The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. They maintain a more primitive lifestyle than the surrounding culture. A group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships with Swiss Germanic Anabaptist origins, they are closely related to, but distinct from, Mennonite churches. Socializing is an important part of their life. They have a strong sense of community spirit, and often come to the aid of those in need. The Amish believe large families are a blessing from God.
Meals as indicated: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (S) Social.
DAY 1, MAY 2ND. SK - WINNIPEG MB. Join our tour from Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina, Moosomin, Brandon or Winnipeg, and if time allows, places in between. Overnight Winnipeg.
DAY 2, MAY 3RD. WINNIPEG - SUPERIOR-DULUTH MN (B). Crossing into the US, travelling along the southwest corner of Lake of the Woods through Warroad, the southwestern corner of Koochiching County in Northome, and Grand Rapids. Overnight in Duluth the port city on Lake Superior.
DAY 3, MAY 4TH. SUPERIOR-DULUTH - ST IGNACE MI (B). Travel through Minnesota, Wisconsin and into Michigan. Through Brule River State Forest to Marquette - the largest city in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. If you are willing, climb to view high a top Castle Rock to the water’s edge of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Overnight St Ignace.
DAY 4, MAY 5TH. ST IGNACE - FRANENMUTH MI (B). Cross the Mackinac Bridge, spanning the Straits connecting the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan. This afternoon and evening in Frankenmuth, known for its Bavarian-style architecture and highlighting the area’s German roots. Enjoy a narrated boat tour aboard the Bavarian Belle Riverboat on the Cass River. Visit Bronner’s “World’s Largest Christmas Store”, designed with an Alpine architecture, the building is 7.35 acres in size. Be sure to stop in at The Clock Company. They provide authentic German clocks and souvenirs. If you time it right, you can walk in a few minutes before all the clocks chime - it is magical! You can stroll or shop in other unique shops or the outdoor shopping mall. Overnight in Frankenmuth.
DAY 5, MAY 6TH. FRANKENMUTH - AMISH ACRES IN (B/D). Travel south to Shipshewana for lunch on own before touring the Menno-Hof - Amish-Mennonite Information Center, which teaches you about their faith and life. It’s a must stop before you take in the rich landscape and gentle charm of the community in and around Shipshewana. The Center interprets the rich history, the family-oriented lifestyle, deep faith of the “Anabaptists” and how and why they emerged in 1525. Check in to Amish Acres, a historic farm and heritage resort. First a guided house and farm tour, and documentary films at the Round Barn. Welcome reception, Thresher’s Dinner served family style, followed by a performance in the majestic 1911 Round-Barn Theatre.
DAY 6, MAY 7TH. AMISH ACRES - BERLIN OH (B). This morning tour the Amish countryside with a step on guide. Stop along the way at Bulk Food Store and before leaving Amish Acres grab a coffee and maybe a treat at the Fudge Shop. Enjoy the views as you drive through Indiana and Ohio. Visit Lehman’s Hardware Store, four pre-Civil War era buildings under one soaring roof. A place to embrace the past. Shop and reminisce you way through thousands of products while browsing Jay’s antique collection. The full shopping experience is nearly a quarter mile long! Overnight in village of Berlin - the oldest existing village in Holmes County.
DAY 7, MAY 8TH. BERLIN OH - SOMERSET PA (B). In the scenic foothills of Ohio’s Amish country is Sugarcreek, a village known as “The Little Switzerland of Ohio”. The downtown Swiss Village Corridor features Amish and Swiss restaurants, pub food, a bulk food store, Amish-made quilts and crafts, antiques, and collectibles all within walking distance. Be sure to see the 24-foot cuckoo clock come to life with a band that plays every hour and half hour. Off to The Warther Museum and Gardens - master carver Ernest Warther created over 64 working model steam locomotives carved out of ebony, ivory and walnut. Travel to Pittsburgh for a guided city tour of historic landmarks and learn more about the Amish. Overnight in Somerset.
DAY 8, MAY 9TH. SOMERSET - LANCASTER PA - Sightseeing (B/D). Meet your step on guide at Chocolate World in Hershey. Learn the unique history about chocolate town, see the street lights shaped like chocolate kisses. Visit Chocolate World and enjoy a simulated factory tour ride that takes you from the harvesting of cocoa beans to the production of Hershey’s chocolate. Enjoy your free sample at the end of the ride. Then, take some time to browse through the unique shops. Lunch will be on your own then off to check in to the hotel. Relax and refresh. This evening is the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater buffet with a lovely and meal and a performance. Overnight Lancaster.
DAY 9, MAY 10TH. LANCASTER - Free Day (B). Explore on your own, or rest and relax. Your resort has a convenience store, two restaurants, cocktail lounge and three pools on premises. Coffee maker and refrigerator in all rooms. Overnight Lancaster.
