7 Night -  Philadelphia & The Pocono Mountains

3 nights in Philadelphia to take in the history, shopping, Sightseeing, nightlife and restaurants that this great city has to offer and then head for the great outdoors for 4 nights in the Pocono’s and explore the scenic mountains landscapes where you can spa, golf, hike, spot wildlife or just simply relax.

Day 1: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Step back into Colonial times and learn about the birth of this nation, then live in the moment at one of Philadelphia's trendiest nightspots.  Study American artists at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts before embarking on a Mural Arts Tour to learn how some of today's most modern artists beautify the city.  Shop for treasures on Antique Row, or hit Old City's funky boutiques for something more contemporary.  From museums and architecture, to tax-free shopping and scrumptious dining, Philadelphia offers you countless ways to make the most of your stay.
Despite being the 2nd largest city on the east coast Philadelphia is truly a walking city, and many of its attractions are readily accessible by foot so the city is perfect for a city break.  The city offers an extensive, easy-to-navigate transit system that includes buses, subways, trains, and trolleys.
Day 2
Experience the city's renowned museums along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including The Franklin; the Rodin Museum; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where you can run up the steps made famous in the "Rocky" film series. 
Fill some shopping bags in only-in-Philadelphia retail districts such as Rittenhouse Row, Antique Row and South Street.  Take in dinner and a show along the Avenue of the Arts, the city's premier arts and entertainment district.  Choose from more than 25 restaurants ranging from Sushi to soul food followed by a jaw-dropping opera, jazz, or dance performance.
Day 3

Tour Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia's famous prison-turned-museum that once held Al Capone and "Slick" Willie Sutton.  Visit Fairmount Park and its 18th-and early 19th-century mansions and then tour the mansions of historic Germantown and the nearby Victorian gardens of Morris Arboretum.  Have dinner in Chestnut Hill, a National Historic District north of Centre City, where you'll find more than 200 boutique shops, art galleries, antique stores, cosy cafes, and fine restaurants.

3 nights in Philadelphia at the 4 star Loews Philadelphia:  

Now renovated as a luxury hotel, Loews Philadelphia sits inside the historic PSFS building and maintains the many details and traits that earned it a National Historic Landmark designation. Feel the comforts of home in accommodations that perfectly balance the contemporary with the elegant. Given its modern technology and proximity to major attractions and the convention centre, Loews Philadelphia sets a new city standard in modern lodging convenience and luxury. Hotel Amenities: Gift shop, Full-service Concierge, Meeting Space, Starbucks Morning Coffee Bar, Valet parking (fee). Dining: Bank & Bourbon - Right in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel you’ll find one of the finest restaurants in the entire city. Bank & Bourbon is where traditional American fare and techniques are re-imagined and made totally new with a modern twist. Prime yourself for enjoyable evenings around a fabulous meal in this rustic yet modern restaurant that features exposed pipes, wooden beams, and comfortable tufted leather banquettes. The Lobby Lounge offers comfortable conversation areas with chic sofas and chairs. The ideal place to gather or to work, the Lobby Lounge has library tables equipped with outlets for your laptop or smartphone. It's also a great place to grab a drink or a small bite. Room Amenities: 581 Rooms/ 33 Floors - 136 King, 90 Queen and 239 Double/Double, Complimentary WiFi access, Spacious work desk with ergonomic chair, Coffee maker and complimentary coffee, MP3 compatible alarm clock/radio, 24-hour in-room dining, Iron and ironing board, Chaise lounge, Flat-screen TV, Hairdryer. Recreation: Complimentary Breathe Spa and Fitness Centre - includes cardio centre, sauna, steam room, and two-lane heated lap pool (spa treatments extra).

Days 4, 5, 6, & 7: To Poconos, Pennsylvania (125 miles)

Pick up your car rental from 30th Street Station conveniently located downtown and head out of the city North to the amazing scenic Pocono Mountains. Famous for its breathtaking views and rushing  waterfalls, the Pocono Mountains are a year-round holiday spot. For a fun-filled Poconos experience in the winter, ski the slopes, ride s snowmobile or mush your own dogsled team. Enjoy the laurel blossoms that bloom in the spring or shop at the outlets or speciality stores. Orienteer your way through the mountains on horseback or by bike in the Pocono Mountains this summer. Tee off at a golf course or sample a micro brew this fall. Choose any, or all, of these activities for your perfect Poconos escape. With 2,400 square miles encompassing northeast Pennsylvania's Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the Pocono Mountains region is home the Pocono Mountains are a year-round holiday spot. For a fun-filled Poconos experience in the winter, ski the slopes, ride s snowmobile or mush your own dogsled team. Enjoy the laurel blossoms that bloom in the spring or shop at the outlets or speciality stores. Orienteer your way through the mountains on horseback or by bike in the Pocono Mountains this summer. Tee off at a golf course or sample a micro brew this fall. Choose any, or all, of these activities for your perfect Poconos escape. With 2,400 square miles encompassing northeast Pennsylvania's Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the Pocono Mountains region is home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers. Winters offer guests the opportunity to ski, snowboard, snow tube and even snowshoe their way through snowy wonderlands encompassing over 163 ski trails, while summers also cater to the active traveller allowing exploration of 261 miles of hiking and biking trails, over 35 golf courses, white-water rafting, boating, fishing and open access to nine state and two national parks.

