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Philadelphia: Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Philadelphia: Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus Tour

Climb aboard the double-decker hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and discover the sights of Philadelphia at your own pace. Benefit from the services on an onboard guide and avail of frequent departures every day of the week. Learn the history of the city and its cultural attractions, and hear where the best places to eat and shop are along the way. Follow in the footsteps of "Rocky" and climb the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Enjoy an authentic cheesesteak or retrace the steps of the founding fathers and see where they signed the Declaration of Independence. Sit back and enjoy the 90-minute ride around Philly seeing almost 30 points of interest along the way. Sights you will see: • Independence Visitor Center (northeast corner of 5th and Market Streets) • Betsy Ross House  • U.S. Mint and Ben Franklin’s Grave  • National Constitution Center  • Chinatown (northeast corner of Arch Street at 10th Street) • Reading Terminal Market/Convention Center  • City Hall and Love Park • Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul/Sister Cities  • Barnes Foundation (21st Street and Ben Franklin Parkway)  • Rodin Museum • Eastern State Penitentiary • Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art • Philadelphia Zoo  • Please Touch Museum/Memorial Hall/Fairmount Park • Rocky Steps • Philadelphia Museum of Art • Franklin Institute/Logan Circle • The Bellevue/Rittenhouse Square • Academy of Music/Broad Street • Antiques Row (10th and Pine Street) • South Street/Headhouse Square • Vietnam Veterans Memorial • Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing/Columbus Boulevard • Penn's Landing/Waterfront • Old City/Christ Church • Museum of American Jewish History

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Philly Cheesesteak Tour and Tastings by Segway

2. Philly Cheesesteak Tour and Tastings by Segway

Enjoy tastes of 5 different Philly cheesesteaks as you tour South Philly by Segway, stopping at the best cheesesteak establishments on your route. Meet your entertaining guide and begin your tour with a 30-minute orientation session. Once you feel comfortable riding your self-balancing electric Segway, you’ll weave through the streets of South Philly on a 5-mile loop. Glide along the neighborhood’s streets, passing the Italian Market, South Street, and Society Hill – all without breaking a sweat. As you enjoy these scrumptious tastings of the sandwich that made the city famous, you’ll understand why there’s nothing quite like a crusty roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed beef and melted cheese. You’ll sample 5 different cheesesteaks and decide which is your favorite. Gobble up a quarter of a sandwich at each vendor, from your classic hole-in-the-wall restaurant to the take-out window. Enjoy the flavors and textures of ribeye beef and melted cheese, dripping with toppings such as sautéed mushrooms, ketchup, and hot or sweet peppers. Your guide will make sure you order the traditional Philly cheesesteak, known locally as a Whiz Wit, topped with processed cheese spread and fried onions! This small-group Segway tour is limited to 8 people, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.

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Philadelphia Markets, Mosaics and Magic Small Group Tour

3. Philadelphia Markets, Mosaics and Magic Small Group Tour

Take on the diversity of Philly in the best way possible – local style! Begin your Philadelphia neighborhood tour on the ever-colorful South Street. Follow your local guide through the streets of the Bella Vista neighborhood for your first glimpse of some beautiful mosaics. You’ll swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and marvel at the sights, smells, and sounds of the famous Italian Market. The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in America, and you’ll soon understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. Tempt your taste buds as you wander past the myriad of local stores carrying everything from cheese, chocolate, spices, and olive oils, to the best bakeries, butcher shops, and produce stalls. Take the time to mix with business owners and residents, taste some samples, and hear stories of early immigrants to the city. It was also here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs — feel free to recreate this scene yourself! You'll continue this Philadelphia city tour with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which showcases the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar. This amazing place includes a fully mosaicked indoor gallery and a massive outdoor labyrinthine mosaic structure. Here your guide will fill you in on the local tales of this area, giving you the opportunity to ask them any questions you may have about this classic Philly spot. Your tour concludes at the Magic Gardens. From here, your guide can give you recommendations on where to go to eat, drink, and shop along Philly’s eclectic and dynamic South Street. Now that you're a bona fide local, you may even want to make an appointment for your new Urban Adventures tattoo.

