October 7-20, 2024 | Fall LDS Church History Tour with New England

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October 7, 2024
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  • Full Tour: October 7-20Highly Recommended
  • Partial Tour, Boston to Kirtland: October 7-16Fly home from Cleveland

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Northeast and Midwestern USA

Once again, Webb Tours is excited to offer this inspirational, scenic and historical tour which traces church history from the east coast to the Midwest.  Here is a sampling from prior year participants:

We apreciate that everything was so well thought out from start to finish. We received just the right amount of background information before visiting a site and it made everything meaningful. And the booklet you gave us is a treasure. Thank you!  F. Gunderson

We went on another tour that traveled with several buses and it was so impersonal and we felt like a number.  This one was different. It was so personal and so inspirational. Far exceeded our expectations. We have found our favorite tour company! J. Williams

I had no idea what to expect as this was my first tour.  This experience surpassed anything I could have hoped for.   I really can’t think of anything you missed.  Our director’s knowledge of church history and her excitement to share it has left a lasting impression” G. Squires

“I am so grateful for every place that we saw – and to do it with the fall atmosphere and pleasant temperatures made it a very memorable experience.”  S. Adams

As you’ll note, the tour visits virtually all of the critical church history sites, but at a relaxed pace.  In fact we stay for two consecutive nights in Boston, Palmyra, Kirtland and Nauvoo.  That means we have plenty of time to enjoy those areas thoroughly and we aren’t constantly on the move.   AND WE ENJOY TWO FABULOUS DAYS IN THE HEART OF NEW ENGLAND DURING AUTUMN FOLIAGE. This tour is directed by Karen Lesser who has directed this tour more than 25 times.  


  • Two nights in Boston with welcome dinner and exceptional local tour
  • 2 days in Vermont and New Hampshire to enjoy the fall colors
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park which is stunning in the Fall
  • LDS Church History Sites including:
    • Sharon, Vermont
    • Priesthood Restoration Site on the Susquehanna
    • Palmyra and Fayette
    • Kirtland and Hiram, OH
    • Nauvoo and Carthage
    • Missouri sites including Liberty Jail
  • Inspirational teaching along the way
  • Pleasant temperatures, fall colors and no crowds
  • Temple sessions in Nauvoo and Palmyra

Price Includes

  • 23 delicious meals including dinner with an Amish Family
  • Private Motor Coach transportation
  • Directed by Karen Lesser who is experienced and knowledgeable and has directed this tour more than 25 times.
  • Carefully chosen lodging that is well located
  • Admissions to all places listed




Price per person

  • $2,295 + Airfare –  Based on two in a Room
  • $2,225 + Airfare:   Based on three in a Room
  • $2,175 + Airfare:   Based on four in a Room
  • $2,995 + Airfare:  Based on one in a Room


It’s the perfect combination:  Church History and Autumn Colors!  Temperatures are pleasant, fall is in the air and the summer crowds are gone.  There isn’t a better time to visit the region. 

This brochure describes TWO DIFFERENT TOUR OPTIONS.

Option #1 (recommended):  October 7-20 – Fly to Boston and home from Kansas City.  This is for those who want to see it all including Boston, Sharon, Palmyra, Niagara, Kirtland, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Nauvoo and Missouri sites.

Option #2:  October 7-16 – Fly to Boston and home from Kirtland (Cleveland).  This is for those who want to focus on church history sites in the east (Sharon, Palmyra, Kirtland).  It is for those who may have been to Nauvoo or prefer a shorter tour. Price for the shorter tour is $400 less per person as follows:

  • $1,875 + Airfare –  Based on two in a Room
  • $1,825 + Airfare:   Based on three in a Room
  • $1,795 + Airfare:   Based on four in a Room
  • $2,575 + Airfare:  Based on one in a Room

October 7:  Salt Lake to Boston:  Today we’ll get an early start as we board our flight to Boston, Mass, arriving about 6:00 local time.  Our luxury touring coach will be waiting for us.  After checking into our hotel, we’ll enjoy a delicious Italian dinner at Polcaris, near our hotel.  This will be a great start to our tour.   Our hotel is in a nearby Boston suburb.   Tour to pay for dinner today. 

