Mayflower Heritage Tours

Join our experts on these exclusive tours as we explore the sites of the Mayflower's inception and journey.

A New England Sojourn

June 16-20, 2021, Massachusetts

Our experts will lead two exclusive three-day visits to historic sites in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts associated with the Pilgrims, including Plymouth, Provincetown, Boston, Duxbury, and elsewhere.

A resident of Plimoth Plantation, Massachusetts

 

Pilgrims in England: The Southeast Contingent

September 9-15, 2021, England

Join Robert Charles Anderson, author and esteemed scholar of the Great Migration and Heritage Tours for the third tour commemorating the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower. Our journey in the footsteps of Mayflower passengers continues in Canterbury and Winchester, where we will explore the towns and cities that nurtured some of our nation’s most notable Pilgrims. We begin in the historic cathedral city of Canterbury and UNESCO World Heritage Site where we discover insights into the life of James Chilton, resident of Canterbury prior to his move to Sandwich and ultimately Leiden. Walk in the footsteps of Chilton and his contemporaries, like Moses Fletcher on guided tours in Sandwich.

We then depart on the second leg of our journey for Winchester, known for the medieval Winchester Cathedral. Along the way, visit Dorking, the home of William Mullins and Peter Brown. Explore the historic market town and delight in its quirky boutiques, vibrant art scene, and proximity to nature. Examine the life of Stephen Hopkins in Winchester and Upper Clatford (his birthplace) and Hursley (where he lived as a young adult). Our program concludes with a visit to Southampton, where we reimagine the arrival of the Speedwell from Delfshaven and the Mayflower from London before the transatlantic journey that would change the world.

Many private experiences, in-depth discussions with historians, and delicious, traditional meals await us. We hope you will join us next year in Canterbury and Winchester.

St Clement's Church, Sandwich / Luke McKernan

 

Past Tours

Pilgrim Roots of the Great Migration

Tour Leader: Robert Charles Anderson

August 7-15, 2018, Nottingham, England

Based in Nottingham and led by world-renowned Great Migration expert Robert Charles Anderson, this tour will visit Scrooby Manor and environs, where we will explore the deep roots of the Great Migration and follow in the footsteps of William Bradford, William Brewster, and other Pilgrims in this examination of the important years leading up to the decision to leave England.

Gardens at Scrooby Manor, Nottingham

 

Pilgrim Escape to Leiden

2019, The Netherlands

Our second tour will take us to the Netherlands where we will explore the old university town of Leiden, where a group of about one hundred Pilgrims, under Pastor John Robinson, formed a congregation and sought permission to settle in 1609. In Leiden, Delftshaven, and Amsterdam we will gain an understanding of Pilgrim life outside of England but before the voyage to the New World.

Houses along the canal in Leiden, The Netherlands

 

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