TRAVEL THE WORLD!
A special benefit for members of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire; trips arranged by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and cooperating Councils across the country. WAC Philadelphia 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 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.OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIFELONG LEARNING TOURS- 2017/2018 TRIPS
IN FOCUS: July 20 – 28 – Town & Country Life in Cambridge, Oxford & Cotswolds
Featuring Blenheim Palace - Discover the true character of England’s town and country life during this extraordinary small-group itinerary featuring the university towns of Oxford and Cambridge and the charming Cotswolds. Call on Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; visit “Downton Abbey." Anna Berry, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will share information on her experience living in London. From $3,995 per person plus airfare.
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October 3 - 19 - Silk Road Odyssey: Uzbekistan , Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan with Kay Maxwell - Trace the path of the great camel caravans along the Old Silk Road to Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan. 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. $7,995 plus airfare.
October 9 - 17 - Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia - 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-guest M.S. Le Lyrial. From $4,295 plus airfare. Wait List Only.
October 13 - 23 - Israel & Palestine Study Tour with Craig Snyder – A highly substantive, non-partisan program featuring meetings with Israeli and Palestinian political and community leaders. Leading this special delegation will be Craig Snyder, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and Jerry Sorkin who has been involved with the Israeli-Palestinian issue for more than three decades. $5,195 per person plus air. Limited space remains!
October 14 - 22 - Rivieras and Islands of France, Italy and Spain - Cruise for seven nights from Rome to Barcelona aboard the exclusively chartered, small ship M.Y. VARIETY VOYAGER. Visit the sun-drenched French and Italian rivieras and islands and up to five UNESCO World Heritage sites, with excursions featuring Corsica, Sardinia, Florence or Pisa, Italy’s Cinque Terre, Monte Carlo and Marseilles. From $6,195 per person plus airfare. Wait List Only.
October 14 - 22 - Island Life in Cuba with Ambassador Vicki Huddleston 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. $6,695 per person plus airfare.
October 18 - 28 - Pearls of Southeast Asia - 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.
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).
October 29 - November 3 - Inside New York - Visit the iconic United Nations, travel to the recently opened 9/11 Museum, attend a briefing by a leading economist. At the Asia Society, hear from a leading expert and enjoy lunch and the art galleries. High-level briefings at the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Rescue Committee. Stay at the New York Marriott East Side. $2,895 per person.
October 30 - November 9 - Treasures of Peru - Join our small-group tour to Lima. Tour Cuzco and enjoy lunch with a family. Journey to the beautiful Sacred Valley, the Indian market at Pisac, and the ruins at Ollantaytambo. Board the train for Machu Picchu. Travel to Lake Titicaca. We will add special Council meetings to the final itinerary. $4,749 including air from Miami (other gateways available).
November 1 - 9 - 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. $3,345 per person plus air.
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January 12 - 15 – Mexico Seminar with Craig Snyder - On this special mission to Mexico we will explore the state of the U.S. - Mexico relationship through the challenges and implications of increased social and economic pressures. This special seminar will include meetings with former Mexican President Vicente Fox and Mrs. Marta Fox. You will also attend an exclusive musical performance by the School Petit Performance, and have a specially arranged visit to the Corralejo Tequila Hacienda. $2,290 per person plus airfare.
January 19 - February 10 - A President's Journey Around the World - Join Ambassador Mark Johnson on a highly anticipated around-the-world journey. This new itinerary, personally hosted by Shelley Cline—president of our tour partner TCS World Travel—weaves together some of the world’s most fascinating cities and enduring cultures as well as a variety of threatened natural wonders as it circumnavigates the globe. Enjoy personalized service throughout the journey and stay at some of the world’s finest accommodations. Wait List Only.
February 2 - 12 – Colombia Rediscovered with G. Philip Hughes - Colombia warmly welcomes visitors to experience its wealth of indigenous cultures, evocative Spanish Colonial heritage, and lush landscapes. A Caribbean gem, discover this country’s many jewels, from Bogotá and the Coffee Triangle to Medellin and Cartagena. Special meetings throughout. $4,548 including airfrom Miami (other gateways available).
February 9 - 19 – Passage Through the Panama Canal and Costa Rica - A spectacular nine-day journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, all-Suite M.V. STAR BREEZE to experience a daylight passage through the canal and call at remote island paradises. Join Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, former Ambassador to Panama, on this small ship cruise. From $4,995 per person plus airfare - a savings of $1,000!
February 18 - March 5 - Southern Africa with Dr. Carla Thorson - Discover the remarkable beauty and vibrant culture of South Africa and Zimbabwe as you explore modern cities, track wildlife on safari and explore the natural wonder of Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. Talks by local experts, excursions with expert guides and safari game drives combine to make this the travel experience of a lifetime. From $7,245 per person plus airfare - a savings of $250 if you book by August 15! Space is going fast!
