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Alden House, Duxbury The Mayflower Bible in the Pilgrim Hall Museum Plymouth Rock Plimoth Plantation Inside a Wampanoag Home On board the Mayflower, First Encounter Beach Provincetown
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Alden House, Duxbury
The Mayflower Bible in the Pilgrim Hall Museum
Inside a Wampanoag Home
On board the Mayflower,
First Encounter Beach
You are invited to commemorate the 400th anniversary of America’s founding story, on an in-depth family-friendly tour of Plymouth and Cape Cod with expert guides. You will have a presentation from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, a traditional Thanksgiving meal, a tour of Plimoth Plantation and the opportunity to hear from Wampanoag guides.
The people who came on the Mayflower left Plymouth, England on September 16, 1620, looking for a place where they could have the freedom to practice their religion and live on land of their own. After a stormy 68-day crossing, they finally dropped anchor off the coast of Cape Cod on November 11, 1620. Their first landing was at Provincetown on the tip of the Cape. From there they explored the coast for five weeks, until they found a favorable place where they decided to establish “Plimoth Plantation,” one of the first English settlements in North America.
More than half of the English settlers died during that first winter as a result of poor nutrition and inadequate housing. Leaders such as William Bradford, Miles Standish, John Carver, William Brewster, and Edward Winslow played important roles in keeping the remaining settlers together.
The native inhabitants of the region around Plymouth Colony were the various tribes of the Wampanoag people who had lived there for thousands of years. They taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn, where to fish, and how to hunt beaver.
The tour host is Taree McGee, a retired English teacher from the St. Louis area, who frequently leads tours with the Professional Tour Guides of St. Louis. She has hosted several European tours for Reformation Tours to England, France, and Italy.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Sunday, June 16, 2019: Arrival in Boston
On arrival in Boston, we will transfer to our hotel and the rest of the day will be at leisure. Reformation Tours can give touring suggestions in Boston. We will gather this evening for a drinks reception, followed by dinner. (D)
Day 2: Monday, June 17, 2019: Boston, Duxbury, Plymouth
Our first stop this morning will be the New England Historic Genealogical Society for an orientation and tour of the library, as well as a special presentation about the First Families. There will be an opportunity to trace your own family tree. We will continue on to the King’s Chapel Burying Ground where the grave of Mary Chilton, Plymouth Pilgrim, and first European woman to step ashore in New England, is located. After our tour, we will continue south into Duxbury for a visit to the Alden family house museum. John Alden and Priscilla Mullins arrived in Plimoth Colony on board the Mayflower in 1620. Their courtship was immortalized as one of America’s great love stories in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “The Courtship of Miles Standish.” In 1627, the couple moved to Duxbury where they built a home, raised 10 children and became prosperous farmers while John also served as one of Plimoth Colony’s leaders. We will check-in to our hotel in Plymouth and the evening will be at leisure. (B)
Day 3: Tuesday, June 18, 2019: Plymouth
This morning our guide from the Jenney Museum will take us on a walking tour of Plymouth and show us where Hobbamock had his wetu (house). He was a Pokanoket who came to live with the Pilgrims during their first year. We will learn about the herring run and many other interesting facts about how the Pokanokets helped the Pilgrims. The tour of Plymouth will continue to Leyden Street where the Pilgrims first began arranging their housing sites before Christmas in 1620 after disembarking from the Mayflower. They built their houses along this street from the shore up to the base of Burial Hill where the original fort building was located and now is the site of a cemetery and First Church of Plymouth. Town Brook is adjacent to the street and provided drinking water for the early colonists. Governor William Bradford, Dr. Samuel Fuller, Peter Browne and other settlers owned lots along the road. The famed First Thanksgiving was likely held nearby in 1621.
