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10238
Pennsylvania

Signature City Philadelphia

Experience the best of Philadelphia’s history and landmarks, as you explore this vibrant city with local experts who provide an insider’s look at its present and past.
Rating (5)
Program No. 10238RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,649
Pennsylvania

Signature City Philadelphia

Experience the best of Philadelphia’s history and landmarks, as you explore this vibrant city with local experts who provide an insider’s look at its present and past.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,649
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,649
Program No. 10238RJ

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itinerary
Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
1,649
Itinerary Note

OLLI-Sierra College

Mar 13 - Mar 18, 2023
Starting at
1,749
Itinerary Note

Interested in the Philadelphia Flower Show (Program #20362)? Join us for a 6-day program from 3/8/23-3/13/23.

Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023
Starting at
1,799
Itinerary Note

Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Consider joining us the week after (4/23/23) on our American Revolution Program (22708).

May 7 - May 12, 2023
Starting at
1,799
Itinerary Note

Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Consider joining us the week after (5/14/23) on our American Revolution Program (22708) or our Garden Program (21967).

May 21 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
1,799
Itinerary Note

Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Consider joining us the week prior (5/14/23) on our American Revolution Program (22708) or our Garden Program (21967).

Jun 4 - Jun 9, 2023
Starting at
1,799
Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
1,799
Itinerary Note

Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Consider joining us the week after (9/17/23) on our World of Art Program (23179) or our Garden Program (21967).

Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
Starting at
1,799
Itinerary Note

Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Consider joining us the week after (10/15/23) on our World of Art Program (23179) or American Revolution Program (22708).

Nov 30 - Dec 5, 2023
Starting at
1,799
Itinerary Note

Please note: This date has a focus on the holidays in Philadelphia. Join us as we visit historic homes dressed for the holidays, lighting ceremonies, "decking the alley" and much more!

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
2,249
Itinerary Note

OLLI-Sierra College

Mar 13 - Mar 18, 2023
Starting at
2,369
Itinerary Note

Interested in the Philadelphia Flower Show (Program #20362)? Join us for a 6-day program from 3/8/23-3/13/23.

Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023
Starting at
2,419
Itinerary Note

Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Consider joining us the week after (4/23/23) on our American Revolution Program (22708).

May 7 - May 12, 2023
Starting at
2,419
Itinerary Note

Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Consider joining us the week after (5/14/23) on our American Revolution Program (22708) or our Garden Program (21967).

May 21 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
2,419
Itinerary Note

Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Consider joining us the week prior (5/14/23) on our American Revolution Program (22708) or our Garden Program (21967).

Jun 4 - Jun 9, 2023
Starting at
2,419
Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
2,419
Itinerary Note

Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Consider joining us the week after (9/17/23) on our World of Art Program (23179) or our Garden Program (21967).

Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
Starting at
2,419
Itinerary Note

Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Consider joining us the week after (10/15/23) on our World of Art Program (23179) or American Revolution Program (22708).

Nov 30 - Dec 5, 2023
Starting at
2,419
Itinerary Note

Please note: This date has a focus on the holidays in Philadelphia. Join us as we visit historic homes dressed for the holidays, lighting ceremonies, "decking the alley" and much more!

At a Glance

Philadelphia is America’s most remarkable hometown, enriched by centuries of history, heritage, culture and connections. Led by experts, experience its lively diversity as we explore neighborhoods such as Society Hill, Independence National Park, and elegant Rittenhouse Square. Learn about the role of civic institutions and architecture of different eras, and savor the flavor of a flourishing dining renaissance.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles. Standing on field trips and getting on/off buses and public transportation.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Retrace the footsteps of our Founding Fathers — and Mothers! — from William Penn to Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross as we walk to Olde City sites including Independence Hall and Elfreth’s Alley.
  • Marvel at distinctive architecture spanning three centuries of achievement on Society Hill, at City Hall and the Masonic Temple.
  • Experience the rich tradition of the arts and culture of Philadelphia at a public event.
Featured Expert
All Experts
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Tish Byrne
An artist and historian, Tish Byrne is passionate about all aspects of her native city and its environment after having lived in and led explorations at the Physick House, which belongs to Philadelphia Landmarks. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts later becoming an administrative assistant to the Director of the school. Presently, she leads excursions for the mural arts program, is a docent at Historic Christ Church and leads explorations of Philadelphia landmarks.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Tish Byrne View biography
An artist and historian, Tish Byrne is passionate about all aspects of her native city and its environment after having lived in and led explorations at the Physick House, which belongs to Philadelphia Landmarks. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts later becoming an administrative assistant to the Director of the school. Presently, she leads excursions for the mural arts program, is a docent at Historic Christ Church and leads explorations of Philadelphia landmarks.
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Mitchell Kramer has a B.A. in playwriting from Hampshire College and attended Circle in the Square acting conservatory. He has worked off-Broadway and in regional theater including the New York Theater Workshop and Dorset Theater Festival. He is a costumed Historic Interpreter portraying Benjamin Franklin in Old City Philadelphia. Mitchell has written and produced plays for children and adults and a series of historically accurate stories about 18th century Philadelphia for Historic Philadelphia, Inc. He is on the Board of Directors of Mount Sinai Cemetery.
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Warren Williams View biography
Warren is a retired architect with over 30 years of experience. Much of his career was spent at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in Philadelphia. In his professional career, he has worked on several historic projects in the Philadelphia region. Warren is an avid photographer of historic buildings and urban streetscapes. He has led groups exploring Philadelphia’s historic architecture and city planning for over 25 years and occasionally lectures on Philadelphia’s historical development.
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Lauren Kain View biography
Lauren Biddle Kain is the site coordinator for Philadelphia Landmarks Road Scholar. She received her BS/BA from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. After marriage and transfer to the San Diego area, she began working at EVENT NETWORK, a leading experiental retail operator, on behalf of cultural attractions such as zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, museums, science centers and other cultural attractions. Lauren and her family now reside in the Philadelphia area. She started working with Road Scholar as a junior Group Leader for Grandparent Programs.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Perennial Philadelphians
by Burt, Nathaniel
Philadelphia Then & Now
by Mauger, Edward Arthur
Philadelphia - Portrait of an American City
by Wolf, Edwin 2nd
Autobiography
by Franklin, Benjamin
William Penn's Holy Experiment
by Bronner, E.B.





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