Departure is on May 26, 2018 (subject to flight availability). The tour has a great mixture of CHURCH HISTORY, AMERICAN HISTORY, & CULTURAL ACTIVITIES. Let us know in the comment box on the registration form (or use the Contact Tab) if you have any questions. Tour runs approximately two weeks.Pricing subject to change according to market increases after April 1, 2018.
*The itinerary is tentative and subject to change Sat. May 26 - Richfield / Las Vegas / New York We will leave from the Richfield High School parking lot in chartered buses to the airport. All participants need to be at this location at a designated time TBA. The tour will end at the same Richfield parking lot at the conclusion of the tour at a designated time TBA. Our flight leaves out of Las Vegas at approximately 11pm, it will take us to New York. We will be sleeping on the plane and arrive around 6-7am Sunday.
Sun. May 27 - New York and Philadelphia, PA We will have a short Sunday service on the bus before we take in some of the sights and sounds of the “Big Apple”, New York City. We will spend a little time driving around Manhattan Island and seeing some of the sights and stop for a while at a small park where we can view the Statue of Liberty. We will also visit the 9-11 Memorial site and remember the sacrifices that were made there. We then continue on to Philadelphia to partake of this great city that was pivotal during the founding of our country. We will see and visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. (signing of the Declaration of Independence). We will overnight near Philadelphia.
Mon. May 28 - Washington D.C. We begin today by visiting our nation’s capitol, Washington D.C. We will spend a good portion of free time today seeing all the sights we can: The Smithsonian, The Holocaust Museum, The Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, The Capital, The Aerospace Museum, The White House, etc… anything your heart desires. We will then as a group travel to Arlington National Cemetery and witness its beauty and also the “Changing of the Guard”. We will conclude the day by visiting the DC Temple. We will stay the night near Rockville, MD.
Tues. May 29 - Gettysburg / Hershey, PA We make the journey today to the town of Gettysburg PA., site of the pivotal battle during the Civil War. We will visit the Gettysburg Park Museum and Visitors Center along with viewing the Cyclorama picture depicting the famous battle. We will climb Little Round Top and discuss its history and examine all the spiritual/scriptural lessons applicable to us from that significant battle location. Lunch will be a pleasure at the renowned General Pickett’s Buffett! We will visit Hershey, PA, create a delicious candy bar, then hit the road for Boston.
Wed. May 30 - Boston, Massachusetts Today, we are greeted by the great city of Boston. We will spend time walking The Freedom Trail and see sites such as Bunker Hill, Boston Harbor, Boston Commons and the graves of John Hancock, Paul Revere and others. We will then go to a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park and experience one of the top sports venue in the nation! "That moment, when you first lay eyes on that field — The Green Monster, the triangle, the scoreboard, the light tower, it all defines why baseball is such a magical game." Jayson Stark, ESPN. We will overnight near Salem, New Hampshire.
Thurs. May 31 - Sharon, Vermont / Harmony, PA Today, we will spend our time in Sharon, Vermont, the birthplace of the Prophet of the Restoration. We will tour the Visitors Center and see the film on his life. We will tour the grounds of the original farm where Solomon Mack (Joseph’s maternal grandfather) lived and farmed. We will see the remains of the foundation of his original home. Also, we will see and stand at the spot where the cabin stood in which Joseph was born and see some original pieces of that cabin. We will then visit Harmony, PA where many church history events occurred including the restoration of the priesthood and visit the grave site of Joseph and Emma's first son Alvin. We will overnight near Binghampton, NY.
Fri. June 1 - Fayette / Palmyra, NY Today, we will make our way over to the grassroots area of the Church in upstate New York. Our first site is Fayette. The Church was officially organized here in 1830 at the Peter Whitmer Sr. Log House. Today is a memorable one as we visit many of the sites in the Palmyra area. We begin by taking in E.B. Grandin Press and Print Shop where the first copies of the Book of Mormon were made. Nearby is the grave site of Alvin Smith [older brother of Joseph]. We will also visit the Hill Cumorah with the new Visitors Center. Also, there are the Smith Cabin and the frame home built by Alvin to tour and experience. Tonight those that are interested and able will enjoy doing baptisms in the Palmyra Temple. We overnight in Palmyra, NY.
