Church History Tour

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Church History Tour

9-Day Land Tour

07/11/2025 - 07/19/2025

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Price

  • $2395 per person based on double occupancy – Cash/Check/Zelle Price
  • $2467 per person if paying by debit/credit card. (double occupancy)

  • $2195 per person based on triple occupancy (cash/check price)
  • $2261 per person based on triple occupancy (credit card price)

  • $2095 per person based on quad occupancy (cash/check price)
  • $2158 per person based on quad occupancy (credit card price)

  • $3095 for single occupancy (cash/check price)
  • $3188 single occupancy rate (credit card price)

 

Tips

Several of you have asked about the tipping for the bus driver and guide. This is done at the end of each leg the tour (anytime during the last day per bus driver).
• Driver: A tip is required for the driver and we recommend the amount of $30 per person for the tour, split between 2 drivers.
• LDS Guide: This tip is not required; but it is appreciated. If you feel they did a good job and would like to thank them, this is the perfect way to do so.

Payment Schedule

  • $250 per person due at time of booking
  • Final Payment: Final payment is due three months before the tour departure date.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel: Deposit is non-refundable; however, it is transferable to another guest on a new booking, traveling on the same tour date. After final payment, the full amount is non-refundable. If you cancel and you can find someone to take your spot, we will refund the deposit. If we have a waiting list, we will refund your deposit by placing someone in your spot.
  • If we cancel the tour for any reason: Deposit is non-refundable; however, it can be transferred to any other tour or kept as a future tour credit to be used at any time on one of our advertised tours (cannot be transferred to a cruise). The balance will be refunded or applied to a future tour as a credit.
  • The only way to avoid trip cancellation penalties is to buy trip cancellation insurance. If you are interested in the insurance, we can help you purchase it.

A minimum number of 29 passengers is needed for this tour to depart

Check Your Invoice Names: Please check to see that your names are spelled correctly. Your first and last names must appear as they appear on your passport for International travel and Driver’s License for domestic tours.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb stairs and walk unassisted at a moderate pace 3-5 miles per day. 

Please note that minor changes to the itinerary may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group.

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Join Casey Griffiths & Bountiful Travel on this unforgettable tour to Palmyra, Kirtland, Independence, and Nauvoo. The highlights of the tour are the Sacred Grove, Joseph Smith farm, historic Kirtland village, the Kirtland temple, Independence, Liberty Jail, Far West, historic Nauvoo, and the Nauvoo temple to name a few. You and your family will enjoy Casey as he takes you to these historic places. We will stay in nice hotels all along the way, eating some of our meals at the hotels. We do meals at the hotels as we have found this to be a great way to allow for group interaction and better, quicker meals.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Fly to Rochester

July 11, 2025 (Friday)

You will depart this morning for Rochester, New York. Plan to arrive at the hotel before 7:00 pm as there will be a welcome meeting, giving you a chance to get to know the group before beginning the tour the next morning. Hotel: Hampton Inn and Suites Rochester/Victor

Day 2 : Palmyra - Sacred Grove - Hill Cumorah

July 12, 2025 (Saturday)

We will spend the day seeing the sites in Palmyra and Fayette New York. Our stops include the Sacred Grove, the Smith Family Farm, the rebuilt log home where Moroni’s visits took place, the Hill Cumorah, the Grandin Press (where the Book of Mormon was first published), and the Peter Whitmer farm. Meals : Breakfast, Dinner at the hotel. Hotel: Hampton Inn and Suites Rochester/Victor

Day 3 : Harmony, Pennsylvania - Colesville - Susquehanna River

July 13, 2025 (Sunday)

We will begin the day by attending sacrament meeting. We will then travel to Harmony, PA and the Susquehanna River. Much of the translation of the Book of Mormon took place here. Also, this is where the Priesthood was restored and Joseph and Oliver were baptized. The sites include Joseph and Emma’s home, and the Isaac Hale home. On our way back to the hotel Time permitting, we may have the opportunity to visit the restored home of Joseph Knight in Colesville New York. Hyrum Smith was the branch president of one of the church’s first branches in Colesville. We will then return to hotel. Meals : Breakfast, Dinner. Hotel: Hampton Inn and Suites Rochester/Victor

Day 4 : Niagara Falls

July 14, 2025 (Monday)

We check out and head toward Kirtland. On our way, we will stop at Niagara Falls, the oldest state park in the USA. We will board the Maid of the Mist boat which passes directly in front of the falls and enters Horseshoe Basin. This is a fun activity you don’t want to miss! After free time for lunch and shopping we travel to Kirtland, OH. Meals : Breakfast, Dinner at the hotel. Hotel : Holiday Inn Mentor

Day 5 : Kirtland

July 15, 2025 (Tuesday)

Today we will visit sites in the Kirtland area. The morning will begin with a visit to the Kirtland temple. It was here that the Savior appeared to Joseph and Oliver. Moses, Elias, and Elijah also appeared and restored the Keys of the Priesthood associated with the temple ordinances. We will also visit Joseph and Emma’s home. We will visit the historic village of Kirtland, where we will see the LDS Visitor’s Center, the Newell K. Whitney home (where Joseph and Emma lived) and the Newell K. Whitney store (which included the School of the Prophets and where many revelations, including the Word of Wisdom were received). We will also see the reconstructed Kirtland Schoolhouse, the Kirtland Ashery, and a reconstructed water-powered sawmill. Following some free time for lunch, we will visit the Morley Farm where a home was built for Joseph when he moved to Ohio. In the late afternoon, we will also visit the Johnson Farm, where much opposition came to Joseph and where the Church periodical The Evening and Morning Star was published. Meals : Breakfast, Dinner, Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen. Hotel: Holiday Inn Mentor

