Leiden Delfshaven Lincoln Cathedral Scrooby Church Gainsborough Old Hall Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon Plymouth Tudor House Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe
Gainsborough Old Hall
Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon
Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe
Are you a Mayflower Descendant? This tour is designed for you and your family and friends! We are delighted to announce that our special guest is Jane Hurt, Governor General of The General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD). You are invited to join other “cousins” on a 13 day tour tracing the lives of our ancestors on this Mayflower-themed tour of the Netherlands and England.
On the tour you’ll gain an understanding of the Pilgrim’s lives before they sailed, by visiting the homes where they lived, the churches they worshiped in, the ancient Sherwood Forest where they walked, 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, Dorking, and lunch in the Mayflower Pub in London – a favorite for the crew of the Mayflower.
Our tour host is Lisa Shoemaker, Historic Sites Chairperson for the GSMD. She has been tour directing, tour managing and tour guiding since 2008. She leads tours for students, adults, music groups and special interest groups. When not traveling, Lisa loves spending time with grandchildren, gardening, genealogy, volunteering and learning. She recalls being on tour in Plymouth in 2014 and lamenting to a Plymouth tour guide, how exciting it would be to be a Mayflower descendant. A year or two later she learned that she was a descendant. Letting her older sister do all the hard work of submitting all necessary information, they became official members of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Sunday, May 29, 2022: Depart North America
We will depart from the USA today. Flight bookings and pre-tour arrangements can be made through Reformation Tours. There is an optional pre-tour night in Amsterdam in a hotel close to Central Station. (IF)
Day 2: Monday, May 30, 2022: Amsterdam, Leiden
When we arrive in Amsterdam, we will transfer directly to the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station where our tour director will welcome us to the Netherlands. In the afternoon we will have an orientation tour of the city, including the Begijnhof, one of Amsterdam’s best-known almshouses and a narrated canal excursion, passing gabled warehouses, noble mansions, arched bridges, and colorful houseboats. We will then travel to Leiden, a delightful Dutch town where the Pilgrims lived for 12 years. We will get to know the group at tonight’s Welcome Dinner. (B/D)
Day 3: Tuesday, May 31, 2022: Leiden
After a leisurely breakfast, we will tour the American Pilgrim Museum, which tells the stories of the founders of New England (subject to availability). It features furnishings from Pilgrim times, as well as maps and engravings from the 16th and 17th century. The Pieterskirk was founded in 1121 and has a small exhibition about the Pilgrims. John Robinson is buried in this church and we will see his home nearby, which is marked with a plaque. The tour will also include seeing the site of William Brewster’s printing shop, the Hooglandse Kerk, and Da Waag, where the Pilgrims first set foot in Leiden. The afternoon will be at leisure to visit the Botanical Gardens, the Museum de Lakenhal, or the many shops. We will enjoy a traditional Dutch meal this evening. (B/D)
Day 4: Wednesday, June 1, 2022: Delfshaven, Harwich
This morning we will visit Delfshaven, the departure point for the Speedwell. We will visit the Pilgrim Fathers’ Church and explore the harbor district. We will then make our way to the Hook of Holland to board our own ship bound for England. The crossing to Harwich takes 6½ hours. The ship has restaurants on board, as well as shops, and a cinema. When we arrive in England, we will check in to our hotel near Harwich. (B)
Day 5: Thursday, June 2, 2022: Harwich, Boston, Retford
Harwich is the port town where the Mayflower was built and where its captain, Master Christopher Jones, was born. We will tour his recently renovated house, the Guildhall, and the Ha’Penny Pier. We will then 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 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 dine in our hotel in Retford. (B/D)
Day 6: Friday, June 3, 2022: Babworth, Scrooby, Austerfield, Gainsborough, Retford
This morning our 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 Babworth church where William Brewster and William Bradford came together under Richard Clyfton’s leadership. We will view Scrooby Manor, Brewster’s home in Scrooby, as well as the village church. In Austerfield, we’ll visit St. Helena’s church to see the font where Bradford was baptized and learn about his childhood. In the afternoon we will visit 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 Retford, where we will have the opportunity to tour the Mayflower Gallery in the Bassetlaw Museum. We will dine in our hotel in Retford. (B/D)
Day 7: Saturday, June 4, 2022: Stratford-upon-Avon
After breakfast, we will drive to Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval market town that was the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. We will tour Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, and Trinity Church. The rest of the day will be at leisure and tickets to the Shakespeare production Wars of the Roses can be arranged. (B)
Day 8: Sunday, June 5, 2022: Droitwich Spa, Worcester, Plymouth
After breakfast at the hotel, we will travel to nearby Droitwich Spa to attend the morning service at 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. After a group lunch, we will drive down to Plymouth and dine in our hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 9: Monday, June 6, 2022: 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 Harbor. We’ll also visit the newly-opened Elizabethan House Plymouth and the Plymouth Gin Distillery. We will then have a few hours to explore independently before we meet again for a boat cruise around the harbor. The rest of the evening will be at leisure. (B)
Day 10: Tuesday, June 7, 2022: Southampton
After breakfast, we will travel to Southampton. 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 dine together this evening. (B/D)
Day 11: Wednesday, June 8, 2022: Southampton, Dorking, London
After breakfast, we will have coffee at the Mullins Coffee Shop, located in the ancestral home of William Mullins, in the heart of the old quarter of Dorking. We will then tour the Dorking Museum with Kathy Atherton, followed by a tour of the town. We’re hear about Dorking in the time of the Pilgrims, and view several homes from that time period. We will continue to London and the evening is at leisure. (B)
Day 12: Thursday, June 9, 2022: London
We will have a fabulous view of London from the London Eye this morning, followed by a cruise from Westminster Pier to the Tower of London. The bus will then take us to lunch at 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 afternoon and evening is at leisure. (B/L)
Day 13: Friday, June 10, 2022: London
After breakfast, there will be a group transfer to Heathrow and additional transfers can be arranged. 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 Amsterdam, Netherlands ($150 per person in double / $300 in single)
Doubletree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station
Amsterdam 1011 DK
May 30 – June 1, 2022
June 1-2, 2022
Mayflower Premier Inn
Dovercourt, Harwich CO12 4NX
June 2-4, 2022
Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Spa
Retford DN22 8QS
June 4-5, 2022
Crowne Plaza Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YR
June 5-7, 2022
Crowne Plaza Plymouth
Plymouth PL1 2HJ
June 7-8, 2022
34-35 High Street
Southampton SO14 2HN
June 8-10, 2022
4-18 Harrington Gardens
London SW7 4LH
Various flight booking options are available for this tour and we will offer a group air option is we 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.
Option 2: You may book your own flights, making sure you arrive in Amsterdam by 10:00 AM on May 30, 2022. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night. You are welcome to depart at any time on June 10, 2022. 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- and post-tour nights, but due to the volume of tours in 2022, we are not able to arrange additional travel within Europe.
*Price based on a minimum of 30 participants.
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and moderate 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
• All transfers, as a group
• Baggage handling when available
• All taxes and tips except as indicated below
• Round-trip air transportation
• Pre-tour night in Amsterdam ($150 per person in double / $300 in single)
• 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.
• Passenger trip cancellation insurance (details sent with reservation form)
• Gratuities for tour director, and driver
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From time of deposit to until 2/27/2022: $100 plus non-refundable deposits
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