Philadelphia - New Year's Eve & Mummers

Dec 31, 2019 - Jan 2, 2020

Join us as we say good-bye to 2019 and welcome 2020 and ring in the New Year in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia.

3 Day(s) | 4 Meals


  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • 2 Nights Holiday Inn Express Midtown
  • Spirit of Philadelphia Early New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise
  • Mummer's Parade
  • Mummer's Fancy Brigade Finale
  • Taste of Philly Food Tour
  • 4 Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Friendship Tours Escort


Day 1

Depart aboard our deluxe motorcoach as we say good-bye to 2019 and welcome 2020 in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA. 2 nights accommodations at the HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MIDTOWN located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. This afternoon enjoy a New Year’s celebration with a party on the water aboard the SPIRIT OF PHILADELPHIA EARLY NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS CRUISE. Ring in the new year with a buffet-style early dinner, dancing, incredible views of the fireworks show along the waterfront and a champagne toast at 6:00pm.

Day 2

For over 120 years, Philadelphia has rung in the new year with a festive celebration, THE MUMMERS PARADE. More than 10,000 men, women and children in lavish, glittering costumes do the “Mummers Strut” down Broad Street. Line the street with parade goers to watch the revelry and cheer on the performances. We then make our way to the Pennsylvania Convention Center with reserved seating for the MUMMERS FANCY BRIGADE FINALE. The indoor showcase is a highlight of the popular, longstanding Mummers Parade. Sometimes described as a cross between a Broadway show and Mardi Gras, the Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale has elaborate costumes and massive props and is a 2 1/2 hour stunning, colorful, high-energy showcase of 11 masterfully choreographed routines. More than 2,500 performers work for one full year to create the themes, costumes, props and drills that comprise the show and dazzle the audience. Enjoy a late lunch at the HARD ROCK CAFÉ before returning to our hotel. This evening visit the SUGARHOUSE CASINO, located on the picturesque Delaware River Waterfront. Try your luck at the 1,891 slot machines, 103 table games and 28 table poker room.

Day 3

This morning we visit the READING TERMINAL MARKET for a TASTE OF PHILLY FOOD TOUR. Philly is famous for its cheesesteaks, hoagies and pretzels. Learn the story behind these and other local food favorites, and the vibrant and historic Reading Terminal Market where they’re sold during our 75 minute walking tour in the Market. Enjoy lunch on own in the Market before we head for home after ringing in the new year in Philadelphia.

Departure Locations


Depart: 7:30 AM

Return: 6:00 PM

Manchester, Park & Ride Commuter Lot, Buckland Street & Pleasant Valley Road

West Hartford/New Britain

Depart: 8:00 AM

Return: 5:30 PM

Commuter Lot across from Target, Village Square Rd & Hartford Rd., New Britain / West Hartford
Please park on the left side of the lot as you enter the driveway.


Depart: 8:45 AM

Return: 5:00 PM

Chase Parkway Commuter Park & Ride across from Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury


Depart: 10:00 AM

Return: 4:30 PM

Exit 2 off I-84, Commuter Park & Ride on Mill Plain Rd., Danbury









Payment Policy

DEPOSIT: $200 pp due with reservations; FINAL PAYMENT: November 19, 2019

Cancellation Policy

If a passenger cancels from deposit to November 19, 2019 fee of $100.00 pp; November 20, 2019 to December 17, 2019 fee of $300.00 pp; no refunds if canceled on December 18, 2019 or later unless a substitute is provided.

Trip Protection Policy

Trip Protection Coverage is strongly recommended. Aon Affinity administers the NTA Travel Protection plan designed specifically for members of the National Tour Association. The Pre-existing medical condition exclusion can be waived by purchasing the Enhanced Plan within 14 days of your deposit or initial payment. Purchase of the plan within this time period also provides eligibility for the Financial Insolvency benefit. Traveling companions / roommates are required to take the same plan (Basic or Enhanced) in order to be properly covered. Premium is non-refundable once paid. Three ways to enroll:

1. Website: Tour Operator Location #076068. You can also view plan details on this site.

2. Call Aon 1-800-388-1470. Tour Operator Location #076068. Customer service agents can also answer questions about each plan.

3. Call Friendship Tours / The Ship Shop 860-243-1630 or 800-243-1630

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