Amish Visit-In-Person Tour – An Officially Designated Lancaster County Heritage Tour
Trip Advisor “Certificate of Excellence”
Certainly, visitors to Lancaster seek out meaningful personal contact with the Amish, an experience many hope for but invariably are unable to realize. This tour makes it possible. Imagine visiting three Amish properties where our longstanding relationships allow you to become guests of our Amish hosts during your stay. Visit an Amish dairy farm at milking time, visit with an Amish craftsman in their workshop, and sit down with an Amish family in their home. This unique three-stop tour takes three hours. This tour is limited to 14 people to provide personal interaction as we visit the Amish on the farm, at work, and at home.
2023 Amish VIP (Visit-in-Person) Tour Departures:
Daily departures Monday through Saturday at 5:00pm. March through October.
Additional 1:45pm departures on May 27, 29, July 1, 3, and 4, September 2, and 4, October 7, and 9.
Tour check-in and departure at Amish Experience Theater box office, AmishView Inn & Suites parking lot, Route 340 between the village of Bird-in-Hand and the village of Intercourse. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time. (GPS: 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, PA) The tour must depart on time, so please give yourself extra time to get to the Amish Experience as we cannot hold the tour to wait for late-comers.
On the Visit-In-Person (VIP) Tour we ask that guests keep modest clothing in mind, as a courtesy to our Amish hosts.
$59.95 per adult (age 13 and up) and $49.95 per child (age 6 – 12.) Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on the Amish VIP (Visit-in-Person) Tour.
If you are traveling with pets, please arrange for their care before arriving at the Amish Experience. Pets are not allowed on the VIP (Visit-in-Person) Tour.
Book the VIP tour online to guarantee your seat. Your reservation is fully refundable if you have to cancel, up to 24 hours prior to departure.
“Visit-in-Person Tour is the Best”—The ability to interact on a personal level with local Amish people was FANTASTIC. The tour guides really care about these people and help you to really understand their way of life.
Stop 1: Amish Farm
When we arrive at the farm, we enter the barn to learn about the milking process firsthand. You may be surprised to learn that the Amish do not milk cows by hand. You will also discover how milk is kept cold in the bulk tank with “Amish electricity.” Other aspects of farm life may also be included.
Stop 2: Amish “Cottage Industry”
With the price and scarcity of farmland, many Amish have started their own small enterprises, making everything from gazebos and furniture to farm equipment and quilts. These “home businesses” have become the subject of books and articles emphasizing the balance these entrepreneurs achieve between work and family. Our visit may be to a carriage maker, goat cheese artisan, soap-maker, a canning kitchen, or a wooden toy maker, among others. An actual demonstration is normally a part of this fascinating stop.
Stop 3: Amish Home Visit
To conclude our evening, we travel scenic back roads to a farm in the countryside. As we step inside the house, we find that friendly conversation awaits as we sit, chat, and visit the way the Amish do, talking informally without TVs, IPhones or computers. It comes as no surprise that strangers soon become friends.