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Sunday, August 30 • 10:00am - 2:00pm
Papal Site Tours

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This reporter work day provides advance opportunity for journalists to gather color for preview and event stories, take site pictures and B-roll, and nail down logistics for covering the Philadelphia leg of the papal visit. Choose between “The Big Picture” papal visit tour or the “Local Flavor” Philadelphia Catholic life tour. 

TOUR #1: The Big Picture

  • 10 a.m. — Depart Loews Hotel
  • 10:10 a.m. — Self-guided tour Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul (Mass held at 9:30 and 11)
  • 11:10 a.m. — Bus departs for Philadelphia Museum of Art (self-guided exterior tour)
  • 12:10 p.m. — Bus departs for Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • 12:30 p.m. — Lunch and World Meeting of Families Presentation with Q&A at Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • 1:40 p.m. — Depart Archdiocese 
  • 1:50 p.m. — Optional: bus drops off at Independence Hall, self-guided tour, walk back to Loews Hotel (.7 m)
  • 2 p.m. — Bus arrives at Loews Hotel, conference concludes

TOUR #2: Local Flavor 

  • 10 a.m. — Depart Loews hotel
  • 10:30 a.m. — Self-guided tour at the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann at St. Peter the Apostle
  • 11 a.m. — Spanish language Mass at Saint Peter the Apostle 
  • 12:10 p.m. — Depart Saint Peter the Apostle
  • 12:30 p.m. — Lunch and World Meeting of Families Presentation with Q&A at Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • 1:40 p.m. — Depart Archdiocese
  • 1:50 p.m. — Optional: bus drops off at Independence Hall, self-guided tour, walk back to Loews Hotel (.7 m)
  • 2 p.m. — Bus arrives at Loews Hotel, conference concludes

Notes:

  • All tour stops are self-guided.
  • Mass will be in session at the Basilica at 9:30 and 11 a.m., with our stop nestled between those two times. 
  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art carries an admission fee of $20 for anyone who wishes to go in during the brief tour stop. Otherwise, time will be spent visiting the “Rocky” steps just outside and gathering color.
  • While returning to the hotel, attendees can take advantage of an optional drop off at Independence Hall. Anyone who wishes to take a tour can obtain a free ticket (Info via reservations website).

Sunday August 30, 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm
Area Tours Various location in Philadelphia