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Mayflower Tours, located in Downers Grove, Illinois, is a professional tour operator handling individual and group escorted tour arrangements. Mayflower offers tours throughout the World.

Value-added traveling at affordable prices is Mayflower's specialty. Tours are designed for travelers looking for the fullest travel experience at a great price value. Since its inception, Mayflower's pricing niche has been in the mid range price category. Last year, almost 30,000 travelers took an escorted vacation with one of the three divisions of Mayflower Tours. Each Mayflower Tour has a professional Tour Manager on board to ensure the trip goes smoothly. Mayflower Tours works closely with travel agents to sell to individual travelers throughout the world. The company offers free marketing support in the form of travel presentations, videos, customized promotional flyers and newsletter articles.

The company is active in the United States Tour Operators Association, the National Tour Association, the American Society of Travel Agents, American Bus Association and the Travel Industry Association of America.

John and Mary Stachnik started Mayflower Tours in 1979. John, president and co-owner of Mayflower Tours, entered the travel industry in 1966 when he began working for a Washington D.C.hotel company. From 1970-1978 John was founder, part owner and president of an Illinois-based tour company which grew to more than 36,000 passengers a year. John's wife Mary serves as co-owner and senior vice president for the Mayflower Group. Together they live in Downers Grove, Illinois.



On the Scene

Faithful Holidays

John Stachnik writing on a chalkboard in 1966


John Stachnik began his career in the travel industry at a Washington, DC hotel company

Mayflower Tours in 1979


John and Mary Stachnik started Mayflower Tours

Scenic Rail Experience in 1988


Mayflower Tours launches first scenic rail experience holidays with over 18 rail excursions offered today

John Stachnik elected President of the National Tour Association in 1991


John Stachnik elected President of the National Tour Association leading a membership of 600 tour operators

John Stachnik elected USTOA Chairman in 1996


USTOA Chairman - John Stachnik elected Chairman for his first term. He now is serving his second term and is one of only four industry leaders to be elected to the top position in two industry associations

Mary Stachnik honored as one of the most powerful women in travel in 1997


Mary Stachnik is honored for the first of four times as one of the Most Powerful Women in Travel

European river cruising in 2008


European River Cruising - Mayflower Tours launches exclusive charters of river ships in Europe

John was partner in a company from 1970-1979


John was a partner in a company that went from 0 to 36,000 travelers during that time

National parks in 1985


Mayflower Tours begins commitment to National Parks touring experience featuring 15 national parks in North America today

Presidential award - golden spike in 1989


Presidential Award - Golden Spike - first honor for promoting passenger rail travel

Europe Escorted Holidays in 1992


Mayflower Tours launches Europe Escorted Holidays

World holidays in 1997


World Holidays - Mayflower Tours expands international travel destinations

John Stachnik inducted into the tourism cares hall of fame in 2005


Tourism Cares Hall of Fame - John Stachnik inducted for his lifetime work to preserve the travel experience for future generations

John Stachnik awarded the USTOA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012


John Stachnik awarded the United States Tour Operators Association Lifetime Achievement Award

    Value and Satisfaction

  • Each holiday is described in detail so you know the value of what you are paying for – with so many included features. One easy to understand price.
  • Our travelers' satisfaction has rewarded us with a great number of repeat travelers each year…and many of our new travelers are referred by their friends.
  • Schedule your flight arrangements based on the lowest airfare available from your choice of airlines with Mayflower Tours.
  • Airport transfers are included at no cost to you from the gateway airport to and from your hotel or cruise ship – no other company offers this complimentary feature.

    Enrichment and Enjoyment

  • Tour Managers are highly experienced and professionally trained on the regions you visit and will take care of all details so your holiday is enriching and carefree.
  • Local historians and guides bring the holiday to life with their first-hand knowledge and expertise of the touring area that you would miss if you traveled on your own.

    Hospitality and Convenience

  • Comfort and unique places to stay – the accommodations listed on each holiday are chosen by a rigorous review to deliver specific requirements for on-site amenities, proximity to attractions, attentive staff and well-appointed rooms.
  • Baggage handling is always included in each Mayflower deluxe escorted holiday – you'll have your bags brought to your room and picked up from your room.

    A Memorable Journey

  • Experience the destination up close with carefully selected sightseeing and attractions that are the must-see, must-do, in each location.
  • You'll travel aboard comfortable and unique styles of transportation from deluxe air-conditioned motorcoaches to historic trains, riverboats, cruise ships, float trips and so
    many more.
  • Balance is the key for free time to explore the destination on your own to meet the locals, shop, dine or just relax and take in the scenery.

    Unique Culinary Delights

  • Special attention for included meals is given to the local cuisine. We strive to include those special customs, cultural and culinary styles for unique dining experiences.
  • Hands-on cooking classes, wine tastings and meals at world-renowned restaurants add to those delectable aromas and flavors on your holiday.

    Confidence and Experience

  • Guaranteed departures provide added confidence that your holiday will depart on time.
  • For 34 years, Mayflower Tours has been family-owned and operated by John and Mary Stachnik.
  • A Travelers Protection Plan is available for your confidence in knowing you are taken care of for every cancellation or refund should unforeseen circumstances change your travel plans.
  • Mayflower Tours is a member of the United States Tour Operators Association backed by a $1 million Travelers Assistance Program.

Illinois office: 1225 Warren Avenue • Downers Grove, IL 60515
Motorcoach tours leaving from Chicagoland and Wisconsin
Florida office: 695 Central Avenue • Suite 107 • St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Motorcoach tours leaving from the Tampa/St. Petersburg area

Top Destinations

North America

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Australia and New Zealand

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South and Central America

BelizeCosta RicaHonduras

Africa and the Middle East

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