We know you have always wanted to see ALL the significant early Church History sites and now is the time! Many of you have been to Nauvoo or just to Palmyra, or perhaps to Kirtland—but now you will have the opportunity to see all these sacred sites in one sweeping, panoramic view. PLUS, with 2020 being the last year the Hill Cumorah Pageant will be performed, this will be the only summer we will do this signature tour.
We have been leading this ultimate Church History tour for the past twenty-eight years! We know these places and the stories that bring them alive and we love to teach and share this amazing part of our sacred heritage. If you have ever thought about going on a Church History tour, this may very well be your year and we would love to take you with us! One tour participant last year exclaimed: “This is not the ULTIMATE Church History Tour…It is the ONLY Church History Tour!”
We will be leading this year’s tour from July 6 – July 20, 2020.
Please be aware: This is a life-changing experience!
Below is a thorough look at what we do. Read through the daily itinerary and then consider joining us. Available spaces will sell fast, so please decide right away. Pricing and contact information are located at the end of the article or you can call right now for information from our agent: Sarah, at Morris Murdock Travel: 801-483-6473 or call Wendy at 801-483-5285.
Please note: This tour is selling out fast, so if you would like to just book it immediately online yourself, PLEASE CLICK HERE. When you get to that page, scroll down to where it says BOOK NOW and then set up your account and get it done. Half the tour has already been sold (from last year’s wait list), so please call immediately to make sure you can secure your place on this never-to-be-forgotten experience. We will create a new waiting list for all who desire to come and don’t get booked in time. Please read the itinerary carefully below.
Day 1- Monday, July 6, 2020
We all fly in from our various homes to Boston today and gather at the Embassy Suites, Boston Logan Airport. (Evening snacks included at the hotel).
Day 2 – Tuesday, July 7, 2020
After breakfast, we’ll enjoy Boston, walk part of the Freedom Trail, and see “Old Ironsides” and the Old North Church. A memorable lecture given at Harvard Square in Cambridge will ring in your ears throughout the trip. We’ll get a feeling for the American Revolution and then let you have an enjoyable hour at Quincy Market for dinner where you’ll see the famous Faneuil Hall. Tonight we stay at the Colonial Inn in Concord, one of the oldest Inn’s in American (dates to 1716) and once owned by Henry David Thoreau. (Meals: B,D)
Day 3 – Wednesday, July 8, 2020
This morning we will relive the first moments of the Revolutionary War and see the place where the shot was fired that was “heard around the world”. We will travel along Battle Road, stopping at various points, and even see where Paul Revere was captured by the British. You will come to know Lexington and Concord, and understand those events which brought about the Independence of this great nation and set the stage for the birthplace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days. In the afternoon we will visit Louisa May Alcott’s home and see the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and the Alcott’s are buried. Tonight we will have a meal together at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury—the oldest Inn in America. Here we will see one of New England’s most picturesque sites and perhaps her most famous mill. We will stay again tonight at the Colonial Inn. (Meals: B, D)
Day 4 – Thursday, July 9, 2020
Very early this morning we leave for Sharon, Vermont and up Dairy Hill where we will experience strong feelings of the Spirit at the birthplace of the prophet Joseph. We will visit the towns of Sharon, Turnbridge, and drive past the Smith stomping grounds of Norwich and West Lebanon. Here we will get a feel for the first twenty years of marriage of Lucy Mack and Joseph Smith, Sr. This evening we will have dinner and stay in the quaint and charming Best Western Inn & Suites in Rutland, VT. (Meals B, D)
Day 5 – Friday, July 10, 2020
Leaving New England the scenery changes as we wind our way south and west to fertile fields and lovely lands of Western New York. We will enjoy stories of early church leaders of the church, where they came from and how they came to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Tonight we will stay in the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa in Fairport (near Rochester), New York (right near the old Erie Canal and not too far from Palmyra) and ready ourselves for a spiritual feast tomorrow. Dinner will be at your discretion with a cash stipend at the amazing Wegmans Food Store & Deli (you will love Wegmans). Our little walk up the hill to the Smith Cemetery will touch you as we gather at the grave of Alvin Smith. Tonight we will witness one of the last performances of the renowned Hill Cumorah Pageant. (Meals: B, D)
Day 6 – Saturday, July 11, 2020
We will arise early and be at the Sacred Grove by 8:00 AM. For many this experience is the highlight of the whole trip. We will have our own, individual quiet time in the Grove. Afterwards, we will enjoy the Smith farm, tour the Smith frame House and the Smith Log Cabin (where the Angel Moroni visited the prophet). We will also visit the Hill Cumorah, Martin Harris Farm, the E.B. Grandin Printing Complex and the downtown village of Palmyra. This afternoon we will have the opportunity of attending a session at the Palmyra Temple (be sure you bring your own temple clothes). Dinner will be at a local restaurant before we stay again at the Woodcliff Hotel tonight. (Meals: B, D)
Day 7 – Sunday, July 12, 2020
Today is a VERY BIG day! This morning we head to Fayette where the Whitmers lived and the Church was legally organized on Tuesday, April 6, 1830. Twenty revelations for the Doctrine and Covenants were received here or near here. This is also the place where Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer received their special witnesses of the plates. We will attend sacrament meeting at the beautiful Fayette Ward then head south to Harmony, Pennsylvania to visit the beautiful Priesthood Restoration site. Here we will see the reconstructed homes of Joseph and Emma Smith, Isaac and Elizabeth Hale, and the section of woods where John the Baptist restored the priesthood. A good part of the Book of Mormon was translated here in Joseph and Emma’s Cabin. We will walk along the banks of the Susquehanna River where the first baptisms were performed in this dispensation. Later this evening we check into the Double Tree Inn in Binghamton for dinner and our overnight stay. (Meals: B, D)
