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Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour provided by Philadelphia Urban Adventures

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Overview
Discover the cultural richness of South Philadelphia on this walking tour, a great choice for first-time visitors who might worry about navigating a new city on foot. Taste your way through the South Ninth Street Italian Market, take in the South Street sights, and see the colorful mosaics of Isaiah Zagar at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (admission included). Then hop on a public bus to Queen Village and stroll past Fabric Row.
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You'll start at
601 S 9th St
601 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USACorner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing
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  • 1
    Philadelphia Urban Adventures
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Italian Market
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 3
    Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    South Street
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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You'll end at
Bella Vista Neighbors Association
700 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USAWe will end in the Bella Vista neighborhood, with access to convenient transportation.
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Highlights
  • Worry-free exploration of South Philadelphia with a guide
  • See more of Philadelphia in less time—ideal for first-time visitors
  • A small-group tour for a more personalized, up-close experience
  • Skip the ticket line at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
What to Expect
Meet your guide in South Philly to start your walking tour. Explore Philadelphia’s charming Bella Vista neighborhood and peruse the delis, bakeries, and food stalls at the 9th Street Italian Market, the nation’s oldest open-air market. Catch your first glimpse of local artist Isaiah Zagar’s murals and recreate a scene from the blockbuster film 'Rocky.' Then skip the ticket line at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and explore the indoor galleries and outdoor mosaic art installation. Learn more about Zagar’s one-of-a-kind mosaics and hear stories about the city’s history. Next hop on a public bus and ride to the historic Queen Village neighborhood. Wander among narrow city blocks lined with pubs and cafes, and stroll past Fabric Row to see the city’s largest concentration of fabric shops. Your Philadelphia walking tour ends in South Philly.
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Important Information
Departure Point
601 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Duration
3h
Return Details
Bella Vista Neighbors Association, 700 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Food samples
  • Bus token
  • Entry/Admission - Philadelphia Urban Adventures
  • Entry/Admission - Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Exclusions
  • Personal shopping
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Attire: A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is recommended; make sure to check the weather report for rain
  • Child policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed; please select ‘child’ when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge; at the time of booking, please advise if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6 years in the 'special requirements' box on the checkout page
  • Maximum group size is 12
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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beachlover001 wrote a review Mar 2020
Alexandria, Virginia47 contributions15 helpful votes
We really enjoyed the “Markets, Mosaics and Magic Tour” with Nicole. The tour was about 3 hours plus time at the Magic Gardens which was the perfect amount of time. We saw lots of mosaics and beautiful murals and Nicole did a great job of giving us background and history behind
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Response from AdamPhilly, Manager at Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour
Responded 2 days ago
The reason why we love to offer guests the Markets, Mosaics and Magic tour is because South Philly has so much to offer beyond the wonderful Italian market. The public art in that neighborhood is incredible, especially the mosaics at the Magic Gardens. This tour gives you the total South Philly experience. Plus, Nicole is always thrilled to show South Philly off to guests. Her love for the city is palpable. Thank you for choosing Philadelphia Urban Adventures and for taking the time to write this great review. Be well!
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Elanit R wrote a review Feb 2020
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We had a wonderful tour with Annett! She was so Knowledgeable and passionate about the art and magic or South Philly. Her relationships with store owners made the experience personal, warm, and inviting. We will definitely be back to explore further based on this very positive
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from AdamPhilly, Manager at Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour
Responded 2 days ago
Yes, Annett (and the rest of our incredible team) have built very strong relationships with the vendors of the Italian Market. This allows our guests to see the market and learn its history and its vital role in the neighborhood through the eyes of the people who keep it going. That is what sets our Urban Adventures tours apart from the others. We are so glad you got to experience that. Thank you for choosing us and for writing this amazing review!
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NielsH164 wrote a review Feb 2020
Haarlem, The Netherlands96 contributions27 helpful votes
Great tour, on one day Adam was our guide for the Italian market , showing us around there and allowed us to taste some delicious food on the way. Our group was happy to see Adam was our tour guide the following day also with the Founding Fathers tour which was great too. He has
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Response from AdamPhilly, Manager at Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you very much for this review! I really enjoyed being with your group for those two days. We got to see so much of the city, and you all asked great questions (which all tour guides love, btw). I look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia again in the future. Be well!
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Kaitlyn M wrote a review Feb 2020
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My husband and I really enjoyed this Christmas gift! While it took us a year to use it, we were so thankful when we finally did! Our tour guide, Julia, took us to plenty of local spots and shared tons of interesting tidbits along the way. My personal favorite was the gelato
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Sharyn W wrote a review Jan 2020
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Nicole from Urban Adventures was a superb tour guide! My 3 daughters & I really enjoyed all of Nicole’s history tales - her passion & enthusiasm were evident & the 3 hour tour flew by. Would definitely recommend .. the cheese deli shop & butchers were great too!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from AdamPhilly, Manager at Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour
Responded 4 Jan 2020
The Italian Market and the Magic Gardens are gems of Philadelphia, and we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your journey with Nicole as your expert guide. That tour combines many of the great things about Philly: art, history, culture and food. The shop owners love to speak with our guests and show off their family businesses -- I'm sure they added great perspectives to your tour. Thank you for taking the time to leave this review!
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About the operator

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By: Philadelphia Urban Adventures
ronbagwell
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Italian Market Immersion Tour
We had a great experience. Our guide, Chuck, was knowledgable, personable, and everything you would want in a guide
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John P
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Great Guide - Suspect advertising
Thought Nate was an excellent tour guide. I was very disappointed that we could not gain entry to Independence Hal
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Beverly B
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The Italian Market with Nina
Amazing morning with Nina on the Italian Market Immersion Tour. So much information about Philadelphia and her obv
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JC-Schmidt-1
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Amazing Italian Market Experience with Annett
The tour opened my eyes to some of the hidden gems that Philly's Italian Market has to offer. On top of that, Annet
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Blaque1986
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Amazing Annett
So I was a VIP on this tour. Annett led the tour and her colleague came along to experience it and he also gave me
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jshack07
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Must See in Philadelphia
Josh was amazing! A wealth of knowledge! Even though we were the only two he made us feel special. You will not be
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ericamM7334HP
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Small Group Historical Walking Tour
This tour was excellent. It was well organized and the history was from a local perspective and an international pe
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5to9livingJay
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Great experience made even better by our guide
We had signed up for this guide hoping to taste some food at the market and get the inside scoop from a guide. Anne
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janmeets2014
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Nina was an excellent guide
Nina was a wonderful guide. Really gave us a “local” view of this great city. Highly recommend Nina!
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SacTown73
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Beer and History mix well!
Had a Henry as our knowledgable guide, and brewery himself, walked us to few bars with great in-between stops for a
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567eileenp
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Awesome tour
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour! Julia, our tour guide, was wonderful--so knowledgeable, engaging, and interesting
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551nateh
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Fantastic tour!
Had a blast with Rob as our guide. Very knowledgeable and entertaining for the entire tour. Would recommend to anyo
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writercook21
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Knowledgeable Guide = Great Tour!
Alex was a personable and knowledgeable guide. He was skilled at getting to know tour participants a bit and then w
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441silvinap
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Excellent!!
Rob was a phenomenal tour guide,extremely knowledgeable . This tour is a great introduction into Philadelphia's his
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Journey739046
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Best Part of the Weekend
My wife and I love food tours in different cities. Our guide Nicole did a great job showing us the Philly Italian m
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