Travel the World


Want to travel with unique tours to fascinating destinations with access to political and local experts? From the Middle East to South America, Africa to Asia and everywhere in between, Travel the World provides opportunities to access every continent, as well as exciting trips to destinations in the United States. This unique travel program is organized and run by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.


Want to travel with unique tours to fascinating destinations with access to political and local experts? From the Middle East to South America, Africa to Asia and everywhere in between, Travel the World provides opportunities to access every continent, as well as exciting trips to destinations in the United States. This unique travel program is organized and run by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

North America

April 30 - May 5 – Inside WashingtonOur hallmark program! 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights. Stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel.  Keynote speakers: Dr. Steven Cook, author and expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy; Dr. Thomas Wright at the National Press Club; and Dr. James Thurber for our final Cosmos Club dinner.  $2,850 per person. ($1,850 no hotel option.) One room remains!  

August 3 - 10 - Discover Southeast Alaska by sea - Discover the endless beauty, abundant wildlife and native cultures of Southeast Alaska. Aboard the nimble, 66-passenger Admiralty Dream, you’ll have access to the breathtaking byways of Alaska’s Inside Passage. With skilled naturalists by your side, you’ll encounter magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions—while learning about the traditions of Alaska’s indigenous cultures.  From: $3,495 plus airfare.

October 21 – 26 – Inside New York - Travel to the most populous city in the U.S. to hear from opinion makers, scholars, grassroots activists and media experts about the hot issues driving foreign policy today. Each day will begin with a morning discussion, followed by an afternoon panel on a variety of topics: the credibility of media in politics, activism in America, and national security and immigration. $2,895 per person. 

Latin America & The Caribean

August 27 - 31 - Treasures of Ecuador & the Amazon - Arrive in Quito and attend a U.S. Embassy briefing before visiting the impressive "Middle of the World" monument at the Equator, which marks latitude 0º. Transfer to your Amazon Lodge overlooking the river and enjoy a hike along the flourishing nature trail.  Visit with a local Quechua family - learn about their tribal customs and hear stories of everyday Amazonian life. Derrick Olsen, President of the World Affairs Council of Oregon, will lead this tour and bring his experience of working in Latin America to the program.$2,495 including round-trip air Miami/Quito or $1,695 land only.

November 4 -12 - Cuba: Art, Culture & People with Don Samford - Discover Cuba’s highlights, architecture, music and culture for eight nights during stays in Havana and Cienfuegos. Meet local artists and dancers and learn from local experts. Along the way, visit historic sites, museums, schools and community projects, and explore the 13th Annual Art Biennial installations in Havana. This small-group experience includes round-trip flights between Miami and Cuba and all excursions. $5,895 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if you book by March 13!

East Asia & Pacific

March 31 – April 12 – Inside Japan with Bill Clifford- Urban and pastoral highlights of Tokyo, Kyoto, and magnificent Mt. Fuji.  Travel off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama, Kanazawa, and Nara.  Embassy briefing and other special events.  Discover Hiroshima on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension. $6,841 including air from Los Angeles (other gateways available).

May 5 -19 – Dynasties of China and Tibet featuring a Yangtze River Cruise- Experience the best of China and Tibet featuring a three-night cruise along the fabled Yangtze River and Five-Star accommodations in Beijing, Xi’an, Lhasa and Shanghai. Visit the Three Gorges Dam, Beijing’s Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Xi’an’s Terra Cotta Warriors and Lhasa’s magnificent Potala Palace.  Enjoy meeting the fascinating people of China and the friendly people of Tibet.  From $6,745 per person plus airfare.


South Asia

September 11 – 25 – Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal & Bhutan with Megan Torrey - An exhilarating journey to two distant and devout lands where Himalayan scenery casts an awe-inspiring spell.  Experience these nations’ cultural riches, exquisite beauty, and profound spirituality as you discover Nepal’s storied Kathmandu Valley and explore Bhutan from Thimphu to Punakha and the legendary Tiger’s Nest monastery.  Several special briefings will be added to final itinerary  $5,747 including air from New York (other gateways available).

November 9 - 18 – India Seminar with Craig Snyder- Join a carefully designed program which focuses on learning first-hand about a wide variety of aspects of life in India. Begin in Delhi and meet with a journalist from the Times of India. Visit the office of Balaknama, a monthly newsletter, run for and by street children, and interact with prominent advocates for women’s rights and prison reforms. Attend a briefing at the U.S. Embassy. Visit the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT Bangalore), one of the premier national graduate schools in the country. In Mumbai stop at the Gandhi Museum and Research Institute to meet with a Department Head from their Political Science sector.  $5,995 per person plus airfare.


Europe & Central Asia

April 18 – 26 – River Life Along the Dutch Waterways - Cruise for seven nights in Holland and Flanders aboard an exclusively chartered, deluxeAMADEUS small river ship when the picturesque Dutch tulip fields are in bloom. Meet local residents during the exclusive RIVER LIFE FORUM. Tour the Kröller-Müller Museum. Visit Amsterdam, Bruges, Hoorn, Maastricht, Antwerp and Keukenhof Gardens. Amsterdam Pre-Cruise and The Hague, Delft and Kinderdijk Post-Cruise options available. From $3,995 per person plus airfare.

