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Lancaster County: Amish Farmlands, Museum Tour, Farm Visit

1. Lancaster County: Amish Farmlands, Museum Tour, Farm Visit

Sit back, relax, and leave the driving to professionals on your 14-passenger guided bus tour through Amish Country in Lancaster, PA. During this 90-minute guided tour, your knowledgeable guide will show you Amish farms, homes, and one-room schoolhouses. Interact with the Amish community, while making stops at a quaint Amish road-side stand. Experience true local flavor as you sample delicious home-made baked goods, fresh ice-cream, or cold home-made root beer.  Take your experience one step further as your guide takes you on a room-by-room tour of an original, centuries-old Amish farmhouse. The guided house tour will teach you about Amish history, religion, and clothing. For overseas visitors, a written translation of the guided house tour is available in 17 different languages, so you will not miss anything on the tour. Finish your day with a self-guided, farm visit of our 15-acre farm complete with animals, local artisans, and an Amish one-room school. During your farm visit, you'll have the opportunity to eat Amish-made food from the Amish BBQ Barn. David King and his family grill delicious chicken dinners, along with PA Dutch foods like whoopie pies. While visiting an Amish one-room school, sit in Amish desks and page through real Amish school books. This farm is home to the only "Scooter Run," where you can take a spin on real Amish scooters- just like Amish kids! Meet animals, like baby goats, chickens, Alpaca and Max, the Scottish Highland steer. Feel free to explore at your own pace and enjoy some lunch. Most visitors typically spend an hour on this part of the tour.

Lancaster: Amish Film, House, and Farmland Experience

2. Lancaster: Amish Film, House, and Farmland Experience

Start your experience with a guided Amish farmland bus tour. Discover the rural way of life of the Amish people. Learn about their farming techniques, without the use of modern technology. Watch a special screening of the movie "Jacob's Choice" in the Amish Experience Theater. Enjoy an interactive 4D experience, which charts a young boy's struggle in choosing the Amish church, or leaving behind family and community for the allure of the modern world.  Finish up the itinerary with the guided walking tour through the Amish Country Homestead. Learn about the local schools and education system, as well as the many Amish traditions.

Gettysburg: Historic Downtown Food Tour

3. Gettysburg: Historic Downtown Food Tour

Join a guided food tour around Gettysburg and meet fellow food lovers. Enjoy exploring 6 food spots famous amongst the locals, taste historical dishes, and hear all about the Civil War stories from your guide. Meet your guide at the Sweet! THE Candy Store, to begin your tour. Marvel at the shop stocked with jawbreakers, bubblegum, fudge, taffy, and many sour sweets to make your tongue twist. Feeling the sugar rush? No worries, you will leave the candy store and head to Blue Gray Bar and Grill. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of german pretzels and the iconic Philly Cheesesteak. Fancy a cold Irish pint? No problem, our next stop is the Garryowen Irish Pub. Learn all about how Irish soldiers beat back Pickett's Charge in the infamous Battle of Gettysburg.  In between food, you will hear all the tales and secrets of the Gettysburg Hotel, the Union Hotel, and the David Wills House, where Abraham Lincoln prepared the iconic Gettysburg Address.  Enjoy an unforgettable tasting adventure with other foodies that you won't forget.

From New York City: Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip

4. From New York City: Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip

Enjoy a unique day in historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania’s Amish community. You’ll travel from New York through New Jersey on your way to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. On your guided tour of Philadelphia you’ll see Elfert Alley, which is the oldest inhabited street in America. You’ll visit the Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall, and have the opportunity to run up the famous Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Following your sightseeing in Philadelphia, the tour heads to Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania’s Amish community. Explore the Amish market and enjoy some country cooking at lunch. After lunch at the Amish market you’ll go on an authentic Amish buggy ride through farm country and learn how the Amish live without the benefit of modern technology. Imagine no electricity, no running water, no telephones, and no appliances!

