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!
Jun 21, 2019 — Jul 01, 2019
Book by Oct. 26 to save!
Voyage through the Arctic Circle on this extraordinary 11-day itinerary featuring a seven-night cruise on the Five-Star L’AUSTRAL. Accompanied by Dr. Carla Thorson, explore the politics of this Arctic region.
From $6,995 per person
Jun 25, 2019 — Jun 30, 2019
With Jim Falk
Bike from the verdant hills of the Tuscan countryside to the crystalline waters of the Silver Coast. From the hilltop medieval village of Capalbio, to the beautiful beaches of Ansedonia, take in stunning views of the sea. Dine and taste celebrated Tuscan wines at state-of-the-art Le Mortelle winery.
$5,999 per person
Jun 28, 2019 — Jul 20, 2019
Northern Summer by private jet
Follow the footsteps of great explorers who charted our planet’s vast northern expanses. Travel to the world’s northernmost reaches on one all-inclusive journey.
$104,950 per person
Jun 29, 2019 — Jul 07, 2019
No single supplement! Book by Dec. 18 to save!
Along with Francophile Mimi Gregory, cruise for seven nights aboard the 106-guest MS Renoir to Honfleur, Giverny, Omaha Beach and end in Paris.
From $3,695 per person
Jul 08, 2019 — Jul 20, 2019
With Dr. Jerry Leach
Take a step into the culture and traditions of nomadic Mongolia. Explore Ulaanbaatar, the great Gobi Desert with a featured demonstration of Mongolia’s strong cultural heritage at the Naadam celebration.
$7,695 per person
Jul 13, 2019 — Jul 20, 2019
Alaska & the Inside Passage
Book by Dec. 7 to save!
Cruise aboard the Le Soléal to experience unspoiled islands and fjords and historic gold-rush-era towns. Specially arranged expert lecturers join you on board.
From $4,295 per person
Jul 29, 2019 — Aug 07, 2019
Baltic Sea Cruise
Book by Oct. 26 to save!
Our popular cruise returns! Enjoy presentations by former president of Poland Lech Wałęsa and by noted author and scholar Sergei N. Khrushchev. Visit Visby, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Gda´nsk.
From $6,995 per person
Aug 26, 2019 — Sep 01, 2019
Canada by Rail
Book by Dec. 19 to save!
Join this once-in-a-lifetime train trip across Canada—a journey from Toronto across the expanse of five provinces, through the Canadian Rockies and into the Pacific Northwest.
From $5,995 per person
Sep 07, 2019 — Sep 20, 2019
Journey through Britain
Travel from gracious Edinburgh to England’s legendary Lake District; from spectacular Snowdonia to the rural Cotswolds and Roman Bath; ending your journey in cosmopolitan London. Join Ambassador Barbara Stephenson for substantive briefings throughout.
$6,046 including air from Newark (other gateways available)
Sep 11, 2019 — Sep 19, 2019
No single supplement! Book by March 19 to save!
Unpack once! See Trulli, limestone houses with conical roofs, and Sassi, ancient cave dwellings still used today. Visit vibrant cities and charming seaside villages, and taste culinary treasures.
$3,295 per person
Sep 26, 2019 — Oct 04, 2019
Rome to Malta
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
Book by Jan. 7 to save!
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.
$4,437 including air from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York.
Oct 10, 2019 — Oct 18, 2019
Sicily by Sea
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
With Jacqueline Miller
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
With Derrick Olsen
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 25, 2019 — Nov 07, 2019
Book by Jan. 28 to save!
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.
$5,429 per person including air from New York
Nov 07, 2019 — Nov 15, 2019
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Qatar Seminar
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 Dec. 1 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