Geographical Society of Philadelphia

Marco Polo

Photo by Tom Tauber
We are a group of active travelers who meet throughout the year in the Philadelphia area to share photographs, stories, experiences, and tips about our numerous trips. We look forward to hearing your story!

Coming up on December 8th, 2020: A Virtual Tour of the Sacred Valley of Peru presented by Jennifer Stein.

Known as the Urubamba Valley, this unique area is home to several historically significant Peruvian sites: Cusco, Sacsayhuaman, Ollanta Tay Tambo, and Machu Pichu.
Jennifer W. Stein is a self-taught filmmaker who never went to film school. She is an entrepreneur who started making films in the 1990s while running non-profit organizations, raising her two children, and running a special events business.
Upon your registration, you will receive a link to join Jennifer’s presentation on December 8th, 7 PM.  


A Virtual Travel to The Great Cities of the Persian Gulf with Tom Tauber, July 2020

We traveled with award-winning photographer Tom Tauber, and explored the Gulf Region through his camera. Tom took us to some of the world’s most modern cities, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Doha in Qatar and Muskat in Oman.

We Explored Paris, the Balkans and Día de Los Muertos, Mexico, Fall 2019

Paris in the Springtime – Tom Tauber

In June, Paris overflows with flowers, tourists and pickpockets. It has 130 museums and thousands of sidewalk cafes and restaurants. At sunset, the banks of the Seine are crowded with strollers. In the Louvre, the Mona Lisa looks down serenely on frenzied tourists trying to get a three-minute glimpse at her. Notre Dame cathedral still stands proudly after the devastating fire. It’s a wonderful city.

The Balkans – Tom Fitzsimons

The Balkans lie a short ferry ride east of Italy and a culture away. Long a portion of the Ottoman Empire sections of the Balkans broke off into independent countries with distinct and fluid borders and cultures beginning in the early 20th century. Much of the region was included in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in its founding in 1918. The area is rich in cultural and historical significance. Join us for a photo tour of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Montenegro, including a walk up to the ramparts of the Castle used for the TV version of Game of Thrones.

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), Mexico – Tom Tauber

It is not a Mexican version of Halloween! It is the Mexican celebration of life and death…an explosion of color and life-affirming joy, while showing love and respect for deceased family members.
Included in your ticket,  enjoy a light dinner, drinks, presentations.  
Meet Your Host!

Marco Polo events are now hosted by long-time GEO member and board member, Alyce Stick.  Alyce is an avid photographer and traveler, who has explored a lot of our world. Join Alyce during these special evenings where, in her words, “The sublime marriage of travel and photography creates the opportunity to beautifully blend experience, geography, people and cultures, in a personal art form shareable with others.” 

Join Us!