2023 Fall Nauvoo and Branson Tour with Kay Godfrey

Dates September 9-16, 2023
Destination Kansas City, MO Adam-ondi-Ahman Nauvoo, IL; Branson, MO: Salt Lake City, UT
Duration 9 days 8 nights
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Join Morris Murdock Escorted Tours and historian Kay Godfrey as you experience Liberty Jail, Far West, Adam-Ondi-Ahman, Carthage Jail, and Nauvoo and catch the vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith as you experience the trials and triumphs that he and early saints experienced during the early years of the church.

Top off these unforgettable locations with a trip to Branson, MO and watch the best performances Branson has to offer. This is a tour you truly don't want to miss.

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 with your educator. It allows your group to bond as a family and makes fast friends with those you are traveling with. You will not come home wishing you had more.

*Please note that while the physical activity on this tour (walking distances) is not significant, 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!
  • Morris Murdock LDS tour Director for the whole trip along with local guides
  • Licensed, insured, and bonded travel agency with 60 years of experience!! IT MATTERS!

Tour ID # 9223I09

A CASH DISCOUNT of $50.00 applies for all payments made by check or ACH AFTER the deposit

To Book This Tour, contact your favorite Morris Columbus Travel advisor or the Group Tour Manager listed below:

Sarah Wangsgard, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6473

Email - swangsgard@morrismurdock.com

Day 1: Saturday, September 9, 2023

Salt Lake City/Kansas City   

This morning we will depart to Kansas City. 

We will have a lunch stop before we travel over to the Independence side of town and start our trip into this history of our faith. Here we will explore Independence including the LDS Visitor's Center with its interactive exhibits that will help bring the area to life. We will then visit the site that has been dedicated to an important future Temple. We will then have a group dinner and head back to the hotel. 

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: Sunday, September 10, 2023

Sunday - Liberty/ Far West/ Adam-ondi-Ahman/Nauvoo  

Today we will get to spend our Sabbath at some very sacred sites. Our touring today will begin as we drive to Liberty to visit the Jail and Visitors' Center. It was here during the winter of 1838 that the Prophet Joseph Smith was imprisoned for four and one-half months and received the 121st and 122nd sections of the Doctrine and Covenants. As we continue our next stop is the Far West Temple Site to see the cornerstones that were placed and the plaques that explain the importance of this site. We will stop in Hamilton to pick up box lunches and then on to Adam-ondi-Ahman, where many significant events have taken place and where important future events will occur. 

After our stop, we will continue on to Hannibal, Missouri, where Mark Twain shared his love for this riverboat town and world. We will board the Mississippi Queen riverboat to enjoy a dinner cruise on the Mississippi.. After a short drive upriver we arrive in Nauvoo!! 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Monday, September 11, 2023

Nauvoo, The City Beautiful   

We will have breakfast at the hotel this morning before we begin our adventure into Nauvoo-The City Beautiful. We will start at the LDS Visitors Center where we can enjoy the tribute Gardens with its many statues honoring women. We will view the new film "Joseph Smith Prophet of the Restoration" to get us ready to see the city our pioneer ancestors built from a swamp.

After a lunch stop, we will continue our tour at the Joseph Smith homestead, the Mansion House, the Red Brick Store, and the gravesite of Joseph, Emma, Hyrum, and other family members that are buried there. We will have time to walk the Trail of Hope and read excerpts from personal diaries of the Saints. Your understanding will increase as you read about the hardships and struggles they went through. Tonight, the balance of the evening is at your leisure, we will have dinner at the hotel. This is a great time to take a walk down to the temple for some night photos

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Tuesday, September 12, 2023


Our day begins with a morning Temple Session for those who would like to attend (pending appointments). After the temple, we will go back to the hotel to change our clothes and give you time to have lunch and shop. We will then meet and drive to the old pioneer cemetery where you can see the names and headstones of those who made it to Nauvoo, but not on with the Saints into the Utah Valley. From here we will return to the restored buildings of Old Nauvoo, and you will have time to wander around and visit the different homes and buildings that have been restored. Places to make sure not to miss are Time and Seasons Office, the Browning Gun, and Blacksmith Shop to only name a few, and be sure to see the homes of Brigham Young, Wilford Woodruff, and Heber C. Kimball!! Dinner tonight is at the famous Hotel Nauvoo, one of the best meals you will have on tour!

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Wednesday, September 13, 2023


We bid farewell to Nauvoo as we travel the old road to Carthage, where we will view the production of the "Life of The Prophet Joseph Smith,' which is shown exclusively at the Visitor's Center. At the conclusion of the production, we will tour the jail itself where the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were martyred. You will never forget the feeling of love and sacrifice you feel as you enter the bedroom where the door still shows the actual bullet holes from the attack that ended Joseph and Hyrum's lives. Lunch will be enroute and then on to Branson, Mo, America's #1 Entertainment destination in the U.S.A. Dinner tonight will be at the famed Lamberts restaurant, "home of the throwed rolls", REALLY! 

