The diaries of Lewis and Clark are filled with cantankerous laments about having to tour the wilderness by foot and the startling lack of trailside fast-food options. Equip yourself with a discoverer's eyes and a Robocop's wheels with today's deal: for $39, you get your choice of a three-hour Segway tour (a $79 value), a three-hour bicycling tour (a $69 value), or a 1.5-hour running tour (a $55 value) of Philadelphia from DeTours Touring in Old City. If you choose the Segway or biking tour, a credit card or cash is required for a refundable deposit per party ($150 for biking, $500 for Segway). Credit cards will not be charged any money unless the tour vehicles are lost or returned in an unsatisfactory condition.
DeTours whisks stationary sightseers on Seg-legs, wheel-legs, and leg-legs through a leisurely perambulation of the magnificent landmarks, charming neighborhoods, and majestic fjords of historic Philadelphia. Over the course of the tour route, you'll cruise past the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, and Ben Franklin's helicopter pad. Bikers will get to pedal along the Schuylkill River Trail, while Segway stallions can smoothly glide past the 200-year-old Walnut Street Theatre. Otherwise, the 6.5-mile running option simultaneously burns calories and educates you for the first time since your high school basketball team used the geography teacher's basket-globe during practice. As groups are typically eight people or less, historical inquirers will have ample opportunity to pose questions to their tour captain; questions about the history of Philadelphia are vastly preferred over questions about the shape of one's birthmark.
DeTours conducts its tours rain or shine or Ragnarok (ponchos are available for sale in the office), so make reservations at least 24 hours in advance. Enjoy all the fun of tearing through Philadelphia's byways and walkways in a Sherman tank without incurring costly bills for crushed mailboxes with a tour from DeTours.
All tours require signing a liability waiver. Helmets for the bike and Segway tours are provided. For frequently asked questions, click here.
In between their constitution-writing duties, the Founding Fathers often relied on riding horseback and walking around Philadelphia as a form of leisurely entertainment. That laidback approach to travel still resonates at DeTours, which has only replaced the steed with the Segway. After 30-minute training sessions, guides lead up to eight passengers on treks through Center City. Groups zip past sites such as the Liberty Bell and the Philadelphia Art Museum, the spot where Sylvester Stallone performed his infamous tap dance in Rocky.
While the city tour encompasses some of the most famous locales in Philadelphia, DeTours' other journeys zero in on particular themes. The mural tour, stops at 12 stunning artworks, such as a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe and a visual history of Chinatown. The cheesesteak tour stops at five eateries so guests can sample a classic Philly steak topped with onions and whiz.