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Membership Opportunity – Book a spring tour with a Council Leader!

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is running several exciting trips this  fall!

See all of the travel opportunities through 2016 HERE

July 14 -24 – Great Journey through Europe:  Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel stopping in Germany including Cologne, and Strasbourg, France. Hotel nights in Switzerland and travel via train, including the Glacier Express. From $4,295 per person plus airfare.

August 26 – September 17 – Aix-en-Provence Immersion – 3 weeks! Apartment with kitchenette, cable TV and Wi-Fi. Included group excursions, lectures, daily breakfast, some meals and time to try local cuisine independently.  From $4,545 per person plus airfare.  Wait List Only.

September 6 – 22 – Across Spain and Portugal with Ambassador Heather Hodges:  Take the northern route from Lisbon to Barcelona calling at Oporto, Santiago de Compostela and Bilbao, staying in paradores and pousadas. Diplomatic briefings added.  $5,528 air & land inclusive from Boston, New York.  Must book by August 5 to guarantee your space!

September 29 – October 7 – Village Life in Dordogne: Unpack Once in charming Sarlat-La-Canéda at the family-owned Plaza Madeleine Hotel. Visit five UNESCO world heritage sites including cave art at Lascaux II.  $4,495 per person.  Early booking discount extended!

September 29 – October 22 – Around the World by Private Jet:  Peru, Easter Island, Samoa, Great Barrier Reef, Angkor Wat, Taj Mahal, Petra, Morocco. Lectures, deluxe hotels (other jet trip destinations offered throughout the year.)  Limited space remains!

October 3 – 18 – Journey through Vietnam with Kay Maxwell:   Discover Vietnam’s captivating beauty, enduring traditions, and profound hospitality as the country races to modernity. Highlights include Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An and Danang.  In southern Vietnam explore the tributaries and floating markets of the Mekong River Delta. Conclude in Saigon. A 4-day/3-night post-tour extension to Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh, Cambodia is available.  Limited space remains!  Must book by August 31 to guarantee your space!

October 5 – 13 – Cruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and Italyaboard the Variety Voyager with Mimi Gregory – Barcelona to Rome includes Cinque Terre, Sardinia, Corsica, Nice, Monte Carlo.  From $6,995 per person plus airfare.  Early booking discount extended!

October 17 – 27 – Danube River CruiseSail aboard the deluxe 140-guestAmadeus Royal from Bucharest to Vienna. Visit several capitals to tour historic sites and where possible, we will add briefings on contemporary political issues.Special Guest Lecturers: Professor William C. Wohlforth and Julian W. Connolly.  Vienna Post-Cruise.  From $4,395 per person.  Early booking discount extended!

October 19 – 27 Italian Lakes:  Unpack Once in Stresa, Lake Maggiore with day trips including Milan, Como and Ascona, Switzerland. Meet-the-people, lectures, meal plan with opportunities to try local cuisine.  $3,745 per person plus airfare.

October 23 – 31 – Island Life in Cuba with Ambassador Sharon Wilkinson:Havana, Matanzas, Santa Clara, Pinar del Rio. Excellent people-to-people programming, music and dance performances and art. Includes overnight in Miami, charter air and visa.  $5,495 per person.  Must book by August 9!

October 29-November 8 Best of Tanzania with Dr. Carla Thorson:  Explore the Serengeti, Oldupai Gorge, and Ngorongoro reserves staying in eco-friendly, deluxe tented camps and delightful Gibbs Farm for this wildlife. Led by Dr. Carla Thorson, you will enjoy specially arranged meetings with local experts.  $6,690 per person plus airfare.

November 2-15 – Inside Arabia: UAE, Oman and Qatar: Join this substantive and culturally-rich tour. Explore the region’s history and society; attend economic and diplomatic briefings; meet the head of Al-Jazeera, visit beautiful museums and enjoy the unique Friday market in Nizwa. $8,775 plus airfare.

Travel with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!

The WACA flagship Travel the World program provides opportunities to explore every corner of the globe!
Trips for 2017 include:

February 3 – 13 – Colombia Rediscovered with Ambassador Heather Hodges – Colombia, now emerged from a troubled past, warmly welcomes visitors to experience its wealth of indigenous cultures, evocative Spanish Colonial heritage, including Caribbean Cartagena, lush landscapes and capital of Bogota where we’ll visit the U.S. Embassy for a briefing.  $4,598 including airfrom Miami (other gateways available).

