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And it came to pass that after we had sailed for the space of many days we did arrive at the promised land; and we went forth upon the land, and did pitch our tents; and we did call it the promised land. 
(1 Nephi 18:23)

 

Book of Mormon Tours

9-Day Nephi - Land of First Inheritance Tour

June 27 – July 5, 2020

$2,250 per person double occupancy

Includes all internal airfare

Does not include international airfare

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

Following the death of Lehi and Sariah, Nephi was warned by the Lord to depart from his brothers, Laman and Lemuel. Along with many who were living in the area of Izapa, Chiapas, Mexico at the time, Nephi traveled to the highlands of Guatemala where he built a city which was called the city of Nephi.  For four hundred years the highlands of Guatemala served as a  backdrop for the events recorded in the books of 2 Nephi, Jacob, Enos, Jarom, Omni, Mosiah, and Alma.   Come with us on this eight day all-inclusive journey, as we visit places that are documented as Nephi, Ishmael, Middoni, Helam, the waters of Mormon, and the east wilderness of Zarahemla.

On this tour you will see the Book of Mormon history come to life as we travel throughout the area proposed as the land of Nephi and the place of first inheritance. You will visit Guatemala City, Kaminaljuyu, Lake Atitlan, Quetzaltenango, Almolonga, Izapa, two LDS temples, five archaeological sites and museums, nine locations associated with the Book of Mormon, and other places of interest. Places visited on the tour are identified as documented in the highly acclaimed book Exploring the Lands of the Book of Mormon by Joseph L. and Blake J. Allen. 

Tour Includes: eight 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 and author Blake 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.

Call today to book your space on this deluxe Book of Mormon experience. 1.801.226.5200 or email us at info@ldstours.com.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Saturday, June 27, 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: Sunday, June 28, 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 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, June 29, Guatemala City

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. (Breakfast, Lunch).

 

Day 4: Tuesday, June 30, 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 bus to 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: Wednesday, July 1, 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, Dinner)

 

Day 6: Thursday, July 2, 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 7: Friday, July 3, Tapachula

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 travel down from the highlands to the Pacific coast where we will cross the border into Mexico and check into our hotel in the nearby city of Tapachula. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 8: Saturday, July 4, Tuxtla Gutierrez

Today we will visit the archaeological site of Izapa. While visiting Izapa, we will see Stela 5, the “Tree of Life Stone”. This engraved stone dating back to 300 BC may depict Lehi’s dream as recorded in first Nephi. Following our visit of Izapa we will bus along the Pacific coast passing by the area of the “day and a half’s journey” as well as the area of Ammonihah as we travel to the Chiapas valley, considered by many to have been the Land of Zarahemla where the Nephites had their headquarters for 550 years (Omni 1:13-15 and Mormon 2:28-29).  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 9: Sunday, July 5, Flights Home

Transferring to the Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico 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.

 

Included in the Tour:

● Eight nights in deluxe hotel accommodations

● Two internal air flights, a $250 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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Book of Mormon Tours

PO Box 970250

Orem, UT 84097

Telephone: (801) 226-5200

info@ldstours.com

www.bookofmormontours.com


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