Brandi Comeaux

Travel Answers by Brandi

01 July 2023 Amish Country

Jul 16, 2023 to Jul 21, 2023
Lancaster, PA
Visit Amish Country, Lancaster, Pa! 
 
Rolling hills with lush grasses and crops, farms with windmills dotting the horizon, and horse and buggies sharing the road remind you that things are simpler here in Lancaster County.
 
Before you register for the trip, please read over: 
 
This is a lot of information to digest. I know. I did my very best to organize this into a somewhat comprehensible booking page, however, if you have questions, PLEASE READ through this entire PAGE FIRST---before emailing/texting.  I understand it can be overwhelming, but all I ask is that you attempt to digest the information I have put together here before reaching out. Once you've read through the details, if you still have questions, you are welcome to email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com or text me at 337-349-2813. 
 
There is a charge for ages 3 and older some of the places we will be visiting has a per body (regardless of age) price, however, I considered this is my package pricing and will not be charging for those  2 and younger. It's important to understand that the places we are visiting are businesses and their choice to charge for all bodies is not of my control. 
 
Be prepared to drive. I have built the itinerary to make sense logistically, but to fit it all in,  we will have to drive 30-45 minutes in between tours on two of the days. 
 
There is going to be some free time built into the itinerary for you to explore the area--- farmer markets, roadside stands--- so much to do in the area. Expect most of our days to be full, with some free time built-in here and there.  I will provide a final detailed itinerary closer to travel that will include suggested things to do on our down time. Don't blame me if you can't decide what to do---because there really is that much to  take in! 
 
If you would like to extend  your stay  either before or after the group trip, you are welcome to. The rates for Friday and Saturday night is $220 per night, including taxes, for up to 4 people in a room. If you know at the time of registration that you would like to add additional nights to your stay, you will be able to book this at registration.If you decide LATER that you would like to get a quote to extend your stay, please email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com and I can invoice you for the additional nights.
 
Remember, that if you opt not to participate in any of the activities paid for, there will be no refund. The vibe of this trip is organized, with flexibility. This means you should be at the set meeting spot at times planned, however, if you choose to do other activities or not to participate you are free to with the understanding that you will not be refunded for portions of the trip you do not participate in. 
 
Group Travel is unique. Homeschoolers traveling together from different states is unique. I ask that you be understanding when things may change. The flow of the itinerary is pretty much set in stone, but anytime you work with small businesses you should anticipate a slight change in things. I will do my best to not have to make changes to the itinerary that will significantly impact the flow of this rough itinerary I've put together here, but if a change is to be made, it's imperative that you are able to "go with the flow". 
 
You are required to complete a client agreement once you have registered.  Here is a preview of the client agreement:
 
 
Adjustment to invoice after registration: the program I use for the group bookings has one option---- a deposit with one final due date, however, I offer a monthly payment plan. Therefore, you will receive an adjusted invoice after registration reflecting the monthly payments required . Other adjustments and credits due  will be applied after registration such as the $50 credit for registering the week of July 17-22, 2022 and adjustments for capped admin fees for those with 5 or more travelers.  I will set up the option for automatic payments when I send the adjusted invoice. You will be able to opt into the monthly payments being drafted from your account.  
 
 
REGISTRATION DETAILS:
 
Traveler Members are eligible to register on July 17
Tourist Members are eligible to register on July 27
Wanderer Members and ALL OTHER HOMESCHOOL GROUPS are eligible to register on August 2 
 
Read about membership benefits here:  TAIT Membership Details . IF you are NOT a paid member, you will be able to purchase a membership AT BOOKING. Memberships are good for any trips booked through July 31, 2023.
 
Minimum # of travelers: 30
Maximum # of travelers: 60
 
Base Price per person age 3 and older: $345 PLUS admin fees (see below). The base price you will see at registration will INCLUDE the admin fee and will NOT be broken out like with previous trips. 
Ages 13 and older supplement: $30  (the per person price for anyone age 13 and older is $375 PLUS admin fees for membership level). 
 
