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Context Philadelphia Tours

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Address: 2216 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
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09:00 - 17:00
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Context organizes small-group walking tours of Philadelphia led by...

Context organizes small-group walking tours of Philadelphia led by university professors and museum curators of the city's history, art, and culture. Walks are organized either privately or as group walks, and run daily. A finalist in National Geographic's Geotourism Challenge, Context focuses on a sustainable approach to visiting and discovering the fascinating corners of Philadelphia

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Two Tours with Context, Two Great Experiences!

My wife and I visited Philadelphia this past weekend and enjoyed two different walking tours with Context while we were there. Philadelphia has so much history, and with more... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2016
Oakville, Canada
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Oakville, Canada
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

My wife and I visited Philadelphia this past weekend and enjoyed two different walking tours with Context while we were there. Philadelphia has so much history, and with more public art on display than any other city in the world outside Paris, it was extremely helpful to have someone walk us through it all! We enjoyed the first tour, Philadelphia... More 

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Washington, New Jersey
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Reviewed 5 July 2016

This was my second tour with Context Travel, the first in Philly. Context Travel tours are just the kind of deep experience I love when I travel. Their tours appeal to guests who want a connection with the culture in the city they are visiting and the opportunity to learn more. They keep the tours small, with no more than... More 

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Reviewed 2 October 2015

I recently took the "Colonial City in Context" tour, the third tour I have taken with Context, but the first in Philadelphia. Tours with Context are different, and better, than other tours. The guides are extremely well-prepared, and the groups are small. The guide this time had visual aids for us, so that when she quoted the original document, she... More 

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Alexandria, Louisiana
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Reviewed 1 June 2015

We did 3 tours with Context this past Memorial Day weekend. 1. Barnes Foundation. This was my second trip to the Barnes but first time with Context. I used a foundation guide the first time. Both tours were fine but Context guide Mathew was superior because you didn't just get the party line. We really got an art history lesson... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

There really is nothing like having an intellectual cultural walk framed as a bar crawl. Yes, I had three pints of beer while winding my way through the back alleys of NoLib with a group of twenty very jolly men who were led on a four hour tour of brew lore by an angelic guide. With stops like Kraftwork, Frankford... More 

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Wilton, Connecticut
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

My wife and I spent a very inspiring three hours walking around the Old City with Tim Hayburn on the Franklin Seminar. He described what Benjamin Franklin had done in various spots as well as describing the socio-political environment in which he was living. We had a terrific time and would highly recommend this tour specifically and Context Tours overall.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 4 October 2011

Our guide was exceptional...deeply versed in colonial material culture, enormously empathetic to a variety of historical actors, and an extraordinary conversationalist. In another job she supervises other guides and docents.....and that breadth of experience showed. We initially asked for a modification in the starting time and then had to change the day itself.....and were always told "no problem"; overall, very... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

A trip to Philadelphia is not complete unless you visit the old city. It is not just dead white guys with Context Travel. Justine walked us through telling us stories about the Founding Fathers, their way of life, their sacrifices, and their exceptualism. You live and breathe the history. If Context is available, they are the ONLY ones I will... More 

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