October 8:  Boston all day.  No city in the United States has more history than Boston, and we’ll spend the day taking it in with our knowledgeable and entertaining local guide.  We’ll see Lexington and Concord where the Revolutionary War began.  The setting is spectacular any time, but especially in the fall!  The first two weeks of October is PEAK time for fall foliage in New England. We’ll also see the Old North Church, USS Constitution, Paul Revere’s home, and picture stop at the Boston Temple (if you’d like to do a session, you may do so – but you would provide your own transportation back to the hotel).  We’ll enjoy a unique lunch and browsing experience at Quincy Market, near the old Fannuel Hall.  We’ll stay in the Boston area again tonight.   Tour to pay for city tour and breakfast today.

October 9:   Boston to Lebanon, NH:   This morning we’ll drive about 30 minutes to the northeast and make an interesting stop in the town of Topsfield where Joseph Smith’s ancestors settled.  They lived on the same homestead from the 1660’s (Robert Smith) to the early 1800’s (Joseph Smith Sr.).  There is a plaque commemorating five generations of Smiths that lived here and worshiped in the Congregational Church.  We then continue to beautiful Wolfeboro, New Hampshire on the shores of scenic Lake Winnipesaukee.  We’ll board the George Washington and enjoy a 75 minute cruise across the lake to Weirs Beach where our driver will meet us.  We will then enjoy a portion of the fabulous Kankamangus Highway to enjoy the fabulous fall foliage in this area. We will also see the Mount Washington area which always showcases some of New England’s most beautiful fall colors.  The combination of green pines and maples of every color is a New England site you’ll not forget.  We then enjoy a scenic drive to our hotel near Sharon. Dinner is included tonight at our hotel. (Note: due to the schedule today, we will arrive at our hotel around 8:00 this evening.)  Tour to pay for breakfast and dinner.

 October 10:  Sharon to Green Mountains to New York.   We begin our day in Sharon, where we’ll visit Joseph Smith’s birthplace (20 minutes away).  The setting is delightful this time of year (especially with the fall colors).  We’ll have plenty of time to see the Visitor’s Center, monument and grounds. We will then  drive to the nearby town of Woodstock which is an idyllic fall foliage town in Vermont. You’ll have some time for browsing and lunch on  your own Our afternoon drive takes us to upstate New York into Oneonta for the night.  Tour to pay for breakfast today.

October 11:  Oneonta to Palmyra.   We are about an hour from the Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Site in northern Pennsylvania on the Susquehanna River.   Much has been restored here and a new Visitor’s Center has been built.  It is a peaceful setting and an important stop on our trip.  We’ll have time to see it thoroughly as there is much to see.  We’ll then cross back into New York and head for Palmyra.  Upstate New York is covered with trees and the drive is lovely this time of year.   We’ll arrive in Fayette at about 3:00 and visit the Peter Whitmer Farm where the church was organized and much of the Book of Mormon translated. We’ll be in the Palmyra area for two nights.  Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant.  Tour to pay for breakfast & dinner.

October 12:  Palmyra area:   After breakfast this morning, we’ll visit the historical sites of interest in the area. We’ll begin with the Sacred Grove, the restored Smith cabin and the frame home.   You’re used to seeing this area with green foliage, but it’s also beautiful with fall colors (if nature cooperates)!  We’ll see the recently refurbished Hill Cumorah Visitors Center and go to the top of the Hill Cumorah.  We will enjoy a picnic lunch in a park near the Erie Canal. After lunch, we’ll visit the Grandin Press (where the first copies of the Book of Mormon were printed).  After a rest at the hotel, those interested can attend a session in the Palmyra Temple if it is open (you must bring your own clothing).   Tour to pay for breakfast and lunch today.

