The Philadelphia Flower Show and Longwood Gardens
The Philadelphia Flower Show is an annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in March. It is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show, attracting more than 260,000 people annually. The show features large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes, and over-the-top floral creations.
Visitors to the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show are treated to fabulous design, live entertainment, gardening how-to workshops and lectures by experts.
Join us on March 7 as we visit the Philadelphia Flower Show.
The centrepiece of your tour will be a visit to the magnificent Barnes Foundation or the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Barnes Foundation houses one of the most important private art collections in the world. 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 46 Picassos, 59 Matisse, 21 Soutines, as well as innumerable Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works adorn its walls. It has been estimated that the Barnes collection is worth as much as 30 billion dollars. This astounding collection is considered to be arguably the best in the world.
You may choose as an alternate to visit The Philadelphia Museum of Art. This museum features:
The world’s largest and most important collection of works by Marcel Duchamp; The greatest collection of sculpture by Constantin Brancusi outside Europe; The finest public collection of Auguste Rodin’s sculpture in the United States; Superb Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including Paul Cézanne’s The Large Bathers, Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and important paintings by Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Edgar Degas
During your stay you will also visit Longwood Gardens. Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s premier horticultural destinations. In spring, we experience the dazzling world of orchids as the Conservatory is transformed into a lush oasis showcasing the divas of the plant world. Longwood’s Conservatory is one of the world’s great greenhouse structures. It shelters 20 indoor gardens and 5,500 types of plants. We also allow plenty of time to stroll the outside gardens (over 1,000 acres) and tour the DuPont House.
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At 6:30am the bus departs from Westgate Shopping Centre. A lunch stop will be made en-route. Your drive will take you through New York and Pennsylvania to Philadelphia. Expect to arrive at your downtown hotel at 5:00pm. Your hotel for the next 3 nights is the Warwick Rittenhouse Square.
At 7:45am you will depart for the Convention Center and the Philadelphia Flower Show. The hours of the show are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
At 1:30 pm we will depart the Flower Show for the Barnes Institute or the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Your visit to the Barnes or the Philadelphia Museum of Art will include a self-guided tour. There are no restrictions on how long you may stay, but once you leave the facility you may not re-enter. Our coach will provide shuttle service to the hotel or back to the flower show. Times for the shuttle will be provided by your Travac Tours Director.
Depart from the hotel at 8:30 a.m. for our trip to the Brandywine Valley and our guided tour of Longwood Gardens. After lunch at their café (on your own) we will board the coach for our journey back to Philadelphia. A walking tour of the historic district will be available upon our return. There are also several museums in the downtown core that are worth a visit and your Travac Tours Director will be happy to give you directions to these museums.
Luggage should be in the hall by 8:30 a.m. for our departure at 9:30am. A lunch stop will be made en-route as well as a stop at Duty Free. Expect to arrive at the Westgate Shopping Centre at approximately 6:30pm.
Warwick Rittenhouse Square
Hotel Address220 S 17th St