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Book of Mormon Tours

16-Day Nephi to Bountiful Tour

April 18 – May 3, 2020

With option to El Mirador by Helicopter

$3,995 per person double occupancy

Does not include international airfare

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

 

On this unique, deluxe tour you will cover the Book of Mormon history which includes the land of Nephi, the waters of Mormon, the East Wilderness, the narrow strip of wilderness, the land of Jershon, the land/city of Bountiful, a fortified city, and concluding in the exciting ruins of Palenque. This all-inclusive premium 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 see the LDS Temples in Guatemala City and Villahermosa, Mexico, sixteen archaeological sites and museums, six other places of interest, and fourteen locations associated with the Book of Mormon. Call today to book your space on this premium Book of Mormon experience. 1.801.226.5200 or email us at blake@ldstours.com.

 

Tour Includes: fifteen nights hotel accommodations (including three superior hotels), 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.

 

Options: Two options are available on this tour.

                Option1: El Mirador by Helicopter

Spend an exciting day flying by helicopter from the Flores International Airport to the magnificent ruins of El Mirador. Visit the lost city of Guatemala's El Mirador – a chance to see one of the most impressive gems of Maya culture. The unparalleled vistas nestled deep in the Petén jungle in Guatemala provide a glimpse back in time. Taking a helicopter to El Mirador provides a breathtaking vantage point from which to see this Mayan ruin. El Mirador flourished as a trading center from around 200 BC to AD 150 during the Maya Pre-Classic Period. With a population as high as 80,000, it was one of the first large cities in North America. Add this amazing experience for only $300 per person.

                Option 2: Extra day in Villahermosa, Mexico

The regular tour ends on Saturday, May 2nd, with flights home on the 3rd.  You can choose to stay an extra day in Villahermosa and attend church with a local ward, see the Villahermosa LDS temple by day, and visit the Outdoor La Venta Museum. This museum houses many monuments from the Olmec culture which has significant correlations with the Jaredites in the Book of Mormon. Learn about their similarities as we walk through this garden museum. Your return flights will be on Monday, May 4. This option includes an extra night hotel stay, two meals, transportation, and entrance into the museum.  Add this extra day for only $150 per person.

 

Tour Deposit

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.

 

Trip Cancelation Insurance:

You are encouraged to purchase trip cancellation insurance to protect your deposit and to protect yourself in case of unforeseen personal circumstances. Typical reasons for trip insurance include injury or illness of insured, hurricane or natural disaster, and terrorism or mandatory evacuation at destination. Please visit our website at www.BookOfMormonTours.com for more details.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Saturday, April 18, 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 included)

 

Day 2: Sunday, April 19, Guatemala City

After attending church with the local saints, we will visit the Guatemala LDS temple and then later, 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. We will then 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 his son Limhi (see Mosiah 18 & 19).  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 3: Monday, April 20, Lake Atitlan

This morning we will check out of our hotel and 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 will then 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. A presentation on the historical literature of the Book of Mormon will be presented by your tour director in the evening.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 4: Tuesday, April 21, Antigua, Guatemala

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. Upon our return, we will bus to Antigua, the old Spanish capital of Guatemala. Several buildings date to the 16th and 17th centuries.  We will visit the jade factory before checking into our hotel for the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 5: Wednesday, April 22, Copan, Honduras

This morning, we will leave our hotel early and begin our adventure as we journey to the country of Honduras to visit the amazing size of Copan. Copan was the capital city of a major Classic period kingdom from the 5th to 9th centuries AD. It was occupied for more than two thousand years, from the Early Preclassic period to the Post Classic. There is an inscription that refers to the year 321 BC, but no text explains the significance of this date. Copan was a powerful city ruling a vast kingdom within the southern Maya area. It has been labeled a mini-Tikal and is a great precursor to our own visit to Tikal. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 6: Thurs., April 23, Rio Dulce, Guatemala

Today we leave Honduras and return to the country of Guatemala. We will visit the archaeological site of Quirigua. There is evidence that Quiriguá was occupied as early as the Late Preclassic period (400 BC–AD 200). It was in relationship to Quirigua that the prophet Joseph Smith is reported to have said, “It will not be a bad plan to compare Mr. Stephens' ruined cities with those in the Book of Mormon.”  Quirigua is home to the tallest stone monumental sculpture ever erected in the New World. Stela D is approximately 20 feet tall.  We will then continue on to the Rio Dulce area for the evening.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 7: Friday, April 24, Petén, Guatemala

We begin our day with a visit to the Spanish colonial fort at the entrance to Lake Izabal in eastern Guatemala called the Castle of San Felipe. Lake Izabal is connected with the Caribbean Sea via the Dulce River and El Golfete lake. The fort was strategically situated at the narrowest point on the river. The Castillo de San Felipe was used by the Spanish for several centuries, during which time it was destroyed and looted several times by pirates.  We will then make our way to the Peten region of Guatemala where we will spend the next four nights as we appreciate the natural and cultural mysteries of the Mayan World at our deluxe lakeside hotel.   (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 8: Saturday, April 25, Petén, Guatemala

Today we visit 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 return to our hotel for the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch).