Sat. June 2 - Palmyra, Niagara Falls, NY / Kirtland, Ohio This morning we begin with a visit to the Sacred Grove where we will spend some time reflecting on the events that have transpired there. We will have plenty of time in the Grove to ponder, meditate, study and write. Following this experience we will travel to the majestic Niagara Falls for a memorable photo opportunity as well as a voyage on one of the ‘Maid of the Mist’ boats that take you right under the falls. From here we travel south to Kirtland, Ohio. This area is amazing as we visit four different sites where the Father and Son appeared. Our first stop is the new Historic Kirtland Visitors Center where missionaries will acclimate us with all the rich church history that is found in this great area near the Newel K. Whitney Store.
Sun. June 3 - Kirtland, Ohio Today we will spend the Sabbath in Kirtland. We will attend church services here with the local ward and then visit the sites, including the four different places where the Father and Son appeared. Places such as the Newel K. Whitney store including the school of the Prophets room, the Isaac Morley farm and the John Johnson Home [D&C 76] in Hiram. Next we visit the Kirtland Temple, which was the first Temple built in this dispensation [D&C 109 & 110]. We will also visit the cemetery north of the temple and find many names familiar to Latter-day Saints from the Kirtland era. We will overnight again near Mentor, Ohio.
Mon. June 4 - Sandusky, Ohio Today, we visit the #1 rated amusement park on the planet. The famous Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio which is located on the shore of Lake Erie. It is the second oldest amusement park in North America and boasts the largest number of roller coasters of any other amusement park! No wonder it is known as the Roller Coaster Capitol of the World! We will have plenty of time to browse all 363 acres and especially enjoy the experience because of the Fast Pass Plus (purchased day of) which allows front of the line access to all rides!
Tues. June 5 - Shipshewana, IN / University of Notre Dame / Chicago Cubs Game Today we are traveling through Amish country and cross Ohio into Indiana and will have an incredible experience as we stop in Shipshewana, Indiana and enjoy a tour of the MENNO-HOF (Mennonite-Amish) Visitors Center and Museum. This museum shares a great presentation of the history of this very fascinating people as well as many other religions throughout the Dark Ages. We also will feast on a home-cooked Amish meal that will truly be memorable. Then, we make a stop in South Bend Indiana and do a campus tour of the University of Notre Dame and see the history and traditions of this great university.
Wed. June 6 - Carthage / Nauvoo, IL We arrive today in Carthage and reflect on the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith at the Carthage Jail. Following this sobering experience we venture over to Nauvoo and re-experience history as we view the newly rebuilt Nauvoo Temple…, for those able and interested will perform Baptisms. Time permitting we visit the LDS Visitors Center where we see the model of 1846 Nauvoo and the magnificent sculpture garden that features the Monument to Women. For those interested in the Missionary Production “High Hopes and Riverboats” will also be able to attend those. These sites should keep us all busy for the day. This evening those interested may enjoy “Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo”, or “Sunset by the Mississippi”; both are productions put on by the local missionaries. Baptisms for the Dead in the Nauvoo temple. We overnight near Nauvoo.
Thurs. June 7 - Nauvoo / Independence / Liberty Jail, MO Today we spend our morning soaking in the sights and sounds of Nauvoo. There are over 30 sites to see and choose from... several historical homes and sites, Community of Christ (RLDS) Visitors Center, a horse and carriage ride, a good local fudge factory, etc. We will then travel to Independence where we will explore the area with a visit to the Community of Christ Temple and Headquarters (formerly RLDS) as well as the ‘Temple Lot’ and the newly remodeled LDS Visitors Center. We will study from our scriptures the revelations leading up to the designation of Independence as the “center place” of Zion. We will also spend some visiting the “Temple Prison”—Liberty Jail to learn and experience that sacred location. There will also be a visit to the Liberty Cemetery. We will overnight near Kansas City, MO.
