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Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour

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Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Take in the cultural diversity of South Philadelphia on this guided tour through its historic neighborhoods. See the art of Isaiah Zagar, a local mosaic mural artist, whose work is on display throughout the city, including Magic Gardens (admission included). Visit the 9th Street Italian Market, America’s oldest outdoor market, and sample some food. Throughout your tour, you'll pop on and off of South Street, with its eclectic blend of shops, bars, and eateries. There’s something for everyone in South Philly.
  • Visit food stalls, and taste samples from shops and restaurants
  • Explore Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and marvel at Isaiah Zagar’s eclectic mosaic murals
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 for a personalized experience with a knowledgeable guide
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English-speaking Local Guide
Food samples
Admission to the mosaic gallery
Additional food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

601 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

Corner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

We will end at the Magic Gardens in the Bella Vista neighborhood, with access to convenient transportation.

  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures USA
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour.

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  • "Just walking around without a tour first is not an optimal way to explore an area." See review
  • "These are probably all places you could find easily on your own, but our friendly guide offered some good background info." See review
  • "Annet is very nice and take the time to explain so that everyone enjoy." See review

Reviews

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star-5
A lovely walk around Philly.
Tammy_M
, Oct 2021
We loved the market so much we went back the next day. Our tour guide was Nina, who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the neighborhood.
star-5
A lovely morning!
Nancy_R
, Sep 2021
It was a great morning! Shelly was our guide and she gave us a great tour. We really weren’t expecting the treat of the fresh Italian bread, fresh cheese and some delicious nuts midway through but it was awesome as we hadn’t really had time for breakfast and it was so local and delicious! This was our favorite tour In Philly.
star-3
The three hour Italian Market/Magic tour is grueling in the summer.
Jeanne_A
, Aug 2021
The mosaics were fabulous and we went to lots of interesting shops. I would have liked a few more samples in the Italian market and some opportunities to speak to more vendors. The only real problem is that the tour is not designed to include any breaks where you can sit down which is very difficult in hot, humid weather. Our tour guide was very accommodating when I asked for a break, but I did not feel comfortable asking for it until the third hour when most of the group was finished because they had not signed up for the extended tour. I also would have liked more detailed history of the market.
star-5
Unique Sights of Philly
Matt_S
, Aug 2021
The stroll through the peaceful streets lined with mosaic-covered walls was a unique experience. Our guide Shelley provided a relaxed and informative tour. Highly recommended.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Magical walk.
Mary_F
, Jul 2021
Nina was great and so informative. As a local from the neighborhood she was able to really share the culture, history and energy of the area.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
A Nice Option
Margaret_S
, Jul 2021
These are probably all places you could find easily on your own, but our friendly guide offered some good background info.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Italian Market with Nina
John_S
, Jun 2021
Nina was an excellent tour guide through the Italian Market and Magic Garden. She was friendly, knowledgeable, funny and interesting. We were impressed by how many merchants and locals greeted her. She is clearly a part of the community and lives to share it with others.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Phily - Southside
JANICE_G
, May 2021
Chuck was a fabulous guide of South Phily & al its highlights: food, stories, Magic Gardens, &hidden neighborhoods
star-5
Awesome experience: history, food, art (what else could you want)!
Alaina_V
, Oct 2020
This was an awesome tour. Our tour guide Chuck is a south Philly native and was extremely knowledgeable about the neighborhood, it’s history and evolution, as well as all the best spots and side streets for us to walk through. On the walk to the market, we saw several beautiful mosaics. Chuck provided us with a lot of background about the artist and point out specific details and techniques you would easily miss without a guide. The market itself was awesome! Packed with history, and we got to have a lot of great samples. Along the way chuck suggested other places we could stop for a meal after the tour; he was so helpful. I would highly recommend this tour, and hope to bring friends on it in the future.
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Very informative
Pauline_G
, Feb 2020
It was a very interesting tour. The mosaics around the area on the walls were exceptional our guide Annette knew her stuff and really looked after us.
1 traveller found this review helpful

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