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“Fantastic experience and Homestead Guide Bill E.”

The Amish Experience
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US$47.95*
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Amish Experience SuperSaver Package
Ranked #2 of 3 Tours in Bird in Hand
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 7 April 2014

We had a great experience with the staff at the Amish Experience. First when scheduling our day we had super friendly help from the front desk staff Marie and we booked the Super Saver Package. The movie was a good precursor to the rest of the day and gave us some good background info for the farmland tour and homestead visit and buggy ride. Our farmland tour was later in the day on Sunday and wasn't very crowded. We were able to ask questions from our very knowledgable guide but on the downside we didn't get to see the Amish shops because they were closed on Sunday (which we were warned by the staff when we booked our day but weren't going to be in the area any other day). The Homestead tour was fantastic! Primarily because of our guide Bill E. He was informative, funny, engaging, interacting, quick, and welcoming of questions. He made the tour a lot of fun and memorable. We were very impressed with him and his presentation. We would highly recommend him as a guide! Then we finished the day with the free buggy ride included in the package and met Aaron, the buggy driver, who was very gracious in answering our questions and taking us out on the tour when it was the very end of the day. Overall it was a fantastic experience and would recommend it highly. Since it was Sunday and all Amish businesses were closed the only open Smorgasbord around that was opened was Miller's. We had a great experience there too. Our waitress Jenna was very friendly and it was a ton of fun trying all the different foods. There is also a nice little collection of Amish books in the lobby, fictional and informative, which are fun to pursue and quite a few that I'd have loved to take home if it wasn't past closing time. I hope everybody has the fantastic experience that we had!

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Reviewed 7 November 2013

We arrived 15 minutes before the ticket office opened on a very cold Thursday morning. Bill, a very nice employee took pity on us and let us in early. We purchased the Super Saver Package for $39.95 per ticket. We met the tour bus driver, who happened to be Bill the ticket seller at the bus. We started out with the 10:00AM Farmland Bus Tour (90 minutes) and was interesting and fun. The bus holds 14, but there were only 3 of us that particular day. We made a stop at an Amish woman's house and she invited us in. The purpose of the stop was, she was selling her handmade quilts. She spoke with the 3 of us and was very nice and explained to an extent the Amish way of life. The farmland was beautiful and we even came upon a farm where there was a wedding and quite a site with more than 150 buggies and horses parked in the field. Bill explained that it was the wedding season and weddings took place only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. After our bus tour (11:30 AM), we had a lunch reservation at the Plain and Fancy Restaurant on the property. The restaurant was empty at 11:30 AM and was full by Noon. We opted for the ala carte menu instead of the family style feast. We each ordered the fried chicken platter and Shoo Fly pie and were pleased with our choice. We also printed 10% discount coupons from the Plain and Fancy Farm Restaurant website prior to our visit. 1:oo PM (40 minutes), we went to the theater, multi screen production to see "Jacob's Choice", about an Amish teen who makes a choice of staying Amish or becoming English. 2:00PM (30 minutes), we did the 1 room school house tour and house tour. Our woman tour guide for the school house and home tour was very informative, but somewhat arrogant and condescending especially when asked questions. We had time for the buggy ride which was included in the package, but it was too cold. Everything is right there as far as the bus, theater, restaurant, school house and house. Brad Igou, of the Amish Experience was great in helping me pre-plain our itinerary so we could get in all of the activities in time to get a 4:00 PM train back to Philadelphia. We enjoyed The Amish Experience and Bill was terrific and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Amish. It was truly an awesome day.

3  Thank bigpaJacksonville_FL
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PlainTalkAmish, Manager at The Amish Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2014

Dear bigpaJacksonville_FL, I was thinking about you this morning when I saw the thermometer … 0 degrees with a wind chill of below zero. Thinking about your “cold morning” experience I wish it was October again! In truth, re-reading your review warmed me up. We are closed for the season, but it’s guests like you that keep the spirit of what we do alive and well in print. Know that over the winter we continue to learn and improve on everything we do. We’re looking for new places to stop during our Farmlands tour and we’re doing a bit of “redecorating” in the Amish Homestead. Yes, even the Amish change things up once in awhile and we need to stay current. Stay warm!

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Reviewed 30 October 2013

It was expensive for our group. we used our own bus and paid over $ 200.00 a flat fee.
then we had to pay a large tip to the guide who went on our bus. we only stopped at
two places. the rest of the time we rode out into the country side where the amish live.

Thank Nellie L
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Jamie our guide was amazing, such great value totally recommend this.we had a group of 10 all were very impressed.

1  Thank Robynne W
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PlainTalkAmish, Manager at The Amish Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2014

Robynne W. ~ Jamie sends you New Year’s greetings and thanks you for taking the time to post a review about your time with us. I thank you for bringing along 9 of your friends. You’re a perfect 10 in my book!

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Reviewed 15 October 2013

I had 16 people on our tour. I had paid for a tour in amish country with a step on guide.
using our bus it was a total of $ 209.00 dollars. then the guide wanted a tip. that was around $50.00. I thought that the tip was included in the first amount I paid.

Thank Nellie L
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