May 8-16 – Tuscany– Tuscany’s rolling knolls and fertile valleys have attracted artists, writers and travelers for centuries. Discover this remarkable landscape for yourself during a seven-night journey.  You will call a charming villa in Cortona home, and enjoy excursions to Renaissance villages, beloved Florence, and a family-owned winery. Along the way you will stroll charming piazzas, explore Etruscan treasures, and delight in regional flavors.  $3,590 per person! Save $500 per person if you book by March 6!

June 12 - 23 – Riches of the Emerald Isle - Experience the finest in Irish culture during stays in Ennis, Killarney, Mallow and Dublin. Explore lively Galway, traverse the Burren landscape and admire the resplendent Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy Blarney Castle and Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College. This ten-night, small-group experience features first-class hotels, fascinating insights from local guides and experts. $4,790 per person plus airfare! Save $500 per person if you book by March 6!

July 4 - 12 – Cruise the Rhine: Amsterdam to Basel with Jim Falk - Discover the Rhine River on an enchanting cruise through Holland, Germany and France to visit Amsterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg, the Rhine Valley and more. Learn about the region’s history and culture. From $3,690 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if you book by March 6!  No single supplement!

July 14 - 22 – Poland & Moscow Seminar with Craig Snyder - Join an in-depth seminar exploring the relationship between Russia and its near neighbor, Poland. Visit both these nations, discovering their historical sites, educational institutions, and heartbreaking monuments, as well as hearing expert lecturers, and interacting with the people of the two interconnected countries.  $5,995 plus airfare.

July 20 – 28 – Town & Country Life in Cambridge, Oxford & Cotswolds featuring Blenheim Palace - Discover the true character of England’s town and country life during this extraordinary small-group itinerary featuring the university towns of Oxford and Cambridge and the charming Cotswolds. Call on Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; visit “Downton Abbey”. From $4,945 per person plus airfare - a savings of $600 if you book by January 9!

July 25 – August 2 – Circumnavigation of Iceland - Unearth Iceland on this seven-night circumnavigation aboard the Five-Star, small ship M.V. STAR PRIDE. See ancient Viking ruins and glittering glaciers atop simmering volcanoes. Cross the Arctic Circle and cruise along Surtsey. Included round-trip air from select cities.  From $6,395 per person - a savings of $1,000 if you book by January 8!  This tour will sell out fast!

September 15 - 26 – Romance of the Douro River with Dixie Anderson: land and cruise featuring Lisbon, Porto and the Alto Douro Wine Region - Explore the remarkable cities and towns of Portugal on this enriching journey that showcases the country’s history and heritage. Spend three nights in Lisbon, the city that launched many of the great Age of Discovery expeditions. Cruise the Douro River for seven nights aboard an exclusively chartered ship that takes you through Portugal’s famous port-producing region.  From $3,945 per person plus airfare - a savings of $500 if you book by February 6!   

October 6 -14 – Town and Country Life of Languedoc with Joyce Davis - Experience the South of France for nine days in the unspoiled provinces of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées dotted with traditional villages and Cathar fortresses. Visit Carcassonne and cruise the Canal du Midi, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Stay in the historic HOTEL MERCURE ALBI BASTIDES and the stylish CHÂTEAU DE FLOURE. Exclusive TOWN & COUNTRY LIFE FORUM with local residents. From $3,795 per person plus airfare.


The Middle East & North Africa

April 6 - 19 - Inside Iran with Dr. Ann Lesch - Travel to golden deserts, glittering canals of water, clay-baked caravanserais, and a horizon pierced by turquoise minarets.  Explore this complex land from Tehran to Shiraz. Marvel at ancient Persian civilization at Persepolis, and experience the warmth of the Iranian people.  Top-rated Iranian expert guide and leader Ali Sadrina. $6,540 per person plus airfare.  One room remains!

Sub-Saharan Africa

October 3 - 15 - Botswana with Mimi Gregory- Immerse yourself in the daily life of the locals on this remarkable journey to Botswana. Devote time to learning the intricacies of the Botswanan government.  Jet to your next destination in a light aircraft, with unbeatable birdseye views of the vistas below. Take in the spectacular view over the Okavango; a massive wetland wilderness of looping channels, islands forested with palms, and wide grassy floodplains that you'll explore on foot, in open 4x4 safari vehicles, and floating along the channels in authentic mokoro canoes in search of elephant and lion, leopard and Pel’s Fishing Owl. Several meet-the-people opportunities throughout.  $7,995 per person plus airfare. Book before December 31 and save $300 per person!



September 27 - October 20 - Around the World by private jet - Our classic private jet journey offers a life list of destinations to some of the world's most iconic places, including Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and the Serengeti Plain. By combining these destinations into one seamless, elegant trip, we create a 24-day itinerary that is truly an opportunity of a lifetime.