Group Tour Itineraries

Cultivating Culture
flowersAgriculture is an integral part of the economy and heritage of Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. It helps to sustain many local businesses like farmers markets, wineries, even festivals.

Depending on the time of year include Kutztown Folk Festival, Oley Valley Community Fair, Chile Pepper Food Festival in you itinerary.

Dutch Treat – PA German Tour

funnelcakeOur Pennsylvania Dutch or German heritage influences our food, culture, customs, even our way of speaking. Come learn about our fascinating traditions.

  • Discover hex signs, a uniquely American art form and symbol of the PA Dutch. Follow our Hex Barn Art Tour and learn the meanings of the colorful designs dotting our countryside.
  • The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center preserves and promotes our PA Dutch history. Schedule a visit to the center to catch a glimpse into the world of the PA Dutch.

Related activities include the Kutztown Folk Festival, Bowers Pepper Festival, Roadside America and PA Dutch Gift Haus.

Haunts n’ Hex

hauntsJoin us if you dare! Journey to our most haunted places with Charles J. Adams III, paranormal researcher, author of more than 35 books on ghosts and hauntings, and storyteller extraordinaire. Charlie will gladly be a step-on for your bus tour. Smaller tours can be arranged.

  • Berks County Heritage Center – approx. 3 hours
    Venture inside a haunted covered bridge, then follow the former towpath of the Union Canal to the site of an 1875 quadruple murder-suicide involving three children and their mother. The children’s ghosts have been seen, sensed, and heard by countless witnesses. Afterwards, walk to an eerie graveyard to hear stories of its hauntings and search for unmarked graves with copper divining rods hand-crafted by your host.
  • Centre Park Historic District – approx. 2.5 hours
    Stroll through Charles Evans Cemetery, where you may see or sense the spirits of a woman and her three children who died in a murder-suicide in 1875. Across the avenue, visit Stirling Guest Hotel as well as other Victorian beauties. The tour of the city’s historic and architectural district will also include a visit to the Berks County History Center.

Related Activities include a lantern tour of Crystal Cave or a tea/luncheon at the stunning Stirling Guest Hotel.

 

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

trainVisit the Pennsylvania’s Americana Region museums dedicated to trains, planes and automobiles. We love sharing our contributions to transportation. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

  • Visit the Mid Atlantic Air Museum, home of World War II Weekend, and learn of our region’s contribution to flight, as well as a general history of aviation.
  • Tour the Gruber Wagon Works, maker of the farm-use wagons. The museum is one of the most complete examples of a rural manufactory of its kind in the nation.
  • Located in a former auto body factory, Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, houses and preserves vehicles manufactured in Pennsylvania like the Duryea.
  • Ride the Colebroookdale Railroad and discover the treasures of Southeastern PA in a beautifully restored, Edwardian-era coaches.
  • When in Reading, stop at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum. Dedicated to preserving the history of our legendary railroad, the museum features locomotives, passenger cars, and other freight equipment.

Related activities include World War II Weekend, and Diner Days at Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles.

Charming Country Christmas 

The traditions, events, and attractions of Pennsylvania’s Americana Region are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

• Now celebrating its 70th anniversary, Koziar’s Christmas Village comes to life each year with lights, animated displays, and holiday gift shops.
• Stroll through the illuminated displays and decorations at Holiday Lights at Gring’s Mill. Afterwards, warm up in the barn as you enjoy lively entertainment.
• “A Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas Carol on the Trolley” by Fecho Entertainment is the PA German version of the Dickens’ holiday classic. Ride the trolley or have the characters board your bus to entertain your group.
• The National Christmas Center Family Attraction and Museum takes your group through galleries and ever-changing exhibits that honor and celebrate Christmas.

Related activities include holiday tea at the Stirling Guest Hotel, PA German Cultural Heritage Center’s Christmas on the Farm, a visit to the Reading Liederkranz Christkindlmarkt, or a holiday excursion on the Colebrookdale Railroad

Arts & Antiquities

artsGreater Reading is home to over thirty museums, historic sites and the Goggleworks Center for the Arts. Our antiques shops are considered some of the best places to shop for collectibles.

Related activities include the semi-annual Berks Guild of Craftsmen Craft Shows, Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, and performances by area theatre groups.

Trains & TreasureScenic ride on the Colebrookdale Railroad

Visitors will marvel at the beautifully restored Colebrookdale Railroad and be equally astounded by the staggering display of collectibles housed nearby.

• Enjoy an excursion on the Colebrookdale Railroad and discover the treasures of Southeastern PA in beautifully restored, Edwardian-era coaches. Seasonal themes are offered throughout the year.
• The Carousel at Pottstown is sure to put a smile on the faces of all who visit. Built in 1905, the carousel and its menagerie of hand-carved animals have been brought back to life!
• Located in a former auto body factory, Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles houses and preserves vehicles manufactured in Pennsylvania, like the Duryea.

Related activities include trips to Roadside America Miniature Village and Reading Railroad Heritage Museum.

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