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 6 – 11, 2019 - Inside Washington - Our hallmark program! 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights. Stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel.  2018 tour highlights included author Thomas Wright, a briefing with HRH Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., and a briefing at the Anwar Sadat Center for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland with Dr. Shibley Telhami.

June 21 - July 1, 2019Arctic Expedition - Voyage through the Arctic Circle on this extraordinary 11-day itinerary featuring a seven-night cruise on the Five-Star L’AUSTRAL. Sail through an ethereal topography of red sandstone mountains, lush green tundra and awe-inspiring ice formations. Accompanied by Dr. Carla Thorson, you will explore the politics of this Arctic region.  Flights round trip Paris/Longyearbyen included. From $6,995 plus airfare.

June 28 - July 20, 2019Northern Summer by Private Jet - Follow the footsteps of great explorers who charted our planet’s vast northern expanses. Northern Summer takes you by private jet to the world’s northernmost reaches on one all-inclusive journey.

August 7 - 14, 2019Toronto to Vancouver by Rail - Join this once-in-a-lifetime train trip across Canada—a journey from Toronto across the expanse of five provinces, through the Canadian Rockies and into the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy upgraded Prestige Class premium accommodations and observation cars that allow for unobstructed viewing of Canada’s great wilderness. Learn about the landscape, history, and people of Canada's provinces through onboard lectures and presentations. From $5,995 per person plus airfare.

Latin America & The Caribean

December 8 - 17, 2019Treasures of Costa Rica - 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 about the history and future of this environmentally-conscious country.

East Asia & Pacific

October 2 – 18, 2019 – Journey through Vietnam - Encounter Vietnam’s breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people on this comprehensive 17-day journey from French-accented Hanoi and breathtaking Ha Long Bay to imperial Hue, the storied Mekong River Delta, and vibrant Saigon.  Discover amazing Angkor Wat on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension to Cambodia.  $4,437 including air from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York (other gateways available). Save $150 per person if you book by January 7!

South Asia

April 23 - May 16, 2019 - Jewels of Indian Ocean by Private Jet with Ambassador Vicki Huddleston - Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles.  Discover the palm-fringed islands, romantic beaches, unique wildlife and ancient treasures of the Indian Ocean on this seamless, all-inclusive journey. 

Europe & Central Asia

April 28 - May 5, 2019Vienna & Prague Uncovered - Join Dr. Pamela Zeiseras we “Uncover” Vienna and Prague. Begin in Vienna to dive into the history and arts of this regal city.  Continue to Prague, to explore the Velvet Revolution and the city’s distinct Jewish heritage. Hear from local expert guides including two U.S. Embassy briefings.  $3,999 per person plus airfare.

May 15 – 23, 2019Springtime in Provence & Burgundy -  Cruising the Rhone and Saone River - This exclusive French sojourn features a seven-night cruise through Provence and the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions aboard the deluxe AMADEUS PROVENCE, launched in 2017. Explore Arles, Avignon, Orange, Beaune, Lyon and the Beaujolais vineyards. This special cruise features educational experiences at every stop. Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director with the World Affairs Council - Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will be leading this tour. From $3,995 per person – a savings of $1,000 if you book by September 27!  

May 17 - June 2, 2019Ancient Empires of the Balkans by Private Jet - From the cosmopolitan capitals of Pristina, Belgrade and Sarajevo to the artisan traditions of Ljubljana, delve into the region’s rich cultural diversity. Discover how religion, culture, and notions of empire contributed to the identity of these countries today.

May 28 - June 7, 2019Celtic Lands - Cruise for eight nights aboard the Five-Star small-ship M.S.LE BORÉAL from Scotland to Wales, Ireland, France and England. Meet Dwight David Eisenhower II and Allen Packwood, who will provide exclusive lectures and personal insights. Enjoy guided excursions in each port of call, including the beaches of Normandy on the 75th Anniversary of the historic D-Day landings. From $6,895 per person – a savings of $1,000 if you book by September 7!

June 30 - July 8, 2019Grand Seine:  Paris to Honfleur - Embark on a Seine River cruise from Paris to Honfleur. Cruise for seven nights aboard the 106-guest MS Renoir.  Cruise through an illuminated Paris at night, explore Giverny, the home of impressionist painter Monet, and end in the charming town of Honfleur. Along with Francophile, Mimi Gregory, attend a U.S. Embassy briefing in Paris.  No single supplement for solo travelers! 

