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Cambridge Font in St. Mary's, Henlow St. Peter and St. Paul St. Botolph's Church Lincoln Cathedral, viewed from the Castle Scrooby Church Gainsborough Old Hall Stratford-upon-Avon Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth Bayard's Cove Tudor House, Southampton
Font in St. Mary's, Henlow
St. Peter and St. Paul
St. Botolph's Church
Lincoln Cathedral, viewed from the Castle
Gainsborough Old Hall
Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth
Tudor House, Southampton
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Join Ashley Smith, President of the Pilgrim John Howland Society, and a group of John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley descendants as they walk in the steps of their Mayflower Pilgrim ancestors in the United Kingdom. Ashley Smith has deep Howland roots and grew up closely connected to her Howland heritage and cousins. Hailing from New York City she is eager to accompany you on this once in a lifetime family heritage tour.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, July 10, 2020: Flight to London
We will depart from the USA for our overnight flight to London. Mayflower 400 Tours can arrange for flights, or participants are welcome to book their own when it is a guaranteed departure. Group flights can be arranged for groups of 10+ traveling together. Pre-tour nights can also be arranged in London. (IF)
Day 2: Saturday, July 11, 2020: Arrival in London, Cambridge
On arrival in London, we will meet our tour director, board our bus, and travel to central London. We will pick up early arrivals and have a bus-orientation tour of the city. We will dine in the Mayflower Pub in London, which was well-known to the crew of the Mayflower. We will see the original 1620 mooring point of the Mayflower and anyone with a personal connection to one of the passengers can sign the Descendant’s Visitor Book. We will continue on to Cambridge, where we will be based for two nights. William Brewster entered the Peterhouse College at Cambridge University at age 14, but left the following year to work for William Davison. We will dine in our hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 3: Sunday, July 12, 2020: Fenstanton, Henlow, Cambridge
Today’s day trip will focus on the John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley connections. We will begin at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Fenstanton. This is where John Howland’s parents are buried and we will see the plaques, as well as the Howland Bell, which was presented to the church by the Pilgrim John Howland Society in 1981. We’ll have a special lunch with church members in the village. In the afternoon, we will continue on to Henlow. Elizabeth Tilley was born in this village and there is a plaque commemorating her baptism and her parents’ wedding in St. Mary the Virgin’s Church. We will have tea and cake with church members before returning to Cambridge. The evening will be at leisure. (B/L)
Day 4: Monday, July 13, 2020: Boston, Lincoln
After breakfast we will drive to 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 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 in Lincoln. (B/D)
Day 5: Tuesday, July 14, 2020: 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. The evening will be at leisure. (B/L)
Day 6: Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Stratford-upon-Avon
One of the best ways of learning more about the Pilgrims’ lives in England is to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, as Shakespeare (1564-1616) was their contemporary and spoke in a similar manner. In fact, Stephen Hopkins, one of the Mayflower passengers, was part of the 1609 Bermuda shipwreck that is said to have inspired The Tempest. We will tour Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Trinity Church. The rest of the day will be at leisure. Tickets can be arranged for a Shakespeare Play (additional charge). (B)
Day 7: Thursday, July 16, 2020: Plymouth
After breakfast we will drive to Plymouth, where we will have a traditional fish and chips lunch. We will then tour the newly-opened Box Museum. One of its first exhibitions will be ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ – a major show that explores the myths and uncovers new meanings connected to the Mayflower’s epic journey in 1620. Created in partnership with the Wampanoag Native American Advisory Committee, and with the help of other museums, libraries and archives across the UK, US and the Netherlands, it will present an epic journey of survival and imagination. The rest of the day will be at leisure. (B/L)
Day 8: Friday, July 17, 2020: Plymouth
This morning we will have a walking tour with a specialist guide, including the Mayflower steps, the cobbled streets of the Barbican, Sutton Harbor, and the Mayflower Museum. The afternoon will be at leisure. We will meet up again mid-afternoon to take a relaxing harbor cruise, ending in the Royal William Yard, where we will dine in one of the many restaurants. (B/D)
Day 9: Saturday, July 18, 2020: 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 see the picturesque Bayard’s Cove Harbor, Tudor Bayard’s Cove Fort, St. Saviour’s Church, Smith Street and other areas around the waterfront. We will continue on to Southampton and join our local expert guide who 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 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. Our farewell meal will be at a local restaurant. (B/D)
Day 10: Sunday, July 19, 2020: Departure
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!
