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Celebrate the Mayflower’s quadricentennial

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posted January 19, 2018

As an endorsed partner in the Mayflower 400 project, Select Travel Service is offering tours to England designed around the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

“This is a story of adversity and welcome, the Pilgrim fathers, the origins of Thanksgiving and lots more,” says Manager of Business Development Keith Somers.

The Pilgrim Roots group tour includes an eight-day itinerary designed to lead travelers in the footsteps of Pilgrim ancestors with a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s hometown); a stop in Lincoln to see the Magna Carta of 1215; a stay in Nottinghamshire, where groups can tour Pilgrim villages; and a free day in London.

The Mayflower Explorer is an 11-day group tour that mixes stops on the Pilgrim Roots tour with a guided tour of Southampton, a river cruise in Dartmouth, a stay in Plymouth (which was the final departure point of the Mayflower), and a visit to Harwich, the hometown of the ship’s captain Christopher Jones.

Select Travel Service also offers tailor-made tours to fit a group’s specifications.

“We are keen to work with adult leisure groups and those specifically interested in following the origins of a particular family, plus special interest student groups and special groups interested in anything from ship building to textiles to theater to faith,” Somers says.

He also says travelers should start their Mayflower-related expeditions now, not only in the anniversary year of 2020, as Plymouth is a small city with limited accommodations.

For more information on the Mayflower 400 project, email Somers or go to

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