Mayflower 400: The Story of the Mayflower Pilgrims
The Journey to the American Declaration of Independence. In 1620 the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England carrying 102 men, women and children seeking a new life on the other side of the Atlantic. Their struggle to found a new colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts is an iconic moment in American and world history.
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Mayflower 400

The journey to the American Declaration of Independence

Tour Cost Sept 3, 2020 -$3250 Double/$3,732 Single

In 1620 the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England carrying 102 men, women and children seeking a new life on the other side of the Atlantic. Their struggle to found a new colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts is an iconic moment in American and world history.

This tour takes you on a journey to the heart of their story, as you follow the Mayflower Pilgrims through rural villages, coastal towns and bustling sea ports. We will visit Scrooby, the quiet northern English village which shaped their characters and their faith, sit in the pews of the Church where they worshiped and visit the Boston prison cells where the Separatists were held following their first attempt to leave England.

Covering North Nottinghamshire, Boston, Harwich and Plymouth, this tour will help you see the trials and tribulations the Pilgrims experienced before they finally set sail for the New World. Along the way we will visit traditional inns and public houses that have been in existence since long before the Pilgrims set sail, and highlight the many connections that link the history and heritage of Britain and the USA.


Key Features

  • Sit in the pews at which the families worshiped and where they determined to commit to a better way of life.
  • Enjoy a costumed interpretive visit to Scrooby Manor, home of William Brewster, where secret prayer meetings were held.
  • Witness the cells at Boston Guildhall, where the Separatists were imprisoned after their first attempt to leave England.
  • Go aboard a full-size replica of the Mayflower and have lunch at the Mayflower Inn, the oldest pub on the River Thames.
  • Stand on the steps of Plymouth Harbor from which the Mayflower Pilgrims finally set sail on their great journey to the New World.

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  • Day 1: (Friday Sept 4th, 2020) - Land Manchester Airport

    Group meets at one location at Manchester Airport at 09.00.

    Travel east and pause for admission to Elizabethan era mansion house

    Overnight Lincoln/Notts – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

    Day 2: (Saturday Sept 5th, 2020) - Mayflower Churches

    Breakfast included in the hotel
    Meet Sue Allen (The Mayflower Maid), as available, and during the day visit Austerfield, Babworth and Scrooby Churches.
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    Admission and guided tour of Gainsborough Old Hall
    Overnight Lincoln/Notts – dinner included in the hotel

    Day 3: (Sunday Sept 6th, 2020) - Lincoln and Boston

    Breakfast included in the hotel
    Admission included to Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral (note as a Sunday a tour is not possible but a quiet visit is fine or they can attend a service.
    Continue south to Boston to meet local guide for admission to Guildhall and St Botolph’s Church.(again a Sunday so tour not possible but a quiet visit or to attend a service may be possible)
    (Boston Stump and associated with the US Boston) Included lunch in Boston
    Overnight Colchester area – dinner included in the hotel

    Day 4: (Monday Sept 7th, 2020) - Harwich to Winchester

    Breakfast included in the hotel
    Travel the short distance to Harwich.
    Visit Captain Jones’s house for 2020 which is scheduled to be open.
    Continue to London for included lunch in The Mayflower Pub
    Overnight Winchester – dinner included in the hotel

    Day 5: (Tuesday Sept 8th, 2020) - Southhampton - Dartmouth

    Breakfast included in the hotel.
    Travel to Southampton. Meet local guide for walking tour to include the Tudor House and Garden.
    Journey to Dartmouth for included harbour/river cruise to see Bayard’s Harbour
    Overnight Plymouth or nearby – dinner included in the hotel

    Day 6: (Wednesday Sept 9th, 2020) - Plymouth

    Breakfast included in the hotel
    Visit Mayflower section of the new Box Museum, Mayflower Steps.
    Include tour of 3 Elliot Terrace associated with Nancy Astor – admission with included cream tea
    Overnight Plymouth – dinner included in the hotel

    Day 7: (Thursday Sept 10th, 2020) - Towards London

    Breakfast included in the hotel
    Travel towards London with included pub lunch en route
    Overnight London – farewell dinner within walking distance of hotel with half bottle of wine per person.

