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Touring Reading Terminal Market

The Soul of Center City

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You haven't lived until you've heard the world's largest pipe organ in full swing! Hear the pipe organ, track down a cupcake truck in Love Park, scoff a Philly pretzel, visit an iconic cheese shop, and admire some of the city's finest public art and grand homes, all on this Philadelphia tour.

Highlights:
  • Discover Philadelphia Center City from a truly local perspective
  • Experience the rich and diverse architecture of Philadelphia's civic buildings, shopping centers, train terminals, fountains, churches, museums, and theatres
  • Taste food from around the world at one of Philadelphia's most treasured markets
  • Discover Philly's offbeat spots such as the world's largest pipe organ or the 'Avenue of Arts'

Tour style:Walking & Orientation, Food & Market Visits, Local Life & Culture, Music, History
Inclusions:

Local English-speaking guide, some small snacks when available.


Exclusions:

Items of a personal nature, your own snacks, food, tips and gratuities for your guide.


Group size:Maximum 12
Schedule details:
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Meeting point:

    The Clothes Pin sculpture at the corner of Market and 15th Streets, opposite Philadelphia's City Hall.

  • Starting time: 12.00 PM
  • Ending point:

    Rittenhouse Square, Intersection of 18th St. & Walnut St.


Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:

    Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

  • Confirmation of booking:

    If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. 


    Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

  • Dress standard:

    A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Make sure to check the weather report for rain!

     

  • Child policy:

    This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour.

  • Language: English

Also runs from:1 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015

Itinerary:

Get a taste of the real Philly Center City on this Philadelphia walking tour that takes a detour away from the famous spots and throws you into real Philly local life. If you're looking for something offbeat and unique to do in Philadelphia, you just found it! 

 

Your Philadelphia tour begins at the Clothes Pin sculpture at the corner of Market and 15th Streets, opposite Philadelphia's City Hall, the cultural and geographic heart of Center City Philadelphia. Head east and walk straight into a concert, where you'll hear a performance on the world's largest pipe organ (please note, the organ is not often played on Sundays, so if you want to hear it on the tour we suggest you book for a different day!). After the concert, we head to the historic Reading Railroad Terminal and to one of Philadelphia's most beloved markets. Here you can grab a snack and learn all about this rich local history behind this classic Philly spot. 

 

From the market, we head to Love Park for one of Philly's best photo ops and a chance for another bite to eat and if we're lucky - dessert at the cupcake truck (yes, such delicious things do exist!). Logan Square is our next stop, which we'll head to via a parkway lined with world flags - geography nerd alert! We'll walk into the breathtaking Basilica of St. Peter & St. Paul, across the square and the Swann Fountain, and into the grand lobby of the Franklin Institute.

 

Your Philadelphia city tour continues to one of the newest attractions in Philly, a massive LED TV screen in Philly's Center City. From there, we enter one of Philly's biggest shopping and restaurant districts. You'll be introduced to an iconic Italian cheese shop, followed by a stop at the Philly Pretzel Factory for a snack of a hot soft Philly pretzel.  

 

Next, the tour brings you to a spot nicknamed 'Avenue of the Arts'. Here, you'll get a sense of some classic and modern architecture from Philly's banks, hotels, theatres, and social clubs. You'll stroll into Midtown Village and view a few of Philly's fantastic public murals.

 

After the murals, stop at one of Philly's newest theatres, then have the chance to cool down with water ice, a classic Philadelphia treat as we walk through the beautiful residential neighborhood of Rittenhouse. The tour concludes at Rittenhouse Square, where you can either continue eating, shopping, and exploring, or you local guide will be happy to give you directions back to your accommodation. 


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Traveller Feedback:

Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback. 

The Soul of Center City has an average customer care rating of 4.50 (out of a possible 5). The scores for each parameter are:
  • Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.50
  • Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.50
  • The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
    with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.50
  • The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
    Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.50
  • Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.50

Mrs. Tina K.
USA ~ 06 Jul 2014
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great tour with Josh

 

Mr. John K.
USA ~ 09 Nov 2011
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The Soul of Center City tour was an excellent way to find out the great aspects of Philadelphia rather than what you read in the news and advertisements. Paige was a wonderful tour guide; her energy and knoweledge of the city brought excitement to the group and kept us moving along without sacraficing the time we wanted to spend in a particular area. I highly recommend the tour; I look forward to signing up for future events.

 

Your trip:

This day tour in Philadephia is offered on a "join-in" basis.  Maximum group size is 12, but we can add another guide if the group exceeds this number.

Tipping:

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.

  • Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
  • Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.


Philadelphia's Urban Adventures

The Philadelphia Urban Adventures team is a knowledgeable and energetic group, dedicated to making sure that our urban travelers get the most out of their Philly experience.  We come from a variety of backgrounds and parts of the world, with shared passions for travel, local culture, history, food, music, art and architecture.  And above all we want you to leave Philadelphia with a love for the City that you will share with others when you get home!  

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