The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia has offered tours to its members and to cooperating councils, including the World Affairs Forum, for more than 30 years. Trips offer all the highlights of touring, as well as access to political leaders and local experts for behind the scenes briefings that make these trips unique. These hallmark “Inside Tours” are resource rich, featuring private briefings and expert lecturers. Visit for information on upcoming tours.
October 2017
Trace the path of the great camel caravans along the Old Silk Road, encountering seven different UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the fabled Uzbek oases Samarkand and Bukhara, as well as the elegant mosques of Isfahan in Iran. Along the way, lunch with a master ceramicist, see a demonstration of traditional Central Asian horse games, and learn about the history of the original Silk Road and the future of the New Silk Road in this geopolitically important region.
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2016 Vietnam Trip A Success!
Our tour guide, Hiep, was truly extraordinary. Several people mentioned to me, and I don’t disagree, that he was the best they had ever encountered on any trip. He is young, but highly knowledgeable about history and more than willing to discuss the political issues within Vietnam. Kay
In spite of our jet lag, we continue telling each other stories and remembering funny or touching moments of Vietnam. It really was thought- provoking and image-changing for us.
Cheryl Knoell and Sam Laird, West Chester, PA
What an amazing trip. It was exceedingly spectacular. I shall never forget the feeling of exhilaration each day as we learned something new.
Jo Ann McCalister, Goffstown, NH