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My tour was great, well organised and very informative. I would have liked an extra hour to have a buggy ride and talk more with an Amish local. The countryside is beautiful and people are genuinely friendly.
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Although there was quite a bit of travelling, this all happened without a hitch. We were picked up from our hotel and taken to the train station. We had a bit of a wait before we boarded the train but were met at the station by a taxi that took us to the Amish area. Here we enjoyed the movie, Jacob's Choice and found it very interesting and informative. The tour through the Amish house was also interesting. Lunch was good, however the advertised Amish feast is no longer available. Amish food or Lancaster county food can be ordered from the menu, but there is no all you can eat lunch to sample Amish food as advertised on the brochure.
The shuttle bus took us driving along back roads around the area, pointing out Amish houses and farms. We saw quite a few Amish people along the way and called in to one home where crafts are sold.
The shuttle returned us to the train station in good time to catch the train back to Philadelphia where we were met by another shuttle driver who dropped us back to the hotel.
We really enjoyed the trip and had a great day!
This tour was amazing!
Loved the tour. It took us to all the sites of interest. Unfortunately, two days not enough time to see everything. We are from Florida and not used to so much walking and were with my mom. She was not inclined to get off the bus much. So the tour was mostly hop on.
Highlights: Reading terminal.
This tour was really interesting and worthwhile. It gives an insight into how the Amish live, then and now. We saw a film in an 'experiencial theatre' setting, a tour of a classroom and house, and then a great tour of the countryside with a very informative tour guide. I was recommend this tour. It is a different experience to visiting museums.
Tour guides were knowledgeable. Gave a great tour.
it is okay.
Guide was very good the country side was very beautiful. It was very informative.
The logistics of getting there and back was terrible. I think the contractor is Philadelphia Trolleyworks. We were told to be ready for our pickup at 7.30 but the driver only arrived at 8. He did not apologise for being late. We could see he was flustered because he was very impatient on the roads, honking and cursing. There was only one other pickup - who had been told to be ready at 7.50 but was only picked up at 8.10. We were dropped at the train station at 8.15, which is way too early for a 9am train. When the train arrived at Lancaster Station, the driver that was waiting for us was in a car that could only take 3 persons even though our party was 5. We had to split up, leaving 2 persons behind to wait for another car to pick them up. Once we arrived at Amish View, everything worked like clockwork and it was really pleasant. The journey back was smooth until we arrived at the Philadelphia train station where the driver who was supposed to pick us up was missing. Our instructions had been to wait between Stairwell 9 and 10. But when no one showed, I called Philadelphia Trolleyworks only to be told that the driver was waiting for us at the 30th Street exit. But when we went out, we could not find him. After a few more phone calls, we were still none the wiser. Eventually after half and hour of confusion, we discovered that he had parked his van a hundred yards away from the pickup point. When we boarded, he was totally ignorant about where he was supposed to drop us off. He did not even know that we were two parties staying in different hotels. Bottom line - all 4 stars go to the Amish View people at Lancaster Country. The Philadelphia Trolleyworks organisation of logistics and communication is just bad.
Interesting experience. More direct contact with Amish people would have been good.
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