You’ll visit the National Monument to the Forefathers and finish the day at the Pilgrim Hall Museum. The nation’s oldest continuously operating public museum, it houses an unmatched collection of Pilgrim possessions telling the story of brave and determined men and women building lives and homes for themselves and their children in a new world. We will see William Bradford’s Bible, Myles Standish’s sword, the only portrait of a Pilgrim (Edward Winslow) painted from life, the cradle of New England’s first-born, Peregrine White, the great chair of William Brewster, and the earliest sampler made in America, embroidered by Myles Standish’s daughter. (B/D)
Day 4: Wednesday, June 19, 2019: Plymouth
This morning we will board the Pilgrim Belle Paddle-Wheeler for a ride out to view Clark’s Island. This was the site where the Pilgrims celebrated the first Sabbath in the New World. It’s also an important site in Wampanoag history. We will return to Plymouth and have free time to purchase lunch. In the afternoon we will visit Plimoth Plantation. Known as a living history museum, it re-creates actual life at the time of the famous immigrants. Their lives, experiences and concerns, along with those of the Wampanoag Indians on whose land they settled, are brought to life. At the 17th-Century English village, travel back to the year 1627! Costumed actors answer questions in character and inform guests of the Pilgrims difficult beginnings in the colony. See live demos on blacksmithing, farming and cooking in the village. Next to the Village, we will find the Wampanoag Homesite and meet people who explain the history and culture of the Wampanoag people. We will discover how the 17th-century Wampanoag would have lived along the coast during the growing season; planting their crops, fishing and hunting, gathering wild herbs and berries for food, and reeds for making mats and baskets. We can go inside mat-covered wetu, the Wampanoag word for house. Food is cooked over an open fire using only the ingredients that were available in the 1600s. At the riverside we may see men making a mishoon – the Wampanoag word for boat – using fire as a tool to hollow out a tree. We will have the opportunity to paint Delft tiles, before enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving meal. (B/D)
Day 5: Thursday, June 20, 2019: Cape Cod
This morning we will sail to Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod. Our coach will meet us and take us to the Pilgrim’s First Landing Park. After two months at sea, the Pilgrims on the Mayflower approached the New England coastline and spied land on November 9, 1620. The strong winds meant that they were well off course, and Master Christopher Jones decided to land near Provincetown rather than risk shipwreck. The Pilgrims’ first steps are commemorated with a plaque and a small park located in the middle of the rotary at the end of Commercial Street, appropriately called Pilgrims’ First Landing Park. The Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association built the Pilgrim Monument to honor the Pilgrims’ first landing in Provincetown. Exhibits at the Museum highlight the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the town’s rich maritime history, the early days of modern American theater in Provincetown, and the building of the monument. The “Mayflower Compact” was signed on November 11, 1620 on board the Mayflower shortly after she came to anchor off Provincetown Harbor. We will visit the Mayflower Compact Monument, situated at the base of the bluff where the Pilgrim Monument is located. We’ll have free time to purchase lunch in Provincetown.
On the way down the Cape, we’ll see Corn Hill. On November 15, 1620, a party of 15 crew members of the Mayflower, at anchor in Provincetown harbor, set out in small boats in search of food. They came ashore at the mouth of the Pamet River and climbed a nearby hill where they discovered the Pamet Indian’s winter store of corn. That spot, now marked by a small monument, lies just over 100 feet from the entrance to Corn Hill Landing. On First Encounter Beach, we will see the site of the first skirmish with the Wampanoag people. On December 8, 1620, the Pilgrims, led by Standish and Bradford, met the Nauset Tribe of the Wampanoags. Due to previous bad encounters with European explorers, the meeting did not go well. We’ll also make a visit to the Cove Burying Ground where Mayflower Pilgrims Constance Hopkins Snow, Joseph Rogers and Giles Hopkins are buried. We’ll return to Plymouth and the evening will be at leisure. (B)
Day 6: Friday, June 21, 2019: Martha’s Vineyard
After breakfast, we will travel to Martha’s Vineyard, also known as Noepe. This has been home to the Wampanoag for over ten thousand years. When the first Europeans dropped anchor in 1602, just before the Pilgrims, they numbered at least three thousand. To this day they still occupy the aboriginal land of Aquinnah. Of the 1,200 members, 500 still live on the island. We will travel to Wood Hole and board the ferry. We will have a guided tour of the Island with a Native American tour host, including a stop at Aquinnah. We will return to Plymouth and end the tour with a New England specialty, a Lobster Dinner. (B/D)
Day 7: Saturday, June 22, 2019: Depart
After breakfast, we will transfer to Boston Airport. (B)
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!
June 16-17, 2019
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
June 17-22, 2019
180 Water Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
The tour begins and ends in Boston, MA. We can assist with flights or you are welcome to arrange your own. Airport transfers are included in the tour price, so let us know as soon as you have booked your flights.
Price based on a minimum of 25 participants. Contact us for pricing for children.
• Land transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• All transfers from Boston Airport
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in 3-star and 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
• Local guides for city tours
• Entrance fees included as per itinerary
• All taxes and tips except as indicated below
• Round-trip air transportation and related taxes and fees
• Single supplement ($650)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature
• Gratuities for local guides 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 2019
• Final payment is due by April 2, 2019
• Reservations will be accepted after April 2, 2019, subject to availability
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.
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