This unique tour provides students with the incredible opportunity to explore some of the areas where it all started for America. By immersing themselves in the Amish culture, students learn about their deep-rooted history, their faith, their tireless work ethic and their valuable role in society. Lancaster transports students into a different time, and teaches them an appreciation for the simple things in life whole also exposing them to an entire culture of people different from their own. Students try authentic Amish food, browse Amish-run shops and gives them a chance to see how people live without “necessities” like Facebook and air conditioning.
Arrival in Philadelphia. Join your Tour Guide at the Independence Transportation Center (ITC) located adjacent to the National Constitution Center on 6th and Race Street.
Guided tour of historic Philadelphia. Tour to include: Franklin's Print Shop, Franklin Court, Franklin Post Office, Carpenter's Hall and as many other sights as time permits.
Time for lunch at Philly's Gourmet Cafe at your expense.
Visit the Betsy Ross House.
Visit Independence Hall and Congress Hall (pending availability).
Enjoy a candlelight ghost tour of Philadelphia.
Full American breakfast at your hotel.
Visit Valley Forge, George Washington's encampment during the winter of 1777-78.
Time for lunch at group's expense.
Visit the National Constitution Center- the first museum in the world dedicated to honoring and explaining the U.S. Constitution through more than 100 interactive exhibits.
Visit the Eastern State Penitentiary for a guided tour. The Penitentiary, built in the 1820's, is a National Historic Landmark. Notorious criminals such as bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone were held inside its unique wagon wheel design.
Attend the performance of "The Founding Fathers", transported back to 1776 to re-live the struggle for America's Independence through the eyes of one of our founders (pending schedule and availability).
Full American breakfast at your hotel and check out.
Admission to the Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia's premier hands-on science museum.
Lunch at the Franklin Institute at your expense.
Attend an IMAX Show at the Franklin Institute.
Climb the "ROCKY STEPS" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with time for a photo opportunity.
Approximate departure for home.
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Morgan, 12th Grade Teacher
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Carl, 8th Grade Teacher
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Gerber Tours went above and beyond to give my students wonderful life-long memories.
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