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 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
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
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
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
Sep 03, 2021 — Sep 12, 2021
Greece: Athens & the Island of Poros
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
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)
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
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
Oct 09, 2021 — Oct 24, 2021
Grand Danube Passage with Mimi Gregory
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
Oct 15, 2021 — Oct 29, 2021
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)
Nov 03, 2021 — Nov 11, 2021
The Charm of the Amalfi Coast
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
Nov 06, 2021 — Nov 18, 2021
India: Timeless Land of the Taj Mahal
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!
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
Dec 01, 2021 — Dec 08, 2021
Cuba and its People featuring Havana and Trinidad
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
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
Dec 10, 2021 — Dec 19, 2021
With an extension to Peru
Experiencing the Galápagos Islands on an expedition in an unrivaled experience. Cruise aboard the 52-cabin National Geographic Endeavour II. With remarkable insights from a knowledgeable naturalist team, hike among the wildlife; investigate the vibrant sea—snorkel, stand-up paddleboard, and swim daily with sea lions, sea turtles, and penguins. Optional post-voyage land excursion to Machu Picchu and Peru's Land of the Inca.
From $7,410 per person plus airfare