February 12 – 21 – Cuba Cruise:  Experience Cuba by Land and by Sea – Cruise for six nights aboard the 49-guest M.Y. Le Ponant and three night stay in Havana. See Old Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and the Viñales Valley. Interact with local experts and immerse yourself in Cuba’s history, culture and daily life.  From $6,995 plus air – a $1,000 savings if you book by August 5!

February 26 – March 13 – Journey to Southern Africa – Visit Cape Town and Johannesburg, enjoy safaris in Botswana and South Africa, marvel at magnificent Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and indulge in a deluxe train journey aboard Rovos Rail. Special lectures and a briefing at the U.S. embassy included.  From $7,290 per person plus airfare – a $250 savings if you book bySeptember 20, but don’t wait!  One cabin remains!

March 26 – April 3 – Cultural Cuba land tour with Megan Torrey – Begin in Havana to discover art, dance, music and take a day trip to Pinar del Rio.  Continue to Santa Clara, Cienfuegos and the UNESCO city of Trinidad.  Visit historic sites, museums, schools, senior center and more.  $5,695 per personincluding airfare roundtrip Miami/Cuba.

April 15 – 23 – WWI History Cruise:  Holland and Belgium aboard 138-guestAvalon Luminary – Discover the charm of Amsterdam’s canals, the historic harbors in Dordrecht, Namur’s enchanting medieval squares and streets, and the WWI battlefields of Ypres and Eastern Flanders.  With Council leader Hayley Boyle, enjoy lectures by Nigel Jones, British historian and writer.  From $3,995 per person plus airfare.

April 21 – May 4 – Inside Iran with Jim Falk – Since the nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran was made, interest in this ancient land has soared.  Visit Tehran, Kashan, Yazd, Shiraz and Isfahan.  Small-group touring with a top-rate Iranian expert guide and leader.  $6,720 plus airfare.

April 24 – 29 – Inside Washington, DC – Our hallmark program! 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights. Stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel.  Keynote speakers include Barbara Slavin, author, journalist and expert on Iran; Ambassador Fred Hof, expert on Syria,Jeremy Haft, author of Unmade in China: The Hidden Truth About China’s Economic Miracle, and keynote speaker at the Cosmos Club.  Dr. Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations, speaker at the National Press Club. $2,850 per person. ($1,850 no hotel option.)

April 22 – 30 – Barcelona Immersion – Unpack once at the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel to become intimately engaged in daily life of Barcelona with excursions to Montserrat and Penedès’ wine country. Enjoy a mix of included events and time to explore on your own.  $3,040 per person – a savings of $500 if you book by July 28!

April 25 – May 10 – Vietnam & Cambodia with Craig Snyder – Explore Saigon for three nights, then board the 64-guest Mekong Navigator for a 7-night Mekong River Cruise, disembarking for three nights in Angkor Wat with special Council briefings as highlights.  From $4,895 per person plus airfare – a savings of $250 if you book by October 11!

April 30 – May 9 – European Coastal Civilizations:  A Voyage from Lisbon to London with Dr. Pamela Zeiser – Cruise for eight nights aboard 220-guestM.S. Le Boréal  along coastal Portugal, Spain and France, ending in London after a River Thames cruise.  Excellent on shore guides and a visit to the beaches of Normandy with special guest speaker Dwight D. Eisenhower II.  From $4,995 plus airfare – a savings of $1,000 if you book by September 23!

May 15 – 30 – Cruise the Face of Europe with Mimi Gregory –  Journey aboard the 170-guest Amadeus Silver on the Rhine in Amsterdam, continue on the Main and end on the mighty Danube in Budapest.  Tour the world-famous cathedral in Cologne, see the courthouse used during the Nuremberg Trials or bike along the Danube in Dürnstein. From $4,740 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if you book by July 28!  No single supplement!

May 27 – June 8 – Discover Romania & Bulgaria – Steeped in natural beauty, history and a strong cultural heritage, enjoy Thracian gold treasures, Roman archaeological sites, incredible icons and frescoes.  Highlights include Church of the Nativity, Rila Monastery and Rose Valley, carpeted in blooms. Join Ned Hawkins, Philadelphia’s Director of Student Programs, and former Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria, who will add Council briefings.  $5,850 including air from Philadelphia.

