Many of the Mayflower Pilgrims had roots in Lincolnshire and it seems fitting that this holiday departs from the area. More than 30 million people can trace their ancestry to the 102 passengers and approximately 30 crew who sailed on the Mayflower for a new life in the New World. In September of 1620 this group of people, who would become known as the Pilgrims, left their final stop in Plymouth to seek freedom to practice their religion and opportunity across the Atlantic on the Mayflower. In the process many believe they laid the foundations for modern America. This tour includes excursions that will explore this heritage and commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower.
One of the brightest jewels in the English Riviera's crown, as you arrive in the seaside resort of Paignton, you are met with the welcoming sight of its long stretch of beautiful and easily accessible beachfront, promenade, traditional pier, colourful beach huts and green. What's great about Paignton is that it is a compact resort, with the seafront and town centre shops all within close proximity, making it an ideal Devon holiday resort for that relaxing break away. Once you arrive, you don't have to go far, but of course, there is plenty to see and do in the area if you wish to get out and about and explore.
Dartmouth and the Mayflower story:-
Having set sail from Southampton, the Mayflower, with Pilgrims from the north of England, and Speedwell, carrying the Separatists from Lieden in Holland, didn't get very far before the Speedwell began to take on water again - either because she carried too much sail, straining her timbers, or the direct result of sabotage by the reluctant crew. The ships diverted to Dartmouth for repairs, arriving on 23 August 1620. According to passengers, the Speedwell was leaking like a sieve and required urgent attention. It took about a week for the port's skilled craftsmen to make good the damage before the ships headed out into the English Channel, North Atlantic bound.
An early departure from Lincolnshire begins your English Riviera experience. Travel to Paignton with comfort stops on the way. You should arrive with time to settle in before your evening meal.
Today has been put aside for you to enjoy your resort. Maybe visit the award winning Paignton Zoo. Get up close to some of the animal wonders of the world across the specially designed habitats - from the savannah to the wetlands and the tropical forest. Come rain or shine, Paignton Zoo is a fun filled day out for all, and you'll need all day to see it all!
After breakfast we board the coach for a journey to meet a Stuart Line steam train. The South Devon Railway is a glorious 14-mile circular steam train journey between the towns of Buckfastleigh and Totnes. Travelling through the hidden valley and along picturesque banks of the River Dart, this is a journey back in time to the relaxing sounds of these iconic steam trains. We then meet the boat for a cruise, Sailing on the always calm and peaceful waters of the River Exe, this is an excellent introduction to travelling on the water. Your Captain gives insightful and entertaining commentary throughout the cruise, highlighting all the sights on this award-winning river - fingers crossed we get to see the local seal! Your driver will be waiting at the station to take you back to the hotel.
This morning we travel into Dartmouth for a private guided tour of the Naval College. Join the expert resident tour guides on a revealing voyage from past glories to the present day. During the tour they will take you into the heart of the College, from the elegant Chapel, through to areas including the Quarterdeck, Parade Ground, Senior Gun Room and Britannia Heritage Museum. Since 1863, Dartmouth and the River Dart have been the home of initial Naval Officer training in the UK. On the tour you will discover many features and facets of life at the College, from the earliest days through the Second World War, right up to the world class training the College delivers today.
We cannot call this a Mayflower tour without including Plymouth. All this week there are exhibitions, shows and organised festivities for you to enjoy. We have included an informative tour by a Mayflower expert who will take you on a 1.5 hour coach tour to include The Barbican, the departure point of the Pilgrim Fathers. Plymouth Hoe, Sir Francis Drake. Stonehouse which is full of famous military history and of course the Dockyard. All the while your informative guide will tell you stories of battles won and lost and how the Pilgrim Fathers made their journey to the New World. We have then included free time for you to take in Plymouth at your own pace before meeting your driver for the return journey to the hotel.
Today we head back into Plymouth to celebrate the day the Founding Fathers set sail for the Americas. There will be a visit from The Matthew, A replica of a 15th Century tall ship. Flybys from some of your favourite aeroplanes and whilst this is all going on a triathlon will run through the streets, all the time shops and museums will be fully adorned with Mayflower decorations and themed goods.
A day at leisure in Paignton has been planned for today. Maybe visit the bustling Paignton pier a charming landmark, famed for its stunning views across Torbay. Or of course just relax in one of the beach side cafes and watch the world go by. Today the choice is up to you.
Sadly, we have to say goodbye to our hosts and travel back to Lincolnshire. Your driver will arrange comfort stops on the way
The Queens Hotel, Paignton
The Queens Hotel was built originally as a row of small guesthouses on Queens Road. When the current owner, Steve Furness bought the guesthouse on the end of the terrace in 1997 and made it a success, he planned to buy the neighbouring guesthouses to expand into a hotel. By 2001, the whole building of terrace guesthouses were part of the Queens Hotel, boasting 76 cosy ensuite guest bedrooms.
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