July 05-16

Seminar in Ukraine

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.

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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 05, 2020 — Nov 08, 2020

Gettysburg, Antietam, and Harpers Ferry

On this unique 4-day adventure travel back in time and explore the pivotal events of the American Civil War. Visit Harper’s Ferry, Sharpsburg, and Gettysburg. Throughout the tour learn from expert speakers about strategy and logistical challenges that our armies faced. This unforgettable experience through our history is sure to leave you profoundly moved.

$2,200 per person plus airfare

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Dec 05, 2020 — Dec 09, 2020

Cuba: Learn – Explore – Connect

Visit this vibrant country with opportunities to discuss the history, political economy, and culture of this Caribbean nation. A condensed five-day program provides time-strapped travelers an immersive experience in Havana and the surrounding countryside. For those who wish to venture on to Trinidad and Cienfuegos can continue to explore Cuba on the five-day post-trip extension.

5-day Havana Program: $2,399 per person. 5-Day Trinidad extension $1,999 per person.

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Dec 11, 2020 — Dec 26, 2020

Galápagos with Machu Picchu and Peru extension

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

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Jan 09, 2021 — Jan 16, 2021

Persian Gulf Cruise

With Ambassador Mark Johnson

Explore Dubai, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Oman as you cruise this thriving Arabian Gulf region in the comfort of the 48-guest Crystal Esprit. The area is a fascinating crossroads of modernity and tradition in the Islamic world. Begin among the dazzling skyscrapers and museums of the United Arab Emirates. Continue to Qatar, an absolute and hereditary emirate since the mid-19th century that has taken a prominent geopolitical role in the region. Finish the cruise with Oman’s compelling cultural and natural attractions.

From $13,490 per person

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Jan 13, 2021 — Jan 26, 2021

Expedition to Antarctica

Savings opportunity!

Experience the White Continent of Antarctica in its unspoiled state aboard the intimate Le Boréal. Explore fantastically shaped icebergs, vast rocky promontories, and turquoise glaciers—during the lingering light of the austral summer. And discover first-hand how a diverse array of marine wildlife flourishes in this seemingly harsh environment.

From $9,995 per person - a savings of $1,000 if you book by June 1!

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Jan 17, 2021 — Jan 31, 2021

Southern Africa Coastal Voyage: Maputo to Cape Town

With Megan Torrey

Encounter a variety of animals. Learn about the traditions of the Zulu and Xhosa-speaking people. Cruise along the Garden Route of South Africa’s coastline, stopping in Mossel Bay. Spend time in Durban and Cape Town. Accompanied by area experts and study leaders, come to understand the natural and cultural wonders amid the coast of South Africa.

From $10,990 per person plus airfare

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Jan 26, 2021 — Feb 05, 2021

Cruising Tahiti and French Polynesia

With Carla Thorson

Join us for a winter escape voyage to French Polynesia, with seven nights aboard the Five-Star Wind Spirit. Includes round-trip air from Los Angeles an excursion on each island—Tahiti, Mo’orea, Bora Bora, Taha’a, Ra’iatea and Huahine—and two nights (air schedule permitting) in Pape’ete, Tahiti.

From $6995 per person. Included air from Los Angeles has limited availability and is not guaranteed.

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Feb 16, 2021 — Feb 27, 2021

Legends of the Nile

An invigorating, 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 $5,745 per person plus airfare

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Feb 21, 2021 — Mar 01, 2021

Passage Through the Panama Canal and Costa Rica

Cruise aboard Five-Star Le Dumont-d’Urville on a nine-day journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. Experience a daylight passage through the canal and call at remote island paradises. Enjoy lectures by exclusive onboard study leaders throughout the itinerary.

From approximately $4,995 plus airfare

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Feb 28, 2021 — Mar 13, 2021

Moroccan Discovery

Explore fascinating Morocco for 14 days on this 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. Special Council briefings and meetings will be added to the final itinerary.

$5,879 including airfare from Boston, New York, Wash, DC (other gateways available)

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Mar 24, 2021 — Apr 05, 2021

Insider's Japan

With Liz Brailsford

This truly fascinating, well-crafted 13-day small-group tour features urban and pastoral highlights, with Tokyo, cultural capital Kyoto, and magnificent Mt. Fuji. Engage in local life and head off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa. Discover Hiroshima reborn with an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

From $6,984 tentative total price including air from Los Angeles (other gateways available)

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Apr 30, 2021 — May 09, 2021

Celtic Lands

With Dwight David Eisenhower II

Cruise for eight neights aboard the Five-Star small ship Le Dumont-d'Urville from Scotland to Wales, Ireland, England and France. Dwight David Eisenhower II and Allen Packwood will provide exclusive lectures. Enjoy guided excursions in each port of call, including the beaches of Normandy. Glasgow/Edinburgh Pre-Program and Paris/Giverny Post-Program Options.

From $6,995 per person plus airfare

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