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Philadelphia: Half-Day Private Rocky Movie Locations Tour

1. Philadelphia: Half-Day Private Rocky Movie Locations Tour

Join this exciting 4-hour “Rocky” movie locations tour of Philadelphia for a fresh look at the “City of Brotherly Love.” The private tour can start and end at any location in the city center, and includes transfers by chauffeur driven vehicle. See sites from 4 of the 6 “Rocky” movies, including the first, and the last, “Rocky Balboa.” Go to the pet store where Adrian Pennino worked, and the gym where Rocky worked out. Visit Rocky’s apartment building, and take a quick jog in the Italian Market where Rocky’s morning runs were filmed. Pick up a Philly Cheese Steak before you leave. A highlight will be the famous “Rocky” steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where you will also find the giant bronze statue of Rocky himself! There are many street scenes that you will immediately recognize, and you can spar with your guide about movie quotes and characters along the way.

Philadelphia: 2-Hour Private Historic District Walking Tour

2. Philadelphia: 2-Hour Private Historic District Walking Tour

Visit the birthplace of American democracy and the home of the American Revolution on this historical tour through Philadelphia. Admire the testimonies of American history in one of the most historic places in the United States. See the famous Liberty Bell and learn all about its role in the various liberation movements such as anti-slavery movement, women’s suffrage, and the civil rights movement. Stop outside the Independence Hall, the birthplace of the nation. Here began discussions on political and personal freedom, and here the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the constitution was written. See the Betsy Ross House,  woman who is said to have sewn the first American flag. During the tour you will learn a lot about the history of the United States and the city of Philadelphia as well as the colony of Pennsylvania and some of the most important historical figures of the 18th century – William Penn and Benjamin Franklin.

Valley Forge Private 4-Hour Tour from Philadelphia

3. Valley Forge Private 4-Hour Tour from Philadelphia

The Valley Forge encampment is a hugely important part in the story of the foundation of the United States. After retreating from the Battle of Brandywine, General Washington moved his army to the high ground at Valley Forge in December of 1777. Over the next 6 months, battling the cold, disease, desertion, and famine, the army amazingly grew in numbers and strength and, with the help of Baron von Steuben, was transformed into a well-trained fighting force that ultimately went on to win the war against the British. The drive out from the city takes about 30 minutes depending on traffic. The tour includes a drive around the Valley Forge National Historic Park, which today is a beautifully kept and landscaped, natural setting filled with deer and birds. Regimental monuments dot the drive as well as recreations of the huts used by the men (and women) who camped here. You’ll have many chances to get out and wander among the huts, take photos across the park, and visit the site of George Washington’s headquarters and the Washington Memorial Chapel built in the early 1900s to commemorate this unique part of history. Your tour guide will regale you with many stories and then take you to the Visitor Center, where you can see a short movie about the encampment, browse in the store, and visit the museum area.

Philadelphia Private Driving Tour - Half or Full-Day

4. Philadelphia Private Driving Tour - Half or Full-Day

Explore the city of Philadelphia on a private driving tour, customized to suit your preferences, and available as either a half-day or full-day option. The former capital of the Pennsylvania Colony, Philadelphia is intimately connected to the history of Amercia. You will see all the highlights, including Elfreth’s Alley and the Liberty Bell. Go to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was first debated. Pass Christ Church to see the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church, and Penn's Landing, where William Penn docked in 1682. Drive down the Avenue of the Arts and see Love Park (JFK Plaza), dominated by Robert Indiana's “Love” sculpture. Continue the arts theme at the Rodin Museum or Philadelphia Museum of Art, complete with Rocky’s statue and the steps used in the blockbuster movie. See where Al Capone was incarcerated at the Eastern State Penitentiary, admire the boat houses on the Schuylkill River, and visit Memorial Hall in Centennial Park. You’ll almost certainly get out to Belmont Plateau for a great view before coming back through Rittenhouse Square. There will be time to get out and take pictures or enjoy a short walk, perhaps down Elfreth’s Alley, or to the gazebo next to the boat houses on the Schuylkill. It’s your tour and your choice, but your guide will give some great suggestions. Take detours into Society Hill and out to the 9th Street Italian Market, home of the great Philly Cheese Steak. The full-day tour can be customized to include nearby neighborhoods or the beautifully situated Laurel Hill Cemetery and Historic Rittenhouse Town. Suggestions will also be given for lunch, whether you fancy a snack or full-blown meal.

Philadelphia: Private Colonial Waterfront Walking Tour

5. Philadelphia: Private Colonial Waterfront Walking Tour

This 2-hour walking tour will walk in the path of the original settlers of Philadelphia. Early Philadelphia looked very different from today's metropolis. The river was twice as wide and populated with many small islands. This tour will feature many rare images of the 18th Century waterfront. Learn about the history of the waterfront and start your tour at Penn’s Welcome Park where you will learn the details of how the original Philadelphia was laid out and the role that the waterfront played in its development. Tour highlights include the Thomas Bond House, City Tavern, Dock Street, Man Full O' Trouble Tavern, Site of Tun Tavern, Scottish/Irish Memorials, Elfreth's Alley, William Penn Steps, Willow Creek site and more.

Discover Brandywine Valley: Private Driving Tour

6. Discover Brandywine Valley: Private Driving Tour

Discover the beautiful rolling countryside of Brandywine Valley, sitting 40 miles outside the city of Philadelphia. Visit some of the area's most popular attractions, including the stunning Longwood Gardens, the fascinating Winterthur Country Museum and Estate, the Brandywine River Museum, and the beautiful Nemours Mansion among others. Alternately, pay a visit to some of the wonderful wineries of the region, including Chaddsford Winery which provides regular tours and tastings. Because the tour is private, it can be customized to suit your needs and desires, allowing you to choose the attractions you are most interested in as well as the duration of your visit to them. You guides are also happy to take you around the Brandywine Battlefield site, or to drop you off at one of the fabulous local restaurants for a leisurely lunch.