Admin Fee: 
Traveler $4, per person, capped at $20 per family, per trip. 
Tourist $10, per person, capped at $40 per family, per trip.  
Wander $20 per person, capped at $80 per family, per trip.
 
 
Required Hotel Cost:
Cork  Factory Hotel $155 per night, including taxes for up to 4 people.  If you are a family of 5, a second room would be needed. 
 
There WILL NOT BE AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR THE 3rd and 4TH person. I was able to negotiate this for our 2023 trip.  For our 2022 trip, we had to pay for the 3rd and 4th person in the room.
 
Free on-site parking. Breakfast IS NOT INCLUDED in this price.
 
Total cost for (5) nights for FOUR people is : $775, including tax.  
 
 
Enjoy Downtown Lancaster with our  boutique hotel. Carefully preserved to retain its original spirit, our historic Cork Factory Hotel property has been beautifully converted to feature 96 guest rooms
Two queen or two double beds. 
 
All rooms offer free hardwired and wireless Internet access, Hairdryers, Coffee makers, 27" Extended cable TV, Iron and ironing boards available upon request.
 
Registration Closes: 12/15/2022
Final Payment Due: 04/1/2022
 
Deposit:
$60 per person (nonrefundable) + $155 for one nights stay  at Cork Factory Hotel (nonrefundable if cancelled 45 or less days from date of travel) + cost of optional membership either $25 or $50 PER FAMILY (nonrefundable ).
 
Payment Schedule: 
$150 per FAMILY due on  9/15/2022
$150 per FAMILY due on 10/15/2022
$150 per FAMILY due on 11/15/2022
$150per FAMILY due on 2/15/2023
$150 per FAMILY due on 3/15/2023
Final payment due on 04/01/2023
 
A $25 late payment fee may be applied to invoice if funds are not received 10 days after due date. *****I will work with a family who may not be able to make a monthly payment on time, however, you must reach out to me before it becomes a problem and you must stick to your word that you will be by X date. I know this trip is going to be an investment for families so I am willing to work with those who may need some extra time to make payments, but I need to make sure funds are available to pay our vendors.****** 

If you would like to pay more than minimum of $150 per month or pay a lump sum one month, I will manually adjust your invoice to reflect that payment schedule. The key is to meet the minimum of $150 per month, per family to stay in current status with payments.  To request an adjustment to your invoice, email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com. 

If you register AFTER 9/15/22, you will need to "catch up" the monthly payments--meaning the deposit will be the initial deposit as stated above PLUS the monthly payment that has been paid up until that point and then you can make regular monthly payments until final due date. Email me for questions: brandi@theansweristravel.com
 
 
Cancellation/Refund Policy: Deposit is NONREFUNDABLE and NONTRANSFERABLE regardless of when traveler cancels. 
 
60 DAYS FROM TRAVEL DATES - 100% IS REFUNDABLE, less registration/deposit fees
45 DAYS FROM TRAVEL DATE - 50% IS REFUNDABLE, less registration/deposit fees.
30 DAYS FROM TRAVEL DATE - 0% IS REFUNDABLE
 
Hotel: Nonrefundable if cancelled 45 days or less from travel dates.
 

If due to unforeseen circumstances, TAIT has to RESCHEDULE a trip, all travelers who are not able to make the NEW DATE will be refunded 100% of amounts paid towards the trip, less a $25 per person fee.

 

What's included in per person price:

  • Cinch bag & Lanyard
  • Meet & Greet with welcome goodies
  • Total Amish Experience
  • Immersion into the world of the Amish-- even for a short while.
  • Amish house and Schoolroom.
  • A true PA Dutch Amish meal! 
  • Buggy ride through Amish country's backroads. 
  • Pretzel factory tour
  • Baggie of pretzels
  • George's Furniture Woodshop Tour
  • Hershey's Chocolate World--chocolate! chocolate! and more chocolate! 
  • Lunch at Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Pennsylvania's Capitol Tour 
  • Ice-cream making! 
  • Tips 
 
