Travel Advantage Program

Council members participate in international travel opportunities provided through the WACC Travel Advantage Program that include sightseeing, special briefings and “behind the scene” tours presented by political leaders and local experts. Since 2007, the Council has organized trips to:

  • Spain
  • Cuba
  • Morocco
  • Italy
  • China
  • Ireland
  • Croatia
  • Brazil/Argentina
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam/Cambodia/Thailand
  • Mittel Europa
See Our Trips Below

Travel on a Magical Journey Through Mittel Europa

May 5 – 17 (13 Days)

*International Airfare from Charlotte (and back) included

Travel with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte through Central Europe to explore its old-world charm, classic vistas, and poignant history. Travel will include stops in Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, and Prague, as well as visits to Auschwitz and Karlovy Vary. We have focused on finding beautiful, exquisite locations that with deluxe accommodations, authentic local cuisine, and unparalleled cultural and historical landmarks. A two-day extension to Vienna is available and would be a wonderful end to a fantastic European journey.

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Travel to the Magical Lakes of Northern Italy

September 18th – 27th (10 Days)

*International Airfare from Charlotte (and back) included

Travel with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte to the Magical Lakes of Northern Italy and explore beautiful, exquisite locations that are considered local gems of the area, while discovering access to world-class hotels, authentic local cuisine, cultural and historical landmarks and unparalleled artwork.

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A Trip of a Lifetime through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand

April 23 – May 8, 2016 (16-Days)

*International Airfare from Charlotte (and back) included
*Airfare travel between Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand included

Travel with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and discover the enchantment of the region, its fascinating ancient civilization, extraordinary natural beauty, colorful culture and unique architecture.

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Berlin-Vienna

A European Intermezzo: Waltz through Berlin & Vienna

Travel with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and Opera Carolina

April 24 – May 4, 2015 (11-Days)

The trip will be joined by Maestro James Meena, General Director & Principal Conductor of Opera Carolina who will guide us through each opera and symphony, offering expert insight into the productions. LJ Stambuk, President & CEO of the WACC, who grew up in Europe will be helping, along with Jeff Knight, owner of Knight Travel who will manage the day-to-day logistics of the trip.

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Journey to Turkey

Journey to Enchanted Turkey: Where the East Meets the West

Travel with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte

April 24 – May 4, 2015 (11-Days)
2-night optional extension to Istanbul

*International Airfare from Charlotte (and back) included
*Domestic Airfare within Turkey is included

“Walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors and Ottoman sultans. Explore some of the world’s greatest monuments. Bargain-hunt your way through a twisted warren of marketplace stalls, pausing to sip tea with a merchant. Inhale the apple-flavored smoke from a water pipe as you listen to the strains of exotic music. And enjoy meeting some of the planet’s friendliest people, whether you’re chatting with a fisherman on a bustling bridge, haggling for a carpet, learning about Islam from a peace-loving Muslim, or playing backgammon with a grizzled old Turk.” – Rick Steve’s Europe

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Spain Trip

Spain: Journey through Historic Moorish Andalusia and Classical Barcelona*

Travel with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte

October 10-20th (10-Days)
2-night optional extension to Barcelona

Join us for this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich local culture and rhythms of daily life in Moorish Andalusia and classical Barcelona while exploring local landmarks that are significant to Spain’s heritage.

This unique travel tour has been designed to unravel the richness of Andalusian culture while interacting with local residents and professionals to gain a new, in-depth perception of this historical region in Spain.

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Cuba Trip

Cuba: Discover the Jewel of the West Indies

Travel with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte

May 23-30, 2014

Join us for this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich local culture and rhythms of daily life in Cuba while exploring local landmarks that are significant to Cuba’s heritage. This trip is coordinated in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Cuban Culture and the Economy.

This program has been designed to unravel the richness of Cuban culture while interacting with local residents and professionals to gain a new, in-depth perception of Cuban life. Spend two days exploring Cienfuegos and Trinidad, one of Cuba’s oldest colonial cities. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered by many as the crown jewel of Cuba. Drive west to spend five days exploring Havana which has the reputation of being the most splendid and the finest example of a Spanish colonial city in the Americas.

