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

May 4 - 9, 2020   
Inside Washington DC with Mimi Gregory - Our hallmark program! 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights. Stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel. 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.

July 29 - August 5, 2020   
Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage - Book by December 20 to save! Cruise through the Inside Passage from Vancouver to Juneau aboard the Five-Star, small ship LE SOLÉAL. During naturalist-led Zodiac excursions and from the comfort of your own spacious, ocean-view accommodations, enjoy superior views of Alaska’s spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Experience unspoiled islands and fjords and historic gold-rush-era towns.

September 12 - 9, 2020     
Cruising the Great Lakes - Explore the Great Lakes during this travel program, including a seven-night, exclusively chartered cruise aboard the Five-Star Le Champlain through all five Great Lakes, visiting islands and towns rich in maritime history and natural splendor. Visit Sault Ste. Marie’s Soo Locks and Niagara Falls. Chicago Pre-Cruise and Toronto Post-Cruise Options. From approximately $4,995 plus airfare.

Latin America & The Caribbean

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East Asia, Southeast Asia, & the Pacific

January 27 - February 9, 2020 
New Zealand by Sea: Milford Sound to Auckland - Tour lush green islands, from world-famous Milford Sound on the South Island to the city of Auckland on the North Island, aboard the Caledonian Sky as you explore New Zealand, a country of striking contrasts. Learn about sheep farming, marvel at the tumbling waterfalls of Milford Sounds, and explore the heartland of Maori culture in Rotorua. From $6,990 per person - a savings of $3,000! No single supplement!

May 9 - 24, 2020 
China, Tibet & Yangtze with Bill Clifford - Experience the best of China and Tibet, during this exceptional 16-day journey, 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. From approximately $5,295 per person plus air – a savings of $1,000 if booked by Nov 2!

November 3 - 17, 2020
Vietnam by Sea and Angkor Wat: Haiphong to Siem Reap - This exceptional itinerary features two nights in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi, a seven-night cruise from Haiphong to Saigon aboard the newly launched, Five-Star Le Lapérouse and three nights in Siem Reap to experience the magnificent, jungle-fringed temples of Cambodia. Featuring four UNESCO World Heritage sites—Ha Long Bay, Hué, Hôi An and Angkor Wat. From approximately $6,895 plus airfare.


South Asia

April 28  - May 12, 2020
Himalayan Kingdoms with Megan Torrey - On this exhilarating journey, we discover two distant and devout lands, different in fact yet similar in spirit. Hinduism in Nepal and Buddhism in Bhutan suffuse all aspects of life; in both, tradition and belief abide – and surrounding Himalayan scenery casts a truly awe-inspiring spell. $6,574 per person – including air from Newark (other gateways available).


Europe & Central Asia

April 18 - 26, 2020
Barcelona with Heather Hodges - Travel to Ethiopia and Kenya to take an inside look at the ways that communities are striving to evolve their societies with an itinerary custom built to educate and inform. Meet with community leaders, youth advisors and clergy members to experience the complexity of infrastructural development in Africa’s economic capital. $3,345 per person – a savings of $500 if you book by Nov 5!

April 28 - May 6, 2020
River Life along the Dutch Waterways - Book by Dec. 30 to save! Cruise for seven nights in Holland and Flanders aboard the deluxe Amadeus Brilliant when the vibrant 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. From $2,795 per person - a savings of $1,000 if you book by Dec. 30!

May 8 - 17, 2020
European Coastal - Join this eight-night cruise along coastal Portugal, Spain, France and England aboard the Five-Star Le Boréal, featuring a memorable cruise up the River Thames. Visit the beaches of Normandy with special guest speaker Dwight D. Eisenhower II and tour Oporto, Santiago de Compeostela, Bilbao and Mont-St-Michel. From $5,295 per person – a savings of $1,000 if booked by Dec 10!

May 21 - 29, 2020
Treasures of Eurasia: Mozart to Marco Polo by Private Jet - Follow in the footsteps of great explorers as you journey from the heart of Europe to fabled outposts on the legendary Silk Road. Spanning 18 days and eight countries, this private jet adventure uncovers the cultural capitals and best-kept secrets of Eurasia. $72,950 per person.

