Explore the world with us.

Within our World Affairs Councils of America network, WAC of Philadelphia has been organizing Travel the World trips for over 35 years.  We offer unique tours to fascinating destinations that include access to political experts and local guides who give behind the scenes views and briefings.

Because of our reputation as one of the nation's leading forums, our council network 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. Trip leaders are drawn from across our council leadership, and experts from the fields of diplomacy, journalism, or academia accompany some tours as lecturers providing added value to the experience.   We offer tours on all continents, both land tours and small-ship cruises.  Our program line-up includes our substance rich Seminar Series - shorter itineraries focusing on foreign policy issues in key destinations.

If the highlighted trips below don't work for you, explore all upcoming options.

Oct 25 - Nov 27, 2019

Moroccan Discovery

On this fascinating 14-day small group journey, encounter ancient ruins, sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains. You will discover imposing kasbahs, or fortresses, and spirited bazaars known as souks. Begin with a tour of Rabat, and cross the river to Sale for lunch in a private home.  Visit Volubilis’ Roman ruins.  Travel on to Fez with its fascinating medina, and embark on a sunset excursion to Merzouga’s breathtakingly beautiful sand dunes.  View spectacular scenery en route to Ouarzazate in the snow-topped High Atlas mountains, including dramatic Todra Gorge, and travel the fabled “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs".  End in Casablanca to visit the magnificent Hassan II Mosque.

$5,929 per person including air from Boston, New York, or Washington, DC (other gateways available).

Nov 7 - Nov 17, 2019

Seminar in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait & Qatar

Begin in Riyadh and learn about the city and country’s past in order to understand its present and future. Begin at the archaeological site of Diriyyah, capital of Arabia in the early 19th century. Visit the King Saud University Museum and lunch with university students. Attend a briefing at the U.S. Embassy.  Visit Manama, the capital and A’Ali, with its hundreds of Dilmun burial mounds. From here fly to Kuwait to visit the Arab Organizations’ headquarters and learn about Kuwaiti textiles, handicrafts and Islamic calligraphy.  Next, fly to Doha and visit the outstanding collection at the Museum of Islamic Art housed in a modern I. M. Pei-designed building that has become an iconic landmark of the city. 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.

$8,995 per person plus airfare.

Dec 29, 2019 - Jan 7, 2020

New Years in Antarctica

Join World Affairs Council of Philadelphia President and CEO, Craig Snyder, to celebrate the New Year on an exclusive and luxurious journey to the White Continent. Our special New Year’s cruise is aboard one of the newest and most advanced vessels in the polar regions—the world’s first-registered Polar Class 6 ice-strengthened ship, complete with the most modern amenities and comfortable spaces for our educational presentations and evening entertainment. Antarctica has amazed and inspired scientists, explorers, and sightseers alike for two centuries. In addition to encountering penguins, seals, whales, seabirds, majestic landscapes and magnificent icebergs, this once-in-a-lifetime expedition will feature daily lectures on the ecology, biology, environment, history, and politics of the seventh continent. There is no better way to journey into 2020!

$10,999 per person.