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Philadelphia: Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Old City

1. Philadelphia: Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Old City

Enjoy this private carriage ride through the tree-lined streets of Philadelphia’s Independence National Historic Park, Society Hill, and Old City. Your personal guide will whisk you away on a leisurely ride through historic Philadelphia giving you entertaining insights on the City of Brotherly Love's past and present. Choose the daytime option for picture-perfect views of all the sights or the night option to take in the illuminations when the crowds are gone.

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Philadelphia: 2-Hour Private Historic District Walking Tour

2. Philadelphia: 2-Hour Private Historic District Walking Tour

Visit the birthplace of American democracy and the home of the American Revolution on this historical tour through Philadelphia. Admire the testimonies of American history in one of the most historic places in the United States. See the famous Liberty Bell and learn all about its role in the various liberation movements such as anti-slavery movement, women’s suffrage, and the civil rights movement. Stop outside the Independence Hall, the birthplace of the nation. Here began discussions on political and personal freedom, and here the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the constitution was written. See the Betsy Ross House,  woman who is said to have sewn the first American flag. During the tour you will learn a lot about the history of the United States and the city of Philadelphia as well as the colony of Pennsylvania and some of the most important historical figures of the 18th century – William Penn and Benjamin Franklin.

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Philadelphia: Private Colonial Waterfront Walking Tour

3. Philadelphia: Private Colonial Waterfront Walking Tour

This 2-hour walking tour will walk in the path of the original settlers of Philadelphia. Early Philadelphia looked very different from today's metropolis. The river was twice as wide and populated with many small islands. This tour will feature many rare images of the 18th Century waterfront. Learn about the history of the waterfront and start your tour at Penn’s Welcome Park where you will learn the details of how the original Philadelphia was laid out and the role that the waterfront played in its development. Tour highlights include the Thomas Bond House, City Tavern, Dock Street, Man Full O' Trouble Tavern, Site of Tun Tavern, Scottish/Irish Memorials, Elfreth's Alley, William Penn Steps, Willow Creek site and more.

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Philadelphia: Private 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour in German

4. Philadelphia: Private 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour in German

Visit the birthplace of American democracy and the home of the American Revolution on this historical tour through Philadelphia. Admire the testimonies of American history in one of the most historic places in the United States. See the famous Liberty Bell and learn all about its role in the various liberation movements such as anti-slavery movement, women’s suffrage, and the civil rights movement. Learn about Independence Hall, the birthplace of the nation. Here began discussions on political and personal freedom, and here the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the constitution was written. Admire the impressive original document yourself in the West Wing. Stroll through the garden of the Betsy Ross House, which was built in 1740 and is named after the woman who is said to have sewn the first American flag. During the tour you learn a lot about the history of the United States and the city of Philadelphia as well as the colony of Pennsylvania and some of the most important historical figures of the 18th century – William Penn and Benjamin Franklin.

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From NYC: Private Washington & Philadelphia Tour in 1 Day

5. From NYC: Private Washington & Philadelphia Tour in 1 Day

Begin your day with early morning pickup at a location of your choice between Lower Manhattan and 125th St. Be greeted by your professional, bilingual tour guide, then travel for around 4–5 hours to Washington, DC, the current capital of the United States. Upon arrival, visit the Iwo Jima Memorial, which honors the US Marines raising the American flag in a famous photograph at the battle of Iwo Jima, Japan. Continue to the impressive Lincoln Memorial dedicated to the president who promoted the abolition of slavery in the United States. Washington D.C. is the center for all 3 branches of the U.S. government. During this tour, stop for a classic outside view of the seat of two of them: the White House and the Capitol Building. Conclude the Washington leg of your tour with free time for lunch on your own and a possible short visit to a museum. Your next destination is the first-ever U.S. capital: Philadelphia, PA. Re-board your comfortable motorcoach for an approximate 3-hour journey. Arrive directly in Philadelphia's historic Old City neighborhood. Make your first stop at the Independence National Historical Park where your guide will lead you on a brief walking tour. Enjoy the opportunity to see some of the main historical sites such as the Liberty Bell, the famous symbol of America's independence, and Independence Hall, the birthplace of the United States. Your visit to Philadelphia concludes with a stop at the Rocky Steps, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Have an opportunity to re-enact the famous scene from the 1976 movie by ascending to the top of the steps. At the end of the day, relax on board your motorcoach for the return to New York.

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Philadelphia: 3-Hour Private City Walking Tour with Lunch

6. Philadelphia: 3-Hour Private City Walking Tour with Lunch

Embark on a private tour through the history of Philadelphia. Visit city highlights as well as lesser-known gems and discover the history behind each turn with insightful commentary from your local guide. Start your walking adventure at Philadelphia's Welcome Park and meet your guide. Hear about the layout and origins of one of America's oldest cities. Stroll along the cobblestone roads of Independence Mall and see the US Mint, the Liberty Bell, and a Quaker meeting house. Continue to Philadelphia's Chinatown, turn a corner and see the famous "Friendship Gate." As you explore the colorful streets, learn about the city's history of diversity and immigration. Finish your tour at the Reading Terminal Market, filled with fresh food, locals, and travelers alike, and enjoy a delicious Philly Cheesesteak.

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Philadelphia: Private Half-Day Driving Tour

7. Philadelphia: Private Half-Day Driving Tour

Experience a private driving tour of Philadelphia’s highlights, and end the tour with a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Your tour begins with an easy hotel pickup in a private vehicle. Enjoy an easy drop-off at the first site, where your guide will take you on a poignant journey around the historic sites of the American Revolution. Learn how the seeds of independence took root long before a musket shot was fired. As you walk around the homes of Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross, your guide will color in the missing details of life in Philadelphia during the period. Hear about the political climate of the time and the tension and excitement around the city. From there, continue onto JFK Plaza, where you can see one of the city’s most Instagrammable and recognizable sculptures: The LOVE statue. Hear why the replica of Indiana’s statue was erected in Philadelphia, and learn about life as a local from your guide as you drive around the city. Then drive up the wide lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a street whose numerous sites could fill up a day on its own. See Rodin’s "The Thinker" and numerous other public sculptures outside the Rodin Museum before descending the 72 steps to the top of the "Rocky Stairs." From the summit, enjoy sweeping vistas across Eakins Oval, Philadelphia City Hall, and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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What people are saying about Philadelphia

We had a wonderful time. Four of us rode in comfort and style as our Driver (guide) described the buildings and history of Old Philadelphia. We had a wonderful experience. Since we started and finished directly in front of America's "Liberty Bell" we were able to go see it. Ken

It was such a good experience! We went to places we would not have thought to go. Our guide was very nice and told us so much information! Definitely recommend to anyone if they do not know the city and want to know the history!

Checked was a very knowledgeable tour guide. She was pleasant and entertaining! She told us all about her horse Brutus and even took pictures for us.

Very kind and very funny driver. Got to see lots of very interesting history. I would definitely go again!

Driver was very knowledgeable about the entire area and could answer all of our questions.