Weve all had so much fun on our previous Amish Country tours to Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania that we thought "Why not combine them?!" This tour will be filled full of Amish delights, beautiful scenery and all the wonderful Amish home-cooking that you can handle! Dont miss out on this trip those who have traveled with us on our Amish tours in the past STILL rave about what a good time they had!
Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
On-board Friendly Host
8 Nights Hotel Accommodations
Jayco RV Factory Tour
Menno-Hof Amish Mennonite Interpretive Center
Free Time in Downtown Shipshewana
Dinner in an Amish Home - Indiana
"Half-Stitched" at the Heritage Hall
Backroads Heritage Trail & Quilt Gardens Tour
Dinner & Cooking Class with an Amish Family - Indiana
Millersburg Victorian Mansion & Historical Society
Millersburg Glass Museum
Back Country Roads Tour
- Lamp & Light Candle Carving Demonstration
- Mudd Valley Cafe
- Farm at Walnut Creek
- Coblentz Leather
Dinner at the Amish Home of Joe & Anna Erb - Ohio
Kitchen Kettle Village
Dinner in an Amish Home - Pennsylvania
Lancaster County Tour
- Amish Quilt & Craft Shop
"David" at Sight & Sound Theatre
Hersheys Chocolate World
$2075 pp Double
$2675 pp Single
Non-members add $25
This tour requires average physical activity. Participants should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly on uneven ground or unpaved trails.
Deposit & Final Payment: A $300 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation. Payment is due, in full, by April 28, 2022. No refunds will be issued after April 1, 2022.
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Day 1: Thursday, June 9, 2022
Join us this morning from the available departure location of your choice, meet your friendly onboard Trailways host and driver, and then settle in as we head for Amish Country! Enjoy rest and refresh breaks as we travel along today, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own. Arrive at the Essenhaus Inn in Middlebury, Indiana this afternoon.
The Essenhaus is one of our favorite places to overnight, and on this tour, you’ll get to stay for three! Enjoy the feeling of being a guest in a friend’s home rather than staying at a hotel. Take time to explore and walk the grounds, browse the shops, hit the bakery and marvel at their Quilt Garden.
Your adventure continues into Amish Country with a true experience of a lifetime. Sit down to a family-style Amish dinner that is traditional among these peaceful people. Next, meet the Yoder family, including grandma, dad and the kids, while they show you how to make some of the best food around the country during this cooking class. There will be no more lumps in your homemade mashed potatoes after this demonstration!
Tonight’s meal will include Meatloaf and Chicken, Green Beans, Cauliflower-Broccoli Salad, Noodles, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Fresh-baked Bread with homemade Jam and Apple Butter along with dessert of Apple or Coconut Cream Pie. Carolyn will also provide a demonstration of her delicious Cinnamon Roll making skills and you will each get one to eat there, PLUS take 2 home for a midnight snack!
Day 2: Friday, June 10, 2022
Enjoy a continental breakfast at the hotel this morning before departing for the Jayco RV Factory Tour. Welcome to the “RV Capital of the World!” Over half the world’s inventory of travel trailers, 5th wheels, Class C & A Motorhomes, Truck Campers and Fold-downs are all manufactured in this area. You will learn about some of the extra steps taken during the process and see the meticulous work the Jayco team does, firsthand.
After, we depart for a Backroads Heritage Trail and Quilt Gardens Tour. Visit a few different Quilt Gardens today with your Master Gardener tour guide! Learn how they plan, design and plant each of these spectacular quilt patterns using plants. In June, we should be seeing them in their full bloom glory!
Join Norma Troyer, a member of the Old Order Amish faith, in her newly constructed home. We will begin by sitting on Amish church benches and listen to her presentation of the “Anabaptist Around the Globe” presentation. Here she will summarize the Anabaptist heritage from around the globe through visual maps and migration patterns from 15th century Europe to today’s America. She will explain the differences in current lifestyles of the Anabaptist’s faith (Mennonite, Amish) based upon their geographic location and following the customs of their ancestors. She compares the Northern Indiana Amish customs to other communities while following the words based in the Bible.
Enjoy her displays including different styles of head covering and dress including her mother’s wedding dress and old family quilts. There will be time for questions and answers followed by the opportunity for guests to see part of her family’s “modern” Amish home.
