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!
Jan 08, 2021 — Jan 18, 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
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 $6,995 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 $5,740 per person plus airfare - a savings of $500 if you book by August 31!
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 $4,995 per person – a savings of $1,000
Feb 28, 2021 — Mar 13, 2021
With Norm Olsen
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)
Mar 11, 2021 — Mar 24, 2021
Egypt: Past, Present and Future
On this 14-day exploration of Egypt’s rich heritage visit the Great Pyramids with special private access to the paws of the Sphinx of Giza; the Valley of the Kings; the spectacular funerary boat of Cheops; the fabulous Temple of Karnak; Kom Ombo; and Abu Simbel.
From $9,990 per person plus airfare
Mar 24, 2021 — Apr 05, 2021
With Liz Brailsford
This truly fascinating, well-crafted 13-day small-group tour features urban and pastoral highlights, with Tokyo, cultural capital Kyoto, and magnificent Mt. Fuji. Engage in local life and head off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa. Discover Hiroshima reborn with an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.
From $6,984 tentative total price including air from Los Angeles (other gateways available)
Apr 10, 2021 — Apr 26, 2021
Along Central Asia’s Silk Road
With Dr. Joyce Davis
Traveling the ancient Silk Road connecting East and West, encounter a mélange of culture and religion, art and architecture that conjures tales of trade and treasure, intrigue and empire. On this exciting 17-day small group journey, relish the exotic – embracing the humanity shared with the welcoming people of Central Asia.
$6,994 including air from Boston, NYC or Washington, D.C. (other gateways are available)
Apr 17, 2021 — May 07, 2021
Legends and Empires by Private Jet
Trace the path of emperors and explorers on this extraordinary journey across Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Uncover the treasures of the Silk Road in remote Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, discover emerging destinations like Albania and Oman, and enjoy the gastronomic delights of Spain’s Basque country.
$112,500 per person
Apr 30, 2021 — May 09, 2021
With Dwight David Eisenhower II
Cruise for eight neights aboard the Five-Star small ship Le Dumont-d'Urville from Scotland to Wales, Ireland, England and France. Dwight David Eisenhower II and Allen Packwood will provide exclusive lectures. Enjoy guided excursions in each port of call, including the beaches of Normandy. Glasgow/Edinburgh Pre-Program and Paris/Giverny Post-Program Options.
From $6,995 per person plus airfare
May 10, 2021 — May 15, 2021
Inside Washington DC
Our hallmark program! 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights. Visit think tanks, embassies, enjoy keynote speakers, allow time on the Hill, and include a docent-led visit to a museum.
$2,950 per person
May 11, 2021 — May 19, 2021
Classical Cities of Spain featuring Segovia, Toledo and Salamanca
With Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk
Explore one of Spain’s most romantic regions, brimming with entrancing cities and towns steeped in medieval history, on this seven-night, deluxe stay based in Segovia. Visit Salamanca, Madrid, Ávila, Toledo and a royal palace in San Ildefonso. From splendid cathedrals and turreted fortresses to a storybook castle and a monumental Roman aqueduct, relish unforgettable discoveries!
$3,990 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if you book by November 3
May 25, 2021 — Jun 02, 2021
The Charms of Holland
Over seven nights, explore unique facets of the Netherlands, from Amsterdam’s pretty canals and The Hague’s political scene to 17th-century Hoorn and modern Rotterdam. View artwork by legendary Golden Age masters and Vincent van Gogh. Watch the dazzling spectacle of the world’s largest flower auction, taste fresh cheese in Gouda and much more!
$3,990 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if you book by November 3
May 30, 2021 — Jun 07, 2021
Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords
With Lise Falskow
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 $5,195 per person plus airfare
Jun 06, 2021 — Jun 18, 2021
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 including airfare from Boston or New York (other gateways available)
Jun 15, 2021 — Jun 23, 2021
Undiscovered France featuring Albi, Toulouse & Carcassonne
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 November 3
Jun 22, 2021 — Jul 07, 2021
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)
Jul 11, 2021 — Jul 24, 2021
Embark upon an unparalleled journey through history on this legendary network of rails. Enjoy modern amenities, comfortable lodging, and exciting excursions as you leisurely traverse two countries by private train during this epic adventure. Visit Ulan Bator, explore Lake Baikal, stop in Irkutsk, and end in Moscow.
From $9,995 per person plus airfare
Jul 12, 2021 — Jul 22, 2021
Seminar in Ukraine
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