July 8 - 20, 2019 – Mongolia with Naadam Festival - Take a step into the culture and traditions of nomadic Mongolia. Explore Ulaanbaatar, the great Gobi Desert with a featured demonstration of Mongolia’s strong cultural heritage at the Naadam celebration.  Dr. Jerry Leach will lecture on the tour. $7,695 per person.

July 29 - August 7, 2019Changing Tides of History:  Cruising the Baltic SeaOur popular cruise returns!  Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states, with eight nights aboard the Five-Star LE DUMONT D’URVILLE. Enjoy specially arranged presentations by the former president of Poland Lech Wałęsa and by noted author and scholar Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev. Visit Visby, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Gda´nsk. From $6,495 plus airfare.

September 5 - 18, 2019Journey through Britain - Our 14-day small group tour brings history and legend to life as you travel from gracious Edinburgh to England’s legendary Lake District; from spectacular Snowdonia to the rural Cotswolds and Roman Bath; ending your journey in cosmopolitan London.  Join Ambassador Barbara Stephenson for substantive briefings throughout.  $6,046 including air from Newark.

September 11 – 19, 2019 – Apulia - Unpack once in Apulia. See trulli, limestone houses with conical roofs, and sassi, ancient cave dwellings still used today. Visit vibrant cities and charming seaside villages, and taste Apulia’s culinary treasures: boldly flavored olive oil, wines produced by family-tended vines and more. No single supplement!

September 26 - October 4, 2019Ancient Empires:  A Voyage From Rome to Malta - Discover an intriguing mélange of cultures on this seven-night cruise from Rome to Valletta, aboard the Five-Star, 92-suite LE BOUGAINVILLElaunching in 2019. This custom-designed itinerary features Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast, superbly excavated Pompeii, Sicily’s storied town of Taormina and the rich history of Malta. Rome Pre and Malta Post-Cruise Options. From approximately $4,395 plus airfare.

October 10 – 18, 2019Sicily by Sea:  Catania to Naples- Circumnavigate the seductive island of Sicily aboard the elegant, three-masted Sea Cloud II. Set out from Catania and admire diverse landscapes, sail into legendary harbors, and step ashore to discover ancient temples and theaters, and glittering mosaics.  Autumn, when the heat and crowds of summer are gone, is the perfect time to explore the countless cultural marvels of this stepping stone between Europe and Africa.

October 13 – 21, 2019 – Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia with Derrick Olsen - This nine-day voyage showcases the Iberian Peninsula coast between Barcelona and Lisbon and features Spain’s legendary Guadalquivir River. Cruise aboard the Five-Star small ship Le Bougainville. Visit Portugal’s Algarve region, Spain’s Granada and Valencia, the Rock of Gibraltar and the Balearic Island of Mallorca. Barcelona Pre-Cruise and Lisbon Post-Cruise Options.  From $4,595 plus airfare.

October 12 – 24, 2019 – Passage along the Danube River:  Vienna to the Black Sea - This 13-day travel program features seven unique countries in the enchanting eastern Danube River Valley. Cruise for nine nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe AMADEUS QUEEN from Vienna to the Black Sea, visiting medieval cities, charming villages and rugged countryside, then spend two nights in Bucharest. Vienna Pre-Program and Transylvania Post-Program Options.  From $4,595 plus airfare.

Middle East & Northern Africa

October 25 - November 7, 2019 – Moroccan Discovery – 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.  A family hosted dinner and political briefings will enhance the tour. $5,579 including air from Boston, New York, or Washington, DC (other gateways available). Save $150 per person if you book by January 28!

November 7 – 15, 2019 – Beyond the Veil: Exploring Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar – Join Craig Snyder on a thoughtfully designed itinerary.  Begin in Riyadh, fly to Dhahran and visit the Aramco Visitor Center, drive along the King Fahd Causeway to Bahrain, and end in Doha.  Through a series of high-level briefings, shed light on the current political climate in Saudi Arabia and address areas of concerns in the region towards Qatar.

Sub-Saharan Africa

May 1 - 16, 2019 - Ethiopia & Kenya: A Kaleidoscope Of Landscapes, Cultures & Safari - 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.


Stay tuned for upcoming travel!