DAY 10, MAY 11TH. LANCASTER - Amish Experience (B/D). A step on guide will take you through the heart of the Amish Farmlands with picturesque scenery where time seems to stand still. See the pristine Amish farms, one-room schoolhouses, wind-wheels, Amish “phone booths” and farmers working the fields with their horse or mule-drawn plows. Stop at n Amish Quilt & Craft Shop on an Amish farm. Have the opportunity to meet the Amish in person as you browse through a colourful array of exquisite handmade quilts and unique country crafts. A Country Surprise awaits your group somewhere along the way. We can’t tell you what it is - but on any given day, there’s something of interest to be explored in the beautiful Amish countryside. Off to Kitchen Kettle Village, with lunch on own, stroll through the 42 shops and restaurants built around their nationally celebrated Jam & Relish Kitchen. Sample, watch fudge being rolled, go for a horse drawn carriage ride and listen as Banjo Jimmy plays a tune. The shopping has everything from hand-carved signs, handmade quilts, Brighton leather goods, UGG boots and so much more. Return to hotel to relax and refresh. Meet your step on guide and enjoy a presentation reviving the old Art of Chalk Talk. A fun, motivational and inspiring event you’ll never forget. Prepare for a unique and truly memorable experience as you are welcomed into a real Amish home as their guests for an authentic Amish meal. Enjoy their kind and gracious hospitality as the family serves you a delicious Penn Dutch feast.
DAY 11, MAY 12TH. LANCASTER PA - CLEVELAND OH (B). Travel from Lancaster through State Forest, State Game Lands into Ohio. Overnight in Cleveland area.
DAY 12, MAY 13TH. CLEVELAND OH - CHESTERTON IN (B). Visit The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, on the shore of Lake Erie. It recognizes and archives the history of the best-known, most influential artists, producers and engineers, who had some major influence on the development of rock and roll.
DAY 13, MAY 14TH. MADISON - EAU CLAIRE WI (B). Stop at Wisconsin Dells for a lower Dell boat tour. An awesome journey through scenery, history and legend, it’s your chance to experience the natural beauty, wonder and mystery of Wisconsin. Overnight Eau Claire.
DAY 14, MAY 15TH. EAU CLAIRE WI - WINNIPEG (B/S). Spend time at the Mall of America, the largest shopping mall by size. With over 520 stores, 50 restaurants and action-packed attractions there’s got to be something for everyone. Travel north crossing the border. Enjoy your evening social with food and beverages. Bid farewell to your fellow travellers.
DAY 15, MAY 16TH. WINNIPEG - HOME (B). Homeward bound cherishing wonderful memories of your travels.
ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
2020 AMISH TOUR INCLUDES:
PA Northern Bus Lines, driver, sound and entertainment system, lavatory, comfortable reclining seats and coach cleaned daily.
Hotel accommodations with luggage handling when available. 1 bag per person round-trip (WEIGHT 50 LBS/23 KG) - LUGGAGE HEAVIER THAN REQUIREMENTS WILL BE DECLINED.
All breakfasts ranging from continental to full hot buffet.
3 authentic dinners (Penn Dutch Feast, Dinner Theater Buffet, Thresher’s served family style), 1 social.
Riverboat tours of Frankenmuth and Wisconsin Dells.
Guided tour of Hershey Chocolate World, Amish Farmlands and the Art of Chalk Talk.
Entertainment in the Round Barn Theater and Dutch Apple Theater.
Meet the Amish in person, opportunity to stroll through numerous shops and stores of crafts, carvings, hardware, antiques and a chance to sample.
Time to rest, relax and refresh.
Enjoy a guided city tour of Pittsburgh.
Tour the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland OH.
All tips for drivers, step on guides and tour directors.
Two (2) Professional Tour Directors to welcome you and look after details. Their care and attention insure you have a worry free tour.
Make the tour fit your schedule. Contact Dana (Prince Albert office) at 1.800.665.0171 for a fly option.
$2,999.00 DOUBLE. / $2,799.00 TRIPLE. / $3,599.00 SINGLE. / $2,599.00 QUAD.
DEPOSIT: $300.00 PER PERSON TO SECURE SEAT. BALANCE DUE: FEBRUARY 11TH, 2020.
PAY BY: CASH, CHEQUE OR CREDIT CARD.
TIPS, TAXES & FEES ARE INCLUDED IN THESE PRICES.
PASSPORTS - All passengers REQUIRE a valid passport for this tour and it must be valid for 6 months beyond the date of return.
INSURANCE - All passengers MUST HAVE adequate out of country medical insurance for this tour.
MANULIFE WORLD TRAVEL INSURANCE - We offer the personalized coverage you need, to be financially protected against the cost of unexpected emergencies that happen prior to or during your trip. For your insurance rates, call Dana at Lobstick Travel 1.800.665.0171. Passengers have the option to obtain insurance at their discretion. If you decline or purchase insurance elsewhere, we require our waiver form to be signed and returned to Val.
CANCELLATION - If you must cancel for any reason, contact Dana at Lobstick Travel 1.800.665.0171 IMMEDIATELY.
CANCELLATION POLICY - applies the day you notify us.
60 days or more prior to departure - loss of deposit.
59 - 31 days prior to departure - 50% total cost.
30 days prior to departure - 100% total cost.