Why do we travel?  We travel because we cannot help but want to rub shoulders with people who live on the other side of the planet.  We travel because we want to learn.  We travel because we don’t want to be provincial.  We travel as pilgrims seeking our roots.  We travel because we want to get away.  Of course we travel to have fun and we travel because this planet that God created is just a fascinating, beautiful, stunning place.

We want to give you the opportunity to travel with us to places we have been, places we love and to places we want to take you.  Maurine and I travel not only because we are historians, but because we are teachers.  We take you to places like the Holy Land and Church History sites because we have spent our lives immersed in the ancient world and in church history research and we want to share insights with you to make your lives richer.

Come back to this page often.  We’ve made it easy, just remember:  latterdaysaintmag.com/travel  That’s it!  So, anytime you are at Meridian’s home page you can just do a forward slash travel and you’ll go to the travel page.  Right now we will present you with six travel opportunities–including to see the last Hill Cumorah Pageant.  We will add a few more in the very near future, some of which are dreams of a lifetime–so stay tuned!

Here were the women in our group from 2016 near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Here’s our travel approach:  We go to the Holy Land every year (this year’s trip sold out in less than 48 hours).  We go a few days after April General Conference.  We have been going there for many years.  We love this part of the world.  We love the people.  We love the places.  We love the Lord and therefore we want to take you there and let you experience the best things we have come to know.  We lead a Church History Tour every fall, and in 2020 ONLY we will be offering a summer tour to catch the final performance of the Hill Cumorah Pageant.  The summer tour is in July and the fall tour begins the Monday after October General Conference.  We love the Prophet Joseph.  We love to take you to the sacred sites of the Restoration and to lay the foundation of this great work by doing two days of intensive American Revolution history.  You’ll love every minute of this tour.

Everything else in our travels is different and a variety of wonderful experiences.  Sometimes we do the British Isles Church History and Literary History tour.  Sometimes we will choose a cruise we want to do.  Sometimes we do Central America.  Sometimes we do various places in Europe.  We are calling 2021 the Year of the River: we’re planning on some rather amazing tours, including a very unique Amazon River Cruise and then a unforgettable journey to Machu Picchu.  We are planning to do the Mekong Delta in Vietnam including a journey into Cambodia to Angkor Wat–the largest ancient temple complex in the world–more than 400 acres! We also can’t wait for the Rhine River Cruise where we will see Holland’s famous tulip festival.  These are some samples.  Who knows, we may offer New Zealand in the future (we love those islands), and a rare journey to some of the nations of Africa.  We will be planning a wonderful journey to Turkey–the land where Scot spent significant growing up years.  The list goes on and on.

We will never forget the thrill of this moment when that water came shooting out of the bore hole in Kenya.

We have to do humanitarian work. It’s in our blood.  We have done projects in Egypt, India, Kenya and Nepal.  We will make some of these expeditions available to you, our readers.  These are life-changing experiences.  You can bring your children or grandchildren.  They will never be the same.  Those of you who are regulars at Meridian know of our work in Kenya and bringing water to an entire region.  That’s why we put in that picture of Maurine when that water first started shooting out of the earth.  That was one of the highlights of our life.

We may even offer an occasional journey to Lehi’s Arabia.  We have an ongoing project there in Oman on the shores of the Arabian Sea.  Many of you are aware of this work.  You can click here to be debriefed on our archaeological digs there where Nephi built the ship.  Would you like to go there?  We need workers.  We need scuba divers.  We need photographers.  We need flora and fauna lovers.  We need herbalogists.  We need geologists. We need people who know maps.  We need people who can do GPR (ground penetrating radar).  We need normal people–just willing worker bees.  Even though we don’t have a layman’s trip planned there now, CLICK HERE to email us if you have interest and we will keep you on the list.

We will also be designing some special trips for singles.  There’s nothing more fun that traveling with a bunch of people who really understand your life and who are full of energy and want to make new friends.  Stay tuned.

In all of these trips you are surrounded by fellow Latter-day Saints or like-minded people and we try to facilitate our groups becoming like a family.  Some of our best friends in the world have come from our travels.