 

Day 9: Sunday, April 26, Petén, Guatemala

Today will be a day to relax and enjoy the Sabbath. We will attend church with a local branch and then return to our hotel. A fireside will be held in the evening.

 

Day 10: Monday, April 27, Petén, Guatemala

After breakfast, we will return to the Tikal National Park area and visit the archaeological site of Uaxactun. Uaxactun (pronounced waw-shock-TOON) lies about 12 miles north of the Tikal. It is an ancient sacred place of the Maya civilization. Uaxactun was defeated by forces led by Fire is Born of Tikal in AD 378, just seven years prior to the final Nephite/Lamanite battle at Cumorah. Fire is Born might have come from Teotihuacán, been the general of the Teotihuacan ruler Spearthrower Owl, and conquered Tikal earlier the same year. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

FOR THOSE CHOOSING THE EL MIRADOR OPTION You will transfer to the Flores International Airport and board a helicopter for a 30 minute flight to the El Mirador basin and archaeological site in the remote part of the northern Petén jungle. On this thrilling excursion, you will get to know the largest pyramid in the Americas, La Danta. You will fly over the Mayan Biosphere, see the first roads of the history of mankind and visit the largest city of the Pre-classic Mayan era. Few people have had the opportunity to know this place in one of the most remote places on the planet. El Mirador flourished from about the 6th century BC to the 1st century AD, reaching its height from the 3rd century BC, the Mosiah time period. Then it experienced a hiatus of construction and perhaps abandonment for generations, followed by re-occupation and further construction in the Late Classic era, and a final abandonment about the end of the 9th century. Your guide will explain the fascinating history of this pristine site. Lunch will be provided prior to your return to the airport and hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 11: Tuesday, April 28, Belize City, Belize

We will cross the border into Belize today as we continue on through the proposed East Wilderness area of the Book of Mormon.  We will visit the site of Xunantunich. Although primarily a post-Book of Mormon site, there is evidence that the site was settled during the pre-Classic period. The structure called The Castle (El Castillo) is the second tallest structure in Belize at about 130 feet tall. Evidence of construction suggests the temple was begun around 800 AD.  We will continue on to Belize City for the night. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 12: Wednesday, April 29, Chetumal, Mexico

This morning we will travel north 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 the border with Mexico and then on to Chetumal for the night.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 13: Thursday, April 30, Kohunlich, Mexico

The high point of the Book of Mormon was the visit of the resurrected Christ to the Nephites as outlined in 3rd Nephi. Our visit to the ruins of Dzibanche and Kohunlich allows us to discuss this monumental event. The former is proposed in Exploring the Lands of the Book of Mormon as a leading candidate for the city Bountiful. The earliest dating for the Dzibanche site is AD 200. 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. Tonight we stay at the beautiful Explorean Resort at Kohunlich. (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 14: Friday, May 1, Palenque

Today is a very exciting day as we first 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.” The military leader Captain Moroni may have been that local innovator. We will also see the site of Chicanná with Structure II which bears the name of "House of the Serpent Mouth." Chicanná was inhabited from 300 BC to AD 1100, but was thought to have reached its peak from 300 BC to AD 250. Its ornateness and quality of decoration suggests that it was a center for the region's most elite. We will then continue on to the city of Palenque for the night. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 15: Saturday, May 2, Villahermosa, Mexico

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 spend the day at 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. It is here that we see several carvings of the hieroglyph with one meaning being “And it came to pass.” After a visit to the museum located on site and lunch at a local restaurant, we will make our way to Villahermosa where we will spend the last night of our tour. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 16: Sunday, May 3, Flights Home

Transferring to the Villahermosa 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.

 

OPTIONAL EXTRA DAY IN VILLAHERMOSA:

For those choosing to stay one more day in Villahermosa, we will attend church with a local ward and see the LDS temple. After lunch we will visit the outdoor La Venta Museum, an open-air museum with 36 stone statues from the Olmec civilization, an early Mesoamerican culture that dates back to 1200 BC. The Olmecs correlate extremely well with the Jaredites of the Book of Mormon. You can also see animals ranging from birds, to turtles, to crocodiles, to jaguars at the wildlife reserve at the La Venta museum. The remainder of the day will be free to prepare for your return flights home on Monday, May 4.

 

Included in the Tour:

● Fifteen nights in deluxe hotel accommodations (including three premium hotels)

● 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 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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