Motorcoach Guides & Tour Operators

Our local step-on guides strive to provide the highest quality group experiences along the Heritage Trail. They are professionals who provide themed backroads tours and customized activity planning.

Great Life Tours

Contact: Vickie Estep & Mark Estep
67325 Tharp Lake Road
Cassopolis, MI 49031

o: 574-970-3344
c: 574.370.6741
e: MyGreatLifeTours@gmail.com

Description:

Consider Great Life Tours your group travel partners in Northern Indiana Amish Country. Your concierge connection welcoming bus groups with unparalleled service. Offering exceptional guides and customized designed experiences so you can relax and enjoy the Great Life difference!  Easy to reach by phone, text, email or Facebook. Your sales will reflect the  outstanding entertainment value & exclusive interactive experiences keep your groups singing your praises and asking for more.

2021 Great Life Tour Profile Sheet (PDF)

Featured Themed Tours Include:

NEW "Meet the Amish Makers, Nappanee Backroads" Tour

With the warmth of a backdoor welcome Nappanee is the place to be. Eyepopping Quilt Gardens, history, innovation and downright fun! Begin at the Nappanee Center - considered by many to be more of a destination museum than a welcome center. Next let your curiosity get the best of you at the all new camel dairy farm. Pet the camels and get a selfie with these friendly four-legged celebrities. Next ready yourself for a buggy shop tour like no other. Featuring a huge collection of buggies, sleighs, and wagons this informative presentation is sure to be a hit with your group. Beautiful backroads dotted with pristine Amish farms, schools and the oldest Amish cemetery...more

“Amish Country Makers & Shakers” Tour

Known for its entrepreneurial spirit Elkhart County has a lot going on – especially among the local Amish community. Get to know these skilled craftsmen where they work from simple home businesses to giant RV factories. See Amish workers assemble luxury RVs with amazing efficiency and skill.  You will visit a “Shaker” in the RV industry for a fascinating factory tour, followed by 3 Amish “Makers” to see how they handcraft specialty items unique to their needs. You’ll end the day at the “Amish Trader Joe’s” a.k.a. the bulk food store. It’s a full day of fun!!

 

“Brown Bag Tour”

Every stop is a treat when you bag the goodies at every stop. This tour changes with the seasons so it it’s always fresh always fun. We’ll visit Amish shops, local artisans, the bakery and a buggy maker too. You’ll enjoy a traditional Threshers meal served at an Amish homestead far from the roads most traveled. This package includes your guide, Grab Bag, 4 delicious goodies, and a Thresher meal at an Amish home.

Authentic and engaging behind the scenes experiences that are otherwise unavailable to the average tourist. This tour appeals to groups of every type, young and forever young. See the inner workings of Amish businesses as owners share personal stories of their role in their community and the services they provide. See, touch and witness the quality of their craftsmanship passed through the generations demonstrated for your group. Memorable moments that bring guests back year after year. Groups rave about this tour!

 

“Heritage Trail Backroads Tour” - $195 for full day up to 8 hours for guide (tip optional for guide) OR $45 per hour for 4 hours or less

Get ready to explore the nationally recognized Heritage Trail with a guide who has Amish and Mennonite roots. It’s like visiting another culture without traveling abroad! You’ll start at the bakery to find out about Amish crack, donuts that is… Then we’ll make our way to see the workshop where the Teaberry Collection is created. We’ll take the Amish Turnpike to the noodle and cheese shops where you’ll sample to your hearts content. Consider adding lunch at the Yoder’s for a delicious Thresher meal and her fabulous pies. Then we make our way into town to the Amish Trader Joe’s before saying farewell to your guide at the end of a memorable day.


“My Amish Life Tour”

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to run a household without electricity or live without owning a car? Hear the story of the Amish from the Amish themselves. Start off your day with a cinnamon roll and learn how Elaine makes this delectable pastry. You’ll visit a buggy maker then shop in Slab Town. See baskets made by a family of weavers and take home a gift to remember them by. Enjoy a popular Amish fundraiser meal, the Haystack for lunch. Then go back to school, one room that is to visit an Amish teacher and if you’re a good “scholar” you’ll go home with a yummy fried pie for a sweet end to your day.

 

“Tour for a Cause” Tour

Support the cause that matters to you most with our Tour for a Cause. You’ll to raise money for the non-profit organization of your choice with a donation from us. For every seat purchased we’ll donate $10.00 on your behalf. We’ll work with you to customize an itinerary to match the tour to your cause. This is a twist on our popular Grab Bag Tour so we’ll pass out bags to match the color of your cause then fill them with goodies all day long. You’ll build a birdhouse, make a pretzel, and have lunch in an Amish home where you’ll learn how the Amish raises funds for those in need. Two more stops of your choice will fill out this heartwarming day.

 

Charter Buses

Cardinal Buses, Inc.

Contact: Carla Hochstetler
Address: 202 E. Winslow, Middlebury, IN, 46540
T 800.348.7487
chochstetler@cardinalbuses.com

Description: Motorcoach transportation throughout US and Canada. Serving Indiana, Michigan and Greater Chicago area. We’re here to help if you need motorcoach service or repairs during your visit to Amish Country. Cardinal Buses offer reliable and professional full service maintenance facilities. Our well trained mechanics with ongoing training make Cardinal a trusted stop in the northern Indiana region.

Specializing in:

  • Senior Adults
  • Future Senior Adults
  • Student/ Youth Groups
  • Business / Bank Groups
  • Faith Based Groups
  • Social Organizations
  • Sports Enthusiasts
    Cardinal Buses Inc. Brochure (PDF)

For more information contact

Director of Group and Experiential Sales & Promotions

Sonya Nash, CTIS, CTP

Director of Group and Experiential Sales & Promotions