    Day 7: (Friday Sept 11th, 2020) - Departure Day

    Breakfast included in the hotel
    Included group transfer (locally escorted) direct to LGW

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

    Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
    Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
    Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

    Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
    Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

    Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

    Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
    Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
    Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

    Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
    Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

    Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

    Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
    Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
    Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

    Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
    Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

    Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

    Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
    Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
    Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

    Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
    Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

    Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

    Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
    Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
    Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

    Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
    Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

    Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

    Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
    Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
    Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

    Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
    Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

    Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

    Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
    Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
    Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

    Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
    Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

    Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

    Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
    Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
    Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

    Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
    Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

    Please choose September 3rd as your departure date.

    If you wish to make a deposit rather then full payment at this point to secure your seat with this tour, please CLICK here and go to the deposit page.
    You may make a deposit reservation until 35 days before departure at which point the full amount is rquired to secure your reservation. The $400 deposit per person reservation is 100% refundabe until 90 days before the tour departure and 50% refundable between 90 and 60 days before tour departure. If you make a deposit reservation, you will receive a final payment email request fro the outstanding amount of your tour approximately 35 days before travel. All payments will be required by 60 days before departure. If you have questions or would like to speak with one of our travel specialists, please conact us at (604) 708-2527 or Toll Free: 1 855 900-9249.

    Services to be provided:

    Hotels

    • The Old Bell near Retford for 2 nights
    • The Marks Tey Hotel near Colchester for 1 night
    • Winchester – The Mercure Wessex for 1 night
    • Plymouth area – good 3 star hotel within access of Plymouth for 2 nights
    • London – The Copthorne Tara in Kensington for 1 night

    Meals

    • Full Cooked Breakfast daily in the hotels
    • Day 1 – welcome dinner with half bottle of wine per person in the hotel
    • Day 2 – 2 course lunch with tea/coffee en route
    • Day 3 – Dinner in the hotel
    • Day 4 – Lunch in Boston area
    • Day 4 - Dinner in the Hotel
    • Day 5 – Dinner in the hotel
    • Day 6 – Lunch in The Mayflower pub in London
    • Day 6 – Included dinner in the hotel
    • Day 7 – Cream Tea in 3 Elliott Terrace – group may have to split
    • Day 7 – Included dinner in the hotel
    • Day 8 – 2 course pub lunch with tea/coffee en route
    • Day 9 - Farwell dinner in London with half bottle of wine per person within walking distance of the Hotel

    Admissions and other services included

    • Porterage of 1 bag person in and out of hotels only
    • Whispa headsets daily
    • Room, meals and fees for our tour manager.
    • Sue Allen if available for day 3 or other local guide
    • Donations to visit Austerfield, Scrooby and Babworth Churches
    • Gainsborough Old Hall
    • Lincoln Castle
    • Boston Town Guide
    • Boston Guildhall
    • Captain Jones House if possible
    • Southampton local guide
    • Southampton Tudor House and Garden
    • Dartmouth Harbour cruise
    • Plymouth – Mayflower section of The Box
    • 3 Elliott Terrace – group may need to split
    • Transfer assistant for departure day - group transfer

