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Leiden Delfshaven Ferry from the Hook of Holland to Harwich Lincoln Cathedral Scrooby Church Gainsborough Old Hall Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon Plymouth Bayard's Cove Tudor House Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe
Ferry from the Hook of Holland to Harwich
Gainsborough Old Hall
Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon
Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe
On this 12-day tour, you are visited to join David Furlow and travel to the Netherlands and England. This tour will also be offered in June 2020.
Hi, my name is David Furlow, and I’m honored and happy to travel with you to some of the most important places in the history of American and Atlantic civilization. The places we will see and the experiences we will share are about faith, family and fortitude, about a group of people much like us who sought to build a new world and succeeded. We’ll visit the churches where they worshipped, see the places they lived and worked, and develop a sense of what they feared, hoped for and valued.
In a sense I’ve been preparing for this teaching and sharing experience all my life. In college I spent a year preparing summaries of all of the Great Power wars in Europe from 1500 to 1950 for use by the U.T. Government Department and the Department of Defense. That experience taught me about the religious wars that shaped the Pilgrims’ lives in the Netherlands, culminating in the Thirty Years War, beginning in 1618, that they sought to avoid by crossing the Atlantic.
In law school, in 1983, I spent six weeks studying law at King’s College in the heart of London, where my wife Lisa Pennington and I first became familiar with many of the British churches, theaters, libraries, battlefields, houses and museums we’ll visit on this tour. I’ve traveled back six times since, studying 16th and 17th century religious, political and economic history in Colchester, Ipswich, Norfolk, Boston, Lincoln, Nottinghamshire, Stratford, Bristol, and Southampton, while also working on History Channel documentaries broadcast in 2006 and 2016.
During the past two decades I’ve published historical journals and spoken at historical, archaeological, and legal history conferences in ten states so I could understand the times and write a book about the Allerton and Brewster families. But I learned and published about the other Mayflower Pilgrims while doing so.
After attending countless GSMD meetings with my wife, GSMD Executive Committee Member at Large since 2017 and Governor of the Houston Colony throughout the last decade, I was elected to the Board of Pilgrim Hall in 2018 and became a member in Plymouth’s Old Colony Club in 2019.
I’ve recorded a podcast at Plimoth Plantation, presented Pilgrim programs at Pilgrim Hall, the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society, Plimoth Plantation, twice at the Jamestown Archaeological Conference, twice at the New Netherland Institute,, three times at the Swedish American Museum, thrice at New Castle, Delaware Archaeological Symposia, once st the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Museum nd once on the President’s Committee of the Society of Historical Archaeology at its Annual Meeting in Baltimore.
I’ll be happy to recommend reading lists and show you both the Mayflower Pilgrims’ stories and the deep archaeology and history of the places we visit.
Any questions? I’ll be happy to answer them and guide you to see wonderful things.
[printfriendly]Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Saturday, September 7, 2019: Depart North America
We will depart from the USA today. Flight bookings and pre-tour arrangements can be made through Reformation Tours. (IF)
Day 2: Sunday, September 8, 2019: Amsterdam, Leiden
When we arrive in Amsterdam, we will meet our local Dutch guide at the pre-tour airport hotel and start our tour with a group lunch. We will travel the short distance to Leiden and visit the American Pilgrim Museum, which tells the stories of the founders of New England (subject to availability). It features furnishings from Pilgrim times, as well as maps and engravings from the 16th and 17th century. The Pieterskirk was founded in 1121 and has a small exhibition about the Pilgrims. John Robinson is buried in this church and we will see his home nearby, marked with a plaque. We will dine in Leiden this evening. (B/L/D)
Day 3: Monday, September 9, 2019: Leiden, Delfshaven, Harwich
This morning we will visit Delfshaven, the departure point for the Speedwell. We will visit the Pilgrim Father’s Church and explore the harbor district. After a delicious lunch, we will travel to the Hook of Holland to board our own ship bound for England. The crossing to Harwich takes 6½ hours. The ship has restaurants on board, as well as shops, and a cinema. When we arrive in England, we will check-in to our hotel. (B/L)
Day 4: Tuesday, September 10, 2019: Harwich, Boston, Retford
Harwich is the port town where Captain Christopher Jones was born. We will view his house, the Guildhall, and the Ha’Penny Pier. We will then drive to Boston, a port town on the East coast. In 1607, a group of pilgrims had walked 60 miles from Scrooby to Boston to meet a ship to take them to Holland. They were betrayed and instead of a new life, they were arrested and taken to the Guildhall. We will see the cells where they were held, as well as the Pilgrim Fathers memorial at Scotia Creek. St. Botolph’s Church, known as “Boston Stump”, is one of England’s largest parish churches. Rev. John Cotton urged members of his congregation to join the Massachusetts Bay Company, and he helped found the city of Boston in the 1630s. The Puritan Path leading to the church is in his honor. We will dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 5: Wednesday, September 11, 2019: Scrooby, Babworth, Gainsborough, Lincoln, Retford
This morning a local expert guide will take us on a tour of local sites that would have been very familiar to the Pilgrim Fathers. We will start at Babworth church where William Brewster and William Bradford came together under Richard Clyfton’s leadership. We will view Scrooby Manor, Brewster’s home in Scrooby, as well as the village church. In Austerfield we will see the font where Bradford was baptized, and learn about his childhood. After a delicious pub lunch, we will continue on to Gainsborough, from where the Pilgrims set out on their final and successful escape attempt. We will tour the medieval Old Hall, where Separatists were able to hold worship services. We will then have some free time to explore Lincoln before we attend Evensong in the cathedral. (B/L/D)
Day 6: Thursday, September 12, 2019: Lincoln, Stratford-upon-Avon