Fri. June 8 - Adam Ondi Ahman/Far West Kanesville Tabernacle/Winter Quarters/Pioneer Cemetery We will see where the human race began at Adam-Ondi-Ahman. We will spend some time exploring the past, present and future significance of this sacred ground. We will visit Far West where, among other things, the cornerstones for a temple were laid. Also, we will visit the location of Haun’s Mill to learn of the tragedy that occurred there and explore the lessons that can be applied to us today. We travel to the Kanesville Tabernacle (Council Bluffs, Iowa) where the Church has constructed a beautiful new Visitors Center. We then make our way to Omaha, Nebraska to visit the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters. It was here where the Saints who fled Nauvoo ended for the winter of 1846-47. Here we also see the Pioneer Cemetery and the new Winter Quarters Temple. We will stay the night in Omaha.
Sat. June 9 - Omaha / Laramie, WY We spend a little more time in Omaha (possible baptisms) and then make our way across Nebraska and Wyoming. We spend the night in Laramie.
Sun. June 10 - This is the Place Monument, SLC / Home We will spend time learning of the stories of our pioneer ancestors who sacrificed much in building the Kingdom of God. The final stretch of our journey takes us back to the great state of Utah, a stop at 'This is the Place Monument' in SLC, and then home to our families.
*The itinerary is subject to change.
COST PER PERSON:- $1900 (Quadruple Occupancy) Pricing is subject to change after April 1, 2018.
Double Occupancy / Or Couples: $2700 per person
DEPOSIT REQUIRED: $400 per person (deposit goes up closer to tour date)
PAYMENT SCHEDULE: The $400 deposit at time of registration with monthly payments of at least $400 with the balance due by April 15, 2018. All registrations not paid in full by April 15, 2018 will be subject to market increases. All new registrations received after April 15, 2018 will be subject to a minimum $300 increase and/or other fees based on market conditions.
ROOMMATES: If you have a roommate preference, please let us know. Single people may sign up for accommodations on a share basis and will be assigned roommates as circumstances permit. If a roommate is unavailable, the participant will be notified of the adjusted price prior to departure.
CANCELLATION FEES and REFUND: $400 of the deposit is non-refundable for all cancellations. In addition, all cancellation charges imposed by airlines, hotels, vendors, operators, etc. will be passed on to the participant.
TOUR INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
▪ One-way airfare from Salt Lake City or Las Vegas to destination airport.
▪ First-class, top quality tour with experienced tour directors
▪ Private, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
▪ Hotel Accommodations
▪ Three meals daily (Tour pays for two and participant pays for one meal.)
▪ Admission fees to all sites except Cedar Point (see detailed itinerary)
▪ Tour t-shirt, lanyard, string back pack & digital tour manual
▪ Airport and other departure taxes- (luggage fees by participant if applicable)
▪ REGISTRATION, DEPOSIT, PAYMENT, AND CANCELLATION: Early reservations are strongly recommended. Special arrangements for payments can be made for unique circumstances. Checks should be made payable to LIBERTY TOURS. All cancellation penalties are the responsibility of the participant.
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ITEMS NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE: Entrance to Cedar Point Amusement Park (approx. $150 for Fast Pass Plus), Baggage Fee approx. $25 & Other items such as: Souvenirs, excess baggage or portage charges, personal- trip or baggage insurance, room service, laundry, phone charges, food or beverages not part of the group menu, tips / gratuities for special services, expenses incurred on personal activities not included where group participation is not specified in the itinerary, etc. Suggested amount of spending money to bring is $400-$500 per person.