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Reformation Tours has launched a collection of fully commissionable Mayflower-themed tours to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower journey undertaken from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620.

The tours will help visitors learn more about the lives of the Pilgrims in England before they set sail for the New World, and will include a tour of The Pilgrim Roots region, which was home to the Scrooby Separatists, some of whom became the Mayflower Pilgrims. Highlights will include Scrooby Manor, home of William and Susanna Brewster; the 11th century church where Governor William Bradford was baptized; the newly opened Pilgrim Gallery in Retford and more. The tour will also include a visit to the Mayflower Pub in London, where the ship’s Master Christopher Jones and his crew would often gather.

“Most tour operators don’t have time to do the lengthy research to create tours with this level of detail around a specific theme or anniversary and many of the sites will be unfamiliar to them, so we have designed comprehensive packages they can offer their clients,” says Rowena Drinkhouse, vice president of Reformation Tours. “Our carefully curated specialist tours will tap into the upcoming Mayflower 400 anniversary and the undeniable appetite that UK inbound tourists traveling from the US have to learn more about this momentous journey.”

The tours have been tailored to meet the increased demand from ancestral tourists, keen to learn more about the history of their ancestors who made the journey. There are over 35 million descendants of the passengers and crew who sailed on the Mayflower, and the Mayflower 400 UK national visitor project aims to reach out to these descendants to invite them to visit England during the anniversary year.

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