After breakfast we will drive to Stratford-on-Avon, a medieval market town that was the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. We will tour Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, and Trinity Church. We will overnight in the Bristol area and dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 7: Friday, September 13, 2019: Plymouth
We will have breakfast in our hotel, then drive to Plymouth. We will tour the city with a specialist guide who will tell the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the ship, and the voyage. We will see the Mayflower steps, the cobbled streets of the Barbican, Sutton Harbour, and admission to the Mayflower Museum. The tour will finish with a guided tour of the local Plymouth Gin Distillery with samples for those who wish. The rest of the day will be at leisure. (B)
Day 8: Saturday, September 14, 2019: Plymouth, Dartmouth, Southampton
After breakfast we will travel to nearby Dartmouth, which is where the Mayflower and the Speedwell had to dock for repairs. We will enjoy a River Cruise and see Bayard’s Cove Harbor. The Pilgrims would still recognize the Tudor Bayard’s Cover Fort, St. Saviour’s Church, Smith Street and other areas around the waterfront. We will have some free time to explore on our own, before we continue on to Southampton, where we will be based for two nights. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 9: Sunday, September 15, 2019: Southampton
Today, our local expert guide will take us on a guided walk describing Southampton as it would have been in 1620. We will hear about the provisioning of the Speedwell and Mayflower ships, and see their departure point. This is now commemorated with a Pilgrim Fathers Memorial, which was unveiled in 1913. We will tour the Tudor House and Garden, which existed at the time of the Pilgrims’ departure. (B)
Day 10: Monday, September 16, 2019: London
After breakfast, we will drive to London and have lunch in the Mayflower Pub in Rotherhithe. This used to be called the Shippe Inn and was well known to the crew of the Mayflower. Captain Christopher Jones lived nearby, and we will see his grave in St. Mary’s Church. After we check-in to our hotel, the rest of the day will be at leisure. (B/L)
Day 11: Tuesday, September 17, 2019: London
The morning will be at leisure. In the afternoon we will explore the South Bank area of London, including Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market, and the Globe Theater. Our farewell meal will be in a local restaurant, then we will take a ride on the London Eye. (B/D)
Day 12: Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Departure day
After breakfast, we will travel to Heathrow, either as a group, or by separate transfers. Post-tour travel options are available. (B/IF)
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
September 8-9, 2019
The Golden Tulip
2316 XB Leiden
September 9-10, 2019
Crowne Plaza 5 Lakes
Maldon CM9 8HX
September 10-12, 2019
Ye Olde Bell Hotel
Retford DN22 8QS
September 12-13, 2019
Tewkesbury GL20 6EL
September 13-14, 2019
50 Exeter St
Plymouth PL4 0AZ
September 14-16, 2019
Winchester Royal Hotel
St. Peter Street
Winchester SO23 8BS
September 16-18, 2019
Copthorne Tara Hotel
Kensington London W8 5SY
Flights will be arranged for this tour once it is a definite departure. We can either assist you with flights or you are welcome to book your own, but we do ask that you wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before you book non-refundable airfare. Please ensure we have a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Price based on a minimum of 20 participants
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary
• Arrival and departure transfers (Heathrow Airport)
• Baggage handling when available
• Basic travel insurance (upgrade to full-coverage available)
• All taxes and tips except as indicated below
• Round-trip air transportation (Reformation Tours can assist in booking flights)
• Single supplement ($875)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• Upgraded passenger trip cancellation insurance
• Gratuities for tour director, and driver
• Deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour. Please send all payments to Reformation Tours, P.O Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Final invoices will be sent in May 2019
• Final payment is due on June 24, 2019
• Reservations will be accepted after June 24, 2019, subject to availability
We offer the Professional Plan by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. A quote will be automatically added to your invoice.
|TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE
|Up to 100% of Trip Cost
|Up to 150% of Trip Cost
|Trip Interruption (Return Air Only)
|$500, after a 3+ hour delay
|$200 a day, after a 6+ hour delay, up to $1,000 total maximum
|Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains
|Emergency Accident and Sickness
|$50,000 max/$750 max for dental/ No deductible
|Security Assistance Services
|Baggage / Personal Effects - Lost, Stolen or Damaged
|No deductible, $250 per article limit, combined limit of $500 for valuables, $1,000 total limit.
|$300, after a 12+ hour delay
|Accidental Death or Dismemberment 24 Hours
|Worldwide Travel Assistance, Business and Concierge Assistance
|Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Waiver (Must insure full, non-refundable cost of Trip)
|Must be purchased within 21 days after your initial trip deposit.
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. To offset these costs the following fees will apply, plus any non-recoverable expenses to our suppliers:
From time of deposit to until 100 days before departure: $100
From 99-15 days prior to departure: $350 plus any non refundable deposits
14 days or less prior to departure: No refund– Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodation reserved prior to and after the tour.
– Cancellations must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. central time on the last business day of the applicable time period.
– For flight changes or cancellations, revision fees and/or airline cancellation charges will apply.
– Roommates canceling can result in a single supplement charge for the roommate. The Participant who cancels will be responsible for that charge if a substitute roommate cannot be found.
– Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
Reformation Tours cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through Reformation Tours.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
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We offer the Professional Plan by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. This will be automatically added to your invoice.
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