Best of Indiana & The Amish Trail

Best of Indiana & The Amish Trail

Welcome Aboard! Settle back, relax and enjoy a leisurely ride as we drive west toward Indiana's northern region to immerse ourselves in the Best of Indiana & the Amish Trail . . . "A Simpler Way of Life".


Welcome Aboard! Settle back, relax and enjoy a leisurely ride as we drive west toward Indiana's northern region to immerse ourselves in the Best of Indiana & the Amish Trail . . . "A Simpler Way of Life".

Best of Indiana & the Amish Trail

“A Simpler Way of Life”

Northern Indiana



* Fully escorted Gunther Motor Coach transportation

* 5 nights hotel accommodations, including:

         -3 nights at Das Dutchman Essenhaus Inn

* 5 breakfasts

* 1 lunch

* 4 dinners

* Guided Backroad Tour of Amish Country

* Attractions and admissions per itinerary, including:

         -Shipshewana Flea Market

         -Ben’s Soft Pretzels

         -Menno-Hof Amish-Mennonite Information Center

         -Quilt Gardens & Murals

         -RV/MH Hall of Fame

         -Ruthmere Historic Home

         -Nappanee Center

         -The Wakarusa Dime Store

         -Jayco RV Manufacturing Plant

         -Dutch Country Market & Katie’s Homemade Noodles

         -Carmel Dairy Farm

         -B&L Woodcraft

         -Basilica of Sacred Heart University of Notre Dame

         -Studebaker National Museum

         -South Bend Chocolate Factory & Chocolate Museum

* Baggage handling (1) per person

* Driver, Escort and Step-on Guide Gratuities

Day 1

Welcome Aboard! Settle back, relax and enjoy a leisurely ride as we drive west toward Indiana's northern region to immerse ourselves in the Best of Indiana & the Amish Trail . . . "A Simpler Way of Life". Before checking into the Hampton Inn in Maumee, Ohio for the night, we are treated to a delicious dinner at a Cracker Barrel restaurant.


Day 2

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we depart for Shipshewana, Indiana to meet our step-on guide, and depart for a day of sightseeing. We arrive at the Shipshewana Flea Market to experience first-hand why thousands flock to "the trading place of America" every Tuesday and Wednesday. Shipshewana is home to the Midwest's largest outdoor flea market with over 900 booths covering 60 acres. It's a shopper's paradise! Enjoy lunch on your own while on the grounds at a variety of food booths. Next, we visit Ben's Soft Pretzels. Amish-inspired and oh-so-delicious, you will learn the story of how Ben's Soft Pretzel's grew from its humble farmer's market beginnings to one of the fastest growing pretzel makers today. You will learn the technique and make your own pretzel and then taste the rewards! Following our visit to Ben's Soft Pretzels we travel to the Menno-Hof Amish-Mennonite Information Center. At the Center you will discover the origins of the Amish and Mennonites, and explore the rich history and heritage of the Amish, Mennonites and Hutterites people. Travel through five centuries of fascinating history, from their founding in Switzerland to their arrival in America. History unfolds as you explore a 17th century sailing ship, and replicas of a 19th century print shop and meetinghouse. Experience the simulation of a tornado as the wind blows and the theatre shakes. Next, we depart for the Das Dutchman Essenhaus Inn, located in Middlebury, Indiana. Our accommodations for the next three nights, the Inn offers 5 unique Village Shops located in original farm outbuildings on the property. After checking in, we are served a delicious buffet dinner at Essenhaus Restaurant, located next to the hotel. Before retiring for the night, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride tour of the Inn's campus and Quilt Garden.

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Day 3

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide and travel to the Quilt Gardens and Murals of Elkhart County. The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail are a one-of-its kind experience! See 150,000 plants, with over 1 million blooms in a colorful patchwork of 19 giant gardens, each planted in its own intricate quilt pattern. Add in 21 hand-painted giant quilt-themed murals in 7 welcoming communities that host quilt gardens & murals along the 90-mile Heritage Trail, and you have a quilters and gardeners dream tour! Next, we arrive at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana for a tour. This 100,000-sq. ft. museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Recreation Vehicle and Manufactured Housing Industries. See a variety of historical recreational vehicles spanning the decades, produced by Airstream, Winnebago and other American makers. The RV/MH Hall of Fame collection celebrates the common idea of building "affordable housing" that links these two industries and its pioneers from its earliest days to the latest 2019 models built in the area. The collection includes a 1913 Earl Trailer and Model T Ford, a 1928 Pierce Arrow Fleet Housecar, a 1931 Chevrolet Housecar built for Paramount Studios and to presented to Hollywood actress and sex symbol, Mae West, a 1935 York Rambler Trailer, (built in York, PA), a 1955 Spartan Imperial Mansion, and much, much more. Next, we will tour Ruthmere Historic Home, the home that Alka-Seltzer built. This elaborate 1910 Beaux Arts-style mansion is a multi-faceted museum with stunning architecture and a vast selection of fine art and artistic objects. You'll see a collection that includes Tiffany leaded glass, Rodin sculptures, velvet window coverings, hand painted walls, and walnut woodwork. Following lunch on your own, in downtown Nappanee, Indiana we drive to the Nappanee Center. On site you will find a museum and quilt garden. Learn about the craftsmen who made high quality furniture and kitchen cabinets known as Hoosiers, an industry that helped build the town. Hoosier Cabinets came to have everything but the "kitchen sink" in them. Discover the work of Nappanees the six nationally-known cartoonists and the stories of area military veterans. Also, enjoy strolling through the Quilt Garden at the Center. Next, we visit the Quilt Garden in Wakarusa, Indiana and shop at the Wakarusa Dime Store for some old-fashioned candy treats. The Wakarusa Dime Store, home of the Jumbo Jellybean has become "World Famous" shipping over 35 tons per year throughout the world. Here you will find Jumbo Jelly Beans, as well as a variety of nostalgic candy, chocolate and a colorful array of sweets. Enjoy free samples of their most popular treats. Don't forget to see the giant jumbo jelly bean quilt! Before returning to the Inn in Middlebury, Indiana for a good night's sleep, we conclude our day of touring with a traditional Italian dinner.