March 10 - 31 - Exploring Australia & New Zealand with Dr. Jerry Leach - Small group touring and the Lands Down Under add up to a perfect combination as we travel from Australia’s spectacular Great Barrier Reef to the storied Outback and Ayers Rock to sophisticated Sydney; from New Zealand’s towering Mt. Cook and breathtaking Milford Sound to high-spirited Queenstown and Auckland. Several "meet-the-people" opportunities throughout. $9,634 including air from Los Angeles (other gateways available).
March 31 – April 12 – Inside Japan - Urban and pastoral highlights of Tokyo, Kyoto, and magnificent Mt. Fuji. Travel off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama, Kanazawa, and Nara. Embassy briefing and other special events. Discover Hiroshima on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension. $6,841 including air from Los Angeles (other gateways available).
March 31 – April 7 – On the Road to Freedom: Understanding the Civil Rights Movement: A Family-Friendly Program- Our carefully designed program returns to Memphis on the 50th year anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., to partake in the events commemorating his legacy. From Selma to Little Rock High School, we will learn the story of the civil rights movement framed within the histories of the music and cuisine of the South. $3,990 per person based on double occupancy. Triple and Quadruple occupancy options available.
April 6 - 19 - Inside Iran with Dr. Ann Lesch - Travel to golden deserts, glittering canals of water, clay-baked caravanserais and a horizon pierced by turquoise minarets. Explore this complex land from Tehran to Shiraz. Marvel at ancient Persian civilization at Persepolis, and experience the warmth of the Iranian people.
April 18 – 26 – River Life Along the Dutch Waterways - Cruise for seven nights in Holland and Flanders aboard an exclusively chartered, deluxe AMADEUS small river ship when the picturesque Dutch tulip fields are in bloom. Meet local residents during the exclusive RIVER LIFE FORUM. Tour the Kröller-Müller Museum. Visit Amsterdam, Bruges, Hoorn, Maastricht, Antwerp and Keukenhof Gardens. Amsterdam Pre-Cruise Option and The Hague, Delft and Kinderdijk Post-Cruise Option. No single supplement. From $2,995 per person plus airfare - a savings of $1,000 if you book by September 19!
April 30 - May 9 – European Coastal Civilizations: Lisbon to London with Dr. Pamela Zeiser - This eight-night cruise along coastal Portugal, Spain, France and England aboard the Five-Star M.S. LE BORÉAL features a memorable cruise up the River Thames and a visit to the beaches of Normandy with special guest speaker Dwight D. Eisenhower II. From $5,195 per person plus airfare - a savings of $1,000 if you book by September 22! This tour will sell out fast!
April 30 - May 5 – Inside Washington- Our hallmark program! 5-night schedule of small-group briefings and cultural highlights. Stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel. $2,850.
May 5 -19 – Dynasties of China and Tibet featuring a Yangtze River Cruise with Kay Maxwell - Experience the best of China and Tibet featuring a three-night cruise along the fabled Yangtze River and Five-Star accommodations in Beijing, Xi’an, Lhasa and Shanghai. Visit the Three Gorges Dam, Beijing’s Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Xi’an’s Terra Cotta Warriors and Lhasa’s magnificent Potala Palace. Enjoy meeting the fascinating people of China and the friendly people of Tibet. From $6,745 per person plus airfare - a savings of $1,000 if you book by October 12!
May 29 – June 6 – Tuscany with Patrick Ryan – Tuscany’s rolling knolls and fertile valleys have attracted artists, writers and travelers for centuries. Discover this remarkable landscape for yourself during a seven-night journey. You will call a charming villa in Cortona home, and enjoy excursions to Renaissance villages, beloved Florence, and a family-owned winery. Along the way you will stroll charming piazzas, explore Etruscan treasures, and delight in regional flavors. $3,340 per person - a savings of $500 if you book by July 25!
June 5 - 16 – Riches of the Emerald Isle with Denise Bala - Experience the finest in Irish culture during stays in Ennis, Killarney, Mallow and Dublin. Explore lively Galway, traverse the Burren landscape and admire the resplendent Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy Blarney Castle and Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College. This ten-night, small-group experience features first-class hotels, fascinating insights from local guides and experts.
June 11 - 19 – Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea - Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States, with seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star M.V. STAR BREEZE. Enjoy specially arranged presentations by former president of Poland Lech Wałęsa. Visit Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Bornholm.
June 27 - July 5 – Odysseys of Ancient Civilizations: Adriatic and Aegean Seas - Join Norm Olsen, Retired Senior U.S. Foreign Service Officer, as he leads our wonderful cruise from Venice along the stunning Dalmatian coast to Athens for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship M.S. LE LYRIAL. Visit five countries and six UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy an exclusive COASTAL LIFE FORUM with local residents and a folk music performance. From $4,495 per person plus airfare.
July 11 - 29 – Cruise the Rhine: Amsterdam to Basel with Jim Falk - Discover the Rhine River on an enchanting cruise through Holland, Germany and France to visit Amsterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg, the Rhine Valley and more. Learn about the region’s history and culture.
