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!
Feb 27, 2020 — Mar 15, 2020
South American Tapestry: Chile, Argentina & Brazil
With Ambassador Philip Hughes
Weaving together such diverse elements as the Andes, a Lake District crossing, and wondrous Iguazu Falls with the urban appeal of Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Rio, this engaging 18-day small group tour renders our South American neighbors in all their beauty and vitality. Discover revered and remote Easter Island on a 4-day/4-night pre-tour extension.
$8,271 including airfare from Miami (other gateways available)
Mar 01, 2020 — Mar 10, 2020
Israel: Land of Cultural Treasures
Save $250 if you book by July 30!
Experience the stirring beauty of Israel, from Tel Aviv’s White City to Old Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Taste regional olive oils, falafel, spice blends and wine. Lunch with a Druze family in their home. Visit Yad Vashem and partake in expert-led discussions. Discover multi-faceted Israel and its diverse people on this unforgettable small-group journey.
$4,890 per person - a savings of $250 if you book by July 30!
Mar 20, 2020 — Mar 29, 2020
Lebanon Seminar Tour
with Craig Snyder
On this Seminar tour, meet with members from many of the country’s confessional groups and organizations involved with inter-faith dialogue, as well as explore this country which remains off-the-beaten tourist path to Americans.
$6,350 per person
Apr 13, 2020 — Apr 29, 2020
Along Central Asia’s Silk Road
With Norm Olsen
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 journey, relish the exotic – embracing the humanity shared with the welcoming people of Central Asia.
From $6,944 including air from Boston, New York, or Washington, D.C. (other gateways available)
Apr 18, 2020 — Apr 26, 2020
Barcelona: Art, Culture & People
With Ambassador Heather Hodges
From the fantastical, undulating architecture of Antoni Gaudí, to flavorful Catalán cuisines, Barcelona is a seaside city that dazzles the senses. Feel the city’s 1,000-year-old history echo down the narrow cobblestone lanes of the intimate Barri Gòtic. Walk in the footsteps of Picasso and sip sparkling cava in the nearby Penedès region on this seven-night journey.
$3,890 per person – a savings of $250 if you book by August 27!
Apr 28, 2020 — May 12, 2020
With Megan Torrey
Embark on an exhilarating 15-day small group journey to two distant and devout lands where Himalayan scenery casts an awe-inspiring spell. Experience these nations’ cultural riches, exquisite beauty, and profound spirituality in Nepal’s storied Kathmandu Valley, and while exploring Bhutan from Thimphu to Punakha and the legendary Tiger’s Nest monastery.
From $6,574 including air from Newark (other gateways available)
Apr 28, 2020 — May 06, 2020
River Life along the Dutch Waterways
Cruise for seven nights in Holland and Flanders aboard the deluxe Amadeus Brilliant when the vibrant Dutch tulip fields are in bloom. Meet local residents during the exclusive River Life Forum. Tour the Kröller-Müller Museum. Visit Amsterdam, Bruges, Hoorn, Maastricht, Antwerp and Keukenhof Gardens.
From $2,795 per person – a savings of $1,000 if you book by October 11!
May 08, 2020 — May 17, 2020
European Coastal Civilizations: A Voyage from Lisbon to London
Featuring Dwight David Eisenhower II
Join this eight-night cruise along coastal Portugal, Spain, France and England aboard the Five-Star Le Boréal, featuring a memorable cruise up the River Thames. Visit the beaches of Normandy and tour Oporto, Santiago de Compeostela, Bilbao and Mont-Saint-Michel.
From $5,295 per person - a savings of $1,000 if you book by September 26!
May 09, 2020 — May 24, 2020
China, Tibet, and the Yangtze
With Bill Clifford
Experience the best of China and Tibet, during this exceptional journey, featuring a three-night cruise along the fabled Yangtze River and Five-Star accommodations in Beijing, Xi’an, Lhasa and Shanghai. Visit the Three Gorges Dam, Beijing’s Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Xi’an’s Terra Cotta Warriors and Lhasa’s magnificent Potala Palace.
From $5,295 per person
May 12, 2020 — May 29, 2020
Treasures of Eurasia: Mozart to Marco Polo by Private Jet
Follow in the footsteps of great explorers as you journey from the heart of Europe to fabled outposts on the legendary Silk Road. Spanning 18 days and eight countries, this private jet adventure uncovers the cultural capitals and best-kept secrets of Eurasia.
$72,950 per person
May 16, 2020 — May 24, 2020
Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords
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.
$5,195 per person
May 24, 2020 — May 31, 2020
With Dr. Pamela Zeiser
Alive with art, development, and the movement of history, Berlin is one of the world's most dynamic capitals. Explore Berlin for a week, focusing on its eventful past, vibrant culture, and compelling politics. Visit landmarks that shaped world history, meet with political practitioners and experts, tour world-renowned art museums and visit UNESCO world heritage sites.
$3,999 per person
Jun 02, 2020 — Jun 10, 2020
Undiscovered France featuring Albi, Toulouse & Carcassonne
Book by July 2 to save! 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 July 2! No single supplement!
Jun 09, 2020 — Jun 19, 2020
Arctic Expedition: Voyage Under the Midnight Sun
With Jim Falk
Voyage through the Arctic Circle on this extraordinary 11-day itinerary featuring a seven-night cruise on the Five-Star L’Austral. Sail through an ethereal topography of red sandstone mountains, lush green tundra and awe-inspiring ice formations. Enjoy expert-led excursions to diverse terrains where wildlife roam. Flights round trip Paris/Longyearbyen included.
From $6995 per person
Jun 17, 2020 — Jul 04, 2020
Lands of the Midnight Sun: Northern Europe by Private Jet
Track the midnight sun to eight destinations across the North Atlantic, from the northernmost regions of Iceland to the majestic Norwegian fjords. Along the way, encounter hidden Baltic jewels.Traveling by private jet offers you easy access to far-flung destinations to find some of the most untouched landscapes in Europe.
$89,950 per person
Jun 27, 2020 — Jul 09, 2020
Sailing Ancient Trade Routes: Helsinki to Copenhagen Aboard Sea Cloud II
Sail under midsummer skies to Scandinavian and Baltic cities on this classic cruise. Fly to lively Helsinki for an overnight stay before boarding the magnificent Sea Cloud II. Call at Turku, Stockholm and Visby. Visit the port of Gdansk and continue to Lübeck, Germany, for a full day excursion to Hamburg.
From $9,999 per person
Jul 01, 2020 — Jul 10, 2020
Switzerland & the Italian Lakes
Book by July 2 to save!
Enjoy high alpine splendor in glamorous St. Moritz and get to know the much-loved Italian Lakes region. Along the way, enjoy the natural beauty and distinct cultures of two countries. Stand in awe of magnificent scenery, architecture, and masterpieces including a baroque palace and da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in Milan on this exciting eight-night journey.
$4,140 per person – a savings of $500 if booked by July 2!
Jul 05, 2020 — Jul 16, 2020
Seminar in Ukraine
With Craig Snyder
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
Jul 30, 2020 — Aug 14, 2020
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).
Aug 06, 2020 — Aug 14, 2020
Book by July 2 to save! No single supplement!
Slovenia offers visitors an enchanting, well-rounded surprise. Tucked between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, this small country has it all: cosmopolitan cities, shimmering lakes, Alpine mountains, and great swaths of forestland. Savor Slovenia’s farm-fresh fare, its wine, and its Mediterranean breezes.
$3,740 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if you book by July 2! No single supplement!