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  • Philadelphia: Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus Tour

    1. Philadelphia: Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus Tour

    Climb aboard the double-decker hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and discover the sights of Philadelphia at your own pace. Benefit from the services on an onboard guide and avail of frequent departures every day of the week. Learn the history of the city and its cultural attractions, and hear where the best places to eat and shop are along the way. Follow in the footsteps of "Rocky" and climb the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Enjoy an authentic cheesesteak or retrace the steps of the founding fathers and see where they signed the Declaration of Independence. Sit back and enjoy the 90-minute ride around Philly seeing almost 30 points of interest along the way. Sights you will see: • Independence Visitor Center (northeast corner of 5th and Market Streets) • Betsy Ross House  • U.S. Mint and Ben Franklin’s Grave  • National Constitution Center  • Chinatown (nort...

    Bruce was hilarious and I learned so much from him. and he'll warn you about the tree branches lol.

  • Philly Cheesesteak Tour and Tastings by Segway

    2. Philly Cheesesteak Tour and Tastings by Segway

    Enjoy tastes of 5 different Philly cheesesteaks as you tour South Philly by Segway, stopping at the best cheesesteak establishments on your route. Meet your entertaining guide and begin your tour with a 30-minute orientation session. Once you feel comfortable riding your self-balancing electric Segway, you’ll weave through the streets of South Philly on a 5-mile loop. Glide along the neighborhood’s streets, passing the Italian Market, South Street, and Society Hill – all without breaking a sweat. As you enjoy these scrumptious tastings of the sandwich that made the city famous, you’ll understand why there’s nothing quite like a crusty roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed beef and melted cheese. You’ll sample 5 different cheesesteaks and decide which is your favorite. Gobble up a quarter of a sandwich at each vendor, from your classic hole-in-the-wall restaurant to the take-out window...

    I had never been on a Segway before. In less than 5 minutes, D had me rolling around the showroom with confidence. I was ready to go. The equipment was very good and easy to use. D gave a very good tour, engaging in conversation about the city and took us to 5 of the best cheesesteak places in town. Excellent trip. I recommend for anyone hungry for a new adventure!

  • Philadelphia Markets, Mosaics and Magic Small Group Tour

    3. 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 t...

    Would have liked to cover more markets or more art. Covered one artist and one market.

  • Philadelphia Private Driving Tour - Half or Full-Day

    4. Philadelphia Private Driving Tour - Half or Full-Day

    Explore the city of Philadelphia on a private driving tour, customized to suit your preferences, and available as either a half-day or full-day option. The former capital of the Pennsylvania Colony, Philadelphia is intimately connected to the history of Amercia. You will see all the highlights, including Elfreth’s Alley and the Liberty Bell. Go to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was first debated. Pass Christ Church to see the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church, and Penn's Landing, where William Penn docked in 1682. Drive down the Avenue of the Arts and see Love Park (JFK Plaza), dominated by Robert Indiana's “Love” sculpture. Continue the arts theme at the Rodin Museum or Philadelphia Museum of Art, complete with Rocky’s statue and the steps used in the blockbuster movie. See where Al Capone was incarcerated at the Eastern State Penitentiary, admire ...

    Owen was a very knowledgeable and pleasant guy. He was a wonderful guy to spend time with.

  • Philadelphia: Highlights of East Passyunk Food Tour

    5. Philadelphia: Highlights of East Passyunk Food Tour

    Explore the mouth-watering area of East Passyunk, Philadelphia, on this food-filled walking tour. Try local foods and drinks in one of Philly's most dynamic and talked about foodie neighborhoods. Discover some of the best places around to eat. Start at one end of East Passyunk Avenue and make your way past many of the local highlights. Hear stories of the restaurateurs and their restaurants and bars. Along the way, check out iconic landmarks and murals. Taste Philly's freshest popcorn chicken with house-made dipping sauce, empanadas, patatas bravas, gourmet pizza, locally brewed beer, and a sweet dessert. This tour includes enough food to make up a light meal. After the tour, choose to stick around and sample other restaurants that open right when the tour concludes. You’ll learn about all the best restaurants in town so you know of the best spots to eat during the rest of your trip. ...

  • South Philly: People, Places & Flavors of the Italian Market

    6. South Philly: People, Places & Flavors of the Italian Market

    The Liberty Bell. Independence Hall. We all know Philadelphia for its famous landmarks and historical background, but did you also know that it's home to this wicked food market? Join this Italian Market tour in Philadelphia for a dose of yummy Philly food at its very best.  Starting at the always-colourful South Street, head off with your local guide through the neighbourhood of Bella Vista in South Philly. You’ll explore the tiny streets in this section and have a chance to view some of the iconic mosaic art from a local artist. As you continue to tour Philadelphia, swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and stroll along Christian Street before arriving at the sounds, aromas, and sights of the famous Italian market or, more accurately, the South 9th Street Curb Market. The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in the USA, and it’s easy to understan...

    So I was a VIP on this tour. Annett led the tour and her colleague came along to experience it and he also gave me tidbits of history (he runs the history tour). This tours taught me so much about the South Italian market, the history of the area and the wider history of Philly, the history of the art and the politics of the area. It was so much that I would not have been able to discover by myself in the time. My eyes were also opened up to some of the more unusual things that are eaten in Philly, yes I'm talking about chocolate / peanut butter bacon. It tasted so right but I knew it was so wrong!! We also tried sooooo many other treats and snacks which would have cost me a fortune had I ventured solo or would not have been privy to (the caviar was a welcome and luxurious treat). Annett was also such a saint as it rained and she shared her umbrella with me ;) Definitely a tour I'd recommend to do in Philly

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I had never been on a Segway before. In less than 5 minutes, D had me rolling around the showroom with confidence. I was ready to go. The equipment was very good and easy to use. D gave a very good tour, engaging in conversation about the city and took us to 5 of the best cheesesteak places in town. Excellent trip. I recommend for anyone hungry for a new adventure!

Loved the Philidelphia Hop On Hop Off Bus! So much fun to drive through the city and have a live person narrate as you drove by historical sights. It was very informative, entertaining, and lots of fun learning about the city. I have done this one a few years back and it was worth doing again. I would highly recommend it!

Bruce was hilarious and I learned so much from him. and he'll warn you about the tree branches lol.

Owen was a very knowledgeable and pleasant guy. He was a wonderful guy to spend time with.

Very good option to know the main things of the city in a short time