What's not included:
  • Travel insurance- a quote will be provided after booking (optional but highly recommended). To give an idea of cost, a family of three (3) one adult, two children, insuring a trip for $1200.00, base rates start at $32. Adding cancel for any reason will increase your rate by  approximately $40, and adding interrupt for any reason  will increase your rate by approximately $10.
  • Transportation-to/from and while at destinations.  If flights or rental vehicle is needed, I can assist outside of this package. Email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com and we can chat about pricing. 
  • Meals other than  lunch at the Total Amish Experience and Hershey's Chocolate World.  Suggested breakfast/lunch spots will be included in final itinerary sent out prior to travel.

Itinerary:

Day 1  July 16 , 2023 Lancaster, PA 
Today will be  an informal meet & greet. Come and go as you please. Just plan to say hello and grab some goodies!
 
Roadside stands will be in abundance! Get ready for some fresh goodies! 
 
 
Day 2: July 17, 2023 Bird in Hand, PA 
 
Today  is the day we will immerse ourselves in the Amish world! The privilege  it will be to learn about their way of life is more than worth the investment in this trip. 
 
 
First we will "witness young Jacob’s struggle in choosing the Amish church, or leaving behind family and community for the allure of the modern world. Jacob’s challenges with faith, tradition, and loved ones in a fast-changing world is a story that touches each of us, young and old, in a poignant and memorable way. More than any other Amish attraction, “Jacob’s Choice” will leave you with an understanding of what it means to be Amish, and the ties that continue to bind the community together through the centuries.
 
Then we will head to The Amish Country Homestead which  is their  reflection of their  commitment to accurately and sensitively portray the Old Order Amish as they live and work in today’s world. "We like to think of the Homestead as the home of the fictional Amish family of Daniel and Lizzie Fisher, whom you get to know on screen in the Amish Experience Theater’s “Jacob’s Choice.” Inside the Homestead, you learn of Amish traditions and practices, plain clothing and life without electricity from the grid. The Fisher One-Room School is attached to the house and filled with authentic desks and furnishings from an actual Amish school. You’ll learn the tradition of teaching eight grades in one room. From the pantry stocked full of freshly canned vegetables to the family’s plain clothes… from propane-powered lamps to air-compressor driven appliances…the Amish Country Homestead truly provides insights into the complex riddles of a culture so very different from your own." 
 
Next up we will join together on a  climate-controlled 14-passenger mini-bus Farmlands Tours of the out-of-the-way back roads and country lanes, you’ll experience a sense of the work and family ethics that continue to mark the Amish way of life. Witness spectacular panoramas of patchwork farms unparalleled in their intrinsic beauty, still farmed with horses and mules. Roadside stands, bake shops, or a visit to a craft or quilt shop on an Amish farm are among the unique happenings enjoyed on your 90-minute Farmlands excursion. On Sundays, please note our tours do run, but we cannot stop at an Amish farm during the tour.

We certainly won't leave hungry--- we will enjoy a true, authentic Dutch PA meal together.
 
 before hopping on a BUGGY! 
 
 
Ride through Amish Farms with a brief stop at a farm stand with an opportunity to purchase home-made cookies, root beer, pretzels and lemonade.  Get a taste of real Amish Life.   Our drivers take you to our own home farms.  Tour the barn, see the cows and big Clydesdale type work horse, mules, and other animals.  America the way it used to be.
 
Day 3 July 18, 2023 Lititz and Marietta,  PA 
 
Today is about things off-the-farm. 
 
 
Tour the original pretzel bakery, get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting using a playdough mixture, observe our bakers twisting old-fashioned soft pretzels by hand, and shop for delicious treats and souvenirs in our bakery store.
 
Then we'll head out to a George's Furniture store.
 
 
Building top-quality, handcrafted furniture is not just a seasoned skill—it’s an unwavering commitment to delivering superior quality to our customers.  
See first hand how George’s Furniture is handcrafted by skilled craftsmen.
 
Day 4: July 19, 2023 Hershey & Harrisburg, PA 
 
Chocolate and  history. There's no better combination. 
 
