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!
Sep 26, 2019 — Oct 04, 2019
Rome to Malta
Book by March 7 to save!
Discover an intriguing mélange of cultures on this seven-night cruise from Rome to Valletta, aboard the Five-Star, 92-suite LE BOUGAINVILLE, featuring Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Sicily’s storied town of Taormina and Malta.
From $4,395 per person
Sep 29, 2019 — Oct 22, 2019
Around the World by private jet
Discover Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Serengeti Plain, Easter Island, the Lost City of Petra and Marrakech
$85,950 per person
Oct 02, 2019 — Oct 18, 2019
Encounter Vietnam’s breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people on this comprehensive 17-day journey from French-accented Hanoi and breathtaking Ha Long Bay to imperial Hue, the storied Mekong River Delta, and vibrant Saigon.
$4,587 including air from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York.
Oct 10, 2019 — Oct 18, 2019
Sicily by Sea
With Mimi Gregory
Circumnavigate the seductive island of Sicily aboard the elegant, three-masted Sea Cloud II. Set out from Catania and sail into legendary harbors to discover ancient temples and theaters, and glittering mosaics.
From $7,999 per person
Oct 12, 2019 — Oct 24, 2019
Book by April 9 to save!
Cruise for nine nights aboard the deluxe AMADEUS QUEEN from Vienna to the Black Sea, visiting medieval cities, charming villages and rugged countryside, then spend two nights in Bucharest.
From $4,595 per person
Oct 13, 2019 — Oct 21, 2019
Barcelona to Lisbon
Book by March 11 to save!
This nine-day voyage showcases the Iberian Peninsula coast between Barcelona and Lisbon and features Spain’s legendary Guadalquivir River. Visit Portugal’s Algarve region, Spain’s Granada and Valencia, the Rock of Gibraltar and the Balearic Island of Mallorca.
From $4,595 per person
Oct 13, 2019 — Oct 20, 2018
Understanding the Civil Rights Movement
Our carefully designed program traces the history of this movement which began in 1955. We stop at the major sites of the movement - from Selma to the Little Rock High School - and meet with many of the figures who were involved.
$3,995 per person
Oct 25, 2019 — Nov 07, 2019
Encounter ancient ruins, sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains as you travel to the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech. Erfoud, Ouarzazate, and Casablanca are also included on the itinerary.
$5,929 per person including air from New York
Nov 07, 2019 — Nov 17, 2019
Seminar in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait & Qatar
Join Craig Snyder as you begin in Riyadh, drive along the King Fahd Causeway to Bahrain, and end in Doha. Through a series of high-level briefings, shed light on the current political climate in the region.
$8,995 per person
Dec 08, 2019 — Dec 17, 2019
With Ambassador G. Philip Hughes
Delve into the country’s national parks and private reserves to observe the lush landscape and diverse wildlife. Traverse one of the world’s most impressive biological footprints and along the way, engage with local citizens and naturalists to learn about the history and future of this environmentally-conscious country.
$3,675 per person
Dec 29, 2019 — Jan 07, 2020
New Years in Antarctica
Book by Jan. 31 to save!
Celebrate the New Year on an exclusive and luxurious journey to the White Continent. Encounter penguins, seals, whales, sea birds, majestic landscapes and magnificent icebergs.
$10,999 per person
Jan 27, 2020 — Feb 09, 2020
New Zealand by Sea: Milford Sound to Auckland
Tour lush green islands, from world-famous Milford Sound on the South Island to the city of Auckland on the North Island, aboard the Caledonian Sky as you explore New Zealand, a country of striking contrasts. Learn about sheep farming, marvel at the tumbling waterfalls of Milford Sounds, and explore the heartland of Maori culture in Rotorua.
From $8,990 per person plus airfare- a savings of $1,000.
Jan 28, 2020 — Feb 10, 2020
A spectacular 14-day journey featuring a nine-night cruise to Antarctica aboard the 200-passenger L’ AUSTRAL.
From $10,995 per person
Jan 28, 2020 — Feb 11, 2020
Egypt & the Eternal Nile
With Ambassador Mark Johnson
Begin in vibrant Cairo and journey on to the Great Pyramids, Abu Simbel, and the Upper Nile for a fascinating three-night cruise on Lake Nasser. Embark on a second four-night cruise from Aswan to Luxor, before ending in Old Cairo.
$5,597 including air from Boston or New York
Feb 13, 2020 — Feb 20, 2020
Save $500 if you book by March 29!
This extraordinary journey of East Africa is where “off-the-beaten-path” meets a wealth of culture, wildlife, and diverse peoples, eager to share their land and history with you. Led by Dr. Carla Thorson, enjoy specially arranged meetings with local representatives who will provide cultural and intellectual insights. Experience spectacular wildlife-viewing making memories that will last a lifetime.
$7,990 per person.
Feb 20, 2020 — Mar 15, 2020
Around the World by Private Jet 2020
The world's most iconic places, remarkable experiences and not-to-be-missed natural wonders are waiting for you. Our flagship journey combines a life list of global destinations into a seamless, elegant trip. Discover ten legendary destinations, from Machu Picchu to the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat to Easter Island.
$89,950 per person