February 28-13

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.

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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! 

2021

Jun 15, 2021 — Jun 23, 2021

Undiscovered France featuring Albi, Toulouse & Carcassonne

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No Single Supplement

Celebrate the soul of France in and around the beautiful city of Albi. Revel in the pink-washed city of Toulouse, stroll along romantic riverbanks, and savor local delicacies. A myriad of French masterpieces await you in this elegant, easygoing region, including paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec, famous frescoes, medieval fortresses, and a revolutionary 17th-century canal.


$3,440 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if booked by August 31!

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Jun 22, 2021 — Jul 07, 2021

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 including airfare from Boston or New York (other gateways available)

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Jul 11, 2021 — Jul 24, 2021

Trans-Siberian Railway

Embark upon an unparalleled journey through history on this legendary network of rails. Enjoy modern amenities, comfortable lodging, and exciting excursions as you leisurely traverse two countries by private train during this epic adventure. Visit Ulan Bator, explore Lake Baikal, stop in Irkutsk, and end in Moscow.


From $9,995 per person plus airfare

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Jul 12, 2021 — Jul 22, 2021

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.


$6,490 per person

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Jul 13, 2021 — Jul 23, 2021

Untamed Alaska

We invite you to a unique 11-day exploration of Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From the unspoiled grandeur of Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, your small group encounters the breadth of America’s Last Frontier.


$7,795 per person including airfare from Philadelphia (other gateways available)

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Jul 21, 2021 — Aug 01, 2021

Waterways of Russia: St. Petersburg to Moscow

With Mary Yntema

Cruise for six nights aboard the deluxe Volga Dream through Russia’s heartland, and enjoy Five-Star accommodations in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Visit 10th-century Uglich, medieval Yaroslavl, the 14th-century Kirillo-Belozersky monastery and the open-air museum of Kizhi Island. Savor traditional Russian tea and cakes in a villager’s home. Moscow Post-Program Option.


From $5,995 per person plus airfare

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Aug 01, 2021 — Aug 10, 2021

Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea

With Bill Clifford

Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states with eight nights aboard the Five-Star Le Dumont-d’Urville. Enjoy a specially arranged presentation by former president of Poland Lech Wałęsa and the interpreter and advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev, Pavel Palazhchenko. Visit Gda´nsk, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Visby. Norway Pre-Program and Stockholm Post-Program Options.


From $6,995 per person plus airfare

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Aug 12, 2021 — Aug 18, 2021

Vancouver to Toronto by Rail

A once-in-a-lifetime train trip across Canada from Vancouver across the expanse of five provinces, from the Pacific Northwest through the Canadian Rockies. Glide through gentle prairie fields, rugged lake country, and picturesque towns. Enjoy upgraded Prestige Class premium accommodations onboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian.


From $5,995 per person plus airfare

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Aug 25, 2021 — Sep 05, 2021

Slovenia & Croatia

In a region well worth exploring for its natural beauty alone, visit spellbinding archaeological sites, impressive cathedrals, dramatic palaces, and ancient city centers that illuminate the layered history of the Dalmatian Coast. Begin in Ljubljana before sailing along the Croatian coast from the Istrian Peninsula to Dubrovnik.


From $6,192 per person plus airfare

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Sep 03, 2021 — Sep 12, 2021

Greece: Athens & the Island of Poros

Savings Opportunity

No Single Supplement

Stand in awe of the Parthenon looming above the city of Athens. Soak up island life amid whitewashed homes and tavernas on Poros. Toast Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, in a vineyard. Discover ancient theaters, lost kingdoms and more during this enchanting, eight-night adventure celebrating the best of Greece’s Saronic Islands.


$3,990 per person – a savings of $250

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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 tentative total price from Boston, New York, or Washington, DC (other gateways available)

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Sep 29, 2021 — Oct 07, 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 plus airfare

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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

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Oct 09, 2021 — Oct 24, 2021

Grand Danube Passage with Mimi Gregory

Savings Opportunity

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 $5,590 per person – a savings of $250 if you book by March 30

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Oct 15, 2021 — Oct 29, 2021

Legendary Turkey

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)

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Nov 03, 2021 — Nov 11, 2021

The Charm of the Amalfi Coast

Savings Opportunity

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 $250 if you book by March 30

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Nov 06, 2021 — Nov 18, 2021

India: Timeless Land of the Taj Mahal

Savings Opportunity

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!

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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

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Dec 01, 2021 — Dec 08, 2021

Cuba and its People featuring Havana and Trinidad

Savings Opportunity

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 $250 if you book by March 30

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Dec 04, 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. Wind through Oman’s myriad vistas. This is the Arabian world from every vantage point.


$7,895 per person plus airfare

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