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!
Apr 28, 2020 — May 12, 2020
With Megan Torrey
Embark on an exhilarating 15-day small group journey to two distant and devout lands where Himalayan scenery casts an awe-inspiring spell. Experience these nations’ cultural riches, exquisite beauty, and profound spirituality in Nepal’s storied Kathmandu Valley, and while exploring Bhutan from Thimphu to Punakha and the legendary Tiger’s Nest monastery.
From $6,574 including air from Newark (other gateways available)
Apr 28, 2020 — May 06, 2020
River Life along the Dutch Waterways
Cruise for seven nights in Holland and Flanders aboard the deluxe Amadeus Brilliant when the vibrant Dutch tulip fields are in bloom. Meet local residents during the exclusive River Life Forum. Tour the Kröller-Müller Museum. Visit Amsterdam, Bruges, Hoorn, Maastricht, Antwerp and Keukenhof Gardens.
From $2,795 per person – a savings of $1,000 if you book by October 11!
May 04, 2020 — May 09, 2020
Inside Washington DC
Our hallmark program! 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights. Stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel. Visit think tanks, embassies, enjoy keynote speakers, allow time on the Hill, and include a docent-led visit to a museum.
May 08, 2020 — May 17, 2020
European Coastal Civilizations: A Voyage from Lisbon to London
Featuring Dwight David Eisenhower II
Join this eight-night cruise along coastal Portugal, Spain, France and England aboard the Five-Star Le Boréal, featuring a memorable cruise up the River Thames. Visit the beaches of Normandy and tour Oporto, Santiago de Compeostela, Bilbao and Mont-Saint-Michel.
From $5,295 per person - a savings of $1,000 if you book by September 26!
May 09, 2020 — May 24, 2020
China, Tibet, and the Yangtze
With Bill Clifford
Experience the best of China and Tibet, during this exceptional journey, featuring a three-night cruise along the fabled Yangtze River and Five-Star accommodations in Beijing, Xi’an, Lhasa and Shanghai. Visit the Three Gorges Dam, Beijing’s Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Xi’an’s Terra Cotta Warriors and Lhasa’s magnificent Potala Palace.
From $4,995 per person - a savings of $1,000 if you book by November 2!
May 12, 2020 — May 29, 2020
Treasures of Eurasia: Mozart to Marco Polo by Private Jet
Follow in the footsteps of great explorers as you journey from the heart of Europe to fabled outposts on the legendary Silk Road. Spanning 18 days and eight countries, this private jet adventure uncovers the cultural capitals and best-kept secrets of Eurasia.
$72,950 per person
May 16, 2020 — May 24, 2020
Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords
Book by October 15 to save!
Join us for a unique journey to Scotland’s rarely visited Orkney and Shetland Islands and Norway’s majestic coastal fjords. Cruise from Glasgow to Bergen aboard the Le Champlain including a highlight to the sites of Orkney Island’s Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, including a special presentation by the Ness of Brodgar archaeological site director and head archaeologist.
From $5,295 per person - a savings of $1,000 if you book by October 15!
May 24, 2020 — May 31, 2020
With Dr. Pamela Zeiser
Alive with art, development, and the movement of history, Berlin is one of the world's most dynamic capitals. Explore Berlin for a week, focusing on its eventful past, vibrant culture, and compelling politics. Visit landmarks that shaped world history, meet with political practitioners and experts, tour world-renowned art museums and visit UNESCO world heritage sites.
$3,999 per person
Jun 02, 2020 — Jun 10, 2020
Undiscovered France featuring Albi, Toulouse & Carcassonne
Book by October 1 to save! 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.
$3,690 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if booked by October 1! No single supplement!
Jun 09, 2020 — Jun 19, 2020
Arctic Expedition: Voyage Under the Midnight Sun
With Jim Falk
Voyage through the Arctic Circle on this extraordinary 11-day itinerary featuring a seven-night cruise on the Five-Star L’Austral. Sail through an ethereal topography of red sandstone mountains, lush green tundra and awe-inspiring ice formations. Enjoy expert-led excursions to diverse terrains where wildlife roam. Flights round trip Paris/Longyearbyen included.
From $6995 per person - a savings of $1,000 if you book by November 8!
Jun 17, 2020 — Jul 04, 2020
Lands of the Midnight Sun: Northern Europe by Private Jet
Track the midnight sun to eight destinations across the North Atlantic, from the northernmost regions of Iceland to the majestic Norwegian fjords. Along the way, encounter hidden Baltic jewels.Traveling by private jet offers you easy access to far-flung destinations to find some of the most untouched landscapes in Europe.
$89,950 per person
Jun 21, 2020 — Jun 29, 2020
Circumnavigation of Iceland
Discover the ethereal beauty of Iceland on a seven-night circumnavigation of this distinctive Nordic island nation. Cruise aboard the newest Five Star expedition ship, Le Bellot, launching in 2020. See landscapes of ancient Viking ruins and crystalline glaciers atop simmering volcanoes. Cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island and cruise along Surtsey, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
From $6,595 per person including airfare - a savings of $1,000 if you book by November 20!
Jun 27, 2020 — Jul 09, 2020
Sailing Ancient Trade Routes: Helsinki to Copenhagen Aboard Sea Cloud II
Sail under midsummer skies to Scandinavian and Baltic cities on this classic cruise. Fly to lively Helsinki for an overnight stay before boarding the magnificent Sea Cloud II. Call at Turku, Stockholm and Visby. Visit the port of Gdansk and continue to Lübeck, Germany, for a full day excursion to Hamburg.
From $9,999 per person
Jul 01, 2020 — Jul 10, 2020
Switzerland & the Italian Lakes
Book by September 10 to save!
Enjoy high alpine splendor in glamorous St. Moritz and get to know the much-loved Italian Lakes region. Along the way, enjoy the natural beauty and distinct cultures of two countries. Stand in awe of magnificent scenery, architecture, and masterpieces including a baroque palace and da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in Milan on this exciting eight-night journey.
$4,390 per person – a savings of $250 if booked by September 10!
Jul 05, 2020 — Jul 16, 2020
Seminar in Ukraine
With Craig Snyder
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
Jul 30, 2020 — Aug 14, 2020
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).
Aug 06, 2020 — Aug 14, 2020
Book by September 3 to save! 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.
$3,740 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if you book by October 29! No single supplement!
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
Sep 12, 2020 — Sep 19, 2020
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
Sep 26, 2020 — Oct 04, 2020
Book by October 29 to save! 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 $3,840 per person - a savings of $500 if you book by October 29!