OCTOBER 5-8, 2020
Join Champlain Tours for a fully escorted tour to the rich & historic Philadelphia during fall foliage season! "Philly" is one of the United States' most visited cities. After all, both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed here in Independence Hall. Renaissance man Benjamin Franklin once called this city home. And before Washington, D.C. usurped its role, Philadelphia served as the country's capital. Yet the city is far from being stuck in its glorious past. The Philly of today is filled with notable museums, a bumping nightlife, beloved sports teams and a thriving restaurant scene that encompasses more than just the ubiquitous cheesesteak.
DAY 1 - MONDAY
Travel from Burlington, Vermont to Philadelphia. Enjoy a guided city tour to get familiar with the city before heading to your included group dinner. Your lodging is at the fabulous Hampton Inn, centrally located next to the convention center and Independence Hall.
DAY 2 - TUESDAY
After your included breakfast, join the group for an excursion to Longwood Gardens. Longwood is 1,100 acres of indoor and outdoor Gardens, providing a living expression of all that the founder, Pierre S. du Pont, found inspiring, meaningful, and beautiful. From the intricate fountain systems to the meticulous gardens to the architectural grandeur, awe-inspiring discoveries await at every turn. Use this link to discover all the gardens:
Lunch is on your own as you explore the expansive grounds, the du Pont House, and atrium. Back in Philadelphia, you will have free time to visit the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall. Don't worry, your tour manager is not far away if you need assistance finding your way around. Dinner is own your own...the perfect time to find that corner of the city famous for the Philly cheese steak!
DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY
Once you have finished breakfast, join our local guide for a gentle walk as we explore the "Magic Gardens". Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is a non-profit organization, folk art environment, and gallery space on South Street in Philadelphia. To date, it is the largest work created by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. The Magic Gardens spans three city lots, and includes indoor galleries and a large outdoor labyrinth. The mosaics are made up of everything from kitchen tiles to bike wheels, Latin-American art to china plates. Lunch today is on your own, the perfect time to nibble your way through Reading Terminal Market, one of America’s largest and oldest public markets. Housed since 1893 in a National Historic Landmark building, the Market offers an incredible selection of locally grown & exotic produce, locally sourced meats and poultry, plus the finest seafood, cheeses, baked goods, and confections. This afternoon, you can choose to use this time to explore a museum, visit the Philadelphia Zoo, and stroll Rittenhouse Square. Join the group this evening for your included farewell dinner.
DAY 4 - THURSDAY
After a leisurely breakfast, meet the motor coach for our journey home.
(group of four)
PRICING PER PERSON
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*20% deposit at booking. Balance due February 7, 2020