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The Essentials: The Best Free Highlight Tour and More of Historic Philadelphia
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GuruWalk Original Free Tour The Essentials: The Best Free Highlight Tour and More of Historic Philadelphia
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Duration: 1h and 45min
Hours: 10:30, 12:30 and 1 more

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Guru: Thomas
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Free Walking Tour of Philadelphia’s Early American History
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GuruWalk Original Free Tour Free Walking Tour of Philadelphia’s Early American History
23 ratings
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Duration: 2h and 30min
Hours: 09:30 and 12:30

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Guru: Thomas
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25 opinions from other walkers about Philadelphia tours

Rebecca 02 Dec 2022
Philadelphia
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Travelled in group - Nov 2022
Thomas was incredibly engaging and interesting to listen too. He is a history teacher nearby so was a plethora of really interesting information, took a really great scenic route and had great recommendations for activities along the way as well to so after the tour. We went on the tour with a large group - my family was visiting from out of town so my husband and I got to play tourist in our own city and loved every minute of it. Thomas also included some really nice touches with his tour that were super thoughtful. He had a bunch of mini water bottles for tour participants if they got thirsty (it was a long tour outside!) and starburst for people if they got the answers to his questions correct. You could tell he is really passionate about what he does and US History as a whole. The weather also was beautiful and 70 degrees out which certainly helped.
The Essentials: The Best Free Highlight Tour and More of Historic Philadelphia
Marton 28 Nov 2022
Budapest
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
As a qualified tour guide, I can tell when an outstanding colleague stands in front of me and Tom is clearly one of them! We enjoyed every minute of the tour. Highly recommended! :)
The Essentials: The Best Free Highlight Tour and More of Historic Philadelphia
Emma 27 Nov 2022
Little Britain
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Travelled alone - Nov 2022
Thomas provided the best walking tour I've experienced - would highly recommend! It was fun, informative and simply an incredible way to see the city and gain historic knowledge! Tom was superb!
The Essentials: The Best Free Highlight Tour and More of Historic Philadelphia
Iván 27 Nov 2022
Melrose
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Travelled alone - Nov 2022
Thomas fue un gran día. Contó buenas anécdotas y nos enseñó las zonas imprescindibles de Philadelphia.
The Essentials: The Best Free Highlight Tour and More of Historic Philadelphia
Fiona 21 Nov 2022
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Travelled alone - Nov 2022
Thomas made this a most enjoyable tour. Fun facts. Very knowledgeable. It was a cold and windy (but sunny) day and Thomas was very cognizant of this and making participants comfortable. Recommend.
The Essentials: The Best Free Highlight Tour and More of Historic Philadelphia
Marina 14 Nov 2022
Berlin
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
I couldn’t recommend Thomas enough, even if you’ve been to the city before. He explained things with passion and was elated at any questions and participation. The way he narrated stories immersed you completely in the times he spoke about, and he was able to do so giving the perfect amount of information for each stop. He also had water (and candy!) for the attendees, as well as a barrage of recommendations and little fun tidbits about the city. Truly knowledgeable and delightful to listen to. 10/10
The Essentials: The Best Free Highlight Tour and More of Historic Philadelphia
Isabel 12 Nov 2022
New York
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Travelled in couple - Sep 2022
Thomas’ tour was wonderful. I feel like I learned so much about the history of Philadelphia and some fun facts. The walk was a great pace and ended on time. A lovely morning, thank you Tom!
The Essentials: The Best Free Highlight Tour and More of Historic Philadelphia
Nellie 12 Nov 2022
New York
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Phenomenal tour!!! Highly recommend
The Essentials: The Best Free Highlight Tour and More of Historic Philadelphia
Karen 25 Oct 2022
Woodland
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Travelled in couple - Oct 2022
We did both the walking tour with Thomas and the Hop On Hop Off bus tour while in Philadelphia. Honestly, we learned more and had a much better experience with Thomas, and wish we had not bothered with the bus. U.S. History is Thomas' speciality and his enthusiasm for the subject is contagious. We kept up a brisk pace and covered even more territory than anticipated. Thomas has the inside scoop and enjoys sharing his knowledge!
The Essentials: The Best Free Highlight Tour and More of Historic Philadelphia

About Philadelphia

Few cities in the United States can boast of having the depth of American history as Philadelphia can. Known for being the birthplace of the nation, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written,  this city is located on the East Coast, halfway between New York City and Washington DC.  It is a must-visit city for American history! 

Philadelphia is considered an important cultural site due to the high concentration of museums and the amount of exciting events that are scheduled throughout the year. It is a recommended stop for all tourists who love culture, rich historical heritage and, of course, its cuisine. Visiting the city involves trying its tasty and typical sandwich, The Hoagie with sausage, lettuce, pickles, tomato, etc. And, everyone must try the famous Philadelphia Cheesesteak with its thinly sliced meat, sautĂ©ed onions, peppers and cheese on a long hoagie roll. 

In this city there are some obligatory stops, present in every free walking tour in Philadelphia worth its salt. The first of these is undoubtedly Independence Hall, since it is where independence - and later the Constitution were debated.  The Liberty Bell is another iconic visit, for its meaning in the fight against slavery.  When not on a walking tour, explore museums such as The Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of the American Revolution, the Franklin Institute and the Mutter Museum.  With its wide cultural offerings,  a trip to Philadelphia takes several days to be able to enjoy and complete properly. Other interesting visits are the Reading Terminal Market, the Rocky Steps, the Eastern State Penitentiary and the South Philly sports complex to see some great professional teams in action. 

Given the varied cultural and leisure offerings in the city, it is best to choose one of the free tours in Philadelphia to begin your adventures in this great city.  It is as an excellent alternative to the traditional routes around the city and will give you an overview of all that Philadelphia has to offer!

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