July 14 - 22 – Poland & Moscow Seminar with Craig Snyder - Join an in-depth seminar exploring the relationship between Russia and its near neighbor, Poland. Visit both these nations, discovering their historical sites, educational institutions, and heartbreaking monuments, as well as hearing expert lecturers, and interacting with the people of the two interconnected countries.
July 20 – 28 – Town & Country Life in Cambridge, Oxford & Cotswolds featuring Blenheim Palace - Discover the true character of England’s town and country life during this extraordinary small-group itinerary featuring the university towns of Oxford and Cambridge and the charming Cotswolds. Call on Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; visit “Downton Abbey”. Anna Berry, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will share information on her experience living in London.From $3,995 per person plus airfare.
July 25 – August 2 – Circumnavigation of Iceland - Unearth Iceland on this seven-night circumnavigation aboard the Five-Star, small ship M.V. STAR PRIDE. See ancient Viking ruins and glittering glaciers atop simmering volcanoes. Cross the Arctic Circle and cruise along Surtsey. Included round-trip air from select cities. From $5,995 per person.
August 3 - 10 - Discover Southeast Alaska by sea - Discover the endless beauty, abundant wildlife and native cultures of Southeast Alaska. Aboard the nimble, 66-passenger Admiralty Dream, you’ll have access to the breathtaking byways of Alaska’s Inside Passage. With skilled naturalists by your side, you’ll encounter magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions—while learning about the traditions of Alaska’s indigenous cultures. From $3,495 plus airfare.
August 27 - 31 - Treasures of Ecuador & the Amazon - Arrive in Quito and attend a U.S. Embassy briefing before visiting the impressive "Middle of the World" monument at the Equator, which marks latitude 0º. Transfer to your Amazon Lodge overlooking the river and enjoy a hike along the flourishing nature trail. Visit with a local Quechua family - learn about their tribal customs and hear stories of everyday Amazonian life. Derrick Olsen, President of the World Affairs Council of Oregon, will lead this tour and bring his experience of working in Latin America to the program.
September 11 – 25 – Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal & Bhutan with Megan Torrey - An exhilarating journey to two distant and devout lands where Himalayan scenery casts an awe-inspiring spell. Experience these nations’ cultural riches, exquisite beauty, and profound spirituality as you discover Nepal’s storied Kathmandu Valley and explore Bhutan from Thimphu to Punakha and the legendary Tiger’s Nest monastery. Several special briefings will be added to final itinerary $5,747 including air from New York (other gateways available).
September 15 - 26 – Romance of the Douro River with Dixie Anderson: land and cruise featuring Lisbon, Porto and the Alto Douro Wine Region - Explore the remarkable cities and towns of Portugal on this enriching journey that showcases the country’s history and heritage. Spend three nights in Lisbon, the city that launched many of the great Age of Discovery expeditions. Cruise the Douro River for seven nights aboard an exclusively chartered ship that takes you through Portugal’s famous port-producing region. From $3,595 per person plus airfare. No single supplement.
September 27 - October 20 - Around the World by private jet - Our classic private jet journey offers a life list of destinations to some of the world's most iconic places, including Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and safari in the Serengeti Plain. By combining these destinations into one seamless, elegant trip, we create a 24-day itinerary that is truly an opportunity of a lifetime.
October 6 -14 – Town and Country Life of Languedoc with Joyce Davis - Experience the South of France for nine days in the unspoiled provinces of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées dotted with traditional villages and Cathar fortresses. Visit Carcassonne and cruise the Canal du Midi, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Stay in the historic HOTEL MERCURE ALBI BASTIDES and the stylish CHÂTEAU DE FLOURE. Exclusive TOWN & COUNTRY LIFE FORUM with local residents. From $3795 per person plus airfare.
October 4 -16 - Botswana with Mimi Gregory- Immerse yourself in the daily life of the locals on this remarkable journey to Botswana. Devote time to learning the intricacies of the Botswanan government. Jet to your next destination in light aircraft, with unbeatable birdseye views of the vistas below. Take in the spectacular view over the Okavango; a massive wetland wilderness of looping channels, islands forested with palms, and wide grassy floodplains that you'll explore on foot, in open 4x4 safari vehicles, and floating along the channels in authentic mokoro canoes in search of elephant and lion, leopard and Pel’s Fishing Owl. Several meet-the-people opportunities throughout. $7,995 per person plus airfare.
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November 5 -12 - Cuba featuring 13th Annual Art Biennial
November 9 - 18 – India Seminar with Craig Snyder- Join a carefully designed program which focuses on learning first-hand about a wide variety of aspects of life in India. Begin in Delhi and meet with a journalist from the Times of India. Visit the office of Balaknama, a monthly newsletter, run for and by street children, and interact with prominent advocates for women’s rights and prison reforms. Attend a briefing at the U.S. Embassy. Visit the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT Bangalore) one of the premier national graduate school in the country. In Mumbai stop at the Gandhi Museum and Research Institute to meet with a Department Head from their Political Science sector. $5,995 per person plus airfare.