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The Creating of America Combined with Church History

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The Creating of America Combined with Church History

16 day tour - July 8, 2021

This special unique tour is a combination of three subjects:  The American Revolution, the creation of United States of America with freedom of religion that leads to the restoration, along with the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Before there could be a restoration, there had to be a country free enough to accept the restoration.  That happened with the creation of the United States of America.  Michael has done American History Tours covering the American Revolution, the Civil War, and other important parts of our country’s history.   He has also done Church History Tours that started in Palmyra and followed the saints to Nauvoo.  What makes this tour different is the emphasis on the events and miracles that lead to the creation of our free country.  It is not a general American History Tour, it will specifically cover the American Revolution leading up to the creation of our country.  Once God had helped create a free land, Christ’s Church could be restored to the earth.  The second half of this special tour will cover the First Vision along with a Church History Tour, involving the important Church History events in Palmyra, Kirtland, Independence, Liberty Jail, Far West, Nauvoo, and Carthage Jail.

 

The Church announced that 2021 would be the last year that the Hill Cumorah Pageant would be performed, we felt that it was vital for our tour to arrive into Palmyra during the time of the Pageant so that our passengers would have the opportunity to experience the Hill Cumorah Pageant.   After 2021, all future Hill Cumorah Pageants have been cancelled.  Additionally, time permitting, we plan to stop at Niagara Falls on the way to Kirtland.

Package Price Includes:

Our 16 Day PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES:

Important Note: Many travel companies show a low price, but by the time you add everything in, they become expensive.

Our pricing is a package that will actually give you more for less!  Below we have listed what is included in our discounted package price.

  • 3 Nights 4-Star Luxury Hotel Downtown Boston.
  • 2 Nights 4-Star Luxury Hotel Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • Flight between Boston to Virginia Area.
  • 2 Nights 4-Star Luxury Hotel Philadelphia near Liberty Square.
  • 1 night quality hotel near Susquehanna Church History Sites.
  • 7 nights quality hotels in Palmyra, Kirtland, Independence, and Nauvoo areas.
  • Flight between Kirtland and Independence.
  • Quality buses throughout the tour.
  • Guides in Boston, Williamsburg, James Town, Plimoth Plantation, York Town, Washington DC, Mount Vernon, and more.
  • Special Dinner at Plimoth Plantation.
  • All Entrance Fees.
  • Special Guest Educators: S. Michael Wilcox and Jeff Lawson- our expect in American History.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff Throughout.
  • All transfers if you arrive and depart near the time of our group airfare
  • Individual “Whisper Perfect” headset receivers.

Package Price: $4,695*

*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Call for single supplement pricing.
Does not include airfare and tips.

Important Note: This itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1:  July 8:  Fly to Boston
Today we will fly to Boston, Massachusetts. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. (Transfer is included if you arrive when the SLC Group arrives.)

Day 2: July 9:  Boston
Today will be a full-day tour that will include a walking tour along the Freedom Trail with a visit to Faneuil Hall, a chance to see the Old South Meeting House, the Old North Church, Bunker Hill, and many other important historical sites associated with the beginning of the Revolutionary war. Overnight in the Boston area.

Day 3: July 10:  Boston
We will visit the place where the “Shot Heard Round the World” occurred in Lexington, Massachusetts.  Also, a visit to the famous Old North Bridge at Concord. Later that day we will visit the famous “Plimoth Plantation”, a reproduction of the original Pilgrim’s Plymouth colony. We will return to our hotel to overnight.

Day 4: July 11:  Boston – Williamsburg
This morning we will fly to Washington DC. Upon arrival, we will visit Mount Vernon home of George Washington. Then we will drive to Williamsburg. Overnight near Williamsburg.

