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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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).
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
$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 ).
$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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.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!
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.