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Philly Cheesesteak Tour and Tastings by Segway

1. Philly Cheesesteak Tour and Tastings by Segway

Enjoy tastes of 5 different Philly cheesesteaks as you tour South Philly by Segway, stopping at the best cheesesteak establishments on your route. Meet your entertaining guide and begin your tour with a 30-minute orientation session. Once you feel comfortable riding your self-balancing electric Segway, you’ll weave through the streets of South Philly on a 5-mile loop. Glide along the neighborhood’s streets, passing the Italian Market, South Street, and Society Hill – all without breaking a sweat. As you enjoy these scrumptious tastings of the sandwich that made the city famous, you’ll understand why there’s nothing quite like a crusty roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed beef and melted cheese. You’ll sample 5 different cheesesteaks and decide which is your favorite. Gobble up a quarter of a sandwich at each vendor, from your classic hole-in-the-wall restaurant to the take-out window. Enjoy the flavors and textures of ribeye beef and melted cheese, dripping with toppings such as sautéed mushrooms, ketchup, and hot or sweet peppers. Your guide will make sure you order the traditional Philly cheesesteak, known locally as a Whiz Wit, topped with processed cheese spread and fried onions! This small-group Segway tour is limited to 8 people, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.

South Philly: People, Places & Flavors of the Italian Market

2. South Philly: People, Places & Flavors of the Italian Market

The Liberty Bell. Independence Hall. We all know Philadelphia for its famous landmarks and historical background, but did you also know that it's home to this wicked food market? Join this Italian Market tour in Philadelphia for a dose of yummy Philly food at its very best.  Starting at the always-colorful South Street, head off with your local guide through the neighborhood of Bella Vista in South Philly. You’ll explore the tiny streets in this section and have a chance to view some of the iconic mosaic art from a local artist. As you continue to tour Philadelphia, swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and stroll along Christian Street before arriving at the sounds, aromas, and sights of the famous Italian market or, more accurately, the South 9th Street Curb Market. The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in the USA, and it’s easy to understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. With your local guide leading the way on this Philly tour, explore the huge variety of stores located here, many of which are Italian in heritage. Tempt tastebuds as you wander past cheeses, chocolates, spices, and olive oils. Discover bakeries, butchers, and a myriad of other produce stalls plus a wonderful kitchen store. And don’t worry, if the temptation to purchase becomes too great, you’re likely to get a bargain as many of these stores discount for our travelers! Along the way, you'll get the chance to talk to some of the owners and employees of these shops and stalls, and hear fascinating local stories of the development of this area over the years. As you continue through the market, cross over the main intersection and head towards a variety of Mexican stores. If this area looks familiar it’s probably because it was here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs. Nearby you’ll also see a selection of Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Chinese stores, brimming with aromas and sights that are sure to delight the senses. This Philadelphia market tour concludes at the intersection made famous by local restaurant competitors Pat's and Geno's, where you'll be able to buy a famous Philly Cheesesteak after the tour. If you don’t want the adventure to end here, continue with your guide on the Markets, Mosaics, & Magic tour.

Philadelphia: 9th Street Italian Market Walking Food Tour

3. Philadelphia: 9th Street Italian Market Walking Food Tour

Walk and taste your way through Philadelphia’s 9th Street Italian Market on this guided walking tour. Immerse yourself in the scents and sounds of this lively street as you taste a variety of local food samples, such as cannoli, tomato pie, and tacos. Along a stretch of 9th Street in the heart of South Philadelphia lies the Italian Market, one of America’s oldest and largest outdoor markets. This collection of butchers, bakers, specialty shops, and restaurants has been the backbone of this neighborhood since its creation in the late 1800s. The market has survived throughout the passing decades by welcoming vendors from around the world. Today, it remains a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Come along for a stroll through this historic market to immerse yourself in the vibrant fruit stalls, fragrant bakeries, and various shops and unique stores. Get inspired by the area’s hidden alleys covered in local street art. You’ll also have the chance to sample several dishes, such as Philly’s famous tomato pie, hand-made cannoli, fresh tacos, an Italian Market specialty, and immigrant-inspired food. Get introduced to Italian Market staples so you (and your tastebuds) get the most out of this flavorful tour. If you are a vegetarian or have other special dietary needs, don’t worry: discounts are available and your guide can assist you with recommendations on where to purchase alternative diet-friendly food during the tour. Wherever your guide leads you, your senses will be popping as you discover one of the most unique, thriving, and diverse areas of the City of Brotherly Love.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 27 reviews

I had never been on a Segway before. In less than 5 minutes, D had me rolling around the showroom with confidence. I was ready to go. The equipment was very good and easy to use. D gave a very good tour, engaging in conversation about the city and took us to 5 of the best cheesesteak places in town. Excellent trip. I recommend for anyone hungry for a new adventure!

We loved this tour!!! It was almost a private tour as there was a very small group. The guide, Chuck was great fun, very knowledgeable and the food was fantastic. Chuck knew a lot of the local vendors which made the tour more personal. Would definitely recommend!

James was our guide. He guided us threw the city with excellent knowledge and kept us safe. It was our first time on a segway but they showed us how to operate it and supplied the proper safety equipment. Will definitely do again.

I sent my college aged kids on this tour and they had a blast. Their tour guide was fun and they got so much food TWO college boys couldn’t eat it all. I would highly recommend.

We had a wonderful segway experience. Our tour guide Barry was the best and very knowledgeable out the city. Cheesesteaks were great as well. I would do it again in a heartbeat