 
We will Unwrap and taste our way through the tale of HERSHEY'S Chocolate with a theatrical experience the whole family will enjoy! From the bean to bar and everything in between, HERSHEY'S Unwrapped is sure to dazzle your taste buds, fill you with laughter and sweeten you with Hershey heartwarming moments.
 
We will also experience The 4D Chocolate Movie which  puts you inside all the fun. Through stunning digital animation and special effects*, you become part of the show by interacting with the Hershey's Characters to help solve the mystery!  *This show contains strobe lights, loud noise and theatrical smoke. 
 
 
We will also create our own candy bars!!! This is the icing on the cake for me! Literally! Ever wonder what kind of candy bar you would create? Here's your chance to find out! Immerse yourself in an authentic HERSHEY'S factory experience. Choose your ingredients and design your own wrapper. 
 
 
And finally, watch as the inspiring story of Milton Hershey and his HERSHEY'S Chocolate unfolds, between the historic landmarks just outside your window and the charismatic conductors sharing incredible-but-true stories! 
 
 
We will enjoy lunch together as a group and then head over to the Pennsylvania Capitol building for a tour! 
 
 

When President Theodore Roosevelt attended the dedication of the building on October 4, 1906, he said, "This is the handsomest building I ever saw." The Capitol was designed in the American Renaissance style by Philadelphia architect Joseph Huston (1866-1940), who envisioned the building as a "Palace of Art."

Built and furnished at a cost of $13 million, the Capitol features paintings, stained glass and furnishings by some of the best artisans of the day. The building incorporates various Renaissance designs in some of its largest rooms: Italian in the House Chamber, French in the Senate Chamber, and English in the Governor's Reception Room. It also reflects Greek, Roman and Victorian influences in its art and ornamentation. Throughout the building, Huston blended the various styles with motifs featuring Pennsylvania's achievements in labor, industry and history, making the Capitol uniquely American. Its five-story exterior is faced with handsome Vermont granite, and the roof is composed of green glazed terra cotta tile.

The Capitol's centerpiece is a spectacular 272-foot, 52 million-pound dome inspired by Michelangelo's design for St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Following its completion, the building was the tallest structure between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh for 80 years. While the building has been modernized over time, efforts to blend form and function continue today, and a special Capitol Preservation Committee ensures that as the building evolves, the artistic elements are never lost. The seat of Pennsylvania's government continues to inspire visitors with its wealth of art, its outstanding architecture, and its strong connection to the vision of the Commonwealth's founder, William Penn, who sought to establish a land that would be governed by just laws and tolerant of all religious faiths.

 
Day 5: July 20, 2023 Columbia, PA 
 
I bet you didn't think we would be enjoying so many sweets on this trip did you? Well, surprise! Another  day filled with delicious goodies! 
 
The Turkey Hill Experience features interactive exhibits allowing you to learn about dairy culture, the story of Turkey Hill Dairy, and how the company's ice cream and iced tea flavors are selected and created. You will truly experience what it's like to be a Turkey Hill Dairy ice cream maker for a day, including the opportunity to create your own virtual ice cream flavor. In addition, you can sit in our vintage milk truck, milk our mechanical cows, star in your very own Turkey Hill commercial, and enjoy plenty of free samples of iced tea and ice cream! 
 

Start with a base ice cream and add in the flavoring of your choice. From there, you can add in a variety of delicious inclusions and mix in your favorite variegate.

Enjoy your ice cream creation while our instructor gives you a brief "Ice Cream 101" class.

