Experience the relaxed and exciting way to explore the city on this one-hour Segway cruise along the Delaware River and through the Historic District, South Philly neighborhood, the Italian Market, and Society Hill.
Duration: 8 hours
Start Time: 8:30 a.m.
- Your driving tour runs from 8:30 – 12:30 p.m.
- Your Segway tour runs from 12:30 – 2 p.m.
- Your history tour runs from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Start Location: Your driving tour can start anywhere you like within the Downtown area, typically guests either get picked up at their hotel or meet their guide at our location in Old City.
End Location: 2nd & Chestnut Street
Tour Group Size: 6 people maximum per guide
Inclusions: Photos will be taken throughout your Segway Tour by your guide. You will receive these photos free of charge via email within 24 – 48hrs of your tour. Beer (or soft drink) at the end of your history tour.
Exclusions: Personal shopping, additional food, drink, and gratuity.
The Ultimate Philadelphia Tour
Your four-hour Private Driving Tour is from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and can start anywhere you like, typically guests either get picked up at their hotel or meet their guide at our location in Old City. Our private driving tours are custom itineraries, so your guide is able to craft a route for your group that gets you to the sights you would like to visit most, without overlapping the itineraries in your tour package. A four-hour Philly tour allows more opportunity for you to take full advantage of being on a driving tour.
Visit all of the must-see spots, like Independence National Park, a stop for a photo at the world-famous Love Park, or a run up the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as having time to explore even more famous sights and other neighborhoods – like driving through the colorful Italian Market, getting out of the van to go into the Liberty Bell Exhibit, or seeing the incredible and imposing Eastern State Penitentiary where Al Capone was once held.
Your driver guide drops you off at the location for your Segway tour, the Philly Tour Hub. Your Segway Tour is from 12:30 – 2 p.m. Start with about 30 minutes of training with your guide – then you’re off on your tour! The beginning of your tour takes you down to Penn’s Landing, with views over to New Jersey and out to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Continue along the Delaware River past historic ships and popular restaurants. Then, cross Columbus Boulevard to Headhouse Plaza and head south into the Bella Vista neighborhood. An often overlooked part of town for travelers, you get a peek at the artistic side while passing murals and artistic havens. You then travel up through the iconic Italian Market (very popular with fans of the Rocky movies). Then, experience the eclectic South Street – viewing the Philadelphia Magic Gardens and several blocks along this historic street. Your next neighborhood to explore by Segway is Society Hill with gorgeous historic homes, the nation’s first hospital (Penn Hospital), and quaint, quiet streets. Finally, head through the Independence Mall area, along Race Street, and back to our location next to the Betsy Ross House.
When you arrive back at the Philly Tour Hub, you have about 30 minutes before your History Walking Tour starts, if you need a snack or a break. Your History Tour is from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. You start your Philadelphia history tour by seeing the Betsy Ross House and hear stories of the birth of the American flag. From there, we weave through the charming back alleys of Old City and wind up walking down the street famous for being the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the country. Next, you’re treated to a visit inside Christ Church, where you hear stories of our Founding Fathers, sit where they sat, and learn about the birth of the Episcopal Church in America. The next stop on the Philly history walking tour comes at a little local coffee shop, where you can grab a quick snack or a drink and relax with your guide — the perfect opportunity to ask any pressing questions you may have about Philadelphia history. As you walk through Old City, you get a taste of this vibrant neighborhood and pass some of the trendiest pubs, clubs, cafés, and shopping in Philly. You also get a chance to see some great art galleries and fantastic historic, industrial architecture along the way.
You get some great views of the site of Ben Franklin’s home as the tour continues through Philly’s Historic District. Past Franklin Court, you’re greeted with views of Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center, and the U.S. Mint. Walk across the Mall and into the President’s House Site, home to George Washington and John Adams during Philly’s tenure as our nation’s capital. From there we pass the Liberty Bell, where we might get a chance to go inside for pictures. We then continue this Philadelphia city tour to a spot where (on weekdays only) we can grab a view of Maxfield Parrish’s Dream Garden mosaic mural. Then, we’re off to Washington Square for stories of William Penn and possibly visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We continue through Independence National Park and the must-see front yard of Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Your guide also shares knowledge of Congress Hall, Old City Hall, the Philosophical Society, the 2nd Bank of the US, and Carpenter’s Hall as you make your way through the park. With all these local stories from your guide, you get a truly unique perspective on the much-visited spots in Philadelphia.
As this Philadelphia sightseeing tour winds down, we exit the park and head back into the vibrant Old City neighborhood. We end the tour at a local brewpub. You get a craft beer brewed in-house (or soft drink, if you wish) included in the price of the tour, and we’ll say cheers to the beautiful city of Philadelphia!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
PHILADELPHIA WALKING, SEGWAY, & DRIVING TOURS
- Why should I choose the Philly Tour Hub and a Walking, Segway, and Driving tour?
The Philly Tour Hub is a unique, boutique tour company based in Old City, Philadelphia. Offering public tours, private tours, driving tours, walking tours, Segway tours, group scavenger hunts, the Philly Tour Hub has the widest variety of Philadelphia tours.
- Are there any restrictions or requirements for Segway riders?
Our only restrictions are that all riders must be 12-years-old or older and weigh between 100 – 300lbs. Riders under 18-years-old must have a parent, guardian, or responsible adult with them to sign our Liability Waiver.
We highly suggest that you wear closed-toed, comfortable shoes. Sneakers or athletic shoes are preferred. You will be standing for the duration of your tour.
ALL SEGWAY RIDERS MUST BRING VALID IDENTIFICATION. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- I've never ridden a Segway before! Will I be okay?
Absolutely! Most of our riders are first-timers, so you’ll be just fine. Our guides are incredibly patient and will take their time training you to make sure that you’re feeling confident and secure before you head out on the road.
- How is a Philly Tour Hub tour unique?
A tour with Philadelphia Urban Adventures is like no other tour you’ve ever taken. Our tours are created by Philly-locals and Philly-lovers to show visitors the awesome side of Philadelphia. We create tours that we’d like to take – tours that are Fun, Responsible, Educational, and full of Value! Even travelers who have lived in the Philadelphia area for their entire lives will learn something new and incredible on an Urban Adventures tour!