Sept. 21 - A morning departure has you heading into Philadelphia--the City of Brotherly Love. Upon arrival, you will meet your guide at the Visitor's Center, then depart on a 3 hour historic tour. Founded and laid out by William Penn, the city was the second largest, but most prominent of the early English Colonies. Following your tour, you will check into the Holiday Inn Express Penns Landing, located in center city overlooking the Delaware River. You will have a chance to freshen up before enjoying your evening activity. A fantastic dinner has been arranged at a local restaurant, followed by an evening with a Founding Father. A historic figure from Philadelphia's past will join the group for an entertaining evening of enlightenment.
Sept 22 - Enjoy breakfast before continuing to the National Constitution Center. America's most interactive history museum, it is the first-ever honoring and explaining the US Constitution and the story of We, the People". You can take the Oath of Office and walk among life-size bronze statues in Signers' Hall. Also, included will be a rousing performance of the multi-media presentation, "Freedom Rising". Later, enjoy lunch on your own at The Bourse, before a visit to the Betsy Ross House. Betsy Ross House, the birthplace of the American flag, is alive with the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Tour the house and then stay a while longer to learn more about Betsy and her exiciting life and times. There will be time to freshen up at your hotel, then depart for One Liberty Place, Philadelphia's iconic architectural building. Dinner is on your own in the food court while you view city images from the Mural Arts Program. Giganitc feet and legs fill the lobby and the trail of a kite string beckons you to chase the lightning up the elevator to the 57th Floor to find their owner. The door opens to reveal the city's favorite citizen, Ben Franklin, along with an amazing 360 degree view from the Observation Deck. If the view isn't enough to astound you, you can zoom in on key landmarks, listen to monumental moments in pop culture, music & sports and discover little know facts about the city.
Sept 23 - It's time to check out and depart for Independence National Historical Park. Spanning over 55 acres on 20 city blocks within the historic district of the City of Philadelphia, the park preserves and interprets many of our country's most important resources associated with the establishment of the United States of America. Additionally, the park tells the story of Philadelphia's most famous citizen, Benjamin Franklin, in Franklin Court, where Franklin's home once stood. You are welcome to visit the historic buildings, such as Independence Hall (free admission ticket required), Old City Hall, Congress Hall, Liberty Bell Center and much more. Before leaving the city, a stop will be made at Philadelphia's historic farmers market, Reading Terminal Market. An exhilarating selection of baked goods, meats, poultry, seafood, produce, flowers, ethnic foods, cookware and eclectic restaurants are peppered throughout the Market. Heading for home, a stop will be made in Pottstown, PA at Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines. A tour has been arranged at this horse farm that cares for aged, abused or injured horses, while providing a home where they can spend their golden years out to pasture. The horses at Ryerss are never worked, go to auction or are used for experiments. They simply spend their days grazing and enjoying life with their friends, as part of the herd. Depart for home after your tour with fond memories of Philadelphia.
This itinerary is approximate. The exact times, days and destinations may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.