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Penn-Dutch Total Amish Experience

*Including Chalk Talk

1st Day: Upon arrival in Lancaster, PA we will check into our home for the next two nights. This evening, we will enjoy a delicious Amish Meal (included) at the Plain & Fancy Restaurant. Following the meal, we will have a very special treat - "Chalk Talk" with Elva Hurst. Engage your senses through music, storytelling, and the amazing chalk artistry of a former Old Order Mennonite woman who offers insights into Amish culture with a story that comes to life, and lights up before your eyes! This program is uplifting, moving and a thoroughly entertaining experience. (D)

2nd Day: We start our day with a continental breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we will have an Amish Farmlands Tour. Journey deep into the heart of the oldest Amish community in the world, as well as some of the most beautiful farmland you’ll ever set your eyes upon. The guide will answer your questions while calling your attention to the fascinating activities we may observe on any given day. As you travel down out-of-the-way back roads and country lanes, you’ll experience a new sense of the work and family ethics that continues to mark the Amish way of life. You’ll see one-room schoolhouses, roadside stands, bake shops, craft and quilt shops, and more. After the tour, we will enjoy a buggy ride. You’ll, get “insider information” from experienced drivers who will give you a vocal tour and answer all of your questions. Our next stop is Kitchen Kettle Village. Stroll through the village of 42 shops and restaurants built around their nationally celebrated Jam & Relish Kitchen. Sample pepper jam, watch fudge being rolled, or shop for hand-carved signs, handmade quilts, Brighton leather goods, UGG boots and so much more. Enjoy lunch on your own at the Village. No visit would be complete without stopping at Bird-in-Hand Farmer’s Market. There are over 30 standholders offering delicious selections of fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses, jams and jellies, health foods, fresh baked goods, candy, homemade fudge, homemade Good ‘N Plenty ice cream, canned goods, quilts and handcrafts, and more. Plus, glassware, books, clothing outlets, and locally-made furniture. A delightful country shopping experience! Wil will continue our touring at The Amish Country Homestead, which accurately and sensitively portrays the Amish as they live and work in today’s world. The Homestead is the home of the fictional Old Order Amish family of Daniel and Lizzie Fisher, whom you have met and gotten to know in the Theater’s “Jacob’s Choice.” Inside the Homestead, we learn of Amish traditions and practices, plain clothing and life without electricity. Touring the Homestead allows us to observe up close how the Fisher family lives from day to day. Then, we’ll go to the Amish Experience Theater, the only Amish experiential theater in North America! “Compelling” is the one single word that best describes the emotional story of “Jacob’s Choice,” told through the everyday life of the Fishers, an Old Order Amish family of today. In as unusual a theater setting as you have likely encountered, you meet grandfather, mother, father and children living together on the land, as their ancestors before them. You learn of teenager Jacob’s dilemma in having to choose between joining the Amish church, or leaving behind family and community to become a part of the modern world. This lifetime decision is faced by every young adult member of an Amish family, since becoming Amish is a choice made freely as an adult and is never a “given.” You will have dinner on your own, near the hotel - the remainder of the evening is free.(CB)

3rd Day: After your continental breakfast, we will board the coach for Hershey’s Chocolate World. Enjoy Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour Ride. Follow the cocoa beans on a journey from the tropical rainforest to the SWEETEST PLACE ON EARTH – Hershey, Pennsylvania! See, feel, hear, and smell the delicious transformation from bean to HERSHEY’S famous chocolate. Also, enjoy a FREE sample of a Hershey’s product at the end of the tour. Next, we depart for home, arriving back approximately 8:30 PM. (CB)

Special Notice: Balance is due 30 days prior to departure. Cancellation within 30 days of departure will result in payment forfeiture.

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