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“great and fun walking tour!”

Free and Friendly Tours
Ranked #18 of 75 Tours in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Take a Free and Friendly walking tour with us! It’s free, which means you tip us what you want. It’s friendly because we’re friendly folks. And it’s Philadelphia because we love it and want you to love it too. We’re a Philly company and we’ll show you the whole Philadelphia – or the whole of what’s in walking distance. We lend our friendship freely and we’ll gladly recommend a place to go out after the tour.
Beijing, Beijing, China
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6 reviews
“great and fun walking tour!”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

I went to the Ben Franklin Cheese Steak Tour with my bf, Mark was our guide. he was really nice, showed us a lot of places, introduced us the history of the city and also shared some funny stories with us. it was really fun, I will definitely recommend this tour to my friends when they come to Philly.

Visited April 2014
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
“Best tour ever!”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

I took the Colonial Cheesesteak tour on a girls' weekend in Philly and it was fabulous! Mark was beyond informative and totally excited about Philly (but excited in a good way, not in the way that is a little weird). He was also filled with fun Philly facts, from Ben Franklin's garb to fire depts burning down! And, not only did he tell us where to get the best cheeseteak in Philly, he narrowed down our options according to distance, price, and historical relevance so that we finished our trip with the perfect lunch.

I've taken free tours in cities throughout Europe and Asia, and this was by far best one (perfect length, quality information, and spot-on humor). It was worth every cent of the tip I was happy to give at the end.

Visited April 2014
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Miami, Florida
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57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Thanks Mark!”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

My Mom and I took Mark's tour on a weekend in Philadelphia to learn a little bit about the area. We wanted to do one of the free tours as feel it is often better when a tour guide has to "earn their tips" and Mark did not disappoint! We selected his tour based on the good reviews and the fact that he was a native who started his own Company. We easily signed up online and received a confirmation email and we received another confirmation email the night before. Mark was there waiting when we arrived and it was easy to find him. We waited about 5 minutes for anyone else to show up but everyone else had cancelled without notice, so it was just the two of us and Mark. Despite working for tips, Mark didn't show the least bit upset about the no shows and said he likes the small tours. The tour itself was about an hour and half and Mark shared a lot of information, as well as answered questions, and gave recommendations. He clearly loves the city and also has an interest in it's history. I would highly recommend to anyone, although it might be a bit much for small children.

Visited April 2014
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Clay, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Tour with Mark was wonderful”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Mark arranged a special tour for us and our friends who were visiting the USA from Australlia. We were meeting in Philadelphia for just two days so wanted to see as much as possible in a short time. He was very knowledgeable and informative about the History of Philadelphia. He walked us through what is called the Colonial Chessesteak tour. He was also extremely helpful in giving suggestions for buying tickets for the Hop on and Off tour bus for the next day also suggesting the best place to enjoy a Philly cheesesteak sandwich. I would highly recomend Mark and his company.

Visited April 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Informative, fun and perfectly timed”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

Participated in a walking tour with Mark this weekend and it was a fabulous experience. He's beyond knowledgable of the area, subjects and historical context. The tour is informative and you hit the highlights of the area. If you've ever had a question about Ben Franklin, Quakers or where your pennies come from, then this is the tour for you. The tour is casual and a great pace for just about anyone. It's not intense like many other group tours in the area and isn't so densely packed with information that it's dizzying or dry. The morning tour ends around lunch with a number of awesome lunch suggestions. :) Couldn't recommend enough. And a company like this that runs (and runs busily and constantly) on tips alone is certainly worth your time.

Visited April 2014
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