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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.
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Program No. 10238RJ
Length
6 days
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1,499
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
1,499
Program No. 10238 RJ
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May 9 - May 14, 2021
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1,499
Jun 6 - Jun 11, 2021
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1,499
Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
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1,499
Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
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1,499
Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
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1,499
Mar 13 - Mar 18, 2022
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1,499
Apr 3 - Apr 8, 2022
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1,599
May 8 - May 13, 2022
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1,599
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
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1,599
Sep 8 - Sep 13, 2022
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1,599
Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
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1,599
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 9 - May 14, 2021
Starting at
2,079
Jun 6 - Jun 11, 2021
Starting at
2,079
Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
Starting at
2,079
Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
Starting at
2,079
Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
Starting at
2,079
Mar 13 - Mar 18, 2022
Starting at
2,099
Apr 3 - Apr 8, 2022
Starting at
2,199
May 8 - May 13, 2022
Starting at
2,199
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
Starting at
2,199
Sep 8 - Sep 13, 2022
Starting at
2,199
Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
Starting at
2,199

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 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.
Featured Expert
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Mitchell Kramer
Mitchell portrays Benjamin Franklin as a costumed historic interpreter in Old City Philadelphia. He has a bachelor’s in playwriting from Hampshire College and has written and produced plays for children and adults and a series of historically accurate stories about 18th century Philadelphia. Mitchell has also worked off-Broadway and in regional theater both on stage and in all areas of play development. He is a former host a satiric news program in Philadelphia and serves on the Board of Directors of Mount Sinai Cemetery.

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

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Mitchell portrays Benjamin Franklin as a costumed historic interpreter in Old City Philadelphia. He has a bachelor’s in playwriting from Hampshire College and has written and produced plays for children and adults and a series of historically accurate stories about 18th century Philadelphia. Mitchell has also worked off-Broadway and in regional theater both on stage and in all areas of play development. He is a former host a satiric news program in Philadelphia and serves 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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Nancy Webster is a student and teacher of history. After receiving her B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, Nancy’s interest in early American history took her to William & Mary College where she received a double M.A. degree in American studies and museum curatorship. Today, she lectures and consults on planning, preservation and historical research. She is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Fellows in American Studies, the Friend’s Historical Association, Women Historians of the Delaware Valley, and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Nancy is also curator and a board member of the Delaware Historical Society.
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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.
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.
Philadelphia Then & Now
by Mauger, Edward Arthur
The Perennial Philadelphians
by Burt, Nathaniel
Autobiography
by Franklin, Benjamin
Philadelphia - Portrait of an American City
by Wolf, Edwin 2nd
William Penn's Holy Experiment
by Bronner, E.B.
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6 days
5 nights
11 meals
5 B 2 L 4 D
DAY
1
Arrival, Check-In, Orientation, Dinner, Ben Franklin Welcome
Philadelphia, PA
D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: 4:00 p.m. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: 4:00 p.m. (Hotel Lobby). ORIENTATION: 4:30 p.m. (room TBD). We will gather for a warm welcome and introductions, followed by an orientation to the program. We will review the schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: Dinner will be provided this evening, either at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant.

Evening: "Ben Franklin" welcomes you to Philadelphia. With a local expert, we will learn about Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush, David Rittenhouse, and other 18th Century savants through historical and scientific perspectives

DAY
2
Independence Hall & Liberty Bell, MoAR
Philadelphia, PA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Breakfast: Restaurant Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.

Morning: We will board our bus and travel ten blocks to the Colonial City, America's most historic square mile, for a visit to The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, both of which are national treasures and icons of American democracy. The old cracked Bell still proclaims Liberty and Independence Hall echoes the words, "We the People". Explore Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia and learn about the past and America's continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders' Declaration that "all men are created equal".

Lunch: Lunch vouchers will be provided at The Museum of the American Revolution.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We will visit the Museum of The American Revolution. The Museum of The American Revolution has an impressive collection of several thousand objects, works of art, manuscripts and printed works from the period of the American Revolution. The collection began more than a century ago when a history-minded minister in Valley Forge raised funds from around the nation to purchase the original tent that George Washington used as his command center during the American Revolution. It was the beginning of a rich and diverse collection that continues to grow. The collection includes objects that span the scope of the war — from British, French and American arms used in battles to a soldier’s wooden canteen branded “UStates” — at a time when the phrase was merely an aspiration.

