Leiden Delfshaven Ferry from the Hook of Holland to Harwich Lincoln Cathedral Scrooby Church Gainsborough Old Hall Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon Plymouth Bayard's Cove Tudor House Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe
Ferry from the Hook of Holland to Harwich
Gainsborough Old Hall
Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon
Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe
The tour host is the Rev. John S. Sims, a retired minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has been a member of Soule Kindred in America since 2009 and is currently serving on the SKA Board as the Vice President, as a member of the Scholarship Committee, and as a frequent contributor to the newsletter. He is “twice” a Soule having two paternal 3x great grandparents who are descendants of George Soule. “We may never know where George was born and raised, but this tour will allow us to walk in his footsteps across the Atlantic Ocean from the Leiden community to the birthplace of Edward Winslow, onto their Southampton point of departure, and finally to London with its Mayflower Pub in Rotherhithe. It promises to be delightful and uplifting journey for all of us Soule cousins.”
On this 12-day tour, you will discover the story of courage and conviction, secret worship, growing persecution, and the start of an epic journey that would establish the Mayflower Compact. Expert guides will bring their stories alive, as you follow in their footsteps.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Monday, May 6, 2019: Depart North America
We will depart from the USA today. Flight bookings and pre-tour arrangements can be made through Reformation Tours. (IF)
Day 2: Tuesday, May 7, 2019: Amsterdam, Leiden
When we arrive in Amsterdam, we will meet our local Dutch guide at the pre-tour airport hotel and start our tour with a group lunch. We will travel the short distance to Leiden and visit the American Pilgrim Museum, which tells the stories of the founders of New England. It features furnishings from Pilgrim times, as well as maps and engravings from the 16th and 17th century. The Pieterskerk 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, marked with a plaque. We will dine in Leiden this evening. (B/L/D)
Day 3: Wednesday, May 8, 2019: Leiden, Delfshaven, Harwich
This morning we will visit Delfshaven, the departure point for the Speedwell. We will visit the Pilgrim Father’s Church and explore the harbor district. After a delicious lunch, we will travel 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. (B/L)
Day 4: Thursday, May 9, 2019: Harwich, Boston, Retford
Harwich is the port town where Master Christopher Jones was born and we will view his house and the Guildhall, as well as the Ha’penny Pier. We will then drive to Boston, a port town on the East coast. 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 dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 5: Friday, May 10, 2019: Babworth, Scrooby, Gainsborough, Retford
This morning local expert guide Sue Allan 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 will see the font where Bradford was baptized, and learn about his childhood. After a delicious pub lunch, we will 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, then return to Retford. (B/L/D)
Day 6: Saturday, May 11, 2019: Droitwich Spa, Worcester, Kidderminster
After breakfast we will travel to Droitwich Spa, the birthplace of Edward Winslow, a Mayflower passenger and leader in the Plymouth Colony. 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. 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, then dine in our hotel in Kidderminster (B/D)
Day 7: Sunday, May 12, 2019: Plymouth
We will have breakfast in our hotel, then drive to Plymouth. In the afternoon we will tour the city with a specialist guide, who will tell us the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the ship, and the voyage. We will see the Mayflower steps, the cobbled streets of the Barbican, Sutton Harbour, and have admission to the Mayflower Museum. The tour will finish with a guided tour of the local Plymouth Gin Distillery with samples for those who wish. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 8: Monday, May 13, 2019: Plymouth, Dartmouth, Southampton
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 Harbor. The Pilgrims would still recognize the Tudor Bayard’s Cove Fort, St. Saviour’s Church, Smith Street and other areas around the waterfront. We will have some free time to explore on our own, before Afternoon Tea at the Castle Hotel. We will then continue on to Southampton, where we will be based for two nights. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/AT)
Day 9: Tuesday, May 14, 2019: Southampton
Today, 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. The Dolphin Hotel has a long illustrious history and one of the earliest references is from 1454. Famous guests included Queen Victoria, Admiral Lord Nelson, and Jane Austen. (B/L/D)
Day 10: Wednesday, May 15, 2019: London
After breakfast, we will drive 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. Master Christopher Jones lived nearby, and we will see his grave in St. Mary’s Church. After we check-in to our hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure. (B/L)
Day 11: Thursday, May 16, 2019: London
The morning is at leisure with an optional tour of Runnymede and Windsor. In the afternoon we will explore the South Bank area of London, including Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market, and the Globe Theater. We will take a ride on the London Eye, then have our farewell meal in Covent Garden. (B/D)
Day 12: Friday, May 17, 2019: Departure day
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!
PRE-TOUR NIGHT B&B ($100 per person in double/twin, $175 in single)
May 6-7, 2019
Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam City West
La Guardiaweg 59
1043 DE, Amsterdam
May 7-8, 2019
The Golden Tulip
2316 XB Leiden
May 8-9, 2019
Crowne Plaza 5 Lakes
Maldon CM9 8HX
May 9-11, 2019
Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa
Retford DN22 8QS
May 11-12, 2019
The Gainsborough House Hotel
Worcestershire DY11 6BS
May 12-13, 2019
The Jurys Inn
50 Exeter Street
Plymouth PL4 0AZ
May 13-15, 2019
Mercure Southampton Dolphin
34 – 35 High Street
Southampton, SO14 2HN
May 15-17, 2019
The Melia White House
London, NW1 3UP
The tour is now a guaranteed departure, so you are welcome to book your flights, or we can assist you.
If you would like to make your own arrangements, please arrange to be in Amsterdam on the morning of May 7, 2019. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Amsterdam. When you are booking flights, you’ll need to choose the “Multi-destination” option, as you’ll be flying into Amsterdam and out of London.
Please ensure we have a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Tour priced based on a minimum of 25 tour participants, double occupancy.
• 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 ($800)
• 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
• 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 January 2019
• Final payment is due by February 20, 2019
• Reservations will be accepted after February 20, 2019, subject to availability
We offer the Professional Plan by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. This will be automatically added to your invoice. Insurance to cover the land and air cost will be approximately $210 per person.
|BENEFITS||TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE
|Trip Cancellation||Up to 100% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption||Up to 150% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption (Return Air Only)||$750|
|Missed Connection||$500, after a 3+ hour delay|
|Trip Delay||$200 a day, after a 6+ hour delay, up to $1,000 total maximum|
|Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains||$500,000|
|Emergency Accident and Sickness||$50,000 max/$750 max for dental/ No deductible|
|Security Assistance Services||$100,000|
|Baggage / Personal Effects - Lost, Stolen or Damaged||No deductible, $250 per article limit, combined limit of $500 for valuables, $1,000 total limit.|
|Baggage Delay||$300, after a 12+ hour delay|
|Accidental Death or Dismemberment 24 Hours||$10,000|
|Worldwide Travel Assistance, Business and Concierge Assistance||Included|
|Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Waiver (Must insure full, non-refundable cost of Trip)||Must be purchased within 21 days after your initial trip deposit.|
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.
Reformation Tours cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through Reformation Tours.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour. Click on the image to download a copy of the brochure.
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You can either send a check made payable to “Reformation Tours” to P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222 or click here to pay by credit card.
We offer the Professional Plan by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. A quote will be automatically added to your invoice.
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