Hershey & Lancaster, Pennsylvania

History, Hershey & Amish Country

  • Date

    April 9-13, 2024 | Tue / Sat – 5 Days 

  • Location

    Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Ambassadair Trip #8722

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 a musical performance of Ragtime The Musical at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre and see the Biblical story Daniel 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 sit back and relax on a steam train ride through the countryside. Tour an authentic 1840’s Amish farmhouse and village. This motorcoach trip to the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country is a perfect introduction to Amish traditions, delicious home-style meals, sweet treats, 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 Daniel
  • Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre’s Ragtime The Musical
  • Tour an authentic Amish farmhouse and village
  • Home-style Amish meals

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • Escorted
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE: 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.

Tue, Apr 9: Depart Indianapolis by motorcoach. Stop in Walnut Creek, Ohio for your first Amish exposure—lunch atDer 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 and enjoy an included dinner at the hotel. (Meal: Lunch, Dinner)

Wed, Apr 10: Enjoy breakfast before heading to Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The year 2023 marks their super sweet 50th anniversary and there are new and exciting things to see, and taste! Partake in a chocolate tasting, peruse the grounds and shops, and learn about the life and times of Milton Hershey on a trolley tour. This evening, enjoy dinner and a show at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. Ragtime The Musical tells the story of three American families united by their courage, compassion, and belief in the promise of the future. After the inspiring musical ends retire to your Lancaster hotel after a fun-filled evening. (B,D)

Thu, Apr 11: Breakfast is included this morning before visiting the Pennsylvania 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. Then take your seat for the brand-new original production of Daniel. From the fiery furnace to the infamous den on lions, Daniel is a spectacular entertainment experience for people of all ages! Sight & Sound Theatre brings to life one of the most hope-filled stories in the Bible, full of colorful characters, beautiful sets, and amazing special effects! After the show enjoy a delicious Pennsylvania Dutch meal and hometown hospitality at Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord. (B,D)

Fri, Apr 12: This morning make one last stop in the countryside at The Amish Village to take a guided tour of an authentic 1840’s farmhouse and learn about the modern Amish lifestyle. Then have time on your own to explore the 12-acre village that includes a one-room schoolhouse and real Amish buggies. Take in the farmlands and fresh air before continuing towards home with an overnight stay in Wheeling, West Virginia. (B)

Sat, Apr 13: 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. Highlights: in-room coffee maker • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant • 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.

                                         

Fairfield Inn & Suites, Wheeling, West Virginia. This relaxed 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 • indoor pool • fitness center.

Pricing

  • Complete Package
  • Double (2 people sharing a room) – $1,699 per person
  • Triple (3 people sharing a room) – $1,599 per person
  • Single – $2,029

*Subject to change due to increase in fuel surcharge