Why Travel the World
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia leads domestic and international tours to all seven continents where travelers engage in meetings with government officials and diplomats, develop people-to-people diplomacy, and receive in-depth cultural, historical, and political experiences 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, and 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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Jun 08, 2023 — Dec 13, 2023
Explore the Galapagos
Four different departure dates in June, August, September, and December. 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.
$3,395 per person plus airfare
Jun 18, 2023 — Oct 04, 2023
Three different departure dates in June, July, and September. 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.
$2,895 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.
Lowest cabin category 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!
Lowest cabin categories from $5,345 per person plus airfare and taxes.
Jul 13, 2023 — Jul 20, 2023
Alaska's Glaciers & the Inside Passage
A land of pure, epic natural beauty, Alaska is the last great American frontier. Discover the wonders of Ketchikan, Wrangell, Sitka,and Elfin Cove on this exclusive expedition itinerary. Look for humpback whales at Point Adolphus and navigate isolated inlets inaccessible to larger vessels for superlative views of Alaska’s spectacular scenery. Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord to majestic South Sawyer and Dawes Glaciers.
Lowest category cabins from $4,995 per person plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $750 if booked by 6/29/2023!
Jul 25, 2023 — Aug 04, 2023
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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: Coasts of Belgium, France, & Spain
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.
Lowest cabin categories from $9,190 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.
Lowest cabin categories from $10,590 per person plus airfare
Aug 18, 2023 — Aug 25, 2023
Discover Southeast Alaska
Join us for a summertime expedition through some of nature’s more secluded landscapes as we discover the remote inner reaches of Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard the 76-guest Chicago Dream. Enjoy the agility and flexibility of small-ship travel, up-close encounters with wildlife, stunning scenery, cultural experiences, and the guidance of two expert naturalists.
Lowest category cabins from $4,695 per person plus airfare
Sep 12, 2023 — Sep 20, 2023
Italy's Magnificent Lake District
Experience northern Italy’s unforgettable lake district, where sparkling lakes mirror emerald hills and craggy Alpine slopes. Indulge in seven nights in Stresa by Lake Maggiore and spend sunny days exploring beautiful islands and elegant shores dusted with sunlight. Learn the secrets of northern Italian cuisine during a cooking lesson, and witness Leonardo’s extraordinary “The Last Supper” in Milan. Handcrafted for your enjoyment, this small-group journey features a first-class hotel, an extensive meal plan, and a series of lectures to enhance your understanding of the region.
From $4,495 per person plus airfare and taxes - a savings of $250 if booked by 7/29/23!
Sep 23, 2023 — Oct 05, 2023
Journey into Antiquity: Greece, the Greek Islands, Turkey & Cyprus
with Karen Armstrong and John Prevas
The western region of modern-day Turkey is home to a group of cities founded about 3,000 years ago by colonists from Greece and subsequently ruled by a succession of empires from both east and west. Make your way along the eastern shores of the Aegean to discover these cities and learn their histories.
Lowest category cabins from $9,590 per person plus airfare
Sep 26, 2023 — Oct 07, 2023
Romance of the Douro River: featuring Lisbon, Porto and the Alto Douro River Region
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With Matthew Hughes
The romantic splendor of the Douro River is yours to enjoy on this 10-night journey. Savor the iconic waterway and its winemaking history on a 7-night cruise and venture beyond to see Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon, the Alto Douro Wine Region, elegant Salamanca, Spain, and more on this sun-kissed sojourn. No single supplement!
Lowest cabin categories from $5,395 per person plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $250 if booked by 8/12/23!
Oct 02, 2023 — Oct 15, 2023
Vietnam & Cambodia
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Explore the wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Mekong River. Begin with two nights in Ho Chi Minh City. Then embark on a seven-night Mekong River cruise and cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap. Along the way, enjoy an enriching series of presentations and discussions by lecturers and experts.
Lowest cabin categories from $7,995 per person plus airfare
Oct 02, 2023 — Oct 09, 2023
Cruising the Great Lakes of North America
Admire magnificent coastal scenery and discover nearly two centuries of North American innovation and maritime history on this one-of-a-kind cruise itinerary from Toronto to Milwaukee featuring all five Great Lakes. Experience the thunderous force of Niagara Falls, the historical charm of Mackinac Island, the unspoiled beauty of the UNESCO‑inscribed Niagara Escarpment, and the Henry Ford Museum of Innovation in Detroit. Transit the Welland Canal and Soo Locks, among the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century.
Lowest category cabins from $4,995 per person plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $750 if booked by 9/18/2023!
Oct 04, 2023 — Oct 19, 2023
Grand Danube Passage
Wait List Only
With Mimi Gregory
Experience Europe from a new vantage point on this unforgettable Grand Danube Passage! Visit eight countries, including stays in Prague, Czech Republic, and Sofia, Bulgaria, and an eight-night Danube cruise. Gain insight into each destination’s history, regional cuisine, soul-stirring landmarks and architecture, and personalize your cruise with a selection of included excursions! Enjoy first-class ship accommodations, deluxe hotels and a generous meal plan. No single supplement!
Lowest cabin categories from $5,895 per person plus airfare and taxes - a savings of $250 if you book by 8/20/2023!
Oct 11, 2023 — Oct 16, 2023
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Travel with us to the Land of Enchantment to enjoy New Mexico’s beautiful landscapes, history and architecture. A highlight will be the world-famous Albuquerque Balloon Festival. Enjoy 3 nights in Santa Fe and learn more about New Mexico’s Native American history and culture with visits to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the Taos Pueblo.
$3,425 per person including air out of Philadelphia
Oct 14, 2023 — Oct 28, 2023
Pearls of Dalmatia: Croatia, Slovenia, & Montenegro
With Dr. Carla Thorson
Absorb Croatia’s remarkable history and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline on this captivating 15-day journey. As your small group travels from Zagreb to beloved Dubrovnik, see why this cherished region lays a claim on the hearts of all who visit. Discover the Balkan gem of Montenegro with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.
$5,884 per person including airfare from New York (other gateways available)
Oct 19, 2023 — Dec 18, 2023
Four different departure dates in October, November, and December. There's no two ways about it: we fit a whole lot of Thailand into this 10-day adventure. From Bangkok to Kanchanaburi to Chiang Mai and some unbelievable places in between. Start things off in Bangkok by hopping on a tuk-tuk for a city tour, stopping for a street food crawl in Chinatown. Head to Ayutthaya to explore ancient ruins by bike and visit Kanchanaburi with its infamous WWII sites. Then get a true taste of authentic life in Chiang Mai as you visit traditional villages and engage with locals. With the services of a Travel Director and your accommodation and transport taken care of, you’ll be ready to experience the splendors of this fascinating country!
$2,495 per person plus airfare
Oct 27, 2023 — Nov 03, 2023
Cuba and its People featuring the African Diaspora
Join a 7-night Cuban adventure and discover the profound influence of the African diaspora on Cuban culture. Meet entrepreneurs, artists and dancers and learn about their lives during meaningful encounters. Explore Old Havana, Matanzas, an organic farm and more! Come away with a broader perspective of Cuba’s culture and citizens while benefiting and supporting the Cuban people!
$5,295 per person plus airfare if you book by 9/12/2023 - a savings of $250! Doubles only, singles waitlist.
Oct 28, 2023 — Dec 17, 2023
Explore Costa Rica
Seven different departure dates in April, July, August, October, November, and December. 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!
$2,495 per person plus airfare