The Pilgrim Path to America

The Pilgrim Path to America

This once in a lifetime outing is designed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower and the establishment of the first English colony in Massachusetts in 1620. This trip originates in Boston, a city of living history like no other, and continues to historic Plymouth and Provincetown. Along the way you will meet Pilgrims, Puritans, Patriots and Wampanoag tribe members. Explore American history, culture and traditions, as you never have before!

NEW in 2020!

 

  • Alden House Museum

  • Walking tour of Plymouth

  • Plymouth Harbor Cruise

  • Mayflower II

  • Plimoth Plantation

  • Wampanoag Homesite

  • Pilgrim Monument

  • Provincetown Museum

  • Cape Cod National Seashore dunes tour

  • The Heritage Museums and Gardens

  • 6 Meals Included

  • Motorcoach Transportation

  • Hotel Accommodations

  • Requires Extended Amounts of Walking

Day 1

We depart early this morning to begin our Pilgrim Path to America. With stops for rest and lunch on your own along the way, we will arrive at the John Alden House Museum by late afternoon. This National Historic Landmark was the home of John Alden and his wife, Priscilla Mullins Alden. John Alden arrived in Plymouth in 1620 aboard the Mayflower. He was the ship's cooper, trained to make wooden barrels, buckets, tubs, troughs and other staved containers from timber that was usually heated or steamed to make it pliable. Although John Alden was not a Pilgrim himself, he was an important figure throughout the period of the Plymouth Colony. Alden and his relationship with Priscilla Mullins were memorialized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in The Courtship of Miles Standish, a narrative poem that made the story a piece of American folklore. Your visit includes a guided tour of this historical landmark. We will then board the coach and travel to our overnight destination in Plymouth, The John Carver Inn and Spa. This lovely property is located in the heart of historic Plymouth and boasts Colonial charm and hospitality combined with contemporary comforts and conveniences. Once you have settled in, join your co-travelers for a Welcome Reception. It is only fitting to have something cranberry to welcome you to Massachusetts! The Cranberry is Massachusetts' official State Berry; official State color and cranberry juice is the official State beverage. Savor the flavor of Cranberry Chutney spread on a delicious Mini-Cranberry Corn Muffin while sipping a Cranberry-based, non-alcohol beverage. After the reception, gather for an included dinner featuring New England fare and served in the inn's lovely dining room.

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Day 2

After a hearty breakfast at the inn, we meet Leo Martin, author, historian and storyteller, for an eye-opening walking tour of Plymouth. We will visit the Plymouth historic district and the National Monument to the Forefathers, the largest solid freestanding granite monument in the country. Leo, dressed in period costume, will explain the rich history of the Pilgrim story and tell you about the people, places and events that shaped the Colonial Era. Then, follow Leo to the harbor to visit Plymouth Rock. This is a great place for a group photo! At the end of the tour, everyone will receive a signed copy of Leo's book, Pilgrim Pursuit of Happiness. Next, we will board a vessel for a fascinating, fully narrated tour of Plymouth Harbor. There's a reason why the Mayflower finally lowered her sails and came to dock in Plymouth Harbor. During the cruise, you'll learn why! After you disembark, have lunch on your own at a harbor-side restaurant in Plymouth. We then travel a short distance to the Mayflower II, a replica of the original merchant ship that brought 102 passengers on a harrowing voyage across the Atlantic in the fall of 1620. You will undoubtedly be struck at how small the ship was, and will wonder how over one hundred people, including three pregnant mothers, could possibly have survived for more than ten weeks of storms and rough seas in such a small space. As you walk the decks, you will encounter costumed role players portraying Pilgrim passengers and members of the ship's crew, along with modern-day staff and maritime artisans, all of whom are eager to give you a personal, intimate view of life on board the original Mayflower. Next we travel to Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum where replicas of the seventeenth century English Village and a Wampanoag Homesite bring the colonial Plymouth and Native American worlds vividly to life. Our visit begins when we meet a member of the Wampanoag tribe for a private, one-hour special presentation. Your interpreter will talk to you about the tribe's history and culture and give you the opportunity to handle and examine Native American objects from the museum's collection. Following this enlightening demonstration, spend time on your own exploring all that this enthralling museum has to offer. Visit the English Village, where costumed role players portray actual residents of the 1624 Plymouth Colony and perform tasks such as cooking, planting, needlework, blacksmithing and caring for livestock. They will tell their stories, discuss their day-to-day lives and activities, and answer any questions you may have about the Pilgrim's world. Step into the Wampanoag Homesite on the banks of the Eel River and see how the seventeenth century Wampanoag lived along the coast. Although the people you will meet here are dressed in traditional clothing, they are not role players. They are all Native People and speak from a modern perspective about Wampanoag history and culture. You may encounter them planting crops, gathering wild herbs and berries, making reed mats and baskets or cooking over an open fire using only ingredients that were available in the 1600s. They are proud of their Native heritage and will be happy to welcome you and talk with you about their traditions and stories. We will stay "after hours" at Plimoth Plantation for a special dinner where you will enjoy a traditional Wampanoag Social Feast. This delicious and enlightening experience, hosted by a Museum Educator, will offer you a slice of seventeenth century Native American life as you dine on turkey, venison stew and unique Wampanoag foods featuring fresh seasonal ingredients. Learn about how the way we eat today has been influenced by the meeting of the English and Native American cultures 400 years ago.

