7 Night - Philly, Brandywine Valley & Valley Forge
Discover Philadelphia and its countryside
Within the storybook setting of the Countryside of Philadelphia lies the Brandywine Valley and Valley Forge. Adventure blooms here year-round, aside stunning gardens and history trails. Shopping, the arts, recreation, nightlife, delectable menus and comfy accommodations: There’s Everything and & More in the Countryside of Philadelphia.
After more than 230 years since the British “officially” occupied America, much has changed, but much has stayed the same. The Countryside of Philadelphia invites you to discover what they are now while honoring what they were then. Today, the arts flourish in varied and exciting iterations: dance at the Brandywine Ballet, outdoor sculpture at the Abington Art Center, the sonorous strings of the Kennett Symphony and the toe-tapping bluegrass of a celebrated folk music festival. Museums cover everything from the paintings of Andrew Wyeth to the comedy of The Three Stooges. The area’s history is brought to life daily at Brandywine Battlefield and the winter encampment at Valley Forge. Shoppers wander the King of Prussia Mall, the largest retail complex in the U.S. The great outdoors is a natural kaleidoscope, especially at the world-renowned Longwood Gardens, which combines the best of Italian, French, and English traditions to create one of North America’s most memorable gardens.
Day 1: Philadelphia
It must have been rousing when the delegates and townspeople cheered as the Declaration of Independence was read and the Liberty Bell rang out. Later as the Constitution of the United States passed, the Continental Congress soon realized they had created a country like none other. The freedoms these events created starting in 1776 witnessed the foundations of the new nation. Visitors can relive the beginning of America at Independence National Historical Park which includes Independence Hall, Congress Hall, where the upper and lower houses of the US Congress first convened and Carpenter’s Hall, where John Adams, Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other delegates to the First Continental Congress began it all in 1774. A timed admission ticket to Independence Hall will eliminate any waiting in line and give you more time to see the city. The Liberty Bell is close by, as is the new “dig” of George Washington’s residence that is causing a lot of provocative conversation.
After visiting Independence National Park, we suggest taking the Philadelphia Trolley or a horse driven carriage ride to get an overview of the city. Similar to Boston and Charleston, the streets of Philadelphia’s old neighbourhoods are narrow and lined with historic town homes and gracefully detailed structures. While in town, you have to try a Philly Cheese steak at Steaks on South, not far from the Liberty Bell and Independence Centre. If your visit to Philadelphia is on a Wednesday or Saturday, make sure to stop into the Reading Terminal Market, abuzz with shops and foods. Enjoy evening entertainment with the Independence After Hours program which includes a three course dinner at the City Tavern, a 1776 Walking Tour and the Lights of Liberty Show.
The Philadelphia Art Museum, with its extensive collections and featured exhibitions is certainly one of the major highlights of Philadelphia. Recreations of an Italian Colonnade, a Japanese Tea House and a Middle Eastern temple with massive winged beasts are surrounded by rooms of arms and Armour, early American artefacts, medieval tapestries and ancient objects. In between, you’ll discover gallery after gallery of some of the world’s finest paintings and sculptures by major artists. More Philadelphia “greats” await at the home of Betsy Ross, the seamstress who stitched the first American flag in 1776 and Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously occupied street in America, dating from 1702. Early tenants on the street were craftsmen and sea captains, as well as others related to shipping. The Rodin Museum is home to the largest collection of the master’s works outside the Musee Rodin in Paris, France. Philadelphia has The Thinker, John the Baptist, The Cathedral and The Burghers of Calais, as well as drawings and sketches and The Gates of Hell. The Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first Zoo, is another option. To maximize your visit, you may want to pick up a Philadelphia Pass with multiple discounted admissions. There’s a lot to do and a lot to pack into two days here. Of course, you can always return on another visit and enjoy a 3, 4, or 5 day City Break to experience Philadelphia more completely.
2 nights – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Hotel: Loews Philadelphia
Day 3, 4 & 5: To Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (23 miles)
Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania are known for their history, but their appeal is modern-day. It is a shopper’s paradise, a culture-lover’s haven, a place whose theatres and concert venues come alive at night. Come and explore our dining, family fun, fine accommodations, open spaces and adventurous places.
3 nights – Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton King of Prussia
Day 6 & 7: To Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania (30 miles)
In the heart of Philadelphia's countryside, lies the Brandywine Valley. Often referred to as "America's Garden Capital," the region is home to world-renowned Longwood Gardens as well as other Du Pont museums and gardens. Vineyards, art, history and charming towns with delightful shopping and cuisine, are just some of the treasures found in the Brandywine Valley.
2 nights – Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Kennett Square
Day 8 To Philadelphia Airport (38 miles)
Time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before heading to the airport.
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.
Documentation/joining instructions: A prepaid voucher for your first hotel stay & itinerary will be issued to you prior to travel, your fly drive guidebook with all other documents & maps etc will then be waiting for your collection at the first hotel.
Included in the tour:
All hotel taxes.
Self drive tailor-made guidebook that contains hotel vouchers, driving directions, itinerary, maps, brochures, general information, discount coupons and an extensive sightseeing section.
Not included in this tour:
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.
All rates quoted are per adult person per package in Great British Pounds and include all taxes.
Up to two children under 12 can normally stay free when sharing the same room with two adults.
Rooms provide private facilities and are based on the hotels standard or lead in room type.
Should any of the above published hotels not be available an alternative property at the same level will be offered.
Tour departs everyday
01 Jan 2016 – 31 Mar 2017
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.