4 nights in the Pocono Mountains at the 4 star Skytop Lodge:

Renowned as a member of the National Trust Historic Hotel of America the Skytop Lodge Resort and Spa has been delighting guests since 1928. Rising from the splendour of an ancient mountain setting, Skytop’s signature natural stonework is at home with the vistas that surround it. 

The ultimate resort in the Poconos, Skytop is a charming blend of old world charm and character, timeless attention to detail, impeccable service, modern conveniences and amenities, and, of course, that signature sensation of complete and utter relaxation.
Overlooking Skytop Lake with picturesque West Mountain rising in the background, the location is ideal. An abundance of private hiking trails on the resort’s 5500 acres affords an opportunity to view woodland wildflowers, migrating and nesting birds, reptiles and amphibians, and signs of many of the area’s exciting wildlife, including black bear, otter, porcupine, beaver, coyote, bobcat, and mink.
The Skytop Spa - Featuring a wide array of services, highly trained, certified professionals, and only the finest spa products available, the Skyview Spa has just the right indulgence to raise every spirit.
Golf at Skytop – The course will leave you speechless, surround yourself with the spectacular mountain scenery, savour the delights of a stunning natural setting. Sharpen your skills on a championship course rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest. You may even see deer grazing on the fairways. Nestled in the heart of the mountains, our course meanders through fragrant gardens, stately trees, and glorious vistas of West Mountain.
Naturally, we strive to ensure that our landscaping, fairways and greens are flawlessly maintained. Our Pocono golf course is a mountain-style track that plays over rolling terrain, with wide, tree-lined fairways and small greens that are challenging and above average in speed. Water comes into play on two holes, and there are plenty of strategically placed bunkers to challenge all players.
The golf course from the back trees measures 6,656 yards with a slope of 133, and forward tees 5,789, and is sloped at a 122 rating. Challenging enough for the serious golfer, it’s still playable enough so it won’t overwhelm the more casual player.
Winter at The Skytop - With 5,500 acres of pristine mountain country, Skytop Lodge offers a winter retreat and Poconos ski resort with limitless variations, every one amazing including downhill and cross country skiing, dog sledding, ice-skating, snow shoeing, sledding and tobogganing.
Summer at the Skytop – biking, swimming, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, lawn bowling, paintball, archery, tennis, nature walks, kayaking, shooting, running, fishing, golf and much more the summer option at skytop will leave you breathless.
 
Day 8: To Philadelphia Airport via Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (150 miles)
En route to Philadelphia Airport, stop by Valley Forge where you can pick up some last minute shopping at either the King of Prussia Mall boasting seven world class department stores and more than 400 stores, boutiques, and restaurants, The King of Prussia has more pure retail shopping space than any other attraction in American or if you like a bargain head for the Philadelphia premium outlets in Limerick feature more than 150 designer and brand-name outlet stores in an astounding 425,000-square-foot space. Upscale merchants such as Calvin Klein, Coach, J.Crew and Sony are among the outlet stores tempting shoppers. 
For those who don’t want to shop but want a piece of American history be sure stop by Valley Forge Historical Park. The picturesque, rolling hillsides of 3,600-acre Valley Forge National Historical Park are a peaceful reminder of freedom won by men’s sacrifices long ago. It was here that General George Washington forged his Continental Army into a fighting force, during the winter encampment of 1777-78. No battles were fought, no bayonet charges or artillery bombardments took place. Nonetheless, some 2,000 soldiers died – more Americans than were killed at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown combined. Valley Forge is the story of an army’s epic struggle to survive against terrible odds, hunger and disease.
All done – it’s time to head for Philadelphia Airport which is approx 1 hour drive, drop the car and check in for your flight home. 
 
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Pre, post or extra nights: Pre, post & extra nights within the itinerary can be added to this tour, please let us know if you would like to extend your stay anywhere and we will be happy to quote the extra nights.
 
Included in the tour:
Accommodation*.
All hotel taxes.
Driving directions.
* The Hotels on this tour offer a high level of accommodations in unique, individual and often historic properties sure to make your stay memorable. Please note that due to the historic and individual nature of some of the Unique and boutique properties it is not possible to guarantee twin bedded rooms or interconnecting rooms, the majority of these properties accept a max of 2 guests per room and have 1 bed.
Rooms provide private facilities and are based on the hotels standard or lead in room type.
 
Not included in this tour:
Meals.
Overnight parking charges if applicable.
Flights – Please contact us for a competitive quote on flights direct into Philadelphia with our airline partner British Airways.
Car Hire - Please contact us for a competitive quote on car hire with our rental partner Alamo rent a car.
 
Prices:
All rates quoted are per adult person per package in Great British Pounds and include all taxes.
 
 
Tour departs everyday
Single
Double
01 Apr – 27 Jun 2016
£1,519
£782
28 Jun – 29 Aug 2016
£1,545
£797
30 Aug – 29 Oct 2016
£1,519
£782
30 Oct – 31 Dec 2016
£1,499
£769
01 Jan – 27 Feb 2017
£1,441
£735
28 Feb– 31 Mar 2017
£1,499
£759
 
Optional upgrade at the Four Seasons Philadelphia to an Executive One bedroom suite for £20.00 per person, per day based on 2 adults sharing or £40.00 per day for single occupancy.
 
To book this tour, flights, car hire, extra nights, please call us on 0844 80 444 80.
We are open 7 days a week until late.




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