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Day 3

Today starts with a hearty breakfast at the inn before we board the coach for an exciting day on Cape Cod. The Wampanoags lived on the Cape for thousands of years and the Mayflower sailed its shores for five weeks in search for a place to land before heading across the bay to Plymouth. Our first stop offers a captivating introduction to Cape Cod's natural history. This special tour led by an amazing team of naturalists will provide you with a learning experience unique to the Cape. Follow them on a walk through the salt marsh ecosystems and along seashores. You will find and identify animals and plants with the help of a mobile science lab that includes plankton nets, microscopes, water chemistry kits and identification tools. We then board the coach and continue our travels through the Cape. Along the way, we will pick up our local guide who will be with us for the rest of the day. This lifetime Cape Codder, a retired school teacher and international educator, will fill you in on Cape Cod history as we make our way towards Provincetown. This historic village at the very tip of the peninsula was the site of the Mayflower's first landing in the New World. As we travel up the coast, we stop at First Encounter Beach, site of the first meeting between Pilgrims and Native Americans. Here is your chance to walk in the footsteps of your English forefathers and the native Wampanoags! We continue on to Provincetown where you have lunch on your own in one of the many local eateries. In Provincetown, our guide will bring us to the Pilgrim Monument. This 252-foot high granite tower overlooking the harbor was built to commemorate the Pilgrims' first landing here in November of 1620. If you choose to walk the 116 steps and 60 ramps to the top, you will be rewarded with the most spectacular view on Cape Cod. From your birds-eye perch, gaze out over Providence Harbor where the Pilgrims and other passengers wrote and signed the Mayflower Compact before landing. You're certain to be moved as you witness the site of the creation of a document so important in shaping the history of America. (Don't worry - if you don't climb up, the Monument is on a hill and there's still a great view from the base!) The Provincetown Museum is our next stop. This charming, old-fashioned history museum features exhibits highlighting the arrival of the Pilgrims, the town's rich maritime history and the contributions of Provincetown to American theater. A recreation of a nineteenth century sea captain's parlor at his land-based home and his quarters while at sea, helps bring Provincetown's history to life. Now it's time to step out of history and into present day fun when we visit the famous towering sand dunes of the incredible Cape Cod National Seashore. Climb into four-wheel drive SUV's and head out on an adventurous tour of the majestic dunes. You will see "dune shacks" where famous artists and writers like Eugene O'Neill and Harry Kemp became inspired to create their art. You will also pass the remains of the Peaked Hill Life Saving Station and learn how the brave "life savers" enacted their heroic efforts to save the lives of thousands from the doomed shipwrecks! We leave the dunes and begin our travels back to the inn. Along the way, we stop for a Farewell Dinner served at a spectacular venue near the Swan River. Dinner features a traditional New England Clam Bake complete with steamah's, chowdah and fresh, steamed lobstah'. There are even selections for the landlubbers. After dinner, we gather around for sounds of the 50s and 60s performed by local resident, Don Who. Don has performed at Resorts' Casino in Atlantic City, in the Superstar Theatre and in the Vegas Production, "V, The Ultimate Variety Show" alongside many other well-known entertainers. Sing along and dance along and celebrate America's heritage. After an action-packed day and fun-filled evening, we return to the inn.

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Day 4

Today we pack our bags and check out of our rooms after breakfast at the inn. We begin our travels home filled with knowledge and respect for those who paved the way! On our way out of the Massachusetts Cape region, we will stop at The Heritage Museums and Gardens where you will embark on a self-guided tour of the largest public garden in Southern New England. The museum and gardens are located on 100 acres of magnificent gentle hiking trails on the banks of the Shawnee Pond. The Heritage is especially famous for being the North American Hydrangea Test Garden, the most comprehensive in the US. During our visit, witness the abundant Hydrangeas and other various flowers in bloom. The Heritage Museum offers three gallery buildings housing permanent exhibits of world-class automobiles, a working vintage carousel and American folk art. With stops for lunch and rest en route home, arrival home will be later this evening.


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Please note

Our intention is to run each tour as originally planned and published. However, if deemed necessary to do so, Perkiomen Tours reserves the right to make changes to tour components, schedules or itineraries without prior notification.

Tips for Perkiomen motorcoach drivers and tour escorts are not included in the price of this tour. We feel that these gratuities should be extended on an individual basis and dictated by the level of service provided.

Motorcoach seating is assigned at the time of reservation but can not be guaranteed. Although we do our best to keep each traveler in the seat assigned at the time of reservation, there are times that it is necessary to move seat locations. Please be sure to verify your final seat number(s) with your driver at the time of boarding. Daily seat rotation is practiced on most multi-day tours. Seat rotation will be explained by your driver or tour escort.

Perkiomen Tours recommends that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance for your tour. Travel Insurance is purchased directly by you from a third-party of your choice. One option is Travel Safe Insurance. You can purchase insurance directly from Travel Safe through our website. www.perkiomentours.com

To fully participate in this tour may require extended amounts of walking. There may be steps, inclines, uneven surfaces or extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitation should take this into consideration.

B=Full Breakfast, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Allentown - Motorcoach Calvary Temple Church
3436 Winchester Rd., Allentown, PA 18104
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Easton - Motorcoach William Penn Hwy Park & Ride near Pole A-10
Route 33, Easton, PA
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Pennsburg - Motorcoach Perkiomen Tours Office
875 Main St, Pennsburg, PA 18073
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