2023 Fall Conference Church History tour with Tim Taggart

Dates September 20-29, 2023
Destination Palmyra, NY; Fayette: Susquehanna River; Niagara Falls, NY; Kirtland, OH; Independence, MO: Adam-ondi-Ahman Nauvoo, IL; Carthage, IL;
Duration 10 days 9 nights
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Join Tim Taggart on this unforgettable tour to Palmyra, Kirtland, Independence, and Nauvoo. This is the best way to prepare for General Conference. The highlights of the tour are the Sacred Grove, Joseph Smith farm, the new Priesthood Restoration site, historic Kirtland village, the Kirtland temple, Independence, Liberty Jail, Far West, historic Nauvoo, and the Nauvoo temple to name a few.

*Please note that while the physical activity on this tour (walking distances) is not strenuous, 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!

A CASH DISCOUNT of $75.00 applies for all payments made by check or ACH AFTER the deposit.  (ONLY the deposit amount is allowed by credit card)

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

Tour ID - 9223I20

Questions? Contact:

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

Day 1: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Day 1: Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Home City/Rochester, NY/Palmyra

We depart our home cities this morning for Palmyra, NY and get acquainted over dinner as we look forward to the trip ahead. 

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: Thursday, September 21, 2023
Day 2: Thursday, September 21, 2023


This morning we visit the Sacred Grove and reflect on the special events that took place here. Next we see the restored Joseph Smith Sr. home and farm, including the cabin where Moroni first appeared to young Joseph. Next we stop at the E. B. Grandin Building where the Book of Mormon was printed, then on to the grave site of Alvin Smith, Joseph’s eldest brother. After lunch we visit the Hill Cumorah and Visitor’s Center, then Fayette, NY to the Peter Whitmer Farm where the church was organized on April 6, 1830. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Friday, September 22,  2023
Day 3: Friday, September 22, 2023

Susquehanna, PA/Palmyra 

Today we will visit the Priesthood Restoration site in Susquehanna County, PA. We will see the new visitor’s center and meetinghouse, the reconstructed homes of Joseph and Emma Smith and Isaac and Elizabeth Hale, the woods where John the Baptist restored the priesthood, the baptismal site at the Susquehanna River, and the new statuary.  

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Day 4: Saturday, September 23, 2023

Palmyra/Niagara Falls/Kirtland

Today we journey to Niagara Falls, America’s oldest state park. 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 be missed activity!  After free time for lunch, we travel to Kirtland, OH. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Sunday, September 24, 2023
Day 5: Sunday, September 24, 2023


Following Sacrament meeting we see the Temple Quarry and have a picnic lunch. Next, we spend time visiting the Morley Farm, the Kirtland Temple, and the historic Kirtland village. These sites include the LDS Visitor’s Center, Whitney Home and Store, Johnson Inn, Ashery, and Sawmill.  Our last stop will be in Hiram, OH visiting the John Johnson Farm where Joseph Smith received the three degrees of glory vision.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Monday, September 25, 2023
Day 6: Monday, September 25, 2023

Kirtland/Kansas City/Independence

This morning we depart for the Cleveland Airport to fly to Kansas City.  Upon arrival we drive to Independence to see the temple site. We then drive to Liberty and visit the Liberty Jail where the Prophet Joseph spent several months while the Saints suffered severe persecution in Missouri. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Day 7: Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Far West/Adam-Ondi-Ahman/Nauvoo

We begin our day by traveling to Far West to see the temple site and discuss the historic events that occurred here before the Saints were forced to leave Missouri. Our next stop is Adam-Ondi-Ahman, where Adam and Eve lived after the Garden of Eden.  We then continue our drive to Nauvoo.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Day 8: Wednesday, September 27, 2023


This morning we visit Joseph Smith’s homestead, the grave sites of Joseph, Emma, and Hyrum, the Mansion House, and the Red Brick Store. This afternoon we browse through the many restored homes and buildings in “Old Nauvoo”, including the homes of Brigham Young, John Taylor, Heber C. Kimball, Lucy Mack Smith, and the Jonathan Browning Gun Shop to name a few.  

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Thursday, September 28, 2023
Day 9: Thursday, September 28, 2023


Our day begins with an optional temple session at the Nauvoo Temple. (Subject to temple schedule), then we visit the Pioneer Cemetery. This afternoon we travel the old road to Carthage to view a production of the “Life of the Prophet Joseph Smith” at the Visitor’s Center. Next, we tour the jail itself where the Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum were martyred. After an early dinner, we walk the “Trail of Hope” and read excerpts from personal diaries of the Saints. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Friday, September 29, 2023
Day 10: Friday, September 29, 2023

Nauvoo/Hannibal/St. Louis Airport/Home

We continue on to Mark Twain's Hannibal on the Mississippi River for a luncheon cruise on a riverboat.  Following lunch, we'll depart for St. Louis, MO for our late afternoon flight home.  

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch


  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour
  • 9-night hotel accommodations
  • Meals as specified on the itinerary
  • Airfare from Cleveland to Kansas City
  • Ground transportation via deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Group transfers
  • All Admissions and activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Meal gratuities on included meals
  • Taxes on included services
  • Tour guide/Church Historian Tim Taggart

Not Included:

  • Airfare to Rochester, NY, and back from St. Louis
  • 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


  • Double $2,395.00
  • Triple   $2,345.00
  • Quad   $2,295.00
  • Single  $2,895.00

Optional Pricing:

  • Airfare additional (call for pricing)
  • Cash Discount: $75.00

Payment Terms:

  • $250.00 per person due at booking time
  • Final payment due July 20, 2023

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