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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Sep 26, 2023 — Oct 07, 2023
Romance of the Douro River: featuring Lisbon, Porto and the Alto Douro River Region
Wait List Only
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 4/11/23!
Oct 02, 2023 — Oct 15, 2023
Vietnam & Cambodia
Wait List Only
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
Few Tickets Left
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 4/11/2023!
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
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 6/1/2023 - a savings of $250!
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
Oct 29, 2023 — Nov 21, 2023
Around the World by Private Jet
Our flagship journey offers a life list of iconic destinations in a single itinerary. Fly by private jet to explore nine of the world’s most legendary places and natural wonders.
$125,950 per person plus airfare
Oct 29, 2023 — Nov 06, 2023
The River Seine to the Beaches of Normandy
Cruise the Seine River into the heart of Normandy, delve into D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, and explore the rich culture of the Normandy countryside. Joined by renowned historians and authors John McManus, PhD, and Craig Symonds, PhD dive deeper into historical insight to the places you will visit. Optional three-night Paris post-cruise program.
Lowest category cabins from $7,499 per person- a savings of $1,000 per person or $2,000 per couple if booked by 4/28/2023!
Nov 04, 2023 — Nov 15, 2023
Israel: Timeless Wonders
Encounter an extraordinary land of transcendent beauty, belief, history and hospitality on an exceptional 12-day small group journey. From modern Tel Aviv to scenic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias to revered Jerusalem, engage all your senses. Discover stunning, “rose-red” Petra and Amman with an optional 5-day/4-night Jordan post-tour extension.
$6,984 per person including airfare from Boston or New York
Dec 01, 2023 — Dec 08, 2023
Cuba and its People
With Don Samford, Doubles Only
Journey to Havana for a seven-night discovery into Cuba’s everyday life and culture! From Old Havana to the romantic Malecón, Afro-Cuban culture to organic farms, broaden your perspective of Cuba while benefiting and supporting the local people. Along the way, entrepreneurs, professionals and community leaders share their experiences during meaningful conversations. This program includes round-trip flights between Miami and Cuba.
$5,695 per person plus airfare - a savings of $250 if booked by 6/1/2023!
Dec 05, 2023 — Dec 20, 2023
Madagascar to Mauritius: Islands of the Indian Ocean
Madagascar, a thousand-mile island boasting an impressive variety of spectacular landscapes from pristine coral reefs and coastal mangroves to virgin rain forests and native baobab trees. In the company of a top zoology professor and expert local guides, spend eleven days exploring Madagascar’s marine reserves and national parks traveling in comfort aboard the all-suite HEBRIDEAN SKY.
Lowest cabin categories from $13,990 per person plus airfare
Jan 30, 2024 — Feb 08, 2024
United Arab Emirates
From sensational architecture to sweeping desert landscapes, relish the United Arab Emirates’ modern wonders and remarkable heritage on this eight-night, first-class journey! Explore forward-looking Dubai and Abu Dhabi on engaging tours, learn about Emirati life during cultural exchanges, plus celebrate beneath starry skies at a desert resort. Tour a breathtaking mosque, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and a falcon hospital! This small-group program features a Travel Director and expert insights. No single supplement!
Price from $4,395 per person plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $250 if booked by 6/20/2023!
Feb 06, 2024 — Feb 17, 2024
Legends of the Nile
Set off on an exhilarating, small-group journey to Cairo, Luxor, Abu Simbel, and the Nile River! This 10-night, active exploration features a deluxe, four-night cruise and a licensed Egyptologist who will guide you through Egypt’s ancient wonders, from the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Valleys of the Kings and Queens to the Great Temple of Ramses II and beyond! Includes a Travel Director and four flights within Egypt.
Lowest cabin categories from $6,295 per person plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $250 if booked by 6/20/2023!
Feb 10, 2024 — Feb 24, 2024
Journey through Vietnam
Encounter Vietnam’s breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people on this comprehensive 15-day journey from French-accented Hanoi and stunning Ha Long Bay to imperial Hue and charming Hoi An, from the Mekong Delta to Saigon. Discover amazing Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh with an optional 5-day/3-night post-tour extension.
$4,947 per person including air from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle
Feb 24, 2024 — Mar 10, 2024
Dazzling Oceania - Australia & New Zealand
Watch for dolphins in the Bay of Islands. Sip local wine in Napier, while getting a glimpse of Maori culture. Visit Cathedral Square in Christchurch and cruise the Fjords of Milford Sound as craggy cliffs tower over you. In Melbourne, stroll through historic Fitzroy Gardens and in Burnie see Tasmanian devils up close!
Lowest cabin category from $7,599 per person including airfare
Feb 27, 2024 — Mar 06, 2024
Finland: Arctic Magnificence
From the sensational Northern Lights to a soothing sauna, revel in outdoor adventures and cool Finnish traditions on this seven-night, active journey. Drive a team of lively huskies across the fjells, take a snowshoe hike by moonlight and spot reindeer in the wild! Enjoy three nights exploring in dynamic Helsinki and four nights in northern Lapland in a glass-domed cabin.
$4,895 per person plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $250 if booked by 6/27/23
Mar 05, 2024 — Mar 18, 2024
Explore fascinating Morocco for 14 days on this singular 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.
$6,379 per person including air from Boston, New York, or Washington, DC