Land of Nephi Tour

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

With BOOK OF MORMON TOURS, LLC

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

 

October 31 - November 8, 2015

$1,995.00 per person double occupancy

Includes internal airfare

Does not include international round trip airfare

(United States to Guatemala 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 nine day all-inclusive journey, as we visit places that are documented as Nephi, Ishmael, Middoni, Helam, the waters of Mormon, the east wilderness of Zarahemla, and the land of Lehi¡¯s first inheritance.

 

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. You will visit the LDS temples in Guatemala City and Quetzaltenango, six archaeological sites and museums, nine locations associated with the Book of Mormon and other places of interest culminating with the site of Izapa where you will see stela 5, also known as the Tree of Life stone.

 

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 Blake Allen.

 

The tour deposit is $500 per person. The total 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 [email protected]

Itinerary

 

 

Day 1: Saturday, November 1, 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 provided)

 

Day 2: Sunday, November 2, Guatemala City
Following church services with a local ward, we will see the LDS temple in Guatemala City.  Afterwards, we will visit 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, November 3, 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 late afternoon we will take a return flight to Guatemala City.  (Breakfast, Lunch).

 

Day 4: Tuesday, November 4, Lake Atitlan
After checking out of our hotel, we will visit the archaeological zone of Kaminaljuyu, a place considered by many to be the place where Nephi settled in the 6th century BC (see 2 Nephi 5:5-10). We will then bus to Antigua, the old Spanish capital of Guatemala, where we will visit the jade factory to see how the intricate jade artifacts are made.  Jade was the most important precious stone to the Maya.  We will 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 5: Wednesday, November 5, 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. After lunch, you will have free time in which you may relax, shop, or make a visit to a small museum containing pottery recovered from beneath the surface of Lake Atitlan. This pottery is known as the ¡°Miraflores¡± style which dates to the 1st century BC and comes from Kaminaljuyu. A fireside on the historical literature of the Book of Mormon will be presented by your tour director in the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 6: Thursday, November 6, Quetzaltenango
Following a leisurely 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, where we will check into our hotel that overlooks the city square.  We will have the opportunity to see the new LDS temple that we dedicated in December 2011.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 7: Friday, November 7, Tapachula, Mexico
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, Nov 8, Tapachula, Mexico
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 the rest of the day will be free to prepare for our trip home. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 9: Sunday, November 9, 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. (No meals provided)

Included in the Tour:
¡ñ Eight nights in deluxe hotel accommodations
¡ñ Two internal air flights, a $400 value
¡ñ Two or more full meals daily
¡ñ First-class bus transportation
¡ñ Entrance fees and guide service to places listed on the itinerary
¡ñ Taxes and tips on group items
¡ñ Literature and maps pertaining to your tour
¡ñ Escorted by professional tour director, Blake Joseph 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.

 

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