Signature City Philadelphia: National Treasures of History and Heritage
Before there was a United States, Philadelphia was home to the Continental Congress. Come explore this vibrant city, joining experts for an insider’s look at its present and past.
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Program No. 10238RJ
6 days
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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, the Italian Market and elegant Rittenhouse Square. Learn about the role of civic institutions and architecture of different eras, and savor the flavor of our flourishing dining renaissance.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
This program includes two days of walking up to two miles among crowds at a leisurely pace, as well as entering and exiting houses. Some 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 10 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.

General Notes

You may be interested in a more leisurely version of this program, "Philadelphia at a Slower Pace: Known and Hidden Historical Gems" (23080).
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Jackie Bagley
Jackie Bagley has been an educational excursion leader for over 20 years and received her formal training at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, in 1979. While at the University of Chicago, she completed her B.A. degree in the intellectual history of the 18th century. Her master’s work at the University of Chicago covered the Colonial and Revolutionary periods as her major and Egyptology as her minor.
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Mitchell Kramer
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Edward Mauger
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Jackie Bagley
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Fred Vincent
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Nancy Webster
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Tish Byrne
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Kenneth Hinde
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