May 16 - 24, 2020
Scottish Isles - Join us for a unique, comprehensive, seven-night journey to Scotland’s rarely visited Orkney and Shetland Islands and Norway’s majestic coastal fjords. Cruise from Glasgow to Bergen aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship Le Champlain and enjoy one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Edinburgh/Glasgow Pre-Cruise and Norway/Copenhagen Post-Cruise Options. From approximately $5,195 per person plus air.

May 24 - 31, 2020
Berlin Uncovered with Dr. Pamela Zeiser - Alive with art, development, and the movement of history, Berlin is one of the world's most dynamic capitals. Explore Berlin for a week, focusing on its eventful past, vibrant culture, and compelling politics. Visit landmarks that shaped world history, meet with political practitioners and experts, tour world-renowned art museums and visit UNESCO world heritage sites. $3,999 per person plus airfare.

June 2 - 10, 2020
Undiscovered France featuring Albi, Toulouse & Carcassonne - Celebrate the soul of France in and around the beautiful city of Albi on this seven-night adventure. 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. $3,395 per person – a savings of $250 if you book by Nov 19! No Single Supplement!

June 17 - July 4, 2020 
Lands of the Midnight Sun: Northern Europe by Private Jet - Track the midnight sun to eight destinations across the North Atlantic, from the northernmost regions of Iceland to the majestic Norwegian fjords. Along the way, encounter hidden Baltic jewels. Traveling by private jet offers you easy access to far-flung destinations to find some of the most untouched landscapes in Europe. $89,950 per person.

June 21 - June 29, 2020
Circumnavigation of Iceland - Discover the ethereal beauty of Iceland on a seven-night circumnavigation of this distinctive Nordic island nation. Cruise aboard the newest Five Star expedition ship, Le Bellot, launching in 2020. See landscapes of ancient Viking ruins and crystalline glaciers atop simmering volcanoes. Cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island and cruise along Surtsey, a UNESCO World Heritage site. From $6,595 per person including airfare - a savings of $1,000 if you book by November 20!

June 27 - July 9, 2020
Sailing Ancient Trade Routes - Sail under midsummer skies to Scandinavian and Baltic cities on this classic cruise. Fly to lively Helsinki for an overnight stay before boarding the magnificent Sea Cloud II. Call at Turku, the oldest city in Finland; navigate the picturesque Stockholm; and step ashore at tiny Visb. Visit the port of Gdansk and continue to Lübeck, Germany. From $9,999 per person plus airfare.

July 1 - 10, 2020
Switzerland & the Italian Lakes - Enjoy high alpine splendor in glamorous St. Moritz and get to know the much-loved Italian Lakes region. Along the way, enjoy the natural beauty and distinct cultures of two countries. Stand in awe of magnificent scenery, architecture, and masterpieces including a baroque palace and da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in Milan on this exciting eight-night journey. $4,245 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if you book by Nov 5!

July 5 - 16, 2020
Seminar in Ukraine - Go in-depth and explore the resilient region, influenced by Polish princes, Coassack hetmen, Turkish khans, Russian communists and Ukranian 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 plus airfare.

July 9 - July 22, 2020
Splendors of Siberia & Mongolia by Luxury Rail - This once-a-year route is specially timed for the Naadam Festival. Aboard the Golden Eagle train cross vast green steppes dotted with grazing livestock and white nomadic gers (yurts). Travel to Russia’s Lake Baikal, Irkutsk (the “Paris of Siberia”), Kazan, the hometown of Feodor Chaliapin, Yekaterinburg where the Romanovs met their fate, and finish in Moscow. From $17,999 per person.

July 30 - August 14, 2020
Discovering Eastern Europe - Discover a beautiful, poignant part of the world on this comprehensive small group tour that provides a generous of four fascination 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).

August 6 - 14, 2020
Majestic Slovenia - Slovenia offers visitors an enchanting, well-rounded surprise. Tucked between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, this small country has it all: cosmopolitan cities, shimmering lakes, Alpine mountains, and great swaths of forestland. Savor Slovenia’s farm-fresh fare, its wine, and its Mediterranean breezes — and enjoy a refreshing journey, off the beaten path. $3,740 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if you book by Oct 29! No Single Supplement!

