22406
Pennsylvania
City Walks: Exploring Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods
Explore one of America’s most historic cities with local experts, from the Liberty Bell to early American homes. Walk the streets and hallowed halls where our democracy was formed.
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Program No. 22406RJ
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5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival, Check-In, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Philadelphia, PA
D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00 pm- PROGRAM REGISTRATION at 4:00 PM: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that will contain your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation. ORIENTATION 4:30 PM: 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.

DAY
2
18th C. History Class, Avenue of The Arts, Society Hill
Philadelphia, PA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Walking up to 3 to 6 miles per day

Breakfast: Continental breakfast including a variety of breads and pastries, fresh fruit, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola and cereal, plus one hot item on weekdays.

Morning: LECTURE: Hear from a local historian on The ethnicity of Philadelphia Neighborhoods. Following our lecture we will walk with our educator from the 19th C into the 17th as we pass sites on the Avenue of the Arts, into Mid-City into Society Hill, a neighborhood developed in the 1740's. The houses reflect the Georgian and Federal period architecture and have been historically restored.

Lunch: Lunch today will be provided at a local eatery of historic significance.

Afternoon: After lunch we walk around Society Hill known as the Colonial city, to, America's most historic square mile, for a view 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."

Dinner: Dinner will be provided this evening in Chinatown which was settled in 1850.

Evening: This evening on our way back from Chinatown we will learn about the Modern City of Philadelphia and it's 1960's architecture.

DAY
3
Schuylkill Boardwalk, Fairmount & Logan Districts
Philadelphia, PA
B,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Breakfast: Breakfast will be at a local restaurant close to the hotel and a favorite with city residents.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: We head for the Schuylkill Boardwalk from Locust Street to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and then into the Fairmount District.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own at a local restaurant in the area

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After Lunch we will had to Logan Square to view the Basilica of Saints. Peter and Paul, The Franklin Memorial, the Free Library and amazing outdoor sculpture as part of the 10% cost of building program.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant favored by city residents.

DAY
4
South Philly/Passyunk (Rocky's Area) Cheesesteaks, Free Time
Philadelphia, PA
B,L
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Breakfast: Again we will explore another local restaurant or breakfast.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: We will continue to travel with our educator into South Philadelphia (South Philly) home of The Cheesesteaks, the Italian Market, the Mummers neighborhood as well as Mario Lanza.

Lunch: Lunch will be either at Pat's or Gino's famous for their Cheesesteaks and hoagies located on E. Passyunk Avenue.

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.

DAY
5
University City, Penn Campus, Spruce Hill, Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
B,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Active

Breakfast: Continental breakfast including a variety of breads and pastries, fresh fruit, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola and cereal, plus one hot item on weekdays.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Today we head West towards University City where the campuses of University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University are located.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own today as we stop at a local eatery in the neighborhood.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: This afternoon we will meet our mural expert for guided walk from mural to mural in the Mid-City neighborhood with a visit to The Magic Garden.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the town of Manayunk along the banks of The Schuylkill which we will travel to by commuter train.

Evening: After dinner we will have time to walk the streets of Manayunk which is known for it eclectic art galleries and specialty stores.

DAY
6
Ben Franklin Bridge, Farewell Lunch
Philadelphia, PA
B,L

Activity note: Challenging field trip this morning. Lunch and the program both end at 12:30 p.m.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast including a variety of breads and pastries, fresh fruit, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola and cereal, plus one hot item on weekdays.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: The best part of the trip begins now when we walk across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge into New Jersey over the Delaware River returning by way of the high speed line which crosses over the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Lunch: We will have a farewell lunch at the hotel at 11:30 a.m. following our lecture. Lunch and the program both end at 12:30 p.m.






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