LDS Fall Nauvoo & Branson Escape Tour with Allan and Vicki Gunnerson

Dates Sept. 8-15, 2018
Destination Independence, MO: Adam-ondi-Ahman Nauvoo, IL; Branson, MO:
Duration 8 days 7 nights
Price From 1,599
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Activity Level*:

Join Allan and Vicki Gunnerson on this super fun fall tour of LDS Church history sites and Branson, MO - The entertainment capital of the MidWest! 

Our 8 day experience is full up to the top with special spiritual moments and fun!  You will get to enjoy the pleasant fall weather along with fewer crowds as the Gunnersons lead you through the past - bringing the history of the early Saints to life. We then continue on to the not-to-be-missed shows in Branson.   Our tours enjoy the best seats and best restaurants the city has to offer!

The combination of LDS church history, weather and fun filled entertainment is the reason you need to consider taking this inspiring tour.   It's truly be a tour to remember and then REPEATED!

Questions? Contact:

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

Tour # 928I08

CASH DISCOUNT of $45.00 for final payment by check 

*While the physical activity on this tour (walking distances) is not great, the days are full with touring from breakfast to dinner time with "down-time" only in the evening 

Day 1: Sat, Sept. 8

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 the history of our faith. We will tour the LDS Visitor’s Center with its interactive exhibits, then visit the site that has been dedicated to a important future Temple. We will also visit the Community of Christ (RLDS) Auditorium and temple. After a great Kansas City BBQ dinner we will check into our hotel.

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: Sun, Sept. 9

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 on our next stop is the Far West Temple Site to see the corner stones that were placed and the plaques that explain the importance of this site. We will stop in Hamilton to pickup 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 river boat to enjoy a dinner cruise on the Mississippi.. After a short drive up river we arrive in Nauvoo!! 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Mon, Sept. 10

Nauvoo “The City Beautiful”

We will have our full buffet 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, 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 exerpts from personal diaries of the Saints. Your understanding will increase you read about the hard ships and struggles they went through. Tonight the balance of 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: Tues, Sept. 11

Nauvoo “The City Beautiful”

Our day begins with a morning Temple Session for those who would like to attend. 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 restored buildings of Old Nauvoo and you will have time to wander around and visit the different homes and building 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 the Heber C. Kimball!! Dinner tonight is at the famous Hotel Nauvoo, one of the best meals you will have on tour!

Following dinner we will enjoy a musical production called ‘Rendezvous' at the Cultural Hall before returning to the hotel for the evening. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Wed, Sept. 12


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,' that 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 that door still shows the actual bullet holes from the attack that ended Joseph and Hyrum's lives.

Lunch will be en route 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 group SIX. Dubbed “An Orchestra of Human Voices”, SIX combines the musical showmanship and boundless energy of six remarkable brothers (Barry, Kevin, Lynn, Jak, Owen and Curtis). Their intense high-octane energy, electrifying stage presence, and powerhouse vocals combine to create a truly amazing entertainment experience.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Thurs, Sept. 13

Clay Cooper, George Dyer & Million Dollar Quartet

This morning get ready for the Clay Cooper Express Show.  Clay Cooper’s Country Express has something for everyone! Enjoy live music,singing, dancing, hysterical comedy and more! From George Jones to Hunter Hayes, from the Doobie Brothers to Bruno Mars, Clay and his cast of 24 veteran entertainers will bring you a high energy performance filled with variety – country, gospel, patriotic and more! Don’t miss New York’s number one cowboy, trick roper, and gun-slinger, Johnny Lonestar; eleven amazing dancers led by Clay’s multi-talented wife, Tina Cooper; a seven-piece band; Branson’s funnier than funny comedian, Matt Gumm; outstanding youth entertainers, Colt & Caden Cooper; and “Oklahoma’s little sweetheart” Ezrah Noelle! Their unbelievable talent, hysterical comedy, and down-home personality bring our guests back time and time again.

After a lunch break we are off to see George Dyer. Acclaimed by many as one of the finest tenors in the world, George Dyer adds a polished showmanship and audience connection that will make you feel as if you were on Broadway, in Las Vegas, or at the Met! Accompanied by an award winning 5 piece band, George sings a variety of musical genres including power ballads, Broadway hits, love songs, classic standards, favorite oldies, gospel, and more.

Dinner tonight will be a good time at Florentinas Ristorante and then we are off to see the Million Dollar Quartet. Welk Resort Theatre of Branson is proud to present the Tony Award winning Broadway production, Million Dollar Quartet. Inspired by an ncredible true story, Million Dollar Quartet relives one magical night—an impromptu jam session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. It happened on December 4, 1956 when these four legends-to-be joined together at Sun Records’ storefront studio in Memphis for an impromptu rock jam session that would forever go down in history. Featuring a set of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these music legends, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Ghost Riders,” and “Whole Lotta’ Shakin’ Goin’ On,” Million Dollar Quartet aptures the infectious spirit and thrilling sounds of that singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Fri, Sept. 14

City Tour, The Duttons, The Samson Show

This morning we will spend seeing some of the spectacular sights this hidden city in the Ozarks has to offer. We will have a lunch/shopping stop before we have our next show.

After a lunch break we will be totally entertained by the  Dutttons. The Duttons are 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 Duttons have garnered awards and recognition in national fiddling contests, classical violin competitions, and as studio musicians. In addition to their instrumental virtuosity, the Duttons are accomplished singers and dancers and have been recognized as superb vocal talents. Each Dutton plays at least 6 instruments. The Duttons were Top 10 Finalists on the America's Got Talent TV Show.

Dinner tonight is at the Hughes Brothers Theatre. After dinner you will enjoy seeing the production of Samson at the Sight & Sound Theatre.  He's the original superhero. He can defeat entire armies and slay lions. But there's a catch to his superpower: He must follow the rules. And that's where the trouble begins. As Samson battles the Philistines - and his own personal calling - he soon falls prey to temptation, losing his strength and sight. But has he lost hope? Experience this Bible story in jaw-dropping scale as it's brought to life by a world-class cast, spectacular special effects and live animals - on stage and in the aisles. It's an unforgettable, uplifting thrill ride that literally brings the house down!

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Sat, Sept. 15

Branson/Kansas City/Salt Lake City

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

Meals : Breakfast


  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour
  • 7 nights hotel accommodations
  • 6 Branson shows with prime seats (Shows subject to change)
  • Deluxe heated/air conditioned motor coach
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary at the end of each day (B,L,D)
  • Optional session at the Nauvoo Temple
  • Taxes & gratuities for meals and hotel

Not Included:

  • Airfare from your home city - Group air out of SLC will be available - TBA
  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature

Optional Pricing:

  • Single Occp $1999.00
  • Triple Occp $1489.00
  • Quad Occp $1419.00

Payment Terms:

  • Deposit of $250.00 due at time of booking
  • •Final payment due June 29, 2018
  • Program based on a minimum of 25 travelers. Surcharge may be assessed if number not met.
  • •Terms & Conditions