To start off our Branson entertainment we are off to see the SIX Show. SIX is a powerhouse “Vocal Band” featuring real brothers who take musical entertainment to a whole new level. Critically acclaimed and dubbed “an orchestra of human voices” and “masters of showmanship”, these multi-talented brothers don’t use any instruments, but you’ll think you’re hearing them. True pioneers of contemporary a cappella, they utilize the palpable rhythmic bass, driving beatbox style percussion, and impeccable vocal blend that they’ve been developing since they were children. Infusing lively choreography and fun family comedy that only brothers can do, they perform a wide variety of musical genres delighting fans of all ages, garnering repeated accolades such as “Best Show”, “Entertainers of the Year”, “Vocal Group of the Year”, and many more since taking Branson by storm in the Fall of 2006.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Thursday, September 14, 2023

Branson - George Dyer Show, City Tour & The Duttons    

This morning get ready for the Broadway to Bublé Show starring George Dyer. Awe-inspiring performances by George and his wife, Clarisse! This show has the most diverse range of musical genres in Branson. Enjoy everything from the smooth crooning of Dean Martin to tunes from several Broadway hit shows, opera, and much more. Loved that the words for the opera portion are translated on the screen, not that the words are needed for you to feel and understand the stories of the songs. George’s beautiful tenor voice and his huge stage presence is not to be missed! After a lunch break, we will spend some time seeing some of the spectacular sights this hidden city in the Ozarks has to offer.  After a great dinner tonight at Florentina’s we get to enjoy The Dutton's Show. The Dutton's are a family of international touring and recording artists who perform bluegrass to classical music and everything in between. Their show features a variety of instruments, including violin, guitar, bass, viola, banjo, mandolin, keyboard, harmonica, and drums, among others. The Dutton's have garnered awards and recognition in national fiddling contests, classical violin competitions, and as studio musicians. In addition to their instrumental virtuosity, the Dutton's are accomplished singers and dancers and have been recognized as superb vocal talents. Behind the scenes, the Dutton's collaborate to create unique production ideas for their crowd-pleasing show, which is produced by the family, including choreography and musical arrangements.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Friday, September 15, 2023

Sons of Branson Show, Queen Ester Show & Hughes Cousins Show   

This morning we will enjoy seeing the Sons of Branson Show. One of Branson's favorite vocal groups invites you to laugh, sing, reminisce and celebrate the music you've enjoyed over the decades. Whether you're 2 or 92, The Sons' harmonies will draw you into that place where music calms your soul and elevate your spirit. Established in 2005, The Sons of Branson feature Barry, Rich, and Tom performing songs from the 50s to the turn of the century, all family-friendly and uplifting. Their energy is high, and the hits keep coming. Don’t miss this full-length variety concert. 

After a lunch break, we will be totally entertained by the production of an unforgettable exploration of the story of Queen Esther. Set in the opulent yet perilous Persian Empire, QUEEN ESTHER is a captivating tale of beauty and bravery. Esther’s ordinary life changed forever when she was taken through the palace doors, entering a new world of royalty and risk. With a crown on her head and a secret in her heart, can she find the courage to trust in God’s plan and believe that she was made for such a time as this? Experience one of the most riveting Bible stories from the Old Testament as it comes to life with magnificent sets, special effects and live animals in this brand new, original stage production from Sight & Sound Theatres.  Dinner tonight is at the Hughes Brothers Theatre. After dinner, we are off to see the Re-Vibe Show. Starting out in the music business as young children and performing on stage for audiences hailing from all over the states and abroad, these teenage Hughes cousins have grown up performing an eclectic array of many different musical styles. Now, in their exciting new show called Re-Vibe, they bring their own individual favorite genres of music to the stage. This new live music show features soul, disco, 70’s & 80’s rock, country, Jackson 5, Motown, 50’s & 60’s doo-wop, jazz, crooner favorites, and acoustic selections--even “Dynamite”, the brand-new Korean Pop song with over 450 million views on YouTube. An audience favorite is sure to be their 40’s style Hip Hop tap number. Re-Vibe’s cast of multi-talented young cousins will wow audiences with great singing, dancing, instrumentals, and comedy. Fast paced and high-energy, Re-Vibe will send people on a musical journey like no other.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Saturday, September 16, 2023

Branson/Kansas City/Home Cities

After breakfast this morning, we will board our motorcoach to travel back toward Kansas City with memories to last a lifetime.

Meals : Breakfast


  • 1 tour-bus size experience for the whole tour
  • Hotel accommodations in first class hotels or best available.
  • Morris Murdock escort/historian Kay Godfrey
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Ground transportation via luxury air-conditioned motor-coaches
  • Tips for hotels and provided meals outlines in itinerary
  • All sightseeing and group transfers as outlined in itinerary
  • Travel document package
  • Whisper headset's throughout tour so you don't miss a thing
  • 6 AMAZING shows with prime seats: "SIX, George Dyer, The Dutton's, John Denver Tribute, Jesus Show, Hughes Brothers"
  • Guided city tour of old and new Branson

Not Included:

  • Airfare to Kansas City from your home city. Group air TBA
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals other than those specified
  • Tips for Director, local guides and bus driver
  • Items of a personal nature

Payment Information:

  • The deposit is $250.00 pp
  • Cash Discount of $50.00 pp is offered for final payment by Check
  • Final Payment is due July 5, 2023
  • Tour price is based on 25 travelers 
  • Terms & Conditions

Optional Pricing:

    • Triple - $1819
    • Quad - $1759
    • Single - $2499