Okay, so this page will be “Travel Central” for Meridian Magazine.  You can read a little about each trip then just jump in and read all about it.  Many of the tours fill up VERY quickly.  When we post a Holy Land tour it usually is sold out within two days.  In 2020 we will do two Holy Land (Jordan and Israel) tours and one amazing trip to Egypt.  Here are the tours in chronological order.  Come travel with us!

Ultimate Holy Land Tour 1

April 9 – 22, 2020

SOLD OUT – Our Holy Land tours are unique, and you may not have seen them offered before, because in addition to seeing all the inspirational and historic sites you would want to see on a visit to the Holy Land, we are taking you to some places we find fun and unforgettable–places that most tour groups don’t get to go. After so much time in the Holy Land, we found some things we think are “not-to-be-missed” that most miss.

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Our camel safari is a signature part of our Egyptian experience. There we are on the far right–Egypt is unlike any place on earth.

Travel with the Proctors to the Beginning of Time: Egypt!

APRIL 21 – 30, 2020

We still have places for a few couples (or singles) to join us.  We know this has always been on your bucket list.  Can you imagine the incredible history of this mysterious and wondrous land?  Here is a civilization that seemed to spring into existence out of nowhere and was a key player in world history for thousands of years.  Now is the perfect time to explore this ancient land and see its most important sites on a 7-day-in-country tour of one of the most sought out locations in the world.  And our dear friend, Hany Tawfeek, will be our Egyptian guide and host–he is the number one tour guide in Egypt and has been the guide for heads of state, including President Obama.  Book this one very soon.

CLICK HERE for a details itinerary.

Join us April 21-30, 2020 for this never-to-be-forgotten tour!

Want to book this tour online?  CLICK HERE then scroll down to where it says BOOK NOW.  You then set up a simple account and you book your tour.

Questions:  Call our agent Sarah at 801-483-6473.

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Ultimate Holy Land Tour 2

April 30 – May 13, 2020

We still have some spots available for this later Holy Land Tour–an experience you will cherish forever. The scriptures will come alive to you in a whole new way as you journey where Jesus and His disciples walked and performed miracles. After over 25 years of studying, writing about, and photographing these beautiful sites, we have stories and perspectives that will make this one of the richest times of your life.

CLICK HERE for a detailed itinerary.

Come on this unbelievable tour April 30 – May 13, 2020.  Add the amazing pre-tour to Egypt from April 21 – 30, 2020. Come on–let’s do this!

Would you like to just go ahead and book this online?  You can CLICK HERE then scroll down and hit the BOOK NOW button.  You set up your account (takes less than one minute) and then reserve your spot.  Questions?  Call our agent Sarah at 801-483-6473.

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At this point in the Passion Play Jesus stands before Pilate. There is nothing like this production in all the world.

Exploring the Danube River Cruise with Oberammergau Passion Play

May 21 – June 1, 2020

SOLD OUT – Have you not heard of the Passion Play in Oberammergau?  It’s time you did.  When the plague was raging through Europe in 1632 and 1633, this little village in Germany, called Oberammergau, got together and made a covenant with God that if there would be no more deaths in their community, they would perform a play celebrating and depicting the last week of the Savior’s life every ten years.  The deaths ceased and they have never broken their covenant.  The first performance was in 1634–384 years ago!  And it only happens now on the tens (2010, 2020, 2030 etc).  More than 2,000 villagers participate in the play!

We’ve teamed up with our dear friends, Brad Wilcox and his precious wife Debi, and with our partners at Morris Murdock Travel and we’ve chartered an entire river boat with AMA Waterways to provide you with this AMAZING trip.  We will be starting in the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary then visiting Melk, Austria; Salzburg, Austria; Passau, Germany; Munich, Germany then Oberammergau.

We are doing two trips to the Passion Play–this one, which is based from the charter ship on the Danube from Budapest to Oberammergau AND the second one follows below, which is a Discovering Bavaria Tour where we base in a small alpine village and then go out each day exploring this stunning region and then end in Oberammergau.

CLICK HERE for a detailed itinerary (just scroll down a little and click the ITINERARIES button).

Have some questions?  Please feel free to call our agent Sarah at Morris Murdock at 8o1-483-6473.

