In 1620, a band of colonists from England stepped ashore the New England coast after a voyage of 66 days on a crowded ship called the Mayflower. This seemingly minor event changed the course of history. Join us on our official Plymouth 400th Anniversary Tour to experience the whole story!
Double Occupancy – $2,895 Per Person – $2,759 if booked by June 1, 2020 (with deposit)
Single Occupancy – $2,895 Per Person – $2,759 if booked by June 1, 2020 (with deposit)
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Alden family house museum
Plymouth & The Mayflower II
Martha’s Vineyard with the Wampanoag Nation
Original Pilgrim landing tour of Provincetown & Cape Cod
Transportation roundtrip by motor coach
8 Nights’ Lodging
8 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners
Kelly Tours Escort
All taxes, baggage handling and travel arrangements
Meet your Kelly Tours coach and begin travel to New England. We’ll take plenty of rest breaks and a stop for lunch (on own) during our journey. Water and snacks will also be available onboard the coach. We’ll enjoy an included dinner before checking into our Virginia hotel, located just outside of Washington, DC, for the night. 🅓
After breakfast we continue our journey to Connecticut and the amazing Foxwoods Casino. Check into our hotel, attached to the casino, for an evening of relaxation and excitement with the best gaming in the Northeast. A $10 slot play is included. 🅑
After breakfast we head directly to Boston to the New England Historic Genealogical Society for a special presentation on the First Families to reach Plymouth. The oldest and largest genealogical society in the United States, this institution allows people to trace their roots back to the original settlers. Next, we’ll travel to Duxbury for a tour of the Alden family house museum. John Alden and Priscilla Mullins were passengers on the Mayflower who survived the harrowing first year, married seven years later, moved to Duxbury to build a home, raised ten children and became prosperous farmers. Continue onto Plymouth and check into our hotel before an included dinner. 🅑🅓
Today we join our local guide for a tour of historic Plymouth. Travel by the Jenny House, through Brewster Gardens to the waterfront and the famous Plymouth Rock. Continue to Leyden Street where Pilgrims first arranged housing after disembarking from the Mayflower. Follow this street to the base of Burial Hill where the original fort building was located, currently the site of a cemetery and First Church of Plymouth. Note Town Brook, adjacent to the street. It provided drinking water for the early colonists and still runs to this day. It’s likely the famed first Thanksgiving was held nearby in 1621.
Enjoy lunch on your own along the Plymouth waterfront before visiting the Mayflower II, a detailed reproduction of the original ship. Walk through the ship and meet historical reenactors who will describe the living conditions experienced on the journey across the Atlantic. Observe the cramped passenger quarters, peer into the hold where the goods were stored, and compare the spacious Master’s cabin to the confined sailors’ accommodations. Learn about the Mayflower Compact, the agreement made between Pilgrims outlining how the colony would be governed.
This afternoon travel back to 1627 with a visit to “Plimoth Plantation” a living museum depicting the colony of the time. Authentic buildings, live demos such as farming or even pike drills, are enhanced by costumed actors living the part of the early Pilgrims, even speaking in the Elizabethan English of the time. “Good morrow to thee!”
In addition to the 17th Century English village, meet the Wampanoag Indians on whose land the Pilgrims settled, at their Homesite. Discover how the Wampanoag lived along the coast during the growing season; planting their crops, fishing and hunting, gathering wild herbs and berries for food, and reeds for making mats and baskets. You’ll see a mat-covered wetu, the Wampanoag word for house and how food is cooked over an open fire. At the riverside you may see men making a mishoon, the Wampanoag word for boat, using fire as a tool to hollow out a tree. This evening we’ll sit down for a traditional Wampanoag Feast along with native music! 🅑🅓
Take the ferry this morning to the Island of Noepe, better known today as Martha’s Vineyard. Here, meet a Wampanoag Guide for a tour of the island, home of the Wampanoag tribe for over ten thousand years. After returning to the mainland we’ll congregate for a farewell New England lobster dinner! 🅑🅓
Bid farewell to Cape Cod as we begin our journey south. Upon entering Rhode Island, the smallest of the New England states, we’ll stop in Newport. Home to the rich and famous, this picturesque fishing town boasts a vibrant harbor area, perfect for an early lunch stop. We continue south and spend the night in New Jersey. Dinner is included this evening. 🅑🅓
Our trip continues as we travel through New Jersey, New York and finally Virginia where we check into our Richmond area hotel. This evening, we’ll enjoy a delicious included farewell dinner. 🅑🅓