Lancaster & Hershey, Pennsylvania

History, Hershey & Amish Country

  • Date

    September 15-19, 2021 | Wed / Sun – 5 Days

  • Location

    Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Ambassadair Trip #8321

Overview

Travel to Amish Country in Ohio and Pennsylvania and experience a unique culture where horses and buggies coexist with motor vehicles, and markets are full of handmade goods and homemade goodies. Visit The Kitchen Kettle Village for a backyard village of shops, eateries, a working canning kitchen and an Inn nestled next to rolling Lancaster farmlands.  Enjoy dinner and the musical tribute to the classic songs of ABBA in Mamma Mia at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, and see the Biblical story Queen Esther onstage at the Sight & Sound Theatre. Visit “CHOCOLATETOWN, USA”—also known as Hershey, Pennsylvania, for a tour of Hershey’s Chocolate World and a chocolate tasting. See a fascinating collection of more than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, and hear stories of the life and times of President James Buchanan at his homestead, Wheatland. This motorcoach trip to the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country is a perfect introduction to Amish traditions, delicious home-style meals, and engaging experiences.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Historical tour and visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World
  • Visit the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum
  • Ride the Strasburg Railroad
  • Sight & Sound Theatre production of Queen Esther
  • Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre’s Mamma Mia
  • Tour Wheatland, homestead of former President James Buchanan
  • Home-style Amish meals

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • Escorted
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Hotel baggage handling

This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches, especially in historic areas.

Wed, Sep 15: Depart Indianapolis by motorcoach. Stop in Walnut Creek, Ohio for your first Amish exposure—lunch at Der Dutchman. Enjoy a home cooked meal, with scratch-made pastries sourced from local farms. Following lunch, visit Walnut Creek Cheese, a popular Amish market. Drive into Pennsylvania to overnight near Pittsburgh. (Meal: Lunch)

Thu, Sep 16: Enjoy breakfast before heading to Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Partake in a chocolate tasting, peruse the grounds and shops, and learn about the life and times of Milton Hershey. This evening, enjoy dinner and a show at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. You’ll be dancing and singing from start to finish at Mamma Mia, the story of Sophie, a young bride-to-be in search of her birth father. This enchanting tale comes to life through the unforgettable, classic songs of ABBA! Return to the hotel after a fun-filled evening. (B,D)

Fri, Sep 17: Breakfast is included this morning before visiting the Pennylvania Railroad Museum, one of the top such museums in the world, and discover a fascinating, world-class collection of more than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars, as well as the art, artifacts, and captivating personal stories of Pennsylvania’s rich railroad heritage. Next, ride on the Strasburg Railroad, America’s oldest continuously operating railroad. More than 2500 acres of Lancaster County will be visible from your window! Then stop at Kitchen Kettle Village and explore the offerings of 40 distinct merchants with everything from handmade quilts to homemade jams and jellies, as well as delicious food options for lunch. On your own, shop, take a buggy ride, take a lesson in pretzel twisting, or watch as some of the local women prepare their made-from-scratch products. Relax for short time back at the hotel before enjoying a family-style dinner at Hershey Farm Restaurant. After a filling dinner, watch the amazing production of Queen Esther. Set in the opulent yet perilous Persian Empire, Queen Esther is a captivating tale of beauty and bravery. Sight & Sound Theatre brings to life one of the most captivating stories in the Bible, filled with colorful characters, beautiful sets, and amazing special effects! (B,D)

Sat, Sep 18: Check out of the hotel this morning, visit Wheatland, the former homestead of James Buchanan, our 15th president. Walk through the Federal-style home and hear stories of the life and times of our only bachelor president. Visit the country’s oldest farmers’ market Lancaster Central Market, located in a beautiful 120-year-old red brick building chock-full of local character. Take time for lunch and exploration in this long-time social gathering place for the Amish and area residents. Then it’s time to wave goodbye to Lancaster to head west, reaching Western Pennsylvania to overnight. (B)

Sun, Sep 19: Breakfast is included this morning prior to departure. Stop in Columbus, Ohio’s German Village for a farewell lunch with the group and free time before continuing to Indianapolis. (B,L)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Green Tree, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Enjoy a warm welcome, chocolate chip cookies, and spacious guest rooms featuring Sweet Dreams® by DoubleTree Sleep Experience in this hotel located minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.  Highlights: in-room coffee maker • wireless high-speed Internet access (fees apply, complimentary in public areas) • two restaurants • bar/lounge • indoor heated pool • outdoor pool (open seasonally) • fitness center.

Courtyard by Marriott, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Located minutes from attractions in the scenic Amish countryside and Downtown Lancaster, boasting stylish, comfortable, accommodations and award-winning service. Highlights: in-room coffee maker, mini-fridge and microwave • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • indoor pool • fitness center.

Hampton Inn, Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. Completely renovated in Spring of 2021, this hotel offers contemporary rooms with plenty of dining and shopping at your doorstep. Highlights: in-room coffee maker, mini-fridge and microwave • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • fitness center.

Pricing

  • Complete Package
  • Double (2 people sharing a room) – $1,299 per person
  • Triple (3 people sharing a room) – $1,179 per person
  • Single – $1,579
  • Child – $899

* Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge.

** Early booking discounts not applicable with other discounts.

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