GuruWalk Original
Free tour

The Extended Highlight Tour of Historic Philadelphia

Duration: 3h
Guru: Thomas
Quality Verified Registered on July 29, 2022

My name is Tom and I am History Swiftly. I am a U.S. history teacher in a local, suburban school district and am passionate about teaching history and sharing that love of history. Over the last 20+ years as a teacher, I’ve taken students from Quebec City to Boston to Gettysburg to Annapolis to Washington. Philadelphia is always a favorite tour. I enjoy sharing all of the wonderful history and fun Philadelphia has to offer and offer recommendations on how best to see the city!

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
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Tour description

A Tour for Everyone!

Whether you’re a history geek or someone who’s never liked history… whether you’re a solo traveler, a local couple, a family of tourists, or a group of friends loving everything Philadelphia has to offer- you’ll have laughs and learn all about early American history on this in-depth tour of historic Philadelphia!   This extended tour will finish with a stroll through a beautiful residential area, Society Hill after an “Essentials” tour of historic Independence Mall area and a visit all of great historic sites in Philadelphia.  

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This tour is more- more sites seen, more stories told, more time spent near Independence National Historical Park, Washington Square Park, Society Hill & Old City, and more steps on your watch. I will tailor this tour to your group’s interest; however, I enjoy providing about a 2.75-3 hour walking tour where you’ll see all of the important sites in the founding of our nation, and then we will venture off the beaten path to see so much more history.  On Sundays, this tour will make an effort to make a stop at Philadelphia's wonderful Headhouse Farmers Market to see local produce, baked good and brews, etc. from Philadelphia and the surrounding countryside. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    101 S Independence Mall E, Philadelph...
    101 S Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
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    I will meet you by the big yellow "YO" art display in front of the National Museum of American Jewish History- directly across 5th street from the Independence Hall. I usually have a small GuruWalk sign, carry a green backpack and wear a baseball hat.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History Museum Store
  • 2
    Outside visit
    President's House Site
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Liberty Bell Center
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Independence Hall
  • 5
    Outside visit
    The Curtis Center & Dream Garden
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Washington Square
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Second Bank of the United States Portrait Gallery
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Carpenters' Hall
  • 9
    Outside visit
    First Bank of the United States
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Welcome Park
  • 11
    Outside visit
    Christ Church
  • 12
    Outside visit
    Elfreth's Alley
  • 13
    Outside visit
    Betsy Ross House
  • 14
    Outside visit
    Christ Church Burial Ground
  • 15
    Outside visit
    Independence Hall Visitors Center
  • 16
    Outside visit
    Hill-Physick House
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    Outside visit
    Society Hill
  • 18
    Outside visit
    St Peters Cemetery
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    Outside visit
    Head House Square
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    Outside visit
    Powel House
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    Outside visit
    Franklin Court
  • 22
    Outside visit
    Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History Museum Store

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Silvina 18 Jun 2023
Buenos Aires

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Travelled in group - Jun 2023
Thomas ha sido muy amable, se nota su gusto por enseñar y trasmitir historia y curiosidades
Paula 01 May 2023

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Travelled in group - Apr 2023
Tom was awesome, friendly, and answered all our questions. Despite the rain, the tour was great!
Thomas 25 Apr 2023
New York

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2023
Amazing fun, knowledgeable and friendly guide!
Gema 23 Apr 2023

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Travelled in group - Apr 2023
He's a great tour guide! Knowledgeable, fun and enthusiastic. One of the best ones I've ever had!
Beatriz 21 Nov 2022

I absolutely recommended to do the tour with Thomas. He did the tour even it was only me, so I had a private tour. Thomas is amazing, he knows lots of things about the history of Philadelphia and he explained all of them with passion. Also he gave me really good recommendations about places to visit in Philadelphia after the tour and in Washington DC, my next destination. I really recommended Thomas to anyone that wants to discover Philadelphia, you won’t regret at all!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 10 people.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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