July 10-25, 2010 Oct 30-Nov 14, 2010 Feb19-Mar 6, 2011
16 days - $2995 per person double occupancy (our per Diem costs are 10-20% less than other tours to Mesoamerica)
Join us on one of our premier Nephi to Cumorah departure dates as we follow the footsteps of the people whose travels are recorded in the Book of Mormon. Our Nephi to Cumorah tour is a result of fifty years of research and 500 tours to Mesoamerica under the direction of Joseph, Blake and Todd Allen.
You will vicariously follow the Nephite trail from their arrival to the new world at 600 BC to their demise at Cumorah at AD 385.
In this sixteen day expedition, you will be exposed to a balanced overview of the entire Book of Mormon. Over 25 places will be analyzed as potential locations as specified in the new second edition of EXPLORING THE LANDS OF THE BOOK OF MORMON.
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Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Tikal, Guatemala
Photos by Courtney Boice
You will visit several impressive archaeological sites of Mesoamerica, including Tikal, Palenque and Teotihuacan.
You will see the famous Tree of Life Stone at Izapa and the fortified area of
the day and a half journey referred to in the Book of Mormon. There is
currently no other tour on the market that allows you such an in-depth look at
Book of Mormon history and geography.
The cost of the Nephi to Cumorah Tour is $2995 per person,
double occupancy, which includes the following:
*Ten nights hotel
accommodations in deluxe or best available hotels
air-conditioned bus transportation to all places listed on the itinerary
breakfast, and lunch or dinner, with the exception of flight days
*Entrance fees and guide
service to all places listed on the itinerary
*Taxes and tips
excluding personal items
*The Tikal Package includes ground transportation, entrance fees, guide service, brakfast and lunch. (Round trip airfare to Tikal is extra)
*Copy of Exploring
the Lands of the Book of Mormon and/or CD and Map
*Directed by Blake
Joseph Allen, Co-author of Exploring the Lands of the Book of Mormon
Not Included:International airfare to Guatemala City and return from Mexico City. Round trip Tikal flights and flight from Veracruz to Mexico City. If you need assistance in your airfare,
please let us know and our agent will work with you.
Day 1: Saturday - Guatemala City
Our flights take us to Guatemala City, the city
Spring. Upon arrival we will transfer and check into our deluxe hotel. (No
Day 2: Sunday - Guatemala CityAfter attending church with the local
saints, 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). In
the afternoon we sill visit the large outdoor 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 then 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 conclude our day with a dinner at an
Argentine steak house. (Breakfast and dinner are included)
Day 3: Monday - Guatemala City
An 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 you will take a return flight to Guatemala City.
(Breakfast and lunch are provided).
Day 4: Tuesday - Lake AtitlanToday we
will travel to beautiful LakeAtitlan. En route, we will pass by
the tourist friendly city of Antigua and the Cakchiquel Maya village
of Patzicia. The latter was 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 LakeAtitlan.
A presentation of the historical literature of the Book of Mormon will be
presented by your tour director in the evening. (Breakfast and dinner are included)
Day 5: Wednesday - Lake Atitlan Flanked by three dramatic
volcanoes, LakeAtitlan 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. There will be time in the afternoon for
some shopping at the many shops along the quaint street mall of Panajachal. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided)
Day 6: Thursday - QuetzaltenangoToday we will pick up Alma’s
trail and 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 temple
that has recently begun construction, where we will check into our hotel.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included)
Day 7: Friday - TapachulaAfter 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 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 check into our hotel in the nearby city of Tapachula. (Breakfast and dinner are included)
Day 8: Saturday - Tuxtla GutierrezToday we will travel by bus along the Soconusco coastal region as we
discuss things such as Lehi’s landing site, a day and a half journey for a
Nephite, and the city of Ammonihah
and its destruction. We will arrive in 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). (Breakfas and dinner are included)
Day 9: Sunday - Tuxtla Gutierrez You will have the opportunity to attend church with the saints of Tuxtla Gutierrez. The LDS Temple and the archaeolgoical museum are included in today's activities. You may want to take and afternoon stroll through the Tuztla Gutierrez zoo which features animals which are indiginous to the Book of Mormon time period, including the majesticc
Quetzal bird, the national bird of Guatemala and the bird used to
represent the white god Quetzalcoatl. (Breakfast and lunch provided)
Day 10: Monday - Palenque We will 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 SumideroCanyon
on the GrijalvaRiver, with walls towering 3000 feet
above our heads. The Grijalva has been proposed as the River Sidon in the Book
of Mormon. We will pick up the trail of Explorer John Lloyd Stephens as we travel through the massive Chiapas mountains to the town of Palenque where the historic Maya ruins of Palenque are located. (Breakfast and dinner are included)
Day 11: Tuesday - 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 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 ). We will visit the majestic Classic time
period Maya ruins of Palenque where 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. After lunch we will bus to Villahermosa and check into our our beautiful hotel with time to relax and enjoy our surroundings. (Breakfast and lunch are included)
Day 12: Tuesday, CatemacoWe will visit the LDS temple in Villahermosa.
and the unique outdoor museum of La Venta where we see many of the stone
carvings taken from the ancient Olmec city of the same name. The Olmecs coincide with the Jaredites in the
Book of Mormon with many strong evidences linking the two. We will 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 LakeCatemaco
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 and dinner are provided.)
Day 13: Wednesday - Mexico City The climax of the Book of Mormon is illustrated in a dramatic fashion as we visit the hill Vigia, a hill which has been proposed by the leading scholars of Book of Mormon geography as the hill Ramah of the Jaredites and the hill Cumorah of the Nephites. You will have the opportunity to analyze the research on this important history recorded in the books of Ether and in Mormon's own record. In the afternoon, we will bus to Veracruz passing by the massive Papaloapan water basin, whose ancient name correlates with the waters of Ripliancum outlined in the book of Ether. Our flight takes us to Mexico City, the second
largest city in the world.Upon arrival
we will transfer and check into our deluxe hotel.(Breakfast and lunch are included)
Day 14: Thursday - Mexico City Today we visit the ancient
ruins of Teotihuacan.
Occupied from about 200 BC to AD 900, Teotihuacan
was one of the largest populated cities in the world during its peak. The
inspiring pyramids of the Sun and Moon attract millions of visitors to this
most popular archaeological zone in Mexico. This may have been the
great city occupied by King Jacob of the Gadianton Robbers (See 3 Nephi
7).(Breakfast and lunch are provided).
Day 15: Friday - Mexico City This morning we will visit Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology and History as we summarize the events of the last two weeks by analyzing the magnificent artifacts that have been preserved and which relate the history of the ancient inhabitants of Mesoamerica. Our tour concludes by visiting downtown Mexico City and visiting markets where we can get in some last minute shopping. (Breakfast and lunch are provided)
Day 16: Tuesday -
Flights HomeTransferring to the 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. Thank you for traveling with us. (No meals provided)
second edition of Exploring the Lands of the Book of Mormon can help you
in preparing for the tour. Once you have made your initial deposit, we will
send one complimentary copy of the new edition or a copy of the CD and a map..
and itineraries are subject to change.
the Book of Mormon change your life.....again!