Lancaster: Sunset Picnic on an Amish Farm

5. Lancaster: Sunset Picnic on an Amish Farm

Enjoy a serene evening with nature on this scenic tour and sunset picnic on an Amish farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Before the picnic, take a map and explore the 15-acre farm and visit the animals. Ride along with a guide to the farm where you’ll enjoy food, fun, and conversation as the sun sets. Meet at the farm and explore the 15 acres to work up an appetite. See the farm animals and try out the scooters. Visit the covered bridge and school. Next, get picked up by your driver-guide at the front of our farmhouse. Jump aboard a mini-bus and enjoy a drive through the scenic backroads. Keep your cameras ready as you pass Amish homes, farms, and schools. Arrive at the Amish house for a lovely picnic dinner in the backyard and great conversation with new friends. Have a meal with all the fixings (grilled chicken, barbeque potatoes, coleslaw, assortment of salads, dinner rolls and butter, lemonade, and water). Enjoy the miles of countryside in every direction and beautiful flower and vegetable gardens surrounding your table. Afterward, enjoy a craft activity lead by the Amish children. The Amish are known to be skilled craftspeople and this family is no exception. Take home your beautiful masterpiece to remember your experience. Grab some homemade pie and ice cream and take a seat. Enjoy a conversation with others who love to sit around and chat. Learn about the farmhouse originally built in 1803 and the Amish family that lives there. After your belly is full and you’ve had great conversations, get back on the mini-bus and make your way back to the 15-acre farm where you started.

Lancaster: Amish Experience Visit-in-Person Tour of 3 Farms

6. Lancaster: Amish Experience Visit-in-Person Tour of 3 Farms

Take a 3-hour authentic exploration into the world and lives of real Amish people. Your driver and guide will pick you up at the Amish Experience Theater building and take you in groups of no more than 14 to 3 authentic, real Amish farms not normally open to the public. At the farms, you’ll have the unique opportunity to ask questions directly of the Amish community members. Your Amish hosts are very open and welcoming to visitors from all around the world, and eager to share their lives with you. Over 30 Amish households are involved in this tour, so each day is a different set of stops. Nothing is scripted; have a free-wheeling discussion that varies between many different topics. As well, you’ll see how their farms operate and watch a crafting demonstration in a functioning workshop.

Philadelphia: Black History Walking Tour

7. Philadelphia: Black History Walking Tour

Enjoy an exciting and fact-filled 90-minute adventure in the city of Philly. With a focus on the city's early history, this Black history walking tour explores the role of Black Americans in America's foundation. Start the tour with a journey to Congo Square and visit the unmarked graves of free and enslaved victims of the yellow fever epidemic. Learn about the Quaker school where both Black and White students were educated together. See where the Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1793. Hear about Martha Washington’s enslaved handmaiden who emancipated herself and others who traveled along the historic "Underground railroad". Learn about the Old London Coffee Shop where humans were inspected and sold into slavery. Walk in the footsteps of enslaved people, abolitionists, slaveholders and founding fathers as you hear about prominent early African-Americans. Also visit: Independence Hall, The President’s House, Congress Hall, Old City Hall, the First U.S. Supreme Court Building, the American Philosophical Society Museum, Library Hall, Thomas Jefferson Garden, the First and Second Bank of the U.S., Carpenter's Hall, New Hall Military Museum, Independence Square, Washington Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, Bicentennial Moon Tree, John Todd House, Bishop White House, Kidd House, Dock Creek, the 18th Century Gardens, the Merchant's Exchange, and the U.S. Customs House. The guided tour will also identify the former locations for a number of historical locations of importance including Philadelphia Prison Site, Benjamin Rush House Site, Quaker Meeting House Site, Quaker School Site, Abolitionist’s House and more.

Lancaster County: Tour and Meal with an Amish Family

8. Lancaster County: Tour and Meal with an Amish Family

Explore Lancaster County with a local guide. Discover the history and cultural traditions of the Amish community.  Share a meal with a local Amish family in their own home. Enjoy a truly memorable experience that will be the highlight of any trip to Lancaster County.

