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Nephi to Bountiful Tour

January 18 – February 1, 2018

15-Day All Inclusive, Deluxe Tour

$3,195 per person double occupancy

Includes all internal airfare

Does not include international airfare

(United States to Guatemala City and Merida to the United States)


On this tour you will cover the Book of Mormon history which includes the land of Nephi, the East Wilderness, the narrow strip of wilderness, the land of Zarahemla, the land Bountiful, and concluding in the Yucatan peninsula. This all-inclusive, deluxe 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 visit four LDS Temples, fifteen archaeological sites and museums, and eighteen locations associated with the Book of Mormon. Call today to book your space on this deluxe Book of Mormon experience. 1.801.226.5200 or email us at blake@ldstours.com.

 

Tour Includes: fifteen nights hotel accommodations, two internal air flights (a $300 value), 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 Joseph Allen.

 

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.

 

ITINERARY


Day 1: Thursday, January 18, 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.

 

Day 2: Friday, January 19, Guatemala City

We begin our tour today at 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. We will also 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).  A visit to the National Museum of Archaeology of Guatemala will follow 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 Limhi (see Mosiah 18 & 19). Finally, we will visit the Guatemala LDS temple.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 3: Saturday, January 20, Antigua

Our air flight will take us to 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 take a return flight to Guatemala City and transfer to the city of Antigua for the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

 

Day 4: Sunday, January 21, Lake Atitlan

After attending church with the local saints, we will check out of our hotel and spend some time exploring Antigua, the old Spanish capital of Guatemala. Several buildings date to the 16th and 17th centuries.  We will visit the jade factory prior to continuing 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 5: Monday, January 22, 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. The afternoon will be free for shopping or 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 6: Tuesday, January 23, Quetzaltenango

This morning we will check out of our hotel and pick up Alma’s trail as we make our way through the wilderness to village of Almolonga where we will visit the proposed location for the land of Helam.  Almolonga, renowned for its pure water and lush vegetable gardens, is a place that may have been occupied by Alma and his followers (Mosiah chapters 23 & 24).  We will then go to Quetzaltenango, the possible Valley of Alma, and also the second largest city in Guatemala and the location of a second temple in Guatemala which we will see prior to checking into our hotel that overlooks the city square.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 7: Wednesday, January 24, San Cristobal

This morning we will head into the high mountians of Guatemala.  We will visit the post-Classic site of Zaculeu which was the capital of the Mam Maya group.  Afterwards we will travel through “the narrow strip of wilderness” which separated the land of Nephi from the land of Zarahemla.  We will cross the border into Mexico and then drive through areas proposed as the valley of Gideon and the lands of Minon and Manti and arrive in the picturesque mountain city of San Cristobal de las Casas for the evening.   (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 8: Thursday, January 25, San Cristobal

We will begin our day going down into the Chiapas valley, the proposed land of Zarahemla.  We will visit the archaeological zone of Chiapa de Corzo, a candidate for the City Sidom (See Alma 15:1-8). We will then take a boat ride through the majestic Sumidero Canyon on the Grijalva River, with walls towering 3000 feet above our heads. The Grijalva has been proposed as the River Sidon in the Book of Mormon.  We will also visit the temple at Tuxtla Gutierrez and the Regional Museum of Tuxtla Gutierrez that shows many pre-Classic (Book of Mormon time period) sites and artifacts, including an engraved stone that manifests the early long count date of December 9, 36 B.C. We will return to San Cristobal for the evening.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 9: Friday, January 26, Palenque

Today is a very picturesque experience as we journey through the beautiful Lancondone mountains from San Cristobal to Aguas Azules and then on to Palenque.  This is the area where Lachoneus may have gathered in his people in defense of the Gadianton robbers (see 3 Nephi 3-4). The waterfalls of Agua Azul are in an area of shallow canyons and cliffs from which you'll watch the turquoise water tumbling down into cool natural pools. Agua Azul is perfect for observing the exotic local species, if, that is, you can take your eyes off the water.  When spend the night in the village of Palenque. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 10: Saturday, January 27, Palenque

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).  Today we visit 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. We will spend another night in Palenque.  (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 11: Sunday, January 28, Chetumal

Today we make our way through the area proposed as the “land among many waters” described in Mosiah 8:8.  We will pass by the Usumacinta River, commonly mistaken as the river Sidon in the Book of Mormon.  We will 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.”  We will continue on to Chetumal for the evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 12: Monday, January 29, Chetumal

This morning we will visit the archaeological zone of Dzibanche, a fertile region where evidence suggests the city Bountiful may have been located where the Savior visited the Nephites.  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.  Dzibanche was a major site in the Maya area in the Classic Period (AD 300-900). Afterwards we will go to the archaeological site of Kohunlich, which is best known for its Temple of the Masks, an Early Classic pyramid whose central stairway is flanked by large stucco masks. The temple was built around AD 500.  The giant masks represent the Sun God "Kinich Ahau".  The city rose to prominence in the Early Classic when there were important ties to the cultures of northern Belize.  We will return to Chetumal for the night. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 13: Tuesday, January 30, Merida

Today we go to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, which demonstrates the occupation of two civilizations, Mayas and Toltecs, dating from about AD 600 to AD 1200. Both Mormon and Moroni wrote of the many wars among the Lamanites during around AD 400.  The Mayans thirst for warfare continued through the Classic period (AD 300 to AD 700) and from the beginning of the Post-classic era up to the coming of the Spaniards.  We will continue on to Merida for our last two nights of the tour. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 14: Wednesday, January 31, Merida

This morning we will visit the Merida Temple prior to heading to the magnificent Maya ruins of Uxmal, a site whose beginnings corresponds with the great Nephite apostasy as outlined in 4 Nephi.  The name Uxmal means 'thrice-built' in Mayan, referring to the construction of its highest structure, the Pyramid of the Magician.  Uxmal is a photographer’s paradise and a beautiful site with which to conclude our tour.  (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 15: Thursday, February 1, Flights Home

Transferring to the Merida 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. (Breakfast)

 

Included in the Tour:

● Fourteen nights in deluxe hotel accommodations

● Two internal air flights, a $300 value

● 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 Joseph 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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