We depart Norma’s home and head out to visit with many of her neighbors and family members today including her neighbor, Barbara. Barbara will introduce you to Braille as she is blind. She will demonstrate how she translates regular books into Braille printing for herself and others to use while sharing with you her personal story.
Attend a workshop for special needs Amish clients and learn about their important job training and work that they provide for the community.
Visit a few other places which may include an Amish bakery, bulk food store, a woodworker’s shop, basket weaver or a leather maker today.
Meet an Amish family as they welcome you into their home for an Amish Haystack dinner this evening. A Haystack Dinner? You bet, it’s a topsy turvy build your own Amish meal many relate to as an upside-down taco salad. The Amish often use these as “fundraiser” meals too. You’ll build your own haystack from bowls of farm fresh vegetables, toppings, seasoned meat and gooey cheese sauce. It’ll be served with homemade bread, coffee, water and your choice of Strawberry Rhubarb or Chocolate Cream pies.
Day 3: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Have a continental breakfast this morning before departing the hotel for Menno-Hof Amish Mennonite Interpretive Center. Menno-Hof is a non-profit information center in Shipshewana that teaches visitors about the faith and life of Amish and Mennonites. Menno-Hof’s multi-image presentations, historical environments and colorful displays take visitors on a fascinating journey inside the unique world of the Amish and Mennonites. Visitors see where the Anabaptists had their beginning in a Swiss courtyard and how they were persecuted for their faith in the dungeon. They then travel with the Anabaptists down the cobblestone streets of Holland and board a 17th century sailing boat on a journey to America and freedom.
Enjoy some free time to explore downtown Shipshewana and the Davis Mercantile – a favorite shopping place for many repeat travelers. The Mercantile has 4 floors and 21 stores! The beginnings of the Davis Mercantile complex date back to 1891 when Hezekiah Davis saw a need in Shipshewana to accommodate those traveling through town. Building a hotel close to the train depot was a good idea. His family built several buildings in and around Shipshewana and is remembered today for pioneering the trade that took place over one hundred years ago. In the late 1960’s it was decided to move the Old Davis Hotel from its location at the corner of Main and Morton Streets to a block West on Main Street. This was no small task and was something the entire town came to see. Years later, in the 1980’s the Miller family purchased the Hotel and began refurbishing the hotel that had been used for other things in the past century, including a chicken hatchery! Soon the hotel was simply not big enough to hold all the ideas the Millers had for retail. The Davis Mercantile was built and soon became a destination and people came from far and near to visit.
Lunch today is a real treat at the Blue Gate Restaurant and Music Hall for a buffet and “Half-Stitched, the Musical.” We begin with the delicious Blue Gate Lunch Buffet featuring soups, salad bar, bread, multiple entrees, tasty sides and their famous ice cream and pie bar.
After lunch, we will go upstairs to the Music Hall for the “Half-Stitched, The Musical” show. What could possibly go wrong when an Amish widow decides to teach a small weekend quilting class? Cultures collide and personalities clash when six loose threads and an Amish widow spend a weekend together learning a little about quilts, and a lot about themselves. This Broadway-caliber musical will have you bent over laughing, fighting back tears, and humming along to the unforgettable melodies. With tens of thousands of standing ovations, come see what all the fuss is about! Half, Stitched, The Musical is based on Wanda Brunstetter’s novel, The Half-Stitched Amish Quiltiing Club.
After the show we will have more time to continue your shopping before departing downtown Shipshewana for the hotel.
The remainder of the evening is open for you to explore with dinner on your own at the Das Dutchman. And, there is definitely PLENTY to explore!!
• Relax on a horse drawn carriage ride around the immaculate grounds or play a round of miniature golf, both available at an additional fee.
• Go shopping in one of several Village Shops (we even have coupons for you!) all on the same facility grounds. Here you can shop for quilts, baked goods, home décor, ladies’ apparel, Vera Bradley, jewelry and more.
• Swim in the Essenhaus Inn pool, relax in the hot tub, play games in small groups within the hotel’s open community areas.
Day 4: Sunday, June 12, 2022
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel this morning we depart to continue our journey East. There will be rest and refresh breaks, as needed, as we travel along this morning, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own.
Early this afternoon, arrive at the Millersburg Victorian Mansion and Historical Society in Ohio. Take a tour of this beautiful 28-room Victorian mansion that has been featured on HGTV and listed in the National Historic Registry. Right in the heart of Ohio’s largest Amish settlements, it serves as the society’s museum and a collection of Holmes County history.