Philadelphia: Private 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour in German

7. Philadelphia: Private 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour in German

Visit the birthplace of American democracy and the home of the American Revolution on this historical tour through Philadelphia. Admire the testimonies of American history in one of the most historic places in the United States. See the famous Liberty Bell and learn all about its role in the various liberation movements such as anti-slavery movement, women’s suffrage, and the civil rights movement. Learn about Independence Hall, the birthplace of the nation. Here began discussions on political and personal freedom, and here the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the constitution was written. Admire the impressive original document yourself in the West Wing. Stroll through the garden of the Betsy Ross House, which was built in 1740 and is named after the woman who is said to have sewn the first American flag. During the tour you learn a lot about the history of the United States and the city of Philadelphia as well as the colony of Pennsylvania and some of the most important historical figures of the 18th century – William Penn and Benjamin Franklin.

Philadelphia: Rocky Movie Self-Guided Driving Tour with App

8. Philadelphia: Rocky Movie Self-Guided Driving Tour with App

Immerse yourself in one of the most epic underdog stories of all time: Rocky. Embark on a Rocky-inspired adventure in Philadelphia, driving yourself to the movie hotspots and important local sights using an app while listening to the movie's soundtrack. Imagine pressing just one button and getting instantly whisked away on an adventure through Philadelphia. Whether solo or with friends, follow the app's directions and head to the city's iconic sights, as well as lesser-known areas, all from the comfort of your own vehicle. Choose the content you want to engage in on your smartphone with absolute freedom to explore, play, and discover Rocky's Philadelphia without the herds of tourists or strict schedules. Bob and weave your way between the locations that paved the landscape for Rocky’s million to one shot and his rise to finding love and becoming the champ, seeing the city of brotherly love come alive in a whole new way. Pay a visit to Mickey's gym, Adrian's Restaurant, The Italian Market, the infamous "Rocky Steps," and more as you experience the transformation from humble beginnings of a down-and-out club boxer, struggling to get by, to the relentless optimism of a young fighter simply yearning to go the distance. Enjoy inspiring and uplifting behind-the-scenes mini featurettes, incredible stories, the iconic official soundtrack, playing right at the location where it happened. Tape up your hands, put on your gloves, and throw that oversized robe over your shoulders, as you step into Rocky’s Philadelphia.

Philadelphia: Private Half-Day Driving Tour

9. Philadelphia: Private Half-Day Driving Tour

Experience a private driving tour of Philadelphia’s highlights, and end the tour with a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Your tour begins with an easy hotel pickup in a private vehicle. Enjoy an easy drop-off at the first site, where your guide will take you on a poignant journey around the historic sites of the American Revolution. Learn how the seeds of independence took root long before a musket shot was fired. As you walk around the homes of Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross, your guide will color in the missing details of life in Philadelphia during the period. Hear about the political climate of the time and the tension and excitement around the city. From there, continue onto JFK Plaza, where you can see one of the city’s most Instagrammable and recognizable sculptures: The LOVE statue. Hear why the replica of Indiana’s statue was erected in Philadelphia, and learn about life as a local from your guide as you drive around the city. Then drive up the wide lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a street whose numerous sites could fill up a day on its own. See Rodin’s "The Thinker" and numerous other public sculptures outside the Rodin Museum before descending the 72 steps to the top of the "Rocky Stairs." From the summit, enjoy sweeping vistas across Eakins Oval, Philadelphia City Hall, and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

From NYC: Private Washington & Philadelphia Tour in 1 Day

10. From NYC: Private Washington & Philadelphia Tour in 1 Day

Begin your day with early morning pickup at a location of your choice between Lower Manhattan and 125th St. Be greeted by your professional, bilingual tour guide, then travel for around 4–5 hours to Washington, DC, the current capital of the United States. Upon arrival, visit the Iwo Jima Memorial, which honors the US Marines raising the American flag in a famous photograph at the battle of Iwo Jima, Japan. Continue to the impressive Lincoln Memorial dedicated to the president who promoted the abolition of slavery in the United States. Washington D.C. is the center for all 3 branches of the U.S. government. During this tour, stop for a classic outside view of the seat of two of them: the White House and the Capitol Building. Conclude the Washington leg of your tour with free time for lunch on your own and a possible short visit to a museum. Your next destination is the first-ever U.S. capital: Philadelphia, PA. Re-board your comfortable motorcoach for an approximate 3-hour journey. Arrive directly in Philadelphia's historic Old City neighborhood. Make your first stop at the Independence National Historical Park where your guide will lead you on a brief walking tour. Enjoy the opportunity to see some of the main historical sites such as the Liberty Bell, the famous symbol of America's independence, and Independence Hall, the birthplace of the United States. Your visit to Philadelphia concludes with a stop at the Rocky Steps, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Have an opportunity to re-enact the famous scene from the 1976 movie by ascending to the top of the steps. At the end of the day, relax on board your motorcoach for the return to New York.

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What people are saying about Philadelphia

Adam was amazing his knowledge of the history of the area really made our trip enjoyable. Our 17 year old son is a history buff and he and Adam had this great conversation. So much better than just having to read and listen too the standard recording. History really came alive!

Tom and Roll (the horse) were so professional and fun. Tom is very knowledgable and professional! This is a great activity for kids.

Nick was very knowledgeable and did a great job of answering questions and keeping our group engaged. We had a wonderful time.

It was a little difficult to get in and out of the carriage but our driver was experienced and there was no problem.

Driver was very knowledgeable about the entire area and could answer all of our questions.