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Travel The World

Travel The World
The Council 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

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

Sat, 01/10/2015 - Mon, 12/14/2015

Upcoming Trips in 2015

January 10 – February 2, Around the World by Private Jet:  From safari and sundowns in Botswana, to discovering new cultures in the once-forbidden lands of Bhutan and Myanmar, this itinerary is an eclectic collection of a few classic travel experiences.  Along the way, local guides and experts take you behind the scenes and inside the culture of each destination.  $76,950 per person beginning in Kona Hawaii and ending in Orlando, FL. 

February 4 – 18, Ancient Cities & Colonial Splendors of Sri Lanka:  A land of mist-covered mountains, golden beaches, verdant valleys and lush jungles, and a unique culture with warm, hospitable people.  Maria Zammit, will accompany and arrange a briefing at the U.S. Embassy to learn more on contemporary issues. $4,395 plus airfare.  One Room Remains!  

February 22 – March 2, Island Life of Cuba:  In addition to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Havana, visit Matanzas, Santa Clara, Guanabacoa, Regla and Pinar del Río. Accompanied by experienced Cuban hosts, explore the political history, culture, art, language and cuisine of daily Cuban life.  From $5,295 including charter air round-trip Miami/Havana.  Wait List Only!  New date added - December 6 - 14!

March 6 - 14, 2015, Inside Tunisia:  Join Craig Snyder, President & CEO World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, to explore Tunisia's road to democracy post-Arab Spring through a series of substantive briefings.  Archaeological sightseeing including Carthage and Bardo Museum; El Jem’s Roman amphitheater; and Kairouan’s 7th century Great Mosque.  Dougga and Bulia Regia optional extension. $3,750 per person plus airfare. 

March 8 – 21, Bangkok to Bali:  Discover Bangkok and visit Wat Po. Cruise the Chao Phraya River. Then, travel for three nights aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express Train with a daily excursion off the train. Explore lively Singapore before flying to Bali. Join popular Council leader, Denise Bala, who will arrange a U.S. Embassy. From $6,545 per person plus airfare.  

April 6 - 20; May 18 - June 1, Inside Iran:  Begin in Tehran, fly to Kerman, continue to Yazd, Shiraz and end in Isfahan.  Throughout this program a highlight will be the Iranian people you will meet on your journey and a series of briefings conducted by your Council leader with experts on the contemporary issues of the day. Three departures quickly sold out in 2014!

April 8 – 26, China and Tibet and the Yangtze River:  On this distinctive journey start in Beijing and then travel to Xian and Lhasa.  Embark on a Yangtze River cruise before ending in Shanghai.  Many “meet the people” opportunities and a Council leader will coordinate a briefing at the U.S. Embassy. Optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension in Shanghai.  

April 23 – May 1, European Coastal Civilizations with David Eisenhower:  Cruise aboard the 200-guest M.S. LE BORÉAL along the coasts of Portugal, Spain, France and Guernsey. David Eisenhower, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, will share his personal insights during an onboard lecture and accompany you to the beaches of Normandy. Pre-Cruise Option in Lisbon and Post-Cruise Option in Paris and Giverny.  From $4,995 per person plus airfare.  Limited cabins remain!

May 3 – 14, Burgundy and Provence River cruise:  During this delightful 12-day journey, a pageant of wine country and picturesque villages entices you on a course through the heart of la belle France.  Begin in Monte Carlo before transferring to Arles to board the 138-guest Avalon Scenery. Sail to Avignon, Viviers, Lyon, and Beaune before transferring to your hotel in Paris.  Enjoy educational experiences at every stop with Council Leader, Anna Berry.  From $3,995 per person plus airfare.  Book by December 5 and receive a free expedition library and guarantee your space!

May 15 – 23, Bilbao and Madrid:  Northern Spain is a must-see destination with arguably the finest food in Spain and world class museums.  Start in Bilbao and then drive to the hills of Roja.  Spend three days in Madrid to explore not only its legendary museums, plazas, and palaces, but also to experience the city’s diplomatic world. Leading this tour will be Ambassador Heather Hodges.

May 19 – 29, Life Along the Elbe River:  Begin with two hotel nights in Berlin where special council briefings will be added.  Cruise for seven nights aboard the 88-guest M.S. SWISS RUBY. Explore the Elbe River Valley, from Germany’s “Saxon Switzerland” to Baroque palaces of Dresden and the historic Old Town of Prague. Meet local residents for a personal perspective of the region’s modern life. Dr. Pamela Zeiser will lecture on the cruise.  Post-Cruise Option in Prague.  Savings extended!  Limited cabins remain!

June 4 – 13, Baltics Sea Cruise:  Experience the Baltic States, on this six-country, eight-night cruise aboard the 200-guest M.S. LE BORÉAL. Hear a keynote presentation by former President of Poland Lech Walesa.  On board, and lecturing during the full cruise, will be Dr. Sergei N. Khrushchev, a professor at Brown University and son of Nikita Khrushchev and World Affairs Council of Philadelphia President & CEO, Craig Snyder, who will discuss current political issues of the Baltic states. Begin in Copenhagen and disembark in Stockholm.  Norway Pre- Cruise and Stockholm Post-Cruise Options.  From $5,995 per person plus airfare.  Book by December 15 and save $1,000 per person!  Space is going fast!

June 11 – 26, Norwegian Splendor:  From Copenhagen and Oslo to magnificent fjord country, encounter Scandinavia at its best, both on and off the beaten path. Dr. Gail Stevenson will accompany the group adding briefings on energy and the environment as well as political and economic issues.  4-day/3-night Stockholm extension offered.