September 5 - 16, 2020
European Union Symposium - Celebrate the shared history and unparalleled alliance of Europe and the U.S. in the company of David Cameron, Former Prime Minister of the UK, and Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Enjoy a delightful Danube River cruise aboard the Crystal Mahler, and special events in Berlin and Budapest. From $14,990 – 42, 990 per person.

September 10 - 18, 2020
Cruising the Adriatic and Aegean Seas - Cruise from Athens to Venice along the stunning Dalmatian coast for seven nights aboard the Five-Star, small ship LE BOUGAINVILLE. Visit five countries and six UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy an exclusive COASTAL LIFE FORUM with local residents and a traditional folk music performance.

September 26 - October 4, 2020
Italian Riviera - Indulge in a seaside escape in the legendary Riviera di Levante where terraced hillsides, sun-kissed beaches, and the shimmering Ligurian Sea set the scene. Feel the wind in your hair as you see the crescent-shaped coast by boat, lose yourself in the gorgeous Cinque Terre, and enjoy a castle winery visit in Piedmont. From $3,840 per person – a savings of $500 if you book by Oct 29! No Single Supplement!

October 13 - 24, 2020
Romance of the Douro River - Enjoy the romantic Douro River, Portugal’s scenic winemaking region, during a ten-night journey that includes a seven-night cruise on an exclusively chartered ship. Portugal’s history comes to life as you embrace “The River of Gold,” wander colorful Porto, spend time in Lisbon, and even venture to nearby Salamanca, Spain! From $4,440 per person – a savings of $500 if you book by Oct 29! No Single Supplement!

October 22 - 30, 2020
Island Life of Ancient Greece - An unparalleled nine-day Aegean odyssey round trip from Athens, Greece, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship Le Bougainville. Visit serene Meteora, and visit historic, mythological Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes, and stunning Santorini, Mycenae and Epidaurus—islands steeped in myth and history. Extend your voyage with the Athens Pre-Cruise and Ancient Olympia Post-Cruise Options. From approximately $4,795 plus airfare.

October 2 - 16, 2020
Legendary Turkey - 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 gullet yachts for a distinctive four-night voyage, Turkey offers an experience. From $4,692 per person – including air from New York (other gateways available).

Middle East & Northern Africa

January 31 - February 14, 2020
Egypt and the External Nile with Mimi Gregory - Begin in Cairo and continue on to the g Pyramids of Giza. Embark on a three-night Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubia from Abu Simbel to Aswan. A four-night Nile cruise takes you from Aswan to Luxor, exploring the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. $5,597 per person – including air out of New York (other gateways available).

March 1 - 10, 2020
Israel: Land of Cultural Treasures - Experience the stirring beauty of Israel, from Tel Aviv’s White City to Old Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Taste regional olive oils, falafel, spice blends and wine. Lunch with a Druze family in their home. Visit Yad Vashem and partake in expert-led discussions. Discover multi-faceted Israel and its diverse people on this unforgettable small-group journey. $4,890 per person plus airfare- a savings of $250 if you book by January 16!


Sub-Saharan Africa

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January 28 - February 10, 2020
Expedition to Antarctica - A spectacular 14-day journey featuring a nine-night cruise to Antarctica aboard the 200-passenger L’AUSTRAL. From $10,995 per person plus airfare.

February 21 - March 16, 2020
Around the World by Private Jet 2020 - The world's most iconic places, remarkable experiences and not-to-be-missed natural wonders are waiting for you. Our flagship journey combines a life list of global destinations into a seamless, elegant trip. Discover ten legendary destinations, from Machu Picchu to the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat to Easter Island. $89,950 per person.

June 9 - 19, 2020
Arctic Expedition: Voyage Under the Midnight Sun with Jim Falk – Voyage through the Arctic Circle on this extraordinary 11-day itinerary featuring a seven-night cruise on the exclusively chartered, Five-Star L’Austral. Sail through an ethereal topography of red sandstone mountains, lush green tundra and awe-inspiring ice formations. Enjoy expert-led excursions to diverse terrains where wildlife roam. From approximately $6,995 per person plus air – a savings of $1,000 if booked by Nov 8!