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!
Nov 18, 2021 — Dec 11, 2021
Solar Eclipse: Destination Antarctica
See massive icebergs in Antarctica, the wildlife spectacle of South Georgia’s colonies of hundreds of thousands of king penguins, and the vast albatross breeding grounds of the Falklands. Add to that the chance of seeing a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon—a total solar eclipse. Naturalist team and guest speakers will provide insight and background on eclipses and other astronomical features.
From $25,890 per person plus airfare
Nov 30, 2021 — Dec 19, 2021
Best of Argentina and Chile by Private Jet
Travel by private jet to experience the jewels of Argentina and Chile. Fly direct from urban capitals to otherworldly landscapes, from sapphire-blue lakes to world-renowned wine regions, all while delving into diverse cultures, cuisines and natural wonders.
$107,950 per person
Dec 03, 2021 — Dec 16, 2021
Arabian Mystique: Abu Dhabi, Dubai & Oman
Discover the multi-faceted jewel that is the Arabian way of life on this escape to the UAE and Oman. From the sparkling cityscapes and ultra-modern amenities of Dubai to the historical preservation and timeless beauty in Abu Dhabi. Wander through souks draped in glinting fabrics and spellbinding artisan crafts. Wind through myriad vistas, from ancient cities, to golden dunes, to lush oases. This is the Arabian world from every vantage point.
$7,895 per person plus airfare
Dec 10, 2021 — Dec 19, 2021
With an extension to Peru
Experiencing the Galápagos Islands on an expedition in an unrivaled experience. Cruise aboard the 52-cabin National Geographic Endeavour II. With remarkable insights from a knowledgeable naturalist team, hike among the wildlife; investigate the vibrant sea—snorkel, stand-up paddleboard, and swim daily with sea lions, sea turtles, and penguins. Optional post-voyage land excursion to Machu Picchu and Peru's Land of the Inca.
From $7,410 per person plus airfare
Dec 16, 2021 — Dec 20, 2021
Discover the many treasures of this Caribbean gem while learning about and supporting the island's efforts to rebuild and stabilize on this impact-oriented journey. Meet with local non-profits and top government officials to discuss the complicated colonial history and current challenges with the mainland and why Puerto Rico is in the political limelight like never before.
$2,949 per person plus airfare
Jan 26, 2022 — Feb 17, 2022
Ancient Crossroads of Asia and the Middle East by Private Jet
Explore ancient civilizations and enduring cultures on a journey to some of the world’s most historic and treasured locales aboard our brand-new private jet. Travel to Egypt, Israel, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Oman
$135,950 per person
Feb 06, 2022 — Feb 18, 2022
Faces of Tanzania
With Dr. Carla Thorson
On this extraordinary journey to East Africa “off-the-beaten-path” meets a wealth of culture, wildlife, and diverse peoples, eager to share their land and history with you. Our exclusive, 13-day safari was thoughtfully crafted to explore the best of Tanzania while treading lightly through spectacular but delicate ecosystems.
$8,240 per person plus airfare
Feb 15, 2022 — Feb 26, 2022
Legends of the Nile ~ featuring Cairo, Luxor, a Nile Cruise & Abu Simbel
Treat yourself to an exhilarating, small-group adventure along the Nile River, plus explorations in Cairo and Abu Simbel. This 10-night, active journey includes a deluxe, four-night cruise and the company of an expert Egyptologist who will guide you through the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings and the magnificence of ancient Egypt.
From $5,965 per person plus airfare
Feb 22, 2022 — Mar 07, 2022
Explore fascinating Morocco for 14 days on this small-group tour, from seaside Rabat to the desert towns of Erfoud and Ouarzazate. Watch the sunset over the dunes on camelback, traverse the snow-topped High Atlas Mountains, and discover the many cultural treasures of storied Fez, Marrakech, and Casablanca.
$5,979 including airfare from New York
Mar 06, 2022 — Mar 18, 2022
Amazon River Expedition and Machu Picchu
Cruise aboard the deluxe ZAFIRO for five nights through the Amazon River Basin’s unparalleled biodiversity and spend five nights exploring Perú’s landscapes and archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley, including legendary Machu Picchu and Cuzco. Led by naturalists, see rare endemic species and local villages. Lima Pre Program Option.
From $7,295 per person plus airfare
Mar 17, 2022 — Mar 28, 2022
Japan: Land of Cultural Treasures
Immerse yourself in Japan’s authenticity and incredible history on this 10-night journey. Enjoy stays in Tokyo, Hakone, Kanazawa and Kyoto, and connect with Japan’s distinctive heritage, timeless landmarks and enriching traditions. See Mt. Fuji, visit a colorful geisha district, cruise Lake Ashi and much more!
$7,295 per person plus airfare
Apr 26, 2022 — May 12, 2022
Along Central Asia’s Silk Road
With Dr. Joyce Davis
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 17-day small group journey, relish the exotic – embracing the humanity shared with the welcoming people of Central Asia.
$6,994 per person including air from Boston, NYC or Washington, D.C. (other gateways are available)
May 08, 2022 — May 22, 2022
Legends and Empires by Private Jet
Trace the path of emperors and explorers on this extraordinary journey across Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Uncover the treasures of the Silk Road in remote Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, discover emerging destinations like Albania and Oman, and sample the many charms of Romania and Georgia’s enchanting capitals.
$119,950 per person
Jun 03, 2022 — Jun 10, 2022
Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords
With Lise Falskow
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.
From $5,195 per person plus airfare
Jun 28, 2022 — Jul 13, 2022
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 per person including airfare from Boston or New York (other gateways available)