With advance reservation, groups comprised of 10 or more people can enjoy a delicious family-style meal served in a conservative Mennonite home, and learn about the wonders of the Amish and Mennonite cultures. Our speaker can give your party a first hand sense of the family values, hard work ethic and unpretentious lifestyles of these two groups. Our guide meets your group at the village welcome center, steps onto your bus and guides you through the countryside to your destination. Orientation can be customized to fit an area of interest.

Tours Policy

1. A minimum of 10 people is required for per person rates.
2. Gratuity for guide and cook is not included in the price of the tour, unless requested. We can pro-rate gratuity.
3. Payment for reservations is required two weeks in advance, payable to Kalona Historical Tours.
4. In the event of a cancellation(s), an advance notice of five days must be given for a full refund.

Charter Bus Meal
and Speaker Charges

Countryside Meal and Orientation $23.00/person
gratuity not included)
Generally lasts 2 hrs.
Available daily except Sundays and holidays
weather permitting - home is on gravel road.

Add One Stop to a Meal:

See list below for options.
Add extra 30 minutes for a stop.


Kalona Historical Tours
Box 292
Kalona, Iowa 52247
Phone 319-656-2519

Iowa Group Travel Assn
Eastern Iowa Tourism Assn
Iowa Museum Association

Good food is a big part of the Amish culture, and your tour will be no different. Experience a culinary adventure in a living history setting. The most delicious part of your day will be your hand selected dinner served family style in a conservative Mennonite home. From home-baked bread to Amish Tapioca pudding, the cook sees to it that you never leave hungry.

See sample menus here.

You May Select Two of the Following Destinations to visit on your Countryside Tour.

(*Demonstrations available exclusively for Countryside Tours.)

Kalona Quilt & Textile Museum - Amish and English Quilt exhibits, spool cabinets, and antiques.
Kalona Historical Village - Relive the 1800’s when you visit the 13 authentically restored buildings.
Kalona Noodle Shop - Egg noodles demonstration
Kalona Chocolates - Chocolate making demonstration
Stringtown Grocery -  Amish bulk food grocery
Kalona Creamery -Visit locally owned dairy operation, where visitors will tour the plant, learn the history of the facility and their fresh products being processed daily.
Kalona General Store  - Watch us make Amish peanut butter, and sample other foods available.
Max Cast Sculpture & Foundry - Learn about the steps in the metal casting process.
Woodin Wheel Quilts, Antiques & Gifts - *Quilt presentation. Enjoy the Christmas room year‘round.
Community Country Store - Amish country store specializing in kitchenware & groceries. Closed Tuesdays. No buses or photos please.
Sunnyside Conservative Mennonite Church
- *A church member explains the basic beliefs of the faith, and the changes it has undergone since its origin in 16th Century Europe. Questions accepted.
JK Creative Wood & Gifts - Woodworking by the Brokaw family; Amish quilts and custom furniture; pottery, glass, jewelry and other handmade gifts by artisans from all over America. *Woodworking demonstrations.
Kalona Buggy Shop - Discover what goes into the construction of a custom created Amish buggy, built by hand at this Amish family operation. If you are interested, you may place your own order, but plan to wait a year for its delivery.
Village Shoppe Art and Gift Gallery - P. Buckley Moss Gallery, Hear an informative talk on Moss and her inspiration.
Kalona Microbrewery- Learn about the methodology behind the making of Kalona's newest libation.
Historic Downtown Kalona  - Discover an exceptional array of antiques, handmade crafts, gifts, fabrics, weavings, art, and apparel or walk along the quilt block walk and learn about the unique quilt patterns of the Amish.

Charter Bus Meal with Speaker

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