The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides Lecture Series

The Great Twelve-Hour, River to River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine Tour of Philadelphia

Free, Epic Philadelphia River to River Walking Tour — Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Philadelphia, August 7, 2014 — The 5th annual Great River-to-River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine Walking Tour of Philadelphia hits the streets on Saturday, September 27, 2014, sponsored by and hosted by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT). The event begins at 8:00 am in the historic area, continues in four 2 ½ hour phases and ends at 7:30 pm at the Schuylkill River. Participants can elect to walk the entire tour, or join any phase.

A thousand people registered for last year's Great Tour, many completing two or more phases. Two dozen dauntless walkers did the entire twelve hours. Over the years, the Great Tour has attracted a large core of enthusiastic local participants, international tourists from as far away as China and Australia, and other tour guides from New York and Washington, D.C.

The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) conducts this free guided walking tour to celebrate Philadelphia's wealth of cultural, historic and visitor sites. It also gives APT a chance to show off the expertise of its professional certified tour guides.

The tour winds to a close around 7:30 pm at the beautiful Fairmount Water Works on the Schuylkill River. Those who complete the Great Tour will be taken back by coach to a gala celebration hosted by APT and

Where and When to Join any Phase of the Tour: 8:00 am, Phase One: Old City — The National Constitution Center 11:00 am, Phase Two: Society Hill — The Bourse 2:00 pm, Phase Three: Mid-City — The Independence Visitors Center 5:00 pm, Phase Four: The Parkway — City Hall Courtyard Refreshments and rest rooms are available at or near each of the launch sites.

The Great Tour is free, but advance registration is highly recommended to ensure that there are enough guides for all phases of the tour. Registration instructions and added information on the tour are available on the APT website.

The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) was founded in 2008 to bring professional guides and docents together to promote the highest standards and enhance the visitor experience in Philadelphia. Its 200 members take great pride in the service they provide to the city's residents and visitors alike. Homepage