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Cumorah to Bountiful Tour

(Veracruz, Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Belize)

8-Day Tour to the Lands of the Book of Mormon

With BOOK OF MORMON TOURS

(We are the Pioneers of the Book of Mormon tour)

July 18 – 25, 2020

$1,995.00 per person double occupancy

Does not include international round trip airfare

(United States to Veracruz, Mexico and Belize City to the United States)

 

The spiritual highlight of the Book of Mormon is the Savior’s visit to the Nephite-Maya people who had gathered themselves together at the temple in the land Bountiful where they witnessed the fulfillment of the Law of Moses.  From information in the Book of Mormon, we know that the city of Bountiful was in the land Bountiful and close to the city of Mulek which was located in the east wilderness of the land of Zarahemla by the east sea, or the Caribbean ocean, in northern Belize.  A highlight of this tour is a visit to the proposed land and city Bountiful where the Savior visited the Nephites. Another significant event in the Book of Mormon is the destruction of both the Nephites and the Jaredites at the same place, the Hill Ramah/Cumorah. Relive Mormon’s words to his people as he lamented about their fallen state as we visit the hill Vigia, the leading candidate for the hill Ramah/Cumorah of the Book of Mormon.

 

On this tour you will cover the Book of Mormon history which includes the land of Desolation (Veracruz), the waters of Ripliancum (Papoloapan water basin), the hill Ramah/Cumorah (Vigia), the hill Shim (Cintepec), La Venta, Palenque, Becan (fortified city), the land/city of Bountiful (Dzibanche), and Laman Ayin (Jershon) in the east wilderness (Belize). 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 two LDS Temple, nine archaeological sites and museums, and twelve locations associated with the Book of Mormon. 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: seven 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: 801.226.5200 or email us at info@ldstours.com.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, July 18, Veracruz

Our air flights take us to the popular beach city of Veracruz, one of Mexico’s most important sea ports.  This is also the area where Cortez arrived as the Spaniards began the conquest of Mexico. We will check into our hotel for the evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 2: Sunday, July 19, Catemaco

Today is a highlight of the tour.  After attending Church, we will check out of our hotel and travel through the area of the waters of Ripliancum (Ether 15:8), a place that has the same meaning in the Aztec (Nahuatl) language, “exceeding large waters.”  We will then visit the hill where leading Latter-day Saint scholars are in agreement as to the location of the hill Ramah/Cumorah mentioned in the Book of Mormon (Mormon 6:2,6; Ether 15:11).  We will drive into the lake-side town of Catemaco for the evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 3: Monday, July 20, Villahermosa

Today we bus along Mexico’s “golden lane” passing by both the “place where the sea divides the land” (Gulf of Mexico), and the “narrow neck of land” (Isthmus of Tehuantepec). (See Ether 10:20.)  As we leave beautiful Lake Catemaco we will pass by the hill Shim (Cintepec) where Mormon obtained the records for his history (See Mormon 1:3, 17).  A visit to the site of La Venta, a place we refer to as the city of “Lib”, will continue our study of the magnificent Olmec culture.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: Tuesday, July 21, Palenque

We start our day with a visit to the Villahermosa LDS Temple followed by the outdoor La Venta Museum, a place that houses large engraved stone monuments dating to the Jaredite time period.  We will then bus on to the beautiful Chiapas mountains which are located in the area of the “land among many waters” described in Mosiah 8:8. 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 visit the majestic Classic period Maya ruins of Palenque. We will analyze the panel of glyphs at the Temple of the Cross where we see the glyph that has been translated to mean and it came to pass. Dinner will be provided at the hotel.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 5: Wednesday, July 22, Kohunlich

Today we make our way through the area proposed as the land among many waters.  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 spend the night surrounded by a tropical jungle, in a laid-back, all-inclusive resort with thatched-roof bungalows that have terraces and private gardens. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 6: Thursday, July 23, Chetumal

Wake up to nature at its best in this peaceful jungle setting.  The misty dew on the grass, the sounds of the birds in the tress and the serenity of the eco-resort setting makes this a day to remember forever. 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 travel to Chetumal for the night.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 7: Friday, July 24, Belize City

This morning we will cross into the country of Belize and travel south 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 Belize City for our final night of the tour.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 8: Saturday, July 25, Flights Home

We transfer to the airport where 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)

 

TOUR INCLUDES:

• Seven nights deluxe 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

• Escorted by professional tour director Blake Allen


Prices and itineraries are subject to change.  
Provided meals are noted at the end of each day.  
Time will be given for optional second or third meals during the day.

 

BOOK OF MORMON TOURS

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www.BookOfMormonTours.com • info@ldstours.com

 

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