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We look forward to planning a custom-designed  tour to meet your special interests – some examples are:

Prisons, Poe and Pasta

Take a walk on the darker side of history with this “off the beaten path” itinerary that highlights two of Philadelphia’s more unique attractions:  Eastern State Penitentiary- the world’s first penitentiary and model for some 300 to follow and the Philadelphia home of Edgar Allan Poe. A fascinating exploration of the 18th and 19th century philosophy regarding criminal behavior and Edgar Allan Poe’s creation of the Murder Mystery.  Definitely not your average tour!   Top it off with a South-Philly style pasta lunch. 

 
 
 

Paint the Town

Explore Philadelphia’s rich artistic history from the colonial era to the multitude of  periods and styles exhibited in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to the ever-expanding Mural Arts Program and the eclectic galleries of Olde City.   

 
 
 

The Underground Railroad

Take a trip along the route of the Underground Railroad. Its location, just above the Mason-Dixon Line plus the influence of its Quaker population, made southeastern Pennsylvania a major part of this secret network. Customize your stops along the way which could include – Johnson House, Philadelphia’s only accessible and intact “station”, the historic Mother Bethel AME Church, or a Living History experience with an appearance of Harriet Tubman. Your tour will be filled with fascinating stories of the experiences of the runaway slaves and the bravery of those who aided them in their escape.

 
 
 

Ghostly Tales of the Main Line Mansions

Not “skeletons in the closet,” but ghosts everywhere- in the attic, in the tavern, in the cemetery and in the mansions. Hair-raising tales in a most unlikely setting - the prestigious neighborhoods of Philadelphia’s Main Line.  Are you brave enough to join us?   

 
 
 

“Green Countrie Towne” Garden Party

William Penn’s vision of a “Green Countrie Towne” continues today. Join us as we explore a sampling of the region’s magnificent gardens including historic Bartram Gardens - the 1st botanical garden in America,  the Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park, Chanticleer - a magnificent private garden on the Main Line, Meadowbrook Farms - once the home of prominent horticulturist, J. Liddon Pennock, Morris Arboretum with its magnificent trees and  Longwood Gardens – spectacular gardens that were once the estate of Pierre S. duPont.

 
 
 

Tippling Houses and Bawdy Taverns

Experience Happy Hour 18th century style. Taverns everywhere! By 1752, 120 licensed taverns operated in this staid Quaker town. Tonight we stroll thru Olde City and Society Hill for a delightfully fun evening. Our stops include the very "genteel" City Tavern to enjoy a colonial favorite, the "shrub," as well as other sites of traditional or more modern "pub" atmosphere for tastings of "spirits" at each. Through the commentary of your guide, you'll learn all about the importance of taverns, interesting facts and poems, popular 18th century drinks, "toasts," many stories of the time & much more. Huzzah! Huzzah!

 
 

Catch the Holiday Spirit!

Visit Philadelphia and its beautiful countryside for a wonderful holiday experience. In Philadelphia, visit the Fairmount Park houses in full holiday regalia, combined with the time-honored Philadelphia tradition of Wanamaker’s Holiday Light Show  & shop in the outdoor venue of the annual German Market . Or, enjoy the holiday spirit in the Brandywine Valley with the duPont family’s holiday traditions showcased at Winterthur,  Hagley Museum,  Nemours, and Longwood Gardens – they are simply magnificent during the holiday season!  Also consider the Brandywine River Museum for its delightful trees decorated top to bottom with imaginative hand-made “Christmas Critters,” its amazing model railroad display, antique dolls and more.  Of course holiday shopping at QVC Studio or King of Prussia Mall.

 
 

Sacred Sites

Pennsylvania was founded on the principle of religious freedom with William Penn’s Holy Experiment.   Visit a sampling of historic places of worship  from Quaker meeting houses to Christ Church, to Bryn Athyn Cathedral, to Beth Shalom Synagogue to Old St. Joseph’s Church, to Mother Bethel AME Church, and more – a most unique, enlightening exploration

 
 

Shop ‘til you Drop – It’s Historic! 

Visit our region’s unique shopping venues and add a tour as an accompaniment.  Lancaster/Amish with Adamstown (Antique Capital of the World) or a selection of Old Order Amish quilt shops, Bucks County with Rice’s Flea Market or New Hope’s eclectic shops or Lambertville’s Antiques, Valley Forge with King of Prussia Mall or Philadelphia Premium Outlets,  Historic Philadelphia  with a tour of historic John Wanamakers (now Macy’s) or in shopping venues such as Rittenhouse Row, One Liberty Place, Italian Market and more. Multi-day option

 
 

Artists, Authors & Architecture

Combine such sites as Green Hills Farm - home of author Pearl S. Buck, Philadelphia home of Edgar Allan Poe - a National Historic Site, Brandywine River Museum - including N.C. Wyeth’s studio or the Kuerner Farm or one of Philadelphia’s great museums, City Hall - the magnificent French 2nd Empire structure which is the largest municipal building in the country plus many other options for a very unique experience.  Multi-day option

 
 

The American Revolution in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Follow the footsteps of the Continental Army from the Battle of Brandywine (September 11, 1777 ) to their march into Valley Forge (December 19, 1777) A fascinating exploration which could include stops in Germantown, Paoli,  Fort Mifflin, Brandywine and Valley Forge.  Multi-day option.

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