Optional Pre-tour hotel in London, England
July 10-11, 2020
Melia White House
London NW1 3UP
July 11-13, 2020
Hilton City Centre
Cambridge CB2 3DT
July 13-15, 2020
Brayford Wharf North
Lincoln LN1 1YW
Stratford upon Avon, England
July 15-16, 2020
4 Chapel Street
Stratford Upon Avon CV37 6HA
July 16-18, 2020
Plymouth PL1 1AR
July 18-19, 2020
Winchester SO21 1HZ
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.
Various flight booking options are available for this tour. There’s no group air option, as we don’t have a minimum of 10 traveling together. Please read our printable guide to booking your flight to better understand these options.
Option 1: You may request a flight quote from us by filling out this form. Payment is due at the time of booking. Please note we are currently not purchasing any new flights, as airlines are so affected by the coronavirus.
Option 2: You may book your own flights, making sure you land on the morning of July 11, 2020 no later than 10:00 AM. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in London. You are welcome to depart at any time on July 19. Please send us a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Please note that if you would like to use air miles you will need to book directly with the airline.
We can arrange pre-tour and post-tour nights in London, but due to the volume of tours in 2020, we are not able to arrange additional travel within Europe.
Price based on a minimum of 25 participants
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in 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
• Guides will use Whisper Headsets throughout the tour
• Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Baggage handling when available (1 piece per person)
• Basic travel insurance (upgrade to full-coverage available)
• All taxes and tips except as indicated below
• Round-trip air transportation
• Single supplement ($900)
• 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 ($500 of basic coverage included)
• Tips 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 March 2020
• Final payment is due on April 26, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted until April 26, 2020 subject to availability
We offer the Professional Plan offered by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We offer all of our travelers post-departure insurance coverage (up to $500 of coverage.) If you would like to have pre-tour cancellation and trip interruption coverage, the upgrade cost depends on the tour price. It’s approximately the tour cost (minus the $500 that we cover) x 6.14%. To insure your land costs, the price is $2,999 – $500 x 6.14% = $154. A quote will automatically be added to your invoice and updated once the air cost is available.
|BENEFITS||TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE
|Trip Cancellation||Up to 100% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption||Up to 150% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption (Return Air Only)||$750|
|Missed Connection||$500, after a 3+ hour delay|
|Trip Delay||$200 a day, after a 6+ hour delay, up to $1,000 total maximum|
|Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains||$500,000|
|Emergency Accident and Sickness||$50,000 max/$750 max for dental/ No deductible|
|Security Assistance Services||$100,000|
|Baggage / Personal Effects - Lost, Stolen or Damaged||No deductible, $250 per article limit, combined limit of $500 for valuables, $1,000 total limit.|
|Baggage Delay||$300, after a 12+ hour delay|
|Accidental Death or Dismemberment 24 Hours||$10,000|
|Worldwide Travel Assistance, Business and Concierge Assistance||Included|
|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 100 days before departure: $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. Click on the image to download a copy of the brochure.
You can fill out your reservations online by clicking the “Book Now” tab or click here to download the form.
You can either send a check made payable to “Reformation Tours” to P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222 or click here to pay by credit card (additional 3.5% fee).
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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P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222
Tel: (618) 222-9914
Fax: (618) 222-9917
Toll Free: (800) 303-5534
CST # 2093421-30