 
 
FAQ:
  1. Can the per person- price change? No. Once the trip is open for registration, as long as we meet minimum required to cover all cost, the price will not change.
  2. Is there a minimum age requirement? No. I only charge for 3 and older, however, some vendors charge for all persons, regardless of age. I take this into consideration when pricing the package.
  3. What if we don't meet the minimum number of travelers required to cover cost? We will reschedule for a future date in hopes of adding additional travelers to meet the minimum required. 
  4. Can the dates of the trip change? Only if we need to reschedule due to minimum number of travelers required not being met. 
  5. Can the itinerary change? Slight modifications during the trip  may be needed--such as pushing up a meeting time by 15 minutes, switching stop 1 for stop 2, and vice versa. We ask for flexibility, but do not anticipate any major changes to the itinerary. 
  6.  Why is the price point higher than previous trips? We are including activities/meals/items we did not in the past --- such as lunch, cinch bag, lanyards (to carry papers, keys, wallets, etc.), tips (I am generous with tips) and fully covering the cost of the leader and one child. Most of the time this means at least a hotel stay the night before the group arrives on top of activities/meals for the leader + one child. On previous trips, there were expenses I did not anticipate, but now that we have done this trip once,  I am aware of all the "extras" that add up quickly.
  7.  I am coming from a far distance--should I stay in the area the night before? Yes. We are scheduled to meet for check-in at 4PM on July 16, 2023 
  8. When should I plan to fly in/out of town? I would fly in July 14, 2023 and fly out on July 21, 2023.  This will allow for plane delays and time to  enjoy the area before the trip   Of course, you can fly in/out earlier/later if you'd like to.
  9.  Where should I fly into?  Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is about a 2 hour drive from Lancaster.  
  10. Is transportation provided while on the trip? No. Every family is responsible for their own transportation to/from and while on the trip. i can assist with rental vehicles if needed. 
  11. Are we able to accommodate dietary restrictions? If you have a food sensitivity , please list it on the registration page under the section that asks for anything important I need to be aware of. We'll try to accommodate you, but there are no guarantees.  The price point per person will remain the same even if not participating in the meals. You will be responsible to either bring food with you or secure food on your own separate from the group at your own cost. 
  12. Is the stay at the hotel a requirement? Yes
  13. Why is the hotel stay required? Two main reasons: I have a contractual obligation that says in order to receive these rates, you must have a minimum number of rooms booked. If we don't meet that minimum, there can be steep penalties. Another reason is I find that with groups traveling together, to maintain a cohesiveness to getting the group from one place to the next, everyone staying together in one location makes it much easier. Part of the experience of traveling with others is staying in the same hotel. 
  14. Don't you understand that the hotel stay can be an unnecessary added cost to some families?  I do. I have gone back and forth about this decision and I always stick to requiring the hotel stay. Until we hit 60 people regularly on every trip we put together, I cannot afford to chance not meeting the hotel contractual minimum. 
  15.   Is the per person cost inclusive of the hotel stay? No. The cost of the hotel is  a separate fee. The per person cost includes activities and meals listed on this booking page. 
  16. Why do we have to make periodic payments instead of one final due date ? The vendors we are working with all have their own terms that we must follow in order to secure our spots. In order to meet their terms, I must collect partial payments periodically.
  17. Do you have an itinerary? The document serves as the ROUGH ITINERARY. FINAL ITINERARY will be emailed 10 days before travel.
  18. How will we communicate during travel? We will use the  Travel Plans app  during our trip. 
  19. How many travelers will be on this trip? 50-60. I anticipate 60 based on interest. 
  20. Can I pay in full at time of registration? Yes.
  21. Do children travel without parents/chaperones? No. Every child must have a chaperone/parent present. A chaperone/parent can choose to chaperone multiple children, but no one child can travel with the group without a parent/chaperone present.
  22. I have a traditional schooler, can they travel with us? Yes. Anyone can. The trip is designed for homeschoolers and their families, friends, cousins, aunts,  anyone! 
  23. Is a COVID-19 vaccination required to travel? We follow the local mandates of the places we visit. As of now, there is no vaccination mandate.  If you are concerned about anything COVID-19 related, I would highly recommend you purchase travel insurance, whether purchasing the policy I quote for you after you register, or another policy is completely up to you. STANDARD CANCELLATION POLICY APPLIES TO INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES WHO CANCEL DUE TO COVID CONCERNS. IF A MANDATE WOULD PROHIBIT OUR GROUP FROM TRAVELING, TRAVEL CREDITS WILL BE PROVIDED. I highly suggest purchasing travel insurance. 
  24. I feel my child is not enough to get the full experience-- will you do this again? The plan is to offer this at minimum every other year; that does not mean we will not offer this next year so make sure to keep up with trips by signing up to our email list and staying active in the Facebook Group. 
  25. I am not interested in participating in all activities, is there a discount? No. This is a package deal only. If you choose to not participate, you are welcome to, HOWEVER no discount will be given AND you will be responsible for meeting up with the group at the next prescheduled activity you plan to participate in. 
  26. This is a huge investment for my family, how do I know I can trust you?  This is a two part question:  From a personal stand point: my suggestion is to look around the group, ask others who have traveled with us and reach out to me to ask any questions you may have. I am very easy to get in touch with. You can also check out the Happy Traveler section of my website that includes feedback from both my private clients and homeschooling families who have traveled on past trips: Happy Travelers  From a professional stand point, I have been planning group travel since 2018,  have earned my CTA,   and have professional accounting experience in both the public and private world. 
  27. Can I purchase a membership at the time of registering for the trip? Yes.  Memberships will be available as an add-on at registration.
  28. Is this trip ADA accessible? Unfortunately, no.
  29. Can we bring strollers? Yes.  You may have to park the strollers outside some of the places we visit, but you are allowed to bring in strollers.
  30. If we decide after we register for the trip that we would like to stay a few extra dates at the group rate and do some exploring on our own, can we do so? Yes and no. Yes, you can opt to stay a few extra night before or after the group, but it will NOT be at the group discounted rate; however, the hotel will provide a discounted weekend rate of $220 per night, including taxes.  If you decide at a later date, email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com and I will invoice you.
  31. Why do we have to pay The Answer Is Travel, LLC for the hotel stay? In order to secure the group rates,  we are required to have a minimum number of rooms booked with one group payment. 
  32. Why is there an additional fee for those ages 13 and older?  The pricing for older children and adults at some of the establishments we will be visiting is more than the younger children pricing.
  33. What is the additional cost for those ages 13 and older? $30
 
