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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: Flavors of Philly Food Tour

2. Philadelphia: Flavors of Philly Food Tour

Explore the most popular food spots and dishes in Philadelphia on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Eat your way through the city with 5 stops along the way, all the while picking up insight into the city’s history and culture from your expert guide. Make sure to come hungry — this is not only a tasting adventure, but a meal that includes classic Philly eats like cheesesteaks and cheese whiz fries, tomato pie, soft pretzels, and 2 sweet treats from the world-famous Reading Terminal Market. Get the scoop on Philly’s food history with quirky stories about how some of these iconic foods came to be, and walk away with some insider tips about the best places to eat like a Philadelphian. This one-of-a-kind tasting experience brings you to where the locals really eat — low-key, no-frills, independently-owned gems that share the uniquely unpretentious vibe of the city.  In addition to some first-class sightseeing, visit an authentic mom-and-pop pizzeria, a soft pretzel bakery, the historic Reading Terminal Market, and much more. This tour is served up with a generous side of humor, Philadelphia history, and a helping of beautiful architecture that includes an up-close look at City Hall, the second-largest municipal building in the country. As the tour ends in Reading Terminal Market, walk away with a thorough understanding of the city, and some more tips on how to eat like a true Philadelphian.

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5-Day Tour of America from New York City

3. 5-Day Tour of America from New York City

A full 5-day excursion to see Niagara Falls and the Thousand Islands. Continue to the historic city of brotherly love in Philadelphia and see the famous Liberty Bell and Independence Hall Square. You will also visit Washington DC, the US capital and visit the US Mint. Continue to Lancaster to learn about the Amish community. Day 1: Sunday New York – Finger Lakes – Niagara Falls In the morning, you'll depart from the Big Apple and head north. Pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls passing Seneca Lake, arriving in the late afternoon. Tour the American Side of the Falls including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Luna Island. At night, tour Niagara Falls to appreciate the colorful lighting of the waters. Overnight: Niagara Falls – Wyndham Super 8. Day 2: Monday Niagara Falls – 1000 Islands Leaving the hotel, hear the thundering water of Niagara Falls. See the falls up close from the Horseshoe Falls. Afterwards, depart from Niagara Falls and travel through the northern part of New York State to explore the Finger Lakes region and Syracuse. Overnight at Alexandria Bay in the Thousand Islands area, on the American side. In April, dependent on weather, the tour may return to Niagara Falls overnight. Day 3: Tuesday 1000 Islands – New York Start the day with a cruise through the amazing Thousand Islands along the Saint Laurence River, see the houses of the rich and famous built atop private islands.  After lunch, head to New York. Enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way and find some bargains in the brand name stores. Arrive at your hotel in New Jersey in the evening. Overnight New Jersey – La Quinta Inn and Suites, Fairfield. Day 4: Wednesday New Jersey – Philadelphia – Washington DC Depart New Jersey to the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. Upon arriving, visit the historic area of Philadelphia, visit the famous Liberty Bell and both Constitution Square and Constitution Hall, some of the symbols of freedom in America. Then embark on a panoramic tour that includes Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Elfreth’s Alley (the oldest inhabited street in America), and more.  Departing Philadelphia, see the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue north to Lancaster county home of the Amish people. Start your visit with a ride on an authentic Amish Buggy through the Amish farm country and learn how they live without the benefit of modern technology, no electricity, running water, telephone service, or appliances. After the ride, visit the Amish marketplace where you can shop for handmade arts and crafts. Overnight: Holiday Inn Express and Suites DC. Day 5: Thursday Washington DC – New York Start the day with a visit of Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded with famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery, the changing of the guards and the Kennedy family gravesite.  Next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Air and Space Museum before visiting the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Korea and Vietnam Memorials. In the late afternoon depart for an evening arrival in New York.

