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Windsor Castle Tudor House, Southampton Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth Bayard's Cove The Cotswolds Stratford-upon-Avon Worcester Cathedral Scrooby Church Gainsborough Old Hall Lincoln Cathedral, viewed from the Castle London Mayflower Pub,
Tudor House, Southampton
Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth
Gainsborough Old Hall
Lincoln Cathedral, viewed from the Castle
Are you a Mayflower Descendant? This tour is designed for you and your family and friends!
You are invited to join other “cousins” on a Mayflower-themed tour of England, on the 400th anniversary of the historic voyage, an event of global significance. The Mayflower Pilgrims’ principles of individual liberty and freedom first took root in the UK, were nurtured in the Netherlands and then flowered in America. Their values have since guided all modern democracies.
On the tour you’ll gain an understanding of the Pilgrims’ lives before they sailed by visiting the homes where they lived, the churches where they worshiped, and the jail in Boston where they were imprisoned. You will also see the ports of Southampton, Dartmouth, and also Plymouth, their final departure point. Other highlights include Stratford-upon-Avon, Windsor Castle, Lincoln Castle and Cathedral, and lunch in the Mayflower Pub in London – a favorite for the crew of the Mayflower.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, June 4, 2021: Depart North America
We will depart from the USA today. Pre-tour arrangements can also be made through Reformation Tours. (IF)
Day 2: Saturday, June 5, 2021: Windsor
On arrival in London, transfers will be included to nearby Windsor. Our Reformation Tours’ tour director will meet us in our hotel, which is just outside the gates of Windsor Castle. The afternoon will be at leisure to explore Windsor, with an optional tour of Windsor Castle. We will have a Welcome Reception in the hotel, followed by dinner. (IF/D)
Day 3: Sunday, June 6, 2021: Southampton
After a hearty British breakfast, we will board our bus and drive to Southampton, where we will have free time to purchase lunch. In the afternoon, our local expert guide will take us on a guided walk describing Southampton as it would have been in 1620, when the Pilgrims arrived from Leiden. We will hear about the provisioning of the Speedwell and the Mayflower 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. We will continue on to our hotel and dine together. (B/D)
Day 4: Monday, June 7, 2021: Dartmouth, Plymouth
After breakfast we will travel to Dartmouth, where the Mayflower and the Speedwell had to dock for repairs. The Pilgrims would still recognize the Tudor Bayard’s Cove 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 Plymouth, where we will be based for two nights. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 5: Tuesday, June 8, 2021: Plymouth
We will have breakfast in our hotel, then spend a full day exploring Plymouth. Our specialist guide will tell the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the ship, and the voyage, before they finally set off on September 16, 1620. We will see the Mayflower steps, the cobbled streets of the Barbican, and Sutton Harbour. We will then have a few hours to explore independently, before we meet again for a boat cruise around the harbor. We’ll visit the new Box Museum, then the rest of the evening will be at leisure. (B)
Day 6: Wednesday, June 9, 2021: Stratford-upon-Avon
After breakfast we will travel north to the picturesque Cotswolds, where we will have free time to buy lunch and browse the shops. We will arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon mid-afternoon and the rest of the day will be at leisure to visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Trinity Church, etc. Shakespeare was a contemporary of the Pilgrims and so it’s a good place to go to understand what their lives and language were like. Tickets to a Shakespeare production can be arranged. (B)
Day 7: Thursday, June 10, 2021: Droitwich Spa, Worcester, Lincoln
After breakfast at the hotel, we will travel to nearby Droitwich Spa to visit St. Peter’s Church where Edward Winslow was baptized. He served three terms as governor of Plymouth Colony. Winslow was educated at King’s School, which was part of Worcester Cathedral at that time. We will have a tour of one of England’s loveliest Cathedrals, followed by time to purchase lunch in the Cloister cafe. We’ll end the day with dinner in our hotel in Lincoln. (B/D)
Day 8: Friday, June 11, 2021: Lincoln
We’ll begin the day with a visit to Lincoln Castle, built in 1068 by William the Conqueror, where we will see a copy of the Magna Carta in a special exhibit area with 2 movies. The Castle also has 2 historic prisons and the most unusual prison chapel. We will also tour Lincoln’s Medieval Cathedral, which dates back to 1072. It was the world’s tallest building from 1300–1549. The rest of the day will be at leisure and Lincoln has lots of shops, ranging from high street stores to luxury boutiques. It also has an aptly named Steep Street which is only accessible by foot in some parts, as the gradient is so extreme. There’s even a handrail! Evensong at the Cathedral will be at 5:30 PM and includes young choristers from many local schools. (B)
