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Book of Mormon Tours

16-Day Nephi to Bountiful Tour

February 8 – 23, 2020 

$3,495 per person double occupancy

Does not include international airfare

(United States to Guatemala City and Villahermosa, Mexico to the United States)

 

On this unique, deluxe tour you will cover the Book of Mormon history which includes the land of Nephi, the waters of Mormon, the East Wilderness, the narrow strip of wilderness, the land of Jershon, the land/city of Bountiful, a fortified city, and concluding in the exciting ruins of Palenque. This all-inclusive premium tour is a fantastic mix of archaeology, museums, exciting places of interest, and is filled throughout with the history of the Book of Mormon.  You will see the LDS Temples in Guatemala City and Villahermosa, Mexico, sixteen archaeological sites and museums, six other places of interest, and fourteen locations associated with the Book of Mormon. Call today to book your space on this premium Book of Mormon experience. 1.801.226.5200 or email us at blake@ldstours.com.

 

Tour Includes: fifteen nights hotel accommodations, two or more meals daily except on first and last days, first-class bus transportation, entrance fees and guide service to places listed on the itinerary, taxes and tips on group items, literature and maps pertaining to your tour, and escorted by professional tour director Blake Allen.

 

Tour Deposit

A tour deposit of $500 per person is due in order to reserve your space on the tour.  Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure.  The deposit is non-refundable; however, it may be transferred to another tour if taken within 12 months of the original scheduled tour departure. See terms and conditions for details. Prices and itineraries are subject to change.

 

Trip Cancellation Insurance:

You are encouraged to purchase trip cancellation insurance to protect your deposit and to protect yourself in case of unforeseen personal circumstances. Typical reasons for trip insurance include injury or illness of insured, hurricane or natural disaster, and terrorism or mandatory evacuation at destination. Please visit our website at www.BookOfMormonTours.com for more details.

 

ITINERARY 

Day 1: Saturday, February 8, Guatemala City

Our flights take us to Guatemala City, the city of Eternal Spring. Upon arrival we will transfer and check into our deluxe hotel. (No meals included)

 

Day 2: Sunday, February 9, Guatemala City

After attending church with the local saints, we will visit the Guatemala LDS temple and then later, the National Museum of Archaeology of Guatemala where we will analyze Kaminaljuyu’s stela 10, an altar that dates to 147 BC and may suggest a transfer of kingship from King Noah to his son Limhi (see Mosiah 18 & 19).  We will then visit the large relief map of Guatemala in order to orient ourselves with the geographical overview of the country in relation to the Book of Mormon.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 3: Monday, February 10, Lake Atitlan

This morning we will check out of our hotel and explore the archaeological zone of Kaminaljuyu, a place considered by many to have been settled by Nephi in the 6th century BC (see 2 Nephi 5:5-10).  We will then continue on to Lake Atitlan. En route, we will pass by the Cakchiquel Maya village of Patzicia, almost entirely destroyed by the 1976 earthquake. We will recount the courage and faith of the missionaries and members of the Patzicia stake. We will continue on our trek to the village of Panajachel, and check into our hotel that is nestled on the shore of Lake Atitlan. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 4: Tuesday, February 11, Lake Atitlan

Flanked by three dramatic volcanoes, Lake Atitlan has been a scenic retreat for over 2000 years. It has been proposed by many LDS scholars as a site for the Waters of Mormon where Alma organized the church of Christ in the first century BC (see Mosiah chapters 18 and 19). The day will consist of a cruise on the lake to see the area where an ancient city was covered by water. This city may have been Jerusalem mentioned in Alma 21:1 or it may have been one of the other cities mentioned in 3 Nephi 9:7. Upon our return, you will have time to do some shopping, relaxing, or other available activities.  A presentation on the historical literature of the Book of Mormon will be presented by your tour director in the evening.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 5: Wednesday, Feb. 12, Quetzaltenango

