica
Trekking, zip-lining, cloud forests and more! Costa Rica is indeed an “Adventure Capital,” and thrill-seekers will find endless stimulation on this 9-day active tour. Get up close to natural wonders and wildlife in tropical parks and zip-line high above Monteverde’s cloud forest canopy. Visit a sustainable coffee farm and enjoy exhilarating activities up for offer in La Fortuna, nestled at the bottom of Arenal Volcano. Cap off the adventure in Manuel Antonio to scout monkeys, armadillos, sloths and iguanas! Departures in April, July, August, October, November, and December.
$2,495 per person plus airfare
May 14, 2023 — May 19, 2023
Few Tickets Left
Our hallmark program! 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights. Keynote speakers include DEREK SCISSORS, and MICHAEL MANDELBAUM. Stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel, dinner at the exclusive Cosmos Club, and much more!
$3,349 per person based on sharing room. 1 room remains!
May 17, 2023 — May 25, 2023
The Charm of the Amalfi Coast
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With Trina Medarev
Italy’s Amalfi Coast will dazzle you with its unending splendors. Enjoy seven nights in Sorrento and explore seaside villages, including Ravello, Amalfi, and Positano! Unravel history in Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum, visit a rural farm and experience vibrant Naples! Plus, tuck into delicious local dishes and engage with the region’s welcoming locals. Your Italian daydreams come to life on this handcrafted, small-group journey! This program features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan.
From $4,490 per person plus airfare - a savings of $250 if you book by 4/2/23!
May 17, 2023 — May 30, 2023
Springtime Voyage to Classic Japan
With Admiral James Stavridis
Japan is a land of contrasts. Modern, glittering, dynamic cities coexist with centuries-old Buddhist temples, sublime Shinto shrines, feudal castles, and samurai estates. Throughout this voyage to the Inland Sea and Japan's southern islands, experience these contradictory aspects of Japan. Accompanying us as guest lecturer will be Admiral James Stavridis
From $11,990 per person plus airfare
Jun 21, 2023 — Jul 07, 2023
Expedition to Iceland, East Greenland, and Svalbard
Spend two days in Iceland and then cruise the Denmark Strait to spend five days sailing among the ice floes and Inuit communities of eastern Greenland, from Ittoqqortoormitt in the south to Kejser Franz Josef Fjord in the north. This entire region of massive fjords forms the largest National Park in the world.
From $11,590 per person plus airfare
Jul 03, 2023 — Jul 14, 2023
Cruise the Rhine & Moselle Rivers: A Family Journey
Bask in breathtaking Swiss landscapes with your loved ones on a three-night, deluxe stay in Interlaken, then enjoy a seven-night, first-class cruise through France, Germany and the Netherlands! Delight in charming medieval towns, hilltop castles and a choice of included, family-friendly excursions in Interlaken, Strasbourg, Speyer, Heidelberg, Rüdesheim, Cologne, and Amsterdam, plus onboard fun for the kids and teens. Open to ages 7+. No single supplement!
From $5,490 per person plus airfare - a savings of $250 if booked by 5/9/22!
Jul 25, 2023 — Aug 04, 2023
With Derrick Olsen
Travel the breadth of an astonishing land on this 11-day small group tour. From the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula to wondrous Lake Mývatn and jaw-dropping Dettifoss waterfall, Iceland’s many wonders are revealed before a two-night stay in sophisticated Reykjavik. Spend more time discovering Iceland’s colorful capital with a 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.
$6,542 per person including air from Boston, New York or Washington, D.C.
Aug 06, 2023 — Aug 17, 2023
Western European Passage
With Ambassador Elisabeth Millard
The Atlantic ports of Western Europe have long served to connect the continent with the wider world, acting as bases for local and global trade, discovery, and conquest. On this voyage, we discover some of the finest artistic and cultural fruits of that wealth as we sail the length of the coast from the North Sea to Iberia.
From $9,590 per person plus airfare
Aug 15, 2023 — Aug 27, 2023
Ancient Cities of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula
with Jim Falk
The route of this voyage from Palermo to Lisbon takes you through territory rich in the history of several ancient civilizations. Discover the vibrant cultures of Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and southern Spain. Travel with Jim Falk and learn from his personal experience growing up in Tunisia.
From $10,590 per person plus airfare