PLEASE read the instructions below  to ensure that your package cost is correct.  You will have a base per person package cost  (which will include the cost of activities and admin fees for your membership level) to select from and then add-ons such as the 13+ supplement (required for anyone ages 13+). memberships (optional) as well as adding  extra nights at the hotel.
 
Instructions for Registering For Trip:
 
  1. Choose Base Package
    1. The base package is based on your membership level. If you are interested in purchasing a membership at the time of booking, you will be able to add-on the membership fee later in the booking process. 
    2. Select total number of travelers ages 3 and OLDER from drop down menu. This is to ensure that you are NOT charged the base price for the youngins' . Later in the registration process, you will be asked to provided a TOTAL NUMBER of travelers, regardless of age, so I can have a total body count. 
  2. Choose Add-ons
    1. Membership: if you are wanting to purchase a membership at the time of booking, you are able to add on the membership fee here. The fee is to be paid in full at time of booking and is nonrefundable. The fee is PER FAMILY so you should only be selecting (1) from the drop down menu.
    2. Ages 13+  Supplement: this is REQUIRED for ALL travelers ages 13+  on trip. Select the number of travelers ages 13+.
    3. Cork Factory Hotel: This is REQUIRED for every family traveling with us. The cost is for (5) nights.  Select the number of ROOMS you will need. Additional nights can be added further along in the booking process. 
    4. Cork Factory Hotel  July  15, 2023: If you would like to explore Lancaster, PA  a few nights before  the group, you are welcome to.  Enter (1) for night of 15th. This can be done at a later date as well. You can email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com after you register for the trip to add extra nights. 
    5. Cork Factory Hotel  July  21, 2023: If you would like to explore Lancaster, PA  a few nights after  the group, you are welcome to.  Enter (1) for night of 21st. This can be done at a later date as well. You can email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com after you register for the trip to add extra nights. 
    6. Cork Factory Hotel  July  22, 2023: If you would like to explore Lancaster, PA  a few nights after  the group, you are welcome to.  Enter (1) for night of 22nd. This can be done at a later date as well. You can email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com after you register for the trip to add extra nights.
  3. Enter Primary Traveler
    1. This is the person who I will be communicating with before and during the trip and will also be the person  who will be agreeing to the Client Agreement that will be emailed AFTER the initial deposit is made on the trip.
    2. When entering the total number of travelers, INCLUDE ALL AGES--- those younger than age of 3 as well so we have a TOTAL PERSON COUNT for the establishments we will be visiting.  
  4. Enter Additional Travelers
    1. This is the information for those ages 3 and older. You will not need to provide details about those ages 2 and younger as their is no cost of them joining the group. 
  5. Enter CC info
    1. The payment schedule on the booking page shows the final payment and due date of 4/1/2023 , however, the UPDATED invoice that I will send you AFTER the initial deposit is made will reflect the payment schedule indicated on this booking page. 
  6. Pay deposit or in full
    1. Choose to pay deposit due or in full at time of booking.
    2. Read the Terms & Conditions
    3. A receipt will automatically be sent to you after payment is processed.  
 