Day 6 : Kansas City - Independence

July 16, 2025 (Wednesday)

This morning we will transfer to the Cleveland airport for an early flight to Kansas City. Upon arrival, we will have a bus waiting for us to take us to Independence, where we will visit the LDS Visitors Center near the temple site in Jackson County. we will also visit the Liberty Jail where the Prophet Joseph spent several months while the Saints suffered severe persecution in Missouri. Meals : Breakfast, lunch. Hotel : Comfort Suites Independence

Day 7 : Adam-Ondi-Ahman - Far West - Nauvoo

July 17, 2025 (Thursday)

As we travel to Nauvoo we will visit the historic site of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and Far West where the name of the church was revealed. After arriving in Nauvoo we will visit the Joseph Smith homestead; the grave sites of Joseph, Emma, and Hyrum; the Mansion House; and the Red Brick Store. Meals : Breakfast, Dinner. Picnic in Nauvoo Hotel: Hampton Inn Keokuk

Day 8 : Nauvoo - Carthage

July 18, 2025 (Friday)

Our day begins with free time to browse through the many restored homes and buildings in Old Nauvoo, including the homes of Brigham Young, John Taylor, Heber C Kimball, Lucy Mack Smith and the Jonathan Browning Gun Shop. This afternoon we will travel the old road to Carthage to view a production of the Life of the Prophet Joseph Smith at the Visitor’s Center. Next, we will tour the jail itself where the Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum were martyred. Meals : Breakfast, Dinner at Los Charros . Hotel: Hampton Inn Keokuk.

Day 9 : St. Louis Airport - Home

July 19, 2025 (Saturday)

We will check out of our hotels this morning and depart for the St. Louis airport. Meals : Breakfast,

Information

 

 

INCLUDED
8 nights hotel accommodations
Meals as specified in itinerary
Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
Taxes on included services
Internal flight from Cleveland to Kansas City (group flight)
Meal gratuities

 

NOT INCLUDED
Airfare to Rochester and home from St. Louis
Transportation from the Rochester airport to the Hotel
Meals not specified in itinerary
Items of personal nature
Trip cancellation and baggage insurance
Checked baggage fees
Bus Driver gratuities
Tips for the LDS tour director are appreciated but not required

Pricing

Price

  • $2395 per person based on double occupancy – Cash/Check/Zelle Price
  • $2467 per person if paying by debit/credit card. (double occupancy)

  • $2195 per person based on triple occupancy (cash/check price)
  • $2261 per person based on triple occupancy (credit card price)

  • $2095 per person based on quad occupancy (cash/check price)
  • $2158 per person based on quad occupancy (credit card price)

  • $3095 for single occupancy (cash/check price)
  • $3188 single occupancy rate (credit card price)

 

Tips

Several of you have asked about the tipping for the bus driver and guide. This is done at the end of each leg the tour (anytime during the last day per bus driver).
• Driver: A tip is required for the driver and we recommend the amount of $30 per person for the tour, split between 2 drivers.
• LDS Guide: This tip is not required; but it is appreciated. If you feel they did a good job and would like to thank them, this is the perfect way to do so.

Payment Schedule

  • $250 per person due at time of booking
  • Final Payment: Final payment is due three months before the tour departure date.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel: Deposit is non-refundable; however, it is transferable to another guest on a new booking, traveling on the same tour date. After final payment, the full amount is non-refundable. If you cancel and you can find someone to take your spot, we will refund the deposit. If we have a waiting list, we will refund your deposit by placing someone in your spot.
  • If we cancel the tour for any reason: Deposit is non-refundable; however, it can be transferred to any other tour or kept as a future tour credit to be used at any time on one of our advertised tours (cannot be transferred to a cruise). The balance will be refunded or applied to a future tour as a credit.
  • The only way to avoid trip cancellation penalties is to buy trip cancellation insurance. If you are interested in the insurance, we can help you purchase it.

A minimum number of 29 passengers is needed for this tour to depart

Check Your Invoice Names: Please check to see that your names are spelled correctly. Your first and last names must appear as they appear on your passport for International travel and Driver’s License for domestic tours.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb stairs and walk unassisted at a moderate pace 3-5 miles per day. 

Please note that minor changes to the itinerary may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group.

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Casey Paul Griffiths is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is a director of BYU’s Church History Travel Study, leader of the BYU Interfaith Outreach efforts to Community of Christ, and President of the BYU Latter-day Saint Educators Society. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Latter-day Saint history, including What You Don’t Know About the 100 Most Important Events in Church History, authored with Susan Easton Black and Mary Jane Woodger. He has been a popular speaker and session director with EFY and BYU Education Week for nearly two decades, and has traveled around the world presenting his research and speaking on the history of the Latter-day Saints. He lives in Saratoga Springs with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four adorable children.
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