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Day 4

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide and depart for the Jayco RV Manufacturing plant in Middlebury, Indiana. Jayco, Inc. is an American manufacturer of recreation vehicles. They make fold-down, (also called "pop-up"), camping trailers, conventional travel trailers, "fifth-wheel" travel trailers, and motorhomes. Upon our arrival at the Visitors Center, located in a renovated 1880's farmhouse, you can see historical Jayco photos and memorabilia, purchase Jayco apparel and merchandise, and walk through the display of new products. A motorhome factory tour is included, where about 70 percent of Jayco's 1,500 workers are Amish or Mennonite, and their dedication to quality is evident as you travel through the factory. This is an awesome tour! Following our tour, we travel the scenic back-roads of Indiana's Amish Country, passing horse-drawn buggies, tidy farmhouses and whitewashed barns. Learn about the fascinating Amish lifestyle as your guide tells you about the history and traditions of the "plain people". Later, we visit Dutch Country Market and Katie's Homemade Noodles for some
browsing and shopping. Next enjoy some leisure time walking and exploring a variety of restaurants and shops in downtown Shipshewana. Lunch is on your own. Following lunch, we will visit a unique Amish farm . . . Camel Dairy Farm. Glendon Yoder Family Farm wanted to make something that other farmers in the area did not make, so he bought 16 camels for $16,000.00 a piece. Mr. Yoder milks the camels 2 times a day. You will learn all about milking a camel (which is tedious) and be able to feed the camels. Also, you will have the opportunity to purchase products made with camel milk such as soaps and lotions, and have your picture taken with a camel! Next, we will visit B&L Woodcraft, an outdoor furniture shop where you will have the opportunity to custom make your own souvenir birdhouse with the help from the Amish. Afterwards, browse and shop for gifts, and view the numerous antiques found on the farm. Later we return to our Inn where you will have time to sit, relax and freshen up before going out for a delicious dinner at an Amish home.

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Day 5

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide and depart for a guided tour of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Built in the late 1800s, the church features one of the largest collections of 19th century French stained glass in the world. The architecture and amazing artwork will take your breath away! You will find your eyes drifting over the stained-glass windows, gorgeous religious murals on the ceiling, and various religious artifacts. Next, we visit the Studebaker National Museum, which is home to a priceless collection of vehicles, artwork, archival material and artifacts spanning nearly 200 years. The museum displays the first and last cars the Studebaker Corporation ever made and boasts the largest presidential carriage collection in the world. A delicious lunch is included at Tippecanoe Place, located within the Studebaker Mansion. Before departing the area, we will have time to explore downtown South Bend, which in recent years has been transformed into a vibrant place for dining and shopping, and visit the South Bend Chocolate Factory and Chocolate Museum. Our guided tour will include a walk through all the factory processes, including panning, enrobing, and concludes with a free sample. Next, we say goodbye to our guide and begin our travel eastward to our overnight accommodations at the Hampton Inn in Maumee, Ohio. A dinner stop will be made en route to Maumee. Dinner is on your own.

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Day 6

After a deluxe continental breakfast settle back and enjoy a movie on our drive home, while reminiscing about the "Simpler Way of Life in Indiana", "The Hoosier State".


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D =Dinner

June 10-15, 2019 (Monday-Saturday)




$1,099.00 Double/PP


$999.00 Triple/PP


$949.00 Quad/PP 


$1,449.00 Single


Deposit:  $125.00/PP


Balance Due:  April 27, 2019



                  Depart        Return

Gunther       6:00 AM      6:45 PM

Carney        6:45 AM      6:00 PM

Woodbine    7:45 AM      5:00 PM

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Carney Park & Ride Carney Park & Ride - 2980 Jomat Ave. Parkville, MD
Exit 31A (Harford Rd north) off Route 695
Gunther Charters Gunther's - 7443 Shipley Ave. Harmans, MD (GPS)
Lot C off of Shipley Ave.
Woodbine Park & Ride Woodbine Park & Ride 704 Lisbon Center Dr.
Woodbine, MD - I-70 West to Exit 73
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