After a leisure morning, we will check out of our hotel and pick up Alma’s trail as we make our way through the wilderness to the Valley of Alma. Our journey will take us to Quetzaltenango, the second largest city in Guatemala and the location of the second LDS temple in Guatemala which we will see prior to checking into our hotel that overlooks the city square.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 6: Thursday, February 13, Guatemala City

After checking out of our hotel, we will visit the village of Almolonga, renowned for its pure water and lush vegetable gardens, a place that may have been occupied by Alma and his followers (Mosiah chapters 23 & 24). We will then bus to Antigua, the old Spanish capital of Guatemala. Several buildings date to the 16th and 17th centuries.  We will visit the jade factory before returning to Guatemala City and checking into our hotel for the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 7: Friday, February 14, Copan, Honduras

This morning, we will leave our hotel early and begin our adventure as we journey to the country of Honduras to visit the amazing size of Copan. Copan was the capital city of a major Classic period kingdom from the 5th to 9th centuries AD. It was occupied for more than two thousand years, from the Early Preclassic period to the Post Classic. There is an inscription that refers to the year 321 BC, but no text explains the significance of this date. Copan was a powerful city ruling a vast kingdom within the southern Maya area. It has been labeled a mini-Tikal and is a great precursor to our own visit to Tikal. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 8: Saturday, Feb. 15, Rio Dulce, Guatemala

Today we leave Honduras and return to the country of Guatemala. We will visit the archaeological site of Quirigua. There is evidence that Quiriguá was occupied as early as the Late Preclassic period (400 BC–AD 200). It was in relationship to Quirigua that the prophet Joseph Smith is reported to have said, “It will not be a bad plan to compare Mr. Stephens' ruined cities with those in the Book of Mormon.”  Quirigua is home to the tallest stone monumental sculpture ever erected in the New World. Stela D is approximately 20 feet tall.  We will then continue on to the Rio Dulce area for the evening.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 9: Sunday, February 16, Petén, Guatemala

We begin our day with a visit to the Spanish colonial fort at the entrance to Lake Izabal in eastern Guatemala called the Castle of San Felipe. Lake Izabal is connects with the Caribbean Sea via the Dulce River and El Golfete lake. The fort was strategically situated at the narrowest point on the river. The Castillo de San Felipe was used by the Spanish for several centuries, during which time it was destroyed and looted several times by pirates.  We will then make our way to the Peten region of Guatemala where we will spend the next two nights as we appreciate the natural and cultural mysteries of the Mayan World at our deluxe lakeside hotel.   (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 10: Monday, February 17, Petén, Guatemala

Today we visit the awe-inspiring, Maya archaeological zone of Tikal, occupied from 600 BC to AD 750. This dense rain forest is considered by many to be the East Wilderness where the Nephites, under the direction of the military leader Moroni, built many fortified cities during the 1st century BC (see Alma 50:7-15). New evidence shows a strong relationship between Teotihuacan and Tikal at the close of the Book of Mormon history which resulted in the downfall of the Nephite nation. In the early evening we will return to our hotel for the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch).

 

Day 11: Tuesday, Feb. 18, Belize City, Belize

Prior to crossing the border into Belize today, we visit an additional site in the proposed East Wilderness area of the Book of Mormon.  We will visit the pre-classic site of Yax Ha. Yax Ha was the third largest city in the region behind El Mirador and Tikal in size. It was first settled between 1000 and 350 BC and became the largest city in the eastern Petén region between 350 BC and AD 250 and therefore may have been involved in Book of Mormon events. It also shows a strong relationship with Teotihuacan.  After our visit, we will continue on to Belize City for the night. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 12: Wednesday, Feb. 19, Chetumal, Mexico

