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Mayflower 400

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of The Mayflower. This is a story of adversity and welcome, written across borders and continents, the commemoration of their voyage offers to learn from our shared past and inform our joint futures. Groups are booking this as it has reminded them of how important an event this is. It is recommend that groups do not wait till 2020 and beyond for this but travel from now.

 

We are an officially endorsed partner of the Mayflower 400 project and the tour below is just one sample of the many tours we can offer. Do you want to follow a particular family? Let us know. Do you want to focus on a particular past of England or Holland? Let us know.

 

 

 

Day 1 – Arrival

Arrive in London and travel down to Southampton and check-in to our hotel. In the afternoon, 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. Overnight Hampshire

 

Day 2 – Southampton & Plymouth

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 Harbour. The Pilgrims would still recognize the Tudor Bayard’s Cover Fort, St. Saviour’sChurch, Smith Street and other areas around the waterfront. We will have some free time to explore on our own Overnight Plymouth.

 

Day 3 – Plymouth

Spend a full day exploring Plymouth. We will tour the city on a specialist walk, called, “One Small Candle”, which tells the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the ship, and the voyage, using authentically-costumed guides. We will see the Mayflower steps, the cobbled streets of the Barbican, and Sutton Harbour. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight Plymouth

 

Day 4 – Glastonbury & Worcester

After breakfast we will see Glastonbury Abbey, which is associated with King Arthur. we will continue on to Droitwich Spa, the birthplace of Edward Winslow. We will visit St Peter’s Church and see the Winslow Memorial.  At the end of the day, we will explore the “Faithful” City of Worcester. The town earned this name because of its unwavering support of the king during the English Civil War. Edward Winslow was granted a scholarship at age 10, to continue this education. We will tour Worcester Cathedral, where Hugh Latimer, the famous martyr, was bishop. We will see the tomb of King John, who signed the Magna Carta. Overnight Worcestershire

 

Day 5 – Lincoln

Today learn about the Magna Carta, by travelling to Lincoln Castle, to see one of the very rare “copies” of this ancient manuscript. We will also tour Lincoln Cathedral. Overnight Lincoln

 

Day 6 – Gainsborough, Babworth & Scrooby

This morning, after breakfast, 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 the great monastic church of Worksop to understand the background of Christianity in England, to hear about the Protestant martyrs and local puritan leaders like Richard Bernard – father in law of Rhode Island’s Roger Williams. Then we visit Babworth church where William Brewster and William Bradford came together under Richard Clyfton’s leadership. Further stops then include Brewster’s home village of Scrooby, Bradford’s parish church and house at Austerfield, and Sturton-le-Steeple – birthplace of John Robinson and the Baptist John Smyth, and probably of John Carver who was the first leader on the Mayflower. We finish the day at Gainsborough, from where the Pilgrims set out on their final and successful escape attempt. We will also have visit the medieval Old Hall which shows us a real building from the time of The Mayflower. Overnight Lincoln.

 

Day 7 – Boston & Harwich

We will check-out of our hotel and drive to Boston. 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 honour. Continue to Harwich, the port town where Captain Christopher Jones was born. We will tour his house and see progress on the full-size replica of the Mayflower. Overnight Essex

 

Day 8 – Harwich & London

Travel in 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. We will explore the South Bank area of London, including Southwark Cathedral and the Globe Theatre. Overnight London.

 

Day 9 – London

Free day in London.

 

Day 10 – Departure Day

An executive motor coach is provided for a group transfer to the airport.

mayflower compact

mayflower replica

Lincoln cathedral

dartmouth

glastonbury abbey

pilgrims try to escape

jail at Guildhall

Some of the tour’s sights.

SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY

This is a sample itinerary

Our tours are tailor made to the exact specifications of the group planner. Please contact us for your custom quotation and itinerary.

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