Church History Tour

Church History Tour

10 Day Land Tour

07/07/2022 - 07/16/2022

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Casey Griffiths

Join Casey Griffiths on this spiritual journey to the sites of the Restoration as we visit Palmyra, Fayette, Susquehanna, Kirtland, Independence, Liberty Jail, Adam-ondi-Ahman, Nauvoo, Carthage Jail, and so much more!  Hear the stories and read the revelations at the actual sites where they took place.  Be taught while traveling and while visiting these sacred sites by historical guides, set apart missionaries, and each other.  We won’t just talk about the history of these places, but how the stories of the past can help us draw closer to the Savior in our everyday lives!

A pre-tour excursion to NIAGARA FALLS is available. 

Itinerary

Day 1 : Fly to Rochester

July 6, 2022 (Wednesday)
Fly to Rochester for those going to Niagara Falls.

Day 2 : *Optional Niagara Falls Tour

July 7, 2022 (Thursday)
We will be picked up at our hotel at 8:00am on the morning for the 1 ½ hour ride to the Falls where we will experience all of the following: A thrilling ride aboard the world-famous Maid of the Mist Boat (rain gear provided); View the Falls atop the American Observation Tower; Feel the thunder at the adventurous Cave of the Winds and descend 175 feet to the “famed” Hurricane Deck at the base of the Bridal Veil Falls (rain gear provided); View the magnificent Niagara River Gorge to see how the churning waters of the world-renowned Niagara Falls carved out this awesome spectacle; Visit the oldest state park in the U.S.A.: Niagara Falls State Park; Visit ALL KEY viewing areas of the Falls including Goat Island; In addition, visit or view: Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Three Sister Islands, Luna Island, Terrapin Point, Prospect Park, Table Rock, Toronto Power House, Raging Rapids, Old Scow, International Water Control Gates, Water Intakes, Queen Victoria Park, Sir Harry Oakes Garden Theatre, Giant Whirlpool, Hydro-electric Power Plants, Niagara Escarpment, and the Floral Clock; Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch overlooking the Falls at the Grand Fallsview Sheraton Restaurant

Day 1 : Fly to Rochester

July 7, 2022 (Thursday)
Fly to Rochester, New York. We will hold a short meeting this evening and discuss our upcoming trip itinerary. Plan on arriving before 7pm for our welcome dinner and meeting.

Day 2 : Sacred Grove - Smith Family Farm - Grandin Press - Hill Cumorah

July 8, 2022 (Friday)
We will spend a full day seeing the sites in Palmyra. Our stops will 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), the Martin Harris Farm, and the exterior of the Palmyra Temple. (B, D)

Day 3 : Peter Witmer Fam - Harmony, PA - Susquehanna River

July 9, 2022 (Saturday)
Today we travel to Fayette, New York and visit the Peter Whitmer Farm. This is where the Church was officially organized. We then journey on to Harmony, Pennsylvania where most of the Book of Mormon was translated. We visit the new Priesthood Restoration Site at the Susquehanna River. (B, D)

Day 4 : John Johnson Farm - Travel to Kirtland

July 10, 2022 (Sunday)
We travel to Hiram, Ohio today. We will then visit the John Johnson Farm where Section 76 of the Doctrine and Covenants was received. Joseph and Sidney saw the Celestial Kingdom, the Father and the Savior, and many other things in the upper room of this home. This is a very sacred place. We then continue on to the hotel in Kirtland. (B, D)

Day 5 : Kirtland Temp - Morley Farm - Newell K. Whitney Home & Store

July 11, 2022 (Monday)
Our full day in Kirtland begins with a private tour of the interior of the Kirtland Temple. We then visit the Morley Farm where the first missionaries were sent out, the Father and Son appeared, and where the first High Priests were ordained. Throughout the day, we will also visit the LDS Kirtland Visitor’s Center; the Newell K. Whitney home where Joseph and Emma lived; the Newell K. Whitney store which included the School of the Prophets where many revelations (including the Word of Wisdom) were received; the John Johnson Inn where the Church periodical, The Evening and Morning Star was published; the reconstructed Kirtland Schoolhouse; the Kirtland Ashery and a reconstructed water-powered sawmill; and a home of the Prophet Joseph Smith. (B, D)

