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The 4th Annual Great River to River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine Walking Tour of Philadelphia hits the pavement on Saturday, September 28

Free, guided walking tours are conducted by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) annually as a celebration of Philadelphia's fascinating visitor sites. (PRNewsFoto/Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT))

Free, guided walking tours are conducted by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) annually as a celebration of Philadelphia’s fascinating visitor sites. (PRNewsFoto/Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT))

This free guided walking tour is conducted by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) annually as a celebration of Philadelphia’s fascinating visitor sites.  It also gives APT an occasion to show off its well-informed certified professional guides.

Past tours have attracted hundreds of local residents, as well as tourists from as far away as Australia and Japan.  Even other tour guides from New York and Washington D.C. have traveled to Philadelphia to enjoy the city’s longest continuous tour.

Where & When to Catch the Tour

The walking tour is divided into four consecutive 2 ½ hour stages:

  • Stage One (8 a.m.) covers Old City Philadelphia.  It kicks off from the lobby of the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street.
  • Stage Two (11:00 a.m.) winds through Society Hill.  It sets out from the Bourse Building, 111 S. Independence Mall East, on 5th Street near Ludlow Street.
  • Stage Three (2 p.m.) covers the 19th century neighborhood around East Market Street. It begins at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market Streets.
  • Stage Four (5 p.m.) heads along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and nearby sites on its way to the Fairmount Waterworks.  It  launches from the courtyard of Philadelphia City Hall, at the intersection of Broad and Market Streets

How To

Participants are free to walk the tour from 8 am to its 8 pm finish, or join in any segment of the tour. There are opportunities for refreshments and rest rooms at each staging area.

Sign up for the tour at http://greattourofphiladelphia.eventbrite.com/.  Registration helps APT ensure there are enough tour guides for each stage.

The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) was founded in 2008 to bring professional and volunteer guides together, to act as a voice for our membership, and to ensure a high quality experience to every visitor to our city. APT, with a membership of over 120 as of March, 2013, is a Pennsylvania non-profit organization. APT knows that our city’s tour guides take great pride in the services they provide both visitors and local residents in exploring the rich historical, architectural and cultural resources ofPhiladelphia.

For more information, visit the website of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides at www.phillyguides.org

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