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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Apr 26, 2024 — May 04, 2024
Sailing the Spanish & French Rivieras
Explore the treasures of the Spanish and French Rivieras, from the romantic Roman ruins at Arles to the art nouveau architecture of Gaudí’s Barcelona and the landscapes that inspired Picasso and Cézanne. Best of all, enjoy the unparalleled experience of cruising aboard one of the world’s finest sailing vessels, the SEA CLOUD II, with an itinerary carefully designed to maximize our time under sail.
Lowest cabin categories from $5,990 per person plus airfare
Apr 28, 2024 — May 03, 2024
Our Inside Washington tour is an in-depth, exclusive look into the behind-the-scenes world of international politics, foreign affairs, and diplomacy in the bustling city of Washington, D.C. We procure the most knowledgeable speakers on a wide variety of international affairs topics and find the most interesting venues to ensure that when the tour is completed you will be a more informed global citizen.
$3,449 per person plus airfare
May 01, 2024 — May 07, 2024
California Rail Discovery
Join us on a spectacular seven day journey through Northern California on California Rail Discovery! Begin in San Francisco, the "City by the Bay," before travelling to Napa Valley's famous wine country, and end with a cruise on Lake Tahoe.
$3,825 per person including airfare from Philadelphia (other departure points available)
May 05, 2024 — May 13, 2024
Alsace ~ Fairytale France, Germany, & Switzerland
Behold the old-world allure and heritage of France’s Alsace region on an unforgettable seven-night program. From charming Colmar, visit dynamic Strasbourg, multicultural Basel and whimsical towns along the Alsatian Wine Route. Tour the Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg, savor divine cuisine and superlative wines, and learn about the region’s illustrious past.
$4,195 per person plus taxes and airfare- a savings of $250 if booked by 3/21/2024!
May 07, 2024 — May 15, 2024
Classical Mediterranean Cruise: Malta, Tunisia, & Sicily
Explore coastal cities that date back more than 7,000 years on this 7-night cruise along two of Europe’s most dramatic coastlines and through the fabled Strait of Messina, Tyrrhenian Sea, and Mediterranean Sea. Voyage from the island of Malta to Tunisia. Enjoy calls at Taormina, Trapani, and Palermo.
Lowest categories from $4,945 per person plus air- a savings of $500 if booked by 12/6/23!
May 21, 2024 — May 30, 2024
Ireland & North Ireland: Circumnavigate the Emerald Isle
Circle the shores of the Emerald Isle on a captivating journey brimming with resplendent beauty, proud traditions, and a warm, welcoming ambience that radiates along the lanes of small towns and buzzing cities alike. Destinations include County Cork, Dingle, the Aran Islands, Skellig Michael, and the Giant's Causeway.
Lowest cabin categories from $6,385 per plus plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $710 if booked by 12/8/23!
May 29, 2024 — Jun 08, 2024
80th Anniversary of D-Day Cruise
with Donald L. Miller, Alexandra Richie, John McManus, and Keith Lowe
Join a custom itinerary emphasizing the land, sea, and air campaigns of World War II. Travel in complete comfort aboard the exquisite SEABOURN OVATION and be in Normandy for an unforgettable 80th Anniversary ceremony on June 6th, 2024. Share in rich discussions with revered historians Donald L. Miller, Alexandra Richie, John McManus, and Keith Lowe.
Lowest cabin category from $14,999 per person
Jun 05, 2024 — Jun 13, 2024
Apulia: Undiscovered Italy
Discover Apulia, a sun-kissed region in Southern Italy. Stay for seven nights in Polignano a Mare and venture out to ancient villages, cerulean seaports and storied landmarks. Savor Mediterranean meals amid olive groves and beautiful vineyards. From Locorotondo to Alberobello, Ostuni to Trani, you’ll relish Apulia’s charms and heart-warming traditions. No single supplement!
$3,895 per person plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $250 if booked by 4/21/2024!
Jun 19, 2024 — Jun 28, 2024
Swiss Alps & the Italian Lakes
Embrace the wonders of Switzerland and Italy on this eight-night journey! Stay in chic St. Moritz and lakeside Stresa, immersing yourself in these celebrated destinations. Journey by train to Zuoz and wind through incredible scenery on the Bernina Express. Cruise to the Borromean Islands and explore romantic Bellagio and Como. Stand before da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” and prepare regional dishes at a family restaurant.
