With advance reservation, groups comprised of 10 people can take an abbreviated version of our day tour, traveling the scenic back roads of the county. View Amish homes, schools, and farms as you learn about the fascinating traditions of the Amish & Mennonite people. Your 2 hour tour features two of the options listed below, such as viewing magnificent, hand-stitched quilts, or demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts. The tour leaves from the welcome center  and enjoys  a family-style meal served in a conservative Mennonite home. Your mode of transportation is how you travel, following our guide to your selected destinations.

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


Countryside Tour Charges

Tour & Meal $28.00/person
When the group is comprised of 10 or more people
(gratuity not included)
Tour generally lasts 2 hours and can be
customized to fit your interests
Available Monday-Saturday weather permitting

Special Accommodation for Less Than 10 People
We will be happy to take your smaller group
on the same tour and feed you the same meal
as outlined above.
Flat Rate: $300  (includes gratuity)

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.

3 Hour Tour with Meal

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