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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
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: Thursday, July 7, 2022: 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: Friday, July 8, 2022: Arrival in London
On arrival in London, we will transfer to our centrally-located hotel and meet our tour director. The afternoon is at leisure for independent sightseeing, but tours can be arranged. We will meet the rest of the travelers at the drinks reception and Welcome Meal. (IF/D)
Day 3: Saturday, July 9, 2022: London, Cambridge
After a leisurely breakfast, we will 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 4: Sunday, July 10, 2022: Fenstanton, Henlow, Cambridge
Today’s day trip will focus on the John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley connections. We will begin at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church 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 5: Monday, July 11, 2022: 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 6: Tuesday, July 12, 2022: Retford, Babworth, Scrooby, Gainsborough, Lincoln
This morning expert guide and researcher Sue Allan (to be confirmed) 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 7: Wednesday, July 13, 2022: 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 8: Thursday, July 14, 2022: 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 9: Friday, July 15, 2022: 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 10: Saturday, July 16, 2022: Dartmouth, Southampton, Winchester
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 11: Sunday, July 17, 2022: 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!
Please note that hotels are subject to change.
July 8-9, 2022
Holiday Inn Bloomsbury
London WC1N 1HT
July 9-11, 2022
Hilton Cambridge City Center
20 Downing St
Cambridge CB2 3DT
July 11-13, 2022
Doubletree by Hilton
Brayford Wharf N
Lincoln LN1 1YW
July 13-14, 2022
4 Chapel St
Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HA
July 14-16, 2022
The Copthorne Plymouth
Plymouth, PL1 1AR
July 16-17, 2022
Southampton SO14 0TB
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: If we have a minimum of 10 traveling together, we can provide a group air booking. Payment is due with the final payment.
Individual Air: We advise using a travel agent, who can help you get a great price for your flight, and support you if the airline makes any changes after the booking process. We are no longer booking individual air tickets. If you would like to use air miles you will need to book directly with the airline.
Please arrange to arrive in London by July 8, 2022. 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 17, 2022. Please wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking non-refundable airfare, and send us a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Price based on a minimum of 25 participants, double occupancy
• 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
• All transfers as a group
• Baggage handling when available (1 piece per person)
• All taxes and tips other than for tour director and driver
• Round-trip air transportation
• Transfers for non-group flights
• Single supplement ($850)
• Additional pre-tour night in London ($150 in double / $250 in single)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Travel insurance
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• 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 2022
• Final payment is due on April 25, 2022
• Reservations will be accepted until April 25, 2022 subject to availability
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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.
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