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British Isles Latter-day Saint Church History and Literary Tour

June 2 – 13, 2020

Do you want to have the time of your life in the land of your forefathers? We have been traveling and researching in the British Isles for the past 24 years. Now we have joined with renowned British expert Peter Fagg in bringing you the most amazing tour offered for Latter-day Saint Church History and Literary Treasures.  You really don’t want to miss this. And, just as all our tour participants did on past tours, bring your own family history, your marked-up maps of your ancestral villages and towns, your photographs–it will all come alive for you as never before.

CLICK HERE for a detailed itinerary.

Join us June 2 – 13, 2020 for this unforgettable walk through history.

Would you like to just go ahead and book this online?  You can CLICK HERE then scroll down and hit the BOOK NOW button.  You set up your account (takes less than one minute) and then reserve your spot.  Questions?  Call our agent Sarah at 801-483-6473.

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Does this Bavarian scene look as peaceful and beautiful as you can imagine?

Explore the Best of Bavaria and Attend the Passion Play with the Proctors

June 13 – 20, 2020

SOLD OUT – If you don’t know all about the Passion Play in Oberammergau, see the description in the cruise right before this one.  This is something you want to see once in your life.  You truly become a part of history by attending.

This tour, hosted by Scot and Maurine Proctor, is designed for the traveler who doesn’t have a great deal of time and for those who don’t want to pack and unpack, moving from one hotel to another.  Enjoy a relaxing alpine retreat where you’ll spend five nights in the same beautiful, quaint hotel, nestled in the mountains, and be able to make several day trips to the see the sites, concluding with 1 night at the magnificent Passion Play in Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany.  We will visit Munich, Germany; Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany,; Salzburg and Innsbruck, Austria; and finally Oberammergau, Germany.  This tour will leave you both inspired and rejuvenated.

Although this trip is still 30 months out, our agents at Morris Murdock Travel had to purchase boatloads of tickets for the Passion Play to be able to make this possible.  More than 750,000 will attend the Passion Play in 2020!  Come and celebrate the last week of the Savior’s life with us.

CLICK HERE for a detailed itinerary of this trip (scroll down a little and you’ll see the ITINERARIES button).

Have any questions?  You are welcome to call our agent, Sarah, at Morris Murdock at this number:  801-483-6473.

If you would like to just move ahead and book the tour online right now just CLICK HERE then scroll down to where it says BOOK NOW.  It takes less than a minute to set up a simple account and then you’re off and running.  You can book this yourself and we would LOVE to have you join us.

Ultimate Summer Church History Tour and Your Last Chance to See the Hill Cumorah Pageant

July 6 – July 20, 2020

We have been leading the Ultimate Church History tour for the past twenty-five years but this year is special! With 2020 being the last year the Hill Cumorah Pageant will be preformed, this will be the only summer we will do this signature tour.  It’s a life-changing experience you won’t want to miss.  There is a reason this tour sells out every year, come find out why.

During your time on this trip, you’ll not only learn and build your faith at these church history sites so dear to the faith, you’ll have a lot of fun with the American history sites.  We’ll explore historical Boston, stay in the center of the Amish country (longer this year),  we’ll enjoy a paddle boat cruise on the Mississippi just to name a few.   While these site are the reason for the tour what surprises and blesses our guest the most is how we bond as a family and have the best time together.

CLICK HERE to see a detailed itinerary.

Would you like to just go ahead and book this online?  You can CLICK HERE then scroll down and hit the BOOK NOW button.  You set up your account (takes less than one minute) and then reserve your spot.  Questions?  Call our agent Sarah at 801-483-6473.

Experience the Spirit of the Ultimate Fall Church History Tour

October 5 – 19, 2020

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.

During your time on this trip, you’ll not only learn and build your faith at these church history sites so dear to the faith, you’ll have a lot of fun with the American history sites.  We’ll explore historical Boston, stay in the center of the Amish country (longer this year),  we’ll enjoy a paddle boat cruise on the Mississippi just to name a few.   While these site are the reason for the tour what surprises and blesses our guest the most is how we bond as a family and have the best time together.

CLICK HERE to see a detailed itinerary.

Would you like to just go ahead and book this online?   Call our agent Sarah at 801-483-6473 to get on the waiting list before the tour is even open!