October 13: Palmyra via Niagara Falls to Kirtland:  This morning we’ll attend Sacrament Meeting before we drive up to Niagara Falls, arriving on the New York side around 11:00.  We have included a ride on the exciting Maid of the Mist which takes us to the face of the world’s most impressive waterfall.  We’ll then have time for lunch and falls viewing in the lovely park.   After lunch, we’ll drive along Lake Erie toward Kirtland, Ohio where we’ll arrive about 5:00.  We’ll stop at Fairport Harbor on Lake Erie. Many of the early Saints used this port to come to Kirtland. We stay in Mentor tonight.  Tour to pay for breakfast and Maid of the Mist today.

October 14:  Kirtland all day:  There is much to see in Kirtland as much has been recently restored.  We’ll start at the Visitors Center built in the form of a 19th Century grist mill.  The town streets have been rerouted creating a pedestrian area from which to enjoy all of the sites.  We will also enjoy a guided tour of the Kirtland Temple, the Newell K Whitney Store, the Isaac Morley Farm, and the newly restored Johnson Inn.   Kirtland is a quaint town, covered in trees and foliage.  Again, this time of year offers autumn beauty which will enhance your historical experience.  After a rest, we’ll visit the John Johnson Farm where we’ll review the important history that happened here.  This evening we visit an authentic Amish Community where we’ll enjoy dinner with an Amish family at their farm. Our friend, Saloma, makes a delicious dinner included a variety of homemade pies!  It is one of the tour highlights.  We’ll stay in the Kirtland area again tonight.  Tour to pay for breakfast and unique dinner. 

October 15:  Kirtland to Indiana:  Those departing today will be transported to the Cleveland Airport (transfer expense not included).  For the others, we’ll continue our journey west. About 45 minutes south of Kirtland is Cuyahoga Valley National Park. You may not be familiar with it. It is protected, tree-covered forests that turn brilliant colors in the fall and our schedule puts us there at the statistical peak week for fall colors. Our first stop will be Brandywine Falls which is lovely especially with the autumn colors in the trees. We’ll then drive along scenic Riverview Road making picture stops along the way. We’ll make a fun stop at a local Farmer’s Market which our groups have loved.  We’ll stop at Ledges for a delightful picnic lunch in the midst of the scenery. Those interested can take a 1/2 mile walk to the Ledges Overlook. Our afternoon drive will take us into the Indianapolis area where we’ll stay tonight. Tour to pay for breakfast and lunch today.

October 16:  Indianapolis to Springfield to Nauvoo:  This morning we make our way into Springfield, Illinois which of course is the Land of Lincoln. We’ll see the excellent visitors center, the home where he lived and make a stop at the Oak Ridge Cemetery to see his tomb. This afternoon, we set our sites on Nauvoo. On our way in, we’ll have a dinner stop in Quincy, Illinois which was an important resting place for the saints.  We will stay for three nights in Nauvoo.  Tour to pay for breakfast and dinner.

October 17: Nauvoo.  We have two full days to enjoy this area.   We’ll then see the Visitors Center and enjoy an orientation tour of Old Nauvoo, including a chance to stroll down Parley Street reading the poignant signs as we walk toward the river. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Community of Christ Visitors Center with a chance to see the Mansion House, Homestead and Smith Family Cemetery. We’ll make a stop in Montrose to enjoy the views of Nauvoo from across the river.  Dinner is included at Fat Jimmy’s (great name and great barbecue food) in Montrose.  We stay in Nauvoo again tonight.  Tour to pay for breakfast and dinner today.

October 18: Nauvoo all day:  This morning, we’ll visit the Nauvoo Burial Grounds on our way to  Carthage where we’ll have a guided tour of the jail.  After lunch, you’ll have the rest of the day to see the sites that are of most interest to you with shuttles going back to the hotel every hour.  Tonight we have dinner at Hotel Nauvoo (famous buffet). Those interested can attend the Nauvoo Temple this evening (if open). Tour to pay for breakfast and dinner today.

October 19:  Nauvoo to Independence.  We’ll get an early start today as we travel west toward Jackson County. We’ll then visit Adam-Ondi-Ahman, a place of great historical and future significance.  A short drive from there are the remains of Far West, a once bustling city with thousands of inhabitants.  If time permits, we’ll visit Richmond and see the monument to the Three Witnesses and other interesting things.  We’ll then continue toward Independence where we’ll spend the evening.  Tour to pay for breakfast and dinner.