This morning we will travel north to the New River.  Traveling up the river by speed boat is an amazing experience as our guide introduces us to some of the many species of tropical birds, the beautiful vegetation, and possibly a crocodile or two. Arriving at Lamanai we will have a guided tour of the remnants of this ancient Mayan city that may have been the land of Jershon mentioned in the Book of Mormon.  After enjoying a traditional Belizean lunch, we will return by boat to Orange Walk and continue on to the border with Mexico and then on to Chetumal for the night.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 13: Thursday, February 20, Kohunlich

The high point of the Book of Mormon was the visit of the resurrected Christ to the Nephites as outlined in 3rd Nephi. Our visit to the ruins of Dzibanche and Kohunlich allows us to discuss this monumental event. The former is proposed in Exploring the Lands of the Book of Mormon as a leading candidate for the city Bountiful. The earliest dating for the Dzibanche site is AD 200. Dzibanche, meaning “writing on wood,” owes its name to the fact that Temple number VI had a fairly large lintel made from quebracho wood that bears eight glyphs dated to AD 618. Tonight we stay at the beautiful Explorean Resort at Kohunlich. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 14: Friday, February 21, Palenque

Today is a very exciting day as we first visit the ancient fortified city of Becan, which is remarkably similar to those constructed by Captain Moroni in the East Wilderness of the Book of Mormon, which constructions have been labeled by a leading archaeologist as “the brainchild of some local innovator.” The military leader Captain Moroni may have been that local innovator. We will also see the site of Chicanná with Structure II which bears the name of "House of the Serpent Mouth." Chicanná was inhabited from 300 BC to AD 1100, but was thought to have reached its peak from 300 BC to AD 250. Its ornateness and quality of decoration suggests that it was a center for the region's most elite. We will then continue on to the city of Palenque for the night. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 15: Saturday, February 22, Villahermosa

Although only four percent of the population of the country of Mexico live in the State of Chiapas, over 40% of the wild animals live in the Tehuantepec, Chiapas and Lacondone mountains. This is reminiscent of the statement in Ether wherein it states that the “land southward was preserved for a wilderness to get game” (Ether 10:21).  We will spend the day at the majestic Classic time period Maya ruins of Palenque. We will analyze the panel of glyphs at the Temple of the Cross which shows the lineage of a 7th century AD king named Chan Balaam, which dates back to a Jaredite king named Kish, who was born on March 8, 993 BC. It is here that we see several carvings of the hieroglyph with one meaning being “And it came to pass.” After a visit to the museum located on site and lunch at a local restaurant, we will make our way to Villahermosa where we will spend the last night of our tour. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 16: Sunday, February 23, Flights Home

Transferring to the Villahermosa airport, we will check in for our flights home. Our journey to the Book of Mormon lands has come to an end, but we will take with us memories that will last a lifetime.

 

EXTRA DAY OPTION IN VILLAHERMOSA:

The regular tour ends on Saturday, February 22nd, with flights home on the 23rd.  You may choose to stay one more day in Villahermosa. We will attend church with a local ward and see the LDS temple. After lunch we will visit the outdoor La Venta Museum, an open-air museum with 36 stone statues from the Olmec civilization, an early Mesoamerican culture that dates back to 1200 BC. The Olmecs correlate extremely well with the Jaredites of the Book of Mormon. You can also see animals ranging from birds, to turtles, to crocodiles, to jaguars at the wildlife reserve at the La Venta museum. The remainder of the day will be free to prepare for your return flights home on Monday, February 24. This option includes an extra night hotel stay, two meals, transportation, and entrance into the museum.  Add this extra day for only $150 per person.

 

Included in the Tour:

● Fifteen nights in deluxe hotel accommodations

● Two or more full meals daily

● First-class bus transportation

● Entrance fees and guide service to places listed on the itinerary

● Taxes and tips on group items

● Literature and maps pertaining to your tour

● Escorted by professional tour director, Blake Allen.

Provided meals are noted at the end of each day.  

Time will be given for optional third meals during the day.  

Prices and itineraries are subject to change.

 

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