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!
May 28, 2019 — Jun 07, 2019
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Cruise for eight nights aboard the M.S.LE BORÉAL from Scotland to Wales, Ireland, France and England. Meet Dwight David Eisenhower II and Allen Packwood. Visit the beaches of Normandy on the 75th Anniversary of the historic D-Day landings.
From $6,895 per person
Jun 05, 2019 — Jun 15, 2019
Waterways of the Tsars: Moscow to St. Petersburg
Book now to save $750 per person!
Sail from Moscow to St. Petersburg aboard the elegant Volga Dream and sail into Russia’s heartland to discover historic Golden Ring towns. Highlights include a visit to an open session of the Duma (Russian parliament) and a reception at the home of the U.S. Ambassador (pending confirmation).
From $8,999 per person.
Jun 21, 2019 — Jul 01, 2019
With Dr. Carla Thorson
Voyage through the Arctic Circle on this extraordinary 11-day itinerary featuring a seven-night cruise on the Five-Star L’AUSTRAL. Accompanied by Dr. Carla Thorson, explore the politics of this Arctic region.
From $7,995 per person
Jun 28, 2019 — Jul 20, 2019
Northern Summer by private jet
Follow the footsteps of great explorers who charted our planet’s vast northern expanses. Travel to the world’s northernmost reaches on one all-inclusive journey.
$104,950 per person
Jun 29, 2019 — Jul 07, 2019
No single supplement!
Unpack once for a seven-night river journey aboard the 106-guest MS Renoir to Honfleur, Giverny, Omaha Beach and end in Paris.
From $3,945 per person
Jul 13, 2019 — Jul 20, 2019
Alaska & the Inside Passage
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Cruise aboard the Le Soléal to experience unspoiled islands and fjords and historic gold-rush-era towns. Specially arranged expert lecturers join you on board.
From $4,295 per person
Jul 29, 2019 — Aug 07, 2019
Baltic Sea Cruise
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Our popular cruise returns! Enjoy presentations by former president of Poland Lech Wałęsa and by noted author and scholar Sergei N. Khrushchev. Visit Visby, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Gda´nsk.
From $7,995 per person
Sep 11, 2019 — Sep 19, 2019
Book by June 18 to save!
Unpack once! See Trulli, limestone houses with conical roofs, and Sassi, ancient cave dwellings still used today. Visit vibrant cities and charming seaside villages, and taste culinary treasures.
$3,590 per person - a savings of $250 if you book by June 18!
Sep 26, 2019 — Oct 04, 2019
Rome to Malta
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Discover an intriguing mélange of cultures on this seven-night cruise from Rome to Valletta, aboard the Five-Star, 92-suite LE BOUGAINVILLE, featuring Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Sicily’s storied town of Taormina and Malta.
From $5,495 per person
Sep 29, 2019 — Oct 22, 2019
Around the World by private jet
Discover Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Serengeti Plain, Easter Island, the Lost City of Petra and Marrakech
$85,950 per person
Oct 10, 2019 — Oct 18, 2019
Sicily by Sea
Limited space remains
Circumnavigate the seductive island of Sicily aboard the elegant, three-masted Sea Cloud II. Set out from Catania and sail into legendary harbors to discover ancient temples and theaters, and glittering mosaics.
From $7,999 per person
Oct 12, 2019 — Oct 24, 2019
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Cruise for nine nights aboard the deluxe AMADEUS QUEEN from Vienna to the Black Sea, visiting medieval cities, charming villages and rugged countryside, then spend two nights in Bucharest.
From $4,595 per person.
Oct 13, 2019 — Oct 21, 2019
Barcelona to Lisbon
Limited space remains!
This nine-day voyage showcases the Iberian Peninsula coast between Barcelona and Lisbon and features Spain’s legendary Guadalquivir River. Visit Portugal’s Algarve region, Spain’s Granada and Valencia, the Rock of Gibraltar and the Balearic Island of Mallorca.
From $4,595 per person plus airfare.
Oct 19, 2019 — Oct 25, 2019
On this 7-day exploration of Reykjavík and surrounding areas, you’ll examine themes of society, sustainability, government, and agriculture as you gain a greater understanding of the inextricable interconnection between Iceland’s natural resources and its cultural identity. In addition to the spectacular geologic scenery, you’ll also have a chance to witness the breathtaking Northern Lights.
$4,865 per person plus airfare
Oct 25, 2019 — Nov 07, 2019
Encounter ancient ruins, sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains as you travel to the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech. Erfoud, Ouarzazate, and Casablanca are also included on the itinerary.
$5,929 per person including air from New York
Nov 07, 2019 — Nov 17, 2019
Seminar in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait & Qatar
With Craig Snyder
Join us as we explore four countries of the Arab Gulf where the last few years have seen enormous growth and change. Our rich program travels through Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar meeting with diplomats and local leaders as we seek to understand the geo-political narrative of the region. $8,995 per person.
$8,995 per person
Dec 08, 2019 — Dec 17, 2019
With Ambassador G. Philip Hughes
Delve into the country’s national parks and private reserves to observe the lush landscape and diverse wildlife. Traverse one of the world’s most impressive biological footprints and along the way, engage with local citizens and naturalists to learn about the history and future of this environmentally-conscious country.
$3,675 per person
Dec 29, 2019 — Jan 07, 2020
New Years in Antarctica
Celebrate the New Year on an exclusive and luxurious journey to the White Continent. Encounter penguins, seals, whales, sea birds, majestic landscapes and magnificent icebergs.
$10,999 per person