About Mayflower Tours

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

company-photoValue-added traveling The Mayflower Way providing life enriching experiences on each and every holiday. Holidays are designed for travelers looking for the fullest travel experience at a great price value. Since its inception, Mayflower Tours has consistently provided the ultimate touring experience in each destination always focused on the travelers’ budget. Each Mayflower Tour has a professional Tour Manager on board to ensure all of the details are taken care of. Mayflower Tours works closely with travel agents to sell to individual travelers and groups throughout the world. The company offers free marketing support in the form of travel presentations, videos, customized promotional flyers and newsletter articles for all travel professionals to maximize their group sales and experience.

john-and-maryThe 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.


The Mayflower Tours Story

1966 John Stachnik began his career in the travel industry at a Washington, DC hotel company
1970– 1979 John was a partner in a company that went from zero to 36,000 travelers during that time
1979 John and Mary Stachnik started Mayflower Tours
1985 Mayflower Tours begins commitment to National Parks touring experience featuring 15 national parks in North America today
1988 Mayflower Tours launches first scenic rail experience holidays with over 18 rail excursions offered today
1989 Presidential Award - Golden Spike - first honor for promoting passenger rail travel
1991 John Stachnik elected President of the National Tour Association leading a membership of 600 tour operators
1992 Mayflower Tours launches Europe Escorted Holidays
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
1997 World Holidays - Mayflower Tours expands international travel destinations
1997 Mary Stachnik is honored for the first of four times as one of the Most Powerful Women in Travel
2005 Tourism Cares Hall of Fame - John Stachnik inducted for his lifetime work to preserve the travel experience for future generations
2008 European River Cruising - Mayflower Tours launches exclusive charters of river ships in Europe
2012 John Stachnik awarded the United States Tour Operators Association Lifetime Achievement Award