Travel The World
The World Affairs Council of Oregon partners with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia to offer unique travel tours to fascinating destinations around the world.
The World Affairs council of Philadelphia began its extraordinary offering of educational tours with our landmark trip to the People's Republic of China in 1977, when we were among the first westerners to enter this fascinating country. Since then, the Council has designed frequent trips around the globe, visiting such diverse locations as Vietnam, Egypt, the Netherlands, Morocco, Antarctica, and Cuba, plus locations like the Pacific Northwest and the Antebellum South here in the U.S.
The trips the Council sponsors offer all the highlights of touring plus access to political leaders and other local experts who give behind the scenes views and briefings that make our trips special and unique.
Upcoming Travel Programs
2014 Travel Programs
January 10 - February 1, Cape to Cape by private jet: Discover nine exotic sites over four continents by private jet. Travel to Portugal, South Africa, Namibia, Brazil, Argentina, and Nicaragua. Read more.
January 18 - 25, Cuba: On this seven-night program we learn about politics and the economy; meet artists; visit a school and community centers. Read more.
January 31 - February 13, Expedition to Antarctica with Dr. Carla Thorson: A 14-day journey featuring a nine-night cruise aboard the 240-guest M.S. L'Austral. Read more.
February 1 – 23 or September 30 - October 22, Around the World by private jet: Explore the Earth's greatest treasures with personalized around the world vacations. Travel in a customized private jet to Peru, Easter Island, Great Barrier Reef, Cambodia, India, Tanzania, Jordan, and Morocco. Read more.
February 7 – 20, Mysteries of Myanmar (Burma): Our small group tour will be enhanced by briefings and special meetings that will illuminate the nascent democratic forces at work. Read more.
February 15 – 28, Moroccan Discovery with expert Jim Falk: Encounter ancient ruins, sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains as you travel to the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech. Read more.
March 6 - 23, Journey Through India: Mystical and spiritual, chaotic and confounding, India abounds with riches that invite your personal exploration. Read more.
March 15 - 22, Cuba: On this seven-night program we learn about politics and the economy; meet artists; visit a school and community centers. Read more.
March 16 – 28, Bangkok to Bali featuring Eastern & Oriental Express: Join us on an exciting ten-night journey in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand including a three-night train ride. Read more.
April 5 - 12, Cuba: On this seven-night program, we learn about politics and the economy; meet artists; visit a school and community centers. Read more.
April 28 - May 3, Inside Washington, D.C.: Join our annual five-night small-group program of briefings and special events to hear from, and question, our nation's foreign policy makers. Read more.
April 24 – May 8, Inside Iran: With a newly-elected, and more moderate, president in Tehran, we invite you to journey on this comprehensive tour that includes cultural experience and an opportunity to meet a cross-section of Iranians. Read more.
April 27 - May 5, Waterways of Holland & Belgium: Cruise for seven nights from Holland to Belgium aboard a state-of-the-art 150-guest AMA Dolce during the best time of year! Read more.
May 17 – June 1, Ancient Kingdoms of China: Cruise from Shanghai to Chongqing along the Yangtze River. Visit the Three Gorges Dam, Xi’an’s Terra Cotta Warriors, the Great Wall and Beijing’s Forbidden City. Read more.
May 22 – June 1, Bike & Barge, France: Cycle and sail with us as we explore France aboard a 20-guest barge. Read more.
May 28 - June 7, Celtic Lands and the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings: Cruise for eight nights aboard the deluxe M.S. Le Boréal from Scotland, to Wales, Ireland and France, with one night in London. Read more.
June 6 – 14, Cultural Treasures of the Black Sea and the Crimea: Cruise aboard M.V. Tere Moana through the Black Sea’s most intriguing destinations and seldom-visited ports – Istanbul, Yalta, Sevastopol, Odessa, and Nessebar. Read more.
June 13 – 23, Waterways of Russia with Russian specialist Angela Weck: Cruise with us for nine nights aboard the 100-guest M.S. Volga Dream. Enjoy time in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kizhi Island, Yaroslavl, and Uglich. Read more.
August 9 – 18, From the Far Shores of Lake Superior to Chicago’s Gold Coast Aboard the 130-Guest Yorktown with P.J. Crowley, former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs: An exciting exploration of historic and natural sites, as well as the beauty of local flora and fauna. Read more.
August 28 - September 12, The Idyllic Islands and Majestic Shores of Croatia & Montenegro: Explore this ideal corner of the Mediterranean aboard the 100-guest Corinthian. Read more.
September 5 – 16, Between Two Wars: Remembering the World Wars in France & Belgium with Mimi Gregory: Begin in Paris and travel to Caen, Reims, Ypres, and Brussels. Visit several historic sites and war memorial museums. Read more.
September 7 - 20, Croatia and Slovenia land program with L.J. Stambuk: Visit Dubrovnik, Korcula, Split, Postojna, Ljubljana, and end in Zagreb. Read more.
September 1-15, Grand Danube Passage: Begin with two nights in Sofia, Bulgaria and continue with a nine-night cruise of the Danube aboard MS Amadeus Brilliant. Read more.
September 10 – 18, Sorrento, Italy: Experience the beauty of Sorrento, an idyllic seaside town and your home for the duration of your stay. Drive along the Amalfi Coast and visit the towns of Positano, Naples, Pompeii, and the Isle of Capri. Read more.
October 4 – 18, Emerging Europe: The Balkans Unveiled: This overland journey through ancient and modern history, tying together six wildly divergent Balkan countries; Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Sarajevo, and Croatia. Read more.
October 16 - November 2, South American Tapestry: Join our comprehensive tour of southern hemisphere neighbors Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. Read more.
October 17 - 31, Turkish Treasures, the Lost Worlds of Anatolia: Discover Turkey on this expansive 15-day tour to off-the-beaten-path regions of this beautiful country. Read more.
October 22 – 30, Tuscany, Italy: Experience the charm and romance of Tuscany from your base in Colle di Val d’Elsa. Explore San Gimignano, Castellina, Florence, Siena, and San Galgano. Read more.
October 30 - November 13, Journey through Undiscovered Landscapes of the Mediterranean with Ambassador Mark Johnson: Start in Dubrovnik and sail to Albania’s seldom-visited coastal ports. Cross to North Africa to explore archaeological gems in Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and end in Malaga, Spain. Read more.
October 31 – November 16, Experiences of a Lifetime by private jet: Visit seven of the most fascinating destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Travel by private jet to Egypt, Rwanda, South Africa, The Maldives, Thailand, Bhutan, India, and Jordan. Read more.
November 1 - 11, Best of Tanzania: Journey into the heart of East Africa for an exclusive safari including several meet-the-people opportunities. Read more.
November 8 - 15, Cuba: On this seven-night program we learn about politics and the economy; meet artists; visit a school and community centers. Read more.
Recent Travel News
This 8-day cruise from Venice down the exquisitely beautiful Adriatic coast of Croatia will feature lectures by General Wesley Clark, NATO Supreme Allied Commander. Maria Wulff will lead the World Affairs Council of America’s group.
Join Council President Maria Wulff on a two-week tour of one of the most interesting countries in the world.