Day 5: July 12:  Williamsburg
Today we will visit Jamestown and Yorktown.  Jamestown is where America really began with our country’s first permanent colony established in 1619.   Yorktown was the climactic, final battle that decided the Revolutionary War where General Cornwallis and his British troops are trapped and defeated by General Washington. Then we will return to Williamsburg where you will have time to enjoy the colonial historic city of Williamsburg. This colonial city was the colonial capital of Virginia before the revolutionary war.  It now is a living history museum with costumed actors, historic shops, historic taverns where you can dine, and the colonial capital building.  Here you will learn how people during the colonial days lived and worked.  Overnight near Williamsburg.

Day 6: July 13:  Williamsburg – Washington DC – Philadelphia
This morning we will drive around 3 hours to Washington DC. Time permitting, we plan to have around 5 hours in Washington DC.  We plan to do an approximate 1½ hour city tour followed by free time where you will be able to visit the United States Capitol building along with the many museums and monuments at the National Mall. Then we will drive 2½ hour to Philadelphia, where we will overnight.

Day 7: July 14:  Philadelphia
Since we are so close to so many wonderful historical sites, we are going to spend the day around Philadelphia.  Today we will explore Independence National Historic Park.  We will start the day with a Constitutional walking tour in Independence Square.  Also, today we will visit the birthplace of our nation Independence Hall.  The Declaration of Independence and Constitution were both debated and signed within Independence Hall.  You will have free time to visit the Liberty Bell on your own.  We will also tour inside the National Constitution Center which is an interactive museum dedicated to the history of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  We overnight Philadelphia again.

Day 8: July 15:  Philadelphia – Susquehanna
Today we will visit another important historical site associated with our country’s revolutionary war history.  We will visit the famous Valley Forge where Washington and his troops endured a long, cold winter. Then we will drive around 3 hours to Susquehanna, PA where we will visit the newly dedicated Priesthood Restoration Site.  We will visit the baptismal site of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.  We will visit the home of Isaac & Elizabeth Hale and also Joseph & Emma.  We will also see the gravesites of the Hales and Alvin Smith (Joseph Smith’s oldest son). This is a wonderful brand new site that was just recently opened. Overnight near Binghamton.

Day 9 & 10: July 16 and 17:  Palmyra
Today we will travel into Palmyra New York where we will have a full day visiting all of the Church History sites. Over the next 2 days we will visit sites that will include: The Joseph Smith Sr. home, the Sacred Grove, the Hill Cumorah, the Grandin Printing Complex (where the first Books of Mormon were printed) and the Peter Whitmer farm in Fayette (where the Church was organized).

Day 11: July 18:  Palmyra – Kirkland
This morning we will start our drive to Kirtland, Ohio. On our way to Kirtland enjoy the majestic Niagara Falls. We will spend the night in Kirtland. (If we have time to ride Maide of the Mist it will be at your own expense.)

Day 12: July 19:  Kirkland
Today we have a full day visiting all of the important sites around Kirtland including: The Kirtland Temple, the Newel K. Whitney Store (School of the Prophets), the Morley Farm, the New LDS Visitor Center and more.

Day 13: July 20:  Independence, Missouri
This morning we fly to Independence, Missouri Area. The Saints went by wagon train. Other tours go by bus, but we are going by airplane. Upon arrival, we will visit Independence including the Independence Visitor Center and Temple Mount, Independence.

Day 14: July 21:  Independence – Nauvoo
This morning we will visit Far West and Liberty jail before we travel to Nauvoo.  If time permits, we will do an overview of the city before getting settled into your hotel.

Day 15: July 22:  Nauvoo
Today we have a full day in Nauvoo. You will have time for a Temple session in the new Nauvoo Temple, if available. You will have time to see many of the restored buildings of (Old Nauvoo) and Church History sites. You will also have time to walk the Trail of Hope, where the saints crossed the Mississippi to head west.

Day 16: July 23:  Carthage Jail – Home
Today we visit the Carthage Jail where the Prophet and his brother were martyred. This afternoon we travel to the airport for your flight home.  You cannot catch a flight until after 5 pm.