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South Philly: People, Places & Flavors of the Italian Market

4. South Philly: People, Places & Flavors of the Italian Market

The Liberty Bell. Independence Hall. We all know Philadelphia for its famous landmarks and historical background, but did you also know that it's home to this wicked food market? Join this Italian Market tour in Philadelphia for a dose of yummy Philly food at its very best.  Starting at the always-colourful South Street, head off with your local guide through the neighbourhood of Bella Vista in South Philly. You’ll explore the tiny streets in this section and have a chance to view some of the iconic mosaic art from a local artist. As you continue to tour Philadelphia, swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and stroll along Christian Street before arriving at the sounds, aromas, and sights of the famous Italian market or, more accurately, the South 9th Street Curb Market. The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in the USA, and it’s easy to understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. With your local guide leading the way on this Philly tour, explore the huge variety of stores located here, many of which are Italian in heritage. Tempt tastebuds as you wander past cheeses, chocolates, spices, and olive oils. Discover bakeries, butchers, and a myriad of other produce stalls plus a wonderful kitchen store. And don’t worry, if the temptation to purchase becomes too great, you’re likely to get a bargain as many of these stores discount for our travellers! Along the way you'll get the chance to talk to some of the owners and employees of these shops and stalls, and hear fascinating local stories of the development of this area over the years. As you continue through the market, cross over the main intersection and head towards a variety of Mexican stores. If this area looks familiar it’s probably because it was here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs. Nearby you’ll also see a selection of Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Chinese stores, brimming with aromas and sights that are sure to delight the senses. This Philadelphia market tour concludes at the intersection made famous by local restaurant competitors Pat's and Geno's, where you'll be able to buy a famous Philly Cheesesteak after the tour. If you don’t want the adventure to end here, continue with your guide on the Markets, Mosaics, & Magic tour.

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Philadelphia: South Philly Art Walking Tour

5. Philadelphia: South Philly Art Walking Tour

Explore the incredible public art in South Philadelphia on this group walking tour. Head into the heart of the Queen Village and the Bella Vista neighborhood to uncover beautiful and surprising murals and mind-bending mosaics. Meet your guide and begin your art finding adventure. Listen as your guide explains the history of each piece and how it blends together into a magical tapestry that drapes across the entire city. Appreciate the relationship between the art, artists, and the neighborhoods that they call home. Enjoy how accessible art is throughout a major city like Philadelphia. After exploring the street art and a gallery or two, your tour will conclude at the incredible Magic Gardens. Take your time wandering through the indoor mosaic displays and the outdoor labyrinth at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens. Impact the community in the tour as part of your ticket price includes a donation to a local organization which supports artists in the city.

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Philadelphia: Highlights of East Passyunk Food Tour

6. Philadelphia: Highlights of East Passyunk Food Tour

Explore the mouth-watering area of East Passyunk, Philadelphia, on this food-filled walking tour. Try local foods and drinks in one of Philly's most dynamic and talked about foodie neighborhoods. Discover some of the best places around to eat. Start at one end of East Passyunk Avenue and make your way past many of the local highlights. Hear stories of the restaurateurs and their restaurants and bars. Along the way, check out iconic landmarks and murals. Taste Philly's freshest popcorn chicken with house-made dipping sauce, empanadas, patatas bravas, gourmet pizza, locally brewed beer, and a sweet dessert. This tour includes enough food to make up a light meal. After the tour, choose to stick around and sample other restaurants that open right when the tour concludes. You’ll learn about all the best restaurants in town so you know of the best spots to eat during the rest of your trip. Food and Wine Magazine named East Passyunk one of the 10 best foodie streets in America. Plus, 12 out of the top 50 restaurants in Philadelphia Magazine and Foobooz's latest edition of "The 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia" are on East Passyunk Ave. East Passyunk is booming with cutting-edge shops and ambitious restaurants that would rather set trends than follow them. Discover for yourself what makes this neighborhood such a popular foodie destination and learn how it became the epicenter of the city's culinary scene.

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What people are saying about South Philadelphia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 268 reviews

I had never been on a Segway before. In less than 5 minutes, D had me rolling around the showroom with confidence. I was ready to go. The equipment was very good and easy to use. D gave a very good tour, engaging in conversation about the city and took us to 5 of the best cheesesteak places in town. Excellent trip. I recommend for anyone hungry for a new adventure!

Loved the Philidelphia Hop On Hop Off Bus! So much fun to drive through the city and have a live person narrate as you drove by historical sights. It was very informative, entertaining, and lots of fun learning about the city. I have done this one a few years back and it was worth doing again. I would highly recommend it!

We had a wonderful segway experience. Our tour guide Barry was the best and very knowledgeable out the city. Cheesesteaks were great as well. I would do it again in a heartbeat

Bruce was hilarious and I learned so much from him. and he'll warn you about the tree branches lol.

Very good option to know the main things of the city in a short time