Tuesday, September 15 - Sunday, September 20, 2020 (6 days)
Honest to Goodness Indiana Tour
- Yummy Amish food, a spectacular lighthouse, and a theatre show!
Walking Level: Moderate
Signup Deadline: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Wheelchair Accessible Trip
Our first day of the tour will begin in Michigan City, Indiana where we'll visit the oldest remaining lighthouse in the state. The lighthouse was built in 1858 and was one of three in the town. We will learn about the rich history of Michigan City, the ships that have sailed in an out of the harbor, and Abraham Lincoln's funeral train that made its way through town. Lincoln wasn't the only United States President with ties to Michigan City. The Lighthouse Keeper from 1861-1904, Miss Harriet Colfax, was a cousin of Schuyler Colfax, U.S. Grant's Vice President. Before leaving, we'll stop into their gift shop to pick up a souvenir, however, if you can't find something there, you may be able to find something on our next stop on the Indiana Tour.
After touring the Lighthouse we'll head on over to the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets for shopping! You'll find every kind of store here, from shoes, clothing, accessories, and leather goods, to books, pretzels, and candy! If you can't find what you're looking for here, we're not sure you'll find it anywhere. Once we've finished, we'll end our day with a yummy meal!
On our third day, we travel to Shipshewana, Indiana for another type of shopping experience, but on a much bigger level…. Think 30 football fields bigger! It's the Shipshewana Flea Market, and it is amazing. Here we will find bargains on home décor, clothing, crafts, books, and everything imaginable. They also have a variety of sit-down restaurants where we'll have to try their famous chicken, as we'll have certainly built up an after appetite shopping. Once we're done, we'll take a scenic driving tour along Heritage Trail. This 90-mile drive was voted 'America's Most Scenic Drives' by USA Today Readers and the editors of LIFE. It'll take us through backroads, along lively Main Streets and give us glimpses of Amish life in Elkhart County, Indiana. This portion of northern Indiana is renowned for its picturesque landscape, beautiful rolling hills and rich Amish heritage. Once we've completed the tour and learned about Amish culture, we'll finish our day with an Amish meal. This special meal is served family style in an Amish home with all the fixings such as mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade bread and pies. Sounds like an honest to goodness meal to us!
Our last day before traveling home will begin with an Amish Tour at The Blue Gate. This tour will get us up-close and personal with the Amish community. The Blue Gate tour will introduce us to 'Plain' people, where we will not only see the beautiful farm dotted countryside but also learn firsthand about their culture and faith. The Blue Gate Hospitality Company has been in business since the 1970s when the owner and master craftsman, Mel Riegsecke, began displaying the miniature wagons and horse hitches. Quickly the demand for his work grew, as well as visitors who enjoyed watching the crafters in his workshop. Eventually, the Blue Gate grew into a multifaceted business where you can enjoy Amish cooking, entertainment, stores, and bakery.
The last activity we have planned brings us to the Elkhart Community Theater for a show. This theater has become one of the most award-winning community theatres in the country, and is inside the charming Bristol Opera House, so this will be a special treat to finish off our Indiana tour before heading home!
Your Guaranteed Cost Trip™ & Full Fare Price Disclosure
Your Guaranteed Cost Trip™ means there are absolutely no hidden costs - everything is included: all meals (breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner both at a restaurant), lodging in your own, regular bed, and all transportation including local pickup and drop off in your city, all attractions, entertainment and activities, an experienced tour leader and experienced staff care in 1:3 and 1:4 small groups. Travelers only need to bring souvenir and snack money.
All prices shown are round trip prices and include all mandatory taxes and fees. Note: Soda cards on Royal Caribbean cruises are at your own expense (to keep the trip price fair for everyone).
Vendor & fuel price increases between the time of the traveler’s initial deposit and the due date for final payment are covered by Special Journeys—you never pay extra for Your Guaranteed Cost Trip™.
Travelers that need to travel with a dedicated 1:1 staff require an additional, reduced price fare to cover the costs for that staff.
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