Philadelphia Flower Show
March 2 - 6, 2019
with the Barnes Collection, Longwood Gardens
and Winterthur Museum
Get ready to plan your garden for next year! Join Huron Tours on our 18th tour to the City of Brotherly
Love and the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show.
While in Philadelphia we will take the opportunity to visit the Barnes Collection, explore
one of America’s most important horticultural showplaces Longwood Gardens,
enjoy a private escorted Philadelphia city tour, and experience the main event,
the famous Philadelphia Flower Show.
We also include a visit to the ever-popular and world renowned Winterthur Museum
as part of our day exploring the Brandywine Valley.
A brief itinerary of your tour follows.
Saturday, March 2 ~
Arrival in Philadelphia and time to explore before
our included welcome dinner
Depart your city and arrive in Philadelphia early afternoon and make your way to the perfectly
located Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (connected to the flower show location!) This is the perfect opportunity
to explore the near-by Reading market,
a fabulous indoor marketplace with all varieties of shops, wonderful food and restaurants. Later, join your
tour escorts and fellow travelers for a nice glass of wine and welcome dinner at
a great restaurant steps from our hotel.
Dinner included today.
Sunday, March 3 ~
City Tour, Lunch, Private Tour of Barnes Collection
We begin the day with a leisurely and enjoyable private city tour of the historic and modern
elements of Philadelphia. Enjoy stops at the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, and if you feel
up for it, take a quick run up the steps at the Art Museum (famous from the movie 'Rocky.')
You will gain new appreciation for our founding fathers, and our Nation's history, as you explore
Philadelphia's fascinating past through its streets of stunning and diverse architecture.
Following our tour, enjoy a very special "welcome to Philadelphia" lunch at the historic
City Tavern restaurant which has celebrated more than 230 years of
hospitality and features ales, breads and entrees from historically
accurate recipes. City Tavern is on every Philadelphia bound person's itinerary, and
you'll soon understand why.
After lunch, we've arranged a private tour of the incredible Barnes Collection.
The Economist called The Barnes Collection "The greatest private collection of post-Impressionist and early
modern art in America." This is a fabulous addition to our tour, and fits in beautifully with the gardening theme!
The collection includes work by Gauguin, Degas, Matisse,
Renoir, Cezanne, Lipchitz, van Gogh, and Goya, among others. To get a feel for the depth of this collection,
and for what you'l be seeing on your private tour,
have a look at the collection's "highlights" page. Past Huron travelers who have visited the Barnes have been
amazed and overjoyed by the their visits, as will you.
We'll transfer back to our hotel having a new appreciation for Philadelphia, for a leisurely night on your own.
Please consult the restaurant list included with your final tour documents for dining ideas (a favorite of 2015's
group was the Peking Duck in Chinatown).
Lunch included today.
Monday, March 4 ~
Visit Brandywine Valley including Longwood Gardens
and Winterthur Museum
Today we visit Delaware’s Brandywine Valley, home of renowned museums made famous by the legacy
of the du Ponts. Our private motorcoach's first stop will be the incredible and much-admired
Longwood Gardens, once the
private estate of Pierre S. du Pont and regarded as one of the world’s greatest gardens.
With more than four acres of breathtaking indoor conservatories, you will enjoy the
seasonal floral displays and lush tropical plants that grow year-round.
Afterward, we’ll visit Winterthur Museum and Gardens,
once the home of Henry Francis du Pont. Today Winterthur is a
nine-story building filled with more than 90,000 American
decorative art objects. Our visit will include a guided tour
of the house, a garden tram ride and entry to the galleries.
You will also have plenty of time to browse the wonderful
Winterthur Museum Stores.
Tuesday, March 5 ~
The Philadelphia Flower Show
Just a short walk away is the Philadelphia Flower Show, and you have the entire day
to enjoy all that this well-respected show has to offer. You will quickly understand
why this is America's premier flower event, with some even daring to say that it is
better than England's Chelsea Flower Show (if you've never been to Chelsea the Philly show is
a nice substitute, but we don't agree that it's better!). This year’s theme "Wonders of Water"
is sure to make a splash (sorry, I had to say it!)
Don’t miss the fabulous market place
with over 150 vendors. Foodies will love the International Wine and Spirits Garden
and the International Dessert and Coffee Bar. The more studious gardeners will want
to take advantage of the many lectures and workshops taking place throughout the day.
Feel free to leave and return as often as you wish.
Special Huron Additions:
We include the ‘Flower Show V.I.P.’ package which includes: An early morning guided
tour of the Flower Show before it is open to the public - (great time to take photos), a flower arranging
demonstration by award winning floral designers, 10% off purchases at
the Flower Show Shoppe, a free gift bag, and access to the
private members lounge at the Show!
Just when you are ready for a break, meet us for our included Garden Tea, a
Philadelphia Flower Show favorite. This serene and elegant tea includes delicious petit sandwiches,
pastries, and, of course, a selection of fine teas. You'll enjoy this perfect setting in which to
reflect on the wonderful day so far, and to plan your next few hours at the show.
Tea included today.
Wednesday, March 6 ~
Sadly, all great things come to an end! You'll depart Philadelphia for home
with new friends and wonderful memories from another fabulous
Huron Tours & Travel excursion. Or, extend your stay in Philadelphia and
add additional hotel nights using our specially priced rates.
Call for pricing and availability.
The complete 2019 tour package
is priced at only $TBD, double occupancy.
The single supplement is $TBD (total price for a single is $TBD.)
Airfare is not included. Please get in touch with us for flight ideas.
This complete package includes:
- Full-day ticket to the Philadelphia Flower Show
- V.I.P. Flower Show Experience
- Late morning "Garden Tea" at the flower show
- Longwood Gardens admission
- Winterthur Museum and Gardens with tour and admission
- The Barnes Collection docent lead tour and admission
- Private deluxe motorcoach transportation
- 4 nights hotel (first-class)
- All hotel taxes
- Private Guided Philadelphia city tour
- Welcome Dinner with Wine
- Lunch at the historic City Tavern
- Free time in Philadelphia
- Huron Tours & Travel on-site tour-managers
- Baggage handling at the hotel
- Add an extra hotel night +$TBD
- AND MORE!
Travel Insurance is recommended and available through Huron Tours & Travel.
To reserve, or for any questions please contact Katie Kosta or any of our staff
at Huron Tours & Travel, 800.734.1192 or 504.267.2057 or
with your $350 per person deposit.
Space is limited so don't delay!