Philadelphia Cultural Tour

April 5-8, 2019

Our Philadelphia Spring weekend is filled with museum visits and performances. You have tickets for the Philadelphia Orchestra and two award winning regional theaters: the Arden Theater and the Walnut Theater. The renowned Impressionist collection at The Barnes Foundation and the outstanding distinguished collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts plus newer arrival, The National Museum of American Jewish History are on the cultural menu. Other highlights are Henry Dupont’s Delaware estate, Winterthur, with a very special exhibit “Costuming The Crown” and the famed Longwood Gardens Spring Blooms exhibit.

For 30 years we partnered with the Theatre Development Fund in offering theater-rich tours around the world and Tdf has endorsed this trip to Philadelphia. 

Tour Schedule

Day One: Friday, April 5       Meet your guide at 9:00am at the central midtown Manhattan location (342 7th Avenue). Travel aboard a comfortable private motor coach to Philadelphia. After lunch we visit the National Museum of American Jewish History and the special exhibit “Sara Berman’s Closet.” The meticulously organized, modest closet in which Sara Berman (1920–2004)—an immigrant who traveled from Belarus to Palestine to New York—kept her all-white apparel and accessories both contained her life and revealed it. Inspired by the beauty and meaning of Berman’s closet, the artists Maira and Alex Kalman (who are also Berman’s daughter and grandson) have recreated the closet and its contents as an art installation featured around the country. NMAJH has invited the Kalmans to create an outdoor installation of Sara’s closet, positioned across from Independence Mall, where it puts Sara’s story on par with the surrounding monuments to our country’s founding fathers. Additionally, the Kalmans blend art, history, and memory in NMAJH’s 5th floor gallery through original paintings, text, and ephemera.

We check into the Centrally located Hampton Inn and then on to a welcome dinner. Next you have tickets at the Walnut Theatre for “Kate The Unexamined Life” by Rick Foster. From stunning ingénue who once graced the Walnut stage, to “box office poison,” to silver screen royalty, no actress commanded the stage, screen, and the public’s attention quite like Katharine Hepburn. Join Kate on New Year’s Eve 1999 as she prepares for her next project, shares intimate details of her life and loves, and ponders—at age 92—what the future holds. A gracefully funny, witty, and poignant look at one of our nation’s greatest stars. (L/D)

Day Two: Saturday, April 6 Today we start with a guided tour of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts. Stunning murals adorn building exteriors all over the city. Begun in 1984 to help eradicate graffiti, the Mural Arts Program enables professional artists and young Philadelphians to showcase their artistic talent in a constructive way. To date, the program has produced more than 3,600 murals. Next tour the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art‘s collection of American Art. After lunch tour the Philadelphia Museum of Art which showcases more than 2,000 years of human creativity 

After dinner you head to the Kimmel Center for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s production of “Romeo and Juliet. (B/L/D)

Day Three:  Sunday, April 7  Today’s focus is on two world renowned properties. Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. Today’s highlight, “Costuming The Crown” from the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress. Discover how costumes play a major role in storytelling and character development in this fictional portrayal of the British royal family. Explore the elegance and style of a bygone era by examining the extraordinary contributions of Emmy®- and BAFTA-winning designers Michele Clapton and Jane Petrie to seasons 1 and 2 of The Crown.

After lunch (on own) visit Longwood Gardens, the living legacy of Pierre S. du Pont, which has one of the premier horticultural display gardens in the United States. The Spring season is heralded by an early display of millions of crocus, winter-aconite, glory-of-the-snow, and daffodils blanketing the grounds. Stroll through more than 245,000 spring bulbs in bloom in the Idea Garden and Flower Garden Walk, wander through Peirce’s Woods where native azaleas and foam-flowers abound, and experience the Meadow Garden resplendent with flowering trees and delicate herbaceous plants coloring the landscape.

Following dinner you have tickets for a performance at the Arden Theatre, August Wilson’s “How I learned What I Learned”. In this solo show, the late playwright August Wilson shares stories about his first jobs, first loves, and his encounters with racism in this theatrical memoir that charts one man’s journey of self-discovery through adversity. (B/D)

Day Four:   Monday, April 8Free Morning! Consider visiting the Independence National Historical Park, often referred to as the birthplace of our nation. We head to the Barnes Foundation for lunch and tour of the renowned collections of French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Visitors from around the world make the pilgrimage to Philadelphia to savor 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes and 60 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergast, Titian and Picasso.The coach returns you to midtown at approximately 700pm. (B/L)

Inclusions and Pricing 

  • Round trip coach from New York City
  • 3 nights hotel accommodations
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Barnes Foundation
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Winterthur including “Costuming The Crown
  • Longwood Gardens
  • National Museum of American Jewish History
  • Philadelphia Symphony
  • Walnut Theater
  • Arden Theater  
  • Carew On-Site Escort

Program Prices (Double Occupancy) Per person from New York: $1599*  
 Single Supplement: $285 *Based on 20 people


– $300.00 non-refundable deposit per person due with registration.

– Balance due March 1 and is non-refundable after this date.  

– Trip insurance is highly recommended. Information will be sent after registration is received.


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