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 12, 2021 — Sep 29, 2021
Southern Africa Odyssey
With Megan Torrey
This extraordinary 18-day small group journey reveals the magnificence of four distinct Southern African nations, from Zimbabwe’s spectacular Victoria Falls and Botswana’s exceptional Chobe National Park to Namibia’s massive dunes and storied coast and South Africa’s beautiful Cape Town. Experience the extraordinary Kruger region with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.
From $8,654 per person from Boston, New York, or Washington, DC (other gateways available)
Sep 30, 2021 — Oct 07, 2021
Cruising the Great Lakes
Explore the Great Lakes during this travel program, including a seven-night, exclusively chartered cruise aboard the Five-Star Le Champlain through all five Great Lakes, visiting islands and towns rich in maritime history and natural splendor. Visit Sault Ste. Marie’s Soo Locks and Niagara Falls. Chicago Pre-Cruise and Toronto Post-Cruise Options.
From $4,995 per person
Oct 01, 2021 — Oct 09, 2021
Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia
This seven-night voyage showcases the Iberian Peninsula’s coast between Lisbon and Barcelona and features Spain’s legendary Guadalquivir River. Cruise aboard the Five-Star Le Jacques Cartier. Visit Portugal’s Algarve region, Spain’s Granada and Seville, the Rock of Gibraltar and the Balearic Island of Mallorca. Lisbon Pre-Program and Barcelona Post-Program Options.
From $4,995 per person plus airfare
Oct 07, 2021 — Oct 10, 2021
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
Oct 09, 2021 — Oct 24, 2021
Grand Danube Passage with Mimi Gregory
No Single Supplement
Explore eight countries & discover epic history, Old World capitals & charming villages along the mighty Danube River. Plus, enjoy stays in Sofia, Bulgaria, & Prague, Czech Republic. Personalize your cruise with a selection of included excursions, featuring culinary outings, cycling, art tours & more!
From $5,340 per person – a savings of $500 if you book by December 1!
Oct 15, 2021 — Oct 29, 2021
With Don Samford
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic Turquoise Coast where you board gulet yachts for a distinctive four-night voyage, Turkey offers an experience.
$4,692 per person including air from New York (other gateways available)
Oct 23, 2021 — Nov 06, 2021
Vietnam By Sea and Angkor Wat
This exceptional itinerary features two nights in Hanoi, a seven-night cruise from Haiphong to Saigon and three nights in Siem Reap to experience the temples of Cambodia. Featuring four UNESCO World Heritage sites and featured speakers Kim Phuc, a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace; and award-winning former news correspondent and media consultant Jim Laurie.
From approximately $7,295 per person plus airfare
Nov 03, 2021 — Nov 11, 2021
The Charm of the Amalfi Coast
Let Italy’s Amalfi Coast dazzle you with its stunning seaside tapestry. Enjoy 7 nights in Vietri sul Mare and explore cliff-side villages, olive and lemon groves, and ancient sites. Step back in time at Pompeii, sail to the Isle of Capri, witness Amalfi town and savor local dishes including authentic pizza made the Napolitano way.
$3,940 per person – a savings of $500 if you book by December 1!
Nov 06, 2021 — Nov 18, 2021
India: Timeless Land of the Taj Mahal
Discover the incredible experiences of India through its people and its most famous sites. Marvel at the Taj Mahal, gaze upon the Pink City of Jaipur, and explore the Amber Fort. Spend time with local people, from politicians to activists to storytellers, learning along the way about the many facets of the Indian way of life.
$5,450 per person plus airfare - a savings of $500 if booked by May 31!
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
Dec 01, 2021 — Dec 08, 2021
Cuba and its People featuring Havana and Trinidad
Join a 7-night Cuban adventure like no other! Learn about the lives of Cubans during meaningful encounters. Meet local entrepreneurs & explore Old Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, an organic farm & much more. Come away with a broader perspective of Cuba’s culture & citizens while benefiting & supporting the Cuban people.
$5,045 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if you book by December 1!
Dec 03, 2021 — Dec 12, 2021
Israel: Holy land Unveiled: History, People, Religion & Beauty
Discover a beautiful nation whose history and legend encompasses the very roots of civilization. From the bustling streets in Tel Aviv to the tranquil waters of the Dead Sea, spend your journey uncovering every side of this multi-faceted nation. A hallmark of our tours, attend exclusive lectures with journalists, writers and experts.
$4,795 per person plus airfare - save $250 if you book by March 15!
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