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A Private Tour of Brandywine Valley from Philadelphia

US$ 1940.00 Price per person from View price guide

Key facts

Where: Philadelphia , U.S.A. Duration: Approximately 9-10 hours

Highlights

  • View the work of a famous dynasty of artists with a member of the family
  • Visit one of the finest gardens in America
  • Lunch in an exclusive club in beautiful surroundings
  • On this private tour with car and driver/guide you can go at your own pace

Overview

Take an exclusive private tour of enchanting Brandywine Valley and discover the incredible legacy of two renowned American families – the Du Ponts and the Wyeths.

Visit Brandywine River Museum, which houses an extensive collection of works by the internationally acclaimed Wyeth family – grandfather N.C., father Andrew and son Jamie. Your guide will be Victoria Wyeth, granddaughter of Andrew Wyeth.

Enjoy lunch at The Owl's Nest, a historic private club and the setting for the wedding of Ethel du Pont to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. in 1937. And spend time in the glorious Longwood Gardens. Founded by Pierre du Pont in 1906, this is a horticultural showstopper full of dazzling fountains, stately trees, and fabulous flowers, not to mention a magnificent conservatory, thunderous organ and a theater.

This private tour lets you arrange the schedule to your requirements and spend more time at the places that interest you most.

Itinerary

Enjoy a day full of visual delights on the Private Tour of Brandywine Valley from Philadelphia. The package includes round-trip transportation and you will be picked up from your Philadelphia hotel by your personal driver /cum guide. As this is a private tour, you can arrange the start time to suit your schedule and should fix this with the activity operator when you reserve the tour.

You will enjoy a drive through attractive countryside to the scenic Brandywine Valley, nestled in the rolling hills of southeast Pennsylvania. The valley is brim-full of historic interest plus art, antiques, mansions and delightful gardens.

The region has nurtured two of America’s foremost families – the Du Ponts and the Wyeths. It was here that the Du Ponts made their fortunes and built their mansions, and where three generations of Wyeths lived and painted the landscapes and people. Your tour will explore the role of these famous families in defining this charming region.

The Wyeths are a family of prodigious artistic talent. They include the grandfather N.C. Wyeth, one of America’s greatest book illustrators, his son Andrew Wyeth, America’s foremost realist, and grandson James Wyeth, who is among the country’s most popular painters. The family also includes two brilliant women artists – Carolyn Wyeth and Henriette Wyeth.

You will visit the Brandywine River Museum, housed in a converted 19th-century grist mill on the banks of the Brandywine. It boasts an extensive collection of works by the Wyeth family as well as paintings by Howard Pyle and Maxfield Parrish, and works by American illustrators Charles Dana Gibson, Rockwell Kent and others. You will tour the collection with Victoria Wyeth, granddaughter of Andrew Wyeth. You'll also have the opportunity to visit N.C. Wyeth's home and studio.

Next, you'll enjoy lunch at an historic private club, The Owl's Nest, set amid the rolling countryside of northern Delaware. The imposing main building was built in 1916 as the private estate of Eugene du Pont, and was the setting for the wedding of Eugene's daughter, Ethel, to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. in 1937.

Your final stop is a private guided tour of Longwood Gardens, one of the world's premier horticultural displays. Founded by Pierre du Pont in 1906, Longwood combines horticulture, architecture, theatre, and music into a unique garden experience. You'll see over 1,050 acres of formal gardens, majestic trees, sparkling fountains, idea gardens, meadows, woodlands, and an extravagant Conservatory.

The story of Longwood begins in 1700, when a Quaker family named Peirce purchased the property from William Penn and established a working farm. Joshua and Samuel Peirce began planting an arboretum on the farm in 1798. The farm was purchased in 1906 by Pierre du Pont so he could preserve the trees, and from 1907 until the 1930s Mr. du Pont created most of what is enjoyed today.

This is a private tour so you can spend as long as you like at the various attractions. The tour normally ends around 06:00pm and you will be dropped off back at your hotel in Philadelphia.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

Approximately 9-10 hours

Start time

Start time: Around 09:00pm; Exact time to be arranged with the tour provider when you reserve your tour
Duration: Approximately 9-10 hours

Meeting point

Your hotel in Philadelphia.
(We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

Ending point

The tour ends at your convenience

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in a private car
  • Private English-speaking driver/guide
  • Lunch at The Owl’s Nest private club
  • Entrance to Brandywine River Museum
  • Entrance to Longwood Gardens

Do/Dont's

Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Don’t forget the camera!

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 14 days in advance to reserve your tour.

Your voucher is valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.
The package is available year round except on holidays and pending availability of all components of the tour.

If you have special needs, such as using a wheelchair or canine assistant, please inform the activity operator prior to your tour.
Brandywine River Museum is open from 0930am - 04:30pm
Longwood Gardens is open from 09:00am - 05:00pm daily with some extended seasonal hours.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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Cancellation policy

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