After Registering For Trip:
 
  1. A travel insurance quote will be provided. This is optional, but highly recommended. 
    1. I will provide a comprehensive travel insurance quote that will include cancel for any reason and interrupt for any reason coverage.  If you choose not to purchase travel insurance, I will request that a travel insurance waiver be signed. This is simply me doing my job as a travel professional to  make sure your investment is protected. It is certainly optional, but highly recommended. 
    2. If you would like to purchase the policy, I will send over a separate invoice for payment to be processed.  The travel insurance premium will be paid directly to Travel Insured and must be paid in full at time of purchase. You have 14 days to purchase the policy from time of initial booking in order for you to secure the cancel for any reason or interrupt for any reason coverage.
  2. Client Agreement will be emailed to primary traveler. 
    1. This is a requirement to secure your spot on this trip. If a deposit is paid, and the agreement is NOT received within 7 business days of deposit, your spot may be forfeited and no refund will be given. 
  3. An updated invoice reflecting the deposit paid, payment schedule and any adjustments  will be emailed to primary traveler.  A link is provided on this  invoice to make payment on future date (s) WITH THE OPTION TO TURN ON AUTOMATIC PAYMENTS.
    1. It is YOUR responsibility to make timely payments. If a payment is missed, you risk your spots being forfeited and no refund will be given. 
 
Welcome to the family!  Your spots are now secure for this trip! 
 
Until the above happens, your spot is not guaranteed. 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me at either brandi@theansweristravel.com or call/text 337-349-2813.
 
Ciao! 
 
Brandi

Available Packages

Base Per Person Price-Traveler Membership Level
Available until December 15, 2022

$349.00
Deposit: $40.00

    • Cinch bag & Lanyard
    • Meet & Greet with welcome goodies
    • Total Amish Experience
    • Immersion into the world of the Amish-- even for a short while.
    • Amish house and Schoolroom.
    • A true PA Dutch Amish meal! 
    • Buggy ride through Amish country's backroads. 
    • Pretzel factory tour
    • Baggie of pretzels
    • George's Furniture Woodshop Tour
    • Hershey's Chocolate World--chocolate! chocolate! and more chocolate! 
    • Lunch at Hershey's Chocolate World
    • Pennsylvania's Capitol Tour 
    • Ice-cream making! 
    • Tips 
    • Admin fees
 
 
Select total number of travelers ages 3 and OLDER from drop down menu above. This is to ensure that you are NOT charged the base price for the youngins' .  Later in the registration process, you will be asked to provided a TOTAL NUMBER of travelers, regardless of age, so I can have a total body count. 

