The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides To Lead The Third Annual Great 12-Hour Tour Of Philadelphia On Saturday, September 8

The 2012 Great 12-Hour Tour takes you on a day-long exploration of the city from river to river, led by experts from the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)

This month, we’ve been crazy about daycations to help you save money and time while enjoying summer in the Philadelphia area.

But how about a daycation right in our own city?

The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides presents the third annual Great 12-Hour Tour on Saturday, September 8 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., celebrating Philly’s hundreds of museums, cultural venues, historic sites and organizations.

Join Philadelphia tour guides for this marathon tour covering the city from the Delaware to the Schuylkill.

Whether you’re a tourist or a resident, this is the perfect opportunity to take in the city in a day. Bonus: The tours are completely free!

The day will be separated into four different three-hour phases. You can join at the beginning of any phase but those who are up for the challenge can sign up for all 12 hours. Each phase will feature as many as 20 to 25 cultural and historic sites.

Pre-registration is recommended. Sign up for any phase or for the whole day online.

Check out the full schedule, below:

Phase 1 — Old City: 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Check in at the National Constitution Center.
Phase 2 — Society Hill: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Check in at The Bourse.
Phase 3 — Society Hill to Center City: 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Check in at the Independence Visitor Center.
Phase 4 — Rittenhouse to the Schuylkill: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Check in at the City Hall courtyard.

Catch a sneak peak of the tour sites online (PDF). And we’ve included a map of the day, below.

The Great 12-Hour Tour
When: Saturday, September 8, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Various locations throughout the city. Check online for check-in spots.
Cost: Free
More info:


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