Provincetown & Plymouth 400th Anniversaries

Massachusetts is poised for a year of National and International significance: the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony. They will highlight the cultural contributions and American traditions that began with the interaction of the Wampanoag and English peoples, a story that shaped the building of America.

Package includes:
  • Motorcoach Transportation with Onboard Refreshments
  • Porterage
  • Local guide
  • Mayflower II
  • 4 Nights Hotel Accommodation at the Holiday Inn Hyannis
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum
  • 4 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners, 1 Dinner - Historic Dan’l Webster Inn, 1 Thanksgiving Turkey dinner at Plymouth Plantation
  • Guided tours of Provincetown along Rt 6A, Chatham, Hyannis, Sandwich & Plymouth
  • Cape Cod National Seashore Visitors center
  • Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum
  • Atwood House Museum
  • Hyannis Harbor Cruise
  • Sandwich Glass Museum
  • Room & meal taxes & gratuities

DAY 1 - Monday Jun 8, 2020

WELCOME TO MASSACHUSETTS, the “Bay State” and the sandy shores of CAPE COD. In early November 1620, after two grueling months at sea, the Mayflower approached the tip of Cape Cod. For two days they tried to sail south but the treacherous waters along the Cape’s outer coast forced them to return to the tip’s safe harbor.

Your LOCAL GUIDE will meet you at the HOLIDAY INN HYANNIS and will assist with check in.

DINNER is included this evening.

DAY 2 - Tues Jun 9, 2020

BREAKFAST is included this morning at your hotel.

Your LOCAL GUIDE will meet you at your hotel. You will travel historic ROUTE 6A, the Old King’s Highway, a scenic byway winding through centuries of Cape Cod history. It winds past hundreds of historic structures which characterize its early development. View the Eastham Windmill, a Cape Cod Lighthouse and visit the CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE VISITOR’S CENTER. Hear the Pilgrim’s stories of Corn Hill, First Encounter Beach, Pilgrim Spring and Pond and their First Landing site.
Sand dunes and the ocean surround you as you approach “Land’s End” – PROVINCETOWN. You are now at the extreme tip of Cape Cod. Formerly known as the “Province Lands” the Pilgrims landed here first before they decided to settle across the Bay in Plymouth. The story started here in 1620 where the Pilgrims spent their first five weeks exploring Cape Cod. It was here that they signed the Mayflower Compact…the catalyst for American democracy.

Lunch is on your own today. Take time to view the Bas Relief Monument and Park commemorating the first landing and the signing of the Compact.

Visit PILGRIM MONUMENT & PROVINCETOWN MUSEUM. This 255-foot tower that dominates the town is the tallest granite structure in the United States. The walk to the top is 116 steps and 60 ramps. Should you choose to climb, you will see many interior stones that were donated by cities, towns and organizations from all over the United States.
The Provincetown Museum exhibits highlight the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the town’s rich maritime history and the building of the monument. There is also a re-creation of a 19th century sea captain’s parlor at home and his quarters at sea as well as a diorama of the Mayflower Compact being signed aboard the Mayflower in Provincetown Harbor.

This afternoon you will travel to the “south side” of the Cape to the seaside village of CHATHAM. You will view the CHATHAM LIGHT, which has been a lifesaving beacon for sailors throughout the Cape’s history. Chatham’s location at the Cape’s “elbow” make it very vulnerable to winter storms and your guide will point out the CHATHAM BREAK and the dramatic changes to the shoreline that have occurred, thanks to Mother Nature.

Admission is included to visit the ATWOOD HOUSE MUSEUM. Built in the 1750’s by Joseph Atwood, a Chatham Sea Captain, the “Old House” was occupied for five generations. The museum is a vibrant institution showcasing eleven galleries and a working Fresnel lantern from one of the historic Chatham Twin Lights.

DINNER is included this evening.

DAY 3 - Wed Jun 10, 2020

BREAKFAST is included this morning at your hotel.
Your LOCAL GUIDE will meet you at your hotel and you will travel to America’s Hometown – PLYMOUTH. Home of our Pilgrim Fathers and one of the country’s first settlements. A picture stop will be made at the Forefather’s Monument, the largest, solid granite monument in the United States. She stands facing the harbor, welcoming those who come by water and at Plymouth Rock, the traditional site of disembarkation of the Pilgrims.
Admission is included to board the MAYFLOWER II, a reproduction of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World.

There will be free time for lunch on your own on the waterfront.

On your coach your guide will conduct a tour of the area viewing historical sites like the Governor William Bradford Statue, Hedge House, Pilgrim Mother Statue, Coles Hill, Massasoit Statue, Immigrant Monument, United American Indian of New England Plaque, Pilgrim Maiden Statue, Howland House, Spooner House, 1820 Courthouse, Pilgrim Sarcophagus and the Mayflower Society.

Visit PILGRIM HALL MUSEUM. Built in 1824, this gallery museum is the nation’s oldest continuously operating public museum. Pilgrim Hall houses an unmatched collection of Pilgrim possessions.

TRADITIONAL TURKEY DINNER with all the fixings is included at the Plantation.
During dinner enjoy a “Dress a Pilgrim” demonstration.

DAY 4 - Thurs Jun 11, 2020

BREAKFAST is included this morning at your hotel.

Your LOCAL GUIDE will meet you at your hotel for a day of touring the first Cape Towns, HYANNIS and SANDWICH. All Cape Cod Towns were founded by people unhappy with the Boston-area Puritans. The clan of Wampanoag Indians, who lived here sold the land title.
Over the next 20 years settlers spread north and south from Plymouth. The first parts of Cape Cod to be settled were the bay-side sections of Sandwich, Barnstable, and Yarmouth (all incorporated in 1639), along an old Indian trail that is now Route 6A. Most of the newcomers hunted, farmed, and fished. Salt hay from the marshes was used to feed cattle and roof houses.

Welcome aboard a one-hour HYANNIS HARBOR CRUISE. Get to know the local landmarks, popular beaches and other points of interest on your way for a waterfront view of the Kennedy Compound.

Time on Main Street Hyannis for lunch on your own.
Sitting at the entrance of the Town Green (on Main Street) in honor of his gentleness and kindness to the pilgrims is a statue of Iyannough. The Pilgrims’ first encounter with Iyannough occurred in the summer of 1622, having helped an English search party find a lost boy.

This afternoon you will travel to SANDWICH – the oldest town on Cape Cod. Hear stories of the Puritans, Quakers, Shawme, Dexter Grist Mill, Hoxie House and the First Church of Christ.

Included today is admission to THE SANDWICH GLASS MUSEUM. View sparkling exhibits that describe the transformation of a small farming community into one of the world’s most respected manufacturers of 19th century glass. Watch molten glass, drawn from the furnace, blown and pressed into exquisite shapes and visit the distinctive museum shop.

DINNER is included this evening at the Historic Dan’l Webster Inn. The inn has been welcoming patrons for over 300 years.

DAY 5 - Friday Jun 12, 2020

BREAKFAST is included this morning at your hotel.
Depart for home.

TRIP #2030

Dates: Jun 8 - 12, 2020

Cost: $995

Deposit: $100

Balance due: 4/23/20

Single Supplement: +$219

Trip Director: Donna Sasser

Moderate walking Moderate Walking