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Philadelphia: Segway Adventure Tour

4. Philadelphia: Segway Adventure Tour

Take a Segway tour of Philadelphia to see the main city sights and get an informative commentary on the history of the city at the forefront of the American Revolution and Declaration of Independence. Your guide will give you a 30-minute training session before you set off on the self-balancing vehicles. Then, traveling in groups of up to 6 people, head down to Penn's Landing for views across to New Jersey and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Glide through the Historic District, passing Elfreth's Alley and the Betsy Ross House. Admire Independence Hall en route to Society Hill, where you can marvel at the stately homes while catching the aroma of fresh coffee at quaint cafés. Pass over Avenue of the Arts to Rittenhouse Square, before winding through the Fitler Square neighborhood to Schuylkill River. The scenery changes here, as you work your way along the paths of the Schuylkill Banks, joined by runners and bikers en route to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Admire the statue of Rocky Balboa at the bottom of the famous steps he ran up in the 1976 blockbuster movie, before moving on to Benjamin Franklin Parkway to see Rodin’s “Thinker” statue in the outdoor sculpture garden. A cruise of some of the back streets will lead you to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, from where you can loop through Chinatown and the end of your tour.

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From New York: Philadelphia & Washington DC 2-Day Tour

5. From New York: Philadelphia & Washington DC 2-Day Tour

On this 2-day tour from New York you will travel to Philadelphia, the Amish country and Washington DC. Day 1: New York – Philadelphia – Washington DC Depart from New York through New Jersey and Pennsylvania to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Upon arrival you will embark on a panoramic tour that includes, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Elfert Alley (the oldest inhabited street in America) and more. Arriving in the historic area of Philadelphia you will visit the famous Liberty Bell, Constitution Square and Constitution Hall, one of the symbols of freedom in America. Departing Philadelphia you will see the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue east to Lancaster county, home of the Amish people. Start your visit with a ride on an authentic Amish buggy through the Amish farm country and learn how they live without the benefit of modern technology, no electricity, running water, telephone service or appliances. After the ride, visit the marketplace where you can shop for handmade arts crafts and products. In the late afternoon, depart east for an evening arrival in Washington DC. Stay overnight at Wyndham Garden, Washington DC Day 2: Washington – Amish Country – New York Start the day with a visit to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded with famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery and the Kennedy family grave site. Next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Air and Space Museum before visiting the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Korea and Vietnam Memorials. In the late afternoon, depart north for an evening arrival in New York.

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From New York: Philadelphia Day Trip

6. From New York: Philadelphia Day Trip

Discover the highlights of Philadelphia on a guided tour from New York. Explore one of the oldest cities in America and learn about its historical importance. Your experience starts with pickup from selected hotels in New York. After a 2-hour transfer, arrive in Philadelphia city and visit the Liberty Bell. Enter the Independence Hall to see where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were created. Pass by Congress Hall and the Christ Church cemetery, where the tomb of Benjamin Franklin is located. See the house of Betsy Ross, who designed the first US flag. Wander along Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest street in the country, lined by 32 Georgian houses. Visit Parque del Amor in the city center, and enter the City Hall. Pass the State Penitentiary where famous prisoners such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton were held. Stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the stairs where Rocky was filmed, before returning to New York.

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Philadelphia: Exploration Game Self-Guided Tour

7. Philadelphia: Exploration Game Self-Guided Tour

Play an exploration game on your phone that takes you on a self-guided tour of Philadelphia. Stop at the most iconic spots of the city and learn their history while using clues, solving problems, and unlocking stories. Enjoy the flexibility of a tour taken entirely on an app. The game begins with you following the trail of a missing son. Start your pursuit at Spruce Street Harbor Park. From there, simply follow the route and instructions on the app. Explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from any location where you paused it. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. See Penn's Landing, the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin's Grave, and more. Discover Philadelphia’s cobblestoned streets, photo-worthy Independence Mall, and old town. Choose to play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups to compete against each other and race to the final stop of the game. Try a new type of experience that’s the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt.

