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Ohio’s Amish Country (35,000 strong) is one of the top tourist attractions in the state and home to the world’s largest Amish Community. It offers a unique glimpse into a slower paced life where neighbors lend a helping hand and friendly folks stop to say hello. In the Amish Country there are nine different orders of Amish who make their home here.  There is no real boundary where the Amish begin, but you will know you have arrived when you begin to share the road with horse & buggy or spot a team of Belgium horses pulling a plow wagon through a field.

 

Day 1 – Home to Lansing, IL

We depart on our journey to Ohio’s Amish country early this morning, breaking up our travel day with coffee and lunch stops along the way. Included noon lunch will be enjoyed at Burnstad’s European village in Tomah. We’ll stop for our evening meal prior to arriving at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Lansing, IL, our home for the night.

Included Meals: Lunch

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express, Lansing, IL


Day 2 – Lansing to Sugarcreek, OH

After enjoying a hot breakfast at the hotel, we set off for another full day of travel before arriving in Holmes County, Ohio and the wonderful Sugarcreek Carlisle Inn with its warm and inviting atmosphere. It is a beautiful destination, and a charming getaway offering peace, comfort, and genuine hospitality. This beautiful place will be our home for the next four nights and you will love it. We will feast at the Dutch Valley Restaurant this evening, offering us a perfect finish to our day.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Carlisle Inn at Sugarcreek (4 Nights)


Day 3 – Sugarcreek & Millersburg

After a wonderful home-cooked breakfast at the hotel, we depart for the day to enjoy everything Amish. Our coach will take us to Millersburg and the beautiful Victorian House Museum as well as the Carnival Glass Museum & Visitors Center next door. Enjoy a Victorian lunch amidst this fantastic Victorian setting. After lunch we journey to Yoder’s Amish Farm. Michelle Yoder and her family will greet us as we arrive and give us a wonderful tour of their property. We will be educated as we tour their actual working farm. You are in for a real treat! From Yoder’s Farm we stop at the Mt. Hope Flea Market. The Amish love flea markets and you’ll not be disappointed.Our included evening meal will be enjoyed at Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen. After a full day we are ready to return home to our quiet, comfy spot at Carlisle Inn.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 – Sugarcreek

We are joined this morning by a local step-on guide as we travel to the heart of Amish Country. We’ll receive a detailed narration on the Amish way of life as we tour scenic back roads and visit several spots of interest, like the Behalt Historical Mural. History comes alive with this 265’ x 10’ cyclorama mural painted by a German artist. The Center offers local crafts, display of various head coverings worn by the conservative Amish, postcards, and last but not least, clean rest rooms. Our backroads tour continues, highlighting the Case House and Dawdy House, while also helping us understand the various Amish groups, including the difference between the old and new Amish Orders.

Our next stop will be the village of Kidron. You will be able to shop at the world famous Lehman’s Hardware – It is unbelievable! Lehman’s is the place where “old fashioned” is always “in fashion.” It is contained within three Civil War era buildings decorated with museum quality antiques. Lehman’s is the ultimate shopping experience for the chronically nostalgic, where you will find everything from oil lamps and pottery to tin toys and cast iron cookware. Lunch will be on your own in the charming village of Kidron. Then we will visit the home retail store of Smuckers Jams & Jellies: “With a name like Smuckers, it has to be good!” Each of us will receive a small gift from Smuckers.

Next we visit a local Amish family who represents the most conservative of all Amish. They have 9 children and make baskets for a living. She will give an interesting demonstration on basket weaving. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to purchase from a variety of baskets for sale. Next on our agenda is Heinis Cheese, where you will find over 50 varities of locally produced cheese to sample. This is the only cheese factory that uses 100% Amish Artisan milk. Save room for chocolate! Our next wonderful, tantalizing stop is Coblentz Chocolates, where the large variety of chocolates are bound to please your sweet tooth.

Our final treat will leave you feeling, “I just might want to be Amish.” We will enjoy an entire meal in an Amish home consisting of homemade bread, roast beef, chicken, real mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, green beans, beverage and assorted pie! – but hold on – each person also receives a small cookbook to take with you! We return to our Inn and try to find rest with a very satisfied stomach.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 5 – Sugarcreek

After a nice home-cooked breakfast our morning stop will be the Alpine Museum in the Swiss village of Sugarcreek. It’s a great look at a slice of the Amish culture. From there our travels take us to the Breitenbach Wine Cellars, where you can taste a bit of Grand Champion cheese & meats. Browse through the Victorian shop and grab a bite to eat at your leisure as you explore the delightful surroundings. Our afternoon will be spent at our leisure. This evening we will enjoy dinner and a concert together before we spend one last night at our home in ‘Little Switzerland’ Sugarcreek Hotel, The Carlisle Inn.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 6 – Sugarcreek to Shipshewana, IN

Once again a great home-cooked breakfast is served before our journey today takes us to Shipshewana, Indiana, the center of the country’s 3rd largest Amish settlement. This evening enjoy the sights and sounds of a very popular Amish Community. Then we have the privilege of enjoying a great meal and entertainment at the renowned Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Country Inn of Shipshewana


Day 7 – Shipshewana to Baraboo, WI

After a relaxing breakfast at our hotel, a leisurely day of travel takes us to our evening stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Dinner will be on your own this evening with many options to choose from.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express, Baraboo, WI

 

Day 8 – Baraboo to Home

Enjoy our last breakfast together as we prepare for our last leg of the journey. We will take in “Down A Country Road” giving us another quick look at the Amish community in the LaCrosse, Wisconsin area. An included farewell lunch will be shared together, maybe a little snooze, as we journey home reliving great memories of another fantastic Amish View!

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

 

Motorcoach Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $1,399
Single: $1,799
Triple: $1,299
Quad: $1,249

Motorcoach Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $85
Single: $116

Travel Bucks

$25 Travel Bucks per person earned with this tour

Deposit Due

$100 deposit per person due at time of reservation. Full payment due 30 days prior to depart.

Passport Needed

No

Tour Pace

Moderate Walking

Price Includes

15 Meals, Hotels & Activities as stated in brochure, Luxury Motorcoach



Available Incentives

If you make your deposit for Amish Views II while attending one of R&J’s eleven Fall Travel Shows, you will receive $50.00 OFF per person!



The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 79°
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Amish Views II
Motorcoach Departure Date:
06/10/2013
Motorcoach Return Date:
06/17/2013

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Tour Highlights

Stay 4 nights at Sugarcreek's Carlisle Inn. Get acquainted with Amish life through visits to several Amish farms for tours, demonstrations, and home-cooked meals. We'll tour scenic backroads, highlighting the Case House & Dawdy House. Shop at the world famous Lehman's Hardware. Experience Flea Markets, Shipshewana, AND MUCH MORE!



Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
60°
Minneapolis, Mn
41°
Amish Views II
The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 79°
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