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 24, 2022 — Aug 01, 2022
With Jim Falk
Discover the beauty of Iceland on this seven-night circumnavigation aboard the Five‑Star expedition ship LE BELLOT. See crystalline glaciers atop slumbering volcanoes. Cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island, cruise along Surtsey Island and marvel at dramatic Goðafoss, the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Reykjavík and the Golden Circle Pre-Program Option
From $6,795 per person plus airfare
Jul 31, 2022 — Aug 12, 2022
With Dr. Pamela Zeiser
From Dublin to Galway, Killarney to Kilkenny, this full yet well-paced 13-day tour showcases Ireland’s many charms – old and new – to your small band of travelers. The Emerald Isle delights with magnificent scenery, abundant culture, and its people’s warmth and hospitality. Experience Northern Ireland with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.
$5,892 per person including airfare from Boston or New York (other gateways available)
Aug 17, 2022 — Aug 22, 2022
Wild Alaska Family Escape: Juneau to Ketchikan
Navigate narrow straits and glacial bays aboard the nimble National Geographic Sea Lion on this exploration of Southeast Alaska. Explore rugged coastlines, delve into the indigenous history of Wrangell Island, and experience the pioneering spirit of Juneau. Kayak past towering cliffs and roaring waterfalls and search for iconic wildlife. Learn under the largest and most knowledgeable expedition team in Alaska.
From $4,660 per person plus airfare
Sep 01, 2022 — Sep 11, 2022
The Origins of the American Democratic Ideal: A Voyage to Greece and Turkey
Begin your exploration in Athens. Embark on a cruise of the Aegean Sea aboard the Elysium, which accommodates only 48 guests. Cruise to Santorini, Crete, Delos, Ephesus, and Chios. Before disembarking in Istanbul, explore the ruins of Troy. Accompanying you on this journey is Thomas E. Ricks, author of several books and the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes.
From $6,990 per person plus airfare
Sep 11, 2022 — Sep 22, 2022
The South Caucasus: Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia
With Norm Olsen
From the mists of the past to the 21st-century geopolitical spotlight, the Southern Caucasus countries of Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia have always figured prominently. The historical importance of these countries is matched only by their strategic importance today. Explore these beautiful countries, sheltered and challenged by the steep terrain of the Caucasus Mountains, and by their own interconnectedness.
$6,995 per person plus airfare
Sep 17, 2022 — Sep 24, 2022
Cruising the Great Lakes
Explore all five Great Lakes during this seven-night cruise aboard the Five-Star LE DUMONT-D’URVILLE, visiting islands and towns rich in maritime history and natural splendor. Visit charming Mackinac Island, historic Sault Sainte Marie’s Soo Locks, revitalized Detroit and awe-inspiring Niagara Falls. Milwaukee Pre-Program and Toronto Post-Program Options.
From $4,995 per person plus airfare
Sep 22, 2022 — Sep 30, 2022
Adriatic and Aegean Odyssey
With Mimi Gregory
Cruise from Venice along the Adriatic coast to Athens for seven nights aboard the LE JACQUES CARTIER. Visit five countries and up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy the COASTAL LIFE FORUM with local residents and a folk music performance. Venice Pre- and Athens and Cape Sounion Post-Program Options.
From approximately $4895 plus airfare
Sep 28, 2022 — Oct 06, 2022
Undiscovered Italy: Trentino, South Tyrol & the Dolomites
No Single Supplement
Discover the culturally rich Trentino and South Tyrol regions on a 7-night stay in Trento. Visit Bolzano, enchanting Verona, and the beautiful Dolomites. Cruise on Lake Garda to a stunning lakeside castle and savor the region’s diverse food culture and fascinating heritage. No single supplement!
$3,840 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 per person if you book by November 30!
Sep 30, 2022 — Oct 14, 2022
Few Tickets Left
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 08, 2022 — Oct 16, 2022
Island Life Ancient Greece
Join this nine-day Aegean Odyssey from Athens, Greece, aboard the Five-Star LE BOUGAINVILLE. Visit Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes and Santorini and explore the legendary ruins of Meteora, Mycenae and Epidaurus. Engage with local residents during the ISLAND LIFE FORUM.
From $4,995 per person plus airfare
Oct 09, 2022 — Oct 15, 2022
Beyond Our Borders: Chile
With Lauren Swartz
The World Affairs Council’s “Beyond our Borders: Chile” educational series culminates with an in-depth study tour of this fascinating country. On this journey, learn from the country’s leaders in politics, commerce, the environment and the arts to better appreciate our southern neighbor.
$4,990 per person plus airfare
Oct 13, 2022 — Oct 26, 2022
Cruise the Heart of Europe
No Single Supplement
Experience Europe from a new vantage point aboard a first-class ship! Unpack once and sail to four countries along legendary rivers. Visit Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest, medieval villages, and lauded landmarks. Plus, enjoy insightful lectures and personalize your journey with unique excursions on this 12-night adventure. No single supplement!
From $5,340 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if you book by November 30!
Oct 22, 2022 — Nov 03, 2022
India: Timeless Land of the Taj Mahal
With Trina Medarev
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.
$5,950 per person plus airfare
Oct 29, 2022 — Nov 11, 2022
Antiquities of the Red and Aegean Sea
Join this 14-day journey exploring the treasures of Greece, Egypt and Jordan. Enjoy seven nights cruising from Athens, Greece, to Aqaba, Jordan, through the Suez Canal aboard the Five-Star LE BOUGAINVILLE, and one night in Aqaba and three nights in Amman to visit Jerash. Visit Alexandra, the Great Pyramids and Luxor.
From $7,995 per person plus airfare
Oct 30, 2022 — Nov 18, 2022
Best of Argentina and Chile by Private Jet
Travel by private jet to experience the jewels of Argentina and Chile. Fly direct from urban capitals to otherworldly landscapes, from sapphire-blue lakes to world-renowned wine regions, all while delving into diverse cultures, cuisines and natural wonders.
$107,950 per person
Nov 28, 2022 — Dec 12, 2022
Journey through Vietnam
Encounter Vietnam’s breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people on this comprehensive 15-day journey from French-accented Hanoi and stunning Ha Long Bay to imperial Hue and charming Hoi An; from the Mekong Delta to Saigon. Discover amazing Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh with an optional 5-day/3-night post-tour extension.
From $5,297 including airfare from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle