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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
Starts at
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
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & starting prices
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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
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

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.

General Notes

You may be interested in a less active version of this program, "Philadelphia at a Slower Pace: Known & Hidden Historical Gems" (#23080) or a more active version with independent time, “City Walks: Exploring Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods” (#22406).
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 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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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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