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 09, 2021 — Jan 16, 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 if you book by June 1!
Jan 17, 2021 — Jan 31, 2021
Southern Africa Coastal Voyage: Maputo to Cape Town
With Megan Torrey
Encounter a variety of animals. Learn about the traditions of the Zulu and Xhosa-speaking people. Cruise along the Garden Route of South Africa’s coastline, stopping in Mossel Bay. Spend time in Durban and Cape Town. Accompanied by area experts and study leaders, come to understand the natural and cultural wonders amid the coast of South Africa.
From $10,990 per person plus airfare
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 $6995 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 $5,745 per person plus airfare
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 approximately $4,995 plus airfare
Feb 28, 2021 — Mar 13, 2021
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 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 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