October 20:  Independence to Salt Lake: This morning, we’ll attend church in the local ward (in the historic area). We then stop at the LDS Visitor’s Center which was recently completely revamped.  We’ll also see the temple lot, as well as other highlights in the area.  After lunch, we’ll visit Liberty Jail.  Known as the prison-temple, The Prophet was incarcerated here for 4 1/2 months. It is one of the most profound places we’ll visit, and a fitting place to end our tour.  You will have an enhanced appreciation of church history and the people that made it possible. The Kansas City Airport is nearby.  Tour to pay for breakfast

Please Note

A $300 deposit is required to reserve your space. To make a reservation, simply register online by completing the booking form above. Your deposit will be charged to your credit card. If you prefer, you can call us and we will take your reservation information and credit card details over the phone.  When we receive your reservation, we will email you a receipt confirming that you are registered for the tour.  A letter with instructions, hotel itinerary, flight information (if applicable) and luggage tags will be sent roughly 65 days prior to departure at which time the balance will be due.  You do not need to pay the balance until after you receive that package.  We prefer final payments in the form of a check.  Webb Tours also accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. A 2.5% fee applies to final payments made by credit card to cover a portion of the credit card company fees (which are now around 4%)

Cancellation Policy:

We understand that you may need to cancel your trip for unforeseen reasons.  If cancellation occurs 120 days or more before departure, all money will be refunded.  If airline tickets are purchased prior to that time (with your permission), they are the responsibility of the traveler. In most cases, airlines will allow the value of airline tickets to be used for future travel.  All other funds will be returned if cancellation occurs outside of 120 days.  If it is within 120 days, your deposit and other committed funds are non refundable.  

Travel Protection:

In today’s changing travel environment, it is important to protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even sudden sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience, we offer Travelex Insurance Services 360° Group Premier Protection Plan. This will protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Premium for this insurance depends on your age and trip cost and is priced as follows:

Trip Cost (per person)        Ages 0-59                 Ages 60-74                      Ages 75+









































For coverage details and explanation of benefits, you can view or download the policy by going to  https://policy.travelexinsurance.com/GPZ-1023.

With this insurance, funds paid (up to the amount insured) will be returned to you in case you have to cancel for covered reasons (such as illness, death of an immediate family member or other covered reasons).   

If you are interested in the travel insurance, please contact Webb Tours any time up until final payment for the tour.  You must be medically fit at the time you buy the insurance.  To activate your insurance, we need your premium and your birth date.

This is intended as a general description of certain types of insurance and services available to qualified customers through the companies of Zurich in North America, provided solely for informational purposes.  Nothing herein should be construed as a solicitation, offer, advice, recommendation, or any other service with regard to any type of insurance product underwritten by individual member companies of Zurich in North America, including Zurich American Insurance Company, 1299 Zurich Way, Schaumburg, IL 60196. Your policy is the contract that specifically and fully describes your coverage, terms and conditions. Travelex Insurance Services Inc. CA Agency license #0D10209. Insurance coverages underwritten by individual member companies of Zurich in North America, including Zurich American Insurance Company (NAIC # 16535).

Insurance includes the following items:

  • Trip interruption up to 150% of the cost of the trip (if you have to leave in the middle of the trip)
  • Trip interruption – return airfare only – $1,000
  • 100% of insured trip cost (up to $15,000)
  • Trip delay: $1,000 (minimum delay of 5 hours)
  • Missed Connection: $1,000 (with a minimum delay of 3 hours)
  • Baggage (for lost luggage): $500
  • Baggage Delay: $200 (minimum of 12 hour delay)
  • Emergency medical/dental expenses: $50,000 ($500 dental)
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation: $250,000 (including $25,000 for escort expenses)
  • Accidental death/dismemberment during travel: $10,000

For benefit and rate information, please review the Group Premier product flyer at https://partner.travelexinsurance.com/docs/premier

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