Immerse yourself in Amish culture with a visit to the country's oldest Amish settlement in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County. On this full-day tour of Pennsylvania Dutch Country from Philadelphia, step back in time to learn about Amish culture while visiting some of the area's highlights such as an Amish bakery, a quilt shop, and a typical homestead.
Learn about Amish culture through a guided visit of America's oldest Amish settlement
Visit a bakery, a quilt shop, and a homestead
View the Amish Experience F/X Theater Presentation “Jacob’s Choice"
Hotel pickup and drop-off in Center City Philadelphia
We booked this tour from our home in Northern Ireland after reviewing previous favourable comments. Very easy to book on line and retrieve our reservations. Picked up from our city centre hotel by a very courteous driver who took us to the main train station and even took us inside to show us where we get the train. Amtrak excellent. Picked up by cab at Lancaster, again, on time. Visitor experience very good and afternoon bus trip very educational. Perhaps it would have been nice to be offered a choice of either a farm visit, quilt making or general store. No hesitation in recommending this full day trip. 👍
Really enjoyed the tour. However did not realise that the tour payment basically covered the transport to Lancaster (train/uber). We were dropped at the Centre and left to organise the actually activities ourselves. Overall the activities were interesting, however we could have easily got our own way there and undertook the tour ourselves.
I was disappointed with the experience. You do not interact with the Amish and visit their home, rather a museum like setting at a commercialized stop. It was a wasted day that could have been completed in half the time on your own. The theatre presentation was sesnsationalized and can not be what the Amish would approve. I did learn some things about the Amish on the home tour, however it is a mock up of what a home would be, not a true Amish home. The bus tour was interesting and the guide was a local who knew all the surrounding farms. You simply drive by at a clipped place, pointing out things through the window. They were organized and prompt with the transportation. You are picked up at your hotel location, transported to the train station, picked up by a taxi service from the train station and transported to the Amish Experience. After the shuttle tour we were ubered back to the train and a shuttle bus picked us up and transported us back to our hotel. Not the tour we had invisioned.
Disappointing day really. We had no interaction with the Amish at all. Not even a Buggy Ride.
Saw a video and a mock up of an Amish house and School. A ride in a bus through farmlands and that was it.
Expensive day out really. Would not recommend, this particular trip. Sorry.
It was promised a amish experience but it did not happen. We stayed most of the time in a facility where some non amish people explained the way of their living. We used a van in the afternoon to see some farms by the window... and one stop in a amish shop. The guide was not very good.
Tour guides were very knowledgeable. BBQ house at Amish Experience location was fantastic. Very enjoyable even with the rain. shuttle to/from hotel to Train station was the most difficult part. Identification stickers provided did not stick (upset shuttle driver on return). shuttle taking to train was better - she was helpful.
Very fun tour from Philadelphia train station and transit to and from Amish Country. The Amish experience starts with a film that gives you insight to the history and values followed by a trip through the countryside and an Amish store. DeAnna was a great guide and has lived in the area and is very knowledgeable. Loved this tour and highly recommend it. The tour started at 7 a.m. with a hotel pick up and drop off and ended around 6 p.m.
An excellent trip apart from issues with the transport connections
, Jun 2018
The attractions themselves were fascinating and well worth seeing. The difficulty we had was that the taxi that was meant to meet us at the train station and transport us to the attraction itself didn't arrive and we had to call for another one which didn't arrive until 30 minutes after we were meant to be picked up. The result was that the tight timing of seeing all of the aspects of the Amish Country Tour was upset and if it wasn't for the very good work of the staff at the Amish Experience Offices we would have missed out on the horse drawn buggy ride altogether. As it was that had to be truncated and so we didn't get a full appreciation of that aspect.
So the advice is: if the taxi sin't at the station when you arrive, call the taxi company immediately to get one there.