Total Philly Tour: Markets, History & Beer in Philadelphia, PA

Urban Adventures601 South 9th StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19147
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Operated by Urban Adventures, the Total Philly Tour combines three of their top tours for an in-depth exploration of the city. You’ll visit historic churches and buildings, sample the local cuisine, and discover Philadelphia’s booming craft beer scene along the way. Immerse yourself in Philly’s neighborhoods filled with culture, artwork, and diversity on the Total Philly Tour.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Philadelphia Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approximately 9 hours.
  • Includes public transportation during the tour, admission, beers, food samples, and snacks.
  • Bring extra cash for shopping, lunch, and other personal expenses.
  • Combines three of Urban Adventures’ top tours into one day-long experience.


from Total Philly Tour: Markets, History & Beer
Discover the diversity of Philly in the best way possible — local style! This experience combines three of our top-selling Philadelphia tours (Markets, Mosaics & Magic, History in HD, and Philly on Tap), giving you one epic all-day adventure!

You’ll start your Total Philly Tour exploring the ever-colorful South Street, then into the Bella Vista neighborhood for a glimpse of some beautiful mosaics. From there, we’ll hit up the oh-so-tempting tastes of the famous Italian market! Wander past the myriad of local stores carrying everything from cheese to chocolate, as well as the city’s best bakeries, butcher shops, and produce stalls.

We'll continue with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which showcase the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar. This amazing place includes a fully mosaiced indoor gallery and a massive outdoor labyrinthine mosaic structure.

From there, discover Philly’s eclectic and dynamic South Street, as well as one of the country’s most historic neighborhoods, Queen Village. If you’re hungry, you’ll have a chance to pick up some lunch and rest your feet. Your guide will have plenty of great recommendations.

On the next part of your Total Philly journey, you’ll visit those unmissable Philly sights. You’ll gather at the Philly Tour Hub, and from there, we’ll weave through the charming back alleys of Old City, and down the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the country.

You'll get some great views of the site of Ben Franklin's home as the tour continues through Philly’s Historic District. You’ll be greeted with views of Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center, and the U.S. Mint. We’ll also pass the Liberty Bell, where we might get a chance to go inside for pictures. Then off to Washington Square for stories of William Penn. We continue through Independence National Park and the must-see front yard of Independence Hall, a sight of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

In our opinion, there are few better ways to get to know a city than over a beer with a local. So, enter your local beer expert to cap off your tour! You'll meet your beer guide at City Hall just as locals are finishing up their workday.

We'll choose from some of the most popular drinking establishments in the city. We’ll have the option to visit the oldest continuously operating bar in Philadelphia, a classic dive bar, an Irish pub with local flair, a modern beer café, and many other neighborhood bars and pubs. One drink at each bar is included with the tour, as well as a pub or street snack.

After happy hour, end your Philadelphia tour at the tour's final pub. From there you’ll be able to continue on your own Philly beer journey, grab some dinner at one of Philadelphia's many great restaurants nearby, or head straight back to your new favorite Philadelphia pub.

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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 Total Philly Tour: Markets, History & Beer

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 9 hours long.

What should I bring?
Please bring comfortable walking shoes, extra cash, weather-appropriate attire, and an appetite.

Where does the tour begin?
Tours begin at Corner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing, located at 601 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 at 10:00 am. Tours end at the final pub of the tour, in Center City at 7:00 pm.

Is gratuity included in the tour price?
No. Gratuity is not included nor required, but always appreciated.

How big is the tour group?
Tour groups do not exceed 12 people.

Is this tour appropriate for kids?
No. The minimum age for the tour is 21.

Is food available on the tour?
Yes, the tour includes samples at local Philly establishments. However, if you wish to purchase more food on the tour, please bring extra cash to do so.