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!
Jul 30, 2020 — Aug 14, 2020
Discovering Eastern Europe
With Dr. Carla Thorson
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.
$5,497 including airfare from Boston or New York (other gateways available).
Aug 06, 2020 — Aug 14, 2020
No single supplement!
Slovenia offers visitors an enchanting, well-rounded surprise. Tucked between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, this small country has it all: cosmopolitan cities, shimmering lakes, Alpine mountains, and great swaths of forestland. Savor Slovenia’s farm-fresh fare, its wine, and its Mediterranean breezes.
$3,990 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if you book by March 24!
Sep 05, 2020 — Sep 16, 2020
Global Symposium: United States and Europe
Celebrate the shared history and unparalleled alliance of Europe and the U.S. in the company of David Cameron, Former Prime Minister of the UK, and Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Enjoy a delightful Danube River cruise aboard the Crystal Mahler, and special events in Berlin and Budapest.
From $14,990 per person plus airfare
Sep 10, 2020 — Sep 18, 2020
Cruising the Adriatic and Aegean Seas
With Mimi Gregory
Cruise from Athens to Venice along the stunning Dalmatian coast for seven nights aboard the Five-Star, small ship LE BOUGAINVILLE. Visit five countries and six UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy an exclusive COASTAL LIFE FORUM with local residents and a traditional folk music performance.
From $4,495 per person – a savings of $1,000 if you book by May 1!
Sep 12, 2020 — Sep 19, 2020
Cruising the Great Lakes
Wait List Only
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 02, 2020 — Oct 16, 2020
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 13, 2020 — Oct 24, 2020
Romance of the Douro River
With Derrick Olsen! No single supplement!
Enjoy the romantic Douro River, Portugal’s scenic winemaking region, during a ten-night journey that includes a seven-night cruise. Portugal’s history comes to life as you embrace “The River of Gold,” wander colorful Porto, spend time in Lisbon, and even venture to nearby Salamanca, Spain! No single supplement!
From $4,690 per person – a savings of $250 if you book by April 21!
Oct 17, 2020 — Oct 25, 2020
No single supplement!
Escape to the legendary Riviera di Levante, where terraced hillsides, sun-kissed beaches, and the Ligurian Sea set the scene for relaxation and adventure! Taste test wines at a medieval castle, learn recipe secrets from an Italian chef, and walk in the footsteps of celebrities and royals as you make the Riviera di Levante your seaside playground.
From $4,090 per person - a savings of $250 if you book by April 14!
Oct 22, 2020 — Oct 30, 2020
Island Life of Ancient Greece
With Bill Clifford
An unparalleled nine-day Aegean odyssey round trip from Athens, Greece, aboard the Five-Star small ship Le Bougainville. Visit serene Meteora, and visit historic, mythological Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes, and stunning Santorini, Mycenae and Epidaurus—islands steeped in myth and history. Meet and engage with local residents during the specially arranged Island Life Forum.
From $4,895 per person - a savings of $1,000 if you book by March 10!
Oct 24, 2020 — Nov 17, 2020
Around the World by Private Jet
The world's most iconic places, remarkable experiences and not-to-be-missed natural wonders are waiting for you. Our flagship journey combines a life list of global destinations into a seamless, elegant trip. Discover ten legendary destinations, from Machu Picchu to the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat to Easter Island.
$89,950 per person
Nov 03, 2020 — Nov 17, 2020
Vietnam by Sea and Angkor Wat: Haiphong to Siem Reap
Spend two nights in Hanoi and then cruise from Haiphong to Saigon before concluding for three nights in Siem Reap. Featured keynote lectures by Kim Phuc, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and author of Fire Road and Jim Laurie, former TV news correspondent, media consultant and producer.
From $6,995 per person - a savings of $1,000 if you book by April 3!
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
Jan 13, 2021 — Jan 26, 2021
Expedition to Antarctica
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!
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
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.
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
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
Feb 28, 2021 — Mar 13, 2021
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)