    Not Included

    • Health, trip cancellation/interruption or baggage insurance. All are strongly recommended.
    • Passport & visa costs.
    • Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, laundry, phone calls etc.).
    • Items not specifically mentioned above.
    • Elizabethan Era Mansion House on day 2
    • Scrooby Manor on Day 3
    • Lincoln Cathedral on Day 5 as it is a Sunday but can be entered
    • Boston St Botolphs on Day 5 as it is a Sunday but can be entered
    The availability of single rooms is dependent upon individual hotel properties and in some cases, where a large number of singles is required, it may be necessary to restrict reservations of single rooms. A Single suppliment fee is applied to all single bookings for individual rooms.
    We do our best to avoid or mitigate cancellation charges. All participants are strongly encouraged to take out cancellation insurance. Participants who are replaced will normally just incur an fee for the reissue of any airline tickets, typically in the range of $150-250. Event tickets or special pre paid activities or specific hotel deposits, may incur charges in addition to those listed below. If a cancelled participant is not replaced, the following maximum charges may be levied. Final Payment for all tour programs is due 90 days before Travel. After this date, full payment is required for all bookings and is non-refundable.
    UK Countryside Tours is a small, specialist tour operator that will help you travel beyond the boundaries of our great capital city, exploring the deeper and more authentic British regions. We will work hard to ensure you have a memorable, fulfilling and enjoyable stay. Our programmes are designed by our friendly team of tour directors, who are as passionate as we are about Telling the Stories of England.
    Through a shared interest in special places, art, literature, science and endeavour, combined with great food and special places to stay, we hope you will have a rich experience of the quintessential Britain.
    We work with the best suppliers of executive travel to maximise your comfort and safety whilst travelling. We have selected our accommodation, itinerary and catering with great care to ensure that you have a quality, relaxed and exclusive experience that will enlighten and entertain you.
    If we do not feel that the tour can go ahead to the standard we would want for reasons outside our control we will cancel, giving you a full refund of any money already paid to us.

    All breakfasts are full and include juices, tea and coffee. Programmed lunches and dinners include table water but do not include sodas, branded mineral water, wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages unless where stated.

    Our tours do not include items of a personal nature such as laundry, room service, telephone charges. Internet access charges or other hotel extras. All passengers are responsible for settling any such costs incurred before checking out of each hotel.

    If airline tickets are included in the agreement, they include all US, Canadian and European government taxes, airline taxes and fuel surcharges as levied as of the date of this proposal. In the event that additional taxes are introduced by national or local governing bodies or existing taxes increased, Select Travel may have to pass these on at the time of ticketing. Land prices include all local, city and state taxes/VAT levied as of the date of this proposal. Any changes to, or additional, government taxes will be passed on to the agent with the final invoice.

    We start from a simple premise. When you travel with us, we take responsibility for your safety and wellbeing. In return, we expect you to work constructively with our tour leaders, partners and the people who run the places we visit. We also expect you to tell us about anything that we need to know, such as any medical or other special needs, that may affect your experience of travelling with us.
    All of our tours are fully insured and compliant with UK tour operator legislation, although we would ask you to take out appropriate travel insurance that ensures that in the event of an accident or illness that you will get access to the best medical treatment and that you will be able to get home safely.
    We strongly recommend that all passengers are adequately insured for medical expenses, baggage loss or damage and trip cancellation or interruption. This is the responsibility of the booking agent. Optional medical, trip interruption and cancellation coverage is available through us and pricing and coverage details are available upon request. UK Countryside Tours is covered both in Canada by General Liability Insurance and Errors and Omissions Coverage in the amount of $2 million. Our UK operation carries coverage of £10 million.

    As of the time of going to print, US and Canadian citizens require a full and valid passport to enter the European Community. Entry visas are currently not required. Non US or Canadian Citizens may require an entry visa and should check with the appropriate local consulate offices, allowing good time to complete the necessary paperwork prior to departure. All travelers may require entry visas for countries outside the European Union e.g. Russia or former Soviet Union States.

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    Mildly active: getting on and off the coach and walking a short distance on well surfaced paths.
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    Moderately active: walking in the countryside / parkland estate of a country estate – walking moderate distances on unsurfaced paths.
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    Active: walking up hills, or destinations involving lots of steps, uneven surfaces, sturdy shoes needed.

    If UK Countryside Tours is unable to carry out all services due to circumstances beyond our control, we will do all possible to secure services of comparable or better standard or refund all monies in full. UK Countryside Tours accepts no responsibility for loss or additional expenses incurred due to delays, changes, omissions or errors made by our suppliers including but not limited to air, sea, ground transportation, war, weather, quarantine and strikes of Acts of God. All persons working with us will be deemed to have accepted the conditions contained herein by submitting the initial deposit. We have read this agreement and understand and agree to adhere to the terms and conditions herein. We agree that this supersedes all previous agreements and understandings both written and verbal and this document constitutes the entire agreement. All amendments or modifications to this agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties.


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