Beyond the Cheesesteak Tour in Philadelphia, PA

Urban Adventures30th St StationPhiladelphia, PA 19104
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Feed your wanderlust and your appetite on this tasty tour throughout Philadelphia. On this tour, you’ll tour Philly’s notable universities, food trucks, and culinary hot spots while learning more about the city’s history and landmarks. The 2.5-hour food is the perfect way to sample some of Philadelphia’s top treats and dishes while also diving into the culture and life at the city’s major universities.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Philadelphia Travel Experts
  • Tour Duration: approximately 2.5 hours long.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and come hungry!
  • Tours meet inside 30th Street Station, near the center of the station next to the WWII Memorial.
  • Includes food from three different food trucks.
  • Tour gratuity is not included in the tour price, nor required, but greatly appreciated.


from Beyond the Cheesesteak
Feed your mind as well as your belly on this Philadelphia city tour that bypasses the usual tourist spots and sends you back to school on the university campuses. Don't worry, there won't be an exam at the end — there'll be food trucks instead!

Your Philadelphia tour begins at the city's largest transportation hub, 30th St. Station. You'll get a glimpse of the fine architecture inside the grand terminal, and be in the midst of the busy intersection of trains, buses, subways, and trolleys. We leave the station on foot and begin the journey down Market Street.

Before we make it very far, we’ll stop for a taste of the Caribbean or we'll keep it local, at our first group of food trucks. It’s a bit of a hidden gem here, and you’ll be amazed at the quality of food being produced here.

Just down the road, we'll reach Drexel University, where we'll head down one of their new green quads and into the beautiful Main Building, the very first building on Drexel's campus. You'll meander down the hill past World Cafe Live and underneath the Highline as trains are passing high above.

From here we enter Penn Park, a brand-new green space with spectacular views of the Philly skyline. After soaking up this panorama, your tour continues over the train tracks and passes by some of the most iconic college sports venues in the country: Franklin Field and the Palestra.

We’ll reach our second group of food trucks just in front of Franklin Field. You’ll also get to experience this chaotic and wonderful food scene during the heart of lunch — a truly local experience!

From there we head to the heart of Penn's campus, the very first public university in the US. We'll take you inside Fisher Library, an architectural masterpiece by Frank Furness. We'll walk by College Hall, Penn's first building on the campus, and go inside Houston Hall, home of America's first Student Union. From there we walk up Locust Walk, arguably the most beautiful city campus setting in the country.

From there, we end up on Spruce Street, where you’ll be treated to something sweet. This is one of the best spots for food trucks in Philly, and a food tour wouldn't be complete without stopping here!

We'll finally arrive at a trolley stop, where your guide will provide a token for each person. This street trolley ride is a unique experience and you'll definitely feel like a Philadelphia local once you've taken a trip on it! From this point, you'll have the option to ride back to 30th St. or continue into the city center.

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Lorna S
"Classic Philly History walking tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 04, 2019 NEW
An amazing insight into the history of Philadelphia with an excellent host Dick who was so knowledgeable and informative. Thanks so much
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"Great way to see the city"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2019 NEW
Fantastic tour. Howard is a very eloquent, knowledgeable and engaging tour guide. Would definitely recommend.
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"Rocky tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 24, 2019 NEW
We had a great time on our Rocky tour! Our guide Adam was amazing he made sure we saw all the place that were important to us and more. I would definitely recommend this tour.
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"Great Tour! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2019 NEW
I took the Italian Market and Philly Secret Garden tour with Annette. She was a delightful guide showing us her South St and Italian Market favorites. This tour is a bit limited in free tastings but I thought it was very worthwhile because Annette provided so much good information. She loves the art and food and knows which places have the best goods. The Italian pastry shop had some of the very best Italian cookies I’ve ever had and the freshest NY-style black and white cookies. Hot chocolate at another shop allows you to pick the chocolate—white, dark, milk, etc. So good on a cold day. Overall, excellent value.
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Tom T
"History in HD Walking Tour of Philadelphia"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2019 NEW
This was an outstanding walking tour. Mike was our guide. He recently received his History Degree from Temple. He was excellent! Not only were the places of interest fascinating, but the out of the ordinary sites were great. I would highly recommend this tour with Mike!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Beyond the Cheesesteak

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 2.5 hours long.

What should I wear?
Please wear weather appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes.

What should I bring?
Bring a valid ID, your tour voucher, and extra cash for tips and if you wish to purchase additional food and beverages.

How big is the tour group?
Tours are no larger than 12 people.

Is this tour appropriate for kids?
Yes. Kids ages 6-11 will require a child tour ticket. Children under the age of 6 may join the tour for free.

When does the tour begin?
Tours begin at 11:00 am inside 30th Street Station, near the center of the station next to the WWII Memorial. Tours end at the 40th St. Trolley Station at 1:30 pm. Tour guests will receive a trolley token to ride the trolley back to 30th Street or continue into Center City.