Accompanying the trip will be Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte as well as Dr. Joseph Scarpaci, Director of the Center for the Study of Cuban Culture and the Economy, who has led multiple “behind-the-scene” and personalized tours to Cuba. In addition, our very own Jeff Knight of “Knight Travel,” and a full time Cuban travel guide will be joining us throughout the trip. You will be well cared for!

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Morrocco trip

The Art of Discovery: The Four Imperial Cities of Morocco

Travel with the World Affairs Council of Charlott

October 3 – 13, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013 – Charlotte / Cincinnati / Paris / Rabat
Depart Charlotte at 1:50 p.m. via Delta Airlines arriving in Cincinnati at 3:16 p.m. Travelers will depart from Cincinnati at 5:55 p.m. and arrive in Paris at 8 a.m. the following morning.

Time appropriate meals and in-flight entertainment offered on board.

Friday, October 4, 2013 – Paris/Rabat

October is the most ideal time to travel to Morocco due to milder weather that time of year.

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Italy Trip

Kingdom of Sicily and the Knights of Malta

Travel with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte

April 26 – May 6, 2013 (11 Days)
Additional Two Day Optional Trip to Rome also Available

The spring 2013 World Affairs Council of Charlotte trip is a uniquely crafted journey touching all parts of beautiful Sicily, followed by a tour of the fascinating island nation of Malta and ending in the Eternal City of Rome.

  • A full-time English-speaking experienced travel guide will be accompanying us throughout the trip
  • Travelers will enjoy local Sicilian culture and participate in political and educational discussions that are part of the Council’s program during this tour
  • Enjoy local delicacies that are only available in April and May (and not other times of the year)
  • The weather in Sicily and Malta will be in the mid to high-60s in April and May

Discover the history of one of Europe’s oldest cultures spanning from ancient Greek, Roman, Vandal, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Hohenstaufen, Catalan and Spaniard civilization to today’s modern Italy.

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Brazil

From Samba to Tango
A South America Classic: Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires

Travel with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte

January 12 – 20, 2012
With option to visit Iguassu Falls and depart on January 21st – Additional Details Below

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Portugal trip

Traditional Portugal: The Face of Old Europe

Travel with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte

Sept. 28, 2012 – Oct. 7, 2012 (10-days)

Enjoy this wonderful travel experience led by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte with a personal narrative from Kurt Waldthausen, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany to North Carolina who was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal.

Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden-sand beaches: the Portugal experience can mean many things. History, great food and wine, idyllic scenery, sad fado songs and traditional pousadas are just the beginning. – Lonely Planet

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Croatia

Dubrovnik – The Pearl of the Adriatic: A Look at the Rich Heritage, Bright Future, and Scenic Beauty of Dalmatia (Croatia)

Travel with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte

April 30 – May 8, 2010

The World Affairs Council invites you to join us on a personalized touch of the most culturally rich and beautiful areas along the Dalmatian coastline in Croatia.

The tour will be led by Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte who has deep roots in the area. Having grown up in the region, L.J. Stambuk is perfectly suited to guide your adventures in Croatia based on his extensive knowledge of the country and his skillful ability to provide cultural and historical background and perspectives on current developments.

L.J. will personally guide you through the rich heritage of the Dalmatian region and provide context to what you see and experience. The itinerary is specially developed for WACC travelers and is focused towards providing a deep understanding and insight into the history, culture, politics and people of this beautiful country.

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Ireland Trip

Magical Island: A Look at Ireland’s Rich Heritage and Bright Future with Ambassador Ed Brynn

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte is proud to present a Once-In-A-Lifetime Education Tour:

September 26 – October 4, 2010

Take advantage of this very special opportunity to see Ireland as an informed world traveler, not just a tourist! The World Affairs Council has partnered with Ambassador Ed Brynn and Knight Travel to offer you a personalized tour of all the major areas in and around Dublin. Because of the years he spent at Trinity College completing his PhD in Irish History & Politics, Ambassador Brynn is perfectly suited to guide your adventures in Ireland. With his skillful ability to provide historical background and updates on current developments, you will be able to understand what you see in those contexts and really gain an insight into the complexity and beauty of Ireland and its people.

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