Book of Mormon Tours

14-Day Nephi to Cumorah

October 18 - 36, 2014

$2,895 per person double occupancy

Does not include airfare

(United States to Guatemala, Tikal RT, Veracruz to the United States)

 

This is one of the best-liked Book of Mormon tour itineraries available. You will follow the Book of Mormon history from the land of Nephi to the land of Zarahemla, concluding at the hill Cumorah where the Book of Mormon comes to an end. We believe there is no better tour on the market. Most tours don’t even go to Chiapas and Veracruz where the most convincing evidence on the Book of Mormon is available. Over 90% of the history in the Book of Mormon has been proposed as having taken place in the areas visited on this all-inclusive deluxe tour. You will visit five LDS Temples, thirteen archaeological sites and museums, and twenty-one locations associated with the Book of Mormon. Call today to book your space on this deluxe Book of Mormon experience at 801.226.5200 or email at [email protected] Tour administered by Book of Mormon Tours, the pioneer of Book of Mormon tours with more than 40 years of experience in Mesoamerica and accompanied by Richard Berrett.

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.

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, October 18, Guatemala City

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

Day 2: Sunday, October 19, Guatemala City

Following church services with a local ward, 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 and finally 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). (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3 Monday, October 20, 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, October 21, Antigua

For those that desire, we will attend a session at the Guatemala City Temple.  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 check in to the wonderful Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, an old monastery that has been transformed into a beautiful, five-star hotel.  You will thoroughly enjoy the beautiful grounds and setting of this picturesque hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5: Wednesday, October 22, Lake Atitlan

Today 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.  There will be some time for some afternoon shopping among the native people of Panajachel. A fireside on the historical literature of the Book of Mormon will be presented in the evening.  (Breakfast, Dinner).

Day 6: Thursday, October 23, Quetzaltenango

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, 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 visit the new LDS temple built here in 2011. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7: Friday, October 24, Huehuetenango

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 higher into the proposed Narrow Strip of Wilderness and visit the archaeological site of Zaculeu, one of the last strong holds of the Maya during the conquest.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8: Saturday, October 25, Tuxtla Gutierrez

Today we will visit a local blanket shop where they are still made on large looms without the use of electricity.  You will be able to purchase some of the beautiful blankets before we continue our passage through the Narrow Strip of Wilderness and cross the border into the country of Mexico 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, October 26, Tuxtla Gutierrez

Following church services, we will see the temple at Tuxtla Gutierrez.  We will also visit 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, 36 B.C. (See Helaman chapter 4). For those who desire, we will also visit the local zoo and see the majestic Quetzal bird as well as many other animals indigenous to this area. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 10: Monday, October 27, Villahermosa

We begin our day with a visit to 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. In the afternoon we will bus to Villahermosa where we will spend the evening.  This area represents the western edge of the “land among many waters” described in Mosiah 8:8. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11: Tuesday, October 28, 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 Lacandone 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 explore 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. Afterwards, we will return to Villahermosa. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12: Wednesday, October 29, Catemaco

Today we will visit the outdoor La Venta Museum, a place that houses large engraved stone monuments dating to the Jaredite time period. We will visit the Villahermosa Temple and then 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.) Prior to our arrival at beautiful Lake Catemaco where we will spend the night, we will pass by the hill Shim (Cintepec) where Mormon obtained the records for his history (See Mormon 1:3, 17). (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 13: Thursday, October 30, Veracruz

Today is a highlight of the tour.  We will 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 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 drive into the city of Veracruz where we will see the Veracruz Temple prior to checking into our hotel for the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 14: Friday, October 31, Home

Transferring to the Veracruz (VER) 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.

Tour Includes:

  Fourteen 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

  Escorted by Richard Berrett

  Tour administered by Book of Mormon Tours and 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.

 

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