$4,695 per person plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $250 if booked by 5/5/24!
Jul 02, 2024 — Jul 17, 2024
Journey Through Central Europe: Poland, Hungary, Austria, & Czech Republic
Discover a beautiful, poignant part of the world on this leisurely and comprehensive 16-day 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 with an optional 4-day/3-night Berlin post-tour extension.
$5,797 per person including air from from Boston or New York
Jul 16, 2024 — Jul 22, 2024
Toronto to Vancouver
Wait List Only
Join this once-in-a-lifetime train trip across Canada from Toronto across the expanse of five provinces. Enjoy upgraded Prestige Class premium accommodations onboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian. With time to explore Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Victoria during the optional pre-tour and post-tour, it’s a unique opportunity to get to know the beauty and history of our northern neighbor.
$6,995 per person plus airfare
Jul 17, 2024 — Jul 31, 2024
From the Fjords of Norway to the Canals of Holland
Beginning above the Arctic Circle and ending on the shores of the Netherlands, this voyage highlights the stunning beauty and rich history of the North Sea.
Lowest cabin categories from approximately $10,490 per person
Jul 24, 2024 — Aug 02, 2024
Danube Delights with Prague
Old World charm and captivating architecture await on this 7-night Danube River cruise aboard Emerald Cruises’ EMERALD DESTINY.
Lowest category cabins from $5,499 per person including airfare
Aug 02, 2024 — Aug 11, 2024
Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne
Immerse yourself in alluring history, awe-inspiring architecture, and the natural wonders of the world on this 9-night river cruise through Switzerland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands aboard Emerald Cruises’ EMERALD SUN.
Lowest cabin categories from $5,390 per person including airfare
Aug 11, 2024 — Aug 26, 2024
Journey to Southern Africa
From lively Cape Town to incredible safaris, Victoria Falls to an elegant Rovos Rail journey, discover the magic of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana!
$8,495 per person plus taxes and airfare- a savings of $250 per person if booked by 12/09/23!
Aug 24, 2024 — Sep 11, 2024
A Viking’s Crossing: Edinburgh to Boston
Come with us on an adventure to the lands where the Vikings once roamed! On an 18-night cruise from Edinburgh to Boston sink into the scenic magic of waterfalls and rocky cliffs, settle in for an Icelandic lobster feast, keep watch for adorable puffins in their natural habitat, and more!
Lowest cabin categories from $6,999 per person including airfare
Aug 26, 2024 — Sep 15, 2024
Iconic Destinations by Private Jet
Step aboard a private Boeing 767 jet for a once-in-a-lifetime travel adventure to discover some of the world’s greatest icons, destinations, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Stonehenge, the Great Pyramids, Petra, the Taj Mahal, the Jantar Mantar Observatory, Angkor Wat, and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, to name a few. This uniquely curated program features insight from knowledgeable guides and planned extraordinary excursions, providing special insight into some of humankind’s greatest achievements.
$79,995 per person plus airfare to departure point
Sep 06, 2024 — Sep 16, 2024
Campaigns, Culture, & Coastal Wonders: England, France, & Spain
Chart the major historic events that have occurred along Europe’s Atlantic Coast during this 8-night private charter of the 59-cabin MS HEBRIDEAN SKY along the beautiful coasts of Britain, France and Spain
Lowest category cabins from $8,990 per person plus airfare
Sep 21, 2024 — Sep 27, 2024
Landscapes & Lighthouses of Coastal Maine
From the iconic lighthouses perched along sparkling bays to Portland’s cobblestone streets boasting award-winning restaurants, Maine offers unique landscapes and experiences for everyone. Spend five nights in your award-winning waterfront hotel in historic and picturesque Kennebunkport. Two ocean cruises, a scenic rail trip, a traditional Lobster Clambake, and a tour of Fenway Park are just a few of the highlights.
$3,699 per person including airfare from Philadelphia (other gateways available)
Sep 22, 2024 — Sep 26, 2024
Join us to learn how Philadelphia influences international affairs, diplomacy, and culture around the world by meeting with on-the-ground experts in bustling Center City. You will meet face-to-face with the region’s international affairs leaders and have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in intellectual discourse with the thought leaders of today.
$2,749 per person plus airfare