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Philly: Liberty Bell Historical Self-Guided Walking Tour

8. Philly: Liberty Bell Historical Self-Guided Walking Tour

Journey back in time to historical Philadelphia in the days of George Washington and his revolutionary collaborators. Begin at the City Hall and make your way to the historical district while exploring the catalysts to the Revolutionary War in the United States of America. At the famous Independence Hall, dive into the Declaration of Independence’s drafting, debating, and signing. From there, explore George Washington’s legacy as a politician, general, and president. This will lead you to the iconic Liberty Bell and the history behind its famous crack. Explore the lives, museums, and homes of revolutionary figures like Ben Franklin, the diplomat, Benedict Arnold, the traitor, Thomas Jefferson, future president, and Crispus Attacus, American hero. Then, continue your journey past the famous African American Museum, Franklin Square, National Constitution Center, and the Mint. At the historic Betsy Ross House, see the birthplace of the American flag, and in picturesque Elfreth’s Alley, step back into a more quaint, cobblestoned era. Finally, your tour passes George Washington’s church and fittingly concludes at the Museum of the American Revolution.

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Philadelphia Markets, Mosaics and Magic Small Group Tour

9. Philadelphia Markets, Mosaics and Magic Small Group Tour

Take on the diversity of Philly in the best way possible – local style! Begin your Philadelphia neighborhood tour on the ever-colorful South Street. Follow your local guide through the streets of the Bella Vista neighborhood for your first glimpse of some beautiful mosaics. You’ll swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and marvel at the sights, smells, and sounds of the famous Italian Market. The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in America, and you’ll soon understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. Tempt your taste buds as you wander past the myriad of local stores carrying everything from cheese, chocolate, spices, and olive oils, to the best bakeries, butcher shops, and produce stalls. Take the time to mix with business owners and residents, taste some samples, and hear stories of early immigrants to the city. It was also here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs — feel free to recreate this scene yourself! You'll continue this Philadelphia city tour with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which showcases the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar. This amazing place includes a fully mosaicked indoor gallery and a massive outdoor labyrinthine mosaic structure. Here your guide will fill you in on the local tales of this area, giving you the opportunity to ask them any questions you may have about this classic Philly spot. Your tour concludes at the Magic Gardens. From here, your guide can give you recommendations on where to go to eat, drink, and shop along Philly’s eclectic and dynamic South Street. Now that you're a bona fide local, you may even want to make an appointment for your new Urban Adventures tattoo.

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Philadelphia: 9th Street Italian Market Walking Food Tour

10. Philadelphia: 9th Street Italian Market Walking Food Tour

Walk and taste your way through Philadelphia’s 9th Street Italian Market on this guided walking tour. Immerse yourself in the scents and sounds of this lively street as you taste a variety of local food samples, such as cannoli, tomato pie, and tacos. Along a stretch of 9th Street in the heart of South Philadelphia lies the Italian Market, one of America’s oldest and largest outdoor markets. This collection of butchers, bakers, specialty shops, and restaurants has been the backbone of this neighborhood since its creation in the late 1800s. The market has survived throughout the passing decades by welcoming vendors from around the world. Today, it remains a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Come along for a stroll through this historic market to immerse yourself in the vibrant fruit stalls, fragrant bakeries, and various shops and unique stores. Get inspired by the area’s hidden alleys covered in local street art. You’ll also have the chance to sample several dishes, such as Philly’s famous tomato pie, hand-made cannoli, fresh tacos, an Italian Market specialty, and immigrant-inspired food. Get introduced to Italian Market staples so you (and your tastebuds) get the most out of this flavorful tour. If you are a vegetarian or have other special dietary needs, don’t worry: discounts are available and your guide can assist you with recommendations on where to purchase alternative diet-friendly food during the tour. Wherever your guide leads you, your senses will be popping as you discover one of the most unique, thriving, and diverse areas of the City of Brotherly Love.

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What people are saying about Philadelphia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 27 reviews

The experience is really wonderful. I haven’t tried Segway before. The guide is very patient and careful. I learnt the Segway very fast. It is easy. I chose the 1 hour route because the other is closed during winter.We went throughout the old city and see a lot of interesting places like a glass art wall and local market. It is especially good for solo travelers because the guide will take the picture for you. The route is difficult to figure out by yourself so it really worths it. The tour went fast so it may not be a good choice if you want to stop for a while to look into each spots. And It’s so cold in December. It may be better to go in spring and autumn for the 2 hour route.

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

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.

D was great! Communicated clearly and we felt safe and taken care of! Would do it again for sure!

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