Our next stop is the Millersburg Glass Museum. This museum highlights the history of the local glass plant, its workers and owner, John Fenton. John Fenton came to Millersburg, Ohio in 1908 with a dream and a sketchbook. John was of the glassmaking Fenton family of Williamstown, West Virginia. He came to Millersburg knowing he could do something bigger and better than his family. He didn’t desire to make traditional glassware (or do traditional business), John Fenton wanted opulence and prestige. Out of that desire for extravagance, came Millersburg Glass, which you may know as “Carnival Glass.”
Arrive at the Carlisle Inn in Millersburg for your overnight stay. Welcome to your own Amish Country oasis filled with simple comforts, remarkable views, and warm hospitality. Rising above the mist-covered farmland of Amish Country is the Carlisle Inn of Sugarcreek. Below, you’ll likely find a slow parade of just-milked Jersey cows headed for pasture. Inside, you’re sure to catch a whiff of sugary-sweet, fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls.
This evening, enjoy a private tour and dinner at the Warther Museum in Dover before returning to the hotel for the remainder of the evening free to enjoy on your own.
Day 5: Monday, June 13, 2022
After breakfast, depart for a Back Country Roads Tour with our local guide. Visit an Amish cottage industry, Lamp and Light Candle, for a candle carving demonstration.
Stop at the Farm at Walnut Creek for a wagon ride through the 120-acre park that hosts over 500 animals, comprised of species from six of the seven continents. Their menagerie includes exotic animals such as giraffes, camels, zebras, and kangaroos along with more common animals like horses, llamas, buffalos and deer. Depending on the time of year, you may see plowing, thrashing, canning, quilting and more. You can tour their non-electric farm houses, buy produce at the farm stand, and take pictures of all that you see plus end the tour with homemade chocolate chip cookies.
For lunch, eat where the locals eat! Mudd Valley Café & Creamery is located inside of Walnut Creek Cheese with hot sandwiches, fresh burgers and Mudd Valley “Stacks.” Enjoy a Mudd Valley Custard, their own secret recipe that has a smooth, creaminess you won’t find anywhere else.
Continue on this afternoon to Coblentz Leather and enjoy feeding the goats along with visiting the shop which features the finest hand-tooled leather goods featuring belts, purses, wallets and more.
Arrive back at the Carlisle Inn to relax and freshen up for this evening’s meal in the Amish home of Joe and Anna Erb. You’ve experienced a dinner in an Indiana Amish home, now it’s time to have one in Ohio and visit with the family. Fill up on a delicious family styled home-cooked dinner of pan-fried chicken, roast beef, real mashed potatoes, noodles, green beans, cole slaw, homemade bread and Amish peanut butter whip (it’s oh SO good!!) along with assorted mouthwatering pies!
Return to the Inn for the remainder of the evening.
Day 6: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Enjoy one last breakfast at the Carlisle Inn this morning before we continue on our journey to Pennsylvania today. Enjoy rest and refresh breaks as needed, as well a stop for lunch, on your own, before we arrive in Intercourse this afternoon.
Our first visit in Pennsylvania Amish Country is to the Kitchen Kettle Village. Found in the heart of Lancaster County, Kitchen Kettle Village is famous for its homemade baked goods, jellies, jams, sauces and relishes. Here you can see them make their Pennsylvania Dutch baked and canned goods right on the premises. The Canning Kitchen and the Bake Shop are filled with many gift ideas, so you can be sure to take home a piece of Lancaster County. Discover a unique shopping experience like no other. With over 40 shops in the outdoor village, you’ll find authentic Pennsylvania Dutch gifts and locally-made merchandise, including hand-made quilts, crafts, art and furniture.
We depart and pick up our local guide at the Fulton Steamboat Inn before enjoying our Amish Home Dinner this evening. Prepare for another truly memorable meal in one more Amish home, this time in Pennsylvania Dutch country! You will be welcomed into their home where you will enjoy their kind and gracious hospitality as the family serves you a delicious feast. A typical meal will include two meat entrees, mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, vegetables, assorted cold relishes, homemade bread, a beverage and desserts.
Arrive back at the Fulton Steamboat Inn and enjoy a warm Pennsylvania Dutch welcome when you check into Lancaster’s most unique hotel. Shaped like a riverboat, the Fulton Steamboat Inn is named for Robert Fulton, founder of steam propelled riverboats, who was born in Lancaster. This Inn has lovely Victorian themed décor along with gracious hospitality.