June 8 – 17 – Changing Tides of History:  Cruising the Baltic Sea – Cruise for eight nights aboard the 220-guest M.S. LE BORÉAL. Enjoy specially arranged presentations by former president of Poland Lech Wałęsa and by noted author and scholar Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev. Begin in Copenhagen and disembark in Stockholm.  From approximately $5,995 plus airfare.

June 11 – 20 – Italian Riviera & Chianti with Trina Medarev –  Stay in Sestri Levante and in Chianti to visit the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre, Siena and Florence.  Embrace the differences that have created the Italian Riviera and Chianti’s distinctive personalities, and the similarities that make them two of Italy’s most beloved regions.  $3,540 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 if you book by July 28!

August 1 – 9 – Circumnavigation of Iceland with Dr. Carla Thorson – Discover the unique beauty of Iceland on this seven-night circumnavigation aboard the 220-guest M.S. LE SOLÉAL. See ancient Viking ruins, glittering glaciers and rugged coastline. Visit Grimsey Island, above the Arctic Circle, withDr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President at the World Affairs Council of Northern California a specialist on US-Soviet and US-Russian relations. From approximately $5,995 including air from Newark, Boston, or Washington, DC.

September 14 – 28 – Inside Croatia & Slovenia with Norm Olsen – Travel with us to the lovely Dalmatian coast.  Visit Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar and beloved Dubrovnik.  Touring highlights; briefings plus opportunities for kayaking, snorkeling and bicycling.  $5,484 including airfare from New York.

October 1 – 20 – Silk Road Odyssey:  Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran with Kay Maxwell – Trace the path of the great camel caravans along the Old Silk Road to Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran. Lunch with a master ceramicist, see a demonstration of traditional Central Asia horse games and learn about the history and the future of the Silk Road in this geopolitically important region.  $8,350 plus airfare.

October 9 – 17 – Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia with Derrick Olsen This nine-day voyage showcases the Iberian Peninsula between Barcelona and Lisbon and features Spain’s legendary Guadalquivir River. Visit Portugal’s Algarve region, Spain’s Granada and Valencia, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Balearic Island of Palma de Mallorca. Cruise aboard the Five-Star 210-guestM.S. Le Lyrial. From approximately $4,295 plus air.

October 10 – 22 – Burma:  Legends of the Golden Land and the Road to Mandalay – Cruise the legendary Irrawaddy River for five nights from Mandalay to Bagan aboard the 36-guest deluxe R.V. KINDAT PANDAW. Spend three nights in Yangon (Rangoon) and two nights on Inle Lake. Visit remarkable Buddhist temples and pagodas and meet fascinating and friendly Burmese people.  From $5,995 per person.

October 14 – 22 – Island Life in Cuba Land tour – On this People-to-People opportunity spend three nights in Havana, two nights in Cienfuegos, one night in Santa Clara and two nights in Camagüey. See the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Old Havana, Trinidad and the Viñales Valley. Immerse yourself in Cuba’s history, culture and daily life.  From $5,495 per person.

October 17 – 29 – Mystique of the Orient with Ambassador Mark Johnson– This nine-night cruise from Hong Kong to Saigon aboard the 210-guest M.S. L’AUSTRAL showcases fascinating treasures of Vietnam and four UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tour historic Hanoi, cruise dynamic Ha Long Bay, visit the Forbidden Purple City in Hué and admire beautiful architecture in Hôi An. From approximately $6,995 including air from Los Angeles

October 20 – November 2 – Inside Morocco with Dr. Jerry Leach 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.  Dr. Jerry Leach will add substantive briefings to the cultural touring highlights.  $5,979 including airfrom Boston, New York, or Washington, DC (other gateways available).

December 3 – 11 – Cultural Cuba land tour – Fly to Santa Clara and explore Cienfuegos and the UNESCO city of Trinidad. In Havana, discover art, dance, music and take a day trip to Pinar del Rio. Visit historic sites, museums, schools, senior center and more.  From $5,455 per person including airfare roundtrip Miami/Cuba.

For more information, visit the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia travel page: or call at 800-942-5004 ext. 217


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