Pilgrim Fathers Tour

You are invited to join us on a journey back in time, as we retrace the steps of the Pilgrims in the Netherlands and England. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Plymoth Plantation.

Highlights include:

  • Canal cruise in Amsterdam
  • Royal Delft Pottery tour
  • Pilgrim Church in Rotterdam
  • American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden
  • Visit to the replica Mayflower being built in Harwich
  • Church service (optional) at St. Mary’s Church in Dedham
  • Pilgrim sites in Boston, UK
  • Full day with Pilgrim historian and author Sue Allan
  • John Bunyan Museum and Bunyan Meeting Free Church
  • Optional Shakespeare Play in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Bayard’s Cove, Dartmouth
  • Mayflower Museum and Memorial, Plymouth
  • Mayflower Memorial, Southampton
  • Free day in London

Rowena Drinkhouse, Reformation Tours, LLC
Gail Arndt, Tours Trends, Ltd

Pre-Tour to Amsterdam and Haarlem

Pre-tour Day 1: Departure
Depart the USA for overnight flights to Amsterdam. (IF)

Pre-tour Day 2: Amsterdam
On arrival in Amsterdam, we will transfer to our centrally located hotel and meet Rowena Drinkhouse, our tour host. In the afternoon we will visit Anne Frank’s house and learn more about this Jewish family’s lives during World War II. We will dine at an authentic Dutch restaurant this evening. (IF/D)

Pre-tour Day 3: Amsterdam, Haarlem
In the morning, we will travel to Haarlem to see Corrie Ten Boom’s home and learn about all that this Dutch Christian family did to save the lives of Jewish men, women and children. We will return to Amsterdam to greet the arriving travelers (see Day 2 below)

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Day 1: Amsterdam
We depart the USA for overnight flights to Amsterdam. Group flights will be offered from Boston. (IF)

Day 2:  Amsterdam
On arrival in Amsterdam, we will transfer to our centrally located hotel and meet Rowena Drinkhouse and Gail Arndt, our tour hosts. In the afternoon we will have a walking tour of Amsterdam and a cruise on the scenic canals.  A special welcome dinner at a typically Dutch restaurant will give us the opportunity to get to know our fellow tour members. (IF/D)

Day 3: Delft, Rotterdam, Leiden, Ferry
After a relaxed breakfast, we will tour the Royal Delft Pottery, including tea/coffee, apple cake and a small gift. There will be plenty of time to browse in the shop. We will continue on to the historic Delfshaven area in Rotterdam and see the Pilgrim Church and harbor where the Pilgrims boarded the Speedwell in July 1620.  In the afternoon, we will visit the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum Foundation which tells the Pilgrim story using collections of furnishings and artworks in a house built in 1370 whose rooms recall Pilgrim times. We will dine in Leiden, then board the ferry in the Hook of Holland for our overnight sailing to Harwich, England. (B/D)

Day 4: Harwich, Dedham
We will arrive in Harwich early in the morning and visit the replica Mayflower that is being built.  We will arrive in Dedham in time for the  (optional) 10:30 AM service at St. Mary’s Church. We’ll see the Mayflower Commemoration pew after the service and enjoy coffee and cookies with the local congregation. The afternoon is free to have lunch, walk to Flatford Mill or maybe browse the many craft shops.  We will stay in the Calydon Country House Hotel near Ipswich. (B/D)

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Day 5:  Boston, Lincoln
On our way to Boston, we will stop at the Pilgrim Father’s Memorial on the banks of the Haven. Our Boston tour includes St. Botolph’s church, and the medieval Guildhall. Then we will continue on to the White Hart Hotel in Lincoln, where we will spend two overnights. (B/D)

Day 6: Scrooby, Redford, Lincoln
Pilgrim expert and renowned author, Sue Allan, will join us today on a full day of touring Pilgrim sites in the area, beginning with Babworth and Scrooby Church and Manor House Gardens. After lunch at the Mayflower Pub in Austerfield, we will tour Gainsborough Old Hall. We will return to Lincoln and dine at the restaurant of our choice. (B/L)

Day 7: Bedford, Stratford-upon-Avon
We will tour the John Bunyan Museum and Bunyan Meeting Free Church in Bedford today and learn more about the author of Pilgrim’s Progress. We will arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon in the early afternoon and the rest of the day is at leisure. Tickets will be available to a Shakespeare Play.  We will stay in the Falcon Hotel in Stratford. (B)

Day 8: Dartmouth, Plymouth
After heading south, we will stop in Dartmouth to see the cobbled Bayard’s Cove, where teh Pilgrim Fathers rested in August 1620, while the Speedwell underwent repairs.  Continuing on to Plymouth, we will visit the Mayflower Museum and  the memorial at the Barbican, commemorating their departure on September 6, 1620. We will stay in the Copthorne Hotel in Plymouth. (B/D)

Day 9: Salisbury, Southampton, London
Today’s lunch stop is in Southampton, where we will see the city walls, harbor, and Mayflower Memorial.  We will arrive in London in the afternoon and the rest of the day is at leisure.  Our final hotel is the Park Plaza Riverbank in London.  (B)

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Day 10: London
We have a free day to enjoy London with travel cards. The tour guide will be available for optional trips, such as Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London and Southwark Cathedral. Our farewell dinner is at our hotel. (B/D)

Day 11: Return
Transfers are provided to the airport for our return flights to the USA. (B)