Take some time to do a bit of exploring – there’s a firepit that overlooks the koi pond and a walking trail where you can take a stroll and feed the ducks
Day 7: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Enjoy a family-style, all-you-can-eat breakfast this morning including scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, sausage, bacon and pancakes along with fresh-baked muffins, juice, coffee and tea.
We depart the hotel with our local guide to venture out onto the “Roads Less Traveled” through the heart of the Amish farmlands. Enjoy picturesque scenery as you meander across country roads where time seems to stand still. See the pristine Amish farms, one-room schoolhouses, windwheels, Amish “phone booths” and farmers working the fields with their horse or mule-drawn plows.
Take a stop at an Amish Quilt and Craft Shop, located right on their Amish farm. Have an opportunity to meet them in person as you browse through a colorful array of exquisite handmade quilts and unique country crafts.
Time for a snack of a handmade soft pretzel and a beverage of home-made birch beer, lemonade or root beer at Eli’s! You’ll find this Amish-owned and operated roadside stand to be exactly what you were looking for in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. But, there’s more! It’s also a place to shop with a large array of homemade crafts including quilts, baked goods, canned items, homemade noodles, apple butter and much more. Local produce is also sold when in season.
Arrive at Casey Jones to have lunch, on your own, at this unusual restaurant built into a classic converted train dining car. Dine in one of the two original P-70 80-ton dining cars that once rode the rails of the Pennsylvania Railroad in the early 1900’s. Whether you have an appetite as big as John Henry’s or as small as a nugget of coal, they offer fresh, fun and affordable dining that won’t leave you disappointed. An added bonus is the wonderful PA Dutch farmland view while you dine.
Return back to the Inn after lunch and say good-bye to our guide and have a short amount of time to take any goodies or purchases to your room before we depart again for the Sight and Sound Theatre in Ronks to see David.
Master Poet. Fearless Warrior. Anointed King. After unprecedented victories lead to devastating failures, this passionate warrior will face the biggest battle of all; the one within himself. Experience one of the most legendary Bible stories as it comes to life in this brand-new stage production from Sight & Sound Theatres.
Tonight, have a truly unique dining experience in the Carriage Room at the Hometown Kitchen. Your tables have buggy seats rather than chairs and the room is filled with antique carriage décor. Have a delicious homemade Pennsylvania Dutch family-style meal including homemade dinner rolls, butter, homemade strawberry jelly, tossed salad, turkey breast with bread filling and gravy, beef pot roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, buttered noodles, peas and carrots and your choice of dessert and soft drink, coffee or tea.
Return to the Inn for a great night of rest before departing in the morning.
Day 8: Thursday, June 16, 2022
Enjoy another all-you-can-eat family-style breakfast this morning before departing for Hershey’s Chocolate World.
Take a ride on the simulated tour that shows the chocolate making process used by Hershey from the cocoa bean to the finished wrapped product. At the end, receive a small Hershey bar and overlook the grandest candy shop ever!
Have time to choose treats to take home with you, shop for some souvenirs and also take time to grab a quick lunch before we depart at the Food Hall which offers pizza, hot entrees, and deli selections. There’s also a bakery along with ice cream and milkshakes – all using great Hershey chocolates!
Enjoy rest and refresh breaks as we start our travels back home. We arrive in Columbus, Ohio this evening for our overnight stay. We’ll have time to check in and freshen up a bit before heading to dinner this evening on your own at one of the nearby restaurants.
Day 9: Friday, June 17, 2022
After having breakfast at the hotel, we’ll depart to head for home this morning. Enjoy rest and refresh breaks, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own, before arriving back home this evening with all of the wonderful memories made (and pounds gained!) while visiting Amish Country this past week!
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Davenport, Iowa|| 8735 Northwest Blvd - Burlington Trailways Bldg. |
1st right past Blain's Farm & Fleet; on the left
|Ft. Madison, IA|| Ft. Madison Prison Industries Parking Lot |
1st Street & Avenue E
|Mediapolis, IA|| Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods |
111 N. Wapello Rd.
|Muscatine, IA|| Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61 |
|Wapello, IA|| Wapello, Jack N Jill on Hwy 61 |
503 US 61, Wapello, IA
|West Burlington|| West Burlington, IA Westland Mall |
South Lot by AmericInn
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