Base Per Person Price-Tourist Membership Level
Available until December 15, 2022

$355.00
Deposit: $50.00

    • Cinch bag & Lanyard
    • Meet & Greet with welcome goodies
    • Total Amish Experience
    • Immersion into the world of the Amish-- even for a short while.
    • Amish house and Schoolroom.
    • A true PA Dutch Amish meal! 
    • Buggy ride through Amish country's backroads. 
    • Pretzel factory tour
    • Baggie of pretzels
    • George's Furniture Woodshop Tour
    • Hershey's Chocolate World--chocolate! chocolate! and more chocolate! 
    • Lunch at Hershey's Chocolate World
    • Pennsylvania's Capitol Tour 
    • Ice-cream making! 
    • Tips 
    • Admin Fees
 
Select total number of travelers ages 3 and OLDER from drop down menu above. This is to ensure that you are NOT charged the base price for the youngins' .  Later in the registration process, you will be asked to provided a TOTAL NUMBER of travelers, regardless of age, so I can have a total body count. 

Base Per Person Price-Wanderer Membership Level
Available until December 15, 2022

$365.00
Deposit: $60.00

    • Cinch bag & Lanyard
    • Meet & Greet with welcome goodies
    • Total Amish Experience
    • Immersion into the world of the Amish-- even for a short while.
    • Amish house and Schoolroom.
    • A true PA Dutch Amish meal! 
    • Buggy ride through Amish country's backroads. 
    • Pretzel factory tour
    • Baggie of pretzels
    • George's Furniture Woodshop Tour
    • Hershey's Chocolate World--chocolate! chocolate! and more chocolate! 
    • Lunch at Hershey's Chocolate World
    • Pennsylvania's Capitol Tour 
    • Ice-cream making! 
    • Tips 
    • Admin Fees
 
Select total number of travelers ages 3 and OLDER from drop down menu above. This is to ensure that you are NOT charged the base price for the youngins' .  Later in the registration process, you will be asked to provided a TOTAL NUMBER of travelers, regardless of age, so I can have a total body count. 

Extra Options

01 Traveler Membership
Available until December 15, 2022

$50.00
Deposit: $50.00

$50 annual family fee
10  day priority registration window
Deposit REDUCED BY $20 per person
Admin fees capped $20 per family, per trip. 
other perks such as first grabs when a spot opens on a trip that becomes available after priority window
August 1 , 2022-July 31, 2023
Nonrefundable
Nontransferable
 
 
 The fee is PER FAMILY so you should only be selecting (1) from the drop down menu.

02 Tourist Membership
Available until December 15, 2022

$25.00
Deposit: $25.00

$25 annual family fee
5  day priority registration window
Deposit REDUCED BY $10 per person
Admin fees capped $40 per family, per trip. 
August 1, 2022- July 31, 2023
Nonrefundable
Nontransferable
 

Age 13 AND OLDER - All membership levels
Available until December 15, 2022

$30.00

Additional cost for an any traveler 13 AND OLDER. 
 
 
Select the number of travelers ages 13+.

Cork Factory Hotel Check in: July 16- Check out: July 21, 2023
Available until December 15, 2022

$775.00
Deposit: $155.00

(1) one room for (5) nights. (2) queen beds or (2) double beds for up to 4 people.  Includes tax. 
 
Select the number of ROOMS you will need. Additional nights can be added further along in the booking process. 

July 15, 2023 Cork Factory Hotel 1-3 ADDITIONAL NIGHT (S)
Available until December 15, 2022

$220.00

Price for night of July 15, 2023, for up to 4 people.  2 double or 2 queens. Includes tax. 
 
Indicate how many ROOMS you will need for the night. 

July 21, 2023 Cork Factory Hotel 1-3 ADDITIONAL NIGHT (S)
Available until December 15, 2022

$220.00

Price for night of July 21 2023, for up to 4 people.  2 double or 2 queens. Includes tax. 
 
Indicate how many ROOMS you will need for the night. 

July 22, 2023 Cork Factory Hotel 1-3 ADDITIONAL NIGHT (S)
Available until December 15, 2022

$220.00

Price for night of July 21 2023, for up to 4 people.  2 double or 2 queens. Includes tax. 
 
Indicate how many ROOMS you will need for the night.