Day 8 – Monday, July 13, 2020
Today we travel through some of the western regions of New York and review the missionary labors of Samuel Smith and Parley P. Pratt. The latter headed for Ohio where their labors would change the history of the Church because of the conversion of his very good friend, Sidney Rigdon. About midmorning we will make a stop in Corning, New York at the glass factory en route to Kirkland, Ohio. We reach Kirtland in the late afternoon and tour the Newell K. Whitney home and Store as well as see some of the other Kirkland sites. Be prepared for a spiritual feast at the Whitney Store. Dinner will be at the “Olive Garden” before checking into the very charming and lovely Best Western Lawnfield Inn & Suites in Mentor, Ohio. (Meals: B, D)
Day 9 – Tuesday, July 14, 2020
This morning breakfast is provided at the hotel before we visit the Morley Farm then tour the Kirkland Temple where The Lord Himself appeared as did Moses, Elias, Elijah, and numerous other angels. After lunch we will travel on to the Johnson farm in Hiram, Ohio where the vision of the three degrees of glory was received. Here the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon were mobbed, beaten and the Prophet tarred and feathered. This afternoon we travel to the heart of the Ohio Amish Country for an old-fashioned home style meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant. We stay tonight at the charming Carlisle Inn in Sugar Creek. (Meals: B, D)
Day 10 – Wednesday, July 15, 2020
This morning we’ll enjoy the beauty of the simple life of the Amish. We’ll start on the back roads to the Hershberger Bakery and Farmers Market for a sensory overload of baked goods, jams & jellies and locally made crafts! We continue then to Heini’s Cheese Factory to sample over 80 varieties of locally made cheeses before our horse & buggy ride to the house tour at the Yoder Farm. We’ll see two houses, one similar to how the Amish lived when they first came to America, and a modern day home featuring Amish girls baking and canning in the kitchen! Afterwards we’ll get to indulge in all the goodness you’ve witnessed with our traditional Amish lunch. One of the best meals on tour!
Later this afternoon we will depart for the Cleveland airport for our flight to Kansas City. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Embassy Suites in Kansas City, MO. (Meals: B, D)
Day 11 – Thursday, July 16, 2020
This morning we will visit Independence, Missouri. Here we will see the original temple lot, tour the Community of Christ (RLDS) temple (time permitting), enjoy the LDS visitor’s center and see the Jackson County Courthouse. We then head north to the Liberty Jail where the Prophet and his companions were imprisoned through the cold winter months of 1838/1839. Here we will feel the Spirit as we read the revelations and hear the voices of the past. Time permitting we will make a brief photo stop at the Kansas City Missouri Temple. This evening we will have a wonderful meal at the Cracker Barrel. (Meals: B, D)
Day 12 – Friday, July 17, 2020
We head for our morning teaching time and meditational time at a very, very special place: Adam-ondi-Ahman! We then visit the Temple site at Far West before heading east along the approximate path the Saints were driven out of Missouri. We will be staying at the Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites for the remaining nights of our journey. (Meals: B, D)
Day 13 – Saturday, July 18, 2020
This morning we step back in time and spend a glorious day touring the sites of Old Nauvoo—beginning with our own special early-morning session in the stunning Nauvoo Temple. We’ll hear stories of the past and get a feel for “the City of Joseph”. We will see the moving Relief Society Gardens where thirteen monuments to women will touch your soul. We will tour Brigham Young’s home, the Printing Complex, the Blacksmith Shop, the Seventies Hall, the Browning Gunsmith Shop and Home and as many other places as we can squeeze in. You may receive a Nauvoo brick and a special prairie diamond as authentic souvenirs. Tonight we will dine at the old Nauvoo Hotel with their wonderful all-you-can eat dinner buffet. Don’t miss their amazing cinnamon buns! (Meals: B, D)
Day 14 – Sunday, July 19, 2020
We will attend the early Sacrament Meeting in the Nauvoo Ward, and then tour more of Nauvoo. This afternoon we travel south and east to our final stop, the Carthage Jail. Here you will have one of the highlight experiences of the trip as we review the events of the Carthage Jail, and talk about our feelings for Joseph and Hyrum. We end the tour with a testimony meeting in Nauvoo. (Meals: B, L)
Day 15 – Monday, July 20, 2020
As we say our farewells to Nauvoo this morning, we continue on to Mark Twain’s Hannibal on the Mississippi River where we’ll take a special luncheon cruise on a riverboat. You’ll delight in hearing the stories and folklore of the River. Following lunch, we’ll immediately drive to St. Louis for our evening flights home. (B, L)
Tour Cost Per Person includes hotels, deluxe motor coach, flight from Cleveland, Ohio to Kansas City, Missouri, entrance fees, taxes & gratuities, luggage handling, daily breakfast and dinner, and a Mississippi Riverboat cruise.
Credit Card price:
- Double Occupancy $3099.00 per person.
- Triple Occupancy $2899.00 per person.
- Single Occupancy $4369.00.
- Ask about our Single Share Roommate Option
- $100 Cash Discount for final payment paid by personal check or bank ACH draft
Round trip airfare from home cities is not included, but may be booked with the group or secured on an individual basis (you are welcome to use frequent flyer miles).
Please call our agent, Sarah Wangsgard, at Morris Murdock Travel direct to her office at: 801-483-6473.
Please note again: This tour will sell out fast; if you would like to go right online and book it yourself, PLEASE CLICK HERE. When you get to that page, scroll down to where it says BOOK NOW and then set up your account and get it done. We will create a waiting list for all who desire to come and didn’t get booked in time.
A deposit of $250.00 per person is necessary to hold space. Payment arrangements can be made with final payment due 60 days prior to the tour. Cancellation insurance is available and is always recommended.