Experience the Colonies with Locals

Taking one of our guide tours is the best way to discover what makes the Amana Colonies unique.  From May to October, we offer tours with knowledgeable local guides that will show you the most important historic sites.


Village Voyage – Van Tour

Join us for the Village Voyage Van Tour, a two-and-a-half-hour guided tour of key historic sites in the Amana Colonies. Our 14-passenger, climate-controlled tour van will take you to four historic sites in the Amana Colonies to learn about our unique heritage and journey from Germany to Iowa. You’ll learn about our communal life before 1932, including our gardens, agriculture, religion, and way of communal living. Space and times are limited, so reservations are recommended. Please call the Visitors Center at 319-622-7622 to arrange; reservations cannot be made online.

Season: Van tours run from May to October, Monday through Saturday, at 10 am and 2 pm. Tours may be canceled in severe weather.

Accessibility: The historic sites and tour van are not accessible. When booking your tour, let the Visitors Center know if you need accommodations, and we will arrange them if possible.

Price: Adults 16 years and older are $25 per person; ages 12-15 are $18; 11 and under are $15. We are unable to accommodate children who require car seats or booster seats. Groups of 8 or more receive a $3 discount per person when booking as a group.

*Some dates and times are reserved for private events, so please call ahead if you want to take the tour on a specific date to ensure it is available. Reservations are recommended.


Self-Guided Tour Options

You can find our free app by scanning the QR code at this link or by searching “Amana Colonies” in the app store on your smartphone.  On the Amana Colonies App, you’ll find two self-guided tour options: a historic driving tour and a historic walking tour. You’ll also see driving maps, site information, and contact information for the Amana Colonies Visitors Center. If you don’t have a smartphone or would like any help, we are available at the Visitors Center from 9 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday and 10 am-5 pm on Sunday to get you more information and be sure you see everything that the Amana Colonies has to offer.

The Amana Colonies Visitors Center is located at 622 46th Ave. in Amana. It shares a parking lot with Price Creek Event Center, Heritage Designs Quilting & Needlework, and the Festhalle Barn. We can be reached at 319-622-7622.

Wheelchairs and strollers are available to rent at the Amana Visitors Center. Please visit us or call us with questions.


Large Group of 15+

You may want to arrange for a step-on guide if traveling in a large group or by motor coach. For inquiries about step-on guides, the Amana Heritage Museum can be contacted directly at 319-622-3567. You can also contact the Visitors Center with any questions at 319-622-7622.

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