2023 Church History Tour with Gerrit and Angie Dirkmaat

Dates June 19 - 25, 2023
Destination Baltimore, MD; Gettysburg, PA; Harmony, PA; Palmyra, NY; Niagara Falls, NY; Kirtland, OH; Hiram, OH;
Duration 7 days 6 nights
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Join Gerrit Dirkmaat and his beautiful wife Angie on this unforgettable tour of the sacred sights of the restoration.

This tour starts in Baltimore and will have a full day honoring our American history at important points including Fort McHenry and the hallowed ground of Gettysburg.

We continue on to visit the new Priesthood Restoration site, the Susquehanna River, Peter Whitmer Farm, Sacred Grove, Palmyra Temple, Niagara Falls, Kirtland Temple, Morley Farm, Whitney Store, and the John Johnson Farm to name a few.

Gerrit Dirkmaat has a PhD. in American History and worked for the Church History Department on the Joseph Smith Papers Project.  He will be able to offer insights into the events of the Restoration that are not available anywhere else.

While other companies take 2 and 3 buses on their tours, ours has a 1 bus guarantee that ensures you have an intimate experience at the sites as well as your educator. It allows your group to bond and makes fast friends with those you are traveling with. You will not come home wishing you had more of anything but more time.

Physical activity on this tour: Be advised that the Church Historic Sites are presented in a more natural state, meaning the paths are not paved and the ground is often uneven.  To participate fully in the tours of these sites, tour members will need to walk considerable distances on these paths.  In addition, to participate in Niagara Falls, the tour members will need to walk with the group around 1/4 mile from the closest bus drop-off to the boat embarkation.  In addition, the days are full of touring from breakfast to dinner time with "down-time" only in the evening.

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour!
  • The same Morris Murdock LDS tour Director for the whole trip
  • VERY INCLUSIVE rate - many meals and ALL sights mentioned are included and MORE
  • Licensed, insured, and bonded travel agency with 60 years of experience!! Ask around, IT MATTERS!

 Space will fill fast.  Click on the Book Now button below to reserve your space today.

Tour ID # 9223F19

To Book this tour you can also contact:

Dani Edmunds, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6114
Email Dani

Day 1: Monday, June 19, 2023

Home City to Baltimore

Depart for Baltimore airport. Upon arrival in Baltimore, we transfer to our hotel and dinner where we will become better acquainted with our group. 

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Baltimore - Gettysburg - Allentown  

This morning we begin our tour at Fort McHenry.  Fort McHenry is a historical American coastal fort on Locust Point. It is best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy.  Next, we travel to Gettysburg. Our first stop will be lunch at the historic Dobbin house built in 1776, then we visit the Gettysburg Visitor’s Center and watch the introduction movie, tour the museum, and see the Cyclorama Painting.  We will then visit the battlefield and our last stop will be the National Cemetery which is famous throughout the world as the site of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. We end our day with a better understanding of the sacrifices made in the most crucial battles of the Civil War.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3: Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Harmony - Fayette - Palmyra  

Today we depart for Palmyra, NY.  En route we visit the Priesthood Restoration Site in Susquehanna County, PA. Here we see the visitor’s center and explore the place where Joseph and Emma Smith lived from 1827 to 1830. Next, we travel to the Peter Whitmer Farm where the Church was organized on April 6, 1830.   

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Thursday, June 22, 2023


Today we spend time in the Sacred Grove and reflect on the special events that took place here. Next, we visit the restored home and farm of Joseph Smith, Sr., including the restored log cabin where the Smith family lived at the time of the first vision. We see the Palmyra Temple and talk about the importance of this modern-day temple in this historic and sacred place. Next, we see the Grandin Printing Complex where the first Book of Mormon was printed and then the grave site of Alvin Smith, eldest brother of Joseph Smith.  Our last stop will be the Hill Cumorah and visitor’s center. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Friday, June 23, 2023

Niagara Falls - Kirtland  

Today we continue our journey to Niagara Falls, the oldest state park in the USA. We board the Maid of the Mist boat which passes directly in front of the falls and enters Horseshoe Basin. This is a not to miss activity! After free time for lunch we travel to Kirtland, OH.  

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Saturday, June 24, 2023

Kirtland - Hiram   

We spend the morning visiting the Morley Farm and the historic Kirtland village including the LDS Visitor’s Center, Whitney Home and Store, Johnson Inn, Ashery, and Sawmill.  Next, we see the Temple Quarry and enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon we depart for Hiram, OH to visit the John Johnson Farm.  It was at the Johnson farm that Joseph Smith received the vision of the three degrees of glory.  We finish our day at Mary Yoders with an Amish dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Sunday, June 25, 2023

Hiram - Home

Following Sacrament meeting, we see the Kirtland Temple where The Lord Himself appeared as did Moses, Elias, Elijah, and numerous other angels.  We conclude our tour with a late afternoon flight home and a better appreciation for the life of the Prophet Joseph and the early saints.

Meals : Breakfast

Tour Includes:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour
  • 6-night’s hotel accommodations
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
  • Group transfers
  • Taxes on included services
  • Maid of the Mist boat ride in Niagara Falls
  • Meal gratuities on included meals

Price does not include (for all tours):

  • Airfare to Baltimore and back from Cleveland, OH
  • Additional transfers when not arriving or departing with the group
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Trip cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Checked baggage fees
  • Bus Driver and Historian gratuities

Optional Pricing:

  • Double Price: $1719.00
  • Triple Price: $1669.00
  • Quad Price: $1619.00
  • Single Price:  $2129.00
  • Cash Discount $50 per person

Payment Terms:

  • $250.00 per person due at booking time
  • Final payment due April 19, 2023
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Note: Do not purchase airline tickets without consulting LDS Travel Study. There is a minimum amount of 30 passengers needed to operate this tour.