A good way for a first-timer to get an overview of what the city has to offer. We had quite short wait times when we had finished at the sites we chose to visit, and the guides on the buses were very helpful and had lots of stories to tell their passengers. I would recommend this for your first day.
I had a friend visit last weekend, who lives in Orlando, and who works at that big theme park there. When I heard she wanted to do Philly, I worried, but the Hop On, Hop Off double decker bus was perfect. We took the whole 90 minute tour first, so we could decide at what points we’d hop on and off over the three days. It was the perfect way to see many, many attractions. We experienced several different tour guides. Each was well informed, and we learned different things from each. Well worth the cost. Close, convenient parking. I highly recommend using Hop On, Hop Off around which to build your visit to Philly!
The tour was good, we had two different tour guides, both were good in different ways. The only disappointment was that we were told the wrong time for the last bus of the day so we ended up not being able to take the bus the second day to where we wanted to go and it was to far to walk..
once we had our voucher validated we decided to go round all 27 stops taking in the whole tour. The tour guide whose name we have unfortunately forgotten was very good and informative. We saw all the sights including the famed rocky steps and the rocky statue. After the tour we visited the liberty bell exhibition and independence hall. We returned to the bus and got off in the city to look around and do some shopping. After having a philly cheesesteak in the hard rock café we returned to the station to get the train back to new York where we were staying. I would recommend using the hop-on hop-off bus as its the best way to get about and see the sights.
If sitting in the open air upper deck you had to duck many times to avoid getting smacked in the face by branches. The tour guide did give us a heads up, but it happened a little to often to categorize this better then 3 stars.
Ernest and Benard simply brought Philadelphia to life on a 90 minute open top bus tour. We laughed, smiled, learned and enjoyed getting a great overview of the city, its history, and key attractions. We learned about the Barnes Foundation and ended up going to see about 181 Renoir originals along with many, many other impressionist artists. An awesome life experience we wouldn't have known about unless Ernest pointed it out. Wonderful how he connected with the tourists and made the experience another shared life experience of fun and memories. Thanks E and B!