Day 9: Saturday, June 12, 2021: Retford, Babworth, Scrooby, Gainsborough, Lincoln
This morning expert guide and researcher Sue Allan 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. In nearby Retford, we will spend time at the newly opened Mayflower Gallery in the Bassetlaw Museum. We will view Scrooby Manor, Brewster’s home in Scrooby, as well as the village church. In Austerfield, we’ll enjoy lunch in the Mayflower Pub, then visit St. Helena’s church to see the font where Bradford was baptized and learn about his childhood. We will then continue on to Gainsborough, from where the Pilgrims set out on their final and successful escape attempt. We will tour the medieval Old Hall, home of a local puritan. After time to browse the excellent gift shop, we will return to Lincoln. (B/L)
Day 10: Sunday, June 13, 2021: Boston, London
On our way into London, we will stop in Boston, a port town on the East coast. In 1607, a group of pilgrims walked 60 miles from Scrooby to Boston to meet a ship they had hired 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 in the Guildhall. 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 have lunch in Boston, then continue our journey into London and the evening will be at leisure. Tickets to a West End show can be arranged. (B/L)
Day 11: Monday, June 14, 2021: London
We will have a fabulous view of London from the London Eye this morning, followed by a round-trip cruise from Westminster Pier. The bus will then take us to 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. We will see the original 1620s mooring point and we’ll have the opportunity to sign the Mayflower Descendants’ visitors’ book. The rest of the day will be at leisure. (B/L)
Day 12: Tuesday, June 15, 2021: Departure day
After breakfast, transfers will be arranged to Heathrow or Gatwick. Post-tour travel options are available. (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!
Transfers are automatically included if we have booked your flights.
If you have booked your own flights, we can still provide transfers, as long as we have your flight details on file and a phone number to give to the driver. We will include your transfer information in your final packet. Transfers will be arranged for each arrival, so that you won’t have to wait for other tour members if their flight is delayed. Transfers can be arranged for the day of your choosing, but we can’t arrange transfers if you arrive or depart by train.
Please note that individual transfers are booked through a third-party and you will be responsible to communicate with the company in case of delays.
Flights can be arranged once this tour is a guaranteed departure. We will let you know as soon as we have reached the minimum number of participants.
Group Air: We will be arranging group air if we have a minimum of 10 traveling together. Payment is due with the final payment.
Individual Air: If you would like assistance with alternative flights, please visit our Book a Flight page. Please wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking non-refundable airfare and send a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Arrival: Please arrange to arrive in London on Saturday, June 6, 2021.
Departure: You are welcome to depart from London at any time on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
We can arrange pre-tour and post-tour nights in London, but due to the volume of tours in 2021, we are not able to arrange additional travel within Europe.
Price based on a minimum of 25 participants
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Arrival transfers
• 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
• 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)
• Departure transfers (can be arranged through Reformation Tours)
• Single supplement
• 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 February 2020
• Final payment is due on March 22, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after March 22, 2020 subject to availability
We are now partnering with an award-winning company called Squaremouth, which helps travelers search, compare, and buy the best travel insurance for the lowest price. They offer excellent customer support and can help you find the best policy for your trip.
We will continue to assist clients who have a current policy with Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company.
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. We will make a decision no later than February 24, 2021 (100 days before departure) if the tour will operate. If the Coronavirus is still an issue, we will cancel and all tour participants will receive a full refund for land and group air payments. If we decide that the tour can proceed, then the following fees will apply, so we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance:
From time of deposit to 100 days before departure (unless tour is cancelled by us): $100 cancellation penalty
From 99-15 days prior to departure: $350 cancellation penalty 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%. A quote will be automatically added to your invoice.
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