8. Ultimate Church History Tour with Scot and Maurine Proctor**CALL FOR AVAILABILITY

Dates October 2–16, 2017
Destination Boston, MA; Lexington, MA Sharon, VT; Palmyra, NY; Harmony, PA; Kirtland, OH; Walnut Creek, OH St. Louis, MO; Independence, MO: Nauvoo, IL;
Duration 15 days 14 nights
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The Proctors have been leading the Ultimate Church History tour for the past twenty-five years.   They don’t just love it, they're passionate about this tour.  After all these years they've perfected it to make the most of each and every area visited.

You'll not only learn and build your faith at these sites so dear to the faith, you’ll have a lot of fun along with way with American history sites, stay in the center of the Amish country and enjoy a paddle board cruise on the Mississippi just to name a few.

Traveling in peak fall color time, besides the beauty of the area you'll get to take advantage of the cooler weather and smaller crowds. 

This is a life-changing experience you won’t want to miss.  There is a reason this tour sells out every year, come find out why. 

Questions? Contact:

Wendy Fracchia, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-5285
Email Wendy

Day 1- Monday, October 2

Fly To Boston today and stay overnight at the Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport.

Day 2 - Tuesday, October3

After breakfast, we’ll enjoy Boston, walk part of the Freedom Trail, see “Old Ironsides” and the old North Church. A memorable lecture given at Harvard Square in Cambridge will ring in your ears throughout the trip. We’ll get a feeling for the American Revolution and then let you have an enjoyable hour at Quincy Market for dinner where you’ll see the famous Faneuil Hall. Tonight we stay at the Colonial Inn in Concord, once owned by Henry David Thoreau. You’ll begin to feel Joseph Smith’s New England Heritage.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Wednesday, October 4

This morning we will relive the first moments of the Revolutionary War and see the place where the shot was fired that was “heard around the world”. We will travel the Battle Road, stopping at various points, and even see the place where Paul Revere was captured by the British. You will come to know Lexington and Concord and understand those events which brought about the Independence of this great Nation, the birthplace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days. In the afternoon we will visit Louisa May Alcott’s home and see the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and the Alcott’s are buried. Tonight we will have a never- to-be-forgotten meal together at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury. Here we will see one of America’s most picturesque site-New England’s most famous mill. Prepare yourselves for tomorrow’s journey deep into New England and the sight of Joseph Smith’s birthplace and childhood. We will stay again tonight at the Colonial Inn.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Thursday, October 5

Early this morning we leave for our trip to Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont and to Dairy Hill where we will experience strong feelings of the Spirit at the birthplace of the prophet Joseph. The setting and beauty of this site are beyond imagination. During the day we will visit the towns of Sharon, Turnbridge, and, time permitting, Norwich and Lebanon. Here we will get a feel for the first twenty years of marriage of Lucy Mack and Joseph Smith Sr. This evening we will have dinner and stay in the Best Western Inn & Suites in Rutland, VT.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Friday, October 6

Leaving New England the scenery changes as we wind our way south and west  to the fertile fields and lovely lands of Western New York. This will be a long travel day. We will see the countryside through which the Smith’s passed as they moved to the village of Palmyra. We will enjoy stories of other early leaders of the church- where they came from and how they came to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Tonight we will stay in the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa in Fairport (near Rochester), New York ( just off the Erie Canal, not too far from Palmyra) and ready ourselves for a spiritual feast tomorrow. Dinner will be at your discretion with a cash stipend at the amazing Wegmans Food Store & Deli.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Saturday, October 7

We will arise early and be at the Sacred Grove by 8:00am. For many this experience is the highlight of the whole trip. We will have our own, individual quiet time there in the Grove. Afterwards, enjoy some time on the Smith farm, tour the newly refinished Smith farm House and tour the Smith Log Cabin ( where the Angel Moroni visited the prophet). We will also visit the Martin Harris Farm, the E.B. Grandin Printing Complex and the downtown village of Palmyra. Our little walk up the hill to the Smith Cemetery will touch you as we gather at the grave of Alvin Smith, beloved oldest brother of the Prophet. This afternoon we will have the opportunity of a session at the Palmyra Temple. Dinner will be at “Applebee’s” before we stay again at the Woodcliff Hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Sunday, October 8

This morning we head east and a little south to Seneca County where the Whitmers  lived in the township of Fayette. Here the Church was legally organized on April 6, 1830 and twenty revelations of the Doctrine and Covenants were received. This is also the place where Martin Harris , Oliver Cowdrey and David Whitmer received their special witness of the plates. We will attend sacrament meeting at the Fayette Ward in one of the most beautiful chapels in all the Church. After lunch we will head south about 100 miles to Harmony, Pennsylvania where we will see the homesite of Joseph and Emma, where a good part of the Book of Mormon was translated and fifteen revelations were received. We will also take a memorable walk to the banks of the Susquehanna River where the Aaronic Priesthood was restored by John the Baptist and the first baptisms were performed in this dispensation. Check into the Double Tree Inn by Hilton in Binghamton, New York for dinner and overnight stay.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Monday, October 9

