The Pennsylvania Dutch, or Amish, are one of the most unique groups in America, and the largest community in the country is just outside Philadelphia, in Lancaster County. Typically a private group, the Amish have some very particular beliefs that go back hundreds of years. In order to enjoy and experience Lancaster County, a full-day driving tour out of Philadelphia is the best option for those staying in the city.
Start your private tour with the drive out to Lancaster County, which is about 90 miles. Along the drive, you’ll get to know your guide and hear the history of the Amish and their immigration to Pennsylvania. You’ll also hear about the Philadelphia countryside, including nearby Valley Forge and Brandywine Valley.
Once you reach the heart of Amish Country, you’ll be driving along the winding roads through farmland. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to see Amish farmers using traditional methods of harvesting or planting their crops. You’ll also see and learn about Amish houses and their electricity-free lifestyle.
For lunch, you’ll be able to take your pick from traditional smorgasbords — or buffets. (Note that lunch is at your own cost, so that you can pick and choose what restaurant you please.) Packed with local dishes, these restaurants are sure to fill you up with comfort food!
Then you’ll head to find some shops with Amish-made goods. The craftsmanship of Amish handcrafts are well-known, and most every visitor leaves with some kind of treasure. Quilts are a very popular choice, but even if you decide not to purchase one, the colors, patterns and quality are incredible to see! Handmade wooden furniture, baked goods, jams and jellies, and other crafts are all very popular.
Finally, you’ll make your way back into Philadelphia. When your tour is over, and after you’ve made memories that will last a lifetime, your guide will be happy to drop you off at a location of your choice. Your guide can also give you recommendations for restaurants or attractions throughout the city.
This tour is priced for a maximum group size of six travellers. A solo traveller or group smaller than six may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for six travellers. Groups larger than six are welcome; please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for large group pricing.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, transportation during the tour.
Exclusions: Lunch and other food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a private group with a maximum of 6 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher.
If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.
Closure of sites: In the event of road or attraction closures, your guide will do their best to work around the obstacles or take your tour to alternate but equally awesome locations.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.