Dinner: Dinner will be provided at the historic City Tavern.

Evening: We will take a Septa Bus home from dinner.

DAY
3
City Hall & Masonic Temple, Reading Terminal, PAFA
Philadelphia, PA
B,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Breakfast: Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: A morning walk to City Hall and the Masonic Temple (just a short walk from our hotel) will highlight the outstanding 19th Century architecture for which Philadelphia is famous. Philadelphia City Hall, in the French Second Renaissance style, is the largest municipal building in the world. The interior of the nearby Masonic Temple is beyond description - each of its seven ceremonial rooms is decorated in a different architectural style, reflecting Greek, Renaissance, Egyptian and Moorish decor.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own at Reading Terminal Market, a short walk from the Masonic Temple. A food shopper’s paradise, Reading is replete with specialty items from all over the world as well as local produce and food specialties from nearby Amish communities who have been hawking their goods here since the market’s beginnings in the 1890's. Enjoy exploring the market before making your lunch selection – Philadelphia Cheesesteaks and Hoagies (local treasures) are everyone's favorites here as well as Bassett’s ice cream, first scooped at our centennial in 1876.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Charles Wilson Peale, one of America's most famous 18th Century artists, founded the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1805. The first art school in the United States, it is also a museum that houses art by American painters from the 17th Century to the present. An art historian will show you works by Peale, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth as well as pieces on display by Philadelphia native Mary Cassatt. Followed by an educator bus led city tour of Philadelphia.

Dinner: Dinner will be provided this evening at a nearby restaurant.

Evening: After a leisurely dinner we will walk back to the hotel or take a public bus to the hotel.

DAY
4
Old City (Christ Church, Betsy Ross House)
Philadelphia, PA
B
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Breakfast: Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Travel with an educator to Old City to visit Christ Church, Elfreth's Alley, the Betsy Ross House and the 4th Street Quaker Meeting House.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own today. Your group leader will be happy to provide suggestions for places to eat in the area, and surrounding neighborhoods.

Afternoon: You are free to enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your own in the city. At your convenience, prior to going off on your own for lunch, your group leader will provide suggestions on how to spend the rest of your day, as well as restaurant ideas for tonight’s dinner.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own – dine with new friends, and perhaps explore a new neighborhood or cuisine.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to meet with friends to attend a performance at one of Philadelphia's many theaters.

DAY
5
Lecture, National Constitution Ctr; & Evening Activity
Philadelphia, PA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Breakfast: Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.

Morning: LECTURE: Hear from a local historian on 18th Century Philadelphia history and the story of our Founding Fathers.

Lunch: Lunch today vouchers will be provided at the National Constitution Center.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The National Constitution Center. The Center's permanent exhibition, The Story of We the People, tells the story of the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance through more than 100 multimedia exhibits, film, photographs, text, sculpture, and artifacts. It also features a powerful, award-winning theatrical performance, "Freedom Rising", and Signers' Hall. Learn more about the three branches of government as you explore giant models of the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. Public Program demonstrators lead you through an entertaining look at the buildings, the people who work in them, and the checks and balances of our government.

Dinner: Dinner will be provided this evening at Volvér Restaurant by Chef Jose Garces at the Kimmel Center. You will have a preseleceted dinner menu to order from.

Evening: CULTURAL EVENT: Tonight, we will attend one of many cultural events going on in the city (TBA). Because our program was planned almost a year in advance, specific information was not available at the time of publication. We will post the information on this website and include it in preparatory materials as soon as confirmed.

DAY
6
Lecture, Program Concludes
Philadelphia, PA
B

Breakfast: Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.

Morning: Lecture: Building Philadelphia: Seeing Its History Through Architecture

Afternoon: Lunch is not included today. Check out is at 11:00 a.m., bags can be left at the front desk.






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