Today we travel through some of the western regions of New York where we will review the missionary labors of Samuel Smith, parley P. Pratt and his companions. The latter headed for Ohio where their labors would change the history of the Church because of the conversion of Sidney Rigdon. About midmorning we will make a stop in Corning at the glass factory en route to Kirkland, Ohio. We will arrive there in the late afternoon and tour the Newell K. Whitney Store as well as see some of the other Kirkland sites from the bus. Be prepared for a spiritual feast at the Whitney Store. Dinner will be at the “Olive garden” before checking into the best Western Laynfield Inn & Suites in Mentor, Ohio.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Tuesday, October 10

Breakfast buffet is provided at the hotel before we tour the beautiful Kirkland Temple. We will talk about the events that we know happened here and share our feelings and testimonies. Here in this Temple, The Lord Himself appeared as did Moses, Elias, Elijah, and numerous other angels. We will travel on to the John Johnson farm where the vision of the three degrees of glory and fifteen other revelations were received. Here the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon  were  mobbed, beaten and the Prophet tarred and feathered. This afternoon we travel to the heart of the Ohio Amish Country. After a short tour of the area we will have an old fashioned home style meal with them at the Dutch Valley Restaurant. Our accommodations will be at the lovely “Carlisle Inn” in Walnut Creek, Ohio.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Wednesday, October 11

Breakfast is provided prior to our big travel day as we will go all the way to St. Louis Missouri, the gateway to the west. We will follow a part of the Zion’s Camp March and discuss the significance and details of this incredible journey. You will have time to rest and we will watch a movie or two along the way. Tonight we will enjoy a Mississippi River Boat Cruise with dinner and dancing and old time fun. Our hotel tonight is the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch, within walking distance of the famous Gateway Arch.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11 - Thursday, October 12

After a deluxe quick start breakfast we will travel the 270 miles across Missouri to Independence, once the extreme western frontier of the United States. Here we will see the original temple lot, tour the Community of Christ (RLDS) temple, enjoy the LDS  visitors center and see the Jackson County Courthouse. We will review all that happened in these areas  then head north a short distance to the Liberty Jail where the Prophet and his companions were imprisoned through the cold months of the winter of 1838/1839. Here we will feel the Spirit as we read the revelations and hear the voices of the past. Tonight we stay at the Comfort Suites. Dinner is provided at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant next door- everybody’s favorite for down home cooking.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 - Friday, October 13

We will arise early to a deluxe continental breakfast and head for our morning devotional service at Adam-ondi-Ahman about one hour north/east of Liberty. Here we will read accounts from journals of the past and recount the events that have taken place and will yet occur in this scared place. We will visit the Temple site at Far West, talk about the revelations received there, recount the heart rending stories of the Saints being driven from Missouri, then head east along the approximate path the Saints were driven. We will eat dinner in Mark Twain’s Hannibal, Missouri, before heading north to the fair city on the horseshoe bend of the Mississippi River- Nauvoo. We will stay at the Nauvoo Family Inn for the three remaining nights of our tour.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13 - Saturday, October 14

This morning we arise early to attend a session in the Nauvoo Temple before breakfast. Then we will spend a glorious day touring the sites, hearing the stories of the past and getting a feeling for “the city of Joseph”. We will see the moving Relief Society Gardens where thirteen monuments to women will touch your soul. We will tour Brigham Young’s home, the Printing Complex, the Blacksmith Shop, the Seventies Hall and as many other places as we can squeeze in. You may receive a Nauvoo brick and a prairie diamond as authentic souvenirs. Tonight we dine at the old Nauvoo Hotel with their wonderful all-you-can eat dinner (including catfish if you are up to it).

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14 - Sunday, October 15

On this Sabbath we will attend Sacrament Meeting in the Nauvoo Ward,   then tour more of Nauvoo. This afternoon we travel south and east to our final stop, the Carthage Jail. Here we will have one of the highlight experiences of the trip as we review the events of Carthage, talk about feelings for Joseph and Hyrum, and end the tour with a testimony meeting.

 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15 - Monday, October 16

We have this morning free in Nauvoo. Many will want to come with us to the old Pioneer Cemetery where we visit many graves, including that of Lucy Scovil, wife of Lucius. You’ll want to go to the Allyn House (if you haven’t been there already), pick up some homemade fudge at the Orson Spencer Pratt Fudge Factory, and get ready to go home. We leave Nauvoo at noon and stop for a fast food lunch en route to St. Louis Airport and our flight   home tonight.

Meals : Breakfast

Price includes:

  • 14 nights hotel accommodations
  • Meals as specified in itinerary
  • Sightseeing as outlined in itinerary
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
  • Taxes on included services
  • Meal gratuities that are included as part of the tour
  • Tour audio sound system provided
  • Document Package

Price does not include:

  • Airfare - Please call for pricing.
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Trip cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Checked baggage fees
  • Bus Driver and Historian gratuities

Optional Pricing:

  • Double Occupancy $2499
  • Triple Occupancy $2259
  • Quad Occupancy $2099
  • Single Occupancy $3699

Payment Options:

  • $250 per-person due at booking time
  • Final payment due August 2, 2017
  • A minimum number of 40 passengers is needed for this tour to depart
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