Day 6 : Fly from Cleveland to Kansas City - Independance - Liberty Jail

July 12, 2022 (Tuesday)
This morning we transfer to the Cleveland, Ohio airport for our flight to Kansas City, Missouri. Once in Missouri, we tour Independence and Liberty Jail where so many enlightening revelations were received by the Prophet. (B, L)

Day 7 : Farr West - Adam-ondi-Ahman

July 13, 2022 (Wednesday)
We travel to the “City Beautiful”—Nauvoo. Included in our day are Joseph Smith’s home and grave site; the Red Brick Store; the LDS Visitor’s Center; the Relief Society Statue Gardens; the Seventies Hall; Brigham Young’s home; Wilford Woodruff’s home; Heber C. Kimball’s home; and other historical sites. You may also visit the Land and Records Center to discover your personal Nauvoo heritage. Attending the Nauvoo Temple will depend on the 2022 temple schedule. (B, L)

Day 8 : Nauvoo - Joseph Smith's Home and Grave Site - Red Brick Store

July 14, 2022 (Thursday)
We travel to the “City Beautiful”—Nauvoo. Included in our day are Joseph Smith’s home and grave site; the Red Brick Store; the LDS Visitor’s Center; the Relief Society Statue Gardens; the Seventies Hall; Brigham Young’s home; Wilford Woodruff’s home; Heber C. Kimball’s home; and other historical sites. You may also visit the Land and Records Center to discover your personal Nauvoo heritage. Attending the Nauvoo Temple will depend on the 2022 temple schedule. (B, L)

Day 9 : Nauvoo Temple - Cathage Jail

July 15, 2022 (Friday)
This would be a good time to attend the Nauvoo Temple, limited availability, as we have free time in the morning. Later that afternoon we will drive to Carthage Jail. It was here that Joseph and Hyrum sealed their testimonies as martyrs. There will be an option to attend the British Pageant this night. This evening we attend have a farewell dinner at Hotel Nauvoo. (B, D)

Day 10 : Fly Home from St. Louis

July 16, 2022 (Saturday)
Today we drive down to St. Louis for our return flights home. (B)

Information

INCLUDED
Lectures with CASEY GRIFFITHS
Meals as indicated (all breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners)
Hotel Accommodations
Internal flight from Cleveland to Kansas City (group flight)
Use of a receiver to better hear the narrative and instructions above the background noise.
Entrance Fees & Activities
Transportation in a Deluxe Air-conditioned Coach

 

NOT INCLUDED
Meals on arrival day, 6 lunches, 2 dinners and meals on the way home.
Air to Rochester and home from St. Louis
Personal Items
Trip Cancellation Protection

 

*Optional 1-Night Pre-Tour Visit to Niagara Falls*
INCLUDED
Extra Hotel Night in Rochester
Transportation from the hotel in Rochester to Niagara Falls (round trip)
Private sightseeing tour with a Professional Licensed Guide
Buffet Lunch
Maid of the Mist & Cave of the Winds
Sightseeing Tour of Niagara Falls (Canada and U.S.A.)
Admission/Attraction Fees/Parking Fees
All Tolls/Bridge Tolls/Taxes
Standard Gratuities

Pricing

Price

  • $2320 per person based on double occupancy for cash or check payments.
  • $2390 per person based on double occupancy for credit card payments.
  • Single Supplement is $725

*Optional 1-Night Pre-Tour Visit to Niagara Falls*

  • $455 per person based on double occupancy
  • Single Supplement $90

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 steps and walk briskly unassisted.

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

Headliners

Casey Griffiths
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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