Philadelphia: South Philly Art Walking Tour

9. Philadelphia: South Philly Art Walking Tour

Explore the incredible public art in South Philadelphia on this group walking tour. Head into the heart of the Queen Village and the Bella Vista neighborhood to uncover beautiful and surprising murals and mind-bending mosaics. Meet your guide and begin your art finding adventure. Listen as your guide explains the history of each piece and how it blends together into a magical tapestry that drapes across the entire city. Appreciate the relationship between the art, artists, and the neighborhoods that they call home. Enjoy how accessible art is throughout a major city like Philadelphia. After exploring the street art and a gallery or two, your tour will conclude at the incredible Magic Gardens. Take your time wandering through the indoor mosaic displays and the outdoor labyrinth at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens. Impact the community in the tour as part of your ticket price includes a donation to a local organization which supports artists in the city.

South Philly: People, Places & Flavors of the Italian Market

10. South Philly: People, Places & Flavors of the Italian Market

The Liberty Bell. Independence Hall. We all know Philadelphia for its famous landmarks and historical background, but did you also know that it's home to this wicked food market? Join this Italian Market tour in Philadelphia for a dose of yummy Philly food at its very best.  Starting at the always-colorful South Street, head off with your local guide through the neighborhood of Bella Vista in South Philly. You’ll explore the tiny streets in this section and have a chance to view some of the iconic mosaic art from a local artist. As you continue to tour Philadelphia, swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and stroll along Christian Street before arriving at the sounds, aromas, and sights of the famous Italian market or, more accurately, the South 9th Street Curb Market. The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in the USA, and it’s easy to understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. With your local guide leading the way on this Philly tour, explore the huge variety of stores located here, many of which are Italian in heritage. Tempt tastebuds as you wander past cheeses, chocolates, spices, and olive oils. Discover bakeries, butchers, and a myriad of other produce stalls plus a wonderful kitchen store. And don’t worry, if the temptation to purchase becomes too great, you’re likely to get a bargain as many of these stores discount for our travelers! Along the way, you'll get the chance to talk to some of the owners and employees of these shops and stalls, and hear fascinating local stories of the development of this area over the years. As you continue through the market, cross over the main intersection and head towards a variety of Mexican stores. If this area looks familiar it’s probably because it was here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs. Nearby you’ll also see a selection of Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Chinese stores, brimming with aromas and sights that are sure to delight the senses. This Philadelphia market tour concludes at the intersection made famous by local restaurant competitors Pat's and Geno's, where you'll be able to buy a famous Philly Cheesesteak after the tour. If you don’t want the adventure to end here, continue with your guide on the Markets, Mosaics, & Magic tour.

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Tour was wonderful! Our guide Dick Furstein was incredibly knowledgable and shared insights that had me thinking over some issues brought up for days. Graffiti and tags and what they represent. The quirkiness and heart of Isiah Zagar and his mosiacs. South Street, past and present. Immigrants and how they were represented and made their way. A look into Mexican Art and culture. So grateful we took the tour instead of just going it alone. A great walk thru the city, and the final stop of the Magic Gardens did not disappoint.

My partner and I were born and raised in Philadelphia and we LOVED this tour! I booked it because I had cousins coming in from Italy and wanted them to see a unique part of Philadelphia. We saw that and more! Our tour guide Chuck was WONDERFUL! He is immensely knowledgeable about the art and the neighborhood, having lived in South Philadelphia for most of his life. It was a pleasure to experience the uniquely artistic neighborhood of South Philly through Chuck’s eyes.

Very informative. Learned a great deal about Amish and Lancaster. Tour guides were very informative and knowledgable. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.

Truly fun tour of an area of Philadelphia that is artsy, vibrant and plenty to see. Chuck is a terrific and engaging guide of the area.

The Van tour was very interesting and informative and our guide spoke from experience since he was Mennonite.