Stratford-upon-Avon Scrooby Church Mayflower Lincoln Cathedral London
On this 8-day tour, you will discover the deep devotion and dogged determination of the Pilgrims. You will learn about their lives in England, their preparations for the journey, and their hopes and dreams for freedom and peace. Expert guides will bring their stories alive, as you follow in the Pilgrim’s footsteps.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Depart North America
We will depart from the USA today. Group flights (minimum of 10) or individual flights can be arranged. Pre-tour arrangements can also be made through Reformation Tours. (IF)
Day 2: London
On arrival in London, we will meet our tour director, who will welcome us to London, and escort us to our waiting air-conditioned motor coach. We will arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon late morning and enjoy a light lunch together. In the afternoon we will visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace on Henley Street, which was built in 1564. The Pilgrim Fathers would have been familiar with his work, and Shakespeare may have based the character of Stefano, in “The Tempest”, on Stephen Hopkins. After our tour of Stratford-upon-Avon, we will continue on to Worcestershire and check-in to our hotel. Our Welcome Dinner will include a glass or wine, or a soft drink. (B/D)
Day 3: Worcester and Droitwich Spa
After breakfast at the hotel, 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. (Nearby is the Museum of Royal Worcester Porcelain, which houses the largest collection of porcelain in the world. We will continue on to Droitwich Spa, the birthplace of Edward Winslow. We will visit St Peter’s Church and see the Winslow Memorial. We will return to our hotel and dine together this evening. (B/D)
Day 4: Lincoln
After breakfast at the hotel, we will continue our Magna Carta theme, by travelling to Lincoln Castle, to see a copy of this ancient manuscript. We will also tour Lincoln Cathedral. We will check-in to our hotel and dine in a local restaurant. (B/D)
Day 5: 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 time to visit the medieval Old Hall, home of a local puritan, and where John Wesley preached 150 years later. We will return to our hotel for dinner. (B/D)
Day 6: Boston, London
We will check-out of our hotel after breakfast, 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 honor. We will continue our drive to London and dine in the Mayflower Pub in Rotherhithe. This used to be called the Shippe Inn, and was well known to the crew of the Mayflower. (B/D)
Day 7: London
Today is a leisure day in London. After breakfast in the hotel, we will have the option to join a walking tour of sites that would have been familiar to the Pilgrims and crew. (B)
Day 8: Departure day
After breakfast, we will travel to Heathrow, either as a group, or by separate transfers. Post-tour travel options are available. (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!
The Bank House Hotel
Worcester, WR6 5JD
White Hart Inn
Lincoln LN1 3AR
The Melia White House
London, NW1 3UP
• 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
• Single supplement
• 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
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
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