June 15 - 23, Coastal Life from the Adriatic to the Aegean:  Visit five countries and up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites aboard the 200-guest M.S. LE LYRIAL. Explore Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Montenegro, and Albania. Enjoy an exclusive forum with local residents. Maria Wulff will add political commentary on board.  Venice Pre-Cruise and Athens Post-Cruise Options.  From $3,995 per person plus airfare.  Book by December 1 and save $1,000 per person!  Cabins are going fast!

July 18 - 25, Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage:  Cruise for seven nights from Juneau, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia, aboard the 220-guest M.S. L’AUSTRAL. Discover an up-close perspective of southeastern Alaska’s natural beauty.  A team of on-board lecturers with expertise in Alaska politics, Arctic issues and the environment will enrich the cruise, and naturalists will guide you in zodiac explorations off the ship. Five-night Pre-Cruise to Fairbanks and the heart of the great Denali National Park and a Post-Cruise to Vancouver.  From $3,995 per person plus airfare.  Book by January 20 and save $1,000 per person!

August 8 - 23, Grand Danube Passage:  This very popular tour is back for 2015!  Cruise with hotel stays in Sofia and Prague:  Begin this with a two-night stay in Sofia and continue with an eight-night cruise of the Danube aboard MS Amadeus Silver. Conclude your adventure with three nights in Prague.  Enjoy the splendors of Belgrade, Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna.  From $4,845 plus airfare.  Book by December 19 and save $250 per person!  No single supplement special offer- Wait Listed.  

August 14 – 22, Oxford and the Cotswolds:  Savor three nights in a charming hotel in the heart of the Cotswolds and four nights in an historic five-star hotel in Oxford. A highlight will be a specially arranged visit to Highclere Castle, known to millions as Downton Abbey. Accompanying will be Joan Russell, Vice President of Travel, native-born Brit and huge fan of Downton Abbey.Three-night Cambridge Pre-Program and three-night Canterbury Post-Program Options.  $4,195 per person plus airfare.  Book by March 6 and save $300 per person!

August 17 – 28, South Africa:  Immerse yourself in South Africa’s fascinating culture and enjoy beautiful scenery from outstanding vineyards, boasting gold medal-winning wines; to magnificent seascapes; to Kruger National Park abounding in ‘Big Five’ wildlife.  Additional meet-the-people opportunities and a U.S. Consulate briefing. Accompanying our Council group will be Dr. Carla Thorson.Optional post-tour extension to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

September 17 – October 6, Eastern Europe and Beyond by Private Jet:  Enjoy special access to iconic sights, experience distinctive performances and indulge in the culinary delights of Berlin, Moscow, Prague and other centers of Eastern Europe.  Enjoy the best available properties at each destination.  Traveling with 78 guests aboard a private jet is the only way to experience so many world highlights in one trip!  

September 30 – October 8, Treasures of Northern Italy - unpack once in Ferrara:  Italy’s Emilia Romagna region is celebrated for its stunning landscape, its array of art and architecture, delectable wines and sumptuous cuisine. Meet-the-people opportunities with special presentations about local history and culture including a visit to a local winery will enrich the tour.  $3,245 per person plus airfare.  Book by December 19 and save $500 per person!

October 5 - 19, Inside Iran:  Begin in Tehran, fly to Kerman, continue to Yazd, Shiraz and end in Isfahan.  Throughout this program a highlight will be the Iranian people you will meet on your journey and a series of briefings conducted by your Council leader with experts on the contemporary issues of the day.

October 14 – 25, The Mediterranean Through the Centuries:  This voyage aboard the 100-guest Corinthian focuses on the many varied cultures that contribute to the rich cultural history of the region. Travel to Sicily, Carthage, Sardinia, Tangier, Rabat, and Marrakech.  Attend lectures by Ambassador Mark Johnson and reflect on the journey before disembarking in Lisbon. 

October 12 – 27, Viet Nam and Cambodia:  Journey through the heart of Viet Nam & Cambodia featuring a 7-night cruise aboard the 68-passenger R.V. Mekong Navigator. Several meet-the-people opportunities throughout the tour.  Two U.S. Embassy briefings. Stay in Hanoi, Siem Riep and Ho Chi Minh City. Two-night Hanoi/Ha Long Bay optional Pre-program and/or a 3-night Bangkok optional Post-program. Book by May 8, 2015 for free air!

October 21 – November 5, Indonesia - Magical Islands of Java & Bali: Travel to a land with rich traditions, where religion prevails, and the arts thrive. In Bali’s highlands, stay in Ubud with its vibrant market, and participate in cultural workshops. Fly to Yogyakarta, Java, a center for art and visit thousand-year-old temples. Ferry to Bali for beachfront Nusa Dua, and visit the famous sea temple and Denpasar where our Council leader will coordinate a U.S. consular briefing. 

October 27 – November 4, Antiquities of the Ionian and Turquoise Coasts:  Cruise aboard the 70-guest M.Y. VARIETY VOYAGER from Greece to Turkey for sites of antiquity. Visit Athens, Pergamon and Xathos; explore Ephesus; and cruise the Daylan River Delta to Lycian tombs. Council leader Jim Falk will share knowledge of the current political landscape of the region.  Athens Pre-Program and Cappadocia/Istanbul Post-Program.  From $5,595 per person plus airfare.

December 6 - 14, Island Life of Cuba:  In addition to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Havana, visit Matanzas, Santa Clara, Guanabacoa, Regla and Pinar del Río. Accompanied by experienced Cuban hosts, explore the political history, culture, art, language and cuisine of daily Cuban life.  From $5,295 including charter air round-trip Miami/Havana.  This departure will sell out!

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