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The Amish Experience

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Address: 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand, PA 17505-9630
Phone Number: +1 717-768-8400
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Amish Country Tours is the oldest operating tour company in Amish Country,...

Amish Country Tours is the oldest operating tour company in Amish Country, and the only operator with certified guides. Far from the commercial clutter of Route 30, the Amish Experience at Plain & Fancy Farm sits on Route 340 between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse, a non-commercial AAA designated Scenic Cultural Byway, surrounded by Amish farms.

Our exclusive Amish Visit-in-Person Tour is the only opportunity of its kind to allow for close interaction with the Amish at work, at milking time, and in the home, and the only tour designated by the County of Lancaster as an official Heritage Tour. It is limited to 14 guests on our mini-shuttles.

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Worth Every Cent - Thorough Professional and Fun

I had the luck to go on a day in November right after Thansgiving and my daughter and I were so pleased with the tour. We did the whole experience and it was worth every red cent... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Staten Island, New York
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had the luck to go on a day in November right after Thansgiving and my daughter and I were so pleased with the tour. We did the whole experience and it was worth every red cent. We went through the Amish house and learned about their daily lives and clothe color meanings . So authentic and special. I had... More 

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PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at The Amish Experience, responded to this review

Dear Julia, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review! So glad that you found our Homestead & Schoolroom tour authentic and enjoyable! While we work directly with Amish people on our Visit-In-Person Tour, non of our tour guides are actually Amish themselves. But it's very encouraging to hear the guide was so knowledgeable! Thank you... More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the ride through and around the Farm estate on a bright and crisp afternoon. It was good to slow down the pace and learn of some of the features of life in the Amish Community.

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PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at The Amish Experience, responded to this review

Glad to hear you enjoyed your buggy ride with our friends next door! More 

Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was worried that this experience would be too "touristy" or "hokey" for my 2 teen age kids, but they actually learned a lot and really enjoyed our day here! We bought the entire experience and our buggy ride was free. Very nice! John, our Amish buggy driver, was very honest and open about his lifestyle and answered all of... More 

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PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at The Amish Experience, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting, and I'm glad to hear any apprehensions you had were dispelled! Thanks for complimenting our staff, as well as John at the buggy rides. We hope we'll see you the next time you are in Lancaster. More 

Burlington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Educational without being stuffy. Tour gave a nice amount of information on Amish customs, but was short enough that kids wouldn't get too fidgety. Unfortunately it was raining the day we went so we didn't tour the farm. Would recommend.

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PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at The Amish Experience, responded to this review

Dear Wendy, Thank you for taking the time to write a review and, of course, for choosing to spend time with us while you were in Lancaster! It's a shame it was raining on the day you were here, but I'm glad to hear you had a positive experience in spite of that. We'll hope to see you the next... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Amish Experience was surprisingly educational and very well organized. The guides we had for the day, Dan and Bernice were not only a wealth of knowledge, but entertaining and likable! They made you feel like you were part of the community. The best part was that our bus tour guide, Bernice, has a relationship with many of the locals... More 

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PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at The Amish Experience, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to write a review. I'm glad to hear you had such a positive and informative experience with us. And thanks for your comments about Dan and Bernice as well! We'll look forward to seeing you the next time you are in Lancaster. More 

The Dalles, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Linda was our tour guide and took us to a lot of interesting places and told us the history and customs of the Amish culture. We passed by a wedding and was amazed at how many black carriages there were parked on the farm. After the tour we watched the movie, had lunch (be sure and try the corn chowder),... More 

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PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at The Amish Experience, responded to this review

Dear Debbie, Thank you for your wonderful review! I'm glad to hear that you had such an enjoyable time with us. Thanks for your comments about Linda as well. Hope to see you again the next time you are in Lancaster! More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the supersaver package with Paul as a guide. Was really wonderful, Paul is well informed and is happy to share his knowledge. We were able to ask our questions and he knew a lot. The 'free' ride with the horse was not so good. Your put in a carriage with 12 people and brought to a farm 300... More 

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PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at The Amish Experience, responded to this review

Dear Pieter, Thank you for visiting and for your review. Glad to hear that you had a great time with your guide, Paul! I’m sorry to hear that the buggy ride was disappointing. The buggy rides are a separate company from us, but we will definitely pass along your comments to them. Thanks again for visiting! More 

Clanfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have done Amish country a few times now but the tour round the "typical" farmhouse and school room was very interesting and informative in giving information I was not previously aware of. However, the post tour lunch provided was pretty awful and the shopping experience was even worse. Most of the stuff on sale was poor quality and made in... More 

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PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at The Amish Experience, responded to this review

Dear Andy, Thank you for visiting, and for taking the time to write a review! I’m glad you found the Homestead and Schoolroom Tour informative. Just so you know, we at the Amish Experience run the touring only…the restaurant and its large adjoining gift shop are an entirely separate business (although we do have a small gift shop at our... More 

New York City, New York
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only spend 2 hours in Lancaster, in our way from Hershey to Philadelphia. We will definitely come back to stay longer. Be advised Sundays are very quite because the Amish community has church services; if you are looking to get closer need to go in a different day.

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PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at The Amish Experience, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting, and we'll look forward to seeing you next time you are in Lancaster! More 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great experience we had on the VIP (visit in person) tour led by operations manager Shannon. She allowed us to get up close and personal with the families we visited in a way that demystified the perceptions that we "english" bring to our encounters with those in the plain community. Shannon showed respect and helped us to